Event—Adult Education

French For Food Lovers: A Relaxed Approach to French


Would you like to try a laid-back and enjoyable way to study French?

Mon nez est un petit pâté de venaison fine, A. Wuyts, “Contre la vie chère” postcard series, late nineteenth–early twentieth century. Source: The Newberry Library, Call Number: Modern MS Monroe Artist Box 11 no. 356.

Class Description

Open to students of any level who consider themselves devotees of French language and/or French gastronomy, this course uses a relaxed and accepting classroom approach and specially designed materials to teach you to decode the French spelling system and to pronounce French more easily and accurately. The majority of our class time will be devoted to active student participation; hence the class will be limited to no more than twelve students.

Susan Pezzino, a lifetime French-English bilingual and former United States Fulbright Scholar, holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and works as a linguist in private practice, teaching languages and consulting in Chicago.

Materials List


  • Instructor-Distributed Workbook—$35 printing fee collected by the instructor

Cost and Registration

8 Sessions, $300 ($270 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

We now offer our classes at three different price options: Regular ($300), Community Supported ($280), and Sponsor ($320). Following the models of other institutions, we want to ensure that our classes are accessible to a wider audience while continuing to support our instructors. You may choose the price that best fits your situation when registering through Learning Stream.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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