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Laura Hawkes

My two key passions in life are languages and teaching.

 

I grew up in New Brunswick, Canada’s only officially bilingual province, and have been an enthusiastic language learner my whole life. I have a BA in Languages & Linguistics (with French a major language and Mandarin as a minor language) as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics with a focus on second language instruction. I love being able to help people learn and improve their French, thereby opening up doors for them to communicate with and better understand French-speaking people from across Canada and around the World. I began learning Mandarin (Chinese) at the age of 18; in addition to formal studies at university, I lived in China for 3 years, speaking Mandarin every day. Mandarin seems to have a bad rap as a “difficult” language to learn. One of the reasons that I love teaching Mandarin is that it gives me the opportunity to demonstrate to people that it is actually a very logical language with simple, easy-to-learn grammar. I love showing my students that they are in fact very capable language learners! I began teaching languages in 2001 and have been teaching at the James Bay Community School Centre since April 2017.

 

I believe that you can never be too young or too old to learn a new language, and that language learning should be a fun, relaxed, and socially engaging experience. My favourite thing about teaching is being able to see my students have “ah-ha!” moments as they gain confidence communicating in a new language.

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Mes deux grandes passions sont les langues et l’enseignement.

 

J’ai grandi au Nouveau-Brunswick, la seule province officiellement bilingue au Canada, et cette expérience a donné naissance à mon enthousiasme pour l’apprentissage des langues. Je détiens un Baccalauréat en langues et linguistiques (langue majeure : le français ; langue mineure : le mandarin) ainsi qu’une maîtrise en linguistique appliquée (concentré sur l’enseignement d’une langue seconde). En tant qu’enseignante de français, j’adore le rôle que je joue dans l’expérience de mes élèves. Mon but est de leur fournir des outils, des connaissances et des compétences qui leur permettront de communiquer plus aisément avec les francophones à travers le Canada et le monde entier. J’ai commencé mes études en mandarin (chinois) à l’âge de 18 ans. Je l’ai étudié à l’université et je l’ai parlé chaque jour pendant les trois ans que j’ai vécu en Chine. La plupart des gens ont l’impression que le mandarin est une langue très difficile à apprendre. J’adore enseigner le mandarin effectivement parce que cela me donne la chance de leur montrer qu’en effet c’est une langue très logique avec une grammaire simple et facile à apprendre. J’aime leur éprouver qu’ils sont capables ! J’ai commencé ma carrière d’enseignement en 2001 et j’enseigne au James Bay Community School Centre depuis avril 2017.

 

Je crois fortement qu’on ne peut être ni trop jeune, ni trop vieux pour apprendre une nouvelle langue. Je suis de l’avis que l’apprentissage d’une langue devrait être une expérience détendue, amusante et sociale. La chose que j’apprécie le plus de l’enseignement est la chance d’observer mes élèves à fur et à mesure qu’ils approfondissent leur confiance dans la langue.

 

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在我的生活中,语言和教学一直是让我激动不已的两件事情。

 

我成长于加拿大东部的New Brunswick省,这也是全加唯一的一个官方语言是英法双语的省份。在我的成长过程中,我始终对学习语言保持极大的兴趣。我的本科毕业于Queen’s University 的语言和语言学专业,主修法语,辅修汉语。研究生毕业于维多利亚大学的应用语言学,主修是第二外语的教学研究。我热衷于帮助大家学习和提高法语水平,因为这能让更多人了解法语文化,结交更多的法语朋友。我的汉语学习始于本科一年级,除了本科学习以外,我还在中国生活和工作了三年,让我能够在每天的日常生活中学习和使用汉语。对于汉语,很多人会有误解,认为是一种较难学的语言。我希望能通过汉语教学,向大家展示她其实是一种很有逻辑性的语言,有着很易学的语法结构。我能够帮助学生发现自己的语言潜力。我的教学经验始于2001年。2017年的4月,我开始在 James Bay Community School Center 从事法语和汉语的教学。

 

我相信不论你的年龄如何, 你都能够学会一门新语言。同时,学习新语言将会是一段轻松有趣,认识很多新朋友的经历。语言教学带给我的最大满足感就是,我的学生能越来越自信的使用他们的新语言。

 

April 2020

3010 Learn French Through Infographics

April 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 22, 2020

James Bay Community School Centre, 140 Oswego Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2B1 Canada
$40

Suitable for intermediate level and above Come learn French through infographics! In this class we will explore and discuss French…

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3010 Learn French Through Infographics

April 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 22, 2020

James Bay Community School Centre, 140 Oswego Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2B1 Canada
$40

Suitable for intermediate level and above Come learn French through infographics! In this class we will explore and discuss French…

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3010 Learn French Through Infographics

April 22 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 22, 2020

James Bay Community School Centre, 140 Oswego Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2B1 Canada
$40

Suitable for intermediate level and above Come learn French through infographics! In this class we will explore and discuss French…

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May 2020

3009 French– Conversations & Discussions

May 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 3, 2020

James Bay Community School Centre, 140 Oswego Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2B1 Canada
$40

Suitable for intermediate level and above Come learn French by participating in conversations and discussions! Each class students will get…

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3009 French– Conversations & Discussions

May 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 3, 2020

James Bay Community School Centre, 140 Oswego Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2B1 Canada
$40

Suitable for intermediate level and above Come learn French by participating in conversations and discussions! Each class students will get…

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3009 French– Conversations & Discussions

May 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 3, 2020

James Bay Community School Centre, 140 Oswego Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2B1 Canada
$40

Suitable for intermediate level and above Come learn French by participating in conversations and discussions! Each class students will get…

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June 2020

3009 French– Conversations & Discussions

June 3 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 3, 2020

James Bay Community School Centre, 140 Oswego Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 2B1 Canada
$40

Suitable for intermediate level and above Come learn French by participating in conversations and discussions! Each class students will get…

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