Summer Term Mini Classes

Mini classes  are a perfect opportunity to keep studying French without a long commitment. Each class targets a specific area or theme. Mini classes are offered in a series of 4-weeks, 1h30 hours per session:

Series 1: June 13 - July 9 (No class on July 4. Monday classes end July 11)
Series 2: July 11 - August 6 (Monday classes start July 18)
Series 3: August 8 - September 3

Below you'll find the details about each series. Scroll all the way down for registration.

Series 2 Schedule: July 11 - August 6

Beginning A0 and A1 - In English


French For Travelers

Interested in traveling to a French speaking country, but worried you won’t be able to get by with the language? Take the four “French for travelers” mini lessons and learn how to check in to your hotel, use the metro, buy tickets, reserve a tour, order food and take the train. This course is for true beginners and will be taught mostly in English.

No prerequisites
Mon 4-5:30p, online
July 18 - August 8. With Rachele Avolio


Sounding French

Do you need help with French pronunciation or understanding spoken French? In this class, primarily in English, you will have an opportunity to understand in depth the most common challenges that face English speakers regarding French phonetics. Practice pronunciation as well as orthography (spelling) to better understand the relationship between the spoken and written word.

Some French required
Wed 10:30-12p, in-person
July 13 - August 3. With Lyla Menzel

Beginning A1


French Foundation - a1  

This four week workshop will review a different grammatical point every week while incorporating and recycling vocabulary typically learned in the A1 series.

Week 1: Food. Review the verbs manger, acheter, boire, and prendre. The use of definite, indefinite, and partitive articles, as well as expressions of quantity as used in the context of food.
Week 2: Daily routines and habits. Review pronominal verbs in the present tense, daily routine and household task vocabulary, days of the week, dates, and telling time.
Week 3: Travel and leisure. Review the present tense conjugation of the verbs aller, venir, partir, and sortir, prepositions of geography and location, and common expressions used when speaking about travel and leisure activities.
Week 4: Friends and family. Review uses of the verb avoir, expressing years, possessive adjectives, and physical description adjectives to talk about friends and family.

Prerequisites: Edito 104 or equiv.
Wed 1:15-2:45p, in-Person
July 13 - August 3. With Julie Nelson

Mon 6-7:30p, online
July 18 - August 8. With Linda Blanchette

Learning With Dictée -A1

La dictée is how the French learn French. Considered to be one of the best ways to learn the nuances of spelling and grammar in the French language, it is done by millions of children in French schools every day. In this 4-week class, you will improve your listening comprehension skills, spelling, and vocabulary while solidifying your understanding of grammatical points taught in the Édito A1 method. Learn the same way as the French do: through a series of dictation activities and short discussions about some of the most troublesome areas of spelling, agreement, and conjugation.

Prerequisites: Edito 103 or equivalent
Wed 3-4:30p, in-person
July 13 - August 3. With Julie Nelson

Tues 6-7:30p, online
July 12 - August 2. With Linda Blanchette

Sounding French - A1

Pronunciation is the key to successful communication in French, and this 4-week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for beginning learners of French studying at the A1 level. You will improve your speech, comprehension and pronunciation as you examine the link between spoken and written French – intonation, rhythm, vowels, liaison, and mute final letters.

Prerequisites: Edito 103 or equivalent
Wed 4-5:30p, online
July 13 - August 3. With Marisa Ikert

Wed 1-2:30p, In-person
July 13 - August 3. With Lyla Menzel


Storytelling for Beginners

What do a rainbow pizza crust, a belly dancing baby monkey, and a pair of traveling clouds have in common? These are all characters that past students have created and used to develop imaginative class stories! In this creative workshop for beginners, the teacher will use questions in slow, comprehensible French to guide you through the process of describing and illustrating a character and then writing a simple story. The focus will be on oral and written comprehension, with the possibility of more speaking and writing depending on students’ level/comfort. This is a workshop for beginning-level (CEFR A1) students or those working up to low intermediate.

