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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Class Offerings for Adults


Class Schedule - Spring 2015

The class schedule will be mailed out and posted on the website by April 4th. 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 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 ~ Winter 2015

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

  • Avancé III+/Adv IV (B1): Conversation avancée & révision de grammaire will meet at 10:30am-12:00pm instead of from 12:30-2pm.

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. Students may call the AF at 872-9288, C. Simmons at 280-9031 or K. Frings at 821-4169 for more information. Closures due to bad weather will be posted on KOAT channel 7 and the KOAT website. We will try to reach students by phone, but students may call C. Simmons at 280-9031 or K. Frings at 821-4169 to verify a class cancellation.

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. Text: Vite et Bien 1 ($33) & recommended supplemental text, Contacts, 7th ed. ($15). Intro to French: Contacts. Beg I & False Beg: VB, Unités 1-3. Beg. II: VB Unités 4-7.

Introduction to French Jan. 17, 20, 22, 24
The ideal course for those who have never studied French. These 8 hours of intensive instruction will allow you to join a Beg. I class this winter. Grammar: pronunciation, intonation, articles, introduction to present tense regular -er verbs, être, avoir, negation, questions, adjectives. Conversation: greetings, numbers, basic exchanges.
With Penelope LespinasseTues., Thurs. 6-8pm & 2 Sat. 9:30 - 11:30am.4 days$88
Beginners I (A1.1)January 27
You've taken our 'Intro to French' course, or have had some experience with French in the dim and misty past. Grammar: articles, present tense regular -er verbs, être, avoir, negation, simple questions, adjectives. Conversation: Au café, au téléphone, numbers, time, basic exchanges.
With Nicole PennebakerTuesdays10:00am - 12:00pm10 weeks$220
Beginners I (A1.1) January 28
You've taken our 'Intro to French' course, or have had some experience with French in the dim and misty past. Grammar: articles, present tense regular -er verbs, être, avoir, negation, simple questions, adjectives. Conversation: Au café, au téléphone, numbers, time, basic exchanges.
With Penelope LespinasseWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
False Beginners (A1.1+)January 20, 23, & 27
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. Grammar: articles, present tense regular -er verbs, être, avoir, negation, simple questions, adjectives. Conversation: Au café, au téléphone, numbers, time, basic exchanges.
With Patricia Dardant2 Tues, 1 Friday6:00 - 8:00pm3 days$66
Beginners II (A1.2)January 27
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 Kim ThomasonTuesdays12:00 - 2:00pm10 weeks$220
Beginners II (A1.2) January 30
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 Patricia DardantFridays5:30 - 7:30pm10 weeks$220
NEW! Beginners II + (A1.2) Le français doucement January 28
You have finished our Beginners II course and want to continue learning French at a more relaxed pace. This course will use Contacts and Vite et Bien to gently build your French skills.
With Kim ThomasonWednesdays9:30 - 11:00am10 weeks$165
Beginning French for TravelersJanuary 24
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 (includes copies)

Intermediates

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) January 28
Grammar: imperative, adverbs, passé composé. Conversation: health, describing people & clothing, chores, le patrimoine.
With Kim ThomasonWednesdays12:00 - 2:00pm10 weeks$220
Intermediates I (A1.3)January 26
Grammar: imperative, adverbs, passé composé. Conversation: health, describing people & clothing, chores, le patrimoine.
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloMondays5:45 - 7:45pm10 weeks$220
Intermediates II (A1.4)January 27
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 Penelope LespinasseTuesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Intermediates III (A1.5)January 26
Grammar: future tense; prepositions of time (depuis, pendant, il y a, pour, dans, en); pronouns y & en: demonstrative adjs (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 (A1.5)January 28
Grammar: future tense; prepositions of time (depuis, pendant, il y a, pour, dans, en); pronouns y & en: demonstrative adjs (ce, cette, ces); more verbs. Conversation: Le sport, l'entreprise et des carrières, le bricolage.
With Karin FringsWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
NEW! Int. III/Advanced IJanuary 29
Un peu de grammaire (le passé composé), des productions écrites et orales, tout cela sous forme ludique!
With Patricia DardantThursdays12:30 - 2:00pm10 weeks$165
Intermediates II & III: Déjeuner françaisJanuary 26
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 - 1:00pm10 weeks$110

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.

NEW! Int. III/Advanced IJanuary 29
Un peu de grammaire (le passé composé), des productions écrites et orales, tout cela