Patricia Duvet pictured above with her daughter on the beach of Dunkerque.
1) How long have you been teaching French in the valley and for the Alliance Française of Fresno?
I started teaching around 1981 at College of the Sequoias as a part-time French instructor until 1992. I started full-time French high school teaching in 1984 in Tulare, then in Tollhouse from 1992 until 2010 and I am finishing my high school French teaching career at Harmony Magnet Academy. I taught for the Alliance for a few years in 1998 and then again started three years ago or so. I also taught and am presently teaching at Fresno City College. I intend to continue there and at the Alliance according to enrollment.
2) What do you enjoy most about teaching French?
I love sharing my native language with my students at all levels. I enjoy sharing my French experiences and my culture.
3) You will be retiring soon. What have you taken away from your experiences and what would you like new teachers to understand about teaching a world language?
Teaching a world language is sharing a culture and a language. It is opening new horizons for students. You must be passionate about the language you teach and its culture. In this manner, students will fall in love with the language. Teaching a language means investing yourself totally and of course be knowledgeable. You must be ready to keep up with the changes in the language and the culture as well. You must be ready to involve the students in extra curricular activities linked to the language and always recruit through your personality and constant efforts. You must inspire!