About Cécilia

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Salut!

I’m Cécilia, and I’ll be your teacher at Hello French. I’m so excited you’ve made the decision to start learning (or reviving) French! Here are a few things I’d like you to know about me:

 

I was born and raised in Paris, immersed in traditional French values and Parisian culture. Since moving to the U.S. 15 years ago, I have spent time beaching & studying in Miami and hustling in New York City, eventually making Brooklyn my home.

 

I’ve been teaching French for over a decade, privately tutoring and leading group workshops for all ages and skill levels. My background in linguistics and the performing arts has helped me craft a teaching method that my students find highly effective.

 

Most importantly, I find the best way for students to learn (and for me to teach) is through a fun, interactive, and culturally-rich environment. That means no outdated textbooks, no boring grammar lectures, and no bullshit.

Studies

I studied Linguistics at New York University and Romance Languages (French and Spanish) at Hunter College (City University of New York) where I graduated Summa Cum Laude. 

 

I also studied Theatre at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and graduated from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (Film & TV).

 

I am fluent in Spanish and the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).

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Teaching Experience

GROUP

2019: Leading a Corporate Workshop at Prose: 10-Week French Language and Culture workshop, including culinary tastings.

 

2018: Instructing at Kiddy and Junior Classes (International School in Bruxelles, Belgium): Daily French courses for international students taught exclusively in French.

 

2015 - 2016: Leading a Workshop for Performing Artists: Bi-weekly 2-hour Arts + Current Events conversational group lessons.

2013: Teaching at Act French New York: 3-hour Basic French, including acting games and wine and cheese tastings.

PRIVATE

Tutoring: In the last decade, I have privately tutored over 100 students of all levels and ages. Here are some testimonials!

TRANSLATOR

English to French: Film and voice-over script translation for the NYC TV & Movie Tour of On Location Tours.

 

INTERPRETER

French to English: Interpreting during interview for Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story”.

Creative Experience

Present:

- Co-Founder: J&P Creative Boutique Agency (Paris & NYC)

- Language learning consultant 

- Voice-Over artist (represented by Innovative Artists): French and English Voice-Overs for TV & Radio commercials in the U.S. and Canada. Hear some of my work with brands like Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs here.

2020 - 2022

Senior Digital Content Manager at Sopexa USA

2019 - 2020:

Social Media Manager at Andie Swim

2011 - 2017:

- Actor (Theatre & Film with accent reduction training)

- Model (represented by Major Model Management) - SAG-AFTRA Member