Fall TERM 2024: September 9 - November 16

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Use the code: earlybird for the 10% discount or senior for the 15% senior discount, until August 11.

New in Fall Term 

  • This fall, we are excited to introduce a brand new online literature class for advanced (B2/C1 level) students. Spanning several terms, this course offers a unique opportunity for literature enthusiasts to delve deep into French literature across centuries. Featuring a selection of excerpts from diverse literary works, this class explores movements, styles, iconic figures, and provides historical context, fostering rich discussions. We are pleased to introduce a new textbook in our Alliance, offering fresh insights into the world of French literature.  This class will continue online on Wednesdays, following a previous session that concluded with Khalid Aada.
  • We are launching an in-person literature class for intermediate and upper intermediate (B1/B2 level) students, focusing on Muriel Barbery's "L’Élégance du hérisson". This class is distinct from our ongoing Lecture guidée online class taught by Marie-Pierre. It will meet in-person on Wednesdays. This class is scheduled for the same time slot as the anthological literature class taught by Lucie Bonvalet during her absence this fall.
  • For those looking to enhance their conversational French skills while strengthening grammar and phonetics, the "Speak with Confidence: French Conversation Mastery" class at the A2 level is an ideal choice.
  • "The Advanced French: Current Events and Media Analysis" for advanced (B2/C1 level) students class will only be available in the fall semester. Participants will analyze current French events and debates via newspapers, articles, reports, and TV programs in interactive sessions. The course aims to improve oral and written comprehension and expression, expand media-related vocabulary, and strengthen French argumentation skills, fostering a complete immersion in French language and culture. This class is scheduled for the same time slot as the French civilisation class taught by Lucie Bonvalet during her absence this fall.
  • The "Sounding French" class has been replaced with "French Pronunciation Mastery." Unlike our previous phonetics classes, which used a variety of standalone support materials, this new class will utilize a textbook. This streamlined approach enables our phonetics specialist to focus entirely on students, facilitating practical pronunciation exercises and techniques to enhance learning.  Offered for beginning A1 level students, this in-person class is primarily taught in English.
  • Our fall term offers a diverse range of mini classes, each lasting only 4 weeks starting the week of October 21. While this page focuses on our 10-week classes, you can explore our mini class program on the Mini Classes page.  The f all program will be added in September.


Updates from previous term's classes:
  • Stay informed with our French Ripped From The Headlines class, offered as a 2-hour session for either B1/B2 or B2/C1 level students. 
  • Defining Moments In Art class will focus on art during the French Occupation.
  • For cinema enthusiasts, our French Cinema class delves into the Nouvelle Vague and is now available in person for B1, B2 and C1 level students on Thursdays from 6-8 pm with new content!
  • The DELF B1 preparation class, taught by Karim Maalem, will resume this fall on Fridays.
  • Intensive Grammar For Conversation class, which meets twice a week for two-hour sessions will be offered this fall as well. With four hours of study per week, you'll supercharge your French skills and reach the next level in just 10 weeks! Available for levels A1/A2 and B1. The Grammar for Conversation class is also available at a regular pace, meeting once a week.
  • Our teacher, Lucie Bonvalet, is on leave this fall and will return in winter along with her two classes. During her absence, her students may attend different classes scheduled in the same time slots. Students from the Monday French Civilization class can join the "Advanced French: Current Events and Media Analysis" course with Anne Julie Paillé, while Wednesday's literature students have the option to study Muriel Barbery's "L’Élégance du hérisson" with Caren Trowbridge.

Core Classes

Core classes are offered at 5 levels: A1 (Beginner), A2 (Lower Intermediate), B1 (Intermediate), B2 (Lower Advanced), C1 (Advanced). Two tracks are possible, regular or accelerated pace classes (for A1 and A2 levels only). Read more about level progression and classes for adults here. 

Beginning A1 level: 101 through 106 

The 100 - Introduction to French Immersion 101 class is a 5-week option, serving as preparation for the True Beginners 101 class.  This is an optional step and class is taught mainly in English.

The 101- This class is designed for true beginners who have not had any previous French classes. This is the first step in your French studies with the Alliance.

