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A.0 - Pre-Beginner

Introduction to French

Core Classes
This course is designed to help prepare you for French immersion through a gentle introduction to the method supplemented with English. You’ll have the opportunity to learn useful classroom expressions in French in addition to some of the basics of the language that will allow you to continue with confidence into Beginning French 101.
Pace: Regular
A1 - Beginner

101-102 Accelerated

Core Classes
This beginning Core Class combines Beginner 101 and Beginner 102 into one term and is for highly motivated students and/or those who have taken French in the past or had some exposure and need to revisit the basics.
Pace: Accelerated

102

Core Classes
Our 102 Core Class is for beginners having completed 101 class and wishing to master A1 level.
Pace: Regular

103-104 Accelerated

Core Classes
This beginning Core Class combines Beginner 103 and Beginner 104 into one term and is for highly motivated students and/or those who have taken French in the past or had some exposure and need to revisit the basics.
Pace: Accelerated

103

Core Classes
Our 103 Core Class is for beginners having completed 102 class and wishing to master A1 level.
Pace: Accelerated

105-106 Accelerated

Core Classes
This Continuing Core class for highly motivated language learners combines Beginning 105 and 106 into one term. Students are exposed to the necessary content to continue with confidence into Intermediate 201.
Pace: Accelerated

106

Core Classes
Chapters 11-12. Communication: Expressing choices, dissatisfaction, (dis)-agreement, one’s interests; encouraging & reassuring. Grammar: Comparisons; COD & COI pronouns ; “y”; review of tenses.
Pace: Regular

A1 to A2 Bridge

Core Classes
Cross the bridge from A1 to A2 in this transition class where students will gain confidence in their spoken communication skills through review of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation learned in the Édito A1 sequence.
Pace: Regular

C'est une maison bleue A1

Minis
Explore what makes your home sweet home. We'll also delve into some unique and unusual places we'd love to call home. 
Pace: Regular

Grammar for Gourmands

Minis
In this cuisine-themed course, we will review grammar concepts that are useful for talking about food, including the impératif, the partitif, question words, and more.
Pace: Regular

Ouaf ouaf, miaou: Reading comprehension with Albert & Folio

Minis
“Les aventures d’Albert & Folio” is an illustrated book series aimed at beginning French learners that recounts the escapades of a cat and dog living in Paris. Through an engaging audio narration, visual aids, and repeated essential vocabulary, beginning students with some experience will rapidly gain understanding of sentence structure and high-frequency words and expressions in French, particularly around the themes of animals, families, sensations and emotions. In each class, we will read and listen along with one or two of these short books, go over key vocabulary and check for comprehension, and engage in discussions and creative activities at students’ level.
Prerequisites: 102
Pace: Regular
A1/A2

A1 to A2 Bridge

Core Classes
Cross the bridge from A1 to A2 in this transition class where students will gain confidence in their spoken communication skills through review of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation learned in the Édito A1 sequence.
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French A1/A2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This class is all about basic communication: conveying an idea, responding and reacting during a conversation, and understanding spoken French. AM class chapters 1-9, PM class chapters 10-23
Pace: Regular

Grammar for Gourmands

Minis
In this cuisine-themed course, we will review grammar concepts that are useful for talking about food, including the impératif, the partitif, question words, and more.
Pace: Regular

Voyage-Voyage A1/A2

Minis
Join us on an exhilarating journey as we explore the magnificent 7 wonders of the world and the incredible countries that house them. Through exciting questionnaires, authentic documents, captivating photos and videos, and travel diaries, we will learn to speak about these enchanting monuments and natural wonders with great enthusiasm. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!
Pace: Regular
A2 - Lower Intermediate

201-202 Accelerated

Core Classes
This is a fast-paced class offering an opportunity to advance into lower intermediate level twice as fast as a regular class. The class combines lower intermediate 201 and 202 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into 203.
Pace: Accelerated

201

Core Classes
201 class is the first step for students wishing to master the A2 level. Our A2 level Core Class is for students progressing from A1 level and wishing to master the A2 level.
Pace: Regular

202

Core Classes
202 class is the second step for students wishing to master the A2 level.
Pace: Regular

204

Core Classes
204 class is the fourth step for students wishing to master the A2 level.Our A2 level Core Class is for students progressing from A1 level and wishing to master the A2 level..
Pace: Regular

205-206 Accelerated

Core Classes
This class is designed for highly motivated language learners. The class combines Lower Intermediate 205 and 206 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into Intermediate 301.
Pace: Accelerated

206

Core Classes
This Core Course covers chapters 11-12 of Edito A2. Communications include writing a formal letter; speaking about one’s education, training, projects; understanding job offers, CV’s, instructions; expressing concern; reacting to disapproval. The student encounters new grammar and phonetic challenges.
Pace: Regular

Grammar for Gourmands

Minis
In this cuisine-themed course, we will review grammar concepts that are useful for talking about food, including the impératif, the partitif, question words, and more.
Pace: Regular

Learn French With Trivia

Minis
"Would you like to learn about French culture and francofony? Are you a fun fact collector? If yes, come and join us!
Pace: Regular
A2/B1

A2 to B1 Bridge

Core Classes
Cross the bridge from A2 to B1 in this transition class where students will gain confidence in their spoken communication skills through review of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation learned in the Édito A2 sequence. Grammar reviewed will include past tenses, temporal prepositions, alternative negation, relative pronouns, object pronouns, futur simple, conditional, and more. Pronunciation reviewed will include nasal vowels, mute -e-, vocalic and consonantal enchainment, liaison, and intonation.
Pace: Regular

Baguette grenouille tour eiffel A2/B1

Minis
We're going to have a blast poking fun at the stereotypes associated with the French! From the national pastime of complaining to the frequent strikes, we'll delve into why these clichés exist. And what about the infamous baguette under the arm? We'll uncover the truth. Plus, we'll explore why France is both loved and hated by foreigners. And, get this - ever wonder why some tourists are completely shocked by the difference between the France they imagined from movies and the real thing? We'll answer that too! Get ready for an adventure as we uncover the truth behind these common French stereotypes.
Pace: Regular

French Literature A2/B1

Minis
You don’t have to be 100% proficient to read and understand “serious” literature in French! With this selection of short literary excerpts, you will explore the themes of freedom, difference, memory, and language. This will allow you to strengthen your speaking and reading skills, as well as deepen your knowledge of the history of francophone literature. Week 1: André Gide - Les nourritures terrestres (1897); Week 2: Assia Djebar - L’Amour, la fantasia (1985); Week 3: Patrick Modiano - Dora Bruder (1997); Week 4: Nancy Huston - Nord perdu (1999).
Pace: Regular

Grammar For Conversation B1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Grammar For Conversation presents corresponding level grammar concepts through everyday life situations using current spoken French.
Pace: Regular

La grammaire en chansons A2/B1

Minis
In this series, you will have the opportunity to brush up your French grammar skills in the company of contemporary and 20th-century singers and songwriters. Review the past tenses with Édith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, explore the conditional forms with Joe Dassin and Angèle, and learn the subjunctive mode with Carla Bruni and Céline Dion.
Pace: Regular

Mastering Pronouns A2/B1

Minis
This four week workshop will review the use of object pronouns in French: Week 1: Les COD et COI. Students will review use and placement of direct and indirect object pronouns in several tenses, and will have opportunities to practice these structures through conversation with classmates.Week 2: Y et en. Students will review the use and placement of adverbial pronouns y and en in several tenses, and will have opportunities to practice these structures through conversation with classmates.Week 3: Tous les pronoms. Students will review choosing between COD, COI, y, and en in simple and complex verb structures.Week 4: Les pronoms relatifs. Students will review using relative pronouns qui, que, où, and dont.
Pace: Regular

Regards croisés sur la France et les français A2/B1

Minis
In this series, you are invited to discover and discuss various stereotypes, clichés, and jokes about the ways France and the French are perceived in other cultures. What do the Japanese or the Norwegians have to say about the quintessentially “French” lifestyle? What stereotypical representations of Metropolitan France are common in Quebec? The participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences and knowledge that either confirm or disprove such stereotypes, and to remember to take everything with a grain of salt!
Pace: Regular
B1 - Intermediate

301

Core Classes
301 class is the first step for students wishing to master the B1 level. Our B1 level Core Class is for students progressing from A2 level and wishing to master the B1 level.
Pace: Regular

303

Core Classes
303 class is the third step for students wishing to master the B1 level.
Pace: Regular

304

Core Classes
304 class is the fourth step for students wishing to master the B1 level.
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French Intermediate

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Learn how native speakers communicate on a day-to-day basis. I Thursday class studies chapters 10-17, Friday 32-36.
Pace: Regular

French Ripped From The Headlines

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Stop just encountering new vocabulary and start retaining and using it in this class based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”!
Pace: Regular

Grammar For Conversation B1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Grammar For Conversation presents corresponding level grammar concepts through everyday life situations using current spoken French.
Pace: Regular

Paris par arrondissements

Minis
Discover the charming neighborhoods of this beautiful city.
Pace: Regular
B1/B2

Defining Moments in Art A

Specialty & Cultural Classes
For visual arts enthusiasts and those simply curious about the art world. Each week, examine several artworks to learn about the events, personalities and works that have had the greatest impact in their time. This is a highly interactive class using art as a vehicle of conversation. This class will study the art of the early 20th century.
Pace: Regular

Douce France B1/B2

Minis
Get ready to explore the wonders of French society! With Ina's treasure trove of archival videos, you can dive into the lives of the youth, children, and daily routines of the French people throughout history. These videos are full of insightful interviews and testimonials that will make you laugh, reminisce, and be curious about the ever-evolving French culture. The best part? By watching these videos, you'll gain a deeper understanding of France today and what makes this country tick. So, buckle up and get ready for an exciting journey through time with Ina's archival videos!
Pace: Regular

French Literature B1/B2

Minis
You don’t have to be 100% proficient to read and understand “serious” literature in French! With this selection of short literary excerpts, you will explore the themes of responsibility, remembrance, childhood, and love. This will allow you to strengthen your speaking and reading skills, as well as deepen your knowledge of the history of francophone literature. Week 1: André Breton - Nadja (1928); Week 2: Jean-Paul Sartre - Les Mouches (1943), Huis clos (1944); Week 3: Nathalie Sarraute - Enfance (1982); Week 4: Marguerite Duras - L’Amant (1984).
Pace: Regular

French Ripped From The Headlines

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Stop just encountering new vocabulary and start retaining and using it in this class based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”!
Pace: Regular

Grammar For Conversation B1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Grammar For Conversation presents corresponding level grammar concepts through everyday life situations using current spoken French.
Pace: Regular

Histoires de migrations B1/B2

Minis
France is an amazing patchwork of cultures that you simply cannot miss out on! Have you ever wondered why we eat couscous or why we sprinkle Arabic words in our everyday conversations? Well, you're in for a treat! Let's explore France's rich migratory history and dive into the stories of the brave migrants and their first and second-generation offspring. Through music and entertaining documentaries, we can uncover the diverse and exciting flavors of the world that have contributed to France's unique culture today. Get ready to be amazed!
Pace: Regular

La poésie francophone incontournable B1/B2

Minis
Improve your grammar, expand your vocabulary, and learn new literary concepts by reading and discussing a selection of acclaimed poetic texts in French. The poetry featured in this series–from the children’s song Alouette, gentille alouette to the surrealist poems of Robert Desnos–will allow you to encounter different genres, forms, and styles of poetic expression.
Pace: Regular

Littérature - lecture guidée

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Meet your fellow literature buffs, read and discuss your reading under expert guidance from Marie-Pierre Wolfe.
Pace: Regular

Littérature Française B2/C1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature.
Pace: Regular

Paris par arrondissements

Minis
Discover the charming neighborhoods of this beautiful city.
Pace: Regular

Promenades autour de Paris B1/B2

Minis
As Victor Hugo writes in Les Misérables, « Errer est humain, flâner est parisien. » In this workshop, you are invited to become a flâneur or a flâneuse, exploring Paris through literary texts that feature the iconic places and landmarks of La Ville Lumière. This series is a great opportunity to deepen your knowledge of France’s capital, expand your vocabulary, and practice speaking French. Week 1: Île de la Cité and the Seine; Week 2: Montmartre and the North; Week 3: Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis and the East; Week 4: The Latin Quarter and the Left Ban.
Pace: Regular
B2 - Lower Advanced

402

Core Classes
402 class is the second step for students wishing to master the B2 level. Our B2 level Core Class is for students progressing from B1 level and wishing to master the B2 level.
Pace: Regular

403

Core Classes
403 class is the third step for students wishing to master the B2 level. Our B2 level Core Class is for students progressing from B1 level and wishing to master the B2 level.
Pace: Regular

French Ripped From The Headlines

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Stop just encountering new vocabulary and start retaining and using it in this class based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”!
Pace: Regular

Les régions de France

Minis
In this culture-focused class, students will learn and review content related to the geography and traditions of France’s metropolitan and overseas regions through videos, articles, maps and discussions. As a class, we will dive more deeply into the culture and clichés associated with southwest France (Nouvelle-Aquitaine) and the north of France (Hauts-de-France). Students will also have the chance to watch the beloved French movie “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis” (all about the clichés of the North) at home and discuss it in class, and research and present briefly on another region that they are curious about and/or have traveled to.
Prerequisites: 306
Pace: Regular

Littérature Française B2/C1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature.
Pace: Regular

Paris par arrondissements

Minis
Discover the charming neighborhoods of this beautiful city.
Pace: Regular
B2/C1

Essential Everyday French B2/C1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Add useful expressions, proverbs and even a little slang to your existing French skills! Wednesday morning class studies chapters 43-47, Wednesday evening chapters 17-23.
Pace: Regular

French Ripped From The Headlines

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Stop just encountering new vocabulary and start retaining and using it in this class based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”!
Pace: Regular

La vie en rose B2/C1

Minis
Are you ready to experience the language of love like never before? Imagine whispering sweet nothings in French to the love of your life! And what if you could witness firsthand how French people express their love and friendship? Get ready to explore this beautiful language through songs, articles, videos, and movies. Let your heart skip a beat as you immerse yourself in the world of love and romance. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to celebrate the French language and all its amour!
Pace: Regular

Littérature Française B2/C1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature.
Pace: Regular

Paris par arrondissements

Minis
Discover the charming neighborhoods of this beautiful city.
Pace: Regular
C1 - Advanced

504

Core Classes
504 class is the fourth step for students wishing to master the C1 level. Our C1 level Core Classes are for students progressing from the B2 level and wishing to master the C1 level.
Pace: Regular

French Ripped From The Headlines

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Stop just encountering new vocabulary and start retaining and using it in this class based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”!
Pace: Regular

Paris par arrondissements

Minis
Discover the charming neighborhoods of this beautiful city.
Pace: Regular

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$395.00 USD

Code: 23E 103-A
Our 103 Core Class is for beginners having completed 102 class and wishing to master A1 level.
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Défi 1 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout
the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Two
options are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuel
for 12 month (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 month unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. More
information about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged or
refunded

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