About me

How did we get to bump into each other today?

Hi, I’m Debora. How are you? Let me tell you how, you and I  met. It all started with a friendship back in 2007, in Angers, my hometown. I met a amazing American girl, Kimberly. She was studying French as a foreign language and I was studying French literature to become a teacher in France. But I got to meet Kim’s friends, study abroad students like her, who were learning French at the Catholic University.

You know what?

I decided to make a little change to my career path which changed my whole life. I will be teaching French as a foreign language to wonderful people from all around the world. My first journey to you was in 2009, I left France for Michigan where I experienced the coldest winter in my entire life. But I liked the country and the people so much, that I came back years later to settle for good, this time, in a less cold place, Houston.  

Why?

Because French is so much more than just a language. The French language is an amazing bridge between people and cultures.

Since then, I’ve been teaching French to hundreds of students from Spain, Portugal, the United States, Ecuador, India, China, UK, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Angola, Nigeria, Brunei, Korea…

I am specialized in Comprehensible input:

Krashen claimed that “Language acquisition is a subconscious process”, language learners are not always aware of the fact that they are acquiring language but are aware of using the language for communication. “Not consciously aware of the rules of the languages we have acquired.” Instead, we have a “feel” for sentences that “sound” right or wrong.

and Retrieval-based learning:

Adults have more capabilities to learn a foreign language than children! How?

You already master your native language; it’s a huge advantage compared to children learning from scratch.

  • You already know how to use your native language. For example, you know how to be polite, how to express emotions, how to make a joke. But you were not born with this skill. For example, children learn politeness from their parents. As an adult, that’s something you don’t have to learn anymore, you can simply apply what you have already developed to the study of the target language.
  • You already understand narrative structure like “He likes her, she likes him. He hates her, she hates him too.” You can capitalize on your knowledge for learning French.
  • You have the ability to transfer what you know to this new target language.

How to memorize what you learn for a lifetime?

There are two processes of memorization: Encoding – storing information in long-term memory – and Retrieval – the process of accessing learned information.

So, you’ve learned something new. That’s already a great start! Now, you want to have access to this new knowledge whenever you need it.

My promise to you is that with the Bobo program, you are accessing the most effective learning strategy for long-term retention.

To remember information, you need something that triggers this information:

  • Retrieval cues that unlock the information and activate associated knowledge.
  • Repeated practice of recalling information across multiple study and recall sessions.

No more repeated study!

The reconstructive nature of the mind is revealed in the systematic errors people make in retrieving knowledge, errors that verbatim recording devices would not make. With the Bobo Courses and Bobo short stories from our Library, you will train your brain to retrieve what you’ve learned in different real situations, whenever you need to speak French.

I started studying cognitive science to understand how the adult brain learns and memorizes a foreign language. The Bobo program was designed in light of all the research done on cognitive science.