See below for descriptions of our language classes for the Spring 2021 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 Ageless French Literature Class, click here.  For a description of Les Couples Mythiques Class, click here.

A1 Beginner French

Time: Monday 6:00 pm

This beginner class is focused on grasping the basic concepts of French. Many repetitive exercises will be included in order to improve pronunciation. We will include the basic vocabulary: days, months, numbers, colors, food and clothing.

The fundamental verbs necessary for a language (to be, to have, to study . . .) will be explained.

Zoom facilitates a lot of exercises focused on conversation.

After a few first lessons a dictation will be done, to improve the writing skills too. A small homework gets assigned every week. I also recommend videos on YouTube, to support the learning process.

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

Teacher: Vendula

 

Time: Wednesday 5:30 pm

I have always enjoyed teaching beginners, and have done so for 20 years at Union Française. I take great pleasure in seeing beginning students rapidly progress. Emphasis will be placed on comprehensive learning through reading, speaking and exercises.

Book:  Learn French the Fast and Fun Way by Elizabeth Bourquin Leete, 3rd edition. I have used this book with excellent results and beginners love it.

Teacher: Roger

 

A2 Upper Beginner French

Time: Tuesday 6:00 pm and Thursday 6:00 pm (class meets twice per week)

Students in this class are beginners but not absolute beginners. If you feel reasonably confident that you can conjugate the verb parler (maybe with a quick review), if you know the days of the week, the months of the year, and can tell someone in French that it is raining, this class might be the right level for you. We are going to continue our work in grammar and vocabulary here. We use a textbook, and we may learn some songs and read some short poems as well.

Book: Voilà (3rd edition)

Teacher: Anne

 

Time: Saturday 9:30 am

This class, which meets once a week on Saturday mornings, studies French with grammar exercises and short writing assignments while we read contemporary articles from French publications and a couple of detective novels. If you can conjugate verbs in the present tense and are ready to learn the nuances of other verb tenses, and especially if you like to watch Hercule Poirot solve crimes, this might be the class for you!

Book:  None

Teacher: Anne

 

Time: Saturday 9:30 am

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

Book: Complete French Grammar by Annie Hemingway.

Teacher: Josiane

 

Time: Saturday 9:30 am

The class will focus on beginning conversational skills and building basic vocabulary needed for everyday life. Basic verbs will be conjugated in the present tense and structuring simple questions will be incorporated. Short nursery rhymes and songs will be included.

Book: Vis-à-vis beginning French, Fourth Edition by  Evelyne Amon, Judith Muyskens and Alice C. Omaggio Hadley. (Can be purchased on Amazon for under $15.)

Teacher: Vendula

 

B1 Intermediate French

Time: Monday 5:30 pm

Each class will start with a dictation focusing on a selected topic. It will introduce tenses such as the future antérieur and the subjonctif présent. Expressions de la cause exercises will be used. Time permitting, classes will incorporate short documentaries, poems and songs.

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

Teacher: Vendula

 

Time: Tuesday 5:00 pm

This class offers the opportunity to improve your French conversation using extracts of literary texts from classic and contemporary French writers. The class offers an opportunity to strengthen your ability to converse in a group and to express your opinion.

Book: Littérature en dialogues by Geneviève Baranona, CLE international, niveau intermediare

Teacher: Manon

 

Time: Wednesday 6:00 pm

Students will start to speak freely. We will do grammar from the textbook and use articles from Readings in Slow French and videos

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

Teacher: Vendula

 

B2 Upper Intermediate French

Time: Tuesday 2:30 pm

This is a conversation class in which grammar is reinforced in context (reading, speaking…). It offers the opportunity to improve your French using texts, audios and songs centered on French culture and daily life. You will increase your vocabulary, improve your comprehension and advance your ability to speak about various topics.

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

Teacher: Manon

 

Time:  Thursday 1:00 pm

Time: Tuesday 2:30 pm

This is a conversation class in which grammar is reinforced in context (reading, speaking…). It offers the opportunity to improve your French using texts, audios and songs centered on French culture and daily life. You will increase your vocabulary, improve your comprehension and advance your ability to speak about various topics.

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

Teacher: Manon

 

Time: Saturday 9:30 am

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 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 and Thursday 5:30 pm (class meets twice a week)

This is a course for students who are already proficient in French. The class includes intense and relatively rapid conversation, including the ability to share personal experiences. Articles and stories by French authors will be read, interpreted and discussed. Advanced diction, grammar and exercises will be conducted.

Book: None

Teacher: Roger

 

Time: Wednesday 2:00 pm

This course emphasizes conversation. We will review grammar and use articles from News in Slow French.

Book:  to be determined.

Teacher: Josiane

 

C2 Near Native French

Time: Thursday 3:00 pm

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

 

To register for Spring 2021 classes, click here.