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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Class Offerings for Adults


Class Schedule - Fall 2015

The class schedule will be mailed out and posted on the website by August 24th. 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 — www.afabq.com. 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 12 - December 5

Alliance Française Offers TEF Exams

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, the e-TEFaQ and the e-TEF Canada exams. 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.

  • September 26 Café Causette, 12:00 - 2:00pm La Crêpe Michel, Old Town
  • October 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. 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 ~ Fall 2015

Class Schedule Updates Updates to the original schedule will be posted here.
  • Advanced IV with Patricia Dardant will be on Thursdays from 4:30-6:30pm (instead of 5:30-7:30).

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!

Beginning

Bonjour le français! Learn the essentials for everyday communication and conversations. Texts: Vite et Bien 1 ($33) & Contacts, 7th ed. ($15). Beg I & False Beg.: Contacts & V&B, Unités 1-2. Beg. II: Unités 3-6.

Beginners I (A1.1) September 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: Au café, au téléphone, numbers, time, basic exchanges.
With Penelope LespinasseTuesdays6:00 - 8:00pm**10 weeks$220

**Please let us know if you are only available for a daytime class. A daytime course may be arranged on demand.

False Beginners I (A1.1+) Sept. 12, 14, 16 & 19
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 8 hours of intensive instruction will prepare you to join Beginners II.
With Penelope LespinasseMon & Wed 6-8pm2 Saturdays 9-11am4 classes$88
Beginners II (A1.2) September 24
This is the sequel to Beg. I. Grammar: aller, faire, prendre, mettre & other irregular verbs, prepositions, questions, futur proche, reflexive verbs. Conversation: Le tourisme, asking for information, family life.
With Nicole PennebakerThursdays9:30 - 11:30am10 weeks$220
Beginners II (A1.2) September 24
This is the sequel to Beg. I. Grammar: aller, faire, prendre, mettre & other irregular verbs, prepositions, questions, futur proche, reflexive verbs. Conversation: Le tourisme, asking for information, family life.
With Nicole PennebakerThursdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Beginning French for TravelersSeptember 12
Planning a trip to France soon? Learn some practical French quickly to make your trip more enjoyable! Text: Fodors French for Travelers, 2nd ed. with CD ($24.50)
With Catherine FrideySaturdays9:30 - 11:30am9 weeks$199

Intermediates / Advanced

Continue to build a solid foundation in French! Text: Vite et Bien 1 ($33) & recommended supplemental text, Contacts, 7th ed. ($15). Int. I: VB1 Unités 7-10. Int. II: VB1 11-14. Int. III: VB1 15-17.

Intermediates I (A1.3)September 23
Grammar: imperative, adverbs, passé composé. Conversation: health, describing people & clothing, chores, le patrimoine.
With Penelope LespinasseWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Intermediates II (A2.1)September 25
Grammar: expressions with avoir, adjectives, prepositions of place, direct & indirect object pronouns, negations, savoir & connaître. Conversation: House & home, giving directions, au bureau, describing personalities.
With Nicole PennebakerFridays12:00 - 2:00pm10 weeks$220
Intermediates III (A2.2)September 21
Grammar: future tense; prepositions of time (depuis, pendant, il y a, pour, dans, en); pronouns y & en: demonstrative adjectives (ce, cette, ces); more verbs. Conversation: Le sport, l'entreprise et des carrières, le bricolage.
With Penelope LespinasseMondays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Intermediates III (A2.2)September 23
Grammar: future tense; prepositions of time (depuis, pendant, il y a, pour, dans, en); pronouns y & en: demonstrative adjectives (ce, cette, ces); more verbs. Conversation: Le sport, l'entreprise et des carrières, le bricolage.
With Nicole PennebakerWednesdays12:00 - 2:00pm10 weeks$220
Intermediates III/ Advanced I: Déjeuner français September 21
Bring your lunch and practice your French! This conversation class will help you improve fluency in speaking and comprehension. Take it alone or as the perfect supplement to our other intermediate-level classes.
With Nicole PennebakerMondays12:00 - 1:30pm10 weeks$165

Advanced

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, Vite et Bien ($33) or Mobile A2 ($33). Adv. I: Contacts Leçons 21-24 & selections from Vite & Bien (Unités 18-20). Adv. II: Leçons 25-28 & selections from MA2. Adv. III: Leçons 29-32 & selections from MA2. Adv. III+: see course descriptions.

Intermediates III/ Advanced I: Déjeuner françaisSeptember 21
Bring your lunch and practice your French! This conversation class will help you improve fluency in speaking and comprehension. Take it alone or as the perfect supplement to our other intermediate-level classes.
With Nicole PennebakerMondays12:00 - 1:30pm10 weeks$165
Advanced I (A2.3)**September
Grammar: past tenses, object & relative pronouns, irregular verbs. Conversation: Le passé, la ville et sujets divers.
Teacher TBA

**This course will be offered on demand. Please let us know if you are interested.

Advanced II (A2.4) September 23
Grammaire: verbes pronominaux, adjectifs irréguliers. Conversation: sujets divers.
With Karin FringsWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Advanced II+ (A2.6) September 24
Grammaire: révision de grammaire choisie. Conversation: sujets divers.
With Carolyn SimmonsThursdays12:45 - 2:45pm10 weeks$220
Advanced II+ & III (A2+/B1): Conversation et compréhension orale October 1
Take a break from grammar! Focus on improving your spoken French and comprehension of spoken French.
With Patricia DardantThursdays2:00 - 4:00pm10 weeks$220
Advanced III (A2+/B1) September 21
Grammaire: futur, conditionnel, subjonctif. Conversation: sujets divers.
With Carolyn SimmonsMondays6:30pm - 8:30pm10 weeks$220
Advanced III+ (B1/B1+)September 21
A partir d'Edito B1 (dont les unités à étudier seront choisies par la classe), étude de grammaire et discussion de thèmes divers.
With Patricia DardantMondays3:00 - 5:00pm10 weeks$220
Advanced III+ (B1/B1+)September 22
A partir d'Edito B1 (dont les unités à étudier seront choisies par la classe), étude de grammaire et discussion de thèmes divers.
With Patricia DardantTuesdays5:45 - 7:45pm10 weeks$220
Advanced III+ (B1+): Cercle de lectureSeptember 22
Venez lire et discuter! (More details will be posted online soon or call us for info!)
With Benedicte MaciasTuesdays12:30 - 2:00pm10 weeks$165

Advanced Seminars

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

Séminaire avancé (B1+/B2)September 21
A partir d'Edito B2 (dont les unités à étudier seront choisies par la classe), étude de grammaire et discussion de thèmes divers.
With Patricia DardantMondays9:30 - 11:30am10 weeks$220
Avancé III+/Adv IV (B1+/B2): Conversation avancéeSeptember 22
Explorez un potpourri de sujets, tout en français.
With Patricia DardantTuesdays10:30am - 12:00pm10 weeks$165
Advanced IV (B2): Conversation avancéeOctober 1
Conversations et débats autour de thèmes dÂ’actualités et de sujets divers selon vos préférences.
With Patricia DardantThursdays5:30 - 7:30pm10 weeks$220

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and mail it in with your payment.

 

 


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