Prerequisites: Edito 101 or instructor approval
Thurs 9:30-11a, in-person
July 14 - August 4. With Marisa Ikert


Lower Intermediate A2 and A2/B1 Levels



All About Pronouns a2/b1

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.

Prerequisites: Eidto 203 or equiv.
 Wed 9-10:30a, in-person
July 13 - August 3. With Julie Nelson

Thurs 6-7:30, online
July 14 - August 4. With Julie Nelson

Sounding French - A2/B1

Pronunciation is the key to successful communication in French. This four week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for intermediate learners of French, studying at the A2 and B1 level. The focus will be on intonation and rhythm, and the link between written and spoken French. Through a variety of word games, dictations, and tongue twisters, you will improve not only your pronunciation and accent, but also your listening comprehension and grammar.  

Prerequisites: Edito 203 or equivalent
Thurs 9:30-11a, in-person
July 14 - August 4. With Lyla Menzel

Mon 2:45-4:15p, Online
July 11 - August 1. With Julie Nelson


Learning With Dictée - A2/B1

La dictée is how the French learn French. Considered to be one of the best ways to learn the nuances of spelling and grammar in the French language, it is done by millions of children in French schools every day. In this four week class, you will improve your listening comprehension skills, spelling, and vocabulary while solidifying your understanding of intermediate grammatical points the same way as the French do: through a series of dictation activities and short discussions about some of the most troublesome areas of spelling, agreement, and conjugation.  

Prerequisites: Edito 203 or equivalent
Fri 10-11:30a, Online
July 15 - August 5. With Rebecca Raitses


Intermediate B1 Level



All About Pronouns - B1

This four week workshop will review the use of object pronouns in French:

Week 1: Pronouns and agreements
Week 2: Double pronouns
Week 3: Complex relative pronouns
Week 4: La mise en relief (ce que, ce qui, ce dont)

Prerequisites: CECR B1
Wed 10:45-12:15p, in-person
July 13 - August 3. With Julie Nelson

Mon 1-2:30, online
July 11 - August 1. With Julie Nelson

Stories and Legends of Quebec - B1

Always wanted to learn more about the history and culture of French in North America? In these four weeks, we will learn about the history of New France (including Quebec and Acadia), discover what makes the Quebecois accent and language unique, and study two popular stories from Quebec in text and video form. The workshop will be largely focused on written and oral comprehension in context, but plenty of opportunities to discuss and review through writing will also be provided. This is an intermediate-level (CECR B1) workshop.


Prerequistes: CECR B1
Thurs 11:15-12:45p, in-person
July 14 - August 4. With Marisa Ikert

Wed 6-8p, online
July 13 - August 3. With Marisa Ikert


Intermediate B1 and Upper Intermediate B2 Levels


Theater: Corneille, "Le Cid" - B1/B2

Dive into French Literature, while working on your pronunciation in the most entertaining way! Study and read aloud with your classmates Corneille’s famous 1637 tragicomedy, Le Cid.

During this four-week workshop, we will read aloud the five acts of Le Cid. You will prepare for class by reading the section in advance and looking up any unknown words. This will help with more fluid reading in class. After reading each act, we’ll discuss things  such as character motivation, relatability — and other subjects that studnets will bring up!

Feel free to get into character! Lively expression will be celebrated! Come prepared to embody some of the most legendary characters in French literature.

Week 1: Intro to the text; Act I
Week 2: Act II
Week 3: Act III and IV
Week 4: Act V; concluding discussion

Tues 10-11:30p, online
July 12 - August 2 . With Rebecca Raitses

Grammar in Context - B1/B2

Learn or review essential grammatical concepts for the B1/B2 level through authentic songs, readings, video clips, and games in this engaging mini-class. Series 2 will focus on: review of passé composé et imparfait, plus-que-parfait & discours rapporté, conditionnel présent et passé. Series 3 (August-Spetember) will focus on: futur simple et futur antérieur, subjonctif, pronoms COD et COI. (Materials/concepts will be different enough in Series 2 and 3 that you can take both classes as a set, or one class separately.)

