Mikayla Sibner
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Mikayla Sibner

Mikayla S.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In my year of teaching ESL I have found a lot of fun ways to transmit a language across cultures. My main goal is that you will be able to communicate, not just conjugate things correctly. We will start with oral comprehension and responses but quickly move on to reading and writing. I'll have worksheets, listening exercise, games and more to help you learn and grow. Lessons can be taught in French or English.

About Mikayla S.

Bonjour tout le monde ! (Hello everyone!)

My name is Mikayla and I cannot wait to meet and teach you my favorite language and life's passion. I have been speaking French for half my life now and I have loved it since day one. I earned my Bachelors in French and Francophone Studies with a minor in European History from San Diego State University in 2014, lived and worked as and English and French teacher in Nîmes (south of France) and I now live in Lyon where I just completed my Masters-FLES (teaching French as a second and foreign language).

I tailor my lessons to fit my students. I look at your level, background, age and goals to find the best course of action for us to take. We work on grammar and vocabulary of course, but also phonetics and French and Francophone culture !

I like to keep my lessons fun and interactive and I pull resources from many different places. Currently the books I'm using for instruction are: Latitudes, Adomania, Alter Ego, Tex's French Grammar, Liberté, and SuperMax. I also use many online exercises, songs, videos, and articles to supplement for listening and reading exercises.

Because I live in France, it may appear that my availability isn't all that great -- please note that I am very flexible and I am certain that we can find a time that works for both of us. If this is the case please contact me with times you were hoping to do.

Don't hesitate with any questions !
À bientôt ! (see you soon)

Here is an article I wrote for the TakeLessons blog if you'd like to check it out ! http://takelessons.com/blog/fall-in-france-z04

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Posted Nov 3, 2020
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Lovely first lesson. My daughters (7 and 9) enjoyed it and are excited for their next time! She was great in her interactions with the kids. Looking forward to working with Mikayla!

Posted Oct 29, 2020
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Posted Oct 29, 2020
Clare
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We are so lucky to have found Mikayla! A gifted teacher with a substantial educational background specifically in the French language. She relates so well to kids, builds confidence and my daughter learns alot while having fun.

Posted Oct 6, 2020
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Posted May 14, 2019
Cathy
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My first lesson with Mikayla was great! She was very easy to talk to and gave me some good ideas and the encouragement I needed to begin my lessons in French. I am very excited for my next lesson.

Posted Apr 28, 2019
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Posted Apr 9, 2019
Katelyn
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Mikayla is great at breaking down difficult information so that it is easier to comprehend. She walks you through things step-by-step until you feel comfortable. I feel that my lessons are tailored to my learning goals. Mikayla is very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I always look forward to my classes and feel excited to learn!

Posted Feb 12, 2019
dianna
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I am very grateful to Mikayla for instructing me on learning French. I am a beginner and am feeling more confident with each lesson, being able to go at my own pace is great especially since I have 2 kids and am very busy with them and their activities. The one on one interaction online is perfect for me so I can be in the comfort of my own home.

Posted Feb 5, 2019
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aosme

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Nora
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awsome

Posted Nov 29, 2018
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Nora
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the best

Posted Nov 15, 2018
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Posted Nov 6, 2018
Nora
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she is the best

Posted Nov 1, 2018
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Posted Oct 2, 2018
Nora
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you are the best teacher

Posted Sep 27, 2018
Nora
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you are the best teacher ever

Posted Sep 20, 2018
Nora
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you are the dest

Posted Sep 13, 2018
Nora
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l had a great time. do you still want to do it during the week. if it is to late for you that is fin.

Posted Sep 6, 2018
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Posted Sep 4, 2018
Nora
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I loved the lesson and I love the word bonsoir! The lesson was amazing, it was the best experience ever in my life!

Posted Aug 16, 2018
Hayley
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Can't recommend Mikayla highly enough. She's so kind!💛
---Kaye (very satisfied mom!)

Posted Jul 10, 2018
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Posted Jul 3, 2018
Hayley
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Thanks for a great day, Mikayla. Can't wait for next week.

Posted Jun 26, 2018
Antonella
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My lesson with Mikayla went really well. I enjoyed the lesson and can't wait for the next one!!

Posted Jun 17, 2018
Karen
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My first lesson with Mikayla was great. She is very easy going and nice to talk to. Introduction was superb, and we went over something that will help me throughout my learning.

