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Denise Clivaz and Elizabeth Roberts teach K-8 French at The Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove, Illinois. Together they share over 35 years of world language teaching experience. Denise and Elizabeth have presented their curriculum at numerous regional and national conferences, including ACTFL. Through their collaboration, they have created the unique REAL LANGUAGE right away curriculum.


Denise Clivaz


deniseDenise studied French in Switzerland and taught English there for several years. She returns to Switzerland each summer to spend time with her family. She enjoys trains, hiking in the mountains, and a good espresso.

Elizabeth Roberts


ElizabethElizabeth spent several years working and studying in France. She received a Master’s Degree in French Language and Civilization from New York University in Paris. She has a passion for photography, food, and all things French.