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We are looking for a french tutor for a student in BHS french 7/8. We'd prefer someone who could come to our transit accessible North Berkeley house, or who is located in North Berkeley/Central Berkeley. The ideal tutor would be able to reduce anxiety around learning French and be able to help prep for the IB SL test this spring. anon
I am desperately looking for a tutor to teach French to my 9th Grader. We live in the East Bay but am willing to drive to Berkley/ Oakland. Please help. Thanks, Anonymous
Hello; I am interested in some lessons or social time with kids around my daughters age (8 years) for learning French. I know about the school in Berkeley and the center in Lafayette. But, I wanted to see if there are any other options around the Berkeley area? My daughter will be moving to France in 6 months, and I would like to get her some exposure to French now. Jon
I am looking for a native French speaker who lives nearby (Rockridge, Oakland) to come to our house once or twice a week to tutor our 11 year old daughter in French. Beth
Can you recommend a French tutor for a HS Junior in French 2. Languages are hard for her and she needs some additional help. needing French tutor
Our child attended Ecole Bilingue (EB) from age 3 through 8th grade, so she's fluent in French. (We don't speak French at home.) Even with a strong vocabulary, since the Berkeley High (BHS) curriculum emphasizes grammar more so than EB, we felt the need for some focused attention not available at BHS. In fact, we started with Lisa when our child was still at EB in the 8th grade.
Our child likes French, but hates grammar. Lisa has been patient and thorough in her assistance. Lisa has also gone well beyond the usual expectations one might have in communicating with the teachers to make sure that weak areas were being addressed. Lisa and Classroom Matters have been great resources.
Please let me know if you have follow up questions. Rich
I especially appreciate the active approach the tutors use to communicate with the high school French teachers. For example, they find out about homework, projects, and tests and often get direct feedback from the teachers about our child's work in class.
Classroom Matters also write weekly/bi-weekly emails about our child's doings and progress during tutoring, sometimes including suggestions for how to schedule and prioritize tasks. These personal messages invite parents to add to the conversation; they aren't just newsletters or formulaic, and there is always a prompt reply, often with further insights.
For high school students, tutoring needs to come from a person with a strong background in the subject area and a good grasp on how the child's school approaches the material. Classroom Matters has been especially strong in providing that for our child in French. I recommend it most highly. Berkeley parent of 2
Joelle Deloison email@example.com did a superb job tutoring my son in French in his junior and senior year at Lick Wilmerding (we live in Berkeley and my son commuted to LW on BART). My son was initially very resistant to the idea of tutoring in French, although he recognized at some level that he needed it. Joelle skillfully eased her way into his life and got my son to work hard and to accept her help, which felt like a miracle. She honed in on my sonC",b"s strong points and his weak points as a student, and was very practical about helping him prepare for specific assignments and get through a subject he really disliked. In each of the four semesters she worked with him, he wound up with the grade he needed, and is now happily off at his first year of college. Joelle likes kids, having two teenagers herself, and she is flexible and kind, going out of her way to communicate with my son's teacher and to prepare in advance of their sessions to be sure that the time they spent together was productive. She can also establish her authority when limit testing sets in - my son respected her. She is an experienced tutor, a native French speaker, and really knows her stuff. I highly recommend her. If you have specific questions, drop me a line. g.
Can you suggest a good French tutor for a 10th grade girl in beginning French who has a hard time with languages? Late afternoons or weekends are open times for work with a tutor. Thanks... parent
For parents of teens (and younger children too) looking for a great French tutor, I'd like to highly recommend Ingrid. Her rates are very reasonable and she will travel to your home or nearby library to tutor your son or daughter. She is a native French speaker, very engaging, and highly experienced in teaching and tutoring French. Ingrid tutored my daughter during her last two years of high school French. My daughter looked forward to her visits, and the tutoring lead to much improved grades and ability to converse. Ingrid can be reached at (510) 759-1224. Wendy
I very highly recommend Joelle Deloison as a French tutor. In just over a month, she brought my son(who didn't know a word of French) up to speed to tackle 4th grade French at a new school!
What I like about her most is that she's so fluent in both French and English, and can quickly shift from examples in one language to another. My son knew a little Spanish, and she was able to harness that information too, with very good effect. My son says he's learned more English grammar from her than at school!
She's highly professional - always is on time, and devotes a lot of time and energy to her student. She had a carefully prepared lesson for each class, complete with new vocabulary, grammar and games. My son and she hit it off right-away and had so many laughs and good conversations that the learning part just happily came along with it all.
BTW, her rates may seem higher than some, but you get WAY more than you pay for. It also helped me greatly that she was willing to come to our house for the sessions. 654-1713 or firstname.lastname@example.org Gita
I'm looking for a native French speaker to teach and converse with my 14 and 12 year old children once a week (late afternoon, eve. or w/e) in the next academic year. They're both eager French students-- this is to make up for not taking French in school this year (for one) and for enrichment/accent for the other. I'd appreciate any leads you could give me. maman
Joelle Deloisen tutored my senior H.S. daughter in French this fall in preparation for the French SAT and to help my kid become less shy about speaking. Joelle is a native French speaker and was wonderful--she established immediate rapport and trust with my daughter. She tailored her teaching style to my daughter's learning style and temperament, customized the approach and content to my daughter's learning goals and came to our house. We highly recommend Joelle! She can be reached at (510) 654-1713 Barbara
I'm going to be doing some traveling in France and I want to brush up on my French. Does anyone know of a good French tutor in the Oakland/Berkeley area? My friend is also looking for a tutor for her teenage daughter. Thanks for your recommendations Dee
I am writing to update a recommendation I submitted four years ago. My fourth child just graduated from BHS thanks to the help in French from Julie Owen. I highly recommend her. She is experienced, understands the school curriculum, and is a sympathetic and kind person. Julie had two children at Berkeley High and tutored many others including two of my daughters and my son. She is located in North Berkeley. Her phone is 528-2301. Janet
Re: French tutor
One suggestion would be to contact the French Dept. at UCB. There are a number of graduate students who have experience teaching ( they teach undergraduates) and who might be available. They are reliable. You could contact the graduate assistant at 642 2712 or at frendept[at]socrates.berkeley.edu and tell her I suggested you contact her. (There are also innumerable signs posted on the bulletin boards outside the department office 4321 Dwinelle Hall.) Suzanne
Julie Owen is a wonderful French tutor. 528-2301 from Sherry
To the family looking for a French tutor, I highly recommend Julie Owen. She is experienced, understands the school curriculum, and is a sympathetic and kind person. Julie has had two children at Berkeley High and tutored many others including two of my daughters. She is located in North Berkeley. Her phone is 528-2301. Janet
French tutor, born and raised in Paris, loves to teach French conversation to adults and older kids. She charges $25-$35 an hour, and is happy to work one-on-one or in small groups. Flexible hours. Willing to travel from North Berkeley to your home. For more information call Helene at (510) 524-1104
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