Communicate better in French in your everyday life?
Enrich your vocabulary?
Improve your grammar and your pronunciation?
Focus on grammar or on written expression?
The lessons take place at your home or at a place of your choice in Paris.
As part of a genuine tailor-made training programme, each course is personalised to meet your needs and level: improve your general French, be comfortable making a phone call or going shopping, deal with your administrative tasks, prepare for a professional interview or an exam…
In a relaxed atmosphere, face to face with your private tutor, you will progress faster.
If you wish to acquire the basics of general French, we will work together on day-to-day situations: introducing yourself, buying a baguette or a train ticket, making a doctor’s appointment, asking the way, ordering in a restaurant…
Here, the emphasis will be put on conversation but we will also practise, for example, how to fill in a form, reply to an invitation, or write an email.
The grammar and vocabulary needed in the various contexts will be studied gradually.
Apart from the books I use, the materials will be the ones you meet in your daily life in France: conversations, advertising, press articles, recipes, French songs…
If your needs are more specific and/or professional, we will set up a programme according to your objectives: writing a report, presenting a product, writing a CV…
Grammar and phonetics exercises, sometimes given as homework, will reinforce what has been learnt during the session.
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Graduated from the Alliance Française with a DAEFLE (Diplôme d’Aptitude à l’Enseignement du Français Langue Étrangère - Teaching certification for French as a foreign language), I have been teaching French as a foreign language exclusively on a one-to-one basis for the last 10 years. This personal choice enables me to meet with each student’s requirements and offer an individualised and targeted tuition.
Thanks to my previous experience as a teacher in computer graphics, I have been able to develop the skills necessary for passing on knowledge and designing tools for learning. With a passion for languages, I then chose to turn towards teaching French as a foreign language aiming at a better social and professional integration of my students.
After an experience with group classes with ACCORD, AAA and the Centre France Asie in Paris, I opted for individual tuition.
In the world of French teaching, I also lent my voice to several language courses, CD-Roms and video games, recording for Oxford University Press, Cambridge Assessment, HarperCollins, Nelson, Vivendi Universal and Bayard.
"Corinne is just as helpful for more advanced second-language speakers as for beginners. I have no trouble listening to the news on the radio or understanding people who speak to me, but after 20 years outside France, and 40 years since my Junior Year in France (!), I have a lot of trouble putting a sentence together to express my own thoughts and questions. Corinne helpfully encouraged me to speak, corrected mistakes as I spoke, and then took each mistake back to its bigger context with helpful exercises on the gender of nouns, the sequence of tenses, and so on. For advanced students, it's an added bonus that Corinne knows so much about things to do in Paris, French history and society, and French cinema. She's a terrific cultural resource. A perfect experience!"
"After 18 months in Paris, juggling three small children, I was eager to improve my confidence in speaking, and my capacity for writing and reading, in French. Corinne's adaptable approach and passion for language helped me achieve my aims in a relatively short length of time. Lessons were specifically tailored to my needs and responsive to my interests. I appreciated Corinne's gentle but firm approach and her willingness to support her students beyond allotted lesson times."
"Corinne is not just good at teaching French to non-native speakers. She is great at it. Like most outstanding teachers, she is patient and attentive to the needs and abilities of the student, but what especially distinguishes Corinne is that she almost magically seems to be able to strike exactly the right balance between encouragement and correction --- too much of the second can mean one could get discouraged but too little can mean that one may not improve as quickly as otherwise. In the month I spent being taught by Corinne, all facets of my French reached new levels - my ability to understand others, my ability to express myself, and (especially) my pronunciation. Since learning a new language can at times be frustrating, it's also worth mentioning that Corinne is just fun to be around. She has a great sense of humor and a quick laugh, which made our sessions together seem to fly by. A bonus is that she is also a wonderful source of information about French culture, Paris life, and even Parisian food. She knew that each day I was walking in different areas of Paris, and it seemed as if for every neighborhood, she had a wonderful patisserie to recommend. True, the pastries may have countered any positive health effects of the walks, but I didn't care."
"I moved to Paris for work about a year ago, thinking I would inevitably pick up the language just by living in the country - unfortunately this didn't happen quite like I had imagined. Speaking and listening comprehension were by far my biggest hang-ups in learning French, but Corinne was able to make it approachable, enjoyable, and helped me break through these barriers. Her ability to find your pace, adapt accordingly, and then crank up the intensity at the right time really impressed me. Humor was never in short supply either as we often found ourselves cracking each other up. I would highly recommend 1st4French to anyone looking for a tailored set of lessons that are highly focused, yet never dull or overbearing. In fact, I'm already planning my second round!"
