How can I pay?
You can use your PayPal account (or make a bank transfer if you prefer).
PayPal is a secured worldwide online payments system.
This way we don’t need to share our bank details.
Every transaction is protected by fraud protection, 24-hour monitoring and advanced encryption.
If necessary, PayPal will also take care of the currency conversion.
What is your teaching schedule?
To view my teaching schedule, you’ll first need to send me an email.
It’s free and without commitment.
I will send you back a form, please let me have your first and last name, email address and phone number (just in case of emergency, if I have trouble reaching you online).
Once you’re all set up, you’ll be able to view my teaching schedule and choose the slot that is more convenient for you.
Don't hesitate to ask me if none of the slots suits you. Sometimes I can move lessons when my students agree to move them.
Validity of a lesson package:
When you book a lesson package, I give you some extra time to have your lessons so if something comes up, if you go on holiday or if you feel unwell, you have enough time to have your lessons.
If you book a 4 week package, you’ll have 6 weeks to have your lessons.
If you book a 8 week package, you’ll have 8 weeks to have your lessons.
If you need more flexibility then I recommend you to book pay-as-you go lessons, one lesson at a time.
Lesson packages are non-refundable.
How can I change or cancel a lesson?
You can change or cancel a lesson up to 24 hours before the lesson by sending me a text message on +33 778438864 or a message via Skype or email.
Unfortunately, unless you give 24 hours’ notice, the lesson will need to be charged as it would be too late by then for me to offer the time slot to another student.
To learn more about my terms and conditions, please click here.
Lateness and no show:
Lateness: I will wait for you 15 minutes after the starting time of the lesson. Unfortunately, if you are late, the lesson will probably need to finish on time anyway. This is because I will likely have another student afterwards, so it simply won’t be possible to add on extra time at the end. Very rarely I might be running late, in which case I will contact to let you know as soon as possible. If I am able to, I will make up for lost time or, more likely, it can be added on to the next lesson.
No show: the lesson will be charged.
Lessons for your child:
During the lesson an adult can stay in the same room to supervise and assist him/her with the technology if needed.
The supervision of an adult is optional but advised throughout the lesson.
For young learners (4-9 year old) usually a lesson lasts 30 minutes.
If your child is older or if you think your child could have an hour lesson, then please contact me to talk about it.
Are you a native speaker?
Yes, I was born in France and have lived there all my life until 2004.
Then I moved to Panama, Eritrea, Comoros islands, Saint Vincent the Grenadines and Hong Kong.
I came back in France in 2014 and recently settled in Mallorca.
What type of French accent do you have?
This isn’t an easy question to answer. I’d say it’s a fairly neutral accent. French people aren’t usually able to connect it to any particular city or region.
Everyone has some sort of accent though (yes, yes, EVERYONE!) and I guess it’s more similar to that spoken in the North of France.
What is the difference between a Conversation Lesson and a Classic Lesson?
Conversation lessons are for students who have at least an intermediate level and want to expand on their vocabulary by studying a wide range of resources like audio files, videos, conversations/role plays or articles. The focus is more on speaking and listening than grammar. I will, of course, correct your mistakes and explain them to you, but there won’t be any particular grammar point explained and I won’t send you grammar exercises to do for homework.
Classic lessons allow you to study a little bit of everything: you will listen to an audio file and study the vocabulary and grammar that arises from it. We’ll practise the grammar during and after the lesson and, of course, speak as much as possible!
Conversation lessons allow you to study a little bit of everything: you will listen to an audio document, study the vocabulary and a grammar point. We will practise the grammar during and after the lesson and of course, we’ll speak!
Why do you teach?
Because I love languages and I love meeting new people from all over the world, learning about their traditions, cultures, personal interests and professions; in fact I think I learn from my students as much as they learn from me.
I find it captivating to see people learning a new language and by doing so, achieving their wider goals (ex: applying for a new job in France, talking to their French speaking family- in- law etc). It is very rewarding to help people progress and see them becoming more confident as a result.
I just love it and I feel really privileged whenever a student come to me and ask my help. Therefore I’ll always try to do my best and go the extra mile to help my students.
What is your teaching experience?
I have been teaching French for more than 15 years.
I have taught all levels and all age groups in a wide range of settings including language schools, primary&secondary&high schools, companies (LVMH, Jewellery groups), lots of banks in Hong Kong, at people's place and public places (Starbucks, Pacific Coffee, Agnès B coffee place) and of course on Skype!
Have you done any teacher training?
Yes, I have 2 main teaching qualifications:
Master 1 FLE French Language for Foreigners
Master 1 LEA Foreign Languages applied to Foreign Trade for English and Spanish languages
How long will it take before I can speak decent French?
How long it takes to someone to make a certain progress depends on a number of factors like:
– the individual learning pace in general
– the previous knowledge of grammar (those with much knowledge tends to progress faster)
– how much homework the learner is able to do between lessons (faster if more homework)
– knowledge of other(s) foreign language(s), those who already speak another foreign language, especially a Latin language (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian) progress faster.
But of course, you can learn some basic conversational phrases to get by in only a few hours thanks to my crash course lesson package for example!
How can I work out what my level of French is?
By consulting the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which sets out what a learner is expected to be able to do at each level in terms of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
This looks interesting, but I feel uncomfortable about learning French via Skype/… and by the way, I don’t know how to use Skype!
It is common for those not used to Skype or online communication to feel this way.
I recommend first reading the articles I have written called Skype software explained.
If you still have questions or doubts after reading these articles, feel free to contact me via email or via Skype if you wish to have a quick chat with me, my Skype ID is Cecile G.