Salut, I'm Malcolm, your French coach and guide here at FrenchwithCousteaux. You should know a few things about me and how I can help you achieve your language goals.
I was born in New York City, but raised in Brooklyn & a small town called Blaye, in the southwest region of France. My dad sent me to spend my youth with my French family, where I became fully immersed in the language and culture.
By age 15 I was fluent and had taught myself how to read and write. I took up teaching French in 2020 after earning my degree in digital marketing and started an Instagram account dedicated to teaching. More recently, as an official Babbel Live teacher.
I saw so many frustrated English-speaking peers struggle with learning French, so I created an engaging and fun space for those who wanted to begin, improve, and better understand the language.
Since then, I've helped thousands of people online feel confident about speaking and understanding from my unique cultural perspective.
Hope you come along!
Build a more authentic sounding accent while maintaining your voice and tone. Achieve better listener comprehension and less awkward moments.
Understand the relevant concepts that will allow you speak freer and learn the shortcuts. Spend less time on learning rules that just don't apply.
You will only go as far as you can speak in French. I'll be your sound board and support to help you take what you know, and turn it into what you will speak.
Modern French is what's spoken today. So why learn outdated phrases and slang? Express your self with the right expressions and terms that native speakers know.
With my classes, you'll be able to speak confidently, gain better perspective, stay motivated and ultimately have fun while learning regardless of current level.
"His teaching methods are easy and fun to practice. Cousteaux 's perspective on the language makes the class feel more like real conversation & its one of the best teaching experiences I've had"
MJ Abiva, Beginner
What makes your teaching different?My classes focus on the core elements of social conversations in French. You'll learn the language in the most relevant cultural contexts possible. Grammar and rules are important, but we'll focus on keeping those concepts simple and creating bridges between Eng and French whenever possible. I make my classes fun, relatable, and engaging! We use class time to practice now only the lessons, but discuss your daily life using French.
How do your private classes typically go?Each class is 30mins and the first 5-7 mins we'll practice greetings and discussing how your feeling and why. The next 10mins we'll spend doing a mix of vocab, verb practice, and some grammar based on the topic of the lesson for that day. We'll aim to spend the remaining time practicing some question and answer prompts for a fully French conversation. *Depending on level we'll aim to speak 50% in English and 50% in French for complete beginners and 90% in French for advanced beginners during the entire lesson.
How does the schedule work?Each class is 30mins long and classes are bookable via the calendar on the member page here. Availability ranges from M-Sat. *All classes are set in EST time zone.
What levels of French do you teach?I teach beginner level (no experience), advanced beginner level (little experience), and intermediate level students with a primary focus on speaking skills.
Do you offer refunds?Unfortunately, I do not offer refunds due to classes being a service and not a product. But use the consultation feature to ask any questions before making a purchase.
Now that I purchased a class (pack), what I should, I expect?"You will receive an orientation email, e-book, resource lis via the email used to purchase. Disclaimer: Learning a new language means adopting a new way to think and feel, it takes practice and repetition! Being able to dedicate daily time outside of classes is going to guarantee the best possible results. I hope to join you on your language journey soon.