Saikou Balde

Saikou B.

Brooklyn, NY
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Saikou delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I am a native French speaker, born and raised in Paris.

I have always been the best student in French throughout my education in Paris, I got one of the highest grade for the written French exam during the baccalauréat in the Paris region. I love this language, combined with my love for reading, led me to write fiction and poetry that is starting to get some recognition both in France and the US.

I also hold a Master's Degree in International Business from a Grande Ecole de Commerce (elite business school) which led me to travel and study in Asia (South Korea and Japan) for an extended period of time where I was tutoring Korean students and expats both on grammar and conversational skills. I have continued tutoring in Paris and have now been a tutor for 6 years on and off.

I am a polyglot and speak 5 languages and know how to teach my students to get the perfect pronunciation. I can teach you everything from grammar, conversational french, to corporate business french, and my interpersonal skills makes me able to connect deeply and easily with children and adults ranging from all ages.

What I love about tutoring is that is a team work between the tutor and the student, bringing someone to reach his goals based on the comprehension of the vocabulary, the perfect pronunciation and step by step see the evolution.

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Writer and Poet, Self-employed
Jan 2013 - Present

Selected as part of the 2017 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Literary and Performing Arts. Currently editing a new
selection of poems that explore race, class, and identity. Upcoming publication of two poems in Poetry Corner Paris.
Publication in Words Without Borders Daily as part of the NYFA Immigrant Artist Program Literary Series.

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Masters in International Business and Management
Sep 2008 - Dec 2012
ESCEM – School of Business and Management, Tours, France


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Literary and Performing Arts Fellow
Sep 2017
New York Foundation for the Arts

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