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.

French Travel Essentials

In this course you will learn the essentials for conversational French to prepare for an upcoming trip. Each week we will cover a new topic including making restaurant reservations and ordering food, purchasing tickets and items, navigating train schedules, and more. This course is designed for beginners to the French language who are looking for ease when traveling.

Sessions – Winter 2023

French Travel Essentials will meet once a week at our institute on Tuesdays from 11am-12:30pm February 7, 14, 21, and 28.  The course is limited to 10 people so please register in advance.

Send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or call us at 541-728-3022 if you would like more details or have any questions.

French II Conversation

French II Conversation is designed for students already familiar with basic French vocabulary and grammar conjugation in the present tense, as we will continue to improve our conversation skills in the past and future tenses. We will acquire vocabulary in specific subject areas (like leisure, travel, work/study, culture, or even your class suggestions) and use it in lots of conversations. This will be a fun time to practice speaking French with others!

Sessions – Winter 2023

French II Conversation meets once a week on Thursdays from 1:50-3:20pm from January 19 – March 9 at our institute.  This class will be limited to 10 people.

Please email bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com 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.

French III Conversation

In French III Conversation, 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.

Sessions – Winter 2023

French III Conversation meets once a week on Mondays from 4-5:30pm from January 23 – March 13 at our institute.  This class will be limited to 10 people.

Please email bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com 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.

Advanced French (Remote)

Get comfortable and join us for an evening Zoom time as we follow Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth!  You will be reading this engaging book during the week and then we will discuss it in class. Each week we will review a grammar subject for about 15 minutes and then center on the book to help us focus our discussions, questions, opinions and expand our vocabulary. This is a fun class for those who are able to converse and read French, are familiar with verb conjugations, and have a general understanding of grammar.
Please let us know as soon as you are able to join the class, so we can order the book for you. It will be a French-English version to help with understanding. The cost of the book is included in the cost of this class.

Sessions – Winter 2023

Advanced French will meet on Zoom on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm from January 10 – March 14.  The course is limited to 10 people so please register in advance.

Send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or call us at 541-728-3022 if you would like more details or have any questions.

Introductory French I

Introductory French I is designed for people who are new to the French language. In this course we will learn the basics of the French language. We will cover fundamentals of sentence structure, vocabulary of food, hobbies, weather, as well as simple conversations for daily situations. You will also be introduced to basic French grammar and verb conjugations. Whether you are planning a trip or would like to learn something new for the fun of it, join us in this casual atmosphere.

Sessions – Fall 2022

Introductory French I will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm from September 27th – November 17th.  This course is limited to 10 people so please sign up in advance. This class will meet at our institute (416 NE Greenwood Ave), but may meet at our outdoor classroom when the weather is nice. This course is limited to 10 people so please sign up in advance.

Please email bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com 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 IV

This spring we will offer French IV for intermediate to advanced French learners. This class will include a “grammar’s greatest hits” review, as well as conversation practice where students can use grammatical concepts through various topics and activities. Students in the class should be familiar with French sentence structure and verb conjugations in present, past and future tenses. In this class we will also practice reading aloud and expanding our French vocabulary.

Sessions – Summer 2023

French IV will meet again in Summer 2023. Please check back for future updates! If you would like a free language level evaluation to make sure this class is the right fit for you, please email us at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or call us at 541-728-3022.

French for Kids

French for Kids will engage your children’s conversation skills in an interactive environment. In this class, students will develop their French language skills through games, short stories, writing and artwork. This class is designed for youth ages 6-11. As an immersion class, youth who have had a range of exposure to the French language (beginner to intermediate) are welcome to join. In the class we will introduce verb conjugation, while encouraging conversation using vocabulary about home life, school and activities.

Sessions – Fall 2022

We are currently organizing small private groups for French for Kids in Fall 2022. If you would like to join a small group or create your own small group, please contact us as bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or give us a call at 541-728-3022.

Musique Francophone Workshop

Discover some of the trends and exciting artists in French language music- from Québec to Belgium, France to Francophone Africa.  Contemporary Francophone music is rich in rhythms, lyrics, social commentary, videography and diverse musical influences. Music is a fantastic way to connect with the cultures of the French-speaking world as well as a fun way to learn vocabulary, expressions and naturally improve pronunciation, intonation and fluidity in speaking.

The French of Relationships

The pandemic has given us all a renewed appreciation of face-to-face interpersonal interactions!  We will view and listen to some favorite contemporary songs about friendship, community, love and family. We will meet Sunday, October 17th from 4-5:30pm. We plan to meet at our outdoor classroom, but can move indoors in the event of bad weather. Please email us at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or call us at 541-728-3022 if you have any questions. We would be happy to help!

Participants from the previous music workshop say:
“Your selection of music was broad, interesting and fun even for me who rarely listens to anything later than the 1960s!  In particular, I complement you on incorporating French language music from several countries and cultures.  This was a delightful surprise and wonderful music.”
“My French is very rusty.  I signed up with trepidation and wondered if I would be able to follow.  My fear was unfounded as you used an approach that made the music and lyrics clear and interesting, no matter one’s level of French.”
Join us for a fun afternoon of music, culture and community!

French 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 2023

We plan to offer French Cinema again in Summer 2023. If you have any questions about this class, please give us a call at 541-728-3022 or email us at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com.

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 bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com 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!

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 bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com if you have questions.

Individual Tutoring

Private tutoring with an experienced teacher can help you improve your language skills while working around your schedule. We offer both in-person and remote one-on-one lessons to help you meet your language learning needs. Our language tutoring rate is $50 dollars per hour, and when you purchase your time in advance you can reduce that rate down to $46 per hour.

We also offer semi-private tutoring small groups youth and/or adults at an affordable price, so you can have fun learning with your friends. If this is something that would interest you, contact us and we will be happy to arrange this. You can see more about small group tutoring here: https://bendlanguageinstitute.com/product/small-group-private-lessons/

If you are new to Bend Language Institute, just send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or give us a call at 541-728-3022 and we will be happy to put you in touch with a local teacher to discuss your language level and interests.

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.
Laura Bouvet Feryn
Laura Bouvet FerynInstructor —French
Bonjour! After being a neuropsychologist for a few years, I decided to switch careers and become a French teacher. I got inspired by the English teachers I had after moving to the US, who taught with kindness and passion. It’s now my turn to empower students of all ages and levels to discover French and the Francophone culture. In addition to lessons with adults, I’ve been teaching French for kids in afterschool programs and high school students for the International Baccalaureate. My background as a neuropsychologist gave me a better understanding of language development and its components. When I’m not chasing my kids around Bend parks, I love hiking, practicing yoga and handmade embroidering. I’m looking forward to meeting new students and sharing more about the French way of living. A bientôt.

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