__________ English like an American.
a.   Read
b.   Write
c.   Understand
d.   Speak
e.   All of the above

I’m Michael, a French-American teacher/trainer/coach in the Paris region. When I initially created je parle américain back in 2011, I intended it to be a professional website for a start-up English language consulting business. Instead, it very quickly evolved into a blog about my life as a new expat. A few years later, it came full circle and now serves as a platform to support my career as an English teacher/trainer/coach in France. My goal is to help you …

 “_______ English like an American.”

You fill in the blank!

Please note that I provide English instruction solely through the companies that employ me, so I am unable to private English lessons.

Now, a little more about me …

I’m a CELTA-certified instructor of English to speakers of other languages, and I’ve been actively teaching English in a professional setting since January 2014. I’ve given over 4,000 hours of English instruction and coaching to over 200 different people at all levels and in all walks of life, from high school students to business professionals to restaurateurs to taxi drivers. I’ve also spent more than 200 hours teaching other teachers how to teach. Teaching English as a second language wasn’t my first career. Before moving to France, I worked as a lawyer for seven years, specializing in corporate securities regulatory law. Before that, I managed marketing and member services for a professional society of pension actuaries. I think of my eclectic professional experience as a distinct advantage in my current career, because it allows me to draw from diverse areas in order to enrich the learning experience.

My real passions are history and languages. I studied political science and international relations (after a brief foray into architecture), and I’ve studied French, German, Turkish, Arabic, Irish Gaelic, Russian, and Italian. I hold a Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF — C1), meaning my French level is “effective operational proficiency.” I truly love my mother tongue; it’s a rich and beautiful language with a fascinating history. I especially love the connections between it and French, so be forewarned: I could talk for hours about all the English words you never knew were really “French”! I believe my love affair with both languages is one of the reasons I’m a good teacher of English to French speakers and why I can help you learn to love English as much as I do.

© 2015-2019 Samuel Michael Bell

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4 thoughts on “about je parle américain

    1. Hi Crystal, I think there should be a “Follow” button under the number of visits on the home page, at the very bottom, in the center. Hopefully that will work. That said, I haven’t written anything new in a few years. However, you can always browse the archives by clicking on “menu” at the top right of the home page and clicking the down arrow beside “Blog archives.” Thanks for contacting me!

  1. Michael,
    Thank you for sharing your experiences.
    Makes me wonder whether I should apply for the CELTA course here in Paris at ILC (http://ilcfrance.cambridgecentres.org/) and teach English. I have been here for nearly two years on a long-stay visitors visa and my income is as a freelance writer and editor. Almost all of my work is occasional contract jobs for several groups at Columbia University (my former employer), but the work is inconsistent and I could use some supplementary income.
    I taught high school English in the US in the 1980s and 1990s and enjoyed the teaching part of the job. My wife and I study French with a tutor and his job sure looks interesting. I’m not sure that I’d be all that interested in a regular teaching assignment, as I prefer a more flexible work schedule. Is there much demand for teaching English in more or a consultant role or even in a tutor role for individuals or small groups?

    1. Hi Jeff, first of all, I apologize for the delay in replying to you. There is definitely work as an English teacher in Paris, because almost everyone needs English in some form here and a lot of companies pay for English lessons for their employees. There are a lot of instruction companies as well. The only downside is that there are a lot of English speakers here, so there’s a bit of glut in the market for English instructors, One way to stand out from the crowd is with a certification, so I do recommend it. I did the CELTA course at ILC in fact back in 2012, and it has been indispensable for me. It opened doors to me that may have been closed before given my lack of teaching experience. It’s a tough, intensive course, but very well done. I recommend them highly. Feel free to contact me directly at michael@jeparleamericain.com if you want any pointers or more info about the CELTA program at ILC. Cheers!

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