The 101-102 class is an accelerated course designed for beginners with some prior experience in French.

Accelerated and regular-paced classes are offered throughout the A1 level series.


Lower Intermediate A2: 201 through 206

Continuation of beginning level.

Accelerated and regular pace classes are available at this level.



Intermediate B1: 301 through 306

Continuation of lower intermediate level.




Lower Advanced B2: 401 through 406 

Continuation of intermediate level.

Advanced C1: 501 through 506

Continuation of lower advanced level.


Specialty & Cultural Classes



Grammar For Conversation

For levels A1 to C1

This class presents corresponding level grammar concepts through everyday life situations using current spoken French. The course covers, on average, 2 chapters per session from the textbook, during which students have the opportunity to discuss and apply grammar topics through written activities, conversation, and audio comprehension.

Offered for A1/A2 (prerequisite: 103 or equivalent), B1 (prerequisite: 205 or equivalent), and B2/C1 (prerequisite: 306 or equivalent).

Grammar For Conversation Intensive

INTENSIVE CLASS opportunity: These classes will meet twice a week for two-hour sessions. Students will cover the entire book in one term.  Available for A1/A2 and B1 levels.

Essential Everyday French

For levels A1 to C1

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 offered for:

  • A1/A2 (prerequisite: 104 or equivalent),
  • B1 (prerequisite: 205 or equivalent), and
  • B2/C1 levels (prerequisite: CECR B1)

Available both in-person and online.

  • Beginning classes will study chapters 1-8.
  • Intermediate Tuesday class will study chapters 25-31, and the Friday class will study chapters 32-36.
  • Advanced Monday class will study chapters 1-8, and the Wednesday class will study chapters 24-29.


Please note that this is a non-sequential class, and the book can be studied in any order. There is no need to attend previous classes where the earlier chapters were covered.

Defining Moments in Art- A Morning

For levels B1/B2

For visual arts enthusiasts and those simply curious about the art world. Each week, examine several artworks to learn about the events, personalities and works that have had the greatest impact in their time. This is a highly interactive class using art as a vehicle of conversation. This class will study the art of the mid 20th century focusing on art during the French Occupation.

French Pronunciation Mastery

For A1 level

Mastering pronunciation is crucial for effective communication in French, especially for beginners at the A1 level. Over the course of 10 weeks, this class focuses on addressing common pronunciation challenges faced by new learners. Led by a seasoned instructor who utilizes paper-based materials and a textbook due to a preference for non-digital teaching methods, sessions will emphasize practical pronunciation exercises and techniques. Students will receive personalized feedback to enhance their spoken French skills, ensuring they gain confidence and clarity in their communication. Primarily taught in English.


Literature Classes

Littérature Française

For levels B2/C1, online 

This fall, we are excited to introduce a brand new literature class at our Alliance. Spanning several terms, this course offers a unique opportunity for literature enthusiasts to delve deep into French literature across centuries. Featuring a selection of excerpts from diverse literary works, this class explores movements, styles, iconic figures, and provides historical context, fostering rich discussions.  We are pleased to introduce a new textbook in our Alliance, offering fresh insights into the world of French literature. Offered online on Wednesdays 9-11am.

Littérature Française - Muriel Barbery

For levels B1/B2, in-person 

This course offers an in-depth exploration of contemporary French literature through Muriel Barbery’s acclaimed novel, "L’Élégance du hérisson" (The Elegance of the Hedgehog), focusing on its rich themes, complex characters, and philosophical and socio-cultural commentary. Students will analyze Barbery's narrative structure and literary techniques, explore themes of beauty, class, and existentialism, and contextualize the novel within the broader landscape of contemporary French literature. The course aims to enhance critical thinking and analytical skills through close reading and discussion.

Lecture guidée

For levels B1/B2, online

Meet your fellow literature buffs, read  and discuss your reading under expert guidance from Marie-Pierre Wolfe. Marie-Pierre will send you the weekly questionnaire to promote in-depth understanding of each book segment.  The book will be announced soon.


Don't forget to check out our free monthly meetup Le Cercle Littéraire!

