When he speaks French, his English accent is mixed with a Southwestern accent. It shows that Monsieur Professor, who came to France in 2008 at the age of 15, is “good” in Toulouse. Having arrived in Jerez without speaking French, he says he is very grateful to the country for welcoming him so well. “Apart from my first rugby club, where I felt English, I was integrated very quickly in middle and high school,” he explains.
It was there, soon, that he found his vocation as a teacher. “When I was learning French, my classmates would ask me to do English exercises, but I would try to explain to them. When they scored well, I was happy,” said Mr. Professor says with that smile. Today he sees this feeling in the students he teaches the intricacies of the English language. “This is the best job in the world. I love this job, this relationship with them. »
One approach is more focused on oral and participatory
Not taking himself too seriously, he applies this philosophy in his classes and in the numerous videos he shares on social networks. It was the students who inspired him to create @monsieur_prof on TikTok. “I started in April 2022. And, from the first video, I got 20,000 views. I saw that people were interested in it,” recalls Mr. Professor. A suit and a well-fitted tie during classes, as in his videos, cannot escape his English appearance. The uniform is even in the public sector. But I was in the private sector and if our shoes did not shine well, we were denied entry. »
His teaching approach is very focused on oral and participatory, in networks he provides pronunciation exercises, grammar points, explanations of cultural differences between Great Britain and the United States. “I like to joke, I like to come up with something different. It keeps the students engaged. And then improvisation is very important to me because, abroad, you don’t have your notebook in front of you…”
He received the “Learn on TikTok” award
Monsieur Professor and his 760,000 subscribers were rewarded with a look during the TikTok Awards last November 7 since they received the “Learn on TikTok” prize. “I still can’t figure it out,” he says. He feels privileged to be recognized for his work. “When parents tell me they’ve watched the video again with their child, they understand, it’s great. »
What did his disciples think of this reward? “It’s like I beat Brennes,” he jokes. A rugby metaphor that doesn’t stand a chance for this big fan of Stade Toulouse who supported France over England during the last World Cup. “Here, rugby is a religion, from my first match at Ernest-Wallin, I fell in love with this passion, with this audience… Then, I owe it to France to welcome me so well. » Monsieur Professor is from Toulouse, he speaks English very well!
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