Spring 2024: April 1 - June 8

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Use the code: earlybird for the 10% discount or senior for the 15% senior discount, until March 16th.

New in Spring Term

  • Join us for a unique cultural class on Swiss culture, taught by the Swiss-born French teacher, Julie Peter. We're thrilled to welcome Julie as she commences her teaching journey at our Alliance. Anyone with a B1 level or higher is welcome!
  • French for Travelers: This 4-week class is tailored for beginners preparing for travel in Francophone countries.
  • Discovering French Culture: A Journey Through Civilization: This new Monday class on Zoom is designed for advanced students and will be led by the beloved Lucie Bonvalet.
  • Dive into literature on Wednesdays with an in-person class for B1/B2 level students, exploring works themed around love, just in time for the spring season.
  • Explore the rich migratory history of France and its contributions to the country's unique culture in our new cultural class, "Histoires de migrations."


Updates on formats or themes from previous term classes:
  • French Grammar - Dynamic Language Practice B1 class offers engaging content tailored to students' interests without the need for a textbook. Additionally, we're offering Grammar for Conversation A1 to B1, a textbook-based class, both online and in-person.
  • Stay informed with our French Ripped From The Headlines class, offered as a 2-hour session on Wednesdays for B1/B2 students.
  • For cinema enthusiasts, our French Cinema class delves into the Nouvelle Vague and is now available in person for advanced, B2/C1 level students on Thursdays from 10 am to 12 pm.

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



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.


Literature Classes

Littérature Française

For levels B1/B2 

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. Spring theme: Amour ❤️!

Lecture guidée

For levels B1/B2 

Available as a 5-week class, in second part of the Spring Term. 

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. 

Le petit foulard de Marguerite D. de Colette Fellous

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


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


Discovering French Culture: A Journey Through Civilization

For B2/C1 levels

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.

Sounding French

For levels A1 to B1
In-person class

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

For levels 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

French cinema: Nouvelle Vague

For B2/C1 levels

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.

Discover Swiss Culture

For levels B1 through C1

Welcome to our French class on Switzerland! When we mention milk chocolate, banking secrecy, Heidi, and neutrality, what country comes to mind? Switzerland, of course! In this course, you'll have the opportunity to discover the characteristics of this small country and its French-speaking region through its captivating history, rich traditions, delicious cuisine, distinctive French language, and unique politics. Get ready to uncover the best-kept secrets of the Swiss Confederation! Additionally, students will have the option, if they choose, to prepare oral presentations. Join us for a fascinating exploration of Switzerland through the French language.

Grammar For Conversation

For levels 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.


French Grammar - Dynamic Language Practice

For B1 level

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.

French Ripped From The Headlines

For B1/B2 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!

French for travelers

For beginners

Planning a trip to a French-speaking country but concerned about navigating the language barrier? Join our "French for Travelers" short class 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.

French Impressionism

For levels B1 and higher

This class starts on April 13 instead of April 6 and ends on June15

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 remain "the father of Impressionism".


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

102

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

103-104 Accelerated

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

103

Core Classes
Our 103 Core Class is for beginners having completed 102 class and wishing to master A1 level. Défi 1 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughoutthe book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Twooptions are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuelfor 12 month (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 month unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. More information about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged orrefunded.
Pace: Regular

104

Core Classes
Our 104 Core Class is for beginners having completed 103 class and wishing to master A1 level. Défi 1 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Two options are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuel for 12 month (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 month unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. More information about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged or refunded.
Pace: Regular

105-106 Accelerated

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

106

Core Classes
Our 106 Core Class is for beginners having completed 105 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 months (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

A1 to A2 Bridge

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

French For Travelers

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Planning a trip to a French-speaking country but concerned about navigating the language barrier? Join our "French for Travelers" short class 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. The same class is offered twice for Spring Term.
Pace: Regular

Sounding French A1

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

Essential Everyday French Beginner

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Chapters 10-23. 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 2 of the book. Grammar For Conversation A1 and A2 level grammar concepts through everyday life situations using current spoken French. The course covers on average 2 chapters per session, during which students have the opportunity to discuss and apply grammar topics through written activities, conversation and audio comprehension.
Pace: Regular
A2 - Lower Intermediate

201-202

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

201

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

203-204

Core Classes
This is a fast-paced class offering an opportunity to advance into lower intermediate level twice as fast as a regular class. The class combines lower intermediate 203 and 204 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into 205.
Pace: Regular

203

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

204

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

205

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

Sounding French A2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Pronunciation is the key to successful communication in French and this 10-week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for lower intermediate learners of French studying at the A2 level.
Pace: Regular
A2/B1

A2 to B1 Bridge

Core Classes
Cross the bridge from A2 to B1 in this transition class where students will gain confidence in their spoken communication skills through review of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation learned in the Édito A2 sequence. Grammar reviewed will include past tenses, temporal prepositions, alternative negation, relative pronouns, object pronouns, 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 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. More information about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged or refunded.
Pace: Regular

302

Core Classes
302 class is the second step for students wishing to master the B1 level.Our B1 level Core Class is for students progressing from A2 level and wishing to master the B1 level. Défi 3 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Two options are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuel for 12 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. More information about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged or refunded.
Pace: Regular

303

Core Classes
303 class is the third step for students wishing to master the B1 level.Our B1 level Core Class is for students progressing from A2 level and wishing to master the B1 level. Défi 3 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Two options are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuel for 12 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. More information about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged or refunded.
Pace: Regular

