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A.0 - Pre-Beginner

Introduction to French Immersion 101 Class

Core Classes
Have you been thinking of taking the leap into learning French but are apprehensive of the immersive learning style or feel you might benefit from some extra foundation before starting our 100 series? If so, our Introduction to French course may be the perfect fit for you! 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 is a beginning French class designed for highly motivated language learners and/or those who have taken French in the past or had some exposure and need to cover the basics. The class combines True Beginner 101 and Beginner 102 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into Beginner 103.
Pace: Accelerated

101

Core Classes
Our 101 Core Class is for true beginners wishing to master A1 level. If you studied French before, please look into101-102 Accelerated class. Défi 1 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughoutthe book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Twooptions are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuel for 12 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. Moreinformation about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged orrefunded.
Pace: Regular

102

Core Classes
Our 102 Core Class is for beginners having completed 101 class and wishing to master A1 level. Défi 1 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughoutthe book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Twooptions are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuelfor 12 month (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 month unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. Moreinformation about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged or refunded.
Pace: Regular

103-104 Accelerated

Core Classes
This is a beginning French class designed for highly motivated language learners. It combines Beginner 103 and Beginner 104 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into Beginner 105.
Pace: Accelerated

103

Core Classes
Our 103 Core Class is for beginners having completed 102 class and wishing to master A1 level. Défi 1 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughoutthe book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Twooptions are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuelfor 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 orrefunded.
Pace: Regular

104

Core Classes
Our 104 Core Class is for beginners having completed 103 class and wishing to master A1 level. 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.
Pace: Regular

105-106 Accelerated

Core Classes
This is a beginning French class designed for highly motivated language learners. It combines Beginner 105 and Beginner 106 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into Lower Intermediate 201.
Pace: Accelerated

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

Minis
Welcome to the wonderful world of homes! Let's explore what makes your home sweet home. Share your favorite features, how you make yourself feel comfortable, and your ultimate dream home. We'll also delve into some unique and unusual places we'd love to call home. Get ready to be thrilled and inspired by the wonders of home sweet home, through captivating images, melodious songs, and fascinating mini-documentaries, as we embark on this exciting journey of talking about our nests. This class is open to students at level A1, with the prerequisite of having completed level 101 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French True Beginner

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Chapters 1-12. This class is for true beginners and focuses on basic communication: conveying an idea, responding and reacting during a conversation, and understanding spoken French. Interaction and exchanges between students are facilitated by the instructor following weekly thematic topics that include essential vocabulary and grammar. If you have already studied French, you may look into Essential Everyday French BEGINNERS A1/A2 class, or a core class.
Pace: Regular

French Communication Practice for Beginners

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Join our débutant-level mini class for Communication Practice, specially curated using content from Bien-Dire! This class is tailored to help beginners enhance their French language skills through engaging communication exercises. Through interactive activities and discussions based on Bien-Dire materials, you'll have the opportunity to improve your speaking and listening abilities while gaining confidence in using French in everyday conversations. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to take your French communication skills to the next level! This class is open to students at level A1, with the prerequisite of having completed level 101 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

French For Travelers

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Planning a trip to a French-speaking country but concerned about navigating the language barrier? Join our four "French for Travelers" mini lessons and master essential skills like hotel check-ins, using the metro, purchasing tickets, reserving tours, ordering food, and taking the train. This course is designed for beginners with basic French knowledge and will be predominantly taught in French, with English as needed.
Pace: Regular

French Pronunciation For Beginners

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Join us to enhance your pronunciation and develop your skills in French oral comprehension and production! This course consists of 4 sessions of 1.5 hours each, including an explanatory section followed by activities for oral comprehension to work on auditory discrimination, as well as oral production activities to improve pronunciation. This class is open to students at level A1, with the prerequisite of having completed level 101 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Grammar in Context For Beginners

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If you feel you need more review with foundational grammar but prefer interaction and learning through media to lectures and textbooks, this class could be a perfect fit for you! Learn or review essential grammatical concepts for beginners/advanced beginners through authentic songs, readings, video clips, and games in this engaging mini-class. Topics covered may include pronouns, articles, prepositions, forming questions, present tense, passé composé and futur proche. Reading, writing, speaking and listening will be a part of every lesson. This class is for those who are midway through or have recently completed A1 level (prerequisite 102 or equivalent level)
Pace: Regular

Sounding French A1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Pronunciation is the key to successful communication in French and this 10-week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for beginning learners of French studying at the A1 level.
Pace: Regular
A1/A2

French Theatre Immersion

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Welcome to our adult theater class! During our sessions, we will read and discuss the play, then bring the scenes to life to practice pronunciation skills. This immersive experience not only deepens your understanding of francophone literature and culture but also enhances your language skills through active participation, expression, and interpretation. In this course, we will explore a contemporary play from the 20th or 21st century, such as works by Reza, Beckett, or Sartre. The specific choice of play will be determined based on the class size. .
Pace: Regular

Grammar For Conversation

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Part 2 of the book. Grammar For Conversation A1 and A2 level grammar concepts through everyday life situations using current spoken French. The course covers on average 2 chapters per session, during which students have the opportunity to discuss and apply grammar topics through written activities, conversation and audio comprehension.
Pace: Regular

Grammar For Conversation A1/A2 Intensive

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Grammar For Conversation Intensive A1 and A2 level class presents grammar concepts through everyday life situations using current spoken French. The course covers the entire book in one session. The class meets twice a week. Students have the opportunity to discuss and apply grammar topics through written activities, conversation and audio comprehension.
Pace: Accelerated

Retiring in France: practical guide

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Welcome to our class on retiring in France! In this course, we will delve into various aspects related to retiring in France while also enhancing our language skills in French. Here's an overview of what we'll cover:
1. Retirement Lifestyle Choices Explore retirement options in France and discuss preferences.
2. Healthcare and Transportation Learn language skills for accessing healthcare and transportation.
3. Legal and Administrative Aspects Understand residency, pensions, and bureaucracy in France.
4. Cultural Integration Discover ways to engage with French culture and communities.
Pace: Regular

Voyage-Voyage A1/A2

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Learn the basics of French for travelling, discover popular destinations, learn to describe your favorite holiday activities, book a hotel and write a review after your stay. Unlike our French For Travelers class, which is conducted in English, this class is taught entirely in French. A prerequisite for enrollment is a proficiency level of 103 or its equivalent, corresponding to nine months of regular paced French studies or a total of 60 hours of French lessons. This class is open to students at level A1/A2, with the prerequisite of having completed level 103 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular
A2 - Lower Intermediate

201-202

Core Classes
This is a fast-paced classed 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. Défi 2 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.
Pace: Regular

203-204

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 203 and 204 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into 205.
Pace: Regular

