L’Union Française supports a school for adults to learn the French language and culture. The goal of our language program is to make communication in French a natural, personalized, enjoyable, and rewarding experience. The instruction is intimate and student-centered while providing a balanced focus on comprehension, speaking, writing, and reading. Our class schedule features offerings at various times and days, including nights and weekends. The school is located at 4522 Prytania Street in New Orleans.
Our small classes allow for an emphasis on individual attention. Conversational French is balanced with instruction in proper grammar and vocabulary. All classes are taught by experienced French teachers who are either native speakers or have lived in France.
The school features six levels of instruction: Beginner 1 and Beginner 2; Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2; and Advanced and Near Native. The Intermediate and Advanced levels are for those who have some previous background in French.
True beginner, no previous French instruction required.
Upper Beginner French
To be able to join the class, you should be able to conjugate basic verbs in the present, passé composé and imparfait tenses.
You should be able to ask basic questions and be able to answer questions asked by your peers with the help of the teacher.
To join the class, you should be able to conjugate verbs in all tenses, to describe what you did the previous week and to ask questions and to understand responses from others. You will be required to listen and, with the help of the teacher, to understand articles on current events.
Upper Intermediate French
To join the class, you should be able to conjugate verbs in all tenses, to describe what you did the previous week, and to ask questions and understand responses from others. You must be able to listen to and understand articles on current events.
To join the class, the student should be able to speak freely and fluidly and to discuss current events with peers.
Very little English is used. There is no book required; articles plus a program called “News in Slow French” are used.
Near Native French
Students should be able to speak almost like natives. You should understand any articles and be able to discuss them freely and spontaneously. You should be able to understand the nuances and the humor included in the articles. No book is used and no English is spoken.
All classes in Fall 2020 will be held online.
The school year follows a semester framework with fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Please note that our classes are for adults only; one must be at least 18 years old to register.