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French Tutors/LLAs

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Frances, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour tout le monde ! I am a second year student majoring in Applied Psychology. I took French throughout high school and decided to continue learning French at UIC because I enjoyed learning about French culture, and I really appreciated how learning French allowed me to connect and empathize more with other people who were learning another language. In the future, I’d like to pursue a career in social work so being able to connect with and support people, embrace differences, and create a safe space for them is very important to me. In the French course I took at UIC, my learning environment was very supportive and fostered a safe space for us to make mistakes and progress in French. Essentially, I want to be able to support students learning French in similar ways. Let’s improve our French together!

Frances  |  French Peer Tutor
Kal, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour, I’m Kal! I am a first year student majoring in Biology with a minor in French.  I started learning French in middle school because I speak Spanish and thought it would be cool to know a third language. I’m glad I made that decision because I fell in love with French from day one. I live on-campus, but I visit home during the weekend and speak Spanish with my family. I want to inspire others in finding a passion in learning a new language even if they think it’s difficult and confusing at first. I want to be someone that you feel comfortable reaching out to for help. With three languages under my belt, I have tips to make learning easier!

Kal  |  French Peer Tutor

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Abigail, French Peer Tutor

“I am an Applied Psychology and Applied Statistics double major – and thinking of adding French! I love to explore and learn new things. In addition to peer tutoring, I am a Resident Assistant in Campus Housing.  French has always been important to me and taking classes at UIC has increased my love for the language. I hope to foster that love and appreciation of French in other students.”

Abigail  |  French Peer Tutor
Angel, French Peer Tutor

I’m a Biology major with a Mathematics minor. However, French allows me to express myself in certain ways that I wouldn’t have in English or in Spanish (my native tongue). It’s almost like I’m a different person. French has allowed me to gain insight into other people’s viewpoints and concerns from the roots of the Ancien Régime to the current Yellow Vest movement. To learn French is to become a citizen of the world.”

Angel  |  French Peer Tutor
Aqsa, French Peer Tutor

Hi, I’m an international student from Pakistan, majoring in computer science and tutoring in French. I’ve always loved to learn new languages. I grew up in Canada, which is a French speaking country. I am a first generation college student.

One of the inspirations that motivated me to learn new languages is this quote:

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” –Nelson Mandela

Aqsa  |  French Peer Tutor
Ari, French Peer Tutor

Salut! I’m a first year student at UIC, majoring in political science but thinking of changing to a language oriented major. I’m currently living with my family in Chicago and commute to school on a daily basis. Spanish is my first language and I tutor in French. I started learning French when I was in 6th grade and immediately fell in love with the language and culture. I hope by tutoring in French I can help other students gain the same love and understanding for the French language. When I graduate, I want to be a language teacher in a Francophone or Latin country.

Ari  |  French Peer Tutor
Ave, French Peer Tutor

I study Policy, International Trade, and Development, along with a French minor. I’m originally from the West Side of Chicago and get to commute every day to school. I get excited every time I hear a different language on the train. No matter our field of study, languages will always give a leg up in the job market. I speak Spanish at home, but also speak French, Portuguese, American Sign Language, and Pidgin English. Languages have helped me connect with people from all over the world and I hope to work with other students to work towards a global awareness.

Ave  |  French Peer Tutor
Brian, French Peer Tutor

“I am a Psychology Major. I love working with all sorts of people. The experiences I had abroad increased my knowledge on French culture and understanding of the region. I cannot wait to help show others why I love French, and hope they will see the joys of the language!

Brian  |  French Peer Tutor
Chantelle, French Peer Tutor

Hello there! I transferred in from Harold Washington community college. I am like you, a student taking French courses at UIC. I am pursuing a psychology degree and a minor in French. I started at the 100-level at UIC and have advanced from there. I have been in your shoes! When I was in French 104, I used to come to LCLC Peer tutoring twice, sometimes three times a week, and I improved dramatically. I look forward to sharing my learned tips in your French pursuits!

