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French Resources in Chicago

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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French is such a beautiful language! No wonder a lot of poets and composers were and still are inspired of the sound of it! Whether you want to get better grades in school or you just be able to have a simple conversation on vacation I'd love to introduce you to the most beautiful language in the world!

About Chrissy
Originally born in Germany, Chrissy developed a passion for music, language and teaching early on. Right out of High School she helped her mother, who was an educator at that time, write and stage-manage a children's Musical which found great response from the audience. During her Music studies in the Netherlands she was offered an internship at the local Music School which she gratefully accepted and where she enjoyed her first voice coaching experience. There she was also nominated as one of the most promising young singer/songwriters at the LUX Festival in Nijmegen. Over the years she was blessed with more and more private students in voice as well as piano. During her stay in New York she received the opportunity to work with a Broadway show ensemble ("Dreamgirls") as a Music Director on their different harmonic parts. She's proudly b
een a member of the Music of Oz Studio staff in Crown Point, Indiana since Jan. 2011 and is looking forward to teaching out of her home now as well. Chrissy is crazy about all her students and wants them to succeed! She's very much looking forward to working with you and having buckets of fun! :-)
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Stormy Z. October 6, 2018
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Stormy lives her instructor and her lesson!
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Crissy has been an excellent teacher. She has given me a very positive experience in learning piano. I’ll miss her.
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Katie July 15, 2018
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I absolutely adore Chrissy. She has a real skill set. I've learned a lot from Chrissy. She has helped a boatload with my confidence. I'm eager to keep going and learning from her.
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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 from Illinois Tech with a bachelor's of mechanical engineering. I make it my duty to break down many of the complexities in math, science and engineering that have been plaguing students since the beginning of time. I have over 10 years of teaching experience teaching students of all ages math, science and ACT/SAT prep who have went on to make 180 degree turns in their grades. This field experience has allowed me to develop the patience and understanding that is crucial in producing stellar students.

As an engineering-inclined individual, I encourage an exemplary study ethic in my students as well as an organized and systematic approach geared towards maximizing student grades/scores. I also bring results by relating to my students by incorporating elements of the things that they like (sports, hobbies, m
usic, etc...) into their most challenging courses allowing them to even potentially develop a passion for their most difficult courses. I always make a conscious effort to work at each student's own pace and I make it my priority to decompose the most challenging 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 get killer grades. I guarantee quality, commitment, and results!

Having lived in over 20 countries has also permitted me to maintain my patience, composure and sense of flexibility and open-mindedness when dealing with even the most extreme personalities. I believe that everyone has potential; however potential is worthless unless put in motion. And experts like me take pride 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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Amadou is excellent!!
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About Marie K.

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I like to start with teaching songs and reading books beginning with basic children’s’ books and continuing with more difficult reading material including newspapers and articles...
Je suis prête à vous aider et je vous encourage à commencer tout de suite :) Bonne chance

About Marie
Indulge yourself by learning languages. It opens your prospect to a new different world with a different culture, you feel like you gain a new person and a new experience while networking with new people around you. I personally admire languages and would like to share this passion with you. I invite you to start expanding your horizon by choosing a new language.
I came recently to U.S. and I was tutoring languages "Arabic, French and English" back in my country. 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, games...). My only goal is to reach your needs and desire to learn then proceed from there in a fun immersion method.
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Vanessa Baillie March 27, 2019
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Marie is awesome! She is very patient and thorough. I wanted to work on my accent and pronunciation, and I already feel myself improving even though we are only a few lessons in.
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Riyad March 23, 2019
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Marie has done a great job teaching my kids Arabic. She is professional and utilizes class time efficiently. Additionally, she is patient and makes learning fun. I highly recommend her as she puts 100% effort and wants to see students progress and succeed. We are happy to have found her.
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Estelle February 9, 2019
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Marie is fab, highly recommend, makes lessons enjoyable.
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Chicago, IL 60614
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About Vanie B.

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Bonjour à tous!

My name is Vanie, French is my mother tongue. I grew up and studied in France.
I have worked at Awty International School at the French Institute and Trini Mendenhall Community Center.
I was able to apply my skills and knowledge within these three organizations.
I adapt my classes according to the needs of my students.
It is with pleasure that I will help you and accompany you in your project.
My classes are mostly online and my schedules are flexible.

À bientôt!

