Winter 2024: January 8 - March 16

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Use the code: earlybird for the 10% discount or senior for the 15% senior discount, until December 10th.

Spring classes will be announced around the end of February. Please watch our newsletter for updates.

New in Winter Term

- Previously offered as a mini class, both Sounding French A1 to B1 in-person and the French Pronunciation B1 online class will be offered as full-term, 10-week classes.
-  The Grammar and Conversation B1 class is a great addition for those wishing to perfect their skills in an engaging environment, where the teacher adapts content to students' interests. We are also offering  Grammar For Conversation A1 to B1 textbook based class online and in-person.
- Régions de France is offered for students starting at B1 level and up with our new teacher, Gigi Kuhn.
-  French Impressionism will cover  the work of five French masters and their exceptional artworks (Monet, Caillebotte, Degas, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec).
- French Ripped From The Headlines class is offered for B1/B2 and B2/C1 students with the choice of a 2-hour or 1.5-hour class.
- French Cinema class is now offered in-person for B2/C1 level students in-person, on Thursdays 10am-12pm.

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 

100 - Introduction to French Immersion is available for students as a 5-week class

Accelerated and regular pace classes are available at this level.



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


New class added to winter roster

German Occupation and French Cinema

In-person class for levels B2/C1

This course will focus on the history of France during the German occupation and the French resistance. Through diverse representations of this tumultuous period of modern French history, we will also study the important authors whose contributions made these films possible. Although historical films will be the main guideline, we will discuss how historical reenactment and documentary can sometimes become historical fact.

Thursdays 10am-12pm





Essential Everyday French - 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.


Literature B1 to C1

Littérature Française

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.

Offered for B1/B2 levels in-person and B2/C1 levels online. 

Lecture guidée

The class will now commence one week later, with the new start date set for January 18.

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.  Book choice will be announced soon.

Livre: "N'oubliez pas Marcelle " de Françoise Henry

Dans la famille Jollard, chapelier dans une petite ville de Saône-et-Loire, il y a la fille Marcelle. Une vie qui s'annonce tranquille, sauf que la guerre de 39-45 vient y mettre son grain de plomb : Et tout est chamboulé : parce qu'elle est fille, qu'elle est bien élevée, et n'a pas les armes pour se rebeller. Une vie ardente et minuscule qui pourrait si vite tomber dans l'oubli...

L'auteure : Françoise Henry est née le 21 nov. 1959 à Pau (Sud de la France). Elle a publié 11 romans, récompensés par de nombreux prix littéraires. "N'oubliez pas Marcelle" est son douzième roman. Elle est aussi comédienne et joue pour la radio ou en doublage de films.


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

Grammar and Conversation B1

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

Sounding French A1 to B1

In-person class

The class will now commence one week later, with the new start date set for the week of January 15.

Pronunciation is the key to successful communication in French, and this 10-week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for English-speaking students. This class is offered at three levels: A1, A2, and B1.

Defining Moments in Art - B1/B2


For visual arts enthusiasts and those simply curious about the art world, explore several artworks each week to learn about the events, personalities, and works that have had the greatest impact in their time. This highly interactive class uses art as a vehicle for conversation, focusing on the study of art from the 1940s. It's a 5-week-long class.

Tuesdays 10am-12pm

DELF B1 Preparation

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.

This class will study Part 2 of the book. Having completed Part 1 is not required.

French Impressionism B1-C1

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

French Pronunciation B1

Welcome to the French Phonetics course! This interactive and hands-on course features numerous activities and exercises designed to reinforce your French phonetics skills. Guided by a native French speaker and experienced instructor, you will advance your pronunciation and listening comprehension in French. Throughout the course, you will practice auditory discrimination, explore sound changes based on word position within a sentence and their phonetic environment (transformation), accurately identify French sounds, verify your pronunciation (identification and verification), and develop observation skills by analyzing the phonetic features of native French speakers (observation).

Grammar For Conversation A1 to B1

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.

This class is offered for A1/A2 (prerequisite: 103 or equivalent) and B1 (prerequisite: 205 or equivalent), in-person and online.

