French language from a teacher perspective
I have been teaching French and English for almost 5 years while living in different countries (Spain, Ireland, Italy...). Teaching in another country can then give two types of experiences at the same time: one of a teacher and one of an expatriate and “student”.
Teaching French abroad is an incredible experience
As a teacher living abroad you are teaching and learning at the same time, you are helping locals with your mother tongue and you are being taught another on a daily basis, you learn a language but also a different way of life, you discover an entire new universe that covers about every aspect of your life, way of eating, way of making new friends, new types of hobbies, and almost new way of thinking. That is why knowing the local language becomes more a necessity to truly feel a part of the place you live and being able to integrate your new community.
French classes for companies and professionals
Teaching abroad also enables you to make many important new connections in the professional world. Especially when teaching in companies to corporate students working in multinationals.
There is a special feeling that one has when being able to speak a different language. It is not only about feeling proud but also feeling safe and in control of what is around you.
Communication is key to so many things in life, let that be personal or work related. Nowadays your language or the way you express yourself is as important as the way you present yourself.
The second thing that others will see and evaluate especially in the professional world, is your ability to communicate. The more people you can communicate with the better, and the most proactive you will be, and you can exponentially multiply your chances of being successful.
Studying French language and understanding the culture
Apart from the practical side, being able to learn another language and experience another culture and way of thinking usually goes hand in hand so this experience is rewarding also from an emotional point of view. You will be able to make acquaintances and be in contact with people you might never have met otherwise. At present I can say that most of my closest friends do not share the same origins as me.
What we tend to remember faster are the things directly linked to some emotional experience, be that a song, a movie, a picture or just having a pleasant time. That’s the reason why I feel using as many prompts as possible and make my lessons as interactive and lively as possible is something crucial for the students to learn more efficiently and without even realising the effort they are doing.
This last argument might be even truer when teaching children, but adults also enjoy and learn faster through the same mechanisms.
French Classes in virtual classrooms
Thanks to virtual classrooms, interactive and user-friendly platforms, like the one I’m currently using with BiCortex Languages. We have at our disposal a lot of material and resources to truly help our students not just learn the rules or the grammar of another language, but truly help them go through a different kind of “experience” and accompany them on their journey to fluency.
My passion for languages all started when I was just a child. My parents used to take me on holiday to Spain, in a city called Tarragona in the province of Cataluña.
I immediately fell in love with their language, it seemed so enigmatic to me and yet so familiar and important that I started to learn it, practicing with the other kids playing on the beach, or with the hotel staff we would greet on a daily basis.
Being able to communicate seemed to always be a priority for me and the fact that I could speak a different language than my own made me feel like I was in possession of a secret. There is a famous saying which I think to be true that goes like this: “To have another language is to possess a second soul”.
French language training in a nutshell
In a nutshell: Knowing other languages helps you widen your horizon and see the world and people from a different angle.
Teaching a language is also quite similar to the latest. To be able to get your message across and for the students to truly put in enough effort, they need to feel involved in what you are teaching them.
Ambre Hellen Tellier
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