Claire Wagenseil

Claire Wagenseil

Originally from Seattle, Claire has a Bachelor's in English & French Literature from Stanford and a Master's in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne in France.

While living and studying in Paris for 4 years, she also worked as a teacher, an assistant in museums, a homestay coordinator, and more.

Since 2010, she has been an instructor with the Alliance Francaise de Seattle, teaching French to children and adults of all skill levels.

Claire has traveled in over 20 countries, is a published poet, is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

"Each lesson felt like a good balance of practical, every day language + practice of basic, but necessary, mechanics of the language (i.e. conjugation)."

"Claire is an excellent teacher! She makes learning a new language very fun."

"Clear understanding of language structure by instructor and her ability to explain the translations. I appreciate the time spent on each segment and not having everything crammed into one class. This was a thoughtful and informative class."

"Claire is an exceptional teacher. She makes the class very approachable and fun."

"The near total immersion - speaking all in French helped me to become more comfortable thinking in French and conversing."

"Claire encouraged us to speak frequently throughout class and organized many small group activities. This really helped push me to practice and get out of my comfort zone."

"Interactions with students / teacher to strengthen speaking skills. Games and activities were a great way to learn a new language."

"I think the way that Claire structured the class and the extra time she put into ensuring that we understood the material before moving on was most useful."

"The teacher (Claire) was excellent. She was always well-prepared and our lessons have been interesting and comprehensive." -- Alex Arnold, French - Level 4

"Claire does a great job of making class interactive. I studied Spanish formally for eight years, and I have also studied Mandarin and Japanese in continuing ed courses so I know what I'm talking about when I say and Claire is very gifted as a language teacher!" -- Kristin Shotwell, French - Level 2