Hello fellow FrIm teacher!
Welcome to Parfaitement bilingue! My name is Lauren Monique. I create resources for middle and high school French Immersion teachers who are looking for ideas that aren’t too “bébé la la”, but aren’t over their students’ heads either. Here you’ll find a mix of teaching resources and ideas designed to help and inspire you in your teaching.
I’m a Franco-Colombian (a Francophone from BC!) teacher-author. After working as a school youth worker for the Conseil scolaire francophone and loving it, I became a teacher in 2014 (and won both a scholarship in teacher education as well as the Outstanding Practicum Award). I specialize in middle and secondary French for both Immersion and Francophone programs in BC.
When I’m not creating new resources or obsessing over new designs, you can usually find me running after my active toddler and Bernese Mountain Dog at the park, sipping stupidly expensive coffee at our local coffee shop or hanging out at home with my husband (also a teacher).
Here are 7 things you don’t know about me, if you’re curious…
- When I was 13 I had a favourite favourite teacher who was, as far as I could tell, perfectly bilingual. I have spoken French nearly all my life, but she inspired my lifelong goal of becoming parfaitement bilingue.
- I have travelled to 14 different countries including Indonesia, Japan and Italy but as I’ve gotten older I’ve become much happier staying close to home.
- When I was travelling in rural China, I fainted from lack of food. I couldn’t manage to make myself eat enough there (something about the whole meats they had hanging outside unrefrigerated did me in).
- Before becoming a French teacher, I was a dance teacher. I love to include my background in musical theatre by including drama in my French Immersion classes.
- Keeping up my Francophone heritage is very important to me. When my son was 2 months old, I decided to only speak to him in French, even though my husband and I speak together in English (and growing up we didn’t speak a lot of French at home). It was strange at first, but now it feels completely natural. My husband even makes an effort to learn along with him!
- My favourite thing about being a French teacher is encouraging and improving spoken French (which you’ll find reflected here at in my store).
- Before I had my son, I was convinced I would return to my classroom full time. I loved my students, my room and my permanent gig! But babies make you re-evaluate your priorities. I ended up making the tough decision to leave it behind and now work as part time TOC. After bedtime is the perfect time to enjoy the creative side of teaching: creating and sharing the resources I wished for when I worked full time with you… and hopefully helping your students get that much closer to becoming parfaitement bilingue.
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