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

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 2021

During spring 2021, Introductory French I will meet at our institute (416 NE Greenwood Ave) Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30pm from March 29 – May 24. This class will not meet on Monday, April 5th. When the weather is nice, we may also meet at our outdoor classroom. This class is limited to 6 people so please sign up in advance.

Please email or give us a call at 541-728-3022 if you have any questions. We will be happy to give you a free language level assessment to help find the course that best fits your needs. Remote tutoring is also available.

French II

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 2021

French II will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15pm from March 29 – May 24. It will not meet on Monday, April 5th.  This class will meet in person at our institute (416 NE Greenwood Ave) and will be limited to 6 people. If you have any questions or would like a free language evaluation to make sure this class will be a good fit for you, please email us at or call us at 541-728-3022. We would be happy to help!

French III

In French III, we will strengthen students’ knowledge of French while increasing oral/aural and writing /reading proficiency through texts, songs, videos and other various authentic sources. By the end of the class you should feel confident to speak and write about a variety of topics in more details, such as future travel plans, the weather and related activities, personal relations and emotions, using new grammatical tools such as the imparfait, direct and indirect object pronouns, among many others.

French III is designed for students who have taken a French II class or equivalent before. This means that students should already know

  • Grammar-wise: the present tense of -ER, -IR and -RE verbs, high frequency irregular verbs such as aller, faire, pouvoir, vouloir etc, pronominal verbs and the passé composé with avoir and être.
  • Theme-wise: food, colors, leisure activities, clothes, family and friends, as well as your likes/dislikes.

Sessions – Summer 2021

French III will be offered again in Summer 2021. However, if you are interested in learning with a small group we may have other students of a similar level who can join you. Please email us at if you are interested in learning with a small group or if you have questions.

French IV

In French IV, students will continue to develop proficiency in speaking and understanding spoken French as well as reading and writing texts that are relevant to student interests.  We will develop vocabulary and structures that will help you narrate in the past, talk about future plans, and conduct discussions of health, media and arts and interpersonal relations.  We will use a variety of authentic resources such as video, reading, music and lots of interpersonal communication!

French IV is designed for students who have taken a French III class or equivalent before. This means that students should already know:

  • Grammar-wise: the present tense of -ER, -IR and -RE verbs, high frequency irregular verbs such as aller, faire, pouvoir, vouloir etc, pronominal verbs and the passé composé with avoir and être.
  • Theme-wise: food, colors, leisure activities, clothes, family and friends, as well as your likes/dislikes.

Sessions – Private Groups

We are organizing small groups to work on French at this more advanced level. If you are interested in joining a group, email us at or give us a call at (541) 728-3022. Please contact us for a free language evaluation so we can help find the best group for your level.

A bientôt!

Film Cinema

Are you feeling a bit restless at home and want to enjoy your month of January? Come and join us for a fun, interactive French course through Zoom! In this 4-week course, we will watch a French film at home (Netflix or Amazon) each week and then come together once a week to discuss it. By acting as film critics, we will further develop our French conversational skills while building our vocabularies and consolidating our grammar.

This class is specifically designed for intermediate to advanced French speakers. In class we will examine characters’ personalities, behaviors, activities, likes and dislikes, among other topics.  Through critical discussions we will not only strengthen our French language skills, but also our knowledge of French culture.

Sessions – Summer 2021

We plan to offer French Cinema again in summer 2021. If you have any questions about this class, please give us a call at 541-728-3022 or email us at

The Language of Quiche

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!

Check this page for future offerings of this class. You can also sign up to be on our mailing list at the bottom of this page and email 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, exquisitely thin French crêpe, from your own home-made batter? Come try making them with us!

We plan to schedule this workshop again in the future. Please check back or email if you have any questions.

Private Tutor

Don’t let the current climate limit your language learning progress! Given concerns around COVID-19, our teachers are happy to meet with you digitally for one-on-one instruction. Over your phone or computer, you can speak face-to-face while sharing files, video clips, short stories, written exercises and more. Meeting with a teacher is a great way to improve your language skills through interactive conversations and exercises.

Our language tutoring rate of $43 dollars per hour is the best you’ll find in town, and when you purchase your time in advance you can reduce that rate down to just $40 per hour. With individual tutoring, you can work with your teacher to find a time that works for both of you. We also offer semi-private tutoring for 2-4 youth and/or adults at an affordable price, so you can have fun learning with your friends.  You can see more information about this by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

If you are new to Bend Language Institute, send us an email at or give us a call at 541-728-3022 and we will be happy to put you in touch with a local teacher. You will have the opportunity to speak with a teacher about your language learning needs and get set up to learn a language from the comfort of your own home.

Current French Language Courses, Tutoring, and Events


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!
Abdelkader Berrahmoun
Abdelkader BerrahmounInstructor — Arabic
I grew up in Oran, Algeria. I became particularly interested in the pedagogy of second language acquisition, and the intersection of culture, history and politics with content-based language learning. Before joining Bend Language Institute, I taught French and Arabic to both youth and adults at several institutions. Through my work as a language educator and historian, I aim to contribute to a climate of increased intercultural understanding and tolerance. I enjoy working with students one-on-one immensely to not only improve their language skills but their broader knowledge of cultural practices and values.
Diane Brown
Diane BrownInstructor —French and Spanish
Bonjour and Hola! I grew up in Bend and have made language learning my life’s work. I just recently retired from Bend High after more than 30 wonderful years teaching young people to communicate in French and Spanish. I have lived in France, Spain and China and hope to inspire and empower others to discover new places and people. I love sharing the fun of language learning with others of all ages and backgrounds, using stories, songs, movement and games. I look forward to meeting you! À bientôt!
Catherine Leavitt
Catherine Leavitt Instructor —French
As a teacher, I love being part of my young students’ lives to instill confidence and find ways to help them engage in their own learning. I also have enjoyed teaching adults because we often share the same motivation to be lifelong learners. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, and listening to my adult/teen children share their various world changing ideas; they say it is their French heritage that makes them good at arguing! Some of my other pursuits are piano, fitness/nutrition coaching and rock climbing. I am very much looking forward to meeting new students and have fun learning.

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