French: I offer group and individual French lessons at all levels, and I’m a certified examiner/corrector for the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF).
English: I provide one-on-one English coaching, group sessions, and workshops in writing, grammar, editing one’s work, and related areas. (I am not trained in ESL instruction.)
Classes and coaching are tailored to fit the needs of the client.
I have extensive teaching experience in a variety of settings, including 15 years at Memorial University, where I taught English (language and literature) and French (language). I’ve tutored children and adults, delivered workshops, and given classes in corporate and community settings.
I had the privilege of taking three undergrad English courses with Dr. Claire Wilkshire during my time at Memorial University. Claire’s proficiency in recognizing, manipulating, and explaining the conventions of the English language cannot be understated. Her ability to clearly describe the grammatical inaccuracies in my work prepared me to become a better writer and teacher of the English language. I felt well prepared to start my career as an English Language Arts teacher and pass those skills on to my students after taking her courses. I credit Claire with giving me the knowledge and tools to make me a better writer. She is a true professional in every sense of the word.
English Department Head
Holy Spirit High School
I have known Claire Wilkshire since September 2003, when I was a mature student and she was a professor in Memorial University’s English department. Dr. Wilkshire was an excellent teacher; she carefully prepared for lectures; she was fair, easy to approach and always strove to make the course material interesting and accessible. Her ability to provide superior feedback on work and assignments (for classes that were never less than 40 students) demonstrates her commitment to the ongoing development of her students. I was very impressed with Dr. Wilkshire’s methodology and process. Whenever courses she instructed aligned with my program, I would register for those classes.
I have also taken French conversation courses with Dr. Wilkshire. Her strong interest in grammar of all languages and her creativity in getting students to speak make for very quick classes. She provides individual feedback which is timely and directed toward ongoing improvement of each learner. In reviewing my notes, I see themes of commitment, creativity and excellence in interpersonal skills.
In my experiences with Dr. Wilkshire I have come to recognize a rare and commendable ability to provide direct, objective and honest feedback in terms that are reassuring and encouraging.
I am confident that any organization which chooses to work with Claire will be more than satisfied with her professionalism and editorial wisdom.
Grade Six Intensive Core French Teacher
École élémentaire Beachy Cove