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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bienvenue à l'Alliance Française d'Albuquerque !

Class Schedule - Spring 2018

The class schedule will be mailed out and posted on the website by March 26th. You may request that a class schedule be mailed to you by filling out our request form.

Class Offerings for Adults

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 800 chapters in more than 130 countries, the Alliance Française is dedicated 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 (although sometimes exceptions may be made for groups of 4); maximum enrollment is 10 students. The textbooks used in each course are available for purchase in our office or may be found online. Visit the textbooks page for a listing of textbooks.

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 and at our January Open House. 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 $12 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. Those enrolling in a summer class, or joining or renewing their membership after July 1, may pay the pro-rated fee of $11 for an Alliance 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 ~ Winter 2018

  • Winter session: January 15 - April 7
  • Spring Session: April 16 - June 29
  • Summer Session: July 9 - August 31
  • Fall Session: September 10 - December 8

Alliance Française Offers TEF Exams

The Alliance is an official center for the Test d'Evaluation de français of the Le français des affaires (formerly the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris). The TEF is an internationally recognized assessment of non-francophone speakers' oral and written French. We now offer the e-TEF, the e-TEFaQ and the e-TEF Canada and the e-TEF pour la naturalisation exams. These exams offer assessment of French language skills for personal, academic or professional reasons. Testing sessions are arranged on demand. Please contact Carolyn Simmons at 505-872-9288 for details and to register.

Private Tutoring

Private tutoring is available for all Alliance members and students in our offices. Rates are $40 per hour for one person; $50 per hour for two people and $60 per hour for three or four 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 $20/unit or 60-minute units for $40/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 listed on our calendar page. For details, see our newsletter, Le Lien, or call 872-9288.

  • March 31 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 will generally be open on 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:30 to noon. Please see the Library page of our website for exact dates. Questions? Call our librarian, Lois McClave 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 ~ Winter 2018

Class Schedule Updates
  • Beginners I with Kim Thomason - postponed until Monday, Jan. 29.
  • Intermediates I With Colleen McCuskey - postponed until Mon. Jan. 29
  • Advanced II/III Les 13 Régions with Patricia Dardant - postponed until Jan. 29
  • Advanced II+/III Conversation et Phonétique with Patricia Dardant - postponed until Jan. 30
  • Cuisine et Conversation with Bénédicte Macias - postponed until Jan. 30
  • Advanced III Cosmopolite with Colleen McCuskey - postponed until Jan. 30
  • Both Advanced III+ With Carolyn Simmons - postponed until Jan. 30 & Feb. 1
  • Beginning French for Travelers with Penelope Lespinasse has been postponed until Feb. 1

Winter classes start in January 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. Closures due to bad weather will be posted on Students may call C. Simmons at 280-9031 or K. Frings at 821-4169 to verify a class cancellation.

More information about textbooks can be found on our textbooks page.


Bonjour le français! Learn the essentials for everyday communication and conversations. Text: Contacts, 7th ed. ($15). Beginners I: Contacts, leçons 1-7. False Beginners: Contacts, leçons 1-5. Beginning II: Contacts, leçons 6-10.

Beginners IJan. 22
The ideal course for those who have never studied French. Grammar: pronunciation, articles, present tense regular -er verbs, être, avoir, negation, simple questions, adjectives. Conversation: Greetings, numbers, basic exchanges.
With Kim ThomasonMondays1:00 - 3:00pm*10 weeks$240

* Please let us know if you prefer an evening class.

False BeginnersJan. 16, 18 & 20
You'd like to review the material you learned in our Beginners I class or are ready to revive the French you learned in the past. These 6 hours of intensive instruction will prepare you to join Beginners II.
With Penelope LespinasseTues, Thurs 5:30 - 7:30pmSat. 9-11am3 days$72
Beginners IIJan. 22
This is the sequel to Beg. I. Grammar: aller, prendre, faire & other irregular verbs, prepositions, questions. Conversation: Asking questions, describing people & things, leisure activities, future plans, directions.
With Penelope LespinasseMondays5:30 - 7:30pm10 weeks$240
Beginners IIJan. 24
This is the sequel to Beg. I. Grammar: aller, prendre, faire & other irregular verbs, prepositions, questions. Conversation: Asking questions, describing people & things, leisure activities, future plans, directions.
With Carolyn ShafferWednesdays1:00 - 3:00pm10 weeks$240
Beginning French for TravelersJan. 25
Planning a trip to France soon? Learn some practical French quickly to make your trip more enjoyable! Texts: DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, French Phrasebook & CD ($10) and France: The Visual Phrasebook & Dictionary ($10).
With Penelope LespinasseThursdays5:00 - 7:00pm8 weeks$192


Continue to build a solid foundation in French! Text: Alter Ego Plus A1 ($31) and/or Contacts, 7th ed, ($15) Int. I: AE Dossiers 3.2-4.2. Contacts, leçons 10-14. Int. II: Contacts leçons 15-20 Int. III: AE Dossiers, 6-7.1.

