Vera Jareckyj

Full-time Instructor, French
Phone: 847-925-6776
Office: L 256

Courses Taught

FRN 101, 102, 201, 202, 205, 210

Personal Statement

I have had the extraordinary opportunity to teach French at Harper for a considerable amount of time. My teaching experience comprises all levels of French language courses including Conversation and Introduction to Literature. I thoroughly enjoy the classroom experience, especially the interaction with students. I am always thrilled to observe my students’ progress as they journey from one level to another, acquire language proficiency, perfect their command of grammar and refine their understanding of culture. I am a strong believer in the natural approach to language learning, which emphasizes communication. I encourage active learning and promote involvement on the part of everyone in the classroom.

Since I have lived in France, studied at the University of Grenoble and the Sorbonne in Paris and traveled throughout Europe, I have many a story to tell. Sharing French culture and my love of French with my students gives me great joy and purpose. Whenever possible, I provide my students with cultural opportunities through the arts: theatrical and musical performances, film, excursions to the Chicago Art Institute, cuisine (which includes biweekly meetings/lunches or “pause café” & informal conversation of la Table Française). Through language and cultural development, my intent is to enable my students to succeed in a global society as well-rounded and responsible world citizens.


Master of Arts in Language and Literature, French, University of Illinois at Chicago

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences with College Honors and High Distinction in French, University of Illinois at Chicago

Certificat de Langue Française-Degré Supérieur Annuel, Sorbonne, Paris, France