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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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David N. March 29, 2018
· Singing · In home
Great 1st lesson
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Paula D. January 26, 2018
· Songwriting · Online
Chrissy is very helpful and informative and creative and supportive, with much positive feedback for my songs. She brings out the best in me and gives me much hope and inspiration. Definitely several points above average!
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john Z. January 16, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Chrissy teaches a wide array of vocal training techniques - more than other trainers I've been with. She makes it enjoyable and has great teaching skills, too. Very flexible with scheduling as well. Five stars!
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About Rachel M.

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Evanston, IL

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I am a French speaker with a professional capacity for the language. I study French as a major in school and will study abroad this fall. In the past, I have helped student both young (2 years old) and old (over 50) to learn French and become more comfortable with speaking the language.

About Rachel
I am a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. I hold a B.A. in French. I have an extensive background teaching and tutoring others, especially in ESL, English, French and special education. I also have additional experience tutoring many other subjects, such as Spanish, elementary education, biology, pre-calculus, essay writing and history.

I have a true love of tutoring and helping others. I work well with children and adults of all ages. Thank you for sharing your interest in learning!
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· Microsoft Office · Online
Excellent instructor--answered all my questions. Topic of lesson
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Linda November 29, 2016
· Microsoft Word · In home
She is so easy to talk to and made me feel at ease learning about word skills . Im looking forward to my next lesson.
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Evelyn November 1, 2016
· Microsoft Word · Online
My teacher and I spoke by phone for my first lesson, but her phone had poor reception so I was not able to get the benefit of a full lesson. The second and third lessons were unsuccessful as well I need an alternative so that I can work with another teacher locally. I am not familiar enough with this on line process to be successful with my lessons. I have paid for lessons that i have not received. Please advise.
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Evanston, IL 60201
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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.

About Destiny
I am a professionally certified teacher and trained, patient 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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Maysa A. April 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
She is kind, patient, always on time.
She focus on the student’s goals.
We definitely recommend her!
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Kevin April 14, 2018
· French · Online
Destiny is great!
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Lucy April 8, 2018
· Singing · In home
This is what my daughter said: I love the singing lesson, it was fun and Destiny is really nice.
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Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
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About Nicole B.

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"Bonjour" and "Bievenue" to French tutoring! As an international singer, I can teach you the ins and outs of French so that you sound like a local, and can keep up in class or when you study abroad. We'll work on grammar, making up your own sentences, practicing conversations, and improving your pronunciation so you sound like a true francophone.

About Nicole
Nicole is available to teach lessons for students of all levels. Beginning her singing career when she was 7, she most recently sang at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, was a winner of the international CS Competition in musical theatre, and is a Chicago F.A.M.E. finalist for Jazz and popular music. Combined with her training and professional experience, Nicole teaches singers to switch gracefully between multiple styles. She practices what she preaches: one night she might be singing Beyoncé, and the next morning she might be singing Handel's Messiah!

Nicole has been a young artist for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Metropolitan International Music Festival, and for Tiroler Opern Programm, under international instructors, including Elizabeth Bachman (from the Metropolitan Opera), Kim Josephson (Metropolitan Opera), Sharon Cheng (Caramoor),
Michael Fennely (Carnegie Hall), Wei-En Hsu (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), and Candace Evans (Santa Fe Opera). Nicole earned her Associates in Theatre from Brigham Young University ('12) and went on to acquire her BM in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University ('14). Nicole obtained additional training from Boston University, Elon University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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Ari April 25, 2018
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Ari my 6 year old son loved his first lesson. He'll definitely continue with Nicole.
Thank you.
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Hikari M. August 23, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Nicole is a very professional, dedicated and enthusiastic teacher. Not limited to Broadway singing, she's very knowledgeable about many different methods of singing and can teach various techniques based on how you want to showcase your voice. She's extremely caring and makes sure her students can take something from her lesson each time. Wish I could give her 10 stars!!!
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Chicago, IL 60613
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Experienced French teacher of 5 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of language skills.

