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Learning French in Oakland: French Resources in the City

Want to take French lessons in Oakland? Oakland offers a wealth of opportunities for Francophones of all levels. Whether you want to experience French culture or try some French food, here are some of the places you should explore while you’re taking French lessons in Oakland.

Meetups

Meetup.com is an excellent resource to find local meetups with like-minded people. When it comes to getting the most out of your French lessons in Oakland (or anywhere for that matter), nothing beats using the language in face-to-face interactions. This Berkeley-based rendezvous (http://www.meetup.com/french-73/) has more members, but Le Groupe Francophone East Bay (http://www.meetup.com/francophonesEastBay/) is more active. Sign up and try both!

The Alliance Française San Francisco

If you're feeling adventurous and want to broaden your horizons while you’re taking French Lessons in Oakland, take a road trip to San Francisco. The Alliance Française San Francisco is a non-profit organization with over 100 chapters in the United States. The AFSF promotes French language, art, and culture.

The AFSF also hosts a variety of local music performances. You can see symphonies which feature acclaimed French musicians and pop-oriented events like the annual Fête de la Musique.

The AFSF also partners with local theaters to present modern and classic films. From the world famous Cannes Film Festival to filmmakers as varied as Goddard, Truffant, and Luc Besson, France has long been one of the world leaders in cinema.

Watching foreign films in their original language can be a fun way to learn basic French vocabulary. Challenge yourself to understand the dialogue without looking at the subtitles.

French Restaurants

Michel Bistro

Michel Bistro has all the authenticity of a real French restaurant. The two-story restaurant has delicious food and delightful French décor.

À Côté

À Côté is rated as one of the best French restaurants in the East Bay by several publications including Zagat, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Esquire.

French Books

European Books and Media is the best local place for French books. You can find language resources, children’s books, and more complex literature. Don’t forget to try out some comics, as France has given us graphic greats from the lovable Asterix to the influential sci-fi styling’s of Mœbius.

Exploring these local places will help you enrich your learning experience while you’re taking French lessons in Oakland. If you need some more suggestions, make sure to ask your French tutor. Now get out there and have some fun!

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I will be focusing on your very needs, either using your methodology, or any other. I can provide complementary support to Rosetta Stone, for example as some students struggle to learn English on their own with this methodology. I can recommend websites and books.

About Isabelle
I am a native French speaker born in France; I have lived in the USA since 2000 and speak English fluently. I teach both French and English as a Second Language (ESL). I am used to teaching/ coaching/ interacting with students of all ages (9-80+) and with professionals in a corporate environment. In fact I have worked in-countries and remotely with people located in France, Poland, India, Canada, Guatemala and Brazil. I speak some Spanish and German, and that might help you as well, depending on your background. I am happy to add a cultural dimension to the language support. For Life Coaching lessons, I draw from my experience and best practices. I will share simple yet highly effective tips and approaches to help you meet your needs.

For best results; I recommend a minimum of 2 (two) 45-minute sessions per week. I look for students
sincerely interested in making great strides and committed.

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Obi November 2, 2018
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Isabelle has been made such an impact on my French education. She is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that I understand the language.
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Kris Hollyman August 24, 2018
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Isabelle’s style was exactly what I needed to help improve my French!
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Myron P. July 18, 2018
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Isabelle is an incredible French instructor. If you work with her, you will learn French, from the first lesson, to the last!

I've been a student of Isabelle's for over 2 years now and I can honestly say that working with Isabelle is one of the best decisions I've made in my life!

Isabelle maximizes lessons of any size by:
-skillfully assessing where clients are in their journey
-identifying near and long-term goals
-masterfully coaching clients to maximize French language acquisition across both oral and reading comprehension and oral and written expression

With Isabelle's help, I obtained an A2 ranking on my latest TCF exam earlier this year! Practically speaking, I've been able to comfortably travel to Paris, France and Montreal, Canada with ease and ace a job interview with a Native Francophone speaker in a hybrid conversation in English and French!

You will be lucky to work with Isabelle on your language goals. I recommend that you work with Isabelle, and insist that you start today!
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I've been teaching French for 6 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of French culture, study abroad in French speaking countries, and more! Within the first few lessons, you'll start speaking simple sentences and as time goes on, you'll be able to conjugate like a pro! I typically use the living language books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: recording equipment, worksheets, textbooks, and more. I love working with students of all experience levels and can't wait to meet you!

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Master degree in French language
Certification of CIEP (Centre international d'etudes pedagogiques)
Examiner, corrector for DELF/DALF (all levels A1-C2)

6 years of experience in tutoring and teaching French language
Worked at Alliance Francaise with students of all ages, at bilingual school (French/Russian)
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Helen is so patient with our kids. They love her and she makes learning fun! They are working on their numbers in French so she had them play go fish to help keep the kids entertained. Highly recommend her!
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French is my second language, but often feels as it if were the first, as I have speaking it for so many years on an everyday and professional basis. My grammar is excellent, as I learned the rules in junior high school in the Paris suburbs (grammar is an important part of French schooling). I edited a 240-page scholarly book, De La Case A La Villa (published 2014), and I gave private lessons.

