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Taking French lessons in San Jose? Language exchanges and cultural events can supplement what you’re learning with your private instructor. And San Jose, as the linguistically diverse city that it is, has plenty of opportunities to help you improve your linguistic and cultural knowledge!

1) The Alliance Française Silicon Valley hosts cultural events and classes to promote French language and culture. The San Jose branch is one of over 100 branches with similar programs all over the world. Their events include French films, an annual French fair, periodic conferences relating to French culture, and a festival of French classical music. They also offer an annual French language contest for local high school seniors. Visit their website at http://www.afscv.org for more information. And if you ever have to move, look them up to see if they have a branch in your new home! They just might.

2) For regular opportunities in French conversation, check out the Silicon Valley French Language Group, which organizes via their Meetup page here: http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-French-Language-Valley. They have a regular monthly meeting, and sometimes organize a few other events, as well.

3) The Menlo Park Conversation Group, similar in concept to the Silicon Valley French Language Group, provides opportunities via its weekly conversation Meetup. Members meet to speak French at a local cafe, announced on their Meetup page. (Historically, it's often in the same location each time.) Check out their page here: http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-French-Language-Valley.

4) The French Film Club of Palo Alto, in conjunction with the Alliance Française of San Jose, views recently produced French films on a regular basis – usually about once per month. Attending their films is a good way to stay up to date on the French movie scene and to expose yourself to more French. They announce upcoming films on their website, in addition to past films. Films are not always rated and vary in probable ratings. Parents of younger learners may wish to check ahead of time to see if and when upcoming films are appropriate for children, and should be ready to accompany their child to the film. More information can be found on their webpage at http://www.lefrenchfilmclub.org.

5) The San Jose Public Library (https://www.sjlibrary.org), like many public libraries, sometimes hosts language groups based on demand and language lead availability. This has historically included some in French conversation. Check their main website or give them a call to find out what is available currently. If you have friends studying other relatively common languages, you may wish to recommend they try the same thing.

Visiting one outside group will often also lead to more opportunities, perhaps including hard-to-find or casually organized events and groups that are not on this list. Go immerse yourself in the surrounding culture while taking French lessons in San Jose, make some friends, and expand your knowledge of the French-speaking world!

About Bridget H.

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French language and diction for singing. Skills are developed for conversational and written communication.

About Bridget
I have been a professional voice, music theory and piano teacher for the last ten years, and have loved every minute of it. I am originally from Canada, and went to the University of Windsor to study vocal performance. I was given an opportunity to the study principals of classical singing and musical theater. From there, I began to work as a featured classical soloist and choral singer throughout Canada. I came to New York to continue my studies, and earned a Master of Music degree in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music.

I believe that singing lessons should be a lot of fun. With good technique, my students and I can team up to accomplish anything from singing classical songs and even some opera arias to popular songs and musical theater. It is my goal to help you discover your own personal voice, and build confidence
in your individual gifts. My students have gone on to study voice in college and university, perform in musical theater, sing in rock bands, children and adult choirs and even win a competition or two. I love hearing my students perform, and feel that an opportunity to sing in front of others builds confidence and ability. I take pride in arranging recitals for my students who would like this opportunity.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons with always begin with warm ups and technique. We'll also focus on an important principal topic, such as breath and support, vowel placement or expression. We'll use some exercises that I have already, or perhaps a new one just for your needs (once I get to know your voice) to help you achieve our goals. We'll then work on 1-2 songs. You'll probably have picked one, and I may have picked one. The concept that we worked on in our technique session will be applied directly to the songs you are working on. You can learn so many different things in each song, we may practice your songs, using a different goal in several different lessons.
All of my students get a chance to perform in occasional "vocal class" settings, where you can sing your favorite songs for one another, in a fun, laid back environment. All students are welcome to participate in an annual recital for their family and friends too! Piano lessons are designed to suit your needs. We can work on the basics for classical playing, read chords, jazz improv and more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have my own music studio set up in my apartment. On teaching days, my living room can be a comfortable waiting room for parents/guardians. You are all most welcome to relax, have a cup of tea or coffee and listen to our lessons. I do ask that you do not sit inside the studio (at least not after the first lesson) as this can be distracting for your child. My studio is equipped with a music stand, upright piano, work sheets for theory, pencils and crayons. I also have a full Broadway and classical music library that students can borrow from, CD/DVD's that can be borrowed, and a New Grove Reference set.

