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By Darcy C. - Chicago French Teacher

One of the perks of living in a big city is the resources it can offer. Chicago in particular is an extremely diverse city, so if you’re interested in taking French lessons, you’re in a great place! The trick is to find opportunities to get out there and practice; and in the Windy City, there are many different ways to practice speaking French, meet French or Francophone people, and experience French culture. Find what’s right for you, and give it a try!

Improve Your Language Skills The Alliance Française de Chicago is a French cultural and learning center where you can take language classes and attend workshops on topics like global communication (“Voulez vous tweeter avec moi?”) and French cooking classes. Those with memberships are granted access to additional opportunities, like weekly conversation groups for different-level speakers and check-out privileges at the largest private French library in the Midwest. You can also sign up for their newsletter to receive invitations to a variety of events. http://www.af-chicago.org/app/homepage.php

If you find their prices a bit steep, another option is L’École Française Chicago. The École is explicit about its commitment to maintaining affordable rates and also offers language and cultural workshops, though not as often. http://www.lef-learn-french.com/

Meet People and Practice Even if you ace your French lessons in Chicago, your French is likely to slip away without some practice on your part. Chicago has several Meetup groups for French speakers of various levels. Google “Chicago French Meetup groups,” and take your pick! Need an incentive to put your inhibitions aside? Check out the Groupe Professionel Francophone, a more official group that meets on the last Thursday of each month over cocktails and tasty treats. http://gpfchicago.org/

Volunteer Another great way to meet other people and practice speaking French is by volunteering! World Chicago, an organization that offers programs for visitors to the United States, often needs French-speaking guides for tour groups or bilingual help at events (http://www.worldchicago.org/). These opportunities can be fun and extra-enriching on both a linguistic and cultural level, since they provide a chance to speak with people from a variety of French-speaking countries.

You can also keep tabs on the Lycée Français de Chicago, the French private school, which has opportunities to volunteer at annual events such as the Fall French Market, a fundraiser known as “La Soirée,” summer camps, and more throughout the year. http://www.lyceechicago.org/

Experience French Culture Everyone knows one of the best parts of French culture is the food! Make your way to the Chicago French Market, a year-round indoor marketplace open Monday to Saturday, to sample all kinds of French fare from wine and cheese to crêpes and crème brûlée. You can find nearly 30 specialty vendors at 131 North Clinton, or, if you are coming into the West Loop on the Metra, you can enter from right inside the train station.

I would be remiss not to mention the famed Art Institute of Chicago, which houses one of the largest collections of Impressionist paintings in the world. Study up on Monet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and all the others, then create your own classy field trip to see the famous works. Be sure to note the Art Institute’s special events and free days for Illinois residents, too! http://www.artic.edu/

Read in French If you’re a reader, take a few hours to explore one of Chicago’s foreign language bookstores. Powell’s Books in Hyde Park is one with a large selection of books in French and other languages. A Chicago-based online shop called Lectures de France allows customers to purchase French books online and pick them for free at their Chicago office. Get a French translation of a favorite book, or try some French children’s books like the popular Petit Nicolas series for a manageable read. (Bonus points if you read aloud!)

Whatever You Choose, Keep it Up! Whether you try a bunch of new things or find one activity you really love while taking French lessons in Chicago, taking advantage of the city’s resources will help you maintain and improve your French between lessons, meet other French students and speakers, and enjoy French culture right here at home. It’s up to you to take charge, and you might even have some fun!

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I will tailor my lessons to each student's need, French is one of my native languages and I am certified to teach it K-12.

About Roula
I taught Math and science k-6 for 3 years overseas and keeping up with the new curriculum developments for Math 4-8.

I am certified in Arabic, French and BCIT ( Business. Computer and Technology)

During the school year I teach those subjects in the Mount Lebanon School District. i have been working in the district since January 2010.

I also teach private lessons Arabic and French as well as small groups.

This year I am also teaching A kindergarten class at KinderCare in Wexford

Currently I am tutoring French and Arabic to several schoolage kids ages between 7 and 15 and teaching beginner Arabic and French to a few adults. I am also tutoring and teaching a couple technology students and classes ( word, excell, google docs, ipad use, google sites, among others.