"My French lessons with Corinne were very efficient. As Corinne adapted the lessons perfectly to my needs, I was able to advance quickly. My aim was to improve my spoken French and especially my pronunciation. The exercises and special techniques Corinne explained to me during the lessons helped me a lot to reach that goal. Now I feel much more confident while talking with French native speakers."
"I live in Paris, but work in English, and many French friends enjoy practicing their English, so I needed help and correction with my conversational French. Corinne was great not only in helping my conversation, but also reviewing verb tenses and other grammar. I don't have a lot of free time, so the convenience of her coming to my home was huge! Merci!!"
"I have really enjoyed my lessons with Corinne. Before starting lessons with her, I attended class lessons at a school, these varied in quality, level, and effectiveness. However, lessons with Corinne in contrast were excellent, the quality of teaching was high and she has a greatest ability to put the student at ease at all times so they have the confidence to speak French in a friendly environment. I would thoroughly encourage others to take lessons with Corinne as they have hugely helped my development. A massive thank you!"
"I found Corinne as a French teacher through making a spontaneous web search and having no references, which was kind of naive. However, I do not regret any single minute spent during our French classes. The quality of the information as well as the commitment from the teacher were very good. Corinne was able to quickly adapt the course to my needs though I am not the easiest person teachers would want to work with. For sure I would recommend Corinne as a French teacher to anyone who is either beginner or advanced French language user."
"After I started my lessons with Corinne, I felt an enormous change in my abilities to face the language. With determination and gentleness, Corinne helped me to go ahead and gain confidence when speaking. She also assisted me through all possible matters related to living in France. Thank you Corinne."
"Corinne was well prepared, professional, and patient. She adapted and customized our lessons to what I was interested to learn, and always followed up on topics and questions that come up during our lessons. My french improved over the 4 weeks and I felt more confident during every day life situations : market, shopping etc."
"I highly enjoyed my lessons with Corinne. She was both extremely professional and fun to work with. Most importantly, she really listened to exactly what I wanted to work on, and catered the lessons accordingly. Every single lesson helped me massively in different ways, both with my oral and writing skills. I'm so glad I found her, and extremely grateful for all her help, especially with my exams coming up soon! The notes I've made with Corinne will no doubt be extremely useful."
"I came to Paris hoping to reboot my high school French and was very happy with Corinne's lessons. She grasped my current progress level immediately and designed interesting and helpful lessons to improve both my speaking and my comprehension. Corinne made me feel more self-confident about my accent and she helped me to improve my grammar by leaps and bounds. Corinne always made time for French conversation and many words came back to me in our time together. It was not only just what I wanted- it was fun, too!"
"I arrived in Paris 4 months ago with what I thought at the time was an "advanced" level of French. Who was I kidding?! Certainly not Albert, the guy taking my orders from the local café… It took one class with Corinne to realise that I was more "beginner" than "advanced", so we immediately began a program focussed around grammar and pronunciation. Corinne has very fine tuned listening and interpretation skills, and is extremely flexible in her availability but also in adapting the class contents to my constantly changing needs. She is highly committed and always comes to class prepared and makes sure that every single moment of it counts. I especially appreciate the integration of humour and song that Corinne brings to class. Corinne is a really patient and skilful teacher who's done an amazing job over the past 3 months to help me get the basics right while improving my conversational confidence. I've even learned a little French culture and music along the way. I would gladly recommend Corinne to anyone who wants to improve their knowledge of French as a foreign language."
"I think that Corinne is the kind of French teacher everybody would like to have. Always on time, which is great considering that she comes directly to your house, and very funny and clear. She has also an excellent capacity to explain grammar and phonetic rules. Not to mention her deep knowledge of French culture, history and cinema!"
"When I came to Paris at the age of 37, not only did I not speak French but I had never learnt a second language. The idea of speaking French and managing day-to-day was daunting. Now less than a year in, I can confidently manage my way around Paris, shopping, at restaurants, going to the doctor, dropping my son at school and in simple conversations - because of Corinne's patient and focused teaching style. I particularly value the fact that Corinne uses my interests in film and politics and the everyday events of my life to help me talk about things I am interested in and assists me in learning the French I need to manage everyday in Paris."
"Corinne was highly recommended by some of my friends and I contacted her to resume the French I had studied ten years before. I had never really spoken French. My goal was to reach a level that would enable me to start my working career in France. The result is that after only one and a half months and a lot of effort, I started my new job as a consultant in credit risk! The course is very interactive and Corinne is always ready to listen to the students' objectives and needs. This allows her to offer the best suitable method to reach each one's goal. If you wish to improve and have fun at the same time, go for Corinne!"