203-204

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 203 and 204 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into 205.
Pace: Accelerated

203

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. Défi 2 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 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months 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.
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. Défi 2 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 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months 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.
Pace: Regular

205-206

Core Classes
This is a fast-paced classed offering an opportunity to advance into lower intermediate level twice as fast as a regular class. The class combines lower intermediate 205 and 206 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into 301.
Pace: Accelerated

205

Core Classes
205 class is the fifth 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. Défi 2 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 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months 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.
Pace: Regular

206

Core Classes
206 class is the sixth and the last 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. Défi 2 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.
Pace: Regular

French Grammar and Vocabulary Through Songs

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Immerse yourself in the world of French grammar and vocabulary through the magic of songs. This course will help you improve your comprehension and oral expression while familiarizing yourself with essential grammatical structures. Each week, you will explore a new carefully selected song, highlighting specific grammatical concepts and enriching your lexical repertoire. Whether you are passionate about music or simply eager to improve your French, this course offers you a unique opportunity to learn while having fun. This class targets students at lower intermediate, A2 level.
Pace: Regular

Learn French With Trivia

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Would you like to learn about French culture and francophony? Are you a fun fact collector? If yes, come and join us!
We are opening a trivia class and you will be delighted to hear that you can join us to have fun, learn new trivia, and practice your French speaking skills. We will cover themes such as French cuisine, history, geography, curiosities of French expressions, movies, and music. This class is open to students at level A2, with the prerequisite of having completed level 201 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Sounding French A2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Pronunciation is the key to successful communication in French and this 10-week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for lower intermediate learners of French studying at the A2 level.
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, future simple, conditional, and more. Pronunciation reviewed will include nasal vowels, mute -e-, vocalic and consonantal enchainment, liaison, and intonation.
Pace: Regular

Aya de Yopougon, a graphic novel from Côte d'Ivoire

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Dive into the colorful world of a group of young friends and their families in 1970s Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, with this four-week study of the beloved graphic novel "Aya de Yopougon (1)." This intermediate-level course will focus on reading comprehension and interpersonal communication: we will do a lot of reading and checking for comprehension as we learn new vocabulary, but you will also have plenty of opportunities to speak as we practice reading aloud, acting out dialogue, and discussing the plot and characters. If you want to discover new elements of Francophone culture through a humorous text full of engaging visuals, this is the class for you! (Extracts of the graphic novel will be read in class; you may also choose to extend the learning at home by reading more of the book/series and/or watching the animated film, Aya de Yopougon!). (Prerequisite 106 or equivalent)
Pace: Regular

Everyday French Vocabulary Builder

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Welcome to our French vocabulary building mini class! Aimed at levels A2/B1, this class is designed to enrich students' vocabulary to facilitate everyday French speaking. Each week will focus on a different theme such as daily activities, shopping, technology, and professional life. Join us to explore and expand your lexical repertoire, enhancing your ability to communicate in French in various everyday situations! This class is open to students at levels A2 and B1, with the prerequisite of having completed level 202 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Exploring the City: Urban Life, Transformation, and Future Vision

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Welcome to the class designed for those passionate about urban planning or simply curious to better understand the world around themselves. This dynamic course will enable you to acquire a rich and precise vocabulary to describe different neighborhoods, landmarks, and aspects of city life. You will also observe how cities evolve over time, analyzing urban transformations and contemporary issues. You will also have the opportunity to exercise your creativity by imagining the city's future, proposing innovative ideas for its development, and debating with your classmates on different perspectives for improvement. This class is open to students at level A2/B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 202 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

French Pronunciation For Intermediate Level

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Deepen your understanding of French pronunciation and enhance your French oral comprehension and production skills. Throughout our journey, we'll explore the various types of "liaison" between words, including required, optional, and forbidden liaisons. We'll also dive into the concept of "enchaînement," examining both consonantal and vocal forms. Additionally, we'll uncover the intricacies of the letter "H," distinguishing between "H aspiré" and "muet," and understanding their respective functions within the French language. This class is open to students at levels A2 and B1, with the prerequisite of having completed level 202 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

French Tourism: Exploring Landmarks, Culture, and Activities A2/B1

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Explore the must-see places, the iconic monuments, and the physical activities that make France an exceptional tourist destination.
- From the majestic Eiffel Tower in Paris to the stunning French Riviera and the castles of the Loire Valley, we will discover hidden treasures and breathtaking landscapes that make France a jewel of tourism.
- From the Roman ruins of Nîmes to Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, and the famous Gothic cathedrals such as Notre-Dame in Paris, we will explore the rich history and architectural diversity of France through its iconic monuments.
- Whether it's hiking in the French Alps, cycling through the vineyards of Burgundy, or sailing on the Mediterranean, we will focus on activities that allow travelers to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty and dynamic culture of France.
Pace: Regular

Histoire du vin - Intermediate

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Dive into picturesque vineyards and centuries of tradition that have shaped the fascinating history of French wine. This course will take you on a journey through the most renowned wine regions of France, exploring the evolution of viticulture, winemaking techniques, and the cultural impact of wine on French society. Designed as a series of multiple mini-classes, the Spring Term course will delve into wines from the Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne regions, and potentially regional liqueurs such as Pastis, Calvados, Chouchen, etc. This class is open to students at levels A2 and B1, with the prerequisite of having completed level 202 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular
B1 - Intermediate

"French Couturiers and their legacy”. Le chic parisien d'hier à aujourd'hui

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Discover the fascinating history of French fashion through the iconic couturiers who have left their mark on their era. This course will explore the unique contributions of some of the most famous names in French fashion, shedding light on their impact on culture, art, and society.

We will begin by exploring the iconic legacy of Yves Saint Laurent; his collaborations with stars and his ties to art history, including iconic pieces like the Mondrian-inspired dress.

Then, we'll delve into Coco Chanel's pivotal role in women's emancipation, from popularizing trousers to her influence during the German occupation. We'll track the evolution of the Chanel Empire to the present, highlighting her enduring impact.

Following that, we'll conduct a detailed analysis of Dior and Courrèges, focusing on their contributions to women's liberation through innovations like the short skirt and the exploration of female body evolution in the 20th century.

