Irène Gould joined our teaching corps in 2005. Irène teaches all levels of conversational French courses, The French Voyageur, as well as in our 5-wk Explore French Immersion Program. She is much appreciated for her humour, her organizational skills, her teaching approach, and her willingness to help students succeed without lowering expectations. Her students often refer to her as a master teacher.
Irène on teaching: I am passionate about teaching French. I believe that learning a language is a communal process where we all work at building an open and welcoming environment. For me, one of my most important roles is to motivate students to become self-directed learners, and so I often provide my students with the necessary tools to do this. I strive to create a student-centered environment which fosters communication and alternates between teacher-led instruction, group work, classroom discussions, and pair work. Finally, I believe that learning a language has the potential to change our world view.