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Diane C.
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Learn French with a highly proficient teacher, along with the culture.
French is my second language, but it often feels as it if were the first, as I have been speaking it for so many years on an everyday, educational, and professional basis. I have official native-level proficiency. My grammar is excellent, as I learned the rules in junior high school in the Paris suburbs (grammar is an important part of French schooling). Culture is also a big part of learning a language, and I am well versed in French literature, pop culture, idioms, and more. Recently, one of my first TakeLessons students passed her B2 exam, which allows her to apply to French universities. It's not an easy exam, the culmination of several years of classes and several months of test-prepping. I edited a 240-page scholarly book in French, "De La Case A La Villa" (published 2014), and have spoken on French-language television and at professional conferences. I give both private and group lessons.
About Diane C.

Bonjour! Hello! Hallo! Yay! We can start in-person lessons again, as long as basic distancing is kept. I have been vaccinated and I would prefer my students to be vaccinated, too, but it's not a deal breaker. I teach several languages: French, German, and English for non-native English speakers. I tailor my lessons to each student's individual needs and I always go above and beyond the basic lesson, with follow up between lessons. I try to make learning a language fun and alive, through news, stories, and songs. We can also use activities like cooking, singing, and word games. I teach children, teens and adults. My method is to provide basics for beginners, and then mix grammar, vocabulary, conversation, reading, and translation in every lesson; I 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! I learned French at the age of nine when I attended my first French school. I have native-level French knowledge, a French high school (Baccalauréat) and architecture degree, and I am certified to grade French exams from A1 through C1 (university level). I've taught after-school lessons, coordinated a museum visit program (en français) and managed a French exam center. English is my mother tongue, which I've used professionally for over 25 years, as well as for proofreading, editing a manuscript, and more. I teach all levels. As an avid reader since childhood, my spelling has always been excellent, and I worked as a proofreader for English-language publications. My German is fluent, as I attended high school in Germany. I teach the grammatical basis of the language, as well as vocabulary and cultural knowledge. I collaborate with my sister who is German and lives in Germany. 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. Currently I am learning Spanish and Mandarin (the latter is much harder for me than the former!) I look forward to helping my students reach their language goals.

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Teaching since 1976


MBA (concentration in Finance)

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Teaches ages 8+

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Speaks French, German, English, Arabic, Duala

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Teaches 6 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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Bon Air Ctr , CA Greenbrae
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We had a wonderful experience doing online lessons with Ms Diane. My son was engaged and interested in the lesson times and he looked forward to seeing Ms Diane every week. We intend to resume lessons once the summer is over.

Posted Aug 6, 2021

I have been a student with Diane for the last few years and she is the best French teacher I have ever had. Not only is she an amazing teacher but she is also genuinely fun to be with. This year, Diane helped me pass the French B2 Certification exam - she provided me with all the resources I could have ever hoped for, and I really couldn't have done it without her! I highly recommend her for anyone

Posted Jun 10, 2021