Fall 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.  Fall 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.

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: 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.

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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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. 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. 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

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 102 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular

French For Travelers

Minis
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

Grammar in Context For Beginners

Minis
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
A1/A2

French Theatre Immersion

Minis
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 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

Retiring in France: practical guide

Minis
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

Minis
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

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

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

Conversation Class: Speak with Confidence

Minis
Join our conversation class and overcome stage fright! Each session creates a safe space to help you gain confidence and fluency in speaking. After reviewing essential grammar and vocabulary, take the plunge and express yourself! The teacher will provide guidance on grammar, vocabulary, and phonetics to ensure you feel comfortable and eager to speak.
Pace: Regular

Elementary French Grammar – Level A2

Minis
Unlock the secrets of the French grammar! You'll master relative pronouns, passé composé, imparfait, plus-que-parfait, and the art of direct and indirect discourse. Dive into the nuances of the subjunctive mood and learn when to use infinitive forms, gaining a thorough grasp of French grammar. Our interactive lessons and immersive practice sessions will elevate your language skills and deepen your appreciation for the elegance of French.
Pace: Regular

Enhancing French Communication Skills

Minis
Are you interested in enhancing your language skills and boosting your self-confidence in French? Our online French conversation courses offer a blend of guided and open-ended conversations using engaging resources. Learning a foreign language is not only about acquiring knowledge; it’s also about sharing, building connections, and effective communication. This class, designed to complement your learning journey, focuses on empowering you to use your speaking skills in a group setting.
Pace: Regular

French Grammar and Vocabulary Through Songs

Minis
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

French In Media

Minis
Would you like to improve your oral comprehension skills with authentic French spoken in the media while strengthening your basic French grammar and vocabulary through entertaining activities and games? You've come to the right place! Each session provides real radio or audiovisual documents, vocabulary lists, grammar review, and practice in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Class content includes topics such as l'imparfait, the alternation between passé composé and imparfait, le futur simple, and comparisons.
Pace: Regular

Learn French With Trivia

Minis
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

Practical French for Travelers

Minis
Are you planning to travel to a French-speaking country? Do you need to speak French during your trip? This course is designed for travelers who want to strengthen their communication and interaction skills. By participating, you’ll gain the necessary knowledge and abilities to prepare for your journey to a Francophone country. Not only will this enhance your future travels, but it will also empower you to engage with locals, communicate effectively, and make the most of your trip. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and tools to navigate, order, shop, and interact confidently with people while traveling abroad. Join our online travel preparation course!
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

Minis
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

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

Minis
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

Minis
Broaden your grasp of French pronunciation while refining your oral comprehension and production skills. Explore techniques to emphasize individual words, phrases, and complete sentences. Delve into the intricacies of "enchaînement," examining both consonantal and vocal forms. Additionally, we'll delve into the nuances of "liaison," exploring required, optional, and forbidden connections between words.
Pace: Regular

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

Minis
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

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 A2 and B1, with the prerequisite of having completed level 202 or possessing an equivalent level.
Pace: Regular
B1 - Intermediate

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
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

Essential Everyday French Intermediate

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Chapters 25-31. 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

Minis
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 Theatre Immersion

Minis
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

French Vocabulary Through Dialogue: Real-Life Themes A

Minis
Through authentic dialogues drawn from real-life situations, you'll expand your lexicon while exploring engaging themes such as the body and movement, health, hygiene and beauty, as well as fashion and accessories. In addition to the dialogue exercises, we'll enhance your learning experience by combining these themes with short videos about current events unfolding in France. Each session will transport you to the heart of French conversation, equipping you with the words and expressions needed to navigate everyday interactions with confidence and fluency.
Pace: Regular

French Vocabulary Through Dialogue: Real-Life Themes B

Minis
Through authentic dialogues drawn from real-life situations, you'll expand your lexicon while exploring engaging themes such as personality traits, emotions, work, and telecommunications. In addition to the dialogue exercises, we'll enhance your learning experience by combining these themes with short videos about current events unfolding in France. Each session will transport you to the heart of French conversation, equipping you with the words and expressions needed to navigate everyday interactions with confidence and fluency.
Pace: Regular

Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary French

Minis
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

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

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 Pronunciation

Minis
In this course for upper intermediate/lower advanced learners, we will take your listening and speaking skills to the next level with a study of some of the subtler aspects of French phonetics, targeted to your needs. In addition to reviewing several of the trickier sounds unique to French, we will dive more into the rhythm and musicality of the language through discussions of intonation, accentuation, liaisons, and levels of formality in pronunciation. You will get the chance to complete listening and speaking exercises to drill phonetic concepts, but you’ll also be exposed to French culture by listening to authentic music and videos, and preparing a recitation of a classic poem.
Prerequisites: 206 or possessing an equivalent level.
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

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
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. 

L'amant de Marguerite Duras

L’Amant (also known as The Lover) is an autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras, published in 1984 by Les Éditions de Minuit. The book, which has been translated into 43 languages, won the prestigious 1984 Prix Goncourt. Set in colonial Indochina, it tells the story of a French teenage girl who falls passionately in love with an older Chinese man. The novel explores themes of desire, family dynamics, and cultural differences.

This book can be bought from various online retailers like ThriftBooks or Amazon. Please acquire your copy. The Alliance will not be offering a purchasing option this summer.
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. The curriculum is structured around a particular theme each term, with literary works chosen from different eras. The subject this summer is “Timeless Characters: Exploring Legacy and Relevance.” Each week, we'll delve into the lives of characters like D'Artagnan, Gargantua, and Dora Bruder, examining how they embody their respective eras and discussing their enduring relevance in today's world.
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

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

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

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. Feel free to join this class at any time, as it's non-sequential, and you can study the book chapters in any order you prefer.
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

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

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

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

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 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.

Sorry, this course is sold out.

But you can be added to a waiting list in case a spot becomes available.

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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.

OFFICE HOURS

The Alliance office is open 10am-3pm Monday through Friday.
Call us at 503.223.8388 during business hours or leave a message.
Email us at  info@afportland.org.

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