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 – Summer 2020

During summer 2020 we are organizing small groups of 2-4 people to learn introductory French. These groups have a flexible schedule and can meet at our outdoor classroom or via Zoom. If you are interested in learning French, please contact with your interest for in-person or remote classes as well as your availability. We will be happy to help organize a small group for you for a personalized learning experience.

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 – Fall 2020

French II will be offered again in Fall 2020. You can contact if you have questions.

French III

In this fun French III class, 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 2020

French III will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45-6:45pm from July 20 – September 9. We plan to meet in person at our spacious outdoor classroom, but will move the class to Zoom if needed due to concerns over COVID-19. 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. If you are not sure if this level is right for you, please email us for a free evaluation!

A bientôt!

Film Critics – Intermediate French

Vous aimez les films, et vous aimez parler français? Come and join us for a fun, interactive French course through Zoom! In this 5-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 French speakers (fr2+), but motivated beginner students are welcome to enroll. In class we will examine characters’ personalities, behaviors, activities, likes and dislikes, among other topics. We will review the present tense, near future and passé composé of regular -er, -ir, -re verbs as well as pronominal verbs and most common irregular verbs. Through critical discussions we will not only strengthen our French language skills, but also our knowledge of French culture.

Sessions – Summer 2020

French Film Critics (Intermediate Level) will meet every Monday from June 8July 6th from 5:30-6:30pm on Zoom. In addition, students who sign up for this class will also be able to sign up for discounted one-on-one French tutoring for just $20/hr. This course will be capped at 6 students. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign up or email us at if you have any questions.

Maghrebin and African Youth Culture in France

France is home to the largest population of Maghrebin and African immigrants in Western Europe. In this course we will examine the status of and issues pertaining to first and second-generation Maghrebis & Africans living in France. Our readings and discussions will be held in French making this an ideal course for advanced French speakers.

Among the themes covered are:

  • Inter-relations between French-born Maghrebis/Africans and the broader French society (including other immigrant groups living in France)
  • Issues of identity and cultural preservation among Maghrebi/African immigrants
  • Maghrebis and Africans in the French job market: issues of opportunity, unemployment and workplace discrimination
  • The role of arts and popular culture in preserving and reshaping Maghrebi and African identity in France

Guest speakers, video clips, contemporary media and other relevant primary and secondary sources will offer authentic perspectives on the Maghrebin/African communities.

Sessions – Summer 2020

Maghrebin and African Youth Culture in France (Advanced Level) will meet every Thursday from June 4July 2nd from 5:00-6:00pm on Zoom. If you have any questions or would like a free language assessment, please contact us at We will be happy to help!

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 $37 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.

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.

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