Posted May 29, 2018
Venkat N.
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A really good teacher who adapts to your way of learning and teaches accordingly. I would recommend her to anyone :)

Posted Apr 15, 2018
Sarah
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Super patient and flexible! She worked with all four of my kids aged 4-10, was fun, enthusiastic, flexible, patient. She really did a wonderful job of getting everyone to participate and learn some French in a challenging environment.

Posted Apr 12, 2018
Yinzhi T.
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I really enjoyed my first class with Mikayla. She is great and very patient and positive. I am looking forward to have more class with her in the future.

Posted Apr 12, 2018
Courtney
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Posted Apr 8, 2018
Janai H.
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Awesome lesson. Very fun.

Posted Mar 25, 2018
Avery W.
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Avery loves Mikayla! She feels comfortable and not afraid to attempt speaking a new language. Although she is shy, Mikayla makes her feel like it is a safe environment to learn.

Posted Mar 18, 2018
Amber W.
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So patient and kind!

Posted Mar 13, 2018
Peta
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Great first lesson .... thank you 😊
Has given me confidence to keep persevering and very happy that the lessons will be tailored to my goals and needs.

Posted Feb 21, 2018
Adam
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It has been a great experience for me. She is a very good tutor and it has been reflected in my improvement in French grades and understanding.

Posted Feb 4, 2018
Nancy
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Mikayla est magnifique! My children ages 7 and 9 have been taking online lessons from Mikayla for over a year now, and they have made tremendous progress. At first, I was a little nervous about the online format, but they quickly grew to love her and await their virtual lessons eagerly as though they were in person. My children are very exuberant and not always the most cooperative, but she has the patience of a saint and cheerfully though steadily pushes them to learn. I'm amazed at what they've absorbed, and they take great pride in what they've learned. When we travelled to Canada they loved deciphering signs (everything is bilingual) and trying out some simple conversation in French whenever the opportunity arose. They're always on the lookout for French so they can show what they know. I'm especially impressed at their pronunciation. Those sounds are not easy for non-native speaker, but over the past year they're saying words and phrases in a way that suggests much more interaction with French-speakers than they actually have. Their pronunciation surpasses even what they were able to do with their previous in-person TakeLessons teacher, who was a native speaker. When that teacher left for an engineering job, the only option with TakeLessons seemed to be online, and I pored over the profiles for months before settling on Mikayla. Though she is not a native speaker, she is living in France and studying to teach French as a foreign language. I suspected that her pedagogical training would help my children learn French more systematically and academically, and I was right. French is not an easy language to speak, read, or write, and at times they've grumbled from the mental strain. (They're now also studying Latin, which is a breeze since they recognize so many of the words from French.) Still, they cannot bear to leave their lessons with Mikayla. They love and look forward to them every week. She almost seems part of the family! Merci beaucoup, Mikayla!

Posted Jan 16, 2018
Brooklyn
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My daughter is learning so much and just loves Mikayla

Posted Jan 2, 2018
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Posted Dec 28, 2017
Stephen J.
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As always, my lesson was great!

Posted Dec 19, 2017
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Posted Oct 3, 2017
Valerie
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Mikayla made our first lesson easy and fun - the hour just flew by! She is very knowledgeable about local customs/expectations, and that's just the type of guidance we are looking for to be ready for our trip to France. Her lesson plans are well organized, and having the power point (with her hand-written notes) emailed to us is so helpful for studying between lessons.

Posted Aug 8, 2017
Lisha
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Amanda S.
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Best teacher ever! So friendly and willing to take it at any speed you need.

Posted Jun 6, 2017
Stephen J.
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We had a great first lesson. Mikayla is great and I can't wait to continue the lessons.

Posted Jun 5, 2017
Stephen J.
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Enjoyed meeting Makayla. We had a great "first" lesson.

Posted Jun 1, 2017
Shanta
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Mikayla is an absolutely amazing teacher!! I enrolled my 10 year old daughter in Take Lessons during the summer of 2016 to prepare her for a new private school atmosphere. Honestly, I was hesitant, this was her first time being exposed to a second language. I'm happy to say, Mikayla helped her rise to the occassion! She is not only excelling in her class but she is speaking French fluently and confidently volunteering for roles in various plays at her school. She is currently one of the top students in her class and is always eager to share her week with Mikayla to be challenged with new goals. We will continue our journey with Mikayla as long as my daughter continues to master the love and language of the French Culture. We highly recommend taking lessons with Mikayla!!!

Posted Apr 25, 2017
Maura S.
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Mikayla is wonderful and I'm really enjoying our lessons! She makes learning French fun and easy to understand and follow along. I'm excited to continue working with her to learn the French language!

