EducationFrench Professor at TCU
Ph.D., French Literature, University of Michigan
M.A., French Language and Literature, University of Michigan
B.A. (Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude), French Language and Literature, at Davidson College
1 Year Exchange at Université Paris IV-Sorbonne and Université Paris VII-Diderot (2010-2011)
Extensive training in French language teaching, undergraduate pedagogy, and French language test/exam development. Fellow in French Cultural Studies at Dartmouth (2015).
*Recognition: Recipient of Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award (Rackham, U of Michigan); Teaching Excellence at the University of Michigan (100% in "Teaching Excellence in French" Student Course Ratings [French 101~274]), Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society (Chapter 351), Phi Beta Delta, 1st Place Superior Ranking in French Language in Interpretive Reading and Speaking (awarded at Louisiana State University Literary Rally, 2007-2008), articles published in top-ranked peer-reviewed French academic journals.
ExperienceTutoring service available beginning August 15th.
I am currently an Assistant Professor of French at TCU, having recently taught French at the University of Michigan for the past five years. I have taught and tutored French at all levels for over a decade, from most elementary to advanced levels. I have also taught French in high school settings prior to teaching at the collegiate level. I have tutored over 80 students privately over the years, and ALL my students have seen IMMEDIATE improvement in their grades.
Having had the unique experience of taking and working with the Advanced Placement (AP) in French, as well as the SAT II and AATF exams in French, I have no problem teaching high school and college students what it takes to "beat the test" to obtain high grades.
Several of my former students (both college and high school level) have pulled their average from a "C-" to an "A" in less than a month. I have tricks to learn French that one will not find elsewhere. Additionally, I have worked with ALL the French textbooks that U of M uses and know them well.
My students who have never taken French have exhibited leaps in their ability to communicate in French in days.
I can tailor private sessions to your learning style. Students with disabilities or special needs are fully accommodated. Your success is my TOP priority.
I am also available to do professional quality CV, translations, thesis editing/proofing, and cover letter editing from English to French (or vice-versa). My former clients have even landed interviews with corporations, such as Chanel and Dior in Paris, with their edited cover letters! Please contact for translation pricing.
My rate is $60/hr. for private, on-campus tutoring in a fully equipped classroom. Tuition is non-negotiable. PayPal and cash are accepted.
Please feel free to contact me at any time. References available upon request.
My teaching specialty has extended into literary analysis, essay writing, and reading strategies in English; and I have assisted numerous students in these areas.
HobbiesTeaching, teaching with technology, tutoring, language, literature, translation.
Client Reviews (1)
Ben is an outstanding tutor. He exceeded our expectations with his passion, knowledge, thoughtful approach, and personal interest in his students. Our son is 12 and has an excellent foundation in French as a result of his year and a half with Ben. More importantly, I believe Ben was able to share his own love of the language with our son, cultivating a motivation to continue learning. I highly recommend Ben to anyone interested in learning French. We are sorry to lose him and wish him the best at TCU.
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