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Catherine L.

Experienced Native French Instructor

Experienced Native French Instructor

$50/hour

  • 3,127 hours tutoring

  • Corona, CA 92882

"Excellent French Tutor"

Edward, 32 lessons with Catherine

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About Catherine


Bio

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...

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!


Education

french university
French as a FL
french university
Masters
french university
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Corona, CA 92882
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/6/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Patient and engaging

For a first lesson, it was great. Engaging and educational. Catherine made me feel comfortable especially since it was our first time meeting. Looking forward to seeing how progress is made!

Eveline, 16 lessons with Catherine

My teen loves working with her!

I'm so thankful because my daughter is really comfortable with Catherine and enjoys the lessons. I wasn't sure how well Skype would work for French lessons, but it's been wonderful!

Meta, 31 lessons with Catherine

Amazing French tutor!

Catherine is so patient and nice, and she's a such great teacher! I've made so much progress through her lessons, 5/5 stars :)

Angelica, 99 lessons with Catherine

Fun instructor

After a disastrous immersion program in France, I hadn't spoken French out loud in a year... But Catherine gave me back my confidence! I had so much fun relearning my grammar and laughing with her. She has a good sense of humor and was just a cool lady to chat with. She corrected my French as needed (which was a lot) but in a manner that boosted my confidence and encouraged me to talk more. Can't wait until our next session!

Adrienne, 19 lessons with Catherine

Learning the basics

My daughter had gone all the way through French I and received an A throughout the year. We switched schools, she enrolled in French II and my daughter was completely lost. She was not taught enough from her previous school. My daughter barely passed her first semester of French II (C-). Catherine came in and started from scratch. Although this was the first lesson I am extremely impressed, with her knowledge, her dedication, and how easily she connected with my daughter. I could have gone with a tutor closer and less expensive, but glad I chose her. I have decided to keep her on throughout the remainder of the school year once a week until school is out. Very happy client

Janene, 10 lessons with Catherine

Patient...Friendly...Professional !!

Catherine is indeed Patient...Friendly and Professional !! I've been working with her for a few months on a weekly basis and she is wonderful!! Merci Beaucoup!!

SCOTT, 37 lessons with Catherine

Very patient and helpful

Catherine did a great job of meeting me at my skill level. She pointed out areas that I could improve and let me try to correct my own mistakes when I made them.

Andy, 2 lessons with Catherine

Knowledgable, easy to understand

She is knowledgeable, offers good tips to understand tricky parts of the French language - pronouns and other grammatical elements.

Rae, 5 lessons with Catherine

One of the best.

Catherine is perhaps one of the best educators I have ever had the privilege to learn from. Catherine teaches in a manner that allows me to fully comprehend the subject and retain the information. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable on subject matters discussed in the book, but she adds to it, allowing one to be well rounded not only in the French language, but French culture as well. Anyone would be incredibly lucky to have Catherine teach them.

Teresa, 13 lessons with Catherine

$50/hour

Catherine L.

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