Diane Chehab
Greenbrae, CA
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Diane Chehab

Diane C.

Greenbrae, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Using books and online materials, I guide students through grammatical rules, vocabulary and pronunciation, using cultural examples as illustration. I'll buy whichever books are the most relevant to a student's level, age, and needs, and also ask my student to buy the book too. Some of these books can be used without a private teacher, in any case!
I learned German grammar with a very strict teacher, many years ago, and she was right to be strict: grammar is the backbone of the German language.
I collaborate with my German sister, who lives in Germany.

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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Daria
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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
Julia J.
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Posted May 26, 2021
Patrice Wilson-neil
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Wonderful Lesson. I believe Diane will be able to help me learn French well.

Posted Apr 13, 2021
Wendy B.
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Diane has a great French accent and shares her teaching skills effectively. I would highly recommend her for all levels. We have read books and seen movies in French. Her world view and experience adds a lot. Vraiment!

Posted Mar 31, 2020
Pierce
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Diane is a great German teacher! She always provides additional resources to delve into the subtleties of a translation or specific grammatical constructions and uses a variety of different books/activities so that the exercises never get boring.

Posted Mar 29, 2020
Don H.
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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.

Posted Mar 25, 2019
Bergen
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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.

Posted Jan 26, 2019
Don H.
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Diane has a lot of patience, not often found in beginning French teachers. She is also persistent, pleasant, and positive. Highly recommended.

Posted Jan 21, 2019
Don H.
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Diane is VERY patient but very thorough. You will learn quickly.

Posted Oct 15, 2018
Don H.
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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.

Posted Aug 20, 2018
Don H.
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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.

Posted Jul 31, 2018
Don H.
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Superb and knowledgeable instructor

Posted Jul 19, 2018
Jimmy T.
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I have been learning so much from Diane! She is an amazing teacher that really challenges me so that I continue to grow.

Posted Jul 1, 2018
Jimmy T.
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She was really thorough and kind! I feel like I will learn a lot from her!

Posted Dec 9, 2017
Matthew G.
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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!

Posted Sep 11, 2017
Cassandra
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Diane is awesome! She meets you at whatever level you are at and truly cares about getting you to your language goals!

Posted Jul 9, 2017
Mrunalini T.
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Daria
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Posted Jul 30, 2020
Jimmy T.
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Posted Feb 10, 2019
Daria
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Posted Jul 20, 2018
Daria
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Heidi
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Posted Oct 31, 2017
Wendy
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Posted Sep 24, 2017

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Experience

Community Manager + lessons coordinator
Feb 2020 - Present

JPLA 2.0 (parleafrique.com)

Plan and coordinate lessons (Duala, Ewe) on online African language learning site. Provide content for LinkedIn page.

Examiner, DELF/DALF exams
Feb 2019 - Present

EFBA (Education Française Bay Area)

Oversee and manage French exams at five levels.

French teacher
Sep 2018 - Present

EFBA

Teaching an after-school program to young children (whose mother tongue is English), as well as to children whose family speaks French, in San Francisco, CA. EFBA is a nonprofit organization promoting bilingualism. It offers a unique French teaching program for children ages 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.

German tutor
Sep 2018 - Present

Several language agencies

Teach German freelance Grammar, beginner) as well as for language teaching agencies.

Senior consultant
Oct 2015 - Nov 2019

ESSACA

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.

Museum Quest Manager
Dec 2018 - Jun 2019

EFBA

Prepared and led 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.:

Project/Portfolio Manager
May 2010 - Sep 2015

NYCHA (NY City Housing Authority

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).

Education

MBA (concentration in Finance)
Aug 2002 - Aug 2005

Zicklin School of Business, New York, NY

Architecture
Sep 1976 - Jun 1980

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris,

Languages

Arabic

Limited Proficiency

Duala

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

DELF Examiner for A1 - A2 - B1 - B2 - C1
Jan 2019

CENTRE INTERNATIONAL D'ÉTUDES PÉDAGOGIQUES

This certification allows me to grade verbal and written exams for levels up to 2nd level university entrance (C1).
French baccalauréat
Jun 1972

Ministère français de l’Education Nationale

I also have a French architecture degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris (France).

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