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9.16.2020- Laurie on her first semester French tutoring online

Laurie, French peer tutor

Hello everyone, my name is Laurie and this is my first blog for the semester.  I am excited today to talk about my experience tutoring French online for the first time in Fall 2020.

As all of you know, most UIC classes are being taught remotely this semester and so is peer tutoring. Throughout the summer I was thinking about how tutoring was going to be so different this semester and one of my colleagues and I talked about our fears for this semester but also our hopes. One of these hopes was to have many tutees come to our sessions. Both of us started tutoring for French a few years ago and our aim as tutors was and still is, to help UIC students who are taking French classes. We want to share with them our love for the French and Francophone cultures and the French language. Also, we want to give them some tips that helped us when we were learning French for the first time.

During my shifts, I like to do research on francophone cultures around the world and post them on the UIC LCLC Peer Tutoring instagram ( follow us @lclc_peer_tutoring). Last week, I was working on some instagram posts about the Republic of Togo when I suddenly heard someone say “hello” through my headphones. It was almost the end of my shift so I did not expect any students to come that day (which is the reason why I was very surprised). I was very nervous but so excited at the same time. I felt the same as I felt when I first started tutoring. During the last 10 to 15 min of my shift, the student and I worked on a homework assignment for their Fr 104 class.

Both of our cameras were off and we did not physically meet like I usually met the tutees in the previous semesters in GH 305 but we had a good exchange about what the student wanted to work on, and overall the session went well. I was very happy to be able to help this student.

I cannot wait to virtually meet and work with more French students this semester!!!  Here are the links to the Online tutoring schedule for all languages: