1. manages her/ his homework on time even though she / he burns the candle at both ends.
- “My dog ate my homework.” NO!
2. doesn’t ask a bunch of questions 15 minutes before / after class. Because you paid for 90 minutes (not 105).
- “Let me ask you something…” NO!
3. is style confident and doesn’t ask me if I like her/ his clothes. There are two important rules:
- Confidence is ALWAYS the fanciest style.
- I couldn’t care less, except if I really like your style.
4. is sold on me and doesn’t try to lowball me out.
- If you’re my private student: High price = High quality.
- If you’re taking classes at the language school, discuss that with the staff.
5. knows that extravagant softwares don’t worth the splurge.
- “My new program is absolutely faaabulous!” . NO!
6. doesn’t stress out because it’s sooo difficult . Just calm down, making mistakes is normal and I’ve never executed anyone!
- “I can’t do it, I’m so bad!” NO!
7. puts aside her / his private problems in not time. I’m not your therapist. If I were, I would charge you more!
- “I just had a fight with my wife.” NO!
8. does not feel offended when I shoot from the hip! Please keep in mind that I’m French.
9. does not expect to become fluent after three sessions.
- “I watched a French movie and I couldn’t understand a word!” NO!
10. does not patronize the other students from another country.
- ” I can’t understand him / her because he / she is from…” NO!
11. does understand that I can not block students out from taking my class. At the end of the day, it’s always the school’s decision. A French class is not different from your real life: you ‘ll surround yourself with different kinds of people.
- “He / She shouldn’t be in our class, he / she too advanced, shy, annoying…” NO!
12. is honest and doesn’t gossip about me via email. If you have something to discuss: Be brave and face me!
- “The last class I had with her was horrible…” NO!
13. For American students only: Doesn’t try to convince me that his / her non- native speaker of French teacher was the best teacher he / she’ s ever had. That is a common fallacy in the U.S., more about this topic next week.
In a nutshell, it is not astrophysics: 😉
- Native speaker of French teachers teach authentic French.
- Non – native speaker of French teachers teach imitated French.