Macs Smith

Macs S.

Annandale, VA

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Macs delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+

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I am a professor in French with a PhD from Princeton University and a bachelors from the College of William and Mary. I've taught all levels of French at Princeton over the past six years. As a researcher I'm an expert on Paris, street art, and parkour. I can tell you anything you want to know about French architecture. While I don't actually do graffiti or parkour, I do participate in a lot of theater and have acted in and directed plays in French and English. I've traveled all over the world to study French theater, even to Tokyo, and I have come to the conclusion that everyone would benefit from watching theater in languages they don't understand.


Assistant in Instruction
Sep 2012 - May 2018
Princeton University

I taught French grammar, culture, and literature from the 101 to the advanced level.


PhD in French
Sep 2011 - May 2018
Princeton University
BA in French and English
Aug 2007 - May 2011
College of William and Mary


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Alfred Foulet Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching
May 2016
Department of French and Italian, Princeton University
Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship for Distinguished Graduate Work
May 2015
Princeton University
St. Onge Prize in French
May 2011
Department of Modern Languages, College of William and Mary
Borish Prize in English
May 2011
Department of English, College of William and Mary


Modern Language Association, The
Jan 2018

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Evan Jun 17, 2018
French · In studio

Macs is a marvelously effective teacher. I took French language classes under him in Paris and Avignon as a part of a larger program in France, and at the time, I had absolutely no experience with the language. Macs accomplished the impossible task of making proficient French speakers of me and a few other beginners as quickly as possible, so that we could buy food, understand daily French theater performances, and keep up with class discussions and lectures (the main parts of the program). Lessons with Macs were efficient, productive, and enjoyable. I still to this day have a better grasp on the language than friends who have spent much longer in French classes, all thanks to Macs.

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Sam May 15, 2018
French · In studio

Macs was the best language teacher I've ever had. Not only does he epitomize professionalism, but he finds a way to connect with each of his students on a personal level and get the best out of them. I've watched Macs teach students of all levels, and all of us found him engaging, energetic, and deeply knowledgable. Macs' vast repertoire of pedagogic techniques, games, and other ways to invigorate his lesson plans made sure that every lesson was new, fun, and interesting, while managing to actually articulate important information as well. I could go on and on... In a group or one-on-one setting, I can't recommend Macs enough.

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George May 13, 2018
French · Online

I cannot recommend Macs highly enough! I was lacking so much confidence before I started lessons with him, and he has helped me grow so much. I now feel confident in all areas of French, especially speaking, and he has managed to give me a strong grasp of grammar along the way! I never felt like I had to work hard, everything was so natural and he put me so much at ease that it felt like just a normal conversation with a friend, but I learnt so much grammar along the way! His explanations are always super clear and he really knows his stuff, but it never feels boring. He has loads of exciting and different ways of teaching, from theatre exercises to watching YouTube clips, but also manages to make sure you reach your goals and learn everything on your syllabus. Really really friendly and helpful teacher and such a kind guy, I would absolutely recommend Macs!!

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Michael May 12, 2018
French · In studio

Macs was my french teacher for one semester here at Princeton, and I can say without a doubt that he was the best professor I've had here so far!! First of all, I learned an incredible amount of french under his tutelage. Prior to taking Macs' class, I had taken french for a number of years in high school, as well as one semester in college, but I never really came close to conversational proficiency. One semester with Macs helped me progress to that level and more; I was even able to read a novel entirely in French by the end of the class. Secondly, Macs is just a genuine person who truly cares about his students. He met with me one on one several times, both to help me with French as well as to talk about life. Overall, you could not ask for a better instructor!!

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Jonathan May 12, 2018
French · In studio

Macs has easily been my best and favorite French instructor in my 6 years of taking French. He is easy to understand, very flexible, and extremely dedicated to teaching students to truly learn the language - not just teaching how to do well on tests/exams. His lessons integrate great conversational learning as well as focusing on bettering grammar usage and pronunciation. Overall, learning with Macs was a lot of fun and I would continue my French education with him if I could!

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Audrey May 12, 2018
French · In studio

I had the privilege of taking two semesters with Macs while he taught at Princeton, and I learned more French with him than I had in the previous seven years of taking the language. He is a brilliant, engaging, and compassionate teacher who emphasizes the importance of learning about French culture alongside grammar and vocabulary. He is always willing to spend as much time as possible with students outside of class hours in order to ensure that everyone feels confident with the material. He offers constructive and thoughtful feedback, and it is readily apparent that Macs wants his students to both succeed in their studies and love French just as much as he does. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone at any level who is interested in taking French.

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