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Introduction: 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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Nancy F.

French Lessons

Sophie listens to your goals, and develops a program with grammar and conversation. Very patient. No matter what level , focus is to speak French during lesson. Always opens lesson with conversation to help you relax, get comfortable. Gives tips on common conversational phrases. Keeps lessons simple, and will speak English when needed. Wants you to succeed.
Jan 9, 2021
O'Neill S.

French Lessons

Sophie is an amazing teacher! Her teaching style is wonderful. She creates a great learning environment. I hope to have a long relationship with her. My love of French is back!
Jan 17, 2021
Scott K.

French Lessons

Sophie has been an excellent teacher that tailors my lessons to my specific needs, and who augments the lessons with ad hoc conversation in French to reinforce concepts.
Feb 1, 2017
Tammy K.

My daughter looks forward to her two weekly French sessions with Sophie. Her educational training as a middle school teacher in Belgium has prepared her for working 1:1 and 1:2 with her pupils. She is all 5 of the above qualities.
Feb 20, 2020
Rosemary C. B.

Sophie is a very patient teacher. She uses many tools to teach French. She is very supportive and finds many ways to get a concept across tiger students. She is gracious and used humor at times to make learning easier. Highly recommended!
Feb 17, 2020
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Sophie Dormal


  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Bachelor degree in education and languages (Belgium-2004). Multiple teacher trainings such as TEFL (U.K, China, Belgium). Volunteering in different French-American schools.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I always loved languages in school. I learned Dutch and English when lived in Belgium and decided to become a language teacher when I was high school. My own teachers were just so GOOD! I got a bachelor degree in education and worked in a middle school teaching Dutch and English as a foreign language for 6 years. I got tenure but then my met husband who was moving to San Diego. I tagged along and switched to teaching French- my native language-. The passion for teaching a language has never left me, it’s been 11 years now and I still love love love what I do!

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