Finally, we'll examine Jean-Paul Gaultier's groundbreaking work, his Parisian connections, his legendary collaboration with Madonna, and his influence on 2000s France. We'll also discuss the evolution of masculinity in fashion and the impact of fast fashion on the industry today. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

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. Défi 3 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 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months 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.
Pace: Regular

302

Core Classes
302 class is the second 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. Défi 3 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 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months 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.
Pace: Regular

303

Core Classes
303 class is the third 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. Défi 3 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 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months 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.
Pace: Regular

304

Core Classes
304 class is the fourth 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. Défi 3 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 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months 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.
Pace: Regular

305

Core Classes
304 class is the fourth 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. Défi 3 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 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months 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.
Pace: Regular

Conversational Insights: Exploring French News and Culture

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Discover an immersive French conversation experience centered around news and culture! In this class, we will explore a variety of videos and articles covering France as well as the French perspective on the USA. Through dynamic and interactive discussions, we will tackle hot topics, current events, cultural trends, and the cultural differences between the two countries. Join us for an enriching exploration of contemporary francophone culture and its worldview! This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French Intermediate

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Chapters 18-24. This class aims to bring your conversational French to the next level. Learn how native speakers communicate on a day-to-day basis. Interaction and exchanges between students are facilitated by the instructor following weekly thematic topics that include essential vocabulary and grammar. This class is open to students who have successfully completed Edito 205. If you haven’t completed Edito 205, verify your level on our website under, “Find Your Level”.
Pace: Regular

French Gastronomy: A Journey Through Escoffier's Legacy and Regional Delights

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Discover the French culinary art through our special class that highlights France's gastronomic heritage. Immerse yourself in the world of French cuisine by exploring the foundations laid by the famous chef Auguste Escoffier, a true pioneer of modern gastronomy. Delve into the fundamental principles of French cuisine and its influence worldwide.

Additionally, we will embark on a journey to explore the main French regions and their distinctive gastronomy. From the Southwest with its delightful terroir delicacies, to the renowned refined cuisine of the Lyon region, and the maritime flavors of Brittany and Normandy, each region offers a unique palette of flavors to explore.
Pace: Regular

French Grammar - Dynamic Language Practice

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Bienvenue to our French class for intermediate level students, where the elegance of language unfolds through the seamless integration of grammar and conversation. Whether you're passionate about unraveling grammatical mysteries or eager to engage in lively dialogue, our French class provides a well-rounded and immersive experience. Get ready to embark on a linguistic journey where grammar meets the art of conversation, creating a vibrant tapestry of language skills. This class does not require a purchase of a textbook.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Step back into the 1870s to explore the fantastic and creative world of Impressionism from Paris to Giverny. Gigi Kuhn will share the extraordinary lives of five French masters and their exceptional artworks (Monet, Caillebotte, Degas, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec). You will learn how to describe their masterpieces through the five senses, appreciate the cultural, social and political context in France that contributed to one of the most critical art movements, and why Claude Monet will always remain "the father of Impressionism".
Pace: Regular

French Theatre Immersion

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Welcome to our adult theater class! During our sessions, we will read and discuss the play, then bring the scenes to life to practice pronunciation skills. This immersive experience not only deepens your understanding of francophone literature and culture but also enhances your language skills through active participation, expression, and interpretation. In this course, we will explore a contemporary play from the 20th or 21st century, such as works by Reza, Beckett, or Sartre. The specific choice of play will be determined based on the class size. .
Pace: Regular

Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary French

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This course explores the evolving landscape of language in French society, addressing questions such as the appropriateness of terms like "mademoiselle" and "pédé," the use of gendered language like "le" or "la" médecin, and the understanding of concepts like bisexuality and non-binary identities. Through four sessions, we delve into how language reflects and shapes perceptions of gender and sexuality, examining the emergence of inclusive language and its impact on personal identity. Participants gain insights into the nuances brought by gender and sexuality studies to the French language, empowering them to make informed choices about language usage in their reading, listening, writing, and speaking endeavors. This class is open to students at level B1, with the prerequisite of having completed level 206 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Grammar For Conversation B1 Intensive

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Grammar For Conversation Intensive B1 level class presents grammar concepts through everyday life situations using current spoken French. The course covers the entire book in one session. The class meets twice a week. Students have the opportunity to discuss and apply grammar topics through written activities, conversation and audio comprehension.
Pace: Accelerated

Histoire de France: Post-Révolution

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Dive into the post-revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France. Explore the Third Republic, Napoleon's defeat, the Paris Commune, and the era's cultural and technological advancements. Gain fresh insights into the enduring legacy of the French Revolution.
Enroll in this course if you aim to:
* Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Third Republic in France and the process of secularization (la laïcisation).
* Explore the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat and its impact on French society and politics.
* Examine the pivotal events of the Paris Commune and their significance in shaping modern French history.
* Delve into the artistic influences and major inventions of the period, exploring their contributions to cultural and technological advancements. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 303 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Histoire de France: Révolution et Paris

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Dive into the revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France and discover the iconic city of Paris as a witness to historical transformations. This course offers a unique blend of historical depth and cultural exploration. Enroll in this course if you aim to:
- Gain a deep understanding of the French Revolution, exploring its causes, key events, and profound impact on French society.
- Explore the heart of France – Paris. Uncover the city's evolution during this transformative period, from architectural changes to the emergence of cultural and political movements.
- Immerse yourself in the cultural context of the time, examining art, literature, and the birth of revolutionary ideals that continue to shape France today.
Pace: Regular

LES BEAUX CHÂTEAUX DE FRANCE

Minis
Welcome to our French castles course! France is very famous for its magnificent, original, and unusual castles. In this course, we will delve into the fascinating history of these architectural jewels through different eras. We will explore the medieval style with examples such as the Château de Chambord (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Carcassonne (Aude), then we will immerse ourselves in the Renaissance with iconic sites like the Château de Chenonceau (Indre-et-Loire) and the Château de Villandry (Indre-et-Loire). We will also discover the Gothic style through castles such as the Château de Pierrefonds (Oise) and the Château de Chillon (Switzerland, but often associated with French culture). Finally, we will explore the Baroque style with examples like the Château de Cheverny (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Hautefort (Dordogne).
Pace: Regular

Nouvelle Vague

Minis
Welcome to the cinema course on the Nouvelle Vague! Immerse yourself in the universe of this revolutionary cinematic movement that shook the foundations of French and global cinema. In this course, we will explore the iconic works of directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer. Whether you are a cinema enthusiast or simply curious to learn more about one of the most fascinating periods in French cinema history, this course will offer you a rewarding and stimulating experience. Through in-depth analysis, class discussions, and film excerpt screenings, you will discover the innovative techniques used by Nouvelle Vague filmmakers, such as cinema verité, documentary style, discontinuous editing, and non-linear narration. You will also have the opportunity to explore the social, political, and cultural themes that inspired this unique artistic movement. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Un Certain Regard : 4 Femmes Cinéastes

