To avoid over a month-long gap between the end of the fall and the beginning of the winter sessions, we have decided to offer some short programs to keep you busy! What can you expect during this new inter-session? Most classes will meet 1h30 twice a week for two weeks (6h total). If you’re up for a little challenge, our grammar boot camps will meet twice a week for 2h (8h total) and brush up classes will take place 1h30 three times a week (9h total).  The boot camps and brush up classes are meant to be review sessions to strengthen your skills and get you prepared for our next session.  All other classes are meant to provide an overview of many different topics of interest such as a look at the multi-faceted regions of Québec and Nouvelle-Aquitaine; the latest styles and trends in France; French holiday traditions; pop culture; French songs and more.  If you want to meet up with some of your favorite classmates and friends or make new ones, our casual and formal conversations will create the perfect atmosphere for that.  Finally, if you want to improve your listening comprehension and vocabulary, our Fun with dictées is the perfect class for you!

You do not have to be a member to attend our classes. Just scroll down and click on "Register". If you have never taken a class at the French Cultural Center/Alliance Française of Boston, please make sure to take a free placement test. No specific class material is needed - handout and online resources will be provided by your teacher. Please note that due to the short nature of this special session, there will be no trial classes offered.  

REVIEW CLASSES

Brush up | 1h30 three times a week for 2 weeks. $180 for members/$220 for non-members
Before the New Year, revisit the key concepts, grammatical structures, and vocabulary that you would like to master so that you can begin 2021 feeling comfortable and confident enough to move on to the next level of your French studies! Whether you have taken a class at the Center in the past or will be joining us for the first time, we are excited to have you in this review course. How to choose your level? A1 - will cover grammatical and other concepts studied in Beginner classes 1 to 4; A2 - will cover grammatical and other concepts studied in Advanced Beginner classes 1 to 4; B1 - will cover grammatical and other concepts studied in Intermediate classes 1 to 4.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday  
Grammar Boot-camp with Farida | 2 hours twice a week for 2 weeks. $200 for members/$240 for non-members 
Whip your French into fighting form at Grammar Bootcamp! Our Commander Grammaire, Mrs. Farida Talantikit, will help you prepare for the reflexive verbs, past participles, subjunctives, expressions of doubt, and indirect speech you will encounter in your future French studies. Enlist in this fun and challenging class to review grammar in a creative and engaging way!


B2 level: Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
  • day 1: subjonctif; day 2: passé composé/imparfait/plus que parfait; day 3: conditionnel présent/passé; day 4: discours direct/indirect présent/passé

B1 level:  Monday/Friday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
  • day 1: passé composé; day 2: futur/futur antérieur ; day 3: conditionnel présent/passé; day 4: subjonctif

A2 level: Wednesday/Friday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
  • day 1: passé composé/imparfait; day 2: pronoms objets directs et indirects; day 3: conditionnel présent; day 4: prépositions de temps
 

CONVERSATION CLASSES

1h30 twice a week for 2 weeks. $150 for members/$190 for non-members

Master the art of conversation while perfecting the finer points of your grammar through the fun and varied speaking activities in this course! Discuss everything from your daily activities to in-depth social debates—all in French.

Coffee Talk and Lunch Break courses give you a relaxed environment to chat in French about a variety of informal topics such as French culture, life experiences, politics, or any other topic of interest to you and your classmates. This is a perfect way for lovers of French language and culture to keep their skills sharp. And there's no required textbook or homework!

