Amanda Catron

Amanda C.

Gainesville, FL
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Amanda delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
October 2009

Hi! I'm Amanda!

Want a teacher who knows what they're doing? You've found her! I'm a PhD student studying Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition. I have mastered and use only the best and most current ways to learn languages based on today's research in my sessions! Plus, I always make sure we have a lot of fun and laughs too!

I'm a recent English instructor at the English Language Institute of the University of Florida teaching students of all ages. I've taught French at the Ohio University to undergraduates. I've been teaching since 2006, so if you're looking for someone with experience and know-how, that's me!

My first experience teaching was through France's TAPIF program where I was given over 200 students, aged 6-12, and a long list of words and phrases and told to do my best! Since then my teaching style has evolved along with the current findings in Second Language Acquisition research. I focus on aiding students in lowering foreign language anxiety through building student agency and perceived self-efficacy. This leads to increased true self-efficacy and improved academic outcomes (Bandura, 1986). What does all this mean? I help students engage in directed discovery learning, provide explicit instruction when necessary, and methodically review in ways that encourage deep learning and high retention rates. Because foreign language anxiety is lowered, authentic communicative activities are painless in my lessons and prepare the student for real world situations.

As an instructor, I play the role of a coach. I enable students to focus on their goals and hold them accountable to accomplishing them. I promote student agency and allow students to make choices about their own learning; this way each lesson fits their individual needs and differences. Before being a teacher, I was a success coach for college students. Not only will you learn your target language from me, but also the metacognitive and self-regulatory skills necessary to get ahead in life, your career, and academia! Who else offers that?

Overall, I am passionate, dedicated, outgoing, sometimes silly, and, above all, motivating. I work hard as a student and instructor, always giving 110%. Sign up for a trial lesson and let's make an action plan together! It's time to reach your goals!

I look forward to working with you!

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English Language Instructor
May 2015 - Present
English Language Institute of the University of Florida

Teaching academic and informal English to international students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds at the English Language Institute at the University of Florida, accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation. Primary language skills taught include listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Specializing in high-beginning and low-intermediate level students and the instruction of self-regulation, anxiety reduction, and student agency skills and strategies.

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McNair Graduate Research Assistant
Aug 2014 - May 2015
University of Florida

Conducted research on the implicit and explicit acquisition of binomial expressions and to what extent they represent a psycholinguistic reality for native speakers of English as well as advanced English language learners. Duties included assisting in the development of research materials, administering multiple treatments of the experiment, analyzing cloud-based video recorded materials of learners during a grammaticality judgement task of frequent binomials for any and all examples of cognitive regulation such as private speech (silent, abbreviated and aloud) as well as manual gestures and cursor pacing. Finally, assistance was provided to the principal investigator during quantitative and qualitative analysis of final data as well as creation, revision, submission, and presentation of results.

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Success Coach
Aug 2012 - Apr 2014
Tiffin University

Built relationships with a diverse, non-traditional, online associate degree seeking student population through motivation, support and encouragement. Supported students' academic, career, and personal success through weekly phone meetings and showed continued support with engaging follow-up e-mails. Aided students in setting reasonable goals and creating action plans to further their success in higher education.Guided students through problem and conflict resolution and helped students connect with online support services and other resources. Maintained accurate student records by projecting, assessing, and reporting on student achievements and deficits. Maintained satisfactory persistence rates, successful outcomes, scheduling goals, and referral goals. Contributed to a positive overall student experience potential for student success in higher education through academic advising, life coaching, and career planning.

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French Teaching Associate
Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
Ohio University

Planned, organized, executed, and evaluated four weekly second language classes of French to beginning level undergraduate college students through immersion. Advised and promoted student self-regulation, responsibility, and agency individually outside of the classroom through multiple mediums such as e-mail and social media. Consistently used a variety of modern teaching strategies, multi-media presentations, and assessed student needs to result in unique, engaging, and unforgettable lessons resulting in higher student retention in future language classes and successful completion of language requirements as well.

