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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Class Offerings for Adults

Class Schedule - Summer 2015

The class schedule will be mailed out and posted on the website by June 22nd. 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 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.

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 ~ 2015

  • Winter session: January 17 - April 4
  • Spring Session: April 20 - June 27
  • Summer Session: July 13 - September 5
  • Fall Session: September 21 - December 5

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 505-872-9288 for details and to register.

Private Tutoring

Private tutoring is available for all Alliance members and students in our offices. As of September 1, 2014, rates are $35 per hour for one person; $40 per hour for two people; $48 per hour for three people and $54 per hour for 4 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 $17.50/unit or 60-minute units for $35/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.

And be sure to stop by our Médiathèque–over 2,600 titles including a large video, DVD & audio collection. As of January 2015, 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, 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 ~ Summer 2015

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

  • The Beginners II+ class will now be meeting from 5:30-7pm on Wednesdays (instead of 5:30 on Fridays) and the dates are July 22-Aug 26.
  • The Avancé III+/IV: Conversation avancée class will meet from 5-7pm on Thursdays (instead of 6:15-8:15).

The Alliance School is offering a shortened program of courses (as well as private tutoring) for the summer. Our full program will return in September. Most summer classes start the week of July 20; however, classes 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 a confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation, we may not have received your registration, or the class may have been postponed. Please contact Karin Frings to verify the course status. Updated information may be available on our website. Students may call the AF at 872-9288 or Karin Frings at 821-4169 for more information.

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.

Beginners II+July 24 - August 28
Review and practice all you learned in Beg. II with new activities and exercises. Grammar: être, avoir, aller, faire, articles, adjectives. Conversation: Au café, au téléphone, asking questions, describing people, daily life, travel and more. Text: Contacts, 7th ed. ($15) Leçons 6-10 & recommended supplemental text, Vite et Bien 1, Unités 1-4.
With Patricia DardantFridays5:30 - 7:00pm6 weeks$99
Beginning French for TravelersAug. 8 - Sept. 5
You have already had some experience with French but need a very quick refresher before an upcoming trip, or you just want to practice speaking the French one needs when traveling. This is the mini-course for you! Text: Fodors French for Travelers, 2nd ed. with CD ($24.50)
With Catherine FrideySaturdays9:30 - 11:30am5 weeks$110

Intermediates / Advanced

Perfect the French you have learned to prepare for more advanced courses this fall.

Intermediates III & Advanced I: Parlez français! July 20 - Aug. 24
This dynamic class is designed to increase fluency and build vocabulary through discussions of a variety of French materials.
With Patricia DardantMondays2:00 - 4:00pm6 weeks$132


Parlez français! Focus on your speaking skills while advancing in your study of French to more sophisticated grammar and vocabulary.

Advanced II & III: Le Moulin à paroles! July 23 - Aug. 27
Venez participer à des conversations animées autour de sujets et d'activités divers.
With Patricia DardantThursdays2:00 - 4:00pm6 weeks$132
Advanced French for Travelers: Bon voyage! July 21 - Aug. 25
You speak French fairly well but need a very quick refresher before an upcoming trip, or you just want to practice speaking the French one needs when traveling. This is the mini-course for you! *Please indicate which time you prefer.
With Patricia DardantTuesdays10am - 12pm6 weeks$132
Advanced French for Travelers: Bon voyage!July 21 - Aug. 25
With Patricia DardantTuesdays6:00 - 8:00pm6 weeks$132

Advanced Seminars

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

Avancé III+/IV: Conversation avancéeJuly 23 - Aug. 27
Explorez un potpourri de sujets, tout en français.
With Patricia DardantThursdays6:15 - 8:15pm6 weeks$132

Or, print out the registration form
and mail it in with your payment.