ABOUT OUR CLASSES AND WAYS OF TEACHING
Join us at the French Cultural Center and immerse yourself in French learning! Our immersion method and curriculum target systematic acquisition of grammar skills as a means of acquiring and using the language with immediate results.

Our teachers benefit from the expertise of the Alliance Française for the most effective methods of French language instruction. Our class sizes are small (max 8 students) providing more opportunities for you to communicate in French, and creating a lively classroom atmosphere.

A1? A2? B1? What’s my level?


All our classes are structured according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). The CEF is the language and fluency level scale used in the European Union. It goes from A1 to C2 and serves as the guideline for describing the level of fluency achieved by a foreign language learner. The chart below details our courses’ codification, the level progression and what a learner can do after completing a whole section. Each level requires 30h of teaching time. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

If you have never taken a class with us, we ask that you please complete the written and oral sections of our placement test for the upcoming session to ensure you enroll in the right course level.


A1 Absolute/Beginners (4 levels: A1.0 or A1.1 to A1.4)


For students who have never studied French, A1.0 introduces basic grammatical structures, vocabulary and pronunciation while focusing on basic communication. A1.1 to A1.4: can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Class material for language courses: Edito A1

A2 Advanced Beginners (4 levels: A2.1 to A2.4)


Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Class material for language courses: Edito A2

B1 Intermediate (5 levels: B1.1 to B1.5)


Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Class material for language classes: Edito B1

B2 Independent (4 levels: B2.1 to B2.4)


Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Class material for language courses: Cosmopolite 4

C1 Proficient (2 levels: C1.1 to C1.2)


Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
Class material for language courses: Tendances C1+/C2

C2 Proficient (1 level: C2.1)


Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Class material for language courses: Tendances C1+/C2


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A1-1 | Beginner French 1 | In-Person

Beginner
Starting June 28, 2022 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

Are you ready to kick-start your French education? Learn to Ask for and give directions, understand an itinerary, get around using public transportation, and much more! This class is for students with limited prior experience in French. Are You A Beginner with Prior Experience (A1.1) or Absolute Beginner (A1.0)? Take this brief self-test below to find out. If you have a majority of OUI, you are a beginner with limited prior experience. If you have a majority of NON, you are then considered an absolute beginner. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact the Education Department. We are here to help!

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A2-2 | Advanced Beginner French 2 | In-Person

Advanced Beginner
Starting June 28, 2022 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

Do you want to discuss jobs of the future, describe the future, highlight the utility of an object, express intent or remind someone of something? Do you want to do all of that in French? You can! Plus you'll improve your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation skills at the same time.

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B1 | Intermediate Coffee Talk | In-Person

Intermediate
Sessions starting June 28, 2022, and August 2, 2022 1 hour 30 mins per week for 5 weeks

A relaxed environment for lovers of French language and culture to sharpen their speaking skills. Discuss everything from daily activities to social issues. No homework and no required textbook.

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B1 | Intermediate Lunch Break | In-Person

Intermediate
Starting August 2, 2022 1 hour and 30 mins per week for 5 weeks

Come join us for this new casual conversation class! Learn French in a relaxed environment during your lunch break. Sharpen your skills and discuss everything from daily activities to social issues. No homework and no required textbook.

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B1-3-4/B2-1-2 | Les Femmes pionnières | In-Person

Advanced
Starting August 5, 2022 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks

Découvrez les destins des artistes femmes qui ont révolutionné les années folles en France!

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B1-3/B1-4 | Let's Cook in French | In-Person

Intermediate
Starting August 1, 2022 1.5 hours per week for 5 or 10 weeks

Why not improve your French with a cooking class? Discover culture and regional specialties of France while learning to cook local recipes. Intended for advanced beginner to intermediate students.

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B1-4/B2-1 | Saving Notre Dame | In-Person

Intermediate
Starting August 5, 2022 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks

For 175 years, Notre-Dame de Paris withstood weather, war, and vacationers alike, until April 15, 2020, when a blaze nearly destroyed one of the world’s most famous cathedrals and an enduring symbol of the City of Light. Since then, a renowned French association of artisans and craftspeople, the Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, whose organization was founded in the Middle Ages, has played a leading role in Notre Dame’s restoration. Overseen by the French National Commission for Heritage and Architecture, the complete renovation will be completed by 2024, just in time to be on display when Paris hosts the next Summer Olympic Games. Get ready for a dive into the history and traditions of the Compagnons, whose modern-day members have dedicated themselves to helping Paris and the world heal from a very painful recent past.

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B1+ | Pronunciation | In-Person

Intermediate
Starting August 5, 2022 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks

Improve the quality of your spoken French by covering basic phonetic rules, challenging sounds, liaisons and intonation in this intermediate level class.

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B2 | Advanced Coffee Talk | In-Person

Advanced
Sessions starting June 30, 2022, and August 4, 2022 1 hour 30 mins per week for 5 weeks

A relaxed environment for lovers of French language and culture to sharpen their speaking skills. Discuss everything from daily activities to social issues. No homework and no required textbook.

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B2 | Advanced Lunch Break | In-Person

Advanced
Sessions starting July 1, 2022, and August 5, 2022 1 hour and 30 mins per week for 5 or 10 weeks

Come join us for this casual conversation class! Learn French in a relaxed environment during your lunch break. Sharpen your skills and discuss everything from daily activities to social issues. No homework and no required textbook.

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B2-1-B2-2 | Summer Review | In-Person

Advanced
Starting August 8, 2022 6 hours per week for 2 weeks for 2 weeks

Summer Review | 2h three times a week for 2 weeks.Before the fall session starts, revisit the key concepts, grammatical structures, and vocabulary that you would like to master so that you can feel 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.

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B2-1/B2-2 | Destin extraordinaire: Rosa Bonheur | In-Person

Advanced
Starting August 3, 2022 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks

‘A major national and international event, this exhibition honors an extraordinary, innovative and inspiring artist, Rosa Bonheur. This artist, known as an icon of women's emancipation, placed the living world at the heart of her work and her existence’ - source, Musée d’Orsay

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