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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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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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Paula D. January 26, 2018
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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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· Acting · In studio
Professional and organized. Chrissy and me click and both are Columbia College Veterans . Very great to work with you Chrissy. Thanks ! Frankie
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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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Amy February 15, 2018
· Chemistry · Online
He has a lot of patience and goes at a perfect pace! I would recommend him to everyone!
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· Algebra · Online
Amadou was patient and made learning easy for me.
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Leah November 28, 2017
· AP Calculus · Online
We only had one lesson with Amadou, but he was very nice and easy to schedule with. We're trying out a few different teachers to find the right fit, but are definitely considering Amadou in our top choices. Thank you!
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About Destiny P.

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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 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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Chloe F. February 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sweet and patient. Excited for the next session!
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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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The public school system of today requires individuals to function as a different kind of educator. They need teachers who will not only teach, but will also inspire and lead. Moreover, they need administrators who understand the different relationships between students, parents, and schools. As an administrator, I oversaw the successful deployment of several tutoring programs and worked to ensure the longevity of these initiatives. I have a wealth of experience and knowledge to contribute.

About Celeste
I am a graduate student in Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. Still, I have a wealth of experience in the classroom and in after-school programs. I have been a tutor for over ten years and have taught a wide variety of subjects to an array of different students.
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Ashley July 25, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Celeste was awesome during our first session!! Can't wait for the next one, she was super helpful & I definitely recommend her!
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Miles M. July 11, 2016
· Basic Math · In home
Highly recommend Celeste. My son said that he had fun learning which he hasn't really said before. He is excited about his next lesson.
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John B. August 25, 2015
· French · In studio
Celeste is very easy to work with and we got a lot done. I really enjoyed having lessons with her.
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About Helena R.

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I have vast experience in teaching French as a second language. I taught it for many years in my home country, Portugal, to middle and high schoolers and am currently tutoring the language. I love the sound of the French language and the way it can convey different emotions. French is the language of love, art and literature. Let me help you develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. We will make a great journey together.

About Helena
I am a native speaker of Portuguese and got my degree in English (ESL) and French Teaching in my home country, Portugal. I have been teaching foreign languages and ESL for more than 20 years and am comfortable working with all age groups. I taught 17 years in Portugal (ESL and French; 6-12 grades and Adult Education Programs) and ever since I moved to the US in 2010 (Portuguese and Spanish in a corporation, and tutoring all four languages at home or online). I am a very patient, motivated and enthusiastic teacher and I always adjust my teaching methods to the student's age, needs and purpose. I never give up on a student and I am sure I can help him/her attain his/her full potential. I believe anyone can learn a new language but consistent repetition and refreshing before, during and after class is needed. I expect the student to be resp
onsible, patient and persistent in his learning process and I am willing to help him/her on the way.
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tere February 4, 2018
· Portuguese · Online
Helena is awesome. I was initially hesitant to take lessons online since I thought it would be difficult to understand the subtle nuances of the language (Portuguese) or that we wouldn't get much done in the hour. Fortunately I was wrong. Not only was the hour spent together well organized, Helena also sent weekly study material and audios of the information we went over during our lesson which was extremely helpful. She is very knowledgeable and friendly, and I recommend her highly.
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Mario February 2, 2018
· Portuguese · Online
Helena is doing a great job. She is patient and knows just how much to teach me so that I retain as much as possible. She has no problem making adjustments to my needs of learning Portuguese. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
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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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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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About Marie K.

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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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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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Allez-viens! I have been speaking and studying French for over 10 years. It was my first foreign language and I am passionate about facilitating that 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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Christy February 9, 2018
· French · Online
i loved it so much!!!!!!
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Luke January 31, 2018
· French · Online
Our son had a great lesson with Clarissa and can’t wait for the next one!! Clarissa was very patient and gave Luke plenty of time to answer the questions. He stayed engaged the entire 45 minute lesson. We shortened the lesson to 30 minutes at Clarissa’s suggestion to ensure he gets the most from each lesson which I really appreciated! This has been a wonderful experience so far!
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Autumn January 24, 2018
· French · Online
She is great and helped get my confidence up in a short amount of time.
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During my student teaching experience, I developed and initiated a curriculum sequence on French reading and comprehension.
This collaborative unit involved working with the other teachers within my team.
In my work with the classes, I stressed critical thinking and the incorporation of
culture and science units into the course. The student response was very encouraging, as we had a 100% passing rate for this section. In addition, our team met state curricula guidelines and received numerous positive comments from students’ families regarding the class material.

About Elena
My name is Elena. I am very pleased to welcome you to my French lessons! I have been teaching French for all age groups (beginning from 3 years old kids to the adult advanced level) for more than 20 years and I am really happy to provide my students with the experience and skills I have acquired for all the years.
I have worked with the kids of all the age groups creating cooperative learning, hands-on and minds-on approach. I also participated in "Write-to-Read" program in California and used these methods to encourage reading/writing at home, parent involvement, and listening/speaking/writing skills. I always try to create an individual approach to every child to develop his/her unique language skills and personal perception.
I am a professionally credentialed and certified teacher from California state and I am happy to share my exp
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Dylan October 12, 2017
· French · In home
She goes above and beyond! My son is autistic, and Elena is perfect with him. She's punctual and understanding.
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I have lived in France for years and since then I have been working daily with french speaking people. It is not my mother tongue but absolutely good enough to help someone to learn French.

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Since I have lived in France I learned how to speak French in daily life, which is completely different then learning it from a book. I can help you develop your French in a way so you'll be able to get by in the day to day life in the French language.
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The average cost of 60-minute French lessons in Chicago is $46. 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 $60 per hour.

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