304

Core Classes
304 class is the fourth step for students wishing to master the B1 level.Our B1 level Core Class is for students progressing from A2 level and wishing to master the B1 level. Défi 3 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Two options are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuel for 12 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. More information about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged or refunded.
Pace: Regular

305

Core Classes
304 class is the fourth step for students wishing to master the B1 level.Our B1 level Core Class is for students progressing from A2 level and wishing to master the B1 level. Défi 3 book offers different thematic units. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips). Class materials consist from the Student Book and Workbook. Two options are offered: paper version of both, or Premium Bundle with paper Student Book and digital Workbook accessible through Espace Virtuel for 12 months (You will not have access to Workbook after 12 months unless you renew the subscription directly with the editor. More information about Espace Virtuel here: https://emdl.us/product-category/digital/espace-virtuel/). Premium books can not be exchanged or refunded.
Pace: Regular

Discover Swiss Culture

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Welcome to our French class on Switzerland! When we mention milk chocolate, banking secrecy, Heidi, and neutrality, what country comes to mind? Switzerland, of course! In this course, you'll have the opportunity to discover the characteristics of this small country and its French-speaking region through its captivating history, rich traditions, delicious cuisine, distinctive French language, and unique politics. Get ready to uncover the best-kept secrets of the Swiss Confederation! Additionally, students will have the option, if they choose, to prepare oral presentations. Join us for a fascinating exploration of Switzerland through the French language.
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French Intermediate

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

French Grammar - Dynamic Language Practice

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

French Impressionism

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

Grammar For Conversation

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Part 2 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

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
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

Discover Swiss Culture

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Welcome to our French class on Switzerland! When we mention milk chocolate, banking secrecy, Heidi, and neutrality, what country comes to mind? Switzerland, of course! In this course, you'll have the opportunity to discover the characteristics of this small country and its French-speaking region through its captivating history, rich traditions, delicious cuisine, distinctive French language, and unique politics. Get ready to uncover the best-kept secrets of the Swiss Confederation! Additionally, students will have the option, if they choose, to prepare oral presentations. Join us for a fascinating exploration of Switzerland through the French language.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

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

French Ripped From The Headlines Advanced

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

Littérature - lecture guidée

Specialty & Cultural Classes
With Marie-Pierre Wolfe. 

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

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

Littérature Française Int

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Learn about different authors and read excerpts of their works. Perfect for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of French literature beyond the scope of a single book or author. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature. This term, the theme will be love, exploring how this timeless emotion has been depicted across various literary eras. The curriculum is structured around a particular theme each term, with literary works chosen from different eras.
Pace: Regular
B2 - Lower Advanced

402

Core Classes
402 class is the second step for students wishing to master the B2 level. Our B2 level Core Class is for students progressing from B1 level and wishing to master the B2 level.
Pace: Regular

Discover Swiss Culture

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Welcome to our French class on Switzerland! When we mention milk chocolate, banking secrecy, Heidi, and neutrality, what country comes to mind? Switzerland, of course! In this course, you'll have the opportunity to discover the characteristics of this small country and its French-speaking region through its captivating history, rich traditions, delicious cuisine, distinctive French language, and unique politics. Get ready to uncover the best-kept secrets of the Swiss Confederation! Additionally, students will have the option, if they choose, to prepare oral presentations. Join us for a fascinating exploration of Switzerland through the French language.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

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

Discover Swiss Culture

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Welcome to our French class on Switzerland! When we mention milk chocolate, banking secrecy, Heidi, and neutrality, what country comes to mind? Switzerland, of course! In this course, you'll have the opportunity to discover the characteristics of this small country and its French-speaking region through its captivating history, rich traditions, delicious cuisine, distinctive French language, and unique politics. Get ready to uncover the best-kept secrets of the Swiss Confederation! Additionally, students will have the option, if they choose, to prepare oral presentations. Join us for a fascinating exploration of Switzerland through the French language.
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French Advanced

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

French Impressionism

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

Nouvelle Vague

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Welcome to the cinema course on the Nouvelle Vague! Immerse yourself in the universe of this revolutionary cinematic movement that shook the foundations of French and global cinema. In this course, we will explore the iconic works of directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Eric Rohmer. Whether you are a cinema enthusiast or simply curious to learn more about one of the most fascinating periods in French cinema history, this course will offer you a rewarding and stimulating experience.
Through in-depth analysis, class discussions, and film excerpt screenings, you will discover the innovative techniques used by Nouvelle Vague filmmakers, such as cinema verité, documentary style, discontinuous editing, and non-linear narration. You will also have the opportunity to explore the social, political, and cultural themes that inspired this unique artistic movement.
Pace: Regular
C1 - Advanced

Discover Swiss Culture

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Welcome to our French class on Switzerland! When we mention milk chocolate, banking secrecy, Heidi, and neutrality, what country comes to mind? Switzerland, of course! In this course, you'll have the opportunity to discover the characteristics of this small country and its French-speaking region through its captivating history, rich traditions, delicious cuisine, distinctive French language, and unique politics. Get ready to uncover the best-kept secrets of the Swiss Confederation! Additionally, students will have the option, if they choose, to prepare oral presentations. Join us for a fascinating exploration of Switzerland through the French language.
Pace: Regular

French Impressionism

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

Order This Course

$395.00 USD

Code: 24H 506-A
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.

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