Sophie Dormal

Sophie D.

La Jolla, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My name is Sophie, I am a native French speaker from Belgium and have over fifteen years of teaching experience. After being a middle school language teacher for years I realized that my passion was for tutoring adults and teenagers one on one or in small groups. I love to build on whatever foundations (if any) my students already have and my approach is fun and interactive, the goal being to communicate as much as possible. I like to think that I make my students confortable enough to actually speak French when in real life situations. That is done by using a lot of open-ended activities such as dialogues, improvisations, Flashcards, games etc.

About Sophie D.

My name is Sophie, I am a native French speaker from Belgium and have over fifteen years of teaching experience. After being a middle school language teacher for years I realized that my passion was for tutoring adults and teenagers one on one or in small groups. I love to build on whatever foundations (if any) my students already have and my approach is fun and interactive, the goal being to communicate as much as possible. I like to think that I make my students confortable enough to actually speak French when in real life situations. That is done by using a lot of open-ended activities such as dialogues, improvisations, Flashcards, games etc.

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Liz
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She is wonderful and a great teacher, we are glad we found her!

Posted Apr 23, 2019
Ralph K.
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Great teacher.

Posted Jan 15, 2019
Natasa B.
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Sophie has been really good with my girl.

Posted Apr 5, 2018
Sebastian
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I booked 5 lessons with Sophie to brush up my French language skills during my holidays. Sophie is a very professional and kind teacher and helped me a lot. She adapts to students needs to get a maximum learning effect out of the time.

Posted Oct 6, 2017
Mathilde
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I would like to thank Sophie for these lessons in English!
I learnt a lot of vocabulary, sentences thanks to conversations and exercices!
She's a very nice and welcoming person! When i come back in Carlsbad, i'll take another lessons with her, for sure!!

Posted Nov 24, 2015
Sharon A.
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It was such fun to try to remember our hight school and college french. Sophie was very good at getting us to speak. She made us feel very comfortable.

Posted Nov 10, 2015
Kathy H.
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Sophie was friendly and engaging from the start. She eased me into speaking French after several years of no study. I have good homework to do and look forward to our next lesson.

Posted Oct 15, 2015
Rhoda

A very knowledgeable teacher, strong on grammar and au courant conversation style. Creative in lesson planning and her classes are a pleasure to attend.

Posted Jul 26, 2015
diana
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I have been with Sophie in a French conversation class for some years with other people and also have taken private sessions with her, both have been rewarding, interesting, enjoyable and professional. Sophie is a lovely person, who loves sharing her language with you, with her I have kept my interest for French alive and have been able to continue to gain language skills and insight through her. For me, it has been so fortunate that our paths crossed, she is an exceptional person and teacher.

Posted Jul 23, 2015
Marion

Class is very dynamic, lots of different methods to teach, new vocabulary every week .

Posted Jul 22, 2015
Suzette Miller
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I have to say that of all the many language lessons I have taken in my life, I have never see such progression in just a short amount of time! Sophie's technique is exceptionally effective and was personalized to my life and language goals. She is professional yet also very pleasant, friendly and interesting to talk to. I plan to return to her as soon as I'm ready to take up studying French once again! Merci Sophie!

Posted Jul 22, 2015
Matt
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Sophie is an incredibly patient, kind, and wonderful teacher. She always went above and beyond to provide a comfortable & convenient setting for lessons. More than that, she is a very intelligent, down-to-earth person who will make your experience very personal and enjoyable. I've never had a tutor like Sophie, and I could only hope that I would get some lessons from her again someday!

Posted Jul 22, 2015
Paul J.
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Sophie is excellent and is my absolute go-to in San Diego. Believe me, I know because I have had several French tutors/teachers in the San Diego and Bay area. She is a keen listener and will tailor your lessons to your personal or professional needs. Sophie is also great at providing a nice flowing lesson while still providing a good academic backbone to what you are studying. Stop your search, she's it. -Paul Jeffrey, Academic Services Advisor, Kaplan College

Posted Jul 21, 2015

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Experience

middle school teacher-subjects: English, Dutch and French
Sep 2004 - Jun 2010

Athénée Royal Paul Delvaux Ottignies LLN

Language teacher-Elementary/Highschool

Education

Bachelor degree in Education-subjects: English, Dutch and French
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004

Haute École Paul Henri Spaak- Ministère de la Communauté Française de Belgique

Languages

French

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

TESOL teaching qualification
Jul 2004

TEFL International Shangai, China

Four weeks intensive program- delivered by the College of International Education-East China University of Science and Technology.
ELS language Centers NYC Advanced
Aug 2000

Accredited Council for Continuing Education and Training

Listed by the U.S. Secretary of Education. English courses-Adelphi Unviersity, Manhattan.

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