Régions de France B1-C1

Explore the rich diversity of regions from France, Normandie to Occitanie. Gigi Kuhn will share the history, geography, and civilization unique to each region and take you on a memorable journey where language and culture become one. Meet local guest speakers during the class to enhance your authentic experience. Be ready to embark on a fun virtual trip to the most visited country in the world. Bon voyage!


French Ripped From The Headlines B1 to C1


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!

B1/B2 level
Tuesdays 11am-1pm
Sundays 8-9:30am (1h30-long class)

B2/C1 level
Sundays  9:30-11am  (1h30-long class)


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

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A.0 - Pre-Beginner

Introduction to French

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 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

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 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

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 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

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. Two options are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuel for 12 month (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 month unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. More information about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged or refunded.
Pace: Regular

French 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

French Pronunciation For Beginners

Minis
Join us to enhance your pronunciation and develop your skills in French oral comprehension and production! This course consists of 4 sessions of 1.5 hours each, including an explanatory section followed by activities for oral comprehension to work on auditory discrimination, as well as oral production activities to improve pronunciation. Session 1: Phonetic alphabet: presentation and pronunciation. Rhythms: syllables. Intonations Session 2: Closed vowels: y – u – i. The sound /r/ Session 3: Nasal vowels. Voiceless consonants (t/p) Session 4: Silent letters (e/h). Liaisons and linkings

Prerequisites: 102 or equivalent
Pace: Regular

Kick-Start French - Beginning - A1

Annual Short Programs

Kick start your French into action! In this intensive four-day workshop, students will develop essential conversational and communicative skills for surviving in a Francophone environment. This course is designed for beginners who wish to solidify their understanding of the language, including basic grammar and vocabulary. Students should have the ability to understand and express themselves at a rudimentary level. Prerequisites: 103 or equivalent.

Sounding French A1

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

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 Edito 104. If you haven’t completed Edito 104, verify your level on our website under, “Find Your Level”.
Pace: Regular

Grammar For Conversation

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Part 1 of the book. Grammar For Conversation A1 and A2 level grammar concepts through everyday life situations using current spoken French. The course covers on average 2 chapters per session, during which students have the opportunity to discuss and apply grammar topics through written activities, conversation and audio comprehension.
Pace: Regular

La Bande Dessinée

Minis
Discover the captivating universe of la BD (cartoons) and elevate your French vocabulary and grammar through an engaging and enjoyable experience. Immerse yourself in the world of Asterix, Gaston Lagaffe, Tintin, and Spirou as we explore their adventures to enhance your conversation skills. This course goes beyond language learning; it delves into French culture, traditions, and customs depicted by these iconic cartoon characters. Course Highlights: 🎨 Cartoon Immersion: Immerse yourself in the vivid world of la BD to make learning French a delightful experience. 📚 Vocabulary Boost: Expand your French vocabulary through the exciting narratives of beloved cartoon characters. 🌍 Cultural Insights: Gain profound insights into French culture, traditions, and customs embedded in the narratives of Asterix, Gaston Lagaffe, Tintin, and Spirou. ✨ Grammar Made Easy: Navigate the intricacies of French grammar effortlessly with a focus on practical application. Embark on this linguistic and cultural journey, where language acquisition meets the enchanting tales of la BD.
Pace: Regular
A2 - Lower Intermediate

201-202

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

201

Core Classes
201 class is the first step for students wishing to master the A2 level. Our A2 level Core Class is for students progressing from A1 level and wishing to master the A2 level. Défi 2 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Two options are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuel for 12 month (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 month unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. More information about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged or refunded.
Pace: Regular

202

Core Classes
202 class is the second step for students wishing to master the A2 level. Our A2 level Core Class is for students progressing from A1 level and wishing to master the A2 level. Défi 2 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Two options are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuel for 12 month (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 month unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. More information about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged or refunded.
Pace: Regular

203

Core Classes
203 class is the third 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

204

Core Classes
204 class is the fourth step for students wishing to master the A2 level. Our A2 level Core Class is for students progressing from A1 level and wishing to master the A2 level. Défi 2 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Two options are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuel for 12 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

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

Kick-Start French - Lower Intermediate - A2

Annual Short Programs

Give your French a much needed boost! In this intensive four-day workshop, students will expand their linguistic repertoire and develop their ability to express themselves with more ease on a variety of familiar topics. This course is designed for learners at A2 level wishing to review and to bring their language skills to the next level. Prerequisites: 205 or equivalent.

