Yesterday, I had the great pleasure to give a presentation talk at the Ladies Who Latte in Marlborough. The Ladies Who Latte is a fast growing women network, the members are all self-employed business woman based in the area. The group meets every fourth Wednesday of the month from 9.30am till 11.30am in Marlborough Wilsthire, not only we network we also learn to know one an other in order to build a support network.
I had 10 minutes to talk about what I do, 10 minutes isn’t a lot but this is the strategy I decided to follow:
Briefly talk about how CSFrench was created
My background is in tourism, I decided to stop working for a well known Luxury Tour Operator in order to pursue our plan to start our family.
Having succeeded and being pregnant I did get board of not working anymore, so I started teaching French privately and the rest is history.
Make sure la passion to teach shown through
I absolutely love what I do! I am a passionnada for languages, and the passion has to shine through.
We don’t just communicate with word but the entire body talks, anyway mine does, talking, dancing, singing ….. It’s all about body language.
colourful, I love using my coloured pens
musical, I sing a lot – I believe I can sing in tune, so far no children have yet complained
theatrical, I am very vocal (using different tones, tunes and musicality of my voice) but also the language lives through me, my facial expressions, my hand gestures
and always keeping eye contact and a big smile, doing so help engaging with my learners
Presents ‘the gift that keeps on giving’
Learning a language, not only it provides great pleasure and pride when you realise that actually you can communicate in an other language but also:
it helps building and developing self-confidence! Haven’t we all experienced the mental wall/block that suddenly falls upon us when it’s time to speak the lingo, we get so self-conscious and we freeze, we feel like we can’t speak the lingo. Know the feeling? The wall is a mental block that occurs at different ages, stages of life, I help to rise above it, with support and encouragement!
It helps you find your inner voice, I teach how to speak from the belly, finding your voice paying particular attention to the pronunciation, the articulation – everybody gets to talk in my classes, even the shyest ones!
Learning and practicing a language helps keep your brain cells healthy, yes! We are aware that we must keep fit, exercise the body and the same applies for the brain! It has been proved that learning a new language helps fighting dementia.
Find your mindfulness in languages, your piece of heaven, something that make you happy and proud of yourself!
Languages are not boring they are exciting and can create many opportunities to laugh, so enjoy and laugh, laugh…. I can make an entire classroom of children laugh with one of my favourite word fantastique – how do I do that? Well, I take my very French accent, the proper one and with my hands and arms I wave they around, the entire body speaks, it does make them laugh and create a lasting impression, that word becomes their favourite French word. (again very theatrical).
Explain that the earliest your start the better it is, but most and for all there is NO such thing as it’s too late to learn! It’s never too late, you are never too young or too old to start learning a language!
Briefly presents my favourite words
When every I teach, whether it is young children to senor learners, I have a mental list of my favourite words. Words I love using and just fit in which ever language I speak:
oui = yes
peut être = maybe
bien sûr = of course
absolument = obviously
donc = so
What mattered the most was ‘La passion‘ from where LingoLango.blog was born.
If you would like me to visit your school/networking event, to talk about languages, please get in touch, it will be a great pleasure for me.
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Thank you, Merci, Danke schön, Gracias and shukraan شكرا
French tutor & language passionnada