About Lawrence
I'm a native of Taiwan, speak English, Mandarin and French fluently, and am beginning to take Mandarin Chinese students in any of the four boroughs. I prepare each lesson and hold my students accountable for practicing before each lesson. I can teach any age, am flexible to the students needs, and can come to the students home.
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About Marie K.

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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 have extensive background in French and I enjoy teaching in a dynamic Fun Immersion method.
Je suis prête à vous aider. Bonne chance :)

About Marie
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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Josiah O. February 24, 2018
· Arabic · Online
She is an amazing instructor! I have seen huge improvement immediately on my son. She makes learning so much fun so my 7 year old son is always looking forward to her class. He learned more with her in a few classes then he did in private school. Highly recommend her
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Shreya January 11, 2018
· French · In studio
Extremely patient and encouraging with beginning students. She makes the classes fun and interactive.
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Laura Youngberg October 7, 2016
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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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Chicago, IL 60614
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About Meriem B.

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Bonjour & bienvenue!

French is my native language and whether you're a beginner or experienced French speaker, I would be happy to:
1) Teach you French from scratch,
2) Enrich your vocabulary & conversational abilities, or
3) Polish your accent to make you sound like a real French person!

French is my native language, but I do understand the joy & challenges of approaching a new language, as I also learned English, Italian and Tunisian (dialect of Arabic).

I'm looking forward to meeting you online, in a coffee shop or at home (yours or mine, in Chicago).

À bientôt!

About Meriem
Hello!
On takelessons.com I can be your:
- French teacher or/and
- Sewing teacher (with a French accent!)

I lived in France for 18 years (childhood and college) and 9 years in Tunisia (middle and high school, in a French school), and I moved to the USA in 2011.

I began teaching while doing my PhD (Université de Lille, 2010). I now work as a costume designer and specialize in opera, but my very first job in the US was teaching for a French theater summer camp!

Now I occasionally translate documents, and help opera singers with their pronunciation & understanding of French lyrics.
I also have an American boyfriend who is learning French with me from scratch!

I would like to share my love for the French language and culture with more people, through fun conversations.
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Meriem B.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Kaylene C.

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Bonjour! Join me to learn the beauty of the French language. With 5 years of professional French teaching and 6 years managing a foreign language school, I have the experience to have students comfortable with the language right away. From difficult homework help to simple practice for travelling abroad, I will customize sessions to support each students' needs. All ages welcome. Let's get started! Merci!

About Kaylene
I am a personal French teacher and tutor for students ranging in age currently from 4-47. My method is to make it as fun and relaxing as possible so students can learn with ease.

I love to travel and learn about other cultures. I've led student trips to France, Quebec, England and have visited Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. My travel bucket list is long and I hope I get to see all of them.

I graduated from the University of Dayton in 2002 with a BA in French and continued on to graduate school for International relations. I started teaching at a public school after graduating and stayed there for 5 years. I then had the opportunity to manage a foreign language school that taught French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Mandarin. After 6 years there I branched out on my own to have more personalized lessons.

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xpect to practice age appropriate French conversation and grammar structures from the first day of lessons.

I hope to work with you soon!
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My child enjoys taking the West Suburban French Tutor’s engaging one-hour group class sessions and is rapidly achieving impressive conversation skills. The strategy and resources used create an enthusiastic and respectful environment.
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Sabrina March 26, 2018
· French · In studio
Professeur Kaylene Costello is a fun and engaging teacher. My daughter and I are taking her 6-week French class and we are having a blast! We have played Twister and Simon Says in French. We have sung fun catchy songs in French and have had a lot of encouragement in speaking this beautiful language with the correct pronunciation. I feel like I have hit a gold mine of valuable French instruction with a patient and caring teacher. Thank you Professeur Kaylene!!
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Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Average Cost of French Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute French lessons in Chicago is $48. 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 $72 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$33 average
$52
45-min $30
 
$41 average
$62
60-min $35
 
$48 average
$72

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 15% less expensive at $41, and 30-minute lessons cost 32% less at $33.

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