Chantelle  |  French Peer Tutor
Charlotte, French Peer Tutor

“For me, French has been a gateway into better understanding world history, culture, linguistics, allowing me to see the world as interconnected and complex. Since I began studying French, I have grown in appreciation and respect for those who undertake learning a foreign language, as it is an ongoing process. I am ready to share my personal passion for language learning with UIC BLP students.”

Charlotte  |  French Peer Tutor
Crystal, French Peer Tutor

“I have been fortunate enough to have French teachers encourage me to learn more and get me excited to study French, and I want to be that person for someone else.”

Crystal  |  French Peer Tutor
David, French Peer Tutor

I am double majoring in Communications and French and I work full time. I’ve been interested in languages since I was a child, but started learning French about two years ago. What I didn’t know was how welcoming the local French community would be, or how many great opportunities it would open up when I started using my French with others. I want to help other students feel comfortable in French so that they can experience all of the things that a new language offers.

David  |  French Peer Tutor
Djeneba, French Peer Tutor

“I am a Biological Sciences major and a fluent French speaker. I also speak my native languages from the Ivory Coast and other language from Mali, so I know what it is like to speak and learn several languages. I know that everyone may need help at some point and time, so I would like to offer my experience and share my interest in French with other UIC students.

Djeneba  |  French Peer Tutor
Edgar, French Peer Tutor

Hey y’all, I am Edgar, a Biochemistry major, minoring in French studies and on a Pre-med track. I am a commuter student. I started learning French in high school and loved to learn French culture from all the Francophone countries. I am a first-generation student from a Mexican family and a native Spanish speaker. I choose to be a tutor not only to practice my French but to help others on their adventures in discovering the French language and culture. Hopefully, I can help you achieve some level of success and ease some frustrations you may have.

Edgar  |  French Peer Tutor
Eliza, French Peer Tutor

Hello! I am a second year student majoring in Political Science and Economics, with a minor in French, and certificate in Russian. I am also on the Pre-Law track. I chose to study and tutor in French because I think it’s a beautiful, though sometimes complicated language. I speak Romanian at home, so I know how it is to learn new languages! I drive from the western suburbs to UIC, but I spend a lot of time in the northwestern suburbs at my church. I have used my language skills at my retail job, and I plan to go into immigration law where connecting with clients through their language would be ultra-helpful. I am excited to help other students find their passion for languages!

Eliza  |  French Peer Tutor (she/her/hers)
Enrique, French Peer Tutor

“I am double majoring in French and Applied Psychology. French is my passion, I love every aspect of the culture, especially music. Being a native speaker of English and Spanish helps me to understand and develop my skills in French. I am here to help, to support and share my passion with UIC BLP students.

Enrique  |  French Peer Tutor
Felipe, French Peer Tutor

“I’m majoring in Kinesiology on a premed track and plan on declaring Neuroscience as a second major. I started taking French my freshman year because I really wanted to learn a third language and to break up all of the science classes I was taking for my major. I enjoyed it so much that after finishing 104, I decided to continue studying it. Through peer tutoring, I will hopefully be able to help others enjoy it as well.”

Felipe  |  French Peer Tutor
Hamza, French Peer Tutor

“I am a Junior, majoring in cellular and molecular biology and minoring in French on a pre-medicine track. I recently transferred from College of Lake County. I am a first-generation college student. On top of English and French I speak Arabic. I started learning French at an early age, and I am now learning Farsi, so I know lots of experience as a language student. I am excited to meet new people and help them deal with and overcome any difficulties they face in French.”

Hamza  |  French Peer Tutor
Hannah, French Peer Tutor

Hello! I am a public health major with minors in public policy and disability and human development. I had some French experience in middle school and high school, but started at UIC with French 103. At first, I didn’t expect to stick with the language after the BLP, but found that I enjoyed learning it more than I thought I would! I am a commuter student and know what it is like to juggle and balance various responsibilities on and off campus. I look forward to practicing my own French skills while assisting others in learning concepts.