Prerequisite: CECR B1 
Tues 4-5:30p, online
July 12 - August 2. With Marisa Ikert

Advanced B2/C1 Levels


Sounding French - b2/c1

This 4-week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for advanced learners of French studying at the B2 and C1 levels.

Prerequisites: CECR B2
Wed 12:30-2p, online
July 13 - August 3. With Karim Maalem

Conversation and Grammar - b2/c1

Improve your grammar through engaging conversations and fun activities. More details coming soon.

Prerequisites: CECR B2
Wed 10-11:30a, Online
July 13 - August 3 With Karim Maalem

Wed 6-7:30p, online
July 13 - August 3. With Anna Alexis Michel

Series 3 Schedule: August 8 - September 3

Beginning A1 - In English


Sounding French

Do you need help with French pronunciation or understanding spoken French? In this class, primarily in English, you will have an opportunity to understand in depth the most common challenges that face English speakers regarding French phonetics. Practice pronunciation as well as orthography (spelling) to better understand the relationship between the spoken and written word.

Some French required
Wed 10:30-12p, in-person
August 10 - August 31. With Lyla Menzel


Beginning A1


Mastering Verbs A1

This four week class will review different verbs and tenses every week through drills and conversation while incorporating and revisiting vocabulary typically learned in the A1 series. This is a repeat of Series 1 in June.

Week 1: Review the present tense conjugation of regular verbs.
Week 2: Review the present tense conjugation of typical irregular verbs.
Week 3: Compound verb structures. Students will review the future proche and the modal verbs pouvoir, vouloir, and devoir.
Week 4: Review the introductory past tenses such as passé composé with avoir and être, and the use of the passé récent to express things that just happened or that you have just done.

Prerequisites: Edito 104 or equivalent

Fri 10-11:30p, online
August 12 - September 2. With Julie Nelson

Wed 2:45-4:15pm, in-person
August 10 - August 31. With Julie Nelson

Learning With Dictée -A1

La dictée is how the French learn French. Considered to be one of the best ways to learn the nuances of spelling and grammar in the French language, it is done by millions of children in French schools every day. In this 4-week class, you will improve your listening comprehension skills, spelling, and vocabulary while solidifying your understanding of grammatical points taught in the Édito A1 method. Learn the same way as the French do: through a series of dictation activities and short discussions about some of the most troublesome areas of spelling, agreement, and conjugation.

Prerequisites: Edito 103 or equivalent
Tues 6-7:30p, online
August 9 - August 30. With Linda Blanchette


Sounding French - A1

Pronunciation is the key to successful communication in French, and this 4-week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for beginning learners of French studying at the A1 level. You will improve your speech, comprehension and pronunciation as you examine the link between spoken and written French – intonation, rhythm, vowels, liaison, and mute final letters.

Prerequisites: Edito 103 or equivalent
Wed 4-5:30p, online
August 10 - August 31. With Marisa Ikert

Wed 1-2:30p, In-person
August 10 - August 31. With Lyla Menzel



Lower Intermediate A2 and A2/B1 Levels



Mastering Verbs - A2

This four week class will review the different formation and use of various verb tenses each week through drills and conversation, in addition to incorporating and revisiting vocabulary typically learned in the A2 series.  This is a repeat of Series 1 in June.

Week 1: Students will review the passé composé.
Week 2: Students will review the formation and use of the imparfait.
Week 3: Students will review the use of the passé composé and imparfait when used together.
Week 4: Students will review expressions of time with present and past tense verbs.

Prerequisites: Edito 201 or equivalent
Wed 1-2:30pm, in-person
August 10 - August 31. With Julie Nelson

Learning With Dictée - A2/B1

La dictée is how the French learn French. Considered to be one of the best ways to learn the nuances of spelling and grammar in the French language, it is done by millions of children in French schools every day. In this four week class, you will improve your listening comprehension skills, spelling, and vocabulary while solidifying your understanding of intermediate grammatical points the same way as the French do: through a series of dictation activities and short discussions about some of the most troublesome areas of spelling, agreement, and conjugation.  

