Bobbie Mitzel
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Bobbie Mitzel

Bobbie M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
SPECIAL AREAS: IB study and exams, comprehensible input

GROUPS: Small groups are possible, please let me know how many you wish to have in your group and I can make the appropriate arrangements.

I am a professional public school teacher, and have been tutoring and teaching since 2013. I have worked primarily with teens and adults, but welcome all ages to join me in their learning adventure.

I'm happy to say that I am a very flexible teacher. Together we will find the best way for you to learn and feel successful in French. Specifically, I speak of two main options: traditional school learning and a method called comprehensible input.

*Traditional learning is something you're probably familiar with and may have experienced in learning a lesson. This is the textbook, worksheet, grammar repetition version of learning. For some people, this works for them. This is how I learned French, and some find success with it. However, if you've ever felt this wasn't the best method for you (or you'd like to try something new), please keep reading.

*Comprehensible input is an approach that allows us to dive right into French, no matter the topic and no matter your level. That's right, even a beginner will find success this way! Comprehensible input emphasizes learning grammar and vocabulary in context (for example, through reading or listening to a simple story), which is much more effective in making the information stick. Think of it this way: this is exactly how you learned your native language! Your parents did not sit down with you and a vocabulary list or grammar charts to teach you; you learned language as you encountered it. It works!

Clearly, I'm excited about the comprehensible input method, but I can also help you with traditional study as well. Like I said, it may be what works better for you! So let me know what you're thinking and let's get started! Allons-y! (Let's go!)

About Bobbie M.

SPECIAL AREAS: IB exams, comprehensible input

I'm a lover of languages and learning. To me, speaking another language is like unlocking a secret to another world and I love sharing that feeling with others. I first started learning French in 1993. My 7th grade best friend and I thought it would be very cool to learn French. We had those adolescent daydreams of speaking a "secret" language to one another as we walked down the hall. We didn't quite get there in 7th grade, but French absolutely grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Even after our family moved to a small town that didn't offer French, I still studied on my own until I eventually went to college. The rest is history!

My friends describe me as casual, friendly, helpful, and understanding. My goal is to help you reach your goals, whether that means casual phrases for vacation time or building to full fluency. To do this, I listen to the things you want to learn instead of telling you what you must learn. As a certified public school teacher, I know how to structure our conversations to get where you want to go.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Language and Literature, and a Master of Arts in Teaching. I have been tutoring and teaching in public high schools since 2013 and am excited to start an online endeavor with you! I have experience teaching in an IB school and can help you prepare for the IB exam. I also have experience teaching English Language Learners.


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2 Reviews
Kathryn S.
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Flexible. Very easy to work with. Most interested in helping me learn French

Posted Jan 20, 2021
Dario R.
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After just one lesson, my son's attitude towards French has changed and improved. He is looking forward to continuing his work with Bobbie.

Posted Oct 19, 2020

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IB French Teacher
Sep 2017 - Present

Federal Way Public Schools

French and English Tutor
Sep 2013 - Present



Master of Arts, Teaching
Jul 2016 - May 2017

University of Portland

Bachelor of Arts, French Language and Literature
Jan 2012 - Mar 2015

Portland State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Washington State Teaching License
May 2017



Pacific Northwest Council for Languages
Aug 2019
PNCFL – Pacific Northwest Council For Languages – advocates for the value of world languages as a core curriculum and supports language policies that reflect this ideal. In order to foster professional growth among language educators, PNCFL connects them at regional and national levels. PNCFL inspires world language educators to improve instruction for all students through professional development and leadership opportunities.
Washington Association for Language Teaching
Aug 2019
Founded in 1964, the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) serves a membership of 400 to 600 elementary through university level language teachers. WAFLT seeks to meet the needs of a profession dedicated to the teaching of world language skills and cultural awareness by providing information and sensitive global perspectives in an era of ever-increasing internationalization.
Alliance Française de Seattle
Aug 2019
Our principal mission is to promote the appreciation of the French language and francophone cultures, and to encourage friendship and collaboration with the French-speaking world.
American Association of Teachers of French
Aug 2019
The AATF is the only professional association devoted exclusively to the needs of French teachers at all levels. The mission of the AATF is to advance the study of the French language and French-speaking literatures and cultures both in schools and in the general public. Membership is open to anyone interested in the teaching of French who is over the age of 18.
Phi Sigma Iota
Jan 2013
Phi Sigma Iota recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study or teaching of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture. These fields include not only modern foreign languages, but also Classics, Linguistics, Philology, Comparative Literature, Bilingual Education, Second Language Acquisition and other interdisciplinary programs with a significant foreign language component. Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. There are approximately 250 chapters of Phi Sigma Iota at institutions of higher learning in the US, Mexico and France.
Phi Theta Kappa
Mar 2010
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

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