Hannah  |  French Peer Tutor
Hazal, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour! I am a second-year student majoring in neuroscience and minoring in French on a pre-medical track. I was born in Chicago and graduated from Lane Tech High School. I volunteer as a lab and research assistant at two different labs connected to UIC and UI Health, in addition to volunteering at the Surgical and Emergency services of UI Health. I am an editor at UIC Journal for Pre-Health Affiliated Students and a member of the Honors College and Honors College Advisory Board. Also, I am a part of the UIC Archery Club. Though, I enjoy learning languages and traveling the most. Alongside French, I speak fluent English and Turkish, and hope to learn Chinese. My experience with languages has given me many resources that can be used by students for language exposure, and I am happy to share my tips for learning languages!

Hazal  |  French Peer Tutor
Izzy, French Peer Tutor

Hey everyone, my name is Izzy! I am a political science major and in the future I hope to attend law school. I started studying French in high school through a program which allowed me to take the bus to my neighboring high school for classes, since my school didn’t offer the language. I fell in love with French culture and language and have been studying it ever since! I love helping people and being a tutor would allow me to practice a language I love while making someone else more confident and motivated about learning a new language too.

Izzy  |  French Peer Tutor
Jay, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour! I am a first-year Biology major minoring in French and I hope to attend Med School. I began learning French in middle school and continued through high school and now at UIC. I absolutely adore the culture and the way the language sounds, so what else could I do but study it even more? I love being of assistance to people as not only does it allow me to be of help to others, but it also helps me understand the language better. I hope to not only be a helpful tutor, but also a friend one can feel relaxed around and feel as though we are learning together because we are.

Jay  |  French Peer Tutor
Jazmin, French Peer Tutor

“I’m a first-generation college student working towards a Masters in Nursing. As a fluent Spanish speaker, in addition to speaking English and French, I have some tips about how to study and practice languages. Tutoring lets me share my love for French!”

Jazmin  |  French Peer Tutor
Ketura, French Peer Tutor

Hey, everyone! I am a junior majoring in Biological Sciences. I grew up in Haiti until I was 14, so I am fluent in French and Haitian Creole. Knowing multiple languages is a pride as it keeps me connected to my Haitian culture and enhances my understanding of other cultures. I decided to become a French peer tutor because I love my language and also know how challenging it is to learn a new language. A lot of people tell me they have a hard time learning French and as a peer tutor I hope UIC students will look past the struggle and fall in love with this beautiful language.

Ketura  |  French Peer Tutor
Lars, French Peer Tutor

Salut! It is my second year at UIC and I am majoring in the teaching of English. I have been studying French for six years and naturally I am a French peer tutor! I decided to study French in order to read literature from Francophone countries in the original transcription. When I first began studying French I had a really tough time and picked up some helpful study tips that made me get to where I am now: loving learning the language! I started at UIC in FR 104 and I am studying to be an English teacher so I am very excited to be peer tutoring. Learning a language can be difficult but I am looking forward to helping make it a little easier for you.

Lars  |  French Peer Tutor (them/them in English, iel in French)
Laurie, French Peer Tutor

I am a 4th year student at UIC majoring in Biological Sciences and French and Francophone studies. I´ve had to learn four languages in my life, so I know from experience how challenging it is to learn a new language, how awkward it can be to pronounce certain words or how uncomfortable and uncertain we feel when we speak a new language. I want to share with UIC students my strategies for language learning.

Laurie  |  French Peer Tutor
Ley, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour! This is my fourth year at UIC, and I am majoring in English and double minoring in French and Management Information Systems. I currently work at the East Campus library and hope to go to graduate school to become a librarian. I started learning French at the 100-level here at UIC because I wanted to read Victor Hugo in the original, and having a goal that seemed so out of reach at first has really helped motivate me to learn French. Watching myself gain the skills needed to understand the books I wanted to read has made me want to help other people get that moment of comprehension. It feels really good to be able to understand a new language and I’m excited to be able to share that with other students.

