2009 German Federal Hortocultural Show

Tampa FL French and German Tutor

Posted on 25th May 2011 in Tampa English Tutor

Every now and then I make a new friend because of my tutoring business.

As you may have guessed already, my new friend tutors French and German.

Here is John Houston’s French and German Tutor bio:

I am a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent 20 years in the intelligence business mostly in Washington, DC. During that time, I used my French and German language skills nearly every day since I was working issues related to the NATO Alliance. I lived in Germany for over three years and have traveled extensively throughout Europe.

2009 German Federal Hortocultural Show

This photo taken by Harald Hoyer. http://www.harald-hoyer.de/ Image licensed under CC SA by2.0

After returning to Washington, I made several trips back to Paris, Bonn and Vienna on official government business, meeting with U.S. Defense Attaches at American embassies. The Defense Department sent me to DLI (Defense Language Institute) in Monterrey, California. Foreign languages have always been a favorite subject of mine

I teach both French and German to high school students in Hillsborough County, Florida. I bring not just a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of the language -grammar, verbs, sentence structure- but also a special insight into the history, culture and people of the country.

Having visited France well over a dozen times and lived in Germany, I have experience and perspective that most Americans will never gain. This is how what I bring, what I offer, is so different from the tutoring that you might get from a language teacher who graduated from a U.S. college and went straight into teaching…I’ve been in these countries, I’ve lived there, I’ve spent time among the people…I know these places like most Americans never will.

This makes the quality of the teaching experience different and better because the student does not learn just the language, but he or she learns the country…its place in history, its relations with the United States, its people and its culture.

There is more to learning a language than conjugating verbs and putting sentences together. I offer the whole experience to students…an understanding not just of the language but of the country and of its people as well. Get in touch with Tampa FL French and German Tutor John Houston at jshous@gmail.com.

If you need him, don’t wait because he is only taking a limited number of students this summer.

This post written by Eric Anderson. Eric tutors English, history, SAT Critical Reading and writing, and ACT English. Call him at 813.787.8959.

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