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Levels Taught:
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.
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Mikayla teaches



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

Teaching since:
September 2013

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 over 12 years 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 am working on 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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English Professor
Sep 2017 - Present
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.

Private English/French Tutor
Nov 2014 - Present

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

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).

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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 - Jan 2014
Hoopes Family

Taught second grade math and science to a homeschooled 8 year old boy.

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
San Diego State Univeristy

Teaching assistant to EUROP 101 Introduction to European History.


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


DALF C1 - Diplôme approfondi de la langue française
Dec 2015

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.

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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.

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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."

Photos & Videos

My student Katherine visited me on her trip to France !

My student Brittany visiting me in Lyon !

In front of Mont St Michel in Northern France

My student Katlyn and I met up in Paris for dinner !

My student Joe and I met up in Geneva, Switzerland !

My student Jack and I meeting up in Paris !
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64 Reviews

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Stephen J. Oct 2, 2018
French · Online

Nora Sep 27, 2018
French · Online

you are the best teacher

Nora Sep 20, 2018
French · Online

you are the best teacher ever

Nora Sep 13, 2018
French · Online

you are the dest

Nora Sep 6, 2018
French · Online

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.

dianna Sep 4, 2018
French · Online

Nora Aug 16, 2018
French · Online

I loved the lesson and I love the word bonsoir! The lesson was amazing, it was the best experience ever in my life!

Hayley Jul 10, 2018
French · Online

Can't recommend Mikayla highly enough. She's so kind!๐Ÿ’›
---Kaye (very satisfied mom!)

christine Jul 3, 2018
French · Online

Hayley Jun 26, 2018
French · Online

Thanks for a great day, Mikayla. Can't wait for next week.

Antonella Jun 17, 2018
French · Online

My lesson with Mikayla went really well. I enjoyed the lesson and can't wait for the next one!!

Karen May 29, 2018
French · Online

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.

Venkat N. Apr 15, 2018
French · Online

A really good teacher who adapts to your way of learning and teaches accordingly. I would recommend her to anyone :)

Sarah Apr 12, 2018
French · Online

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.

Yinzhi T. Apr 12, 2018
ESL · Online

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.

Courtney Apr 8, 2018
French · Online

Janai H. Mar 25, 2018
French · Online

Awesome lesson. Very fun.

Avery W. Mar 18, 2018
French · Online

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.

Amber W. Mar 13, 2018
French · Online

So patient and kind!

Peta Feb 21, 2018
French · Online

Great first lesson .... thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š
Has given me confidence to keep persevering and very happy that the lessons will be tailored to my goals and needs.

Adam Feb 4, 2018
French · Online

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.

Nancy Jan 16, 2018
French · Online

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!

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Brooklyn Jan 2, 2018
French · Online

My daughter is learning so much and just loves Mikayla

christine Dec 28, 2017
French · Online

Stephen J. Dec 19, 2017
French · Online

As always, my lesson was great!

Joseph S. Oct 29, 2017
French · Online

fareeda Oct 17, 2017
ESL · Online

Marie L. Oct 3, 2017
French · Online

Valerie Aug 8, 2017
French · Online

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.

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Lisha Aug 6, 2017
French · Online

Amanda S. Jun 6, 2017
French · Online

Best teacher ever! So friendly and willing to take it at any speed you need.

Stephen J. Jun 5, 2017
French · Online

We had a great first lesson. Mikayla is great and I can't wait to continue the lessons.

Stephen J. Jun 1, 2017
French · Online

Enjoyed meeting Makayla. We had a great "first" lesson.

Shanta Apr 25, 2017
French · Online

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!!!

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Maura S. Apr 4, 2017
French · Online

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!

Hailey S. Mar 24, 2017
French · Online

Joe S. Mar 5, 2017
French · Online

Great teacher with wonderful patience for this struggling beginner student!

Alex Y. Feb 14, 2017
French · Online

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.

Alex Y. Feb 14, 2017
French · Online

Awesome first day!

Brandon C. Nov 6, 2016
Grammar · Online

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.

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Devin A. Oct 16, 2016
French · Online

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!!

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Brittany Pryby Sep 11, 2016
French · Online

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.

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Aidan S. Aug 23, 2016
French · Online

First lesson and already feeling Confident!! Totally recommend Mikayla! Great personality!!!

Brandon C. Aug 22, 2016
Grammar · Online

Great teacher! She is very patient and understanding.

Gina J. Jul 31, 2016
French · Online

Very patient and so easy to work with. She makes me excited to continue learning this difficult at times language! Très bien ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Arthur S. Jun 14, 2016
French · Online

Mikayla is fabulous! Very respectful and sensitive to student's needs.I recommend her without qualification.

Peter D. Jun 5, 2016
French · Online

Great lesson - it's really great to learn French from someone that actually lives in France. I look forward to more lessons with Mikayla.

Alexandra H. May 1, 2016
French · Online

Awesome first class for my 7 year old. Looking forward to the next!

Leah Apr 28, 2016
French · Online

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!

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Cadence C. Mar 27, 2016
French · Online

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!

Candace C. Feb 25, 2016
French · Online

Excellent, affable and patient teacher. It is helpful to receive the homework with more lead time before the class.

Erin Ong Feb 20, 2016
French · Online

She is patient and personable. I look forward to next week's lesson!

Colson M. Feb 14, 2016
French · Online

Great first lesson! My daughter is excited to learn more.

Janet Addair Feb 1, 2016
French · Online

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!

Paul Bader Jan 15, 2016
French · Online

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.

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Gray P. Dec 14, 2015
French · Online

Mikayla is so patient with my 6 year old son. We really enjoy his lessons!

Katherine Schroeder Nov 2, 2015
French · Online

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.

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Paul Bader Oct 29, 2015
French · Online

Elle est exceptionnelle!

Caitlin Jul 22, 2015
French · In studio

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!

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Heidi E. Jul 18, 2015
French · Online

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!

Maribel Socorro Jul 11, 2015
French · Online

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!

Nicolas M. Jun 15, 2015
ESL · In studio

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.

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Jamie R. May 26, 2015
Language · Online

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!

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David R. Apr 2, 2015
French · Online

Mikayla is an excellent French teacher. She is patient, knowledgeable, and is enthusiastic about teaching.

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