Prerequisites: Edito 203 or equivalent
Mon 1-2:30p, Online
August 8 - August 29. With Julie Nelson

Sounding French - A2/B1

Pronunciation is the key to successful communication in French. This four week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for intermediate learners of French, studying at the A2 and B1 level. The focus will be on intonation and rhythm, and the link between written and spoken French. Through a variety of word games, dictations, and tongue twisters, you will improve not only your pronunciation and accent, but also your listening comprehension and grammar.  

Prerequisites: Edito 203 or equivalent
Thurs 9:30-11a, in-person
August 11 - September 1. With Lyla Menzel

Mon 2:45-4:15p, Online
August 8 - August 29. With Julie Nelson


Intermediate B1 and Upper Intermediate B2 Levels


Grammar in Context B1/B2

Learn or review essential grammatical concepts for the B1/B2 level through authentic songs, readings, video clips, and games in this engaging mini-class. Series 3 will focus on: futur simple et futur antérieur, subjonctif, pronoms COD et COI

Prerequisites: CECR B1
Tues 4-5:30p, online
August 9 - August 30. With Marisa Ikert


Mastering Verbs - B1

This four week class will review different verb tenses and moods through drills and conversation while incorporating and refreshing vocabulary typically learned in the B1 series.  This is a repeat of Series 1 in June.

Week 1: Narrating past events. Students will review the use of the passé composé, imparfait, and plus-que-parfait when narrating past events.
Week 2: Moods and modes (part I): Students will review formation and use of the subjunctive.
Week 3: Moods and modes (part II): Students will continue to review subjective uses, including when to choose the subjunctive or indicative.
Week 4: Conditions and hypotheses: Students will review future simple and conditional tenses, as well as how to speak about hypothetical situations using both tenses.

Prerequisites: CECR B1
Thurs 6-7:30p, online
August 11 - September 1. With Julie Nelson

Women in 17th-century French literature and society: Les salonnières et la préciosité B1/B2

Discover how women shaped the language and culture of early modern France through this unique peek into 17th-century French literature and society. In this workshop, we will learn about the social structure of Ancien Régime France, including the role of women as hosts of “salons.” We will then study the unique language of “préciosité,” a style of speaking and writing created by the women of the salons, by reading and acting out scenes from Molière’s plays “Les Femmes savantes” and “Les Précieuses ridicules.”

Prerequistes: CECR B1
Wed 6-7:30p, online
August 10 - August 31. With Marisa Ikert


Advanced B2/C1 Levels


Sounding French - b2/c1

This 4-week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for advanced learners of French studying at the B2 and C1 levels.

Prerequisites: CECR B2
Wed 12:30-2p, online
August 10 - August 31. With Karim Maalem

Conversation and Grammar - b2/c1

Improve your grammar through engaging conversations and fun activities. More details coming soon.

Prerequisites: CECR B2
Wed 10-11:30a, Online
August 10 - August 31 With Karim Maalem

Wed 6-7:30p, online
August 10 - August 31. With Anna Alexis Michel

Régions de France

Emmanuel vous fera voyager dans différentes régions de France à la découverte de leurs plus beaux monuments et de leur histoire. Ne manquez pas cette opportunité d’immersion dans la culture française tout en restant dans votre canapé! Cet été Emmanuel vous propose une visite en PACA, Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, avec un assortiment des départements qui composent la région (Bouches du Rhône, Alpes de Haute Provence, Alpes Maritimes, Var, Vaucluse, Hautes Alpes).