"Corinne is skilled in making difficult grammar understandable, and making lessons interesting. She easily adapts to the student's needs, very quick to perceive areas of weakness to address and is able to create an air of enthusiasm. Corinne makes learning French an enjoyable challenge which is quite rare. And her very pleasant and outgoing personality is a valuable asset."
"Having arrived in Paris speaking no French, I am now happily working and speaking French with confidence. Corinne is an exceptional teacher who listens to what your needs are and tailors lessons to meet them. Don't mess around with schools where class sizes can inhibit your learning, go straight to Corinne!"
"I met Corinne through her website, and decided to start with the 10-hour course… It's been 10 months since then! I'm glad I did it. Corinne is a very committed person. She listens, identifies your needs and works on them. The results are tangible. Not only did I improve my French but also my knowledge of French culture."
"Being a language teacher at university level myself, I was really impressed with the professional and highly prepared classes that Corinne provided. She has a wide bank of rich, useful material (most of it designed by herself), always followed through with queries about specific language points, and most importantly was passionate about teaching. Lots of teachers claim to offer 'tailored courses', but Corinne really does work to mould her courses to deliver exactly what you ask for."
"Initially I booked Corinne for a 2 hour session based on the quality of her website. As she'd taken so much care to produce such a professional and comprehensive website, I thought then she probably takes a lot of care with her lessons too - and I was right! At the trial lesson Corinne took the time to find out what my specific needs were and what I was hoping to gain from the lessons, so I felt we were working from the same page in terms of what we were trying to achieve in each class. Each lesson was quite intense but at the same time Corinne has a relaxed personality and a good sense of humour so I never felt like I was at school. I already speak basic French and was seeking to improve on what I already knew in order to go about day-to-day life in France. Corinne was great at focusing on what sort of everyday situations I was likely to encounter and helping me to gain confidence in my conversational abilities. I would highly recommend learning French with Corinne, she's very organised, professional and a very pleasant person to spend a few hours with while learning!"
"With Corinne, I learned and revised French grammar, worked longer on the most difficult points and improved the use of tenses and verbs. It was also important for me to really start speaking French and be able to express myself, so a great deal of the class was devoted to that. It was also a great cultural exchange. I learned a lot about Paris and French culture and got useful tips. Corinne is not only a good teacher but also a very nice, intelligent and kind person with a good sense of humour. Having a two-hour class was like having a cup of coffee with a dear friend."
"On November 2010, I moved from Rome to Paris. Even if my French was pretty good, I decided to take some classes to improve my level. I contacted Corinne after a friend of mine strongly recommended her to me. Thanks to her I started discovering French habits, food, recipes, music and current news. Not only does she give me hints and tips on grammar but she enables me to get total immersion in French culture. I'm learning a lot and my friends, colleagues and boss noticed it and congratulated me for my improvements!"
"The lessons I took with Corinne met my expectations perfectly as everything was explained simply and it was done at a pace that suited me well and with enough time so that I could understand each lesson well. I cannot recommend Corinne highly enough to anyone wishing to take personal French lessons or even to learn a bit about French culture and music."
"I moved to Paris without being able to place an order in a restaurant in French. After the first two weeks I could already hold basic conversations and get around my day-to-day needs - at the grocery, bakery, restaurant, etc. Corinne is extremely friendly and easy to work with. I recommend her to anyone who needs to learn any level of French, or just to practice."
"I had learnt French at school but needed to brush up a lot since moving to Paris. Corinne was great as she tailored the lessons to my standard and taught me everything I wanted to learn at a good pace for me. The exercises and homework were varied so I never got bored. She is so encouraging and the lessons were always fun, 2 hours would fly by!"
"I took private lessons with Corinne and she helped me to accomplish what I thought was impossible: to learn French. My time with Corinne was enjoyable. Learning French is not an easy task but Corinne made it fun. My lessons were conducted in French even though I had never studied French before in my life. She helped me to understand the French language better and to start putting sentences together on my own. I am making plans to return to Paris and to take more lessons from her. I would recommend anyone who has an interest in learning French to give Corinne a try. You will not regret it."
"I encourage those who want to speak and learn French to take private courses to fill their gaps. For me, finding Corinne was marvellous. She helped me a lot. She is an excellent teacher with a sense of humour, which is important to make you feel comfortable and absorb the language in a light way."
"I would like to express my deep satisfaction and gratitude towards Corinne. Her method, her diverse teaching style and her calm make the student feel confident and make it easy to understand grammar rules, reading and building up sentences. With no doubt, I recommend Corinne to other students to learn French as a foreign language."
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