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 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 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  is a continuation of the French I course. This class is 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 – Fall 2022

French II will be offered on Monday and Thursdays from 5-6pm from September 26th – November 17th at our institute.  Please sign up below to reserve your place in the class. This class will be limited to 10 people.

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.

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 – Winter 2023

French III will be offered again in Winter 2023. Please email us at or give us a call at 541-728-3022. We would be happy to offer you a free language learning evaluation to find the class that best fits your needs.

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 – Winter 2023

French IV will meet again in Winter 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 or call us at 541-728-3022.

Advanced French

In this course, we draw on a variety of literature, including short stories and news articles, to improve our French vocabulary and conversation skills. Each class we will practice reading out loud, review grammatical structures, analyze meaning and discuss subjects, opinions and ideas. You will be introduced to a variety of authors and writing styles, as well as journalistic styles of French. This class is designed for people conversant in French who are familiar with verb conjugations in the past, present and future tenses. Come join us for this lively group of French learners at the end of the workday!

Sessions – Fall 2022

Advanced French will meet Tuesdays from 5-6pm from September 27 – November 15. We will meet at our institute, but may be able to meet at our outdoor classroom when the weather is nice. This class is limited to 10 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 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 be offered again in Winter 2023. Send us an email at or call us at 541-728-3022 if you would like more details or have any questions.

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 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 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 2022

We plan to offer French Cinema again in Summer 2022. 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!

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 is $46 dollars per hour, and when you purchase your time in advance you can reduce that rate down to just $42 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.

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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