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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Class Offerings for Adults

Class Schedule - Spring 2014

The class schedule will be mailed out and posted on the website by April 2nd. Classes will begin approximately the 3rd week of April. You may request that a class schedule be mailed to you by filling out our request form.


Bienvenue à l'Alliance Française d'Albuquerque !

The Alliance Française d'Albuquerque is our local, independent chapter of the international Federation of Alliances Françaises, the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. With over 1000 chapters in more than 100 countries, the Alliance Française is dedicating to promoting French language and culture, and to fostering friendly relations between Francophones and Francophiles of all racial, ethnic and national origins. The School and the French for Children program admit students of any race, color, creed, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin.

The Alliance School offers courses in French on all levels taught by highly qualified instructors who are native or near-native speakers. Classes meet in our offices, conveniently located between Menaul and Candelaria at 2917 Carlisle NE, suites 207 and 110. (For 207, please use the west entrance at the top of the stairs; for 110, use the south door off the parking lot - look for our buzzer). Minimum enrollment is 5 students; maximum enrollment is 10 students. The textbooks used in each course are available for purchase in our office or may be found online.

Course Descriptions

The Alliance School offers two types of courses, both conducted in French. Conversational French language classes introduce students to grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation while emphasizing communication. Advanced seminars are for students who have already studied French and wish to maintain or increase their fluency. Our small classes allow for more personalized attention and active participation in a friendly classroom setting that helps students gain confidence in speaking French.

Registration Information

***BEFORE REGISTERING, PLEASE NOTE: If this is your first Alliance course, please call 872-9288 for assistance in placement and/or to schedule a placement interview. This will help us to ensure that every student enrolls in a class that is the right level for his/her abilities. Merci!

We offer free placement interviews by appointment (in person or by phone) throughout the year. Whether you are a new or returning student, please register by mail, phone (872-9288) or through our website — Discounts are available for early registration. Some classes may be postponed 1-2 weeks until minimum enrollment is reached. You will be contacted by phone or email 2 days before the starting date with a confirmation of your class. If you do not receive a written or verbal confirmation, we may not have received your registration and so it is imperative that you contact Director C. Simmons at 280-9031 or Co-Director K. Frings at 821- 4169 before attending class.

Tuition and Membership

Tuition for each course is based on a fee of $11 per hour of instruction. Alliance Française membership is required to enroll in our classes. Rates for the calendar year are $22 for those enrolling as a student in any AF course, $36 for families. Single non-student memberships are $27. After July 1, new or renewing members may pay the pro-rated fee of $11 for a student membership ($18 for families, $13.50 for single). Members receive our newsletter, have library privileges and are invited to join in our social and cultural activities including lectures, films, dinners, lively celebrations of French holidays and monthly gatherings like Café Causette.

We ask that your registration form and payment reach the Director prior to the first day of class. PLEASE NOTE: Fees are refundable should the class be cancelled; however, no refunds will be allowed after the first week of class and tuition is not transferable from one session to another. For further information and for registration, please call the School at 872-9288. Merci!

School Calendar ~ 2014

  • Winter session: January 21 - April 5
  • Spring Session: April 21 - June 28
  • Summer Session: July 21 - August 30
  • Fall Session: September 22 - December 6
  • Watch our website and your emails for news about Intersession Immersion Days!

Alliance Française Offers TEF Exam

The Alliance is an official center for the Test d'Evaluation de français of the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris, an internationally recognized assessment of non-francophone speakers' oral and written French. We now offer the e-TEF and the e-TEFaQ. Testing sessions are arranged on demand. Please contact Carolyn Simmons at 872-9288 for details and to register.

Private Tutoring

Private tutoring is available for all Alliance members and students in our offices. Rates are $32 per hour for one person; $40 per hour for two people and $48 per hour for three people. After the first meeting, you may pay in advance for 4 sessions. If you are unable to attend a session, your fee will be refunded if you notify the instructor at least 8  hours in advance to reschedule.

SKYPE Tutoring

Alliance instructor, Patricia Dardant, is available for private tutoring via Skype! Purchase 30-minute units in advance at our low rate of $16/unit or 60-minute units for $32/unit.

Skype tutoring is ideal for those students who prefer not to come to the AF offices, or perhaps for a student who needs a little extra help understanding a homework assignment or preparing for a French exam. Please call Carolyn Simmons at 505-872-9288, or send us an email, for more information and to purchase Skype tutoring.

French for Children

A fun way to learn French!

Learn about French language and culture through games, songs and basic conversation. Classes for children (ages 4-14) meet once a week and are held at various locations. For more information or to register, please call FFC Director, Karin Frings at 821-4169.

~Pratiquez votre français~

Come join fellow Alliance members for Café Causette & special events. For details, see our newsletter, Le Lien or call 872-9288. In particular, please mark your calendar these upcoming events.