Minis
The French insistence on regarding cinema as art has helped produced formidable women directors. It began with Alice Guy in 1896, the world's first female film director and producer. In 2021, Frenchwomen Julia Ducournau and Audrey Diwan made headlines, winning top prizes at Cannes and Venice. Claire Denis received the Grand Prix in 2022, and Justine Triet won the Palme d’Or in 2023, then an Oscar for best screenplay in 2024. France boasts the highest proportion of female filmmakers, reaching 30% in 2022. Despite progress, equity remains a goal. Our film series, "Un Certain Regard," showcases four pioneering filmmakers, each offering a distinct perspective and pushing boundaries in world cinema. Join us to discuss 4 female film directors who have made an indelible mark on French cinema. Enjoy Agnes Varda’s moving documentary about how people and buildings can share memories; Catherine Breillat’s gripping examination of power, greed emotional manipulation and simple need; Celine Sciamma’s simmering tale about the love affair between an 18th century noblewoman and the woman hired to paint her; and Chantal Akerman’s masterpiece, which was recently crowned the greatest film ever made by British Film Institute’s once every 10-year survey Sight and Sound. You will be expected to see the four films on your own before each class. They are all available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles for a nominal rental fee. Discussions for the 4-week sessions will be conducted in French. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 303 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular
B1/B2

"French Couturiers and their legacy”. Le chic parisien d'hier à aujourd'hui

Minis
Discover the fascinating history of French fashion through the iconic couturiers who have left their mark on their era. This course will explore the unique contributions of some of the most famous names in French fashion, shedding light on their impact on culture, art, and society.

We will begin by exploring the iconic legacy of Yves Saint Laurent; his collaborations with stars and his ties to art history, including iconic pieces like the Mondrian-inspired dress.

Then, we'll delve into Coco Chanel's pivotal role in women's emancipation, from popularizing trousers to her influence during the German occupation. We'll track the evolution of the Chanel Empire to the present, highlighting her enduring impact.

Following that, we'll conduct a detailed analysis of Dior and Courrèges, focusing on their contributions to women's liberation through innovations like the short skirt and the exploration of female body evolution in the 20th century.

Finally, we'll examine Jean-Paul Gaultier's groundbreaking work, his Parisian connections, his legendary collaboration with Madonna, and his influence on 2000s France. We'll also discuss the evolution of masculinity in fashion and the impact of fast fashion on the industry today. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Conversational Insights: Exploring French News and Culture

Minis
Discover an immersive French conversation experience centered around news and culture! In this class, we will explore a variety of videos and articles covering France as well as the French perspective on the USA. Through dynamic and interactive discussions, we will tackle hot topics, current events, cultural trends, and the cultural differences between the two countries. Join us for an enriching exploration of contemporary francophone culture and its worldview! This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Step back into the 1870s to explore the fantastic and creative world of Impressionism from Paris to Giverny. Gigi Kuhn will share the extraordinary lives of five French masters and their exceptional artworks (Monet, Caillebotte, Degas, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec). You will learn how to describe their masterpieces through the five senses, appreciate the cultural, social and political context in France that contributed to one of the most critical art movements, and why Claude Monet will always remain "the father of Impressionism".
Pace: Regular

French Ripped From The Headlines

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Want to speak with a rich vocabulary and use idioms and common expressions spontaneously? Learn expressions and idioms from the podcast and participate in the spontaneous lively discussions with the group. This class is based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”! RFI-FF is a publicly supported nonprofit organisation that’s existed for 23 years and offers a wide range of subjects in its news broadcasts. Visit their website to see the examples of the themes to be covered in class. This class is open to B1 and B2 level students.
Pace: Regular

French Ripped From The Headlines Advanced

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Want to speak with a rich vocabulary and use idioms and common expressions spontaneously? Learn expressions and idioms from the podcast and participate in the spontaneous lively discussions with the group. This class is based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”! RFI-FF is a publicly supported nonprofit organisation that’s existed for 23 years and offers a wide range of subjects in its news broadcasts. Visit their website to see the examples of the themes to be covered in class. This class is open to B1 and B2 level students.
Pace: Regular

Histoire de France: Post-Révolution

Minis
Dive into the post-revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France. Explore the Third Republic, Napoleon's defeat, the Paris Commune, and the era's cultural and technological advancements. Gain fresh insights into the enduring legacy of the French Revolution.
Enroll in this course if you aim to:
* Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Third Republic in France and the process of secularization (la laïcisation).
* Explore the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat and its impact on French society and politics.
* Examine the pivotal events of the Paris Commune and their significance in shaping modern French history.
* Delve into the artistic influences and major inventions of the period, exploring their contributions to cultural and technological advancements. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 303 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Histoire de France: Révolution et Paris

Minis
Dive into the revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France and discover the iconic city of Paris as a witness to historical transformations. This course offers a unique blend of historical depth and cultural exploration. Enroll in this course if you aim to:
- Gain a deep understanding of the French Revolution, exploring its causes, key events, and profound impact on French society.
- Explore the heart of France – Paris. Uncover the city's evolution during this transformative period, from architectural changes to the emergence of cultural and political movements.
- Immerse yourself in the cultural context of the time, examining art, literature, and the birth of revolutionary ideals that continue to shape France today.
Pace: Regular

Histoires de migrations

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! This class is open to students at level B1/B2, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

LES BEAUX CHÂTEAUX DE FRANCE

Minis
Welcome to our French castles course! France is very famous for its magnificent, original, and unusual castles. In this course, we will delve into the fascinating history of these architectural jewels through different eras. We will explore the medieval style with examples such as the Château de Chambord (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Carcassonne (Aude), then we will immerse ourselves in the Renaissance with iconic sites like the Château de Chenonceau (Indre-et-Loire) and the Château de Villandry (Indre-et-Loire). We will also discover the Gothic style through castles such as the Château de Pierrefonds (Oise) and the Château de Chillon (Switzerland, but often associated with French culture). Finally, we will explore the Baroque style with examples like the Château de Cheverny (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Hautefort (Dordogne).
Pace: Regular

Littérature - lecture guidée

Specialty & Cultural Classes
With Marie-Pierre Wolfe. 

Title: Le petit foulard de Marguerite D. 
Author: Colette Fellous 
Dans ce livre, la femme de Lettres et de Radio, Colette Fellous, se souvient d'un interview avec l'autrice célèbre Marguerite Duras ("L'Amant" 1987). La scène se passe chez Marguerite Duras. Les deux femmes se connaissent.Au cours de l'interview, Duras remarque le petit foulard que porte Fellous ce jour-là. Le lendemain, l'intervieweuse revient et offre à Marguerite Duras. un foulard similaire, que cette dernière portera jusqu'à la fin de ses jours.  C'est le récit autobiographique d'une amitié littéraire qui se noue entre la jeune autrice Colette Felloux et la célèbre autrice Marguerite Duras. "J'étais venue pour qu'elle me parle d'elle." 

