Perhaps you are planning to travel to Paris, Switzerland, Quebec or Martinique and want to be able to get around easily on your own. Perhaps you were influenced by the fact that French is a beautiful language or you’d like to bicycle and enjoy the Tour De France.
Whatever the reason is, Welcome and Bienvenue!
Learning a language can be both intimidating and frustrating; my engaging teaching style makes it comfortable and enjoyable for all. As I look back, it gratifies me to know how much enthusiasm and progress my students have been able to learn in a short time. Whether I am teaching one- on-one or in groups, my students will attest to how quickly they learn the nuances of how to better think and communicate simply and effectively in French.
French4Marin offers French lessons in the beautiful San Francisco and Bay Area. We welcome students of all ages and levels from beginner to intermediate through advanced. Let's explore your objectives and customize a French language program designed specifically to fit your needs.
French4Marin is located in Central Marin; most lessons are taught in my home office.
What you need to know: We offer flexible hours to fit your busy schedules, 10am-7pm,
by appointment only.
Rates: $75.00 an hour, 5 class series are available for $350. (Payable at your first class).
French lessons that match your ability: French4Marin offers classes to all ages and levels of French, from true beginners through advanced students. We ensure that all students are presented with material in a way that enables them to build the skills they need to become successful in French. Successful learning is optimized through creative teaching methods, which consist of disseminating information through a fun and thinking-outside-the-box approach.
Variety of teaching methods: We will tailor a French course outlined to meet your individual needs and make sure they’re interesting and interactive.
Beginners: Topics: Salutations, express simple courtesies, introducing yourself, talk about what you do, where you live and your activities. Develop your "French ear" and gain confidence speaking simple French phrases. Asking your way, shopping, ordering at a café, transportation.
Structure: Singular and plural forms, agreements of adjectives, present tenses of common verbs and irregular useful verbs, Passé Composé, reflexive verbs.
Intermediate: Develop your skills further and build confidence speaking and understanding French in everyday situations. Build communicative competence with thematic links online.
Life situation dialogues to practice and develop confidence at your hotel, ordering from a menu, making a reservation at a hotel, ordering a taxi or a wake-up call.
Structure: review of useful verbs and conditional form to ask politely for anything. At the doctor, at the train station, at the airport, at the supermarket, shopping, asking for a size, a color a department.
Advanced: Improve your reading understanding of use more complex sentence structures through diverse texts, current events, poems and famous French songs.
Further your grammar with Imperfect, Subjunctive, near Past and Future tense.
Conversational French: We encourage getting acquainted with French culture. What are your hobbies and your interests? We will learn L'expression française du jour” French culture through art, famous people, news, songs, poems and literature.
French for Travelers: Master important phrases, realistic conversations that use colloquial vocabulary to help you navigate and feel comfortable with the locals on your next trip to France.
French for Business: Individual and group classes are custom designed to help facilitate better business communication between you, your team and your French speaking counterparts. You will be coached by a native French speaking instructor, who will successfully prepare you for that next important business meeting.
Translation service: Are you working on a project and want to reach out to the French market?
We can help you translate your ideas into today's French business world? Let us help you make a good impression abroad.
French4Marin offers a unique hospitality service, which could include greeting and welcoming your French business guests on your behalf. We will help them get situated and comfortable in our beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.
Our lessons involve:
Strengthening proficiency: French4Marin presents communicative focus and functional language for everyday life. Students immediately get and give information in French. New vocabulary and related conversational patterns are introduced in a thematic context.
Themes to choose from:
Everyday life in Paris
Ou est la station de taxi ?
les visites (Musées, monuments)
Listening skills and pronunciation: listening and speaking activities are ideal for expanding student’s use of language beyond the classroom setting. Included, you will also receive personally selected podcasts to practice at home and awaken your French ear!
Speaking: Dialogues provide excellent models to guide but not limit the language use. We will provide different ways of re-entry of learned material so that you can communicate at your own comfort level in French. Master and feel confident in your pronunciation of the French language.
Conversation et culture: Gain knowledge and understanding of the Francophone world while developing cultural awareness. Reading current events from ‘French TV5’ learning segments will provide you with the linguistic structures and grammar to support and build your language proficiencies.
Reading in French: This important visual support is part of the knowledge that you will need for cultural awareness. Read from a menu and pronounce food items correctly, or names of streets in Paris. Practice exercises will increase your French reading and comprehension.
Written practice: We will guide you through written tasks to improve your grammar and sentence construction.
French idioms and slang: learn to speak French, express and share your new skills with joy, and vibrancy…en français !
Let us know what your goals are and we will help assess your level.