About Vanie
Bonjour à tous,

My name is Vanie, French is my mother tongue. I grew up and studied in France.
I was a French teacher at a language school in the French Alliance in Houston.
I also worked at Awty International School as a substitute teacher.
I was able to apply my skills and knowledge within these organizations.
I adapt courses to the needs of my students.
It is with pleasure that I will help you and accompany you in your project.
Come discover with me the language of poets and writers of French literature.

PS: I give courses online and I can move for you within a radius of 5 miles maximum.

À bientôt !
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Rashmita July 30, 2018
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Vanie is an amazing teacher. She is very sweet and encouraging. I gained the confidence to speak French in France because of her. She is simply the best French teacher I have ever had! Merci beaucoup Vanie!
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J-M July 29, 2018
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i enjoyed being in Vanie's Conversational French group. She is very patient and creative, and I would recommend her as a French teacher for any student level.
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Rebecca July 28, 2018
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Vanie is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and creates a comfortable environment for learning French. I was willing to make mistakes and take chances to improve my fluency, knowing that she was always supportive and available for positive corrections. She brought the language and culture alive. I highly recommend her as a French teacher.
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About Franca M.

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I was born in Belgium French speaking - and went exclusivity to French speaking school. Then moved to France and there too only French schooling.
I have perfect accent and intonation for people to learn good French.

About Franca
Bonjour! I am from Europe and speak French as my first language. I have taught many students and would like the chance to teach you as well. I am very strong in grammatical structure, conversational French, and intonation and pronunciation. I am also available to teach online.
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Oak Forest, IL 60452
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About Marisa S.

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Bonjour ! I am from Paris, France ! I am very passionate about languages, I speak 4 languages total. My first language is French, and I’m very particular about good enounciation and orthography. I’m dynamic and very positive. Always smiley, helping and patient ! I wish to help children and teenagers to learn and/or practice their french. I’ve worked with children since I am 20, from 0 to 18 years old. I would love to bring some joyful lessons, help your child learn the language in a playful way, and reach their goal of speaking fluently !

About Marisa
Bonjour ! I am from Paris, France! I am a dynamic, active person, friendly and very positive ! :) I’ve been working with children for more than 15 years. I love languages ! I speak 4 languages myself, French is of course my first language ! I would love to teach your child french ; french is my primary language and I just love everything about it ! It’s such a rich and beautiful language ! I want to be able to teach it in a playful and joyful way. I am very patient, and helping. Don’t hesitate to ask me questions!
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I have a passion for the three languages that I am fluent in, French, English, and Arabic and I would like my students to become as fluent in expressing themselves.It is a great feeling to be able to communicate with all kinds of different people, especially when you travel to other countries. Learning languages opens up new horizons.

About Dunia
I have taught school children and adults during my tutoring career, and it has always been a fruitful experience for both the students and myself. Indeed, imparting my knowledge upon students is always a worthwhile feeling.
Success stories from past students with regard to achieving high marks on their French and Arabic language tests has given me the confidence to believe that anyone is capable of learning a new language.
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Paul G. February 17, 2019
· French · Online
Dunia was very organized and had a lesson plan for each session that I took with her. We conjugated verbs, worked on conversational French, learned how to count, among other things. She was also very patient with me and let me figure out things by myself without interjecting all the time. I highly recommend her!
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About Saloni S.

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Experienced French tutor for 5 years, I love the culture and language, I've been speaking French since 7 years old, and can't wait to help others in the beginner/intermediate level gain more confidence and knowledge through reading, writing, verb conjugations, sentence structure, conversation and vocabulary.

About Saloni
Hello everyone! My name is Saloni, I am a violinist and French tutor, I have tutored in both for over 2 years and am passionate about helping others gain confidence through music or language. I have been performing and competing in violin for years and was ranked 3rd in states for violin and am open to helping others play any type of genre music, or prepare them for a competition/performance.
As of French I speak proficient French, and am eager to help anyone in need of last-minute test preparation, study tools and help in general! I have worked internationally and understand the value of another language. Can't wait to get started!
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Saloni S.

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About Nour S.

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I went in a French immersion school from kindergarten through high school, so, while I am fluent, I have the advantage of learning French as a second language, which will allow me to better understand your needs than a native speaker. I have tutored students in French throughout my life and love French grammar in particular.

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I am a recent college graduate. I miss school and love helping people in my free time.
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Nour S.

Elmhurst, IL 60126
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Average Cost of French Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute French lessons in Chicago is $47. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $45 and $51 per hour.

30-min $30
 
$32 average
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45-min $35
 
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute French lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute French lessons are 22% less expensive at $37, and 30-minute lessons cost 32% less at $32.

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