Intermediate 1-2 Conversation with Joséphine
Monday/Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

Advanced Beginner 1-2 Lunch Break with Nora
Monday/Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

Advanced Beginner 3-4 Conversation with Nora
Monday/Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  

Coffee talk Advanced Beginner 3-4  with Nora
Tuesday/Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM  

Intermediate 1-2 Lunch Break with Julien
Tuesday/Friday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

Intermediate 3-4 conversation with Sandra
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  


THEMATIC CLASSES

1h30 twice a week for 2 weeks. $150 for members/$190 for non-members

Discover Nouvelle-Aquitaine with Julien | Advanced 1-2
Monday/Friday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The regions of Aquitaine, Limousin, and Poitou-Charentes have long attracted many visitors to their urban centers of Bayonne, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, and Limoges as well as to their lush vineyards and holiday beaches. United as one administrative district since 2016 to form Nouvelle-Aquitaine, these territories are as colorful and complex as the taste of a Bordeaux wine. In this class, you will learn about the history and contemporary culture of Nouvelle-Aquitaine from one of its natives, Julien, who will serve as your guide through this region renowned for its economy, industry, and agriculture.

Holiday Traditions with Julien | Intermediate 1-2
Monday/Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Before you exchange gifts with your loved ones this season, we invite you to join Julien in celebrating the end of the year in classic French fashion! In this class, you will discover traditional recipes and customs that are sure to bring good cheer to you and your family, just in time for the holidays.

Fun with dictées with Joséphine | Advanced 3-4 to Proficient 1-2 
Monday/Wednesday  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
An essential component of primary education in France, Dictée (dictation) is an excellent exercise to improve vocabulary, spelling, and memory for native French speakers and learners alike. In the Center’s take on classic Dictées, you will work with a variety of interesting and entertaining texts ranging from science to culture, history and society that will challenge you and build your confidence as a French speaker and writer.

Style & Trends with Sandra | Intermediate 3-4
Monday/Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
French “style” has long dominated the romantic imagination of people around the world. In this class, you will explore not only the complex, fascinating, and rich history of French fashion, gastronomy, architecture, and design, but also the synergy that has united these sensual realms of style in the 21st Century. Profiles of such icons as Lagerfeld (fashion), Ducasse (gastronomy), Starck and Nouvel (architecture), among others, will be explored in depth.

Fables de la Fontaine with Bojana | Advanced 3-4 to Proficient 1 
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 
It is often said that poetry cannot be appreciated in translation. This is certainly the case for the work of the poet and French fabulist Jean de La Fontaine, who spent much of his career collecting and reimagining the stories of other great preachers of parables from around the world. In the late 17th century, he published his famous compendium of contes, Fables, an anthology of didactic tales, mostly apologues of animals with human feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. His writing was graceful, the commonplace morals drawn at the end of the tales were frank, and his contributions to French storytelling have been immeasurable. In this class, you will read La Fontaine’s stories to understand what is impossible to demonstrate in translation and see why La Fontaine’s stories are so revered.

Discover Québec with Alysse | Intermediate 3-4 
Tuesday/Thursday  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
In this class, you will be immersed in the land and language of Québec, the second-largest of Canada’s ten provinces and the only one with a majority French-speaking population. Unique amongst an almost entirely English-speaking Canada, Québec has a strong sense of territorial and francophone pride, and is replete with food, music, idioms, and a sense of humor all its own. Learn why North American history would not be the same without the founding of Québec City along the St. Lawrence River, the cultural contributions of Montréal, or the stories of indigenous Canadians who have long called the region home.

Pop Culture with Evelyne |  Intermediate 3-4 
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Join Evelyne to discover cult movies and TV shows, the most popular brands, traditions, etc. Basically, everything that makes France what it is! In this course, you'll discuss films, TV shows, music, and other aspects of everyday French culture and get a better sense of modern France. Previous classes have looked at different comedians, musicians, cultural institutions and various traditions that make up everyday French popular culture.

French through Songs: Special Christmas Edition with Michaela | Advanced Beginner 1-2 
Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Life is a Holiday Cabaret in this class! Come hear the music play, sing along if you’d like, and discover an iconic French Christmas tune just in time for the holiday season! The class will also dive deeper into each song, including a look at its cultural context, grammatical particularities, and vocabulary, so that you will leave the class with a singing mind and reinforced French skills!