I have about 5,000 classroom hours teaching French, over 900 of which are online.
The present (2021):
In February, I was tested by an accredited D.C. testing service at an ILR level 4+ in French. 5 is native.
In February, I delivered 160 hours of lesson plans (80 lesson plans, assignments and assessments for four 10-week French courses). I used open educational resource textbooks Français interactif and Liberté, plus lots of materials available online.
Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for myself because I was laid off (see below), I took a 120-hour TEFL Course and got a TEFL/TESOL Certificate in February so I can teach English as a second/foreign language both here and abroad (read France!).
Plus I’ve come up with a language-learning startup idea…
For 15 months (2019-20), I taught French to diplomats at the Foreign Service Institute (State Department) in Virginia. I was laid off along with most of my colleagues in August 2020 due to COVID.
Before that, I taught at two California community colleges in the Mojave Desert.
Antelope Valley College: I taught French 101 and 102. The French club I started in February, 2018, won second prize in a nationwide French Embassy contest in November, 2018! I created the #FrenchIsEverywhere project to boost interest and enrollment in French. (It helps to have a little marketing experience ;)
Cerro Coso Community College: I taught French 101 online and, for two years, I also taught French (and Speech 101 in summer, 2018) to incarcerated students in a California prison. This was the most profoundly gratifying teaching experience I’ve ever had. Read about the talk I gave at the 2018 California Community College Foreign Language Council conference.
- Why Prison Education Matters (Rand Corporation)
- Corrections to College (everything you need to know about higher education in California prisons)
- Arts-in-Corrections: California’s Creative Response to a Broken Prison System
- Pawsitive Change
Our first group of graduates with AA degrees, June 2018! I was there. Three of them are (excellent) former French students of mine. More here.