We will let you know as soon as it is available for purchase!
Pace: Regular

Littérature Française Int

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Learn about different authors and read excerpts of their works. Perfect for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of French literature beyond the scope of a single book or author. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature. This term, the theme will be love, exploring how this timeless emotion has been depicted across various literary eras. The curriculum is structured around a particular theme each term, with literary works chosen from different eras.
Pace: Regular

Nouvelle Vague

Minis
Welcome to the cinema course on the Nouvelle Vague! Immerse yourself in the universe of this revolutionary cinematic movement that shook the foundations of French and global cinema. In this course, we will explore the iconic works of directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer. Whether you are a cinema enthusiast or simply curious to learn more about one of the most fascinating periods in French cinema history, this course will offer you a rewarding and stimulating experience. Through in-depth analysis, class discussions, and film excerpt screenings, you will discover the innovative techniques used by Nouvelle Vague filmmakers, such as cinema verité, documentary style, discontinuous editing, and non-linear narration. You will also have the opportunity to explore the social, political, and cultural themes that inspired this unique artistic movement. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Un Certain Regard : 4 Femmes Cinéastes

Minis
The French insistence on regarding cinema as art has helped produced formidable women directors. It began with Alice Guy in 1896, the world's first female film director and producer. In 2021, Frenchwomen Julia Ducournau and Audrey Diwan made headlines, winning top prizes at Cannes and Venice. Claire Denis received the Grand Prix in 2022, and Justine Triet won the Palme d’Or in 2023, then an Oscar for best screenplay in 2024. France boasts the highest proportion of female filmmakers, reaching 30% in 2022. Despite progress, equity remains a goal. Our film series, "Un Certain Regard," showcases four pioneering filmmakers, each offering a distinct perspective and pushing boundaries in world cinema. Join us to discuss 4 female film directors who have made an indelible mark on French cinema. Enjoy Agnes Varda’s moving documentary about how people and buildings can share memories; Catherine Breillat’s gripping examination of power, greed emotional manipulation and simple need; Celine Sciamma’s simmering tale about the love affair between an 18th century noblewoman and the woman hired to paint her; and Chantal Akerman’s masterpiece, which was recently crowned the greatest film ever made by British Film Institute’s once every 10-year survey Sight and Sound. You will be expected to see the four films on your own before each class. They are all available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles for a nominal rental fee. Discussions for the 4-week sessions will be conducted in French. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 303 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular
B2 - Lower Advanced

"French Couturiers and their legacy”. Le chic parisien d'hier à aujourd'hui

Minis
Discover the fascinating history of French fashion through the iconic couturiers who have left their mark on their era. This course will explore the unique contributions of some of the most famous names in French fashion, shedding light on their impact on culture, art, and society.

We will begin by exploring the iconic legacy of Yves Saint Laurent; his collaborations with stars and his ties to art history, including iconic pieces like the Mondrian-inspired dress.

Then, we'll delve into Coco Chanel's pivotal role in women's emancipation, from popularizing trousers to her influence during the German occupation. We'll track the evolution of the Chanel Empire to the present, highlighting her enduring impact.

Following that, we'll conduct a detailed analysis of Dior and Courrèges, focusing on their contributions to women's liberation through innovations like the short skirt and the exploration of female body evolution in the 20th century.

Finally, we'll examine Jean-Paul Gaultier's groundbreaking work, his Parisian connections, his legendary collaboration with Madonna, and his influence on 2000s France. We'll also discuss the evolution of masculinity in fashion and the impact of fast fashion on the industry today. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Conversational Insights: Exploring French News and Culture

Minis
Discover an immersive French conversation experience centered around news and culture! In this class, we will explore a variety of videos and articles covering France as well as the French perspective on the USA. Through dynamic and interactive discussions, we will tackle hot topics, current events, cultural trends, and the cultural differences between the two countries. Join us for an enriching exploration of contemporary francophone culture and its worldview! This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Step back into the 1870s to explore the fantastic and creative world of Impressionism from Paris to Giverny. Gigi Kuhn will share the extraordinary lives of five French masters and their exceptional artworks (Monet, Caillebotte, Degas, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec). You will learn how to describe their masterpieces through the five senses, appreciate the cultural, social and political context in France that contributed to one of the most critical art movements, and why Claude Monet will always remain "the father of Impressionism".
Pace: Regular

Histoire de France: Post-Révolution

Minis
Dive into the post-revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France. Explore the Third Republic, Napoleon's defeat, the Paris Commune, and the era's cultural and technological advancements. Gain fresh insights into the enduring legacy of the French Revolution.
Enroll in this course if you aim to:
* Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Third Republic in France and the process of secularization (la laïcisation).
* Explore the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat and its impact on French society and politics.
* Examine the pivotal events of the Paris Commune and their significance in shaping modern French history.
* Delve into the artistic influences and major inventions of the period, exploring their contributions to cultural and technological advancements. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 303 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Histoire de France: Révolution et Paris

Minis
Dive into the revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France and discover the iconic city of Paris as a witness to historical transformations. This course offers a unique blend of historical depth and cultural exploration. Enroll in this course if you aim to:
- Gain a deep understanding of the French Revolution, exploring its causes, key events, and profound impact on French society.
- Explore the heart of France – Paris. Uncover the city's evolution during this transformative period, from architectural changes to the emergence of cultural and political movements.
- Immerse yourself in the cultural context of the time, examining art, literature, and the birth of revolutionary ideals that continue to shape France today.
Pace: Regular

LES BEAUX CHÂTEAUX DE FRANCE

Minis
Welcome to our French castles course! France is very famous for its magnificent, original, and unusual castles. In this course, we will delve into the fascinating history of these architectural jewels through different eras. We will explore the medieval style with examples such as the Château de Chambord (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Carcassonne (Aude), then we will immerse ourselves in the Renaissance with iconic sites like the Château de Chenonceau (Indre-et-Loire) and the Château de Villandry (Indre-et-Loire). We will also discover the Gothic style through castles such as the Château de Pierrefonds (Oise) and the Château de Chillon (Switzerland, but often associated with French culture). Finally, we will explore the Baroque style with examples like the Château de Cheverny (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Hautefort (Dordogne).
Pace: Regular

Nouvelle Vague

Minis
Welcome to the cinema course on the Nouvelle Vague! Immerse yourself in the universe of this revolutionary cinematic movement that shook the foundations of French and global cinema. In this course, we will explore the iconic works of directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer. Whether you are a cinema enthusiast or simply curious to learn more about one of the most fascinating periods in French cinema history, this course will offer you a rewarding and stimulating experience. Through in-depth analysis, class discussions, and film excerpt screenings, you will discover the innovative techniques used by Nouvelle Vague filmmakers, such as cinema verité, documentary style, discontinuous editing, and non-linear narration. You will also have the opportunity to explore the social, political, and cultural themes that inspired this unique artistic movement. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Un Certain Regard : 4 Femmes Cinéastes

