French Tutors

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Spring 2021 French Tutors

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
Lars, French Peer Tutor

Hello! It is my first year at UIC and I am majoring in English. I have been studying French for five 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 version. 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 (they/them in English, iel in French)
Laurie, French Peer Tutor

“I am a transfer student at UIC majoring in Biological Sciences. I’ve had to learn four languages, 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
Leah, 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.

Leah  |  French Peer Tutor (she/her/hers)
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 (she/her/hers)
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
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
Ryan, French Peer Tutor

“I’m a Teaching of History Major.  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
Susy, French Peer Tutor

“I am a Teaching of French major and I am also a native Spanish speaker. I am a first generation college student and a transfer from Loyola hoping to make more diverse connections with my fellow students.  I want to be a tutor because not only is it a great way to kick start my “teaching” journey, but also because I love connecting with others through a shared language.”

Susy  |  French Peer Tutor

Our Former French Tutors

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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