PRIVATE FRENCH TUTORING

Since 2005, we’ve helped students improve their confidence and grades in French.

We’re especially proud of the fact that other educators (teachers and professors) and high profile members of the Princeton University Administration trust us with their children’s academic success and recommend our services to others.

Our stellar French tutors have helped many students improve in class and grow comfortable with the language. Some of our tutors have studied in France, come from French backgrounds, or have spent time in French immersion schools.

And, some of them are national French award finalists and winners of various speaking contests. All of them are enthusiastic about sharing their love of the language with others.

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What parents say about our French tutors

Our team includes award-winning Princeton University undergrads and Master’s/PhD graduates who are rigorously screened and are extremely effective at communicating the material.

A brief “case study”: 

The parent of an 11th grader at Stuart Country Day School contacted us looking for a French tutor.

Her daughter was a great student but was struggling with the transition to boarding school. She particularly needed help with study strategies.

Her daughter had skipped a year of French after doing a summer immersion program and went into the AP French class. She was struggling and losing confidence in her skills.

We matched the student with Meigan, an English major at Princeton University also pursuing a certificate in French. She scored a 5 on the AP French test and spent a gap year before college as an au pair in France to further strengthen her French skills.

After a few sessions, the mother wrote us with great feedback and a request for a math tutor:

“Everything is going very well with Campbell’s AP French tutoring with Meigan!

In fact, they are working remotely via Zoom right now, reviewing an essay.

Meigan is a great match for Campbell and the remote tutoring is fantastic for fitting in with her schedule.

Campbell has found all of the sessions very helpful in terms of content and immediate applicability.

I also appreciate the informative recap emails. So everything is 100% great and we certainly will be getting a Math tutor as well (April-June? May-July?) for Campbell’s ACT Math and SAT Math level 1 tests.”

We receive messages like these every week.

We regularly track progress

Progress reports are shared after every session so you always know what’s going on.

A Real-Life Example: 

Student: Kevin
Tutor: Rosamond
Subject(s): French – Elementary School
Date: 9/15
Time Tutored: 16:00 – 16:00
Next Scheduled Session: Tue, 09/22 3:00 PM

Material Covered:

In this session, we focused mainly on speaking, discussed Kevin’s reading from this week, and did some language exercises.

I asked Kevin about his week and let the topics follow what he seemed interested in. I noticed that Kevin was interested in sports but didn’t quite have the vocabulary to talk about all the sports he was trying to talk about, so we agreed that that will be our theme for starting the session next week.

I’ll prepare some materials to help him learn French sports vocabulary and work it into grammar exercises as well. (I think this would also be a good way to encourage Kevin to talk a little more, since, as I told him, I don’t know much about this topic and so he’ll have to explain it to me.)

We also did some language exercises: completing analogies and completing sentences. The worksheet I used gave answer options to choose from, but for Kevin’s level, I made the exercise a little harder by asking him to come up with his own answers.

Kevin mentioned that he’s started school online now, so in planning for the next session, I’m also trying to avoid having him stare at the screen the whole time. If his book has arrived by then, we can do some exercises from there, or if not, I can send some exercises ahead of time that Kevin might be able to print.

Assignments for Next Week:

Writing is tricky to cover in a zoom session, so for next time, I asked Kevin to do two pieces of writing in French: one, to summarize what he reads this week in his French copy of The BFG, and two, to write a short piece (at most a page) about any sports-related topic he chooses, since that’s our theme for the next session. In the next session, I’ll ask Kevin to read/show me what he’s written so that we can work on spelling and writing skills.

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Addresses common student issues

A deep understanding of the subject matter allows us to personalize our approach.

Why is French important?

Many students come to us for support with French classes, AP French, French SAT Subject tests, or simply for enrichment.

Why do some students struggle with French?

The most common aspect of French that students have trouble with is pronunciation. French has many sounds that don’t exist in English, and it takes time and practice to be able to hear the sounds and learn how to shape them with your mouth. Moreover, the way different French vowels are pronounced changes often, and there are many rules for when various sounds are and aren’t pronounced. All of this can be very confusing.

The other primary challenge of French involves syntax – that is, how various words and other parts of the language are arranged to form phrases, sentences, etc. Pronouns, for example, are used differently. Also, French is a heavily inflected language, meaning that the endings of words frequently change depending on context. English is only a slightly inflected language, which means we aren’t used to thinking about word endings as much as is necessary with French.

One of the best ways to improve speaking ability is to…practice speaking! However, most students don’t have much opportunity to speak French outside of the classroom. And when they do, they may be hesitant to do so for fear of making grammatical mistakes or mispronouncing words.

Tutoring in a one-on-one setting puts the student at ease and facilitates more conversation. Students are encouraged to speak and to make mistakes. If possible, we like to conduct tutoring sessions entirely in French.

Music to a Mother's Ears

"Hi Lauren, it’s music to a mother’s ear to hear that her daughter got on a roll with le Français yesterday. Thank you."

D.V., Parent of 7th Grader

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We’ve produced consistent results over the past 15 years by combining a deep and nuanced understanding of the material, truly world-class tutors, and exceptional customer service.

What else differentiates us?

  • Smaller boutique company
  • Obsessive attention to quality
  • Never any high pressure sales tactics
  • Trusted resource with a strong reputation

We’d love to learn more about your student and see how we might be able to help!

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