Minis
The French insistence on regarding cinema as art has helped produced formidable women directors. It began with Alice Guy in 1896, the world's first female film director and producer. In 2021, Frenchwomen Julia Ducournau and Audrey Diwan made headlines, winning top prizes at Cannes and Venice. Claire Denis received the Grand Prix in 2022, and Justine Triet won the Palme d’Or in 2023, then an Oscar for best screenplay in 2024. France boasts the highest proportion of female filmmakers, reaching 30% in 2022. Despite progress, equity remains a goal. Our film series, "Un Certain Regard," showcases four pioneering filmmakers, each offering a distinct perspective and pushing boundaries in world cinema. Join us to discuss 4 female film directors who have made an indelible mark on French cinema. Enjoy Agnes Varda’s moving documentary about how people and buildings can share memories; Catherine Breillat’s gripping examination of power, greed emotional manipulation and simple need; Celine Sciamma’s simmering tale about the love affair between an 18th century noblewoman and the woman hired to paint her; and Chantal Akerman’s masterpiece, which was recently crowned the greatest film ever made by British Film Institute’s once every 10-year survey Sight and Sound. You will be expected to see the four films on your own before each class. They are all available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles for a nominal rental fee. Discussions for the 4-week sessions will be conducted in French. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 303 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular
B2/C1

"French Couturiers and their legacy”. Le chic parisien d'hier à aujourd'hui

Minis
Discover the fascinating history of French fashion through the iconic couturiers who have left their mark on their era. This course will explore the unique contributions of some of the most famous names in French fashion, shedding light on their impact on culture, art, and society.

We will begin by exploring the iconic legacy of Yves Saint Laurent; his collaborations with stars and his ties to art history, including iconic pieces like the Mondrian-inspired dress.

Then, we'll delve into Coco Chanel's pivotal role in women's emancipation, from popularizing trousers to her influence during the German occupation. We'll track the evolution of the Chanel Empire to the present, highlighting her enduring impact.

Following that, we'll conduct a detailed analysis of Dior and Courrèges, focusing on their contributions to women's liberation through innovations like the short skirt and the exploration of female body evolution in the 20th century.

Finally, we'll examine Jean-Paul Gaultier's groundbreaking work, his Parisian connections, his legendary collaboration with Madonna, and his influence on 2000s France. We'll also discuss the evolution of masculinity in fashion and the impact of fast fashion on the industry today. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Conversational Insights: Exploring French News and Culture

Minis
Discover an immersive French conversation experience centered around news and culture! In this class, we will explore a variety of videos and articles covering France as well as the French perspective on the USA. Through dynamic and interactive discussions, we will tackle hot topics, current events, cultural trends, and the cultural differences between the two countries. Join us for an enriching exploration of contemporary francophone culture and its worldview! This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Discovering French Culture: A Journey Through Civilization

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This course offers a comprehensive synthesis of historical, political, social, and cultural knowledge essential for students. The curriculum is structured around two main axes:
1. Understanding the French system through its history, politics, and culture.2. Exploration of French cultural achievements: literature, visual arts, performing arts, music.
At the core of linguistic expression lies civilization, which serves as its beating heart. Civilization not only narrates stories but also inspires storytelling, provokes reactions, imparts knowledge, and nurtures introspection. It serves as the foundation for meaningful cross-cultural dialogue. Join us in exploring the fascinating world of French civilization and culture in this year-long advanced French class.
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French Advanced

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Chapters 17-23. This class aims to teach you how to communicate like a native French person. Add useful expressions, proverbs and even a little slang to your existing French skills! Interaction and exchanges between students are facilitated by the instructor following weekly thematic topics that include essential vocabulary and grammar. This class is open to students who have successfully completed Edito B1 level. If you haven’t completed Edito B1, verify your level on our website under, “Find Your Level”.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Step back into the 1870s to explore the fantastic and creative world of Impressionism from Paris to Giverny. Gigi Kuhn will share the extraordinary lives of five French masters and their exceptional artworks (Monet, Caillebotte, Degas, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec). You will learn how to describe their masterpieces through the five senses, appreciate the cultural, social and political context in France that contributed to one of the most critical art movements, and why Claude Monet will always remain "the father of Impressionism".
Pace: Regular

French Ripped From The Headlines Advanced

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Want to speak with a rich vocabulary and use idioms and common expressions spontaneously? Learn expressions and idioms from the podcast and participate in the spontaneous lively discussions with the group. This class is based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”! RFI-FF is a publicly supported nonprofit organisation that’s existed for 23 years and offers a wide range of subjects in its news broadcasts. Visit their website to see the examples of the themes to be covered in class. This class is open to B2 and C1 advanced level students.
Pace: Regular

Grammar For Conversation

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Grammaire en Dialogues presents B2/C1 level grammar concepts through everyday life situations using current spoken French. The course covers on average 2 chapters per session, during which students have the opportunity to discuss and apply grammar topics through written activities, conversation and audio comprehension.
Pace: Regular

Histoire de France: Post-Révolution

Minis
Dive into the post-revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France. Explore the Third Republic, Napoleon's defeat, the Paris Commune, and the era's cultural and technological advancements. Gain fresh insights into the enduring legacy of the French Revolution.
Enroll in this course if you aim to:
* Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Third Republic in France and the process of secularization (la laïcisation).
* Explore the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat and its impact on French society and politics.
* Examine the pivotal events of the Paris Commune and their significance in shaping modern French history.
* Delve into the artistic influences and major inventions of the period, exploring their contributions to cultural and technological advancements. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 303 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Histoire de France: Révolution et Paris

Minis
Dive into the revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France and discover the iconic city of Paris as a witness to historical transformations. This course offers a unique blend of historical depth and cultural exploration. Enroll in this course if you aim to:
- Gain a deep understanding of the French Revolution, exploring its causes, key events, and profound impact on French society.
- Explore the heart of France – Paris. Uncover the city's evolution during this transformative period, from architectural changes to the emergence of cultural and political movements.
- Immerse yourself in the cultural context of the time, examining art, literature, and the birth of revolutionary ideals that continue to shape France today.
Pace: Regular

Histoire du vin - Advanced

Minis
Dive into picturesque vineyards and centuries of tradition that have shaped the fascinating history of French wine. This course will take you on a journey through the most renowned wine regions of France, exploring the evolution of viticulture, winemaking techniques, and the cultural impact of wine on French society. Designed as a series of multiple mini-classes, in the summer class, you will explore:
The history of wine, including its fascinating origins.
The intimate relationship between wine and French culture, encompassing the art of living, the art of the table, and social relations.
The diverse wine regions of France, as well as those from other parts of the world. The great wines and iconic liqueurs, such as Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Calvados, Pastis, Chouchen, and more. This class is open to students at levels B2 and C1, with the prerequisite of having completed level 306 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

