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Lessons offered by Alec
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • French
  • Oral expression - French
  • Oral comprehension - French
  • Writing comprehension - French
  • Vocabulary - French
Levels
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • College / University
  • Adult Education
  • ILR Level 1
  • ILR Level 2
  • ILR Level 3
  • ILR Level 4
  • ILR Level 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • ILR Level 0

Let's put down the books and learn a language the way language is meant to be learned: by LIVING it! (Mich. Certified Teacher)

Methodology

I believe that my role as a teacher is less as a leader and more as a guide; education isn't about the student meeting the state's or my standards, but meeting their potential. Learning a foreign language isn't just about communication, it's about perspective; it's the ultimate expression of a education in the humanities.

By learning French, for example, we are also learning history, art, geography, sociology, linguistics, economics, anthropology... the list goes on. It seems to me that the best way to do that is to experience it; to take virtual field trips to the caves at Lascaux and discover how early man survived amid monolithic glaciers; to have Zoom-pals with Québécois students learning English; to watch un match du foot au télé en Français! It's the little things - les petits trucs - from which we learn the biggest lessons.

I'm cantankerous, loud, and definitely bizarre, but I believe that the kind of learning that happens between a student and a teacher happens best when the two have a relationship that is positive and appropriate. To me this happens when both parties can be themselves, openly and honestly. I never ask for perfection, only that my students put the effort in toward progress. I don't want to force my students to do anything; being in my courses means they want to be there.

A typical lesson will start with warm-ups intended to strengthen and make limber the muscles necessary for cogent speech, much like vocal warm-ups in a choir or theatre troupe. There will be 10 minutes of review, followed by 15-20 minutes of direct instruction. After that, it's all hands-on. I believe we learn a language best by DOING THINGS. Speaking is an action, writing an action. We use verbs constantly and it only makes sense that we should learn by verbs as well. There will be very little sitting, and if you aren't at least a little uncomfortable with what we're doing, then I'm making it too easy! I'm kidding... ish.

The point is, this isn't like your typical classroom. This isn't about grades or verb charts, or homework - this is about what the students can produce at the end of the lesson. You want to have fun while learning a practical and invaluable skill? Then you should come learn French with me.

Background

I grew up on the very western edge of the Upper Peninsula - Not a lot of French speakers. My family isn't French by Heritage... I had no real reason for taking French in high school other than my amazing French Teacher, Madame Moore. She was funny, enchanting and bubbly, and proved to me that people are diverse; being American doesn't mean you're rude, and being French doesn't make you a snob ( BTW newly rich students were registered as "S.Nob." = sans nobilité; ,meaning they had no connection to the royal family ). After high school... :

- Michigan State University where I worked at the Writing Center
- I started out as a reporter with a BA in journalism from Mich. State
- I spent two years in AmeriCorps working with at-risk youth as a tutor/mentor.

Side note: This is was immensely formative. Those kids hated me (the feeling was mutual), and I NEVER wanted to be a teacher. By the end of that term of service, my students and I were old war pals, and I was ready for my next classroom.

- I was a substitute teacher for ~6 years (it was as rough as it sounds);
- I went to GVSU for grad. teaching certification;
- I spent winter semester '18 at L'Université Catholique de l'Ouest;
- My student teaching @ Kenowa Hills HS '19-'20 ;
- Briefly worked for the Michigan Online School - French instructor '20.
We had a differences in methodology and priorities.




( I have a method, and my students are my priority ;)

Rates

Transportation Fee : $10
Rate for online lessons : $30/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $160
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $320

Details

My certification tells you that I hold myself to the highest standard; Michigan is one of the most stringent states when it comes to teacher preparedness and disciplinary knowledge.

My test scores and academic record put me in the classification of "Highly Qualified Teacher", a designation created under the language of the No Child Left Behind Act which stipulates such an educator "1) holds at least a bachelor's degree from a four-year institution; 2) holds full state certification; and 3) demonstrates competence in each core academic subject in which a teacher teaches."

This means I have, essentially, two bachelors degree's and have proven myself not only competent as an instructor but highly skilled in my field of study. I am trained in multiple pedagogical theories and am ready to take on even the most unruly of students. My aim is to provide you and your loved ones with the highest quality instruction possible.

