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Catherine L.

Corona, CA

$50/hr

Experienced Native French Instructor

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Experienced Native French Instructor

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Bonjour !

My name is Catherine, I am from Paris, France, and I have been living in the US for 14 years.
I always loved languages, and studied several of them (I have a Master's Degree in English, Spanish and a BA in Japanese). Learning languages and meeting people from all around the world through my studies and travels, I realized that what I wanted to do was sharing my knowledge of a language very close to my heart, my own : French ! So I finalized my University courses with a Master in Teaching French as a Foreign Language, right before I moved to America fourteen years ago.

I have been tutoring foreign languages since my first year at the University, back in France, and I have been teaching French as a foreign language ever since I arrived in the United States.

I teach in different structures: Language School, Tutoring Agency, online, at companies, one-on-one or group settings. I teach all levels : it ranges from real beginners to High School students preparing AP exams, to very advanced students needing to perfect their French skills or maintain them. I adapt my teaching techniques to the student's profile and needs : traditional, communicative, conversational, in English, or entirely in French, or half-half... I use both the students' material and my own material that I have been building up since I started teaching French.

While teaching, I also worked as an Instructional Supervisor in a worldwide language school for six years here in California. I was recruiting teachers, training them on the school's teaching method, monitoring them and ensuring the school's customers' satisfaction on the pedagogical side. The school provided me with an ongoing training in teaching techniques.

I do believe that being a native speaker of a language does not necessarily make you a teacher of that language. Experience does matter, as well as knowledge and reflection on your own language. I am constantly making research on my language, whether it is in phonetics, accent reduction techniques, etymology, grammar mysteries, linguistics, fun facts, its intertwined history with English, etc.
French can be challenging at times. Most students really need consistency in studying and reviewing. I have a lot of patience and always keep an encouraging attitude. I have been through that learning process before, when I was a language student myself !

I usually end up following my High School students until they graduate, and most of my adult students are still taking lessons after 7 to 10 years.

I hate being late, so I make it a point to always show up on time at my student's place, and I make myself available to the parents for feedback.

I can tutor in Riverside County, where I reside, and in Orange County, where I currently teach.

Whether it is for educational needs or just for pleasure, I would be more than happy to bring my French language and culture to new students!

Testimonials

"Excellent French Tutor"

- Edward, Henderson, NV on 6/10/13

"Awesome!!"

- Keri , Anaheim, CA on 11/17/14

"Awesome teacher!"

- Joe, Yorba Linda, CA on 10/9/14

"Great results!"

- Sean, Huntington Beach, CA on 2/6/13

"Patient and flexible."

- Kathleen, Riverside, CA on 11/20/12

"Awesome!!!!"

- Sunny, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 1/5/12
Language:
French
Homeschool:
French
Corporate Training:
French

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Approved subjects

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French

All levels, French lessons tailored to your needs.

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French as a FL
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Master's
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Master's

Education

french university (French as a FL)

french university (Master's)

french university (Master's)

Excellent French Tutor — Catherine is an excellent French teacher/tutor. She engages me in French conversation easily and is very flexible Yet makes certain that I understand the points of the lesson. She speaks at just the right speed for me and uses vocabulary that I can follow. She constantly challenges my knowledge by asking questions in French. Her insistence on speaking almost no English is extremely helpful in forc ...

— Edward, Henderson, NV on 6/10/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

I would gladly offer a discount depending on the commute and the duration of lessons.

Travel policy

Catherine will travel within 40 miles of Corona, CA 92882.


About Catherine

Bonjour !

My name is Catherine, I am from Paris, France, and I have been living in the US for 14 years.
I always loved languages, and studied several of them (I have a Master's Degree in English, Spanish and a BA in Japanese). Learning languages and meeting people from all around the world through my studies and travels, I realized that what I wanted to do was sharing my knowledge of a language very close to my heart, my own : French ! So I finalized my University courses with a Master in Teaching French as a Foreign Language, right before I moved to America fourteen years ago.

I have been tutoring foreign languages since my first year at the University, back in France, and I have been teaching French as a foreign language ever since I arrived in the United States.

I teach in different structures: Language School, Tutoring Agency, online, at companies, one-on-one or group settings. I teach all levels : it ranges from real beginners to High School students preparing AP exams, to very advanced students needing to perfect their French skills or maintain them. I adapt my teaching techniques to the student's profile and needs : traditional, communicative, conversational, in English, or entirely in French, or half-half... I use both the students' material and my own material that I have been building up since I started teaching French.

While teaching, I also worked as an Instructional Supervisor in a worldwide language school for six years here in California. I was recruiting teachers, training them on the school's teaching method, monitoring them and ensuring the school's customers' satisfaction on the pedagogical side. The school provided me with an ongoing training in teaching techniques.

I do believe that being a native speaker of a language does not necessarily make you a teacher of that language. Experience does matter, as well as knowledge and reflection on your own language. I am constantly making research on my language, whether it is in phonetics, accent reduction techniques, etymology, grammar mysteries, linguistics, fun facts, its intertwined history with English, etc.
French can be challenging at times. Most students really need consistency in studying and reviewing. I have a lot of patience and always keep an encouraging attitude. I have been through that learning process before, when I was a language student myself !

I usually end up following my High School students until they graduate, and most of my adult students are still taking lessons after 7 to 10 years.

I hate being late, so I make it a point to always show up on time at my student's place, and I make myself available to the parents for feedback.

I can tutor in Riverside County, where I reside, and in Orange County, where I currently teach.

Whether it is for educational needs or just for pleasure, I would be more than happy to bring my French language and culture to new students!

Testimonials

"Excellent French Tutor"

- Edward, Henderson, NV on 6/10/13

"Awesome!!"

- Keri , Anaheim, CA on 11/17/14

"Awesome teacher!"

- Joe, Yorba Linda, CA on 10/9/14

"Great results!"

- Sean, Huntington Beach, CA on 2/6/13

"Patient and flexible."

- Kathleen, Riverside, CA on 11/20/12

"Awesome!!!!"

- Sunny, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 1/5/12

Education

french university
French as a FL
french university
Master's
french university
Master's

Education

french university (French as a FL)

french university (Master's)

french university (Master's)


Tutor Policies

I would gladly offer a discount depending on the commute and the duration of lessons.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Corona, CA 92882

Catherine’s Subjects

Language:
French
Homeschool:
French
Corporate Training:
French

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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