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I bring some music, until we assess the student's needs, then they may buy some books, while I provide the rest. I bring theory worksheets, stickers, pencils etc. If a student would like to sing/play a particular song (Broadway/pop etc) I may have it in my music library.If I do not, the student will need to purchase the music they would like to sing. The student would need a keyboard/piano in their home should I travel. I have a piano in my home.

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Classical singing, Musical Theater, Jazz, music for young children, pop singing, audition preparation, beginning music for adults.
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Sharon N. October 19, 2016
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Bridget is very upbeat and cheerful. She makes you feel very comfortable and makes the lessons helpful and enjoyable.
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SabrinaC April 18, 2011
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I have take several lessons with Bridget and find her to be beyond superb! Her teaching style is clear, comprehensive and has already begun to make its impact on my singing. She is encouraging and provides good constructive feedback that benefits her students. I am so happy that we connected and I hope this is the beginning of a long learning relationship.
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andyS October 23, 2010
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Bridget is excellent! I'm learning a tremendous amount from her. Bridget has a very pleasant and patient manner as a teacher. She gets right to issue needing attention. I leave each lesson with very practical exercises to work on before seeing her again.
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About Amadou C.

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French is among the most important languages in the world; over 7% of the world's population speak it and it is the third most important language in the business world. Unfortunately, French is notorious for being gratuitously difficult. On the bright side, I have over 7 years of experience with French, I speak it fluently and I teach it up until the intermediate level. I tutor French in a fun and engaging way that captivates my students and has them speaking it in a provisional amount of time. Along with the basics, I also delve into the technicalities of French grammar, spelling and reading. You've come to the right person, as you'll never have to be craven taking your next French test, impressing your French-speaking friend or visiting a francophone country after I 'fragment French'.

About Amadou
I am a distinguished graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors from Ivy Tech College. I make it my duty to break down many of the complexities in math and science that have been plaguing students since the beginning of time. I have over 7 years of teaching experience, and I have taught several middle-school and high-school students math, science and ACT/SAT prep who have went on to make 180 degree turns in their grades under my instruction. And because I have worked with such a vast diversity of people over the span of 16 countries throughout the world, I have developed the patience and understanding that is crucial in producing stellar students. Age has never been a problem with me, as I've helped several post-graduate students straighten out their grievances in math and science.

As an engineering major at IIT, I naturally maintain an ex
emplary study ethic that inspires my students to achieve more. I bring results. I relate to my students by incorporating elements of the things that they like (sports, hobbies, music, etc...) into their most challenging courses allowing them to develop a passion for the courses I tutor. Additionally, I always make a conscious effort to work at each student's own pace and I make it my priority to decompose enigmatic topics into components that can be more easily internalized by my students, effectively increasing their grades and giving them the self-confidence and enthusiasm they need to fuel their future academic endeavors. I guarantee quality, commitment, and a passion for training my students to be the best.

I have lived in over 20 countries, which allowed me to speak several languages, and which permitted me to maintain my patience, élan and spirit of enthusiasm when dealing with even the most extreme personalities. I have solid background in both math and the natural sciences, as I have consistently maintained a 4.0 G.P.A since high school. I am now studying mechanical engineering at IIT, and I have gotten 5s in all of my AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Biology exams. I have also been the winner of many STEM-related competitions, through my demonstrating of exemplary leadership qualities and through my brainstorming of blue-sky ideas. I am also a "Mental-Math" practitioner, reflexologist and guitarist. I believe that everyone has potential; however potential is worthless unless put in motion. And experts like me value ourselves in our abilities to give students that push, that jolt of energy that galvanizes them into pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps, allowing them to achieve academic excellence.
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Latissya November 2, 2017
· Common Core Math · Online
Very kind and patient. Has qualities to help those not confident in Math to feel empowered. My 8 year old finished her first training lesson with Amadou smiling about Math. That was a first!
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Kara July 18, 2017
· Elementary Math · Online
Amadou is fantastic! My daughter is 9, going into the 4th grade and math has been a struggle for her. Kara was very nervous at first, as this was her first online class! Amadou helped her become comfortable fast. She loved the fact that he could make her laugh. He has the skill to make math fun! She was so encouraged with the lesson and feels so much more confident in what she's learned. She was surprised at how much she picked up so quickly with the little 'tools' Amadou went over. What a great class/lesson. Thanks Amadou!
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Kam July 18, 2017
· French · Online
Amadou has a great ability to figure out a client's learning style. So far he has been able to tailor class so that the new knowledge is instantly applicable.
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About Clarissa B.

