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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 have nearly thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish.
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Jordan July 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jordan really enjoyed his first lesson. Jonathan validated for him that the daily work he is putting in is helpful and gave him small steps to go forward with.
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Catalina March 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson! Friendly, and very easy to follow. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Chad T. January 20, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Jonathan has a demonstrable amount of knowledge about the violin including different playing styles, music theory, and its practical application. His approach is incremental and measured that adapts to my specific strengths and weaknesses intermixed with an appropriate amount of patience. He is also very personable. I always look forward to our lessons together.
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I am a professionally licensed French teacher and have studied French for 10 years! I have tutored French for 5 years and have helped many students of all ages and levels to reach their goals with the language.

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I am a professional teacher and tutor who loves to learn and teach! In college, I studied music education and French, as well as vocal performance. I also worked as a tutor and received professional tutor training in the areas of French, music, and ACT test subjects (Science, Math, English, Reading, and Writing). Recently, I have been teaching music in a public school and teaching/tutoring private students in my free time. I am a professionally certified teacher with over 3000 hours of teaching and tutoring experience. I specialize in tailoring lessons to meet student needs, so all of my students can achieve their goals! I can't wait to meet you and get started working with you or your child on personalized lessons!
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Laura July 15, 2017
· Broadway Singing · Online
Destiny's really nice and really knows her stuff. Lessons with her are really fun!
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Sara July 14, 2017
· Opera Voice · In home
Destiny is amazing.
Me and my daughter love her very much!
What an amazing teacher who has fantastic voice and knows exactly how to teach my daughter so she can sing powerful.
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Hailey July 13, 2017
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My daughter had her 1st lesson yesterday and she really enjoyed it! She is looking forward to next week. Afte her lesson my daughter said" mommy, I like Destiny, I want to keep her for the rest of my life".
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I have lived in Paris for 7 years and speak fluently French.
Even now I'm living in the US, I'm speaking French daily with my family. I love to help people practice their French conversation.

About Jessica
My name is Jessica. I have been teaching Chinese since I moved to Paris in 2007. Now I am living in Santa Clara, California and I still have a huge passion to teach and spread the Chinese Culture.

For adult students I usually help them with General / Business Chinese (Speaking, Listening and Writing) and Life in China.

For kids I help them with their Chinese homework and also college students to pass their school exams.

I give Individual Private Classes or Small Group Lessons (2-3 people). I provide a quiet place for class.

I also help people to practice their French conversation (beginner to intermediate level).

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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Dmitry C. April 15, 2015
· French · In studio
I’m happy to be studying with Jessica, she is a very good instructor and I can recommend her. Thank you, Jessica for helping me learn French!
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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.

About Diane
Hello!

I have been teaching on and off for many years, usually on a one-to-one basis. I have 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, through news, stories, and songs.

My graduate educational background is in architecture, followed by an MBA in finance. My native language is English; I learned French when I was nine years old and attended my first French school. Until my MBA, my degrees were all French: the high school diploma (Baccalauréat) and my architecture degree. I also attended high school in Germany, in a German high school, for several years.

As an avid reader since childhood, my spelling has always been excellent, and I worked as a proofreader for an English language magazin
e when I was a university student. I look forward to helping my students reach their language goals.
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Jimmy December 9, 2017
· French · Online
She was really thorough and kind! I feel like I will learn a lot from her!
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I've been teaching for years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of Language and cultures. 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! See you soon

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Hi, there! My name is Chady and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1991 and I love helping my students. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

I am a visual artist, university level educator, author, master iconographer, and an established professional executive and creative coaching.

I hold Masters Degree in Fine Art, my higher education degrees includes interior design, theology, philosophy, as well as an  Executive Professional Coaching. I speak and teach various languages includes English, French, Spanish, Classical Arabic, Levantine Arabic and Others too
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This young man is a master of Arabic language and culture. He is a superb teacher and instructor.

It was a treat to work with him.
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I individualize lessons and courses to meet the individual students' needs and goals. I have some authentic documents and memorabilia from when I lived in France

About Jodie
My name is Jodie. I have been teaching since 1999 and my experience includes school classrooms, university, and private lessons. I have been teaching private lessons since 2003 and am currently available to teach lessons in person and online. I teach French and ESL. I am also qualified to teach English, writing, and comprehension as well as a few crafts. One of my current students was failing his French I class at high school three months ago when his mom contacted me, but he has now raised that grade to a B.