LES BEAUX CHÂTEAUX DE FRANCE

Minis
Welcome to our French castles course! France is very famous for its magnificent, original, and unusual castles. In this course, we will delve into the fascinating history of these architectural jewels through different eras. We will explore the medieval style with examples such as the Château de Chambord (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Carcassonne (Aude), then we will immerse ourselves in the Renaissance with iconic sites like the Château de Chenonceau (Indre-et-Loire) and the Château de Villandry (Indre-et-Loire). We will also discover the Gothic style through castles such as the Château de Pierrefonds (Oise) and the Château de Chillon (Switzerland, but often associated with French culture). Finally, we will explore the Baroque style with examples like the Château de Cheverny (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Hautefort (Dordogne).
Pace: Regular

Nouvelle Vague

Minis
Welcome to the cinema course on the Nouvelle Vague! Immerse yourself in the universe of this revolutionary cinematic movement that shook the foundations of French and global cinema. In this course, we will explore the iconic works of directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer. Whether you are a cinema enthusiast or simply curious to learn more about one of the most fascinating periods in French cinema history, this course will offer you a rewarding and stimulating experience. Through in-depth analysis, class discussions, and film excerpt screenings, you will discover the innovative techniques used by Nouvelle Vague filmmakers, such as cinema verité, documentary style, discontinuous editing, and non-linear narration. You will also have the opportunity to explore the social, political, and cultural themes that inspired this unique artistic movement. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Un Certain Regard : 4 Femmes Cinéastes

Minis
The French insistence on regarding cinema as art has helped produced formidable women directors. It began with Alice Guy in 1896, the world's first female film director and producer. In 2021, Frenchwomen Julia Ducournau and Audrey Diwan made headlines, winning top prizes at Cannes and Venice. Claire Denis received the Grand Prix in 2022, and Justine Triet won the Palme d’Or in 2023, then an Oscar for best screenplay in 2024. France boasts the highest proportion of female filmmakers, reaching 30% in 2022. Despite progress, equity remains a goal. Our film series, "Un Certain Regard," showcases four pioneering filmmakers, each offering a distinct perspective and pushing boundaries in world cinema. Join us to discuss 4 female film directors who have made an indelible mark on French cinema. Enjoy Agnes Varda’s moving documentary about how people and buildings can share memories; Catherine Breillat’s gripping examination of power, greed emotional manipulation and simple need; Celine Sciamma’s simmering tale about the love affair between an 18th century noblewoman and the woman hired to paint her; and Chantal Akerman’s masterpiece, which was recently crowned the greatest film ever made by British Film Institute’s once every 10-year survey Sight and Sound. You will be expected to see the four films on your own before each class. They are all available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles for a nominal rental fee. Discussions for the 4-week sessions will be conducted in French. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 303 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular
C1 - Advanced

"French Couturiers and their legacy”. Le chic parisien d'hier à aujourd'hui

Minis
Discover the fascinating history of French fashion through the iconic couturiers who have left their mark on their era. This course will explore the unique contributions of some of the most famous names in French fashion, shedding light on their impact on culture, art, and society.

We will begin by exploring the iconic legacy of Yves Saint Laurent; his collaborations with stars and his ties to art history, including iconic pieces like the Mondrian-inspired dress.

Then, we'll delve into Coco Chanel's pivotal role in women's emancipation, from popularizing trousers to her influence during the German occupation. We'll track the evolution of the Chanel Empire to the present, highlighting her enduring impact.

Following that, we'll conduct a detailed analysis of Dior and Courrèges, focusing on their contributions to women's liberation through innovations like the short skirt and the exploration of female body evolution in the 20th century.

Finally, we'll examine Jean-Paul Gaultier's groundbreaking work, his Parisian connections, his legendary collaboration with Madonna, and his influence on 2000s France. We'll also discuss the evolution of masculinity in fashion and the impact of fast fashion on the industry today. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Conversational Insights: Exploring French News and Culture

Minis
Discover an immersive French conversation experience centered around news and culture! In this class, we will explore a variety of videos and articles covering France as well as the French perspective on the USA. Through dynamic and interactive discussions, we will tackle hot topics, current events, cultural trends, and the cultural differences between the two countries. Join us for an enriching exploration of contemporary francophone culture and its worldview! This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Step back into the 1870s to explore the fantastic and creative world of Impressionism from Paris to Giverny. Gigi Kuhn will share the extraordinary lives of five French masters and their exceptional artworks (Monet, Caillebotte, Degas, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec). You will learn how to describe their masterpieces through the five senses, appreciate the cultural, social and political context in France that contributed to one of the most critical art movements, and why Claude Monet will always remain "the father of Impressionism".
Pace: Regular

Histoire de France: Post-Révolution

Minis
Dive into the post-revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France. Explore the Third Republic, Napoleon's defeat, the Paris Commune, and the era's cultural and technological advancements. Gain fresh insights into the enduring legacy of the French Revolution.
Enroll in this course if you aim to:
* Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Third Republic in France and the process of secularization (la laïcisation).
* Explore the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat and its impact on French society and politics.
* Examine the pivotal events of the Paris Commune and their significance in shaping modern French history.
* Delve into the artistic influences and major inventions of the period, exploring their contributions to cultural and technological advancements. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 303 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Histoire de France: Révolution et Paris

Minis
Dive into the revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France and discover the iconic city of Paris as a witness to historical transformations. This course offers a unique blend of historical depth and cultural exploration. Enroll in this course if you aim to:
- Gain a deep understanding of the French Revolution, exploring its causes, key events, and profound impact on French society.
- Explore the heart of France – Paris. Uncover the city's evolution during this transformative period, from architectural changes to the emergence of cultural and political movements.
- Immerse yourself in the cultural context of the time, examining art, literature, and the birth of revolutionary ideals that continue to shape France today.
Pace: Regular

LES BEAUX CHÂTEAUX DE FRANCE

Minis
Welcome to our French castles course! France is very famous for its magnificent, original, and unusual castles. In this course, we will delve into the fascinating history of these architectural jewels through different eras. We will explore the medieval style with examples such as the Château de Chambord (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Carcassonne (Aude), then we will immerse ourselves in the Renaissance with iconic sites like the Château de Chenonceau (Indre-et-Loire) and the Château de Villandry (Indre-et-Loire). We will also discover the Gothic style through castles such as the Château de Pierrefonds (Oise) and the Château de Chillon (Switzerland, but often associated with French culture). Finally, we will explore the Baroque style with examples like the Château de Cheverny (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Hautefort (Dordogne).
Pace: Regular