Posted Apr 4, 2017
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Posted Mar 24, 2017
Joe S.
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Great teacher with wonderful patience for this struggling beginner student!

Posted Mar 5, 2017
Alex Y.
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Our first lesson was awesome! Mikayla listened, guided, and I feel is preparing to take me to the next level. Can't wait for our next lesson.

Posted Feb 14, 2017
Alex Y.
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Awesome first day!

Posted Feb 14, 2017
Brandon C.
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Mikayla is a great teacher. She has helped an old hard headed person like myself to improve the grammar and spelling in my work emails. In all of my life I never thought grammar would be fun but somehow she made it fun even for me. With every class, I gain confidence in my writing and spelling skills. Before starting my lessons with her, I tried to keep my work emails to one sentence statements, and would respond to most emails and text-messages with a phone call. Not anymore, I do not have any fears of replying to emails with a long detailed statement. If Mikayla can help an old slow person like myself, imagine what she could do for you or your child.

Posted Nov 6, 2016
Devin A.
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This is our fourth week with Mikayla. As a mom, I can already tell a difference in my son's ability to make english to French connection. His confidence is up supremely in class and most importantly, he seems to be enjoying learning the language more. Working with Mikayla is something my son looks forward to weekly. Incorporating lessons with her has greatly improved my son's success in French class. I only wish we had incorporated lessons with her sooner. Extremely satisfied!!

Posted Oct 16, 2016
Brittany Pryby
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I have been taking French lessons with Mikayla for the past 10 months. She has been an excellent teacher and has tailored her lessons perfectly to fit my speed of learning and specific interests. Her lessons are clear, fun, and challenging. She is very personable and friendly, but won't hesitate to correct you on a missed liaison or forgotten conjugation. I've been living in Paris for the past 6 months and and have had my pronunciation complimented many times as a result. In addition to learning the language, she has helped me understand French culture and mannerisms to help ease the transition into a new country. I would highly recommend Mikayla as a teacher to anyone and look forward to my continued lessons with her in the future.

Posted Sep 11, 2016
Aidan S.
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First lesson and already feeling Confident!! Totally recommend Mikayla! Great personality!!!

Posted Aug 23, 2016
Brandon C.
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Great teacher! She is very patient and understanding.

Posted Aug 22, 2016
Gina J.
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Very patient and so easy to work with. She makes me excited to continue learning this difficult at times language! Très bien 👍🏻

Posted Jul 31, 2016
Arthur S.
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Mikayla is fabulous! Very respectful and sensitive to student's needs.I recommend her without qualification.

Posted Jun 14, 2016
Peter D.
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Great lesson - it's really great to learn French from someone that actually lives in France. I look forward to more lessons with Mikayla.

Posted Jun 5, 2016
Alexandra H.
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Awesome first class for my 7 year old. Looking forward to the next!

Posted May 1, 2016
Leah ..
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Mikayla is great! I really wanted someone to help me figure out a path to learn French, but also that one-on-one help to correct my pronunciation along the way. She is super nice and really patient and makes it so that it's not intimidating to try to speak French, or to make mistakes. She's awesome!

Posted Apr 28, 2016
Cadence C.
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I'm a fourth grader (almost fifth) and am taking French soon. Today was my first day and I've already learned so much! I highly recommend Mikayla for a French tutor!

Posted Mar 27, 2016
Candace C.
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Excellent, affable and patient teacher. It is helpful to receive the homework with more lead time before the class.

Posted Feb 25, 2016
Erin Ong
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She is patient and personable. I look forward to next week's lesson!

Posted Feb 20, 2016
Colson M.
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Great first lesson! My daughter is excited to learn more.

Posted Feb 14, 2016
Janet Addair
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Mikayla does a great job of helping with my pronunciation and some of the cultural customs I will need on my visit. She makes the class a great deal of fun!

Posted Feb 1, 2016
Paul Bader
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I have now finished my 10th lesson with Mikayla. I could not be more pleased.
After many previous failed attempts to learn French, I am really starting to get it!
Mikayla is a wonderful communicator. Her lessons are made to my needs, and well organized. Her personality can be explained as enthusiastic and charming. Before and after each lesson with her I find myself excited and encouraged. and I am anxious for my next lesson.

Posted Jan 15, 2016
Gray P.
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Mikayla is so patient with my 6 year old son. We really enjoy his lessons!

Posted Dec 14, 2015
Katherine Schroeder
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Lessons with Mikayla have been exactly what I was looking for! She's punctual, easy to communicate with, friendly and tailors the lessons to your particular level - even adjusting during the lesson if she sees that you are ready to move forward faster than her original plan. If you're looking for a French instructor I would highly recommend her.