Prerequisites: CECR B2
TBD 9-10:30a, Online
August 10 - August 31. With Emmanuel Laurin





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A.0 - Pre-Beginner

French for Travelers

Summer Minis
Take the four “French for travelers” mini lessons & learn how to check in to your hotel, use the metro, buy tickets, reserve a tour, order food and take the train.
Pace: Regular
A1 - Beginner

French Foundation

Summer Minis
This four week workshop will review a different grammatical point every week while incorporating and recycling vocabulary typically learned in the A1 series. Prerequisites: Edito 104 or equiv.
Pace: Regular

Learning with Dictée

Summer Minis
Improve your listening comprehension skills, spelling, and vocabulary while solidifying your understanding of grammatical points taught in the Édito A1 method in the same way as the French: through a series of dictation activities and short discussions about some of the most troublesome areas of spelling, agreement, and conjugation. Prerequisites: Edito 103 or equivalent
Pace: Regular

Mastering Verbs

Summer Minis
This four week workshop will review different verbs and tenses every week through drills and conversation while incorporating and recycling vocabulary typically learned in the A1 series.
Pace: Regular

Sounding French - Led In English

Summer Minis
In this workshop, primarily in English, you will have an opportunity to understand in depth the most common challenges that face English speakers regarding French phonetics.
Pace: Regular

Sounding French

Summer Minis
Improve your speech, comprehension and pronunciation as you examine the link between spoken and written French, intonation, rhythm, vowels, liaison, and mute final letters. Prerequisites: Edito 103 or equivalent
Pace: Regular

Storytelling for Beginners

Summer Minis
In this creative workshop for beginners, the teacher will use questions in slow, comprehensible French to guide you through the process of describing and illustrating a character and then writing a simple story. The focus will be on oral and written comprehension, with the possibility of more speaking and writing depending on students’ level/comfort. Prerequisites: Edito 101 or equivalent
Pace: Regular
A2 - Lower Intermediate

Mastering Verbs

Summer Minis

This four week workshop will review the formation and use of different verb tenses each week through drills and conversation in addition to incorporating and recycling vocabulary typically learned in the A2 series. This is a repeat of Series 1 in June.


Pace: Regular
A2/B1

All About Pronouns

Summer Minis
This four week workshop will review the use of object pronouns in French. See the detailed description for weekly subjects. Prerequisites: Edito 203 or equivalent
Pace: Regular

Learning with Dictée

Summer Minis
In this 4-week workshop, you will improve your listening comprehension skills, spelling, and vocabulary while solidifying your understanding of intermediate grammatical points in the same way as the French: through a series of dictation activities and short discussions about some of the most troublesome areas of spelling, agreement, and conjugation.
Pace: Regular

Sounding French

Summer Minis
Through a variety of word games, dictations, and tongue twisters, you will improve not only your pronunciation and accent, but you will also improve your listening comprehension and grammar. Prerequisites: Edito 203 or equivalent



Pace: Regular
B1 - Intermediate

All About Pronouns

Summer Minis
This four week workshop will review grammatical points each week while incorporating and recycling vocabulary typically learned in the B1 series. Prerequisites: CECR B1
Pace: Regular

Mastering Verbs

Summer Minis

This four week workshop will review different verb tenses and moods through drills and conversation while incorporating and recycling vocabulary typically learned in the B1 series. Prerequisites: CECR B1. This is a repeat of Series 1 in June.


Pace: Regular

Stories and Legends of Quebec

Summer Minis

Learn about the history of New France (including Quebec and Acadia), discover what makes the Quebecois accent and language unique, and study two popular stories from Quebec in text and video form. This is a repeat of Series 2 in July. Prerequistes: CECR B1


Pace: Regular
B1/B2

Grammar in Context

Summer Minis
Learn or review essential grammatical concepts for the B1/B2 level through authentic songs, readings, video clips, and games in this engaging mini-class. Prerequistes: CECR B1
Pace: Regular

Theater: Corneille, "Le Cid"

Summer Minis
Dive into French Literature, while working on your pronunciation in the most entertaining way! Study and read aloud with your classmates Corneille’s famous 1637 tragicomedy, Le Cid. Prerequistes: CECR B1
Pace: Regular

Women in 17th-century French literature and society: Les salonnières et la préciosité

Summer Minis
Discover how women shaped the language and culture of early modern France through this unique peek into 17th-century French literature and society. Prerequistes: CECR B1
Pace: Regular
B2/C1

Sounding French

Summer Minis
This 4-week workshop will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for advanced learners of French studying at the B2 and C1 levels.
Pace: Regular

 

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