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Experienced Native French Instructor
Catherine L.

7,526 hours tutoring

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Hourly Rate: $60

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Catherine L.'s Photo

Experienced Native French Instructor
Experienced Native French Instructor
Catherine L.

7,526 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

7,526 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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 mysterie


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Very patient and helpful!

Catherine was very patient, evaluated my level, and tailored her instruction to me. Much appreciated and looking forward to next time.

Keith, 1 lesson with Catherine

Excellent tutor

Very patient. Structured but flexible lessons tailored to my needs. Also fun, engaging. I feel comfortable speaking french with her despite all the mistakes I make!

Ray, 20 lessons with Catherine

Fun instructor

Attention adult learners! About seven years ago I wrote my first review for Catherine and I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from her. I’m in my 40s, and someone who simply wants to be fluent in French for fun. We have a “lesson” about once a month. While she can definitely guide me in text book grammar, I think her real talent is drawing out MY personal lexicon during conversation…the words and phrases that I use personally to express myself. Of course, this is the basis of conversation and something that she excels at. No matter the subject matter, Catherine can engage and help me to express myself in French. For me, chit-chatting about my vacations, career, or family life is essential for becoming fluent. She’s a great conversationalist. Having lived in the USA for several years, she’s familiar with American customs and phrases, which I’ve have realized is a big plus…I find that she can quickly interpret what I’m trying to express and help me to translate it in to modern day French. (Review from 7 years ago below) 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, 64 lessons with Catherine

Knowledgeable, Experienced, Patient Native Speaker

Catherine has been my tutor for 9 months so far, and I 100% recommend her. I wanted a tutor who was experienced, knowledgeable, patient, and a native French speaker -- she is all of this! She is great at adapting the focus on whatever your specific needs and goals are, and at starting whatever your current level is. For me, I'm much more comfortable and adept at reading and writing than I am at listening comprehension and speaking, and Catherine is able to challenge me with more advanced grammar and written exercises but also to help me not feel bad or hopeless or embarrassed about my beginning-level speaking skills. Another thing I really appreciate about Catherine is her depth of knowledge about the French language, sharing stories and background history about the origins of phrases/words -- this is very helpful in understanding and retaining things that, on the surface, might not make sense. And being a native French speaker, she knows how French is actually spoken, so she is able to teach how to properly say something (and what not to say) as well as teaching proper grammar in written French.

Judy, 61 lessons with Catherine

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Catherine reminded me of the basics of the French language and the use of those basics in conversational French. Look forward to our next meeting and those that follow.

Bertram, 17 lessons with Catherine

The best French tutor one could ask for

Catherine is absolutely amazing! She has been instrumental for my son who is in French 3. She is patient and has really connecting well with my son (who tends to be quite introverted).

Dan, 15 lessons with Catherine

Great Tutor

She is awesome -- really helps me on pronunciation and knowledge. I'd be lost without her guidance in French. She teaches me to love the language and to strive to do my best.

Bennett, 48 lessons with Catherine

Look no further! Catherine L. is amazing!

I’ve been studying French with Catherine for one year now and I still look forward to my lessons! She is very clear about wanting learning French to be fun!

Michael, 76 lessons with Catherine

Great teacher! Very supportive and patient!

Catherine is the best teacher! She makes learning fun! I look forward to my class every week! She’s complimentary and encouraging!

Michael, 76 lessons with Catherine
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