Posted Nov 2, 2015
Paul Bader
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Elle est exceptionnelle!

Posted Oct 29, 2015
Caitlin
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Mikayla and I paired up to have our students write pen pal letters to each other. Mikayla's students were French children learning English and my students were American with no representation of the French language in the classroom. Mikayla crafted lessons which encorporated videos she made herself which made the French language accessible to my students. She was engaging and enthusiastic. My students were confidant and proud of the work they completed and looked forward to our letters arriving. The English written by French students wad impeccable and I am certain this can be credited to Mikayla's diligence and passion for teaching.

Thanks Mikayla!

Posted Jul 22, 2015
Heidi E.
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Mikayla has the qualities one is looking for in an instructor. She learns what your learning style is and learning goals. Mikayla is very fun! Her mastery of the French language is excellent! The lessons are very stress-free. I highly recommend her!

Posted Jul 18, 2015
Maribel Socorro
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I had my firts lesson and loved it, Mikayla is very nice and patient... Im excited for my next lessons and have homework and practice to do!

Posted Jul 11, 2015
Nicolas M.
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I’m French and have had English lessons for 6 months. Mikayla is such an enthusiastic teacher ! She’s passionate about teaching and deeply involved in what she’s doing. Talking to her feels so natural. She knows how to make students feel confident and she’s really comfortable to be around. Beautiful memories, beautiful teaching. Never had I improved my English that way just within a few months. I am so grateful to her and so disappointed that it didn’t last longer. I highly recommend her as a teacher. Best regards.

Posted Jun 15, 2015
Jamie R.
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Oh my goodness, I can only say Mikayla is just perfect. She is so kind, so sweet, so lovely to listen to her speak French, totally looks the part of a Parisian model, and consistently puts a smile upon my daughter’s face. Seriously, what else could you want? We are so happy we found her!

Posted May 26, 2015
David R.
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Mikayla is an excellent French teacher. She is patient, knowledgeable, and is enthusiastic about teaching.

Posted Apr 2, 2015

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Experience

E-learning content creation and consulting
Jul 2019 - Present

Campus Cloud

I create videos for language learners along with activities and exercises. For English and French.

Founder
Mar 2019 - Present

Pardon My French Learning

I started Pardon My French Learning which is a site dedicated to learning French. It has videos, exercises, explanations and more. It also has it's own instagram page with a word of the day with pronunciation.

English and French teacher
Nov 2018 - Present

Nova Performance

I work as a business English and French teacher. I also create video content for the company and I write grammar videos as well as listening comprehension videos.

Private English/French Tutor
Nov 2014 - Present

Self

Private English and French lessons in Nimes and Lyon, France.

English Professor
Sep 2017 - May 2018

Université de Lyon 2

I teach at l'Université de Lyon 2 in their language center as an English teacher. I also teach in the faculté LEA (langues étrangères appliquées) as an English professor.

French as a Second Language teacher
Feb 2017 - May 2017

Rencontre Internationale

Internship at a private French language school in Nîmes, France. Teaching beginning and intermediate French classes as well as phonetics. Goal is to help non-native speakers integrate into French society with a sufficient level of French to be able to find work or be comfortable with communicating in France (FLI - Français langue d'integration).

Language Teaching Assistant
Oct 2014 - May 2015

French Minister of Education

Taught English classes to French students in elementary schools in Nîmes, France.

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

San Diego State Univeristy

Teaching assistant to EUROP 101 Introduction to European History.

Education

Master FLES -parcours diffusion de français TIC (Master in Teaching French as a second and foreign language with a specialization in online teaching)
Sep 2016 - Sep 2018

Université Lyon 2 Lumière

Diplôme Universitaire Etudes Françaises Niveau C1
Jan 2016 - May 2016

Université d'Avignon - University of Avignon

Bachelors of French and Francophone Studies
Aug 2011 - May 2014

San Diego State Univeristy

French as a Foreign Language
Oct 2012 - Jun 2013

University of Paris VIII - Vincennes-Saint-Denis

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

DALF C1 - Diplôme approfondi de la langue française
Dec 2015

CIEP

Diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to prove French language skills to non French candidates. Levels based off of the Council of Europe' s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). C1 equates to advanced proficiency with only one level above C2 which shows complete mastery and fluency.

Affiliations

Phi Beta Kappa
May 2014
The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.
Phi Kappa Phi
May 2012
Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

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