Ali Houssein - French Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Ali's Background

Ali was born in Djibouti, a small French-speaking country located in the Horn of Africa.

He attended Paul Valery University in Montpellier (France) and graduated in both Modern Humanities and Teaching French as a Second language.

Later, Ali returned to his country to teach French literature and grammar in Middle and High schools.

He was involved in several educational think-tanks on integrating the common values of La Francophonie in school curricula.

Ali’s teaching method is based on a participative approach, which prepares the student to become a social player.

Ali moved to Seattle in 2008, and shares his passion for teaching French at Seattle Central College.

Ali's Teaching Style & Approach

My teaching approach is based on student participation and interactions: student/student and student/instructor. I always try to supervise versus one-way teaching my students. I want them to be more actors in their learning process than just spectators.

I try to challenge them by helping them to use in class what we learnt by asking or answering questions from their peers. It has to be always an exchange. I need my students to have a sense of control in their learning process to empower them and to make them feel more confident.

The dynamic is based on using these 4 skills in class:

  • listening
  • reading
  • writing
  • speaking

Ali's Testimonials

The interactions and having to verbally practice with the other studentshelped to reinforce what we were learning. It helped a great deal to have the instructor correct our pronunciation while we spoke.

I enjoyed this class tremendously. In addition to the opportunity for conversation, the instructor always brought very interesting multi-visual materials to class, which added to my knowledge.

the teacher was funny and very knowledgeable about French. We played a few games which I enjoyed because it helped me practice and learn.