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English Instructor
Oct 2009 - Jun 2010
French Government (TAPIF Program)

Actively engaged new and beginning-level students between the ages of six and ten in learning the English language. Created unique and individualized resources to supplement lessons. Successfully acquired efficient teaching pedagogy without engaged mentors or classroom supervision. Met students at their level through the use of games, songs, and arts and crafts in an immersion environment resulting in effective second language acquisition. Balanced and coordinated six weekly lessons for over 200 students and competently assessed student performance in the target language following individual classroom objectives.

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Doctorate of Philosophy in Linguistics
Sep 2014 - Present
University of Florida
Master of Arts in French
Aug 2010 - Jun 2012
Ohio University
Bachelor of Arts in French, Minor in Linguistics
Aug 2006 - Jun 2009
Ohio University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Certificate
Jun 2017
University of Florida

Endorsement of ability to teach second languages


Grinter Fellowship
Aug 2014
University of Florida Graduate School
Success Coach Extraordinaire
Dec 2013
Tiffin University
Outstanding Teaching Associate
May 2012
Ohio University Department of Modern Languages
McNair Scholar
Mar 2008
Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program


American Association of Applied Linguistics
Jan 2015

Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that addresses a broad range of language-related issues in order to understand their roles in the lives of individuals and conditions in society. It draws on a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches from various disciplines–from the humanities to the social and natural sciences–as it develops its own knowledge-base about language, its users and uses, and their underlying social and material conditions.

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Florida Foreign Language Association
Oct 2014

he Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the study and teaching of languages and cultures. Membership is open to educators of all levels (K-20) and all languages. FFLA is an affiliate of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and its member organizations include the Florida Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (FAATSP), the Florida chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF-FL), the Florida Association of Teachers of German (FATG), the Classical Association of Florida (CAF), the Florida Chinese Teachers Association (FCTA), the Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ), the Florida American Sign Language Teacher Association (FASLTA), and the Florida Foreign Language Association for Managers in Education (FFLAME).

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National Education Association
Aug 2014

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

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Linguistic Society of America
Aug 2014

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) was founded in 1924 to advance the scientific study of language. LSA plays a critical role in supporting and disseminating linguistic scholarship both to professional linguists and to the general public.

Graduate Assistants United
Aug 2014

Graduate Assistants United was founded in 1972 to improve the lives of all Graduate Assistants during their time at UF. As a recognized labor union, GAU gives Graduate Assistants the right to negotiate the terms of our employment through a contract with the University of Florida. Through GAU, we have won tuition waivers, free health insurance, regular pay increases, paid sick leave, due process rights, and a formal grievance procedure to enforce these rights.

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Ohio Foreign Language Association
Aug 2011

The Ohio Foreign Language Association is committed to articulated, standards-based world language study beginning in the primary grades, so that every learner, from early childhood through adult, acquires a high level of communicative and intercultural competence.

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Photos & Videos

Hi! Watch this video to get to know me!
My year in France!

I love learning!

Graduating from Ohio University with a Masters of Art in French

Having fun in front of the Eiffel Tower!

My visit to Marseille!
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5 Reviews

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Ana May 30, 2017
French · Online

Just had my first lesson with Amanda and am so pleased that I have more lessons scheduled with her. She is a very good teacher and the hour went by so fast!

Aleksandra May 25, 2017
English · In studio

I'm a learner of English as a second language and I can say with confidence that Amanda is one of the most passionate, dedicated, and successful teachers of language! Her methods are well researched, her experience extensive, and her personality amazing.

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Jenna May 21, 2017
French · In studio

Amazing. Highly recommend Amanda for her teaching skills and just being a great person to learn from.

Mel May 21, 2017
French · In studio

Amanda has an extensive background in and knowledge of French, and makes a great instructor to anyone trying to learn or improve both written and speaking skills in the language. She is passionate about language acquisition and very comfortable to work with. Highly recommended.

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Natalie A. May 16, 2017
French · In studio

Amanda is an incredible teacher of both French and ESL. She prepares extremely well for her classes and tailors her lesson plans to you individually so that you learn in a safe environment. Her specialization is reducing language anxiety, so she helps a lot with making you feel at ease to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. Highly recommend!

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