Intermediates IJan. 22
Grammar: reflexive verbs, futur proche, imperative, devoir, vouloir, pouvoir. Conversation: family and daily life, invitations and outings. (Text - Alter Ego+ A1).
With Colleen McCuskeyMondays5:45 - 7:45pm10 weeks$240
Intermediates IJan. 25
Grammar: -ir & -re verbs, possessive adj., comparatives & superlatives, expressions with faire & avoir, intro. to passé composé. Conversation: Family relations, shopping, lodging, weather. (Text - Contacts).
With Carolyn ShafferThursdays10:30am - 12:30pm10 weeks$240
Intermediates IIJan. 20
Grammar: passé composé, partitif, irregular verbs, direct object pronouns. Conversation: Travel and vacations in France, Bon appétit.
With Carolyn ShafferSaturdays1:00 - 3:00pm10 weeks$240
Intermediates IIIJan. 23
Grammar: future tense, pronoun y, adjectives, partitive. Conversation: Seasons, colors, weather, geographic locations, outdoor activities, food.
With Penelope LespinasseTuesdays4:30 - 6:30pm10 weeks$240


Parlez français! Focus on your speaking skills while advancing in your study of French to more sophisticated grammar and vocabulary. Adv. I: Alter Ego+ A1 ($31), Dossiers 7.2-8.2. Adv. II: Alter Ego+ A1 ($31), Dossiers 8.3-9.3. Adv. III: Cosmopolite A2. (Collen); Adv. III+: Discovering French Rouge (Kim & Carolyn) Please see the textbooks page for more info.

Advanced I **
Grammar: relative, direct and indirect pronouns, "en", expressions of quantity, negations.

** Please let us know if you are interested in this class. It may be arranged on demand.

Advanced IIJan. 24
Grammar: imparfait et passé composé, comparisons, depuis & il y a, il faut, infinitives, imperative. Conversation: Evoquer des souvenirs, la maison et le logement.
With Penelope LespinasseWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$240
Advanced II/III: Les 13 régions de France Jan. 22
Partez en voyage virtuel et explorez la géographie, histoire, gastronomie et chansons des 13 régions de la France.
With Patricia DardantMondays10:00am - 12:00pm10 weeks$240
Advanced II+/III : Conversation et phonétiqueJan. 23
Participez à des conversations animées autour de sujets divers, et améliorez votre prononciation, votre intonation et votre compréhension du français.
With Patricia DardantTuesdays10:00am - 12:00pm10 weeks$240
NEW! Advanced III Cours de cuisine et conversation Jan. 23
Venez dans la cuisine de Béndicteé pour préparer une entrée, une soupe, un plat léger ou un dessert, puis dégustez votre création tout en parlant français sur un thème choisi. Note: Tuition fee includes cost of ingredients.
With Bénédicte MaciasTuesdays10:30am - 1:30pm4 weeks$210
NEW! Advanced III : Cosmopolite A2Jan. 24
Grammaire: comparaisons, y, en, COD & COI, qui, que, imparfait et passé composé, intro. au subjonctif. Conversation: Séjours en France, expériences originales.
With Colleen McCuskeyTuesdays6:15 - 8:15pm10 weeks$240
Advanced III+Jan. 23
Grammaire: Les temps du passé, le conditionnel et grammaire avancée. Lectures & conversations diverses.
With Carolyn SimmonsTuesdays12:45 - 2:45pm10 weeks$240
Advanced III+Jan 25
Grammaire: Les temps du passé, le conditionnel et grammaire avancée. Lectures & conversations diverses.
With Carolyn SimmonsThursdays12:45 - 2:45pm10 weeks$240
Advanced III+Jan 24.
Grammaire: Surtout le subjonctif! Conversations autour de sujets divers, et lecture du texte, Journal Parisien.
With Kim ThomasonWednesdays12:00 - 2:00pm10 weeks$240
Avancé III+: Y en a pour tous les goûts! Jan 23.
Autour d'un thème différent par semaine, lectures (actualités, contes, poèmes ou chansons), explications et discussions, parsemées d'un peu de grammaire et des expressions idiomatiques ou proverbes. Il y en a pour tous les goûts!
With Patricia DardantTuesdays5:30 - 7:00pm10 weeks$180

Advanced Seminars

Vous parlez assez couramment le français mais vous désirez affiner votre niveau, enrichir votre vocabulaire et approfondir vos connaissances. Text: Adv. III+/IV: Collage 5th edition (Karin).

Advanced III+/ IV : Collage Jan 24
Perfectionnez votre français avec révisions de grammaire avancée, lectures et discussions animées!
With Karin FringsWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$240
Advanced III+/Adv IV: Allons au cinéma!
Venez regarder un film, et puis en parler la semaine suivante. Chaque mois, un film différent avec discussions fascinantes! This is an "à la carte" course - choose one or more months for $ 42 for two weeks. In February, choose Tuesdays, Feb. 6 & 13, or Fridays, Feb. 9 & 16. In March, choose Tuesdays, Mar. 13 & 20 or Fridays, Mar. 16 & 23. Film titles to be announced in January.
With Karin FringsTuesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm ORFridays 5:00 - 7:00pm2 weeks$42
Adv. III+/Adv. IV: Cercle littéraire Feb. 8 & 22 / March 15 & 29
Venez lire et discuter! En février, Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein de Marguerite Duras (ISBN-13: 978-2070368105), et en mars, L'Avare de Molière (,405354.html) Veuillez contactez C. Simmons si vous voulez qu'elle vous commande le texte.
With Colleen McCuskeyThursdays6:00 - 8:00pm2 weeks$48
Avancé IV: Conversation avancée (B2)Jan. 25
Autour d'un thème différent par semaine, lectures (actualités, contes, poèmes ou chansons), explications et discussions, parsemées d'un peu de grammaire et des expressions idiomatiques ou proverbes. Il y en a pour tous les goûts!
With Patricia DardantThursdays4:15 - 5:45pm10 weeks$180

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