Ley  |  French Peer Tutor (they/them)
Ludana, French Peer Tutor

I was born on a small island where French is a major part of the language, culture, and history! Like some of you guys, I wasn’t born here and so I had to figure out a way to preserve my language AND fit in with the majority who spoke English. I’m happy to share my tips for that with other UIC students.”

Ludana  |  French Peer Tutor
Mary, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour! I am a transfer student from the City Colleges of Chicago. I received my associate degree there and transferred to UIC as a junior. My major is Teaching of French and I recently decided to add on an ESL endorsement. I live in the northwest side of Chicago and I work a retail job in a nearby suburb. I started learning French in high school and I fell in love with it right away. I am happy that I followed my passions which lead me to UIC and to pursue teaching as a career path. I also know Greek because it is the language that I grew up with in my home, so I know what it is like to work through the language learning process for multiple languages. I’m very excited about being a peer tutor because I understand what it takes to juggle school, work and life, and I have gathered some tips and tricks that I hope will benefit anyone I share them with!

Mary  |  French Peer Tutor
Mauricio, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour! My majors are psychology and French. I am 35 years old and originally from El Salvador. When I first moved to California, my English was terrible. After joining the military and having no other option but to speak English, my English became so much better. If you are struggling with learning a new language, I have been there and I’m here to help you out.

Mauricio  |  French Peer Tutor
Mautise, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour tout le monde!! I am a sophomore Biology major with a minor in French. Once I graduate from UIC, I plan to become a Physician’s Assistant. I live with my family in Manhattan, a tiny town about an hour from Chicago. I transferred from Joliet Junior College to UIC this fall, and due to covid-19, I have never been on campus. I currently work two jobs, Amazon and JCPenney, for 35-40 hours a week. I know it is difficult to work and go to school online, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I was born in Haiti and came to the USA in 2010 after the 2010 earthquake. I chose to study French because once I came to the USA, I forgot my native language, Haitian Creole. Here at UIC, I started in French 104, French is very similar to Haitian Creole and I wanted to reconnect with my native roots. As of now, I have fallen in love with the language. I want to be a French tutor because I know how difficult and stressful it is to learn another language; I want to alleviate some of the stress and pressure that students face when learning another language as well as make the process as enjoyable and as simple as possible, by helping students find the best way to be proactive and study. I am looking forward to seeing you at the online French tutoring sessions!

Mautise  |  French Peer Tutor
Nada, French Peer Tutor

“I’m passionate about French and I want to make other students enjoy it and have a passion for it too.”

Nada  |  French Peer Tutor
Nallely, French Peer Tutor

I am currently a junior Biology major, and French minor. I am also fluent in Spanish and English: I find that knowing multiple languages is a beneficial skill. I am a commuter to UIC so I know the difficulties of finding time to practice a new language. Learning a new language on top of another heavy course load major is a lot, but I have learned a few tricks and I would be happy to share tips with anyone else who needs help finding what works best for them.

Nallely  |  French Peer Tutor
Nat, French Peer Tutor

Hey, y’all! I’m a French major, and really want to go into international non-profit. I also have minors in English, Public Policy, and International Studies. I’ve lived a ton of different places, mostly all over Illinois, and I also lived in France for part of my childhood. I became a peer tutor because I want to help others see the beauty in another language. Not only can you talk to your friends in a language only you two understand, but it also helps you cross boundaries and reach people you never thought you’d meet.

Nat  |  French Peer Tutor
Natz, French Peer Tutor

I am currently a Business Major. I am trilingual since I am a native Spanish speaker, which has helped me accumulate several skills that I hope to share with French students at UIC. I am here to help you to the best of my ability, so drop by!”

Natz  |  French Peer Tutor
Nicole, French Peer Tutor

“I am a Neuroscience major and have had a passion for the French language and culture since I was really young. Learning French gave me the opportunity to branch out of the culture that I had grown up with. I look forward to working with my peers to make learning French less frustrating and more fun and rewarding!”