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Bonjour! Hello!

I have been teaching on and off for many years, usually on a one-to-one basis; I taught teenagers and adults. I tailor my lessons to each student's individual needs and I am always ready to go above and beyond the basic lesson. I try to make learning a language fun and alive, through news, stories, and songs.

My method is to provide grammar (very important in French), vocabulary, conversation, reading, and translation in every lesson, and show how important each component is to the whole. I am overjoyed when my students start conversing without need for translation - even if there are errors!

My graduate educational background is in architecture, followed by an MBA in finance. My mother tongue is English; but I learned French at the age of nine when I attended my first French school. I have a French high school
diploma (Baccalauréat) and architecture degree.
I also attended high school in Germany, in a German high school, for several years. Learning languages was a necessity in my childhood, and I love learning, even if by now it is more difficult to become fluent in a new language. I think the fact of being a lifelong learner helps me better understand my students' needs.

As an avid reader since childhood, my spelling has always been excellent, and I worked as a proofreader. I look forward to helping my students reach their language goals.
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Don H. October 15, 2018
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Diane is VERY patient but very thorough. You will learn quickly.
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Don H. August 20, 2018
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Diane is a very conscientious and competent instructor who is very easy to work with. She is especially effective because she understands both the French language and culture while having a complete understanding of English and American culture. I have had many French Instructors , all good, but none as helpful as Diane.
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Don H. July 31, 2018
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Diane is succeeding in teaching me French where many before her have failed. As a teacher myself of many years, I am very pleased with her approach AND her patience.
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During my student teaching experience, I developed and initiated a curriculum sequence on French reading and comprehension.
This collaborative unit involved working with the other teachers within my team.
In my work with the classes, I stressed critical thinking and the incorporation of
culture and science units into the course. The student response was very encouraging, as we had a 100% passing rate for this section. In addition, our team met state curricula guidelines and received numerous positive comments from students’ families regarding the class material.

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My name is Elena. I am very pleased to welcome you to my French lessons! I have been teaching French for all age groups (beginning from 3 years old kids to the adult advanced level) for more than 20 years and I am really happy to provide my students with the experience and skills I have acquired for all the years.

I have worked with the kids of all the age groups creating cooperative learning, hands-on and minds-on approach. I also participated in "Write-to-Read" program in California and used these methods to encourage reading/writing at home, parent involvement, and listening/speaking/writing skills. I always try to create an individual approach to every child to develop his/her unique language skills and personal perception.

I am a professionally credentialed and certified teacher from California state and I am happy to share my
experience and my love for French with all students and their families.

Sincerely,

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Dylan October 12, 2017
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She goes above and beyond! My son is autistic, and Elena is perfect with him. She's punctual and understanding.
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I am originally from France. I really enjoy teaching French because kids challenge all the time, in a nice way. You've got to explain things all the time and that gives me a fresh perspective on things and keeps me questioning things myself. I enjoy taking my time to teach and improve the kids to learn the language while at the same time being very patient to explain deeply the material. It has been 3 years now that I teach french. I make sure that my students are comfortable and productive with the work we put on. I am also very fun and open to help them to speak up when they have difficulties with the pronunciation. Come learn french with me we will make the lessons fun and very productive :).

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I am very fun and open to help my future students to speak when they have difficulties with the pronunciation. When I teach, I give all my best to make sure my students understand the material and improve themselves during the lessons. I am VERY PATIENT when it comes to explaining things and to build prior knowledge. I speak clearly in ways that make the lesson clear. I am also really organized, can break things down and clarify the objectives. I never try to trick my students and my goal is that everyone experience success. It includes me also, I succeed when my students do :).
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Very well prepared. I enjoy every lesson. I feel like i learn something new every time. Very friendly, and very motivational. She make learning a new language seem easy. I will definitely keep taking more lessons with her.
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Hi, I'm Jacqueline and I specialize in French tutoring for students of all ages. I have taught over 120 French students including at most local Bay Area schools as well as many out-of-state. I work with each student to create a program tailored to their individual goals and needs. I can help you with all aspects of French including grammar, conversation, vocabulary, and overall fluency.

About Jacqueline
Hi, I'm Jacqueline and I specialize in French tutoring for students of all ages. I have taught over 120 French students at all levels including beginners, AP students, and adult learners. I work with each student to create a program tailored to their individual goals and needs. I can help you with all aspects of French including grammar, conversation, vocabulary, and overall fluency.

When it comes to learning French, I believe that speaking experience is just as important as learning grammar and vocabulary. I emphasize speaking skills and give students the opportunity to practice this throughout my lessons. For students who need help with grammar (one of the trickiest things to learn in French!), I use my experience both as a student and teacher to simplify difficult concepts.
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