Current Term: SUMMER 2022

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Summer Term Offerings

Class changes

The Alliance will move back to pre-pandemic class format: all of our Core classes will be offered in 10-week modules. Specialty and Cultural classes will be either 10-weeks or 5-weeks long. This summer, only Literature and Defining Moments in Art are 5-weeks long. 

Class Type

Regular classes are offered in a format of 10-weeks, 2 hours per session. Term dates are June 13-August 20. Check for specifics for 5-week cultural classes at the bottom of the page.

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

Series 1: June 13 - July 9
Series 2: July 11 - August 6
Series 3: August 8 - September 3

Mini Classes Schedule Mini Classes Schedule

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 pace classes or accelerated pace classes (for A1 and A2 levels only). Download regular class directory.  Read more about level progression and classes for adults here.

Specialty & Cultural Classes

Grammaire en Dialogues



Grammaire en Dialogues looks at grammar using current spoken French. Discuss and practice themes and situations as you focus on a particular point of grammar (such as how to order
gaufres.).

Level A1/A2  Thursdays 1-3pm
Teacher: Julie Nelson     
Specialty  Class

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 (prereq. Edito 104), B1 (prereq. Edito 205) and B2/C1 levels (prereq. CECR B1).

B1: Fri 9-11am
B2/C1: Mon 9-11am
Specialty Class

Literature: Vers la beauté B1/B2



Read and discuss David Foenkinos' "Vers la beauté".
Antoine Duris is a Modigliani specialist and a professor at the Beaux-Arts in Lyon. Overnight, he decides to leave everything behind to become a room attendant at the Musée d'Orsay. Mathilde, the director (HRD) of the museum, is determined to unlock her secret.

Mondays 10am-12pm or Tuesdays 6-8pm.
Teacher: Marie-Pierre Wolfe
Cultural  Class

Defining Moments in Art B1/B2



For visual arts enthusiasts and those simply curious about the art world. Each week, examine several artworks to learn about the events, personalities and works that have had the greatest impact in their time. This is a highly interactive class using art as a vehicle of conversation. This class will study art of the early 20th century and is held only during part 1 of the term. 

Tuesdays 10am-12pm, or 6-8pm
Teacher: Elene Zedginidze
Cultural Class

Summer Mini Classes

Keep studying French this summer with classes that fit your schedule! Visit this page to browse through available mini classes.

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Select by Level to view all classes in that level. Select Type of class  to see all Core or Specialty & Cultural Classes. Select  Pace to find Accelerated or Normal classes. Select Location to see In Person classes for Spring Term.

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A.0 - Pre-Beginner

Introduction to French

Core Classes
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 beginning Core Class combines Beginner 101 and Beginner 102 into one term and is for highly motivated students and/or those who have taken French in the past or had some exposure and need to revisit the basics.
Pace: Accelerated

101

Core Classes
This beginning Core Classes covers chapters 0-2 of Edito A1. Basic communication is introduced as well as essential grammar and phonetics. Appropriate for beginning students with no or minimal French.
Pace: Regular

102 Beginning

Core Classes
This contintuing Core Course covers chapters 3-4 of Edito A1. Students learn to communicate likes and dislikes and meet basic situations such as ordering in a restaurant or discussing the weather. New verbs are introduced as well as new tenses.


Pace: Regular

103-104 Accelerated

Core Classes
This dynamic Core Classes class combines beginning 103 and 104 into one term by exposing students to content necessary to continue with confidence into Beginner 105. There will be no class on June 21, and so the final class will be held August 23.
Pace: Accelerated

103

Core Classes
This continuing Core Course covers chapters 5-6 of Edito A1. Students learn to speak about daily activities; describe an object; ask about sizes and prices; arrange an outing; make reservations by phone. Grammar includes the passé composé and the verbs pouvoir and vouloir and more.
Pace: Regular

104

Core Classes
Chapters 7-8. Communication: Explaining a problem; discussing lodging, living conditions; expressing hesitation, preference, surprise; writing an email, postcard. Grammar: COD pronouns; pronoun « y »; comparison; -IR verbs; passé composé with être.
Pace: Regular