DELF B1 Preparation

For B1 level

This class will interest you if:

1. You are planning on passing DELF B1 exam and need to prepare for it.
2. You’ve completed B1 level and wish to consolidate the newly acquired skills, all the while evaluating your strengths and weaknesses before jumping to next level.

The class has a double goal: 1) to introduce you to the DELF exam structure and 2) to work on the skills one needs to master in order to validate a level and successfully start the next one. A partial simulation of the DELF exam (excepting the oral production section) at the end of the 10-week series will allow students to have a comprehensive evaluation of their skills.

Speak with Confidence: French Conversation Mastery

For A2 level or B1 level

In this conversation class, we'll begin by refreshing essential grammar and vocabulary before diving into speaking practice. Our experienced teacher will offer tailored support in grammar, vocabulary, and phonetics to help you feel at ease and enthusiastic about speaking.

For A2 level:

Whether you're getting ready for a presentation, planning a trip, or simply looking to enhance your conversational skills, this class is designed to help you reach your goals with confidence and ease.

For B1 level:

Topics covered: family and relationships, travel and holidays, education and work, shopping and services, health and well-being, culture and entertainment, society and environment, technology and media, food and cooking, weather and seasons.

Advanced French: Current Events and Media Analysis

For C1 level

This advanced French course is designed for students at the C1/C2 level who wish to deepen their understanding and analysis of French current events. Through interactive classes, participants will explore major events and debates in contemporary French society by analyzing newspapers, articles, reports, and television programs. The course aims to develop skills in oral and written comprehension and expression, enrich vocabulary specific to the media, and strengthen the ability to argue in French for complete immersion in the French language and culture.

French Ripped From The Headlines

For B1/B2 levels and B2/C1 levels

Want to speak with a rich vocabulary and use idioms and common expressions spontaneously? Stop just encountering new vocabulary and start retaining and using it in this class 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. No flashcards required!

Two classes are available: one for intermediate to upper intermediate level students (B1/B2) and another for upper intermediate to advanced level students (B2/C1).

Cinéma: Nouvelle Vague

For levels B1, B2 and C1

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.


Whether you are new to the Alliance or a continuing student, you'll find all you need to know about our current term offerings here. 

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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 into 101-102 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. 
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. 
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

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. 
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

105

Core Classes
Our 105 Core Class is for beginners having completed 104 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. 
Pace: Regular

106

Core Classes
Our 106 class is the sixth and the last step for students wishing to master the 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. 
Pace: Regular

A1 to A2 Bridge

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

French Pronunciation Mastery A1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Mastering pronunciation is crucial for effective communication in French, especially for beginners at the A1 level. Over the course of 10 weeks, this class focuses on addressing common pronunciation challenges faced by new learners. Led by a seasoned instructor who utilizes paper-based materials and a textbook due to a preference for non-digital teaching methods, sessions will emphasize practical pronunciation exercises and techniques. Students will receive personalized feedback to enhance their spoken French skills, ensuring they gain confidence and clarity in their communication. Primarily taught in English.
Pace: Regular
A1/A2

Essential Everyday French Beginner

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Chapters 1-9. This class is all about 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. This class is open to students who have successfully completed French 104. If you haven’t completed French 104, verify your level on our website under, “Find Your Level”.
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. Prerequisites: 103 or equivalent level
Pace: Accelerated
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 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

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

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

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

Speak with Confidence: French Conversation Mastery A2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
In this conversation class, we'll begin by refreshing essential grammar and vocabulary before diving into speaking practice. Our experienced teacher will offer tailored support in grammar, vocabulary, and phonetics to help you feel at ease and enthusiastic about speaking. Whether you're getting ready for a presentation, planning a trip, or simply looking to enhance your conversational skills, this class is designed to help you reach your goals with confidence and ease.
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 French A2. 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
B1 - Intermediate

301

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

306

Core Classes
306 class is the sixth and the last 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 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

Cinéma: Nouvelle Vague

Specialty & Cultural Classes
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.
Pace: Regular