Lessons offered by Alec
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • French
  • Oral expression - French
  • Oral comprehension - French
  • Writing comprehension - French
  • Vocabulary - French
Levels
  • Middle School
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • College / University
  • Adult Education
  • ILR Level 1
  • ILR Level 2
  • ILR Level 3
  • ILR Level 4
  • ILR Level 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • ILR Level 0

Alec's resume

EDUCATION

Teaching Certification, Secondary French & English
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
~ May 2020 (FR)
~ October 2020 (EN)

B.A. Journalism, School of Journalism, May 2009
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

EXPERIENCE

Education:

Accel Schools/MOS, Teacher (French, Career Prep), 2020
• Plan academic units and lessons following standard French acquisition
curriculum
• Maintain communication with students and parents on student progress
• Work with other instructors to design interconnected lessons

Centria Autism Services, Registered Behavioral Technician, 2017
• Implement behavioral therapy as defined by the BCBA
• Manage negative behaviors through the introduction of positive behavior
• QBS/CPR/RBT/Recipient Rights trained

Edustaff, LLC, Substitute Teacher, 2016-2017
• Implement lesson plans left by teacher
• Carry out any disciplinary actions that might arise
• Maintain attendance and detailed procedural log for teacher’s review upon
return.

PESG Marquette/Dickinson Co., Substitute Teacher, 2013-2015
• Implement lesson plans left by teacher
• Carry out any disciplinary actions that might arise
• Maintain attendance and detailed procedural log for teacher’s review upon
return.

Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids, AmeriCorps Member, 2011-2012
• Created and implemented a GED tutoring program
• Assisted in job coaching and workforce development
• Conducted mock interviews, assisted with resume creation

Calumet High School, AmeriCorps Member, 2010-2011
• Oversaw online classroom credit recovery program
• Tutored students in math, science, English and history
• Led a student volunteering group

JOURNALISM/OTHER:

Fort Wilkins State Park, Copper Harbor, MI - Campground Staff/Fort
Maintenance Crew, 2016
• Managed campground concierge services
• Maintained Fort Grounds and conducted nightly maintenance and
security rounds
• Various public works duties

Issues and Answers Iron Mountain/Marquette, MI, Interviewer 2013, 2014-15
• Conducted health survey interviews commissioned by the State of
Oregon
• Conducted Economic and Market Research interviews
• Conducted political and public opinion

MLIVE.com, Booth Newspapers, High School Sports Reporter 2011-2012
• Covered high school sports events for Kent, Ingham and Wayne
County
• Compiled statistical data
• Interviewed coaches, notable athletes and officiators

The Lansing State Journal, Gannett Publishing, Intern, Reporter/Photographer 2009-2010
• Covered local events and breaking news
• Developed and cultivated live sources
• Created multi-media stories for online distribution

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:

L’Université Catholique de l’Ouest, ERASMUS, winter 2018
• Semester abroad in Angers, France
• Enrolled in classes with native French students at UCO
• Member of the UCO Cheour de Chambre – Tenor II

Summer Intern, Kent District Library, Tyrone Twp. Branch, 2017
• Organize and implement youth programming
• Circulation desk duties including customer service and circulation inquiry
• Shelving, Shelf-reading and various independent projects

Photo-Communication in the UK and Czech Republic, MSU, summer 2007
• Six-week study abroad to London, Prague, the Isle of Arran and
Edinburgh.
• Study of photography as a story-telling medium, both in journalism
and art
• Study of digital editing software and use of digital cameras

Team Leader, Russ Mawby Signature Service Project, AmeriCorps 2011
• West Michigan Representative to statewide panel of volunteer
coordinators
• Planned and implemented to the 2011 service project in Travers City, MI
• Led volunteers on trail clean-up through Interlochen State Park

Semi-Finalist, Prose Interp., Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association State Finals, 2001

CERTIFICATIONS and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Michigan Test for Teaching Certification (MTTC) passed 07/22/2019 (French) – 07/28/2020 (English)
CPR & First Aid Certified, ProFirstAid, expiration: 08/09/2021
QBS/RBT/Recipient Rights trained, Centria Autism Services, 2017

RELEVANT STUDIES/SKILLS

• Advanced Speaking/Listening – Reading/Writing -- French
• English/French Linguistics // Foreign Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
• Secondary Education // Teaching to Adolescents/Literacy Intervention
• English Language Arts and Literature // News Writing and Reporting

Hobbies & Personal Interests:

Guitar, choral music & performance, travel, literature, international affairs, language acquisition, French philosophy, current events, video/PC gaming.

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