- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 10+
- Teaching since:
Bonjour! Hello! Hallo!
I have been teaching on and off for many years, usually on a one-to-one basis; I 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 and alive, through news, stories, and songs.
My method is to provide grammar (very important in French), vocabulary, conversation, reading, and translation in every lesson, and show how important each component is to the whole. I am overjoyed when my students start conversing without need for translation - even if there are errors!
My graduate educational background is in architecture, followed by an MBA in finance. My mother tongue is English; but I learned French at the age of nine when I attended my first French school. I have a French high school diploma (Baccalauréat) and architecture degree, and I am certified to grade French exams from A1 through C1 (university level). Currently I teach after-school, coordinate a museum visit program (en français) and manage a French exam center.
I also attended high school in Germany, in a German high school, for several years, so I am fluent and am now also teaching. Learning languages was a necessity in my childhood. I love to learn, even if by adulthood, it is more difficult to become fluent in a new language. I think the fact of being a lifelong learner helps me better understand my students' needs.
As an avid reader since childhood, my spelling has always been excellent, and I worked as a proofreader. I look forward to helping my students reach their language goals.
Oversee and manage French exams at all levels.
Prepare and lead museum tours for students of the EFBA after-school program. The artists selected for the tours are from countries of the French-speaking world. The two past tours were: Gauguin at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, and Etel Adnan/Louise Bourgeois at the SFMoMA.:+ Read More
Teaching an after-school program to young children (whose mother tongue is English), in San Francisco, CA.
EFBA is a nonprofit organization promoting bilingualism, specifically by teaching French in the San Francisco Bay Area.
EFBA is a unique French school for children ages from 5 to 14. Since French is a minority language in the Bay Area, EFBA created several programs aiming to offer sufficient exposure to the language to help children become bilingual effortlessly and willingly.
ESSACA is the first architecture school in Cameroon. The first class (Master's degree) graduated in November, 2015. My current (part-time) duties include social media management, international relations, planning English-language and project/firm management classes.+ Read More
I managed IT projects, in particular the Digital Van program, which is still going strong. This is a mobile computer labs program, offering Internet access and training residents in digital media. The vans were featured in the media several times, and a photo is included in the sociology textbook, "Essentials of Sociology 5E" by Giddens, Duneier, Appelbaum, Carr (2014).+ Read More
This certification allows me to grade verbal and written exams for levels up to 2nd level university entrance (C1).
As a French Baccaleuréat holder, I do not need to take DELF certification. I am automatically exempt.
I also have a French architecture degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris (France).
Once again, Diane has proven an exceptionally effective French instructor. She is conversant in American idioms and offers the French equivalents with ease. I am in awe of her ability to motivate and instruct.
Diane is very professional. I had my first class with her and she carefully accessed my level before she decided what area I should be focused on next. Highly recommended.
Diane has a lot of patience, not often found in beginning French teachers. She is also persistent, pleasant, and positive. Highly recommended.
Diane is VERY patient but very thorough. You will learn quickly.
Diane is a very conscientious and competent instructor who is very easy to work with. She is especially effective because she understands both the French language and culture while having a complete understanding of English and American culture. I have had many French Instructors , all good, but none as helpful as Diane.+ Read More
Diane is succeeding in teaching me French where many before her have failed. As a teacher myself of many years, I am very pleased with her approach AND her patience.
Superb and knowledgeable instructor
I have been learning so much from Diane! She is an amazing teacher that really challenges me so that I continue to grow.
She was really thorough and kind! I feel like I will learn a lot from her!
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!
Diane is awesome! She meets you at whatever level you are at and truly cares about getting you to your language goals!