DELF B1 Preparation

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Part 1. Having completed part 1 is not required. This class will interest you if: 1. You are planning on passing DELF B1 exam and need to prepare for it. 2. You’ve completed B1 level and wish to consolidate the newly acquired skills, all the while evaluating your strengths and weaknesses before jumping to next level. The class has a double goal: preparing you to DELF exam structure and work on all of the aspects one needs to master in order to validate a level to successfully start the next one. A partial simulation of the DELF exam (except oral production part) in the end of the 10-week series will allow students to have a comprehensive evaluation of their skills. 
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French Intermediate

Specialty & Cultural Classes
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.
  • The Tuesday class will study chapters 25-31.
  • The Friday class will study chapters 32-36.

Please note that this is a non-sequential class, and the book can be studied in any order. There is no need to attend previous classes where the earlier chapters were covered.

This class is open to students who have successfully completed French 205 or equivalent. If you haven’t completed French 205, verify your level on our website under, “Find Your 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

Speak with Confidence: French Conversation Mastery B1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
In this conversation class, we'll begin by refreshing essential grammar and vocabulary before diving into speaking practice. Our experienced teacher will offer tailored support in grammar, vocabulary, and phonetics to help you feel at ease and enthusiastic about speaking. Topics covered: family and relationships, travel and holidays, education and work, shopping and services, health and well-being, culture and entertainment, society and environment, technology and media, food and cooking, weather and seasons.
Pace: Regular
B1/B2

Cinéma: Nouvelle Vague

Specialty & Cultural Classes
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.
Pace: Regular

Defining Moments in Art- A Morning

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

French Ripped From The Headlines Intermediate

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

Littérature - lecture guidée

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Meet your fellow literature buffs, read  and discuss your reading under expert guidance from Marie-Pierre Wolfe. Marie-Pierre will send you the weekly questionnaire to promote in-depth understanding of each book segment. 
Pace: Regular

Littérature Française - Muriel Barbery

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This course offers an in-depth exploration of contemporary French literature through Muriel Barbery’s acclaimed novel, "L’Élégance du hérisson" (The Elegance of the Hedgehog), focusing on its rich themes, complex characters, and philosophical and socio-cultural commentary. Students will analyze Barbery's narrative structure and literary techniques, explore themes of beauty, class, and existentialism, and contextualize the novel within the broader landscape of contemporary French literature. The course aims to enhance critical thinking and analytical skills through close reading and discussion.
Pace: Regular
B2 - Lower Advanced

401

Core Classes
401 class is the first step for students wishing to master B2 level. Défi 4 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

Cinéma: Nouvelle Vague

Specialty & Cultural Classes
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.
Pace: Regular
B2/C1

Cinéma: Nouvelle Vague

Specialty & Cultural Classes
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.
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French Advanced

Specialty & Cultural Classes
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.
  • The Monday class will study chapters 1-8.
  • The Wednesday class will study chapters 24-29.

Please note that this is a non-sequential class, and the book can be studied in any order. There is no need to attend previous classes where the earlier chapters were covered.

This class is open to students who have successfully completed French B1 level or equivalent. If you haven’t completed French B1 level or equivalent, verify your level on our website under, “Find Your Level”.


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. This class will focus on the second half of the book. As it is non-sequential, there is no requirement to have studied the first half beforehand.
Pace: Regular
C1 - Advanced

501

Core Classes
Our 506 class is the first step for students wishing to master the C1 level. Our C1 level Core Classes are for students progressing from the B2 level and wishing to master the C1 level.
Défi 5 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 Studen Book and Workbook. Two options are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Stundet 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

Advanced French: Current Events and Media Analysis

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This advanced French course is designed for students at the C1/C2 level who wish to deepen their understanding and analysis of French current events. Through interactive classes, participants will explore major events and debates in contemporary French society by analyzing newspapers, articles, reports, and television programs. The course aims to develop skills in oral and written comprehension and expression, enrich vocabulary specific to the media, and strengthen the ability to argue in French for complete immersion in the French language and culture.
Pace: Regular

Cinéma: Nouvelle Vague

Specialty & Cultural Classes
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.
Pace: Regular

 

PARKING

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot A at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office. After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

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