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 A2 sequence. Grammar reviewed will include past tenses, temporal prepositions, alternative negation, relative pronouns, object pronouns, futur simple, conditional, and more. Pronunciation reviewed will include nasal vowels, mute -e-, vocalic and consonantal enchainment, liaison, and intonation.
Pace: Regular
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 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

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 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

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 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

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 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

DELF B1 Preparation

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Part 2. 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
Chapters 10-17. 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 FILM NOIR: 4 UNIVERS DE CRIME ET CHATIMENT

Minis
Join us to discover four French art house directors who took the plunge into the murky universe of film noir. Whether it be Louis Malle’s first fiction feature, Francois Truffaut’s tribute to American “B-movies,” Robert Bresson’s riveting character study,or Jean-Pierre Melville’s tour de force with a trio of taciturn thieves, all four directors take the genre of film noir to new heights. You will be expected to have seen the four films on your own before each discussion. They are all available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles for a nominal rental fee and from other providers for free or with subscriptions. See class details on Mini Classes webpage for details.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

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

Grammar For Conversation

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Part 1 of the book. Grammaire en Dialogues presents B1 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: 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

Kick-Start French - Intermediate - B1

Annual Short Programs

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the French language in our intensive review class, spanning four days with 2.5-hour sessions each day. Our experienced instructors will guide you through a comprehensive curriculum covering grammar, vocabulary, and conversation skills, all within small class sizes to ensure personalized attention. You'll participate in interactive learning, gain cultural insights, and develop practical language skills. This review class for B1 French level will effectively prepare you for the challenges ahead in your learning journey. Prerequisites: 305 or equivalent.

La Bande Dessinée

Minis
Discover the captivating universe of la BD (cartoons) and elevate your French vocabulary and grammar through an engaging and enjoyable experience. Immerse yourself in the world of Asterix, Gaston Lagaffe, Tintin, and Spirou as we explore their adventures to enhance your conversation skills. This course goes beyond language learning; it delves into French culture, traditions, and customs depicted by these iconic cartoon characters. Course Highlights: 🎨 Cartoon Immersion: Immerse yourself in the vivid world of la BD to make learning French a delightful experience. 📚 Vocabulary Boost: Expand your French vocabulary through the exciting narratives of beloved cartoon characters. 🌍 Cultural Insights: Gain profound insights into French culture, traditions, and customs embedded in the narratives of Asterix, Gaston Lagaffe, Tintin, and Spirou. ✨ Grammar Made Easy: Navigate the intricacies of French grammar effortlessly with a focus on practical application. Embark on this linguistic and cultural journey, where language acquisition meets the enchanting tales of la BD.
Pace: Regular

Littérature Française Adv

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This is the last part of the class. Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Learn about different authors and read excerpts of their works. Perfect for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of French literature beyond the scope of a single book or author. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature. This class uses book for levels B2-C1. Class can accomodate strongly motivated B1 level students.
Pace: Regular

Régions de France

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Explore the rich diversity of regions from le de France, Normandie to Occitanie. Gigi Kuhn wil share the history, geography and civilization unique to each region and take you on a memorable journey where language and culture become one. Meet local guest speakers along to enhance your authentic experience and ask questions to region experts. Be ready to embark on a fun virtual trip to the most visited country in the world. Bon voyage!
Pace: Regular

Sounding French B1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Pronunciation is the key to successful communication in French and this 10-week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for intermediate learners of French studying at the B1 level.
Pace: Regular

