Many of my students need to succeed on high level, high stakes, make-or-break proficiency exams. Others come to master basic “Survival French” skills that will enhance their visits to France or francophone countries. Some take lessons for personal enjoyment or sentimental reasons.
This is where I come in! I have helped numerous people enrich their lives and travels or prepare for and pass the foreign service exam, graduate level proficiency exams, the AP French Language and AP French Literature exams, the IB French exam, the TEF, TCF, Praxis II in French and the University of Tokyo French language Entrance Exam.
My classes are custom designed to meet my students’ personal goals, needs and best learning strategies.
If you would like to learn more about classes and rates, please fill out the contact form on this page. I would be happy to discuss with you how I can help you meet your goals in the fastest, funnest way possible. I am metro accessible. I also tutor via Skype.
À bientôt j’espère.
What People Say About My Individual Lessons
It has been an absolute pleasure working on French with Dr. Melissa Kerley’s guidance the last few years. Melissa uses her broad understanding of French grammar, culture and literature to help you meet whatever goals you have. My goal was to take my academic French and concentrate on improving my oral and written communication skills. Melissa, a very passionate and energetic teacher, is both encouraging and challenging. She adapts to my needs and whims whether it is a period of reading books and discussing them, working on conversational skills, making oral presentations or writing essays – all with her expert critique. For example, in 2016, we read 16 books in French and discussed them in our Club de lecture. As a result of Melissa’s instruction, my oral, written and reading abilities have greatly improved. When held my own in a conversation with a French man in Paris discussing French v. American labor laws, I was quietly thanking Melissa for helping me gain the confidence and skills to make that happen. Melissa is an amazing, selfless teacher who loves teaching French, goes beyond what is expected of her and creates an exciting, fun environment for improving French. I consider myself fortunate to have met her. Je vous souhaite bonne chance dans vos études de français et j’espère que vous réussirez brillamment. Avec Melissa, c’est sûr! –Joanne
I have been lucky to receive French lessons with Melissa through gifts that my husband got for me for Christmas, and then again for my birthday, and have been thrilled to speak and learn with her. It’s a great way to improve French and have fun while doing it! Also, the gift certificates are always beautifully packaged inside other things – most recently an adorable, ceramic penguin cookie jar! –Sandy