  • April 26 Café Causette, 12:00 - 2:00pm La Crêpe Michel, Old Town
  • May 3 Wine Tasting (RSVP required), 6:00pm Total Wine
  • May 24 Café Causette, 12:00 - 2:00pm La Crêpe Michel, Old Town

And be sure to stop by our Médiathèque–over 2,600 titles including a large video, DVD & audio collection. The library is generally open Saturdays, 10:30 to noon. Questions? Call our librarian, Henry Botts at 872-9288.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

The Alliance Française School admits students of any race, color, creed, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs and other school-administered programs.

Conversational French Courses ~ Spring 2014

Class Schedule UpdatesUpdates to the original schedule will be posted here.

  • Beginning II with Kim Thomason will meet from 5:30-7:30pm (and not 5:45-7:45pm).
  • Intermediates I with Penelope Lespinasse will meet from 6:00-8:00pm (and not 6:15-8:15).

With the exception of False Beginners, most classes will begin the week of April 21. Spring classes start in April on the dates listed below but may be postponed 1-2 weeks until minimum enrollment is reached. Students will be contacted by phone or by email 2 days before the scheduled starting date with a confirmation. Please do not attend a class without confirmation from the director. If you do not receive a confirmation, we may not have received your registration, or the class may have been postponed. Please contact the director to verify the course status. Students may call the AF at 872-9288, C. Simmons at 280-9031 or K. Frings at 821-4169 for more information. No classes on May 24, May 26, July 4 & 5.

Please note that the tuition price listed for each class does not cover the cost of additional photocopies. Your instructor may collect a nominal fee from you in class to cover those costs. Merci!


Bonjour le français! Learn the essentials for everyday communication and conversations. Text: Contacts, 7th ed. ($15). Beg I: Leçons 1-7; False Beg: Leçons 1-5; Beg. II: Leçons 6-10 & recommended supplemental text, Vite et Bien 1, Unités 1-4.

Beginners IApril 25
The ideal course for those who have never studied French. Grammar: pronunciation, intonation, articles, present tense regular -er verbs, être, avoir, negation, questions, adjectives. Conversation: greetings, numbers, time, activities, basic exchanges.
With Patricia DardantFridays5:45 - 7:45pm10 weeks$220
False BeginnersApril 12, 14 & 16
You have had some experience with French yet need to refresh your knowledge. These 6 hours of intensive instruction will allow you to join a Beg. II class this winter. Grammar: pronunciation, -er verbs, foundations of French. Conversation: greetings, numbers, time, basic exchanges.
With Penelope LespinasseSat 11am-1pmMon, Wed 6-8pm3 days$66
Beginners IIApril 25
This is the sequel to Beg. I. Grammar: être, avoir, aller, faire, articles, adjectives. Conversation: Au café, au téléphone, asking questions, describing people, daily life, travel and more.
With Kim ThomasonFridays5:30 - 7:30pm10 weeks$220
Beginners IIApril 30
This is the sequel to Beg. I. Grammar: être, avoir, aller, articles, adjectives. Conversation: Au café, au téléphone, asking questions, describing people & things, leisure activities, future plans, directions.
With Kim ThomasonWednesdays12:00 - 2:00pm10 weeks$220
Beginning French for TravelersApril 26
Planning a trip to France soon? Learn some practical French quickly to make your trip more enjoyable! Text: Fodor's French for Travelers (CD set) 2nd ed. $24.50.
With Catherine FrideySaturdays10:00am - 12:00pm9 weeks$199


Perfect the French you have learned to prepare for more advanced courses. Texts: Contacts, 7th ed. ($15) & recommended supplemental text, Vite & Bien I ($33). Int. I: Contacts Leçons 9-13 & selections from VB1 Unités 5-8. Int. II: Leçons 13-17 & selections from VB1 9-12. Int. III: Leçons 16-21 & selections from VB1 13-16.

Intermediates IApril 21
Grammar: expressions with aller, faire, avoir, possessives, comparatives & superlatives, -ir & -re verbs, interrogatives. Conversation: At the bank, administrative matters, family, clothes, weather, and health.
With Penelope LespinasseMondays6:15 - 8:15pm10 weeks$220
Intermediates IIApril 23
Grammar: -ir & -re verbs, expressions with avoir, irregular verbs (sortir, partir, dormir, venir), passé composé, partitive. Conversation: chores, travel, housing, directions and more.
With Penelope LespinasseWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Intermediates II & III: Déjeuner françaisApril 21
Bring your lunch and practice your French! This conversation class is for intermediate-level students wishing to improve fluency in speaking and comprehension. Take it alone or as the perfect supplement to our other intermediate-level classes.
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloMondays12:00 - 1:30pm10 weeks$165
Intermediates IIIApril 29
Grammar: partitive, irreg. verbs (prendre, boire, mettre, suivre, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir, voir, connaître); object pronouns. Conversation: les repas français, au café, les études, and more.
With Karin FringsTuesdays6:15 - 8:15pm10 weeks$220


Parlez français! Focus on your speaking skills while advancing in your study of French to more sophisticated grammar and vocabulary. Texts: Contacts 7th ed. ($15) & recommended supplemental text, Mobile A2 ($33) Adv. I: Contacts Leçons 21-24 & selections from Mobile A2 Unités 1-3. Adv. II: Leçons 25-28 & selections from MA2 4-6. Adv. III: Leçons 29-32 & selections from MA2 7-9. Text: Contacts 7th ed. ($15): Leçons 21-24. Adv. II: Leçons 25-28. Adv. III/III+: Leçons 29-32; and/or photocopies. Instructors may also recommend a supplemental text for additional readings and exercises and will advise students whether to purchase a copy, depending on the class. If a textbook is listed, it will be available for purchase in our office at your first class meeting.

Advanced IApril 24
Grammar: past tenses, object pronouns, relative pronouns, irreg. verbs. Conversation: Le passé, les amis, voyager et sujets divers.
With Patricia DardantThursdays6:15 - 8:15pm10 weeks$220
Advanced I & II: Compréhension et expression oraleApril 22
Take a break from learning new grammar and focus on strengthening your French listening and speaking skills through a variety of engaging exercises and activities! Text: Vite et Bien 1
With Patricia DardantTuesdays12:45 - 2:45pm10 weeks$220
Advanced IIApril 30
Grammaire: verbes pronominaux, adjectifs irréguliers. Conversation: sujets divers.
With Karin FringsWednesdays6:15 - 8:15pm10 weeks$220
Advanced II & III - Cours d'ImmersionMay 5, 7, 8 & 9
For Advanced II & III-level students, a chance to immerse yourself in French this spring! Venez participer à des discussions animées. Cette fois-ci, notre sujet sera l'évolution de la peinture française.
With Patricia DardantMon, Wed, Thu & Fri9:30 - 11:30am1 week$88
Advanced II & III: Mini-cours sur le passé simple (à travers des contes français) April 22
A partir des contes choisis, apprenez à reconnaître les verbes au passé simple.
With Patricia DardantTuesdays10:00 - 11:30am3 weeks$49.50
Advanced III (A2)April 22
A partir d'unités 4-6 de Mobile A2, nous traiterons 3 thèmes: 1/ Trouver un emploi; 2/ Nature et environnement; 3/ Bien da sa peau. Grammaire: passé composé, imparfait, expression de la durée, le futur, le superlatif, l'obligation, l'impératif, le gérondif et la nominalisation. Manuel: Mobile A2
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloTuesdays5:45 - 7:45pm10 weeks$220
Advanced III+ - Approfondissement de la langue française et étude d'actualitésApril 21
Pendant la première heure du cours, une étude de grammaire choisie: les pronoms relatifs, le plus que parfait, le futur simple, le discours indirect et la voix passive. Puis, pendant la 2ème heure, lectures d'articles de journaux et discussions des actualités françaises et des documentaires. Manuel: Edito B1
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloMondays9:30 - 11:30am10 weeks$220
Advanced III+April 26
A partir d'unités 2 & 3 d'Edito B1, nous traiterons 2 thèmes: 1/ Au travail et 2/ Faites passer le message (comprendre les médias français et les nouvelles technologies). Grammaire: pronoms relatifs, la place de l'adj, les adverbes, la forme passive, l'expression du but, la négation et la restriction. (26 avril, 10 mai, 17 mai, 31 mai, 14 juin, 28 juin). Manuel: Edito B1
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloSaturdays10:15am - 12:15pm6 weeks$132
Advanced III+: Conversations, lectures et révision de grammaireApril 24
Révision de grammaire et lectures variées.
With Patricia DardantThursdays12:30 - 2:30pm10 weeks$220

Advanced Seminars

Vous parlez assez couramment le français mais vous désirez affiner votre niveau, enrichir votre vocabulaire et approfondir vos connaissances.

Avancé III+/ Adv IV (B1): Conversation avancée & révisions grammaticalesApril 30
Un survol de grammaire avancée et des conversations variées: explorez un potpourri de sujets, tout en français. Manuel: Edito B1
With Thelma BowlesWednesdays1:45 - 3:45pm8 weeks$176
Avancé IV (B2): Pour aller encore plus loin! April 21
Explorez 3 sujets ce printemps. 1/ Les arts en perspective: comprendre une critique de film ou un reportage sur un artiste, et décrire des oeuvres d'art. Grammaire: les participes, exprimer l'appréciation, la concession, l'opposition. 2/ Les nouveaux voyageurs: comprendre des reportages sur le tourisme écologique et les procédures de reclamation. Grammaire: expression de la possibilité, (dé)conseiller. 3/ Grandeur nature: comprendre une interview sur le développement durable & une émission sur le jardinage. Grammaire: les pronoms personnels. Manuel: Edito B2
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloMondays5:45 - 7:45pm10 weeks$220
Avancé III+/IV: Le français familier July 8
Les Français, décontractés entre eux, ne parlent pas toujours comme les Académiciens ou les professeurs au Collège de France.Apprendre à utiliser à bon escient la collection d'expressions et de mots familiers que le Français moyen emploie quotidiennement quand il ne se sent pas observé par un étranger, sera le but de ce cours.
With Claude SenningerTuesdays10:30am - 12:00pm6 weeks$99

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