Your French teacher
About the instructor
Native French-speaking. Born in Paris (now living in sunny 'Australie').
20+ years teaching experience & Founder of French Speak.
Dedicated to getting my learners to their learning goals and build their speaking confidence by cutting their learning curve.
Some of my teaching philosophies:
BEYOND BEGINNER FRENCH
Have you ever felt like you would never move past the frustrating Beginner phase in French?
As a French learner for long enough now, you’ve probably bought enough French language ‘stuff’ along your journey (books, CDs even tapes back then, apps, courses…) to be able to recognise quite a bit of French - at least in written form.
Yet you struggle to put it all together when you need it most.
The dream is:
You're chatting away in French with local people and French friends. But you're not just pretending - you're actually understanding, responding, even making jokes in French.
The reality is:
It’s already your 5th day in a row saying ‘I’ll do a bit of French study today’ but – to be honest – if and when you actually sit down to do some, you’re not exactly sure where you should begin seeing progress.
I get it, I really do…
You might not realise this yet but: “What you focus on, expands”.
If you think of the different skills in French, we have: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Think of them as muscles just for a minute.
The more you work on a specific muscle group, the stronger it gets.
In other words:
The more you read, the stronger your reading get.
As learners, this is the easiest thing we can do and have access to. It’s only natural we fill our study time with more reading and grammar exercises.
This is sadly to the detriment of our ultimate goal which is - for most learners I know anyway – to converse in French with a certain ease and flow - a certain 'je ne sais quoi', if you will!
We want to be understood...
YET we don’t often spend the adequate time fine-tuning things like our pronunciation or building our sentence building ‘muscle’.
Another thing just as important:
We want to be capable of keeping up with a conversation and understand what the other is saying...
YET we don’t often actively find ways to improve our listening skills aka strengthening the listening muscle.
Just around the corner...
The confidence. The speed. The ease.
You’ll be brimming with pride once you break free from - what I call - “Beginner-Land”.
That’s why I developed a 3-month program where we will get you:
BEYOND BEGINNER FRENCH
Starting in February, in this 12-week online program, I will teach you exactly:
~ How to assemble sentences with ease without taking an eternity.
~ How to speak with more confidence without ever wondering again if you will be understood.
~ How to make French a habit in your busy schedule without having to wake at 4am every day or adding more guilt and ‘shoulds’ to your life.
~ Learn how to improve your pronunciation without having to move to France or spend weeks memorising the phonetic alphabet
even if you have a strong accent to begin with.
~ Learn how to use the French you already have without starting to learn the basics again from scratch even if you’re worried your French is very rusty.
~ Discover how to retain new French even if you can’t remember what you had for dinner last night.
Each month, we'll have a different focus and topic:
My world / Mon monde (famille, travail, loisirs, chez moi...)
Travel / Voyages (logement, transport, visites)
Meals and Dinner chats / Repas et Conversations (commenter, apprecier et discuter)
Every 4 weeks, we'll rotate between:
1. Vocabulary focus
2. Grammar and Sentence Making focus
3. Learning mindset focus + Smart Learning Hacks + Putting it all together
4. Practice time + Questions and Answers. This will be live and recorded group online sessions
To ensure you progress in the most supportive environment:
Access to me via our dedicated student-only private Facebook group
All your questions answered in our Grammar and Resource Vault
Practice regularly with other learners in our private study room on video
Accountability study buddy if you'd benefit from that extra motivation
This is EXACTLY the piece of the puzzle that you’ve been missing to feel amazingly proud and step right out of ‘Beginner Land”.
If you want to finally stop saying “Désolée. Je ne parle pas français”
If you’re ready to wave
Au revoir to Beginner Land
Then: Come join us on the inside!
Contact Devy for any question: enquire [dot] frenchspeak.com.au