The Olympic Games in Paris

Minis
The Olympic Games in Paris: Exploration Through History, Culture, and Women's Empowerment / Les Jeux olympiques à Paris: Une Exploration Centenaire à Travers l'Histoire, la Culture, et l'Émancipation Féminine
Pace: Regular
B1/B2

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 FILM NOIR: 4 UNIVERS DE CRIME ET CHATIMENT

Minis
Join us to discover four French art house directors who took the plunge into the murky universe of film noir. Whether it be Louis Malle’s first fiction feature, Francois Truffaut’s tribute to American “B-movies,” Robert Bresson’s riveting character study,or Jean-Pierre Melville’s tour de force with a trio of taciturn thieves, all four directors take the genre of film noir to new heights. You will be expected to have seen the four films on your own before each discussion. They are all available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles for a nominal rental fee and from other providers for free or with subscriptions. See class details on Mini Classes webpage for details.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

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

French Ripped From The Headlines

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

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

La Bande Dessinée

Minis
Discover the captivating universe of la BD (cartoons) and elevate your French vocabulary and grammar through an engaging and enjoyable experience. Immerse yourself in the world of Asterix, Gaston Lagaffe, Tintin, and Spirou as we explore their adventures to enhance your conversation skills. This course goes beyond language learning; it delves into French culture, traditions, and customs depicted by these iconic cartoon characters. Course Highlights: 🎨 Cartoon Immersion: Immerse yourself in the vivid world of la BD to make learning French a delightful experience. 📚 Vocabulary Boost: Expand your French vocabulary through the exciting narratives of beloved cartoon characters. 🌍 Cultural Insights: Gain profound insights into French culture, traditions, and customs embedded in the narratives of Asterix, Gaston Lagaffe, Tintin, and Spirou. ✨ Grammar Made Easy: Navigate the intricacies of French grammar effortlessly with a focus on practical application. Embark on this linguistic and cultural journey, where language acquisition meets the enchanting tales of la BD.
Pace: Regular

Littérature - lecture guidée

Specialty & Cultural Classes
With Marie-Pierre Wolfe. Description and book TBD
Pace: Regular

Littérature Française Adv

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This is the last part of the class. Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Learn about different authors and read excerpts of their works. Perfect for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of French literature beyond the scope of a single book or author. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature. This class uses book for levels B2-C1. Class can accomodate strongly motivated B1 level students.
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. Literary works will be chosen from different eras.
Pace: Regular

Régions de France

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Explore the rich diversity of regions from le de France, Normandie to Occitanie. Gigi Kuhn wil share the history, geography and civilization unique to each region and take you on a memorable journey where language and culture become one. Meet local guest speakers along to enhance your authentic experience and ask questions to region experts. Be ready to embark on a fun virtual trip to the most visited country in the world. Bon voyage!
Pace: Regular

The Olympic Games in Paris

Minis
The Olympic Games in Paris: Exploration Through History, Culture, and Women's Empowerment / Les Jeux olympiques à Paris: Une Exploration Centenaire à Travers l'Histoire, la Culture, et l'Émancipation Féminine
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

FRENCH FILM NOIR: 4 UNIVERS DE CRIME ET CHATIMENT

Minis
Join us to discover four French art house directors who took the plunge into the murky universe of film noir. Whether it be Louis Malle’s first fiction feature, Francois Truffaut’s tribute to American “B-movies,” Robert Bresson’s riveting character study,or Jean-Pierre Melville’s tour de force with a trio of taciturn thieves, all four directors take the genre of film noir to new heights. You will be expected to have seen the four films on your own before each discussion. They are all available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles for a nominal rental fee and from other providers for free or with subscriptions. See class details on Mini Classes webpage for details.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

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

German Occupation and French Cinema

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This course will focus on the history of France during the German occupation and the French resistance. Through diverse representations of this tumultuous period of modern French history, we will also study the important authors whose contributions made these films possible. Although historical films will be the main guideline, we will discuss how historical reenactment and documentary can sometimes become historical fact.
Pace: Regular

