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We bring France to you

Whether this is your first exposure to learning French or you just want to brush up from years past, our motivating approach and warm setting will inspire you to achieve your goal to speak French.

Our native French-speaking teachers enhance each class with their first-hand knowledge of the nuances of their language and culture. Supplementing our language courses, the French Institute of the North Shore offers food and wine tastings, literary events, French holiday celebrations and travel recommendations in addition to an extensive media library that is complementary for our clients.

After one year of Level 1 French you can…

  • Read and order off a French menu: know what a gigot d’agneau is, and effortlessly pronounce it.
  • Navigate a French city: taxis, buses, trains, bicycles, boats, we have you covered
  • Shop at a French supermarket: gather ingredients for ratatouille faster than you can say bon appétit!
  • Speak in the past, present and future tense: tell the sales associate at Galeries Lafayette that you saw a lovely outfit in their window, you want to purchase it, and you’re going to wear it to a three-star restaurant tonight!

Au revoir

French Institute

1998 – 2021

Twenty-three years ago, I founded the French Institute to bring French to the North Shore. Being a lifelong, passionate Francophile and teacher, I relished teaching French and sharing French culture with my enthusiastic students.
At the end of the summer term, the French Institute closed its doors. Decades of running the French Institute in charming Winnetka has been a beautiful chapter, and I am now turning the page for new adventures.
I want to thank all my clients and staff for making the French Institute so special and I wish you well in your pursuit of French and encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity to speak the language of Molière that is music to our ears.
Merci pour tout!
Thank you for everything!
Maria Kurt
I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and stimulation of learning such a beautiful language.
- Mary Clair R, Northfield

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