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Allez-viens! I have been speaking and studying French for over 10 years. It was my first foreign language and I am still so passionate about Francophonie that I truly enjoy facilitating the language learning process for others. I have a BA in French Comparative Literature and I have actually lived in France in a small and culturally rich town where learning the language was the only option. While there, I attended a French Université. My MA in education enables me to proactively tailor lessons to student needs, goals and strengths to ensure the most constructive and effective learning environment.

About Clarissa
I focus on the student. My approach and materials will vary depending on the progress, past experience and interests of the student. I want her or him to want to learn.My hobbies include backpacking, hiking, travel, reading, and language learning.

I am working on my Masters in Secondary English and currently hold an Associates in ECE, this combined with my extensive experience with the AP system and the time that I lived in and attended université in France make me qualified to tutor in these subjects and the satellite subject areas such as diction, study skills, reading and writing. I have experience learning four foreign languages in addition to English. It is my love of the learning process, patience and passion for these subjects, however, that are most efficacious in the tutoring process. Best of luck with your studies!
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Tom & Mary August 30, 2017
· French · In studio
Clarissa was very flexible with her lesson and accommodating with my particular needs.
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Marcia June 7, 2017
· French · In studio
Clarissa knows her subject well and how to assess a student's level of proficiency so that she can appropriately tailor the lessons to the need and goals. She also has a wonderful sense of humor which keeps the learning environment light and less stressful!
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Michele P. March 30, 2017
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Patient, professional and persistent!
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About Diane C.

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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
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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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Matthew G. September 11, 2017
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Diane instructs our 13 y.o. son in French once a week. He loves his weekly French lesson with Diane! Diane is a super teacher, and she has great rapport with our son. We strongly recommend Diane, if you want to take French lessons!
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About Angeliki A.

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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.

About Angeliki
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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About Annemarie L.

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I am an experienced teacher/tutor and I am passionate about the subject that I teach! I bring bi-cultural knowledge, humor, and real life relevance to my lessons. Students enjoy working with me because my enthusiasm for their success in learning, and my confidence in their ability to do so, is infectious and inspiring. We build a "working" relationship built on trust and mutual respect and proceed to accomplish what is needed and with zest and success!

About Annemarie
I am first generation "American", my father and mother having emigrated to the US just before I was born. I am bi-cultural and a native speaker. French was my first language and what we spoke at home.
My education was partly in a boarding school in France and partly in Northern California, but my degrees are two BA's from the University of California at Berkeley: 1 in French and 1 in Comparative Literature. I obtained a Single Subject Credential to teach French 11 years ago. For the last 9 years I have been teaching French at a College Preparatory School, all levels (1 through 4 AP). Recommendations follow. Before that I taught at an elementary Montessori School. My writing and grammar are excellent and I am very qualified to tutor at the college level.

I am passionate about people and about my subject. I really love teaching. Recently,
I have been tutoring and am looking to expand that venue of instruction. So, if you just want to brush up, get ready for a trip/year abroad/business meetings, are struggling in class, need help writing papers or with conversational skills want to become fluent, get a high score on an exam, or any other reason to learn French that you can think of I can certainly help you! Be sure to check out my CV and letters of recommendation and be in touch with any questions...Mima
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About Aude V.

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I am french native and very passionate by my culture. I can give advice about the tourism, the gastronomy, the vocabulary, the reading . I am also very funny, patient and want to share my culture but also want to help people . I get adapted to everyone according to their goal.

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I came in Los Angeles one year ago with my family. I am very friendly, want to meet different people and help student with my language which is very difficult to learn. I am very passionate by my job and want to make you known my culture. I speak languages: French, English and Spanish. I love travelling which is my other passion and talking about my experiences abroad as I was a former travel agent in France where I used to work for 16 years.
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