Lessons provided for all levels on-line or in person
You can learn or improve your international French, prepare for a job interview, or practice for a job that requires you to communicate in French, or prepare for an exam. Each 2hr or 1½ h lesson includes a free 30 minutes of reviews of your texts on Microsoft Office Word (before the lesson).
Martine Thomas is very dedicated to meet the learning needs of her students with a focus on the successful completion of their exam.
She can help you pass a a QQLF exam (oral and writing part), a University entrance exam as the MEM, a Secondary 5 “examen d’écriture du MELS“ or a French as a second-language exam such as the TEFAQ, CEFRANC, TEF, DALF, DELF, TFI or theTCF: “tests de français international”.
During the examination preparation lessons she focuses on how to answer in a correct French the specific questions of each part of the exam: she adapts her training material to her students level of French.
See the OQLF/TEFAQ PREP, or CEGEP/UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE’ FRENCH EXAMS sections.
Martine Thomas teaches mostly (for all levels) one-to-one lessons. She can accommodate a 2 or 3 person group and even match two or three of her students to meet their needs. You can also choose on-line lessons.
Since Martine speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently, she is able to provide clear explanations to her students in these languages.
As Amelia, from Germany, a civil engineer explains:”Due to Martine’ tuition and her competence to concentrate on my individual weak points I was able to improve my French faster than I expected and now, as a result, I can communicate very well in French at work & in my social life. Also, her appropriate material she selected (& created) for me and the preparation with exercises under testing conditions set the base for a successful participation of the TEFaQ exam (level B2) in 2011
As Diane, from Alberta, an English Teacher at Concordia University explains:”Studying with Martine Thomas has been very beneficial for improving my comprehension and expression of both oral and written French. My need for French is mostly social, but studying French also moves me toward my longer career goals. Besides accommodating my shifting learning needs, Martine has been flexible with accommodating my schedule, as I often have to travel for research trips and academic conferences. Initially, I studied one-on-one with Martine, focusing on conversational necessities such as ordering food and drinks, and talking about my research projects. I also watched a French movie each week and wrote a short text about each film; we would discuss and correct these texts by email (using Microsoft Word), and continue to work on them during our lessons.
Later, to prepare for a one-month French immersion program in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec, I practiced common short questions and answers that were very useful preparation for the group activities that were integral to the immersion program.
As a result, I quickly felt comfortable in the immersion environment, and I was able to advance my French communication skills beyond my expectations. “
Small group lessons:
As Diane continues her testimonial: “Since my return to Montreal, Martine has suggested that I work in a group to increase my motivation when it was lagging. She paired me with another student to create a small group class that is focused on oral communication. We use a variety of online and written texts. Together we work hard, but we have fun and improve each week .”
A combination of Skype and Google-Doc (to share texts on-line)
Stephen, a Concordia University student from Calgary describes his experience:”I started French lessons with Martine Thomas in January. At the end of the school year, I returned home for the summer holidays, but I was reluctant to take a four-month break from studying.
Fortunately, Martine has developed a style of teaching over long-distances, so I was able to continue my lessons for most of the summer. Using a combination of Skype and Google-Doc, we continued our conversations, and I was able to read Martine’s corrections during the lesson.
For anyone not living in Montreal who wants to use Martine’s great talents as a teacher, I would strongly encourage them to explore this method. The results pay off. One year ago, my knowledge of French was largely limited to what I could remember from high school. Now, I am increasingly comfortable both reading and listening to French, and I feel much more at ease when I express myself in French.“