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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 – Spring 2020

Introductory French I will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am-12pm from March 30 – May 20. 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.

French II will continue from our French I winter class. In this course we will expand on our French conversation skills, as well as reading and writing. We will learn how to discuss food, family, hobbies, past experiences, and future travel plans, among other topics. By the end of this course you should feel comfortable traveling around France, understand the basics of French movies, and be able to read short stories. This class is perfect for people who have taken a couple months of French, or for those want to brush up on French that they learned in the past.

Sessions – Spring 2020

French II will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45-6:45pm from March 30-May 20. 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 Crêpes

Everybody knows about crêpes… but do you know where and when they originated? What they symbolize? And how to make an authentic, exquisetely thin French crêpe, from your own home-made batter? Come join us on February 8 to speak the language of crêpes! (gluten-free version available too upon request)

We will meet on Saturday, February 8 from 5-7pm.

The Language of Quiche | Feb 1

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, February 8 from 5:30-7:30pm.

French for Kids

We are offering French for Kids at High Lakes Elementary starting February 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-1. Kids in grade 2 will be considered as well if they have a younger sibling that would like to join. 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 II will meet every Tuesday from 2:30-3:30pm for five weeks from February 18th through March 17th. We will meet after school at High Lakes Elementary School. We will also offer sessions in the spring if there is demand.

Registration cost: $75 ($15 per class). Registration deadline is February 18th.

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. 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 are new to Bend Language Institute, please send us an email at with some details about your language level and interest, as well as your general availability for tutoring before checking out.

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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