I received my training at the University of Northern Iowa in1998 where I received a BA and an MA in French. I later studied at the University of Angers, France, where I earned an MA in Teaching French as a Foreign Language. I lived in France for six years. I also taught English to French students. As an expert in my field, I
look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. I personalize lessons and courses to meet the individual student's needs.
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I can help you immerse into a wide range of subjects related to French Language and Culture and achieve your learning goals at different levels.

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Dear students,

Please join me on the TakeLessons platform to go through your study needs together. I am teaching Biology, French and Greek.

I hold a MSc and a PhD in Biology and I have a long international experience in scientific research in academic as well as in industry settings. My main areas of expertise are Genetics and Molecular Biology, but I also have experience in Cell Biology and Biochemistry. I have tutored Biology students up to Master's level and I really enjoyed every part of those interactions.

I am proficient in French. I have been learning french since my childhood as a foreign language. I hold French Language Proficiency Certifications from the University of Sorbonne (Paris, France) and I have studied and worked in France for 10 years. I have successfully tutored family members and helped them to obtain their Frenc
h Certifications. I have also been an amateur French translator. I love French Language and Culture and I would be very happy to share my knowledge with you.

I am a native Greek speaker. I was born in Greece and spent there the first 25 years of my life. In Greece, I have helped foreign students to develop their language skills and I would be more than glad to help you with your Greek studies.

I am looking forward to working with you!
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I am a French native speaker from the Loire region in France. I am a California Credential teacher K-12. I feel strongly about French conversation ,since this is what we do first as human beings. I am a compassionate teacher who loves to make it fun and with high expectations. I have been teaching French for many years and for the last 5 years I have taught students from many different backgrounds, ages and French levels in different settings.
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I am a French native speaker from the France's Loire Valley, who holds a California Teaching Credential K-12. I have been teaching in different capacities for over 15 years and French for the last 6 years with my own business involving after school enrichment programs, tutoring and adult conversation groups. I have taught French to people with different language backgrounds not just English. I teach in a compassionate and fun environment. I like to use games to promote conversation but I can use different programs that are available to us.
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Roselyne
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Carmen January 3, 2018
· French · In home
Roselyne is a great teacher. My daughter loves her French lessons. My daughter has been studying with her for 2.5 years. She is able to understand and pronounce French. I recommend both tutoring and summer camp with Roselyne.
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Anthony January 3, 2018
· French · In studio
Fantastic. Or is that France-tastic. Roselyne, as a native speaker, has an intricate knowledge of both grammar and common, day to day language. She even laughs at my franglais jokes.

There is an art to instruction where you are helping to light the way without causing frustration or embarrassment. Roselyne does a great job.
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Irena January 2, 2018
· French · In home
We are so happy to have Roselyn as our kids' French teacher. The kids love to play and learn at the same time. The variety of games she has is hard to imagine. I think she knows every single game a kid can play to promote learning. And the best thing of all is that they are board games!
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As a former high school language teacher, I know how to make language learning fun, interactive, and effective. We will have a great time together learning French, Spanish, or Portuguese! I will give you the confidence you need to go out and continue speaking. I will also give you great tips to practice your language easily between our lessons.

About Jennifer
Hola! I am a former high school teacher who has traveled around the world learning languages. I have lived in Guatemala, El Salvador, France, and most recently Brazil. I attended UC Berkeley where I graduated Summa Cum Laude in Foreign Languages and Latin American studies.

As a teacher, I taught middle and high school Spanish, English and some French. I always incorporate conversation, games, and speaking activities so you get great practice.

I am a poet, currently working on publishing my first book. I am also a certified yoga and zumba teacher. I love cooking elaborate meals, running, hiking, and learning new languages. Next stop: Hebrew and Italian!
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Laura January 12, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
I recently had the privilege of witnessing Jennifer share her passion for teaching Spanish with her high school students in Oakland. The lesson she offered was extremely FUN, lively and very engaging. The warmth and welcome she exuded towards her students was obvious from the moment she greeted them at the door. Throughout the lesson they explored existing Spanish songs and used their creativity and their own skill in the language to explore new lyrics. It was evident that Jennifer met each of them at the level they were at as well as pushing them the right amount to keep expanding their knowledge of the language. I highly recommend this teacher and am continuously amazed by her ability to maintain and share fluid language skills in such unique settings.
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Mika January 8, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Jenny is a fun, enthusiastic teacher with many years of experience teaching Spanish. I gained much needed confidence in my Spanish speaking abilities and expanded my vocabulary, as we practiced having day-to-day conversations. She cares a lot about her students' progress and will check in with how we are meeting personal goals.
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