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Alden A. September 2, 2017
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Excellent and patient!!
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Daria R. July 30, 2017
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I love that she tailors the lesson to your needs and makes you feel comfortable. It is easy to tell she had been doing this for a long time and enjoys it. Thanks Roula 😀
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Samana June 19, 2017
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Most amazing teacher, I started reading after couple of sessions. Very keen observer and listner tailors the class according to the students needs. Thanks Roula forvbeing so understanding during my sessions.
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I've been teaching french for about a year now and got experience teaching different level and ages. I studied different languages myself, I understand the obstacles that come with taking on a new language. Since I am a native french speaker I can help with grammar, vocabulary and especially pronunciation.

About Tania
Hello everybody,

Do you want to become proficient or more proficient in French? Learn or brush up on french the fast and easy way with a native French speaker?

I am here to help you! My name is Tania I am 27 years old and I am a native French speaker. French is my native language. I love the idea of being able to help and teach students about this beautiful and complex language. I actually got most of my experience tutoring elementary, middle school and high school students and I have been teaching languages for 3 years now. Studying different languages myself, I understand the obstacles that come with taking on a new language.

I can help if you simply want to brush up on practical usage for travel or to converse with friends -- or if you want to study grammar and more formal French for school or professional applications.

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The lessons are goal-oriented, creative and fun.
- Personalized instruction to meet your needs from beginner to advanced levels in all disciplines: reading, writing and speaking.
- The lessons are designed to make you familiar with the French culture and civilization.
- Specialized in tutoring students of all ages to improve their French skills for school, travel or competition.
- Lesson plans, class times and rates are based on individual objectives.

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Tania is being a great tutor. My interest is to brush up my French after 10 years w/o any practice - focused on conversation. I am really appreciating the classes with her. She brings the right balance correcting what is needed but with encouragement and positiveness to keep you confident and engaged.
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Ryan C. June 1, 2017
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I highly recommend anyone who is either a beginner, or any level of French to use Tania as a tutor. I started to learn French at a very basic level and currently I feel very comfortable with the basics of the language. What I like the most about my lessons with Tania is that French is used throughout the duration of the lesson, which really helps one to be submerged into the language.
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Carolina L. February 6, 2017
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Tania has been working with me on my level. I have learned a lot and she has also refreshed my memory of what I had learned a few years back. Her classes are very practical. There is tons of conversation and grammar. I am able to apply what I learn right away. My comprehension has improved a lot as well. One of my favorite things is that she is a native speaker so I learn a more practical French with common day-to-day expressions, with many things I won't get from book. Very recommended!
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Bonjour ! With near-native fluency in French, I can help you master complex grammar, expand your vocabulary, and practice real-world conversational skills. Lessons can be either immersive or in English, depending on your goals and comfort levels.

I look forward to meeting and working with you en français to help you make tangible progress! À bientôt !

About Madeleine
Hello! Bonjour ! Je m'appelle Madeleine and I am a bilingual tutor and teacher with more than 8 years' experience in education.

As a language teacher, I have taught both French to American students and English to French students in the primary and secondary classrooms. I have also tutored both languages in person and online to high school students, college majors, and adults of all skill levels.

As a 2014 graduate of the University of Maryland in linguistics and French, I have a strong academic background in the grammar and literature. Having lived in France, I also have cultural experience and real-world exposure to the language.

With my near-native fluency in French, I can help you master complex grammar, expand relevant vocabulary, and practice real-world conversational skills, learning helpful cultural insights along the w
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I love helping students realize their potential and reach their personal or professional goals in their second language, so please don't hesitate to contact me to get started on your French journey.

I look forward to meeting and working with you! À bientôt !
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I've been teaching French for 13 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of French culture, travel abroad, and make new friends. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to communicate in it in everyday situations and as time goes on you'll be able to watch films and listen to and understand music in this language. I specialize in French literature. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you! J’adore ça, quoi?!

