Bonjour ! My name is Nima and I was born and bred in Paris, where I've graduated in History, Communication and Journalism from the Sorbonne. I have since moved to the LA region, where I've been tutoring French for the past year and a half, both one-on-one and to small groups of students of all ages and all levels.
I've done so following the TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) method, which states that foreign languages should be acquired naturally, just as one's mother tongue, rather than learned by heart, in an abstract way.
A highly conversation- and interaction-driven (unlike what its name might imply) method that aims at being the closest possible to immersion in a foreign country, TPRS also helps beginners in gaining self-confidence, by realizing how much French vocabulary they already have, since it thoroughly relies on ï¿½ cognates ï¿½ ï¿½ those hundreds, if not thousands of French words you already know from English, thanks to William the Conqueror!
However, I constantly tailor my classes to my students' will and needs. So if you are already at an intermediate or advanced level, we would mostly use conversation about articles and texts dealing with your interests. These provide new vocabulary, as well as idiomatic expressions that are more in touch with the evolution of the target language than many textbooks are.
I also value the fact that they allow to study grammar in context and in a more personalized way, by targeting the student's difficulties and devoting time to the rules he or she doesn't master yet. But enough said about me! Why don't you tell me about your needs, difficulties, and the reasons of your interest in learning French? I look forward to hearing about them, in order to help you as accurately as I can.