See below for descriptions of our language classes for the Fall 2022 semester.

For a description of the Literary Book Club, click here.  For a description of the French Cinema Class, click here.  For a description of the Voyages en France/Travel French Class, click here.  For a description of Culinary/Cooking class, click here.  For a description of the Pastry/Pâtisserie class, click here.

A1 Beginner French

Time: Tuesday 6:00 p.m. – Zoom

This class is for absolute beginners, or those who have forgotten enough French to desire a review of the basics.  This class uses instruction through speaking, reading, and a little bit of writing.

Book: Voila

Teacher: Anne

 

Time: Wednesday 6:00 p.m. – In Person

I have always enjoyed teaching beginners, and have done it for more than 20 years at Union Francaise; it is a pleasure to see them progressing. The book used is Learn French the Fast and Fun Way. I have used it for quite a while with excellent results, and the beginners love it. Of course, emphasis will be put on comprehensive learning by reading, speaking and practicing lots of exercises.

Book: Learn French the Fast and Fun Way by Elizabeth Bourquin Leete, 3rd edition.

Teacher: Roger

 

Time: Thursday 2 p.m. – In Person

This is a beginners class that will give to students the fundamentals of French vocabulary and grammar. Written activities are included as well as conversation. Complete beginners are welcome as well as students who already have some basis in the language and would like to review all the basics. The class will use the vis-à-vis French for beginners, fourth edition.

Book:  Vis-à-vis French for Beginners, 4th edition.

Teacher: Vendula

 

A2 Upper Beginner French

Time: Thursday 6:00 p.m. – Zoom

This class is for advanced beginners. If you have largely mastered the present tense of verbs and passé composé, this class is at your level.  We will learn more advanced grammar and start to encounter French culture through song lyrics, short works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Book: Complete French Grammar, Premium Fourth Edition, by Annie Hemmingway

Teacher: Anne

 

Time: Thursday 6:00 p.m. – In Person

This class is focused on grasping the basic concepts of French. Many repetitive exercises will be included in order to improve pronunciation. Fundamental verbs necessary for communication (to be, to have, to do, to study . . .) will be emphasized. Online exercises focused on conversation will be used. After a few first lessons, dictation will be done to improve listening and writing skills. Short homework exercises are assigned every week. YouTube videos support the learning process.

Book:  Learn French the Fast and Fun Way by Elizabeth Bourquin Leete, 3rd edition.

Teacher: Vendula 

B1 Intermediate French

Time: Thursday 4:00 pm – In-person

The course will deepen the student’s knowledge of French grammar and facilitate conversation.  Students will work on the pluperfect, the compound past and the agreement of tenses. We will include themes around which we will practice conversation: tourism, agriculture, ecology. Active listening to a poem or song will be part of each class.

Book:  None

Teacher: Vendula

 

Time: Saturday 9:30 am – In-person

This class will include conversation, grammar from the textbook, articles from Readings in Slow French and videos.

Book:  Grammaire en dialogues, B1 Intermediaire by Claire Miquel, CLE International

Teacher: Josiane

 

B2 Upper Intermediate French

Time: Monday 6:00 pm – In Person

Students will learn more complicated syntaxic structure.  The students will develop a lexical field based on different themes such as : nature, economics and travel. We will also study a historical personality every session.

Book: None

Teacher: Vendula

 

Time: Tuesday 2:00 pm – In Person

This class is for students who are intermediate-level speakers of French.  It is mainly a conversation class, with some review of grammar and an introduction to common French expressions.  Students should be able to speak about their personal experiences and ask questions and respond to each other.

Book: None

Teacher: Josiane

 

Time: Tuesday 5:30 pm – Zoom

This course is for students who are above the lower Intermediate (B1) level but not quite ready for advanced instruction. The purpose of the course is to transition students to Advanced French. The course includes conversation, including how to communicate personal experiences. Articles and stories selected by the instructor will be read and discussed. Dictation will be given, grammar will be studied and various exercises conducted.

Book: None

Teacher: Roger

 

Time: Saturday 9:30 am – In Person

This course is for students who are above the lower Intermediate (B1) level but not quite ready for advanced instruction. The purpose of the course is to transition students to Advanced French. The course includes conversation, including how to communicate personal experiences. Articles and stories selected by the instructor will be read and discussed. Dictation will be given, grammar will be studied and various exercises conducted.

Book: None

Teacher: Roger

C1 Advanced French

Time: Monday 5:30 pm – Zoom

This course is dedicated to students who are already proficient in French.  They must be and will be encouraged to discuss any topic in French.  All activities will be presented by a native French speaker:  1) intense conversation, sharing personal experiences, 2) articles and stories chosen by the teacher, 3) dictation, grammar, and various exercises.  We will also experiment with a flight over French literature from the Middle Ages to modern times through carefully chosen authors and poets representative of each century.

Book: None

Teacher: Roger

 

We also suggest taking French Literary Book Club

C2 Near Native French

Time: Wednesday 2:00 pm – In Person

This class is for conversation only. I will ask students what they did during the week, and stimulate conversation using intermediate and advanced articles from Readings in Slow French and videos.

Book: None

Teacher: Josiane

 

Time: Thursday 3:00 pm – Zoom

This class is for conversation only. I will ask students what they did during the week, and stimulate conversation using intermediate and advanced articles from Readings in Slow French and videos.

Book: None

Teacher: Josiane

 

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