Grands musées de France

Minis
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of France's most celebrated museums, unraveling the stories behind masterpieces that have shaped the world of art.
This class is for cultural enthusiasts curious about the history and inner workings of renowned French museums, as well as for history buffs interested in uncovering the stories behind the institutions that house France's cultural treasures.
Learn about French museums, including the Louvre, the MUCEM, The Quai Branly, the Musée des Impressionnistes - Giverny, and more, exploring the architectural marvels and unique narratives that define these cultural institutions.
Gain insights into the origin and evolution of these museums, understanding how they have evolved into beacons of knowledge and guardians of France's collective memory.
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

La Bande Dessinée

Minis
Discover the captivating universe of la BD (cartoons) and elevate your French vocabulary and grammar through an engaging and enjoyable experience. Immerse yourself in the world of Asterix, Gaston Lagaffe, Tintin, and Spirou as we explore their adventures to enhance your conversation skills. This course goes beyond language learning; it delves into French culture, traditions, and customs depicted by these iconic cartoon characters. Course Highlights: 🎨 Cartoon Immersion: Immerse yourself in the vivid world of la BD to make learning French a delightful experience. 📚 Vocabulary Boost: Expand your French vocabulary through the exciting narratives of beloved cartoon characters. 🌍 Cultural Insights: Gain profound insights into French culture, traditions, and customs embedded in the narratives of Asterix, Gaston Lagaffe, Tintin, and Spirou. ✨ Grammar Made Easy: Navigate the intricacies of French grammar effortlessly with a focus on practical application. Embark on this linguistic and cultural journey, where language acquisition meets the enchanting tales of la BD.
Pace: Regular

Littérature Française Adv

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This is the last part of the class. Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Learn about different authors and read excerpts of their works. Perfect for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of French literature beyond the scope of a single book or author. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature. This class uses book for levels B2-C1. Class can accomodate strongly motivated B1 level students.
Pace: Regular

Régions de France

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Explore the rich diversity of regions from le de France, Normandie to Occitanie. Gigi Kuhn wil share the history, geography and civilization unique to each region and take you on a memorable journey where language and culture become one. Meet local guest speakers along to enhance your authentic experience and ask questions to region experts. Be ready to embark on a fun virtual trip to the most visited country in the world. Bon voyage!
Pace: Regular

The Olympic Games in Paris

Minis
The Olympic Games in Paris: Exploration Through History, Culture, and Women's Empowerment / Les Jeux olympiques à Paris: Une Exploration Centenaire à Travers l'Histoire, la Culture, et l'Émancipation Féminine
Pace: Regular
B2/C1

Essential Everyday French Advanced

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Chapters 9-16. This class aims to teach you how to communicate like a native French person. Add useful expressions, proverbs and even a little slang to your existing French skills! Interaction and exchanges between students are facilitated by the instructor following weekly thematic topics that include essential vocabulary and grammar. This class is open to students who have successfully completed Edito B1 level. If you haven’t completed Edito B1, verify your level on our website under, “Find Your Level”.
Pace: Regular

FRENCH FILM NOIR: 4 UNIVERS DE CRIME ET CHATIMENT

Minis
Join us to discover four French art house directors who took the plunge into the murky universe of film noir. Whether it be Louis Malle’s first fiction feature, Francois Truffaut’s tribute to American “B-movies,” Robert Bresson’s riveting character study,or Jean-Pierre Melville’s tour de force with a trio of taciturn thieves, all four directors take the genre of film noir to new heights. You will be expected to have seen the four films on your own before each discussion. They are all available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles for a nominal rental fee and from other providers for free or with subscriptions. See class details on Mini Classes webpage for details.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

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

German Occupation and French Cinema

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This course will focus on the history of France during the German occupation and the French resistance. Through diverse representations of this tumultuous period of modern French history, we will also study the important authors whose contributions made these films possible. Although historical films will be the main guideline, we will discuss how historical reenactment and documentary can sometimes become historical fact.
Pace: Regular