105-106 Accelerated

Core Classes
This Continuing Core class for highly motivated language learners combines Beginning 105 and 106 into one term. Students are exposed to the necessary content to continue with confidence into Intermediate 201.
Pace: Accelerated

105

Core Classes
This continuing Core Course covers chapters 9-10 of Edito A1. Students learn to express wishes, desires, emotions, make a complaint. Grammar introduced includes reflexive verbs and relative pronouns, as well as conditions using si.
Pace: Regular

106

Core Classes
Chapters 11-12. Communication: Expressing choices, dissatisfaction, (dis)-agreement, one’s interests; encouraging & reassuring. Grammar: Comparisons; COD & COI pronouns ; “y”; review of tenses.
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

Essential Everyday French For True Beginners A1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This class is for true beginnings and focuses on basic communication. No prerequisites needed. If you have already studied French, you may look into Essential Everyday French BEGINNERS A1/A2 class.
Pace: Regular

Kick-Start French - Beginner - A1

Annual Short Programs

Review and grow your basic reading, listening, and speaking skills in this intensive 4-day course.
Over the course of four 2.5-hour class sessions, students will review present and futur proche verb tenses and conjugations, negations, how to ask questions, adjectives and agreement, interrogative and declarative intonation, basic liaison, and the pronunciation of the French /R/.

Prerequisites: 103 or equivalent.

Learning with Dictée

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

Mastering Verbs

Summer Minis

This four week class will review different verbs and tenses every week through drills and conversation while incorporating and revisiting vocabulary typically learned in the A1 series. Prerequisites: Edito 104 or equiv. This is a repeat of Series 1 in June.


Pace: Regular

Sounding French - Led In English

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

Sounding French

Summer Minis
Improve your speech, comprehension and pronunciation as you examine the link between spoken and written French, intonation, rhythm, vowels, liaison, and mute final letters. Prerequisites: Edito 103 or equivalent
Pace: Regular
A1/A2

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

Essential Everyday French A1/A2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This class is all about basic communication: conveying an idea, responding and reacting during a conversation, and understanding spoken French.
Pace: Regular

French for Travelers A1/A2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
French for Travelers is a rigorous course designed for advanced beginners who wish to deepen their understanding of grammar, expand their vocabulary and learn useful expressions for everyday life while traveling. Prerequisites: 104 or equiv.
Pace: Regular
A2 - Lower Intermediate

201-202 Accelerated

Core Classes
This class is designed for highly motivated language learners. The class combines Lower Intermediate 201 and 202 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into Lower Intermediate 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.
Pace: Regular

202

Core Classes
This Core Course covers chapters 3-4 of Edito A2. Grammar studied includes relative pronouns; comparison of adjectives, adverbs; possessive adjectives; le futur simple; conditions with “si”. The student also works toward communication and phonetic goals.
Pace: Regular

203-204 Accelerated

Core Classes
This is a fast-paced classed offering an opportunity to advance into lower intermediate level twice as fast as a regular class, combining lower intermediate 203 and 204 into one term. This is the last term to study with the Edito A2 book.
Pace: Accelerated

203

Core Classes
This Core Course covers chapters 5-6 of Edito A2. Grammar covers the subjunctive mood; pronoun « en »; « ne…que »; adverbs with « ment ». The student also works toward communication and phonetic goals.
Pace: Regular

204

Core Classes
This Core Course covers chapters 7-8 of Edito A2. 
Pace: Regular

205-206 Accelerated

Core Classes
This class is designed for highly motivated language learners. The class combines Lower Intermediate 205 and 206 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into Intermediate 301.
Pace: Accelerated

206

Core Classes
This Core Course covers chapters 11-12 of Edito A2. Communications include writing a formal letter; speaking about one’s education, training, projects; understanding job offers, CV’s, instructions; expressing concern; reacting to disapproval. The student encounters new grammar and phonetic challenges.
Pace: Regular

Kick-Start French - Lower Intermediate - A2

Annual Short Programs
Improve your comfort with lower-intermediate level grammar and vocabulary in this 4-day intensive spring course.  
Review past and future tenses, giving commands and making suggestions, comparative and superlative structures, pronouns (relative, direct, indirect, and interrogative), and making your intonation sound more natural.

Prerequisites: 205  or equivalent.