About Aliaksandra
Hi, there! My name is Aliaksandra and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2001 and have loved helping my students communicate in the language they want, make new foreign friends, and travel and study abroad. I went to Minsk State Linguistic University (Republic of Belarus) and earned a Master degree in Philological Sciences in 2003. I'm a responsible person always ready to help and my teaching style is students’ needs oriented, cooperative, and activity-approached. My motto is Practice makes perfect. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Iryna October 22, 2017
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Not Aleksandra, but Aliaksandra!
Good luck to everyone who is determined to learn!
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My daughter Kira, who is 10 now, has been taking French lessons for almost two years with Alessandra. I can’t be happier with her progress! And I certainly can’t be happier with Aleksandra, who is not only a professor and can teach adults and teachers, but also has an amazing way with children!
My daughter loves her and always is looking forward to the next class, responsiby does her homework and able to teach me a few things :)
But what I truly appreciate as a parent as well, is that she is never late and always makes the day and time that has been arranged, which is very important with everyone’s busy schedules.
I would highly recommend Aleksandra for teaching children and adults!
My best friend is French, and I had Aleksandra over when my friend was visiting, my friend was impressed with her fluency of the language.
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I have extensive background in French and I enjoy teaching in a dynamic Fun Immersion method.

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I came recently to U.S. And I was tutoring languages back in my country for 8 years. I hope to build a good reputation here too with my students. I'm so patient toward kids, and I like to innovate methods to engage early learners (songs, stories, game...)
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Marie did a wonderful job working with our clients' children for an Arabic Language and Culture Camp at the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society. She was professional, organized, compassionate, and creative. She was very cooperative with me and children loved her. I would recommend her for any position she applies for.
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Bonjour! Learning French is easier than you think. We will use a wonderful course to guide our lessons together, designed to take you from zero knowledge of French to conversational fluency. I look forward to introducing you to French!

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I am deeply passionate about sharing knowledge with others and have been lucky to be teaching my entire adult life. There are so many enriching experiences available to us when we learn more about the world.

Foreign languages are among my favorites, and I have specialized in teaching Latin, Italian, and Japanese. As a geologist, I am also profoundly interested in the sciences. When I teach I like to understand where my students are coming from, what really inspires them, and help them to enjoy and love what they want to learn. For me, learning is always fun, so whether you like to study or you are having trouble motivating yourself to concentrate, together we will discover the joy and fun in what you are studying.
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inna March 24, 2017
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Luke is amazing!! He is patient and wants you to learn and get better. I'm going to keep taking Italian with him until I learn everything there is to know!!! :) Best decision ever!
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Rubi March 8, 2017
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I use a conversational and communicative method that places strong emphasis on the communication features of learning a foreign language- that is speaking, listening and practicing real-life situations in a fun and natural way.

All lessons are tailored to meet your specific language learning needs. You will receive assignment after each lesson to make sure you understand the covered material before we move on to the next. You will use a workbook and various multi-media support.

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My name is Elodie. I am a native French Speaker. I come from Lyon, France.
I have been teaching French for almost 20 years now and I still enjoy it very much!
I have a certificate in Teaching French as a Foreign language. In July 2017, I took a professional training in France to learn about new teaching techniques, particularly the use of multimedia.
I can teach any level, beginners to advanced. I am comfortable with any group age; children, teenagers or adults. I can teach any student to speak French fluently.

I live in Phoenix, Arizona but I love to travel. I also go visit family and friends each year in France.

I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you learn the beautiful language of Moliere.
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J adapte la pédagogie selon le niveau de l'élève.
J'enseigne aux enfants et adultes.

Je possède également de l'expérience dans l'enseignement d'élèves avec Adhd , surdoués, Asperger ou autistes.

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I started teaching in1995 while I was still a student, and immediately I realized that, not only loved it but had a facility in adapting myself and finding the best way to communicate with my pupils.

I teach to children and adults.

And I particularly like the challenge of having as well, special need, pupils.

If you come through my presentation and feel so, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I will gladly answer any additional questions you may have.

Looking forward to read from you !
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The average cost of 60-minute French lessons in Chicago is $36. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $35 and $40 per hour.

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