Grands musées de France

Minis
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of France's most celebrated museums, unraveling the stories behind masterpieces that have shaped the world of art.
This class is for cultural enthusiasts curious about the history and inner workings of renowned French museums, as well as for history buffs interested in uncovering the stories behind the institutions that house France's cultural treasures.
Learn about French museums, including the Louvre, the MUCEM, The Quai Branly, the Musée des Impressionnistes - Giverny, and more, exploring the architectural marvels and unique narratives that define these cultural institutions.
Gain insights into the origin and evolution of these museums, understanding how they have evolved into beacons of knowledge and guardians of France's collective memory.
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

Littérature Française Adv

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This is the last part of the class. Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Learn about different authors and read excerpts of their works. Perfect for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of French literature beyond the scope of a single book or author. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature. This class uses book for levels B2-C1. Class can accomodate strongly motivated B1 level students.
Pace: Regular

Régions de France

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Explore the rich diversity of regions from le de France, Normandie to Occitanie. Gigi Kuhn wil share the history, geography and civilization unique to each region and take you on a memorable journey where language and culture become one. Meet local guest speakers along to enhance your authentic experience and ask questions to region experts. Be ready to embark on a fun virtual trip to the most visited country in the world. Bon voyage!
Pace: Regular

The Olympic Games in Paris

Minis
The Olympic Games in Paris: Exploration Through History, Culture, and Women's Empowerment / Les Jeux olympiques à Paris: Une Exploration Centenaire à Travers l'Histoire, la Culture, et l'Émancipation Féminine
Pace: Regular
C1 - Advanced

506

Core Classes
Our 506 class is the sixth and the last 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

FRENCH FILM NOIR: 4 UNIVERS DE CRIME ET CHATIMENT

Minis
Join us to discover four French art house directors who took the plunge into the murky universe of film noir. Whether it be Louis Malle’s first fiction feature, Francois Truffaut’s tribute to American “B-movies,” Robert Bresson’s riveting character study,or Jean-Pierre Melville’s tour de force with a trio of taciturn thieves, all four directors take the genre of film noir to new heights. You will be expected to have seen the four films on your own before each discussion. They are all available on Amazon Prime with English subtitles for a nominal rental fee and from other providers for free or with subscriptions. See class details on Mini Classes webpage for details.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

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

German Occupation and French Cinema

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This course will focus on the history of France during the German occupation and the French resistance. Through diverse representations of this tumultuous period of modern French history, we will also study the important authors whose contributions made these films possible. Although historical films will be the main guideline, we will discuss how historical reenactment and documentary can sometimes become historical fact.
Pace: Regular

Grands musées de France

Minis
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of France's most celebrated museums, unraveling the stories behind masterpieces that have shaped the world of art.
This class is for cultural enthusiasts curious about the history and inner workings of renowned French museums, as well as for history buffs interested in uncovering the stories behind the institutions that house France's cultural treasures.
Learn about French museums, including the Louvre, the MUCEM, The Quai Branly, the Musée des Impressionnistes - Giverny, and more, exploring the architectural marvels and unique narratives that define these cultural institutions.
Gain insights into the origin and evolution of these museums, understanding how they have evolved into beacons of knowledge and guardians of France's collective memory.
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

Littérature Française Adv

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This is the last part of the class. Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Learn about different authors and read excerpts of their works. Perfect for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of French literature beyond the scope of a single book or author. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature. This class uses book for levels B2-C1. Class can accomodate strongly motivated B1 level students.
Pace: Regular

Régions de France

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Explore the rich diversity of regions from le de France, Normandie to Occitanie. Gigi Kuhn wil share the history, geography and civilization unique to each region and take you on a memorable journey where language and culture become one. Meet local guest speakers along to enhance your authentic experience and ask questions to region experts. Be ready to embark on a fun virtual trip to the most visited country in the world. Bon voyage!
Pace: Regular

The Olympic Games in Paris

Minis
The Olympic Games in Paris: Exploration Through History, Culture, and Women's Empowerment / Les Jeux olympiques à Paris: Une Exploration Centenaire à Travers l'Histoire, la Culture, et l'Émancipation Féminine
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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