Mastering Verbs

Summer Minis

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


Pace: Regular
A2/B1

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.
Pace: Regular

Learning with Dictée

Summer Minis
In this 4-week workshop, you will improve your listening comprehension skills, spelling, and vocabulary while solidifying your understanding of intermediate grammatical points in the same way as the French: through a series of dictation activities and short discussions about some of the most troublesome areas of spelling, agreement, and conjugation. Prerequisites: Edito 203 or equivalent
Pace: Regular

Sounding French

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



Pace: Regular
B1 - Intermediate

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.
Pace: Regular

302

Core Classes
Edito is for students wishing to master the B1 level. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented using authentic documents, including arts & culture, the media, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more. Edito classes cover different thematic units and can be taken in any sequence. This class will cover chapter 2.
Pace: Regular

303

Core Classes
303 class is the third step for students wishing to master the B1 level. Our B1 level Core Classes are for students progressing from A2 level and wishing to master the B1 level.
Pace: Regular

DELF B1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Consolidate skills acquired at B1 level, while evaluating your strengths and weaknesses before jumping to next level.
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French Intermediate

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This class aims to bring your conversational French to the next level. Learn how native speakers communicate on a day-to-day basis. Interaction and exchanges between students are facilitated by the instructor following weekly thematic topics that include essential vocabulary and grammar. This class is open to students who have successfully completed Edito 205. Chapters 10-17.
Pace: Regular

Essential Vocabulary

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Enhance and enrich your French vocabulary through dialogues from authentic situations and everyday contexts..
Pace: Regular

Kick-Start French - Lower Intermediate - B1

Annual Short Programs
Improve your comfort with intermediate level grammar and vocabulary in this 4-day intensive course. Students will review indicative and subjunctive modes, practice making sentences with double object pronouns, compound pronouns, passives and reported speech, as well as work on intonation and pronunciation of troublesome vowels.

Prerequisites: CECR B1

Mastering Verbs

Summer Minis

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


Pace: Regular
B1/B2

Defining Moments in Art B1/B2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Each week, examine several artworks to learn about the events, personalities and works that have had the greatest impact in their time. The morning and evening session cover the same material.
Pace: Regular

DELF B2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Consolidate skills acquired at B2 level, while evaluating your strengths and weaknesses before jumping to next level.
Pace: Regular

Grammar in Context

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

Littérature - David Foenkinos

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Antoine Duris est professeur aux Beaux-Arts de Lyon. Du jour au lendemain, il decide de tout quitter pour devenir gardien de salle au musee d'Orsay. Personne ne comprend cette surprenante reconversion de la part d'un spécialiste de Modigliani. Qu'a-t-il vecu pour fuir ainsi ? Mathilde, la directrice (DRH) du musée, est décidée à percer son secret.

Pace: Regular

Littérature Française B1/B2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature.
Pace: Regular

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

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

401

Core Classes
401 class is the first 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: Accelerated

402

Core Classes
402 class is the second step for students wishing to master the B2 level. Our B2 level Core Classes are for students progressing from B1 level and wishing to master the B2 level.
Pace: Accelerated
B2/C1

Conversation and Grammar

Summer Minis
Improve your grammar through engaging conversations and fun activities.
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French B2/C1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Add useful expressions, proverbs and even a little slang to your existing French skills! This class aims to teach you how to communicate like a native French person and is open to students who have successfully completed the Edito B1 level and moved into the B2 level. Wednesday morning class studies chapters 30-36, Wednesday evening chapters 1-8.
Pace: Regular

Régions de France

Summer Minis
Emmanuel vous fera voyager dans différentes régions de France à la découverte de leurs plus beaux monuments et de leur histoire. Prerequisites: CECR B2



Pace: Regular

Sounding French

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

502

Core Classes
502 class is the second 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.
Pace: Regular

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$395.00 USD

Code: 22A 202-A
Chapters 3-4. Communication: Describing, placing & reading ads for lodging; floor plans; expressing joy, intention; communicating a reminder to someone. Grammar: Relative pronouns; comparison of adjectives, adverbs; possessive adjectives; le futur simple; conditions with “si”. Phonetics: /ply/-/plys/-/plyz/; nasal vowels.

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