Diane Chehab

Diane C.

Greenbrae, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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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.

About Diane C.

Bonjour! Hello! Hallo!

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.
I am fluent in German, having attended high school in Germany. I teach the grammatical basis of the language, as well as 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!)
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.
*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I don't think in-person lessons are feasible, for the moment, sadly.


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18 Reviews
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
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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.
Profile-location-online Online

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
Jimmy T.
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Posted Feb 10, 2019
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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.
Profile-location-online Online

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
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Posted Jul 20, 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
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Posted Jan 19, 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
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Posted Oct 31, 2017
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Posted Sep 24, 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
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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

Photos & Videos

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Examiner, DELF/DALF exams
Feb 2019 - Present

EFBA (Education Française Bay Area)

Oversee and manage French exams at all levels.

German tutor
Sep 2018 - Present

Several language agencies

Taught German freelance as well as for language teaching agencies.

French teacher
Sep 2018 - Present


Teaching an after-school program to young children (whose mother tongue is English), 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.

Senior consultant
Oct 2015 - Nov 2019


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


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).


MBA (concentration in Finance)
Aug 2002 - Aug 2005

Zicklin School of Business, New York, NY

Sep 1976 - Jun 1980

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris,



Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


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


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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