Nicole  |  French Peer Tutor
Nikki, French Peer Tutor

I am majoring in Biology and French on the Pre-Medicine track. During the week I work in a research lab on East Campus and I am also an EMT on weekends. I hope to eventually practice medicine in a Francophone country. Learning French has provided me the opportunity to travel abroad without leaving the classroom. I want to help other students find this enjoyment in French and Francophone language and culture while they strengthen their language skills.

Nikki  |  French Peer Tutor
Rica, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour à tous, I’m Rica, your friendly French Language Tutor. I’m a French major with a Linguistics minor, which means that I’m still learning just like you. As an immigrant from Tangancicuaro, Michoacan, Mexico, I understand how complicated it is to learn a new language.  You can feel like there’s a stigma for making mistakes, which can make learning a language feel frustrating and discouraging. My goal is not only to help you with grammar, pronunciation, etc…. but to make you feel comfortable and at the same time challenge you in this learning adventure you’re undertaking.

Rica  |  French Peer Tutor
Rodrigo, French Peer Tutor

“I am a History major and I have been studying French ever since high school. I always enjoyed learning new languages and applying them to everyday interactions. I want to become a teacher after I graduate so this is the perfect opportunity for me to share my experience with students who struggle with the material.

Rodrigo  |  French Peer Tutor
Ryan, French Peer tutor

Hey y’all! I’m a Junior Teaching of History Major with a French Minor. I’m from Springfield IL, but now commute to campus from Jefferson Park. I decided to learn French because my family heritage is largely French and I wanted to connect with that history. Since I arrived at UIC, I’ve had a very positive experience in the 100-level and upper-level classes here! I’m excited to be a peer tutor and build a further grasp of French with my peers!

Ryan  |  French Peer Tutor
Sadie, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour! I am a third-year psychology major. I was adopted from China as a baby and grew up in Iowa. I took French throughout junior high and high school and did not expect to continue in college. After I switched my major, I needed to fulfill a language requirement and was very nervous to do so. I started in French 103 and I ended up really enjoying the BLP at UIC. I wanted to become a peer tutor because I enjoy helping others and working with other students. I wish I had taken more advantage of peer tutoring when I was first starting to learn French and I think it can be a great resource for all levels of language learning.

Sadie  |  French Peer Tutor
Susy, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour! I am a ‘Teaching of French’ major, and I am working on my ESL endorsement. I love languages; I am a native Spanish speaker, and my next goal is to learn Italian! I am also a first-generation college student. This is my first semester on campus (I transferred from Loyola last year), so I am looking forward to meeting new people and making diverse connections with my peers. Lastly, I love tutoring because it is a great way to kick start my ‘teaching’ journey and because I love connecting with others through a shared language. I have been learning about cross-linguistic connections that can make the language process more manageable, and I cannot wait to share them with you!

Susy  |  French Peer Tutor
Tondum, French Peer Tutor

Bonjour mes amis! I’m Tondum, a psychology major and also pre-med. I eventually want to dual major in both French and Chemistry with a minor in French. I work about 24 hours a week and rent an apartment with a couple of roommates and commute to UIC. I am also taking French classes (along with Latin) at UIC. I also take a lot of hard science classes, so I know what it’s like to be busy. I want to help others study and learn effectively to maximize your time. I love French and hope that I can help other people love the language as well. 

Tondum  |  French Peer Tutor
Yovana, French Peer Tutor

“I want to let other UIC students know they can achieve anything they set their minds to.”

Yovana  |  French Peer Tutor
Veronika, French Peer Tutor

“I’m a Philosophy major minoring in French on the pre-law track and I also commute to UIC every day. I’ve been studying French for six years and I absolutely love the language. Coming from a dual language home (Polish and English), I understand how to learn languages and I can’t wait to work with my UIC peers in building their French skills.”

Veronika  |  French Peer Tutor