Project Description

French Language Courses

French is well-known for its fluid sounds and air of romance. It is not only popular in France, but also widely spoken throughout West Africa. At Bend Language Institute you can learn the basics of French to prepare for upcoming travel, or master your language skills by studying French literature and art. We currently offer private tutoring sessions for students of all levels. Stay tuned for upcoming interactive (and tasty) workshops this fall as well as future course offerings.

Introductory French I is designed for people who are new to the French language. In this course we will cover the basics of French conversation. We will learn how to discuss food, hobbies, weather, and activities as well as learn about French etiquette and cultural practices. Whether you are looking to learn something new or prepare for an upcoming trip, this course will make French learning fun for you!

Sessions – Winter 2020

Introductory French I will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45-6:45pm from January 13 – March 4. The class is limited to 10 students so be sure to sign up in advance. You can use the link below to enroll or contact if you have questions.

The Language of Quiche | Dec 7

You all know what a quiche is… but have you ever tasted THE quiche lorraine? In this workshop, you will learn about the key ingredients of an authentic quiche lorraine* while also learning about Lorraine’s famous heroine Joan of Arc, all in the French language. While the quiche is baking we will prepare une salade verte, the typical accompaniment to a quiche, and set the table the French way. We will finally savor our creation with a drink and end the evening singing all together En passant par la Lorraine avec mes sabots, a popular song that dates back to the 16th century.  Food, wine, music, history… a great evening that you can’t miss!

We will meet on Saturday, December 7th from 5:30-7:30pm.

*contains gluten, milk and pork

French for Kids

We are offering French for Kids starting January 2020! In French for Kids children will be immersed in the French culture and language. The course is designed to teach youth the language through interactive games, songs, crafts and more. It is offered for children in grades K-2. The course will be taught by Madame Rodrigues, a French native and talented K-12 teacher. The class will be limited to 10 students so be sure to sign up in advance.


French for Kids Winter Session 1 will meet every Thursday from 10:45am-11:45am for five weeks from January 16th through February 13th. We will also offer a Winter Session 2 so parents can sign up their children for back-to-back sessions.

Early registration cost: $60 for the 5 week session ($12 per class). Early registration deadline is December 6th.

Regular registration cost: $75 ($15 per class). Regular registration deadline is January 8th.

Please email us if you have any questions at or give us a call.

Individual Tutoring

Learn one-on-one through private language lessons. Cost is $43, the best rate in town! Purchase as many hours as you wish to use and we’ll get in touch to schedule you. Your cost goes down if you pre-purchase a pack of hours. If you buy 10 hours in advance, your cost is only $35 / hour. Use the product below to purchase. If you need to pay another way or have questions, email

Marlène Rodrigues
Marlène RodriguesInstructor — French
Bonjour! I was born in Pau, France. I studied English Literature at the Université de Nancy II where I graduated with a B.A. I spent two years abroad while preparing for that degree, one in Birmingham, England and one in Muncie, IN. I moved to California and earned a M.A in French literature from UC Santa Barbara, and a few months before my first daughter was born, I earned a M.A in Linguistics from California State University, Northridge. I am a life-long learner and am currently learning Spanish while also teaching French at COCC. I can’t wait to teach you at the Bend Language Institute and am looking forward to meeting many new friendly faces. A bientôt!

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