Nouvelle Vague

Minis
Welcome to the cinema course on the Nouvelle Vague! Immerse yourself in the universe of this revolutionary cinematic movement that shook the foundations of French and global cinema. In this course, we will explore the iconic works of directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer. Whether you are a cinema enthusiast or simply curious to learn more about one of the most fascinating periods in French cinema history, this course will offer you a rewarding and stimulating experience. Through in-depth analysis, class discussions, and film excerpt screenings, you will discover the innovative techniques used by Nouvelle Vague filmmakers, such as cinema verité, documentary style, discontinuous editing, and non-linear narration. You will also have the opportunity to explore the social, political, and cultural themes that inspired this unique artistic movement. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Un Certain Regard : 4 Femmes Cinéastes

Minis
The French insistence on regarding cinema as art has helped produced formidable women directors. It began with Alice Guy in 1896, the world's first female film director and producer. In 2021, Frenchwomen Julia Ducournau and Audrey Diwan made headlines, winning top prizes at Cannes and Venice. Claire Denis received the Grand Prix in 2022, and Justine Triet won the Palme d’Or in 2023, then an Oscar for best screenplay in 2024. France boasts the highest proportion of female filmmakers, reaching 30% in 2022. Despite progress, equity remains a goal. Our film series, "Un Certain Regard," showcases four pioneering filmmakers, each offering a distinct perspective and pushing boundaries in world cinema. Join us to discuss 4 female film directors who have made an indelible mark on French cinema. Enjoy Agnes Varda’s moving documentary about how people and buildings can share memories; Catherine Breillat’s gripping examination of power, greed emotional manipulation and simple need; Celine Sciamma’s simmering tale about the love affair between an 18th century noblewoman and the woman hired to paint her; and Chantal Akerman’s masterpiece, which was recently crowned the greatest film ever made by British Film Institute’s once every 10-year survey Sight and Sound. You will be expected to see the four films on your own before each class. They are all available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles for a nominal rental fee. Discussions for the 4-week sessions will be conducted in French. This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 303 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular
In English

Histoire de France: Post-Révolution

Minis
Dive into the post-revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France. Explore the Third Republic, Napoleon's defeat, the Paris Commune, and the era's cultural and technological advancements. Gain fresh insights into the enduring legacy of the French Revolution. Enroll in this course if you aim to:
* Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Third Republic in France and the process of secularization (la laïcisation).
* Explore the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat and its impact on French society and politics.
* Examine the pivotal events of the Paris Commune and their significance in shaping modern French history.
* Delve into the artistic influences and major inventions of the period, exploring their contributions to cultural and technological advancements.
This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 303 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

Histoire de France: Révolution et Paris

Minis
Dive into the revolutionary period that shaped the destiny of France and discover the iconic city of Paris as a witness to historical transformations. This course offers a unique blend of historical depth and cultural exploration. Enroll in this course if you aim to:
- Gain a deep understanding of the French Revolution, exploring its causes, key events, and profound impact on French society.
- Explore the heart of France – Paris. Uncover the city's evolution during this transformative period, from architectural changes to the emergence of cultural and political movements.
- Immerse yourself in the cultural context of the time, examining art, literature, and the birth of revolutionary ideals that continue to shape France today.
Pace: Regular

LES BEAUX CHÂTEAUX DE FRANCE

Minis
Welcome to our French castles course! France is very famous for its magnificent, original, and unusual castles. In this course, we will delve into the fascinating history of these architectural jewels through different eras. We will explore the medieval style with examples such as the Château de Chambord (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Carcassonne (Aude), then we will immerse ourselves in the Renaissance with iconic sites like the Château de Chenonceau (Indre-et-Loire) and the Château de Villandry (Indre-et-Loire). We will also discover the Gothic style through castles such as the Château de Pierrefonds (Oise) and the Château de Chillon (Switzerland, but often associated with French culture). Finally, we will explore the Baroque style with examples like the Château de Cheverny (Loir-et-Cher) and the Château de Hautefort (Dordogne).
Pace: Regular

Museum Tour 6/22 English

Short Programs
Explore French modernism with our museum tours at the Portland Art Museum, hosted by the Alliance Française. Join Elene Zedginidze for an intimate tour experience in English on Saturday 6/22, 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM.

___________________ About the exhibition ___________________ This summer, the Portland Art Museum hosts this extraordinary exhibition, sourced from the prestigious European art collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Featuring approximately 60 masterpieces, the exhibition delves into the heart of French modernism from the 19th to the 20th century. From Impressionism to Surrealism, witness the evolution of art through the works of iconic artists like Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, and Edgar Degas.

Museum Tour 8/24 English

Short Programs
Explore French modernism with our museum tours at the Portland Art Museum, hosted by the Alliance Française. Join Elene Zedginidze for an intimate tour experience in English on Saturday 8/24, 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM.

___________________ About the exhibition ___________________ This summer, the Portland Art Museum hosts this extraordinary exhibition, sourced from the prestigious European art collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Featuring approximately 60 masterpieces, the exhibition delves into the heart of French modernism from the 19th to the 20th century. From Impressionism to Surrealism, witness the evolution of art through the works of iconic artists like Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, and Edgar Degas.
In French

Museum Tour 6/22 French

Short Programs
Explore French modernism with our museum tours at the Portland Art Museum, hosted by the Alliance Française. Join Elene Zedginidze for an intimate tour experience in French on Saturday 6/22, 10:15 AM - 11:10 AM.

___________________ About the exhibition ___________________ This summer, the Portland Art Museum hosts this extraordinary exhibition, sourced from the prestigious European art collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Featuring approximately 60 masterpieces, the exhibition delves into the heart of French modernism from the 19th to the 20th century. From Impressionism to Surrealism, witness the evolution of art through the works of iconic artists like Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, and Edgar Degas.

Museum Tour 8/24 French

Short Programs
Explore French modernism with our museum tours at the Portland Art Museum, hosted by the Alliance Française. Join Elene Zedginidze for an intimate tour experience in French on Saturday 8/24, 10:15 AM - 11:10 AM.

___________________ About the exhibition ___________________ This summer, the Portland Art Museum hosts this extraordinary exhibition, sourced from the prestigious European art collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Featuring approximately 60 masterpieces, the exhibition delves into the heart of French modernism from the 19th to the 20th century. From Impressionism to Surrealism, witness the evolution of art through the works of iconic artists like Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, and Edgar Degas.

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$150.00 USD

Code: 24P Minis - Convo B1+ IN-PERSON
Discover an immersive French conversation experience centered around news and culture! In this class, we will explore a variety of videos and articles covering France as well as the French perspective on the USA. Through dynamic and interactive discussions, we will tackle hot topics, current events, cultural trends, and the cultural differences between the two countries. Join us for an enriching exploration of contemporary francophone culture and its worldview! This class is open to students at level B1 and above, with the prerequisite of having completed level 301 or possessing an equivalent level.

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