Our Approach to Teaching
Our unique approach to engaging students while educating them in a fun, non-threatening environment is what sets us apart from the crowd. French Solutions' instructors are not teachers but more like mentors who want to make a child's learning experience enjoyable. The first language of all instructors is French! They are bilingual, originating from Ontario or Québec, and have pursued their post-secondary education in French or hold many years of tutorial experience. These instructors have a passion for French and want to bring their skills and knowledge to the benefit of your children.
About the Director
France Landry was born in Matane, Québec. Mother of two daughters, France is continuously promoting French in her community.
After completing her Business Insurance studies in St-Foy, Québec, she moved to Toronto where she held various positions within the industry. As a Senior Underwriter, France was in charge of inquiries from French clients of eastern and northern Ontario. Not to forget the Nineties, when she started teaching French to her co-workers during lunch time, which she found she really enjoyed. France went on to offer private tutoring and to volunteer in French Immersion and French schools within York Region for several years, until a career change in 2006 led her to decide to start her own tutoring business. With the understanding of the needs of children studying the French language provided by her teaching experience, her goal was to offer educational programs and camps for students wanting to learn French in unconventional ways. With French Solutions, they would receive a true Francophone experience and obtain maximum results!
In January 2010, France completed her International Language Instructor (elementary level) certification through the YRCDSB. As a lifelong learner, she is always pursuing different ways to enrich her professional development in order to offer the most innovative and up-to-date methods of teaching.
About the Program Director
As a francophone, Alexandra holds much pride in her native language and so, she has been a dedicated volunteer and advocate for French Immersion programs throughout York Region. Being one of the first volunteers and coordinator for the French Immersion reading program "Bonjour: Ici on parle Français" at Angus Glen library, which ran from 2004 to 2006, Alexandra understands the challenges of students struggling to learn another language.
Alexandra's passion for French was seen in her numerous wins in Lion's International French Public Speaking contest in which she won 1st place in 2005, 2006 and 2nd place in 2004 at the Provincial level. Having completed her Toastmasters Leadership & Entraide certification program offered through Unionville Toastmasters in May, 2006 and having participated in Sears Ontario Drama Festival, Alexandra is very knowledgeable when it comes to acting and speaking. For many years, she was involved with Junior Optimist International and received international recognition for hosting three days of French workshops at Optimist International's 89th Annual International Convention in July 2007 where she received the Ruby Blair - Member of the Year Award. Her many successes include: being the first recipient of the "Right Hon. Michaëlle Jean Legacy Scholarship" and received the "Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award". Alexandra was also a leader for The Duke of Edinburgh Award and Girl Guides of Canada. She is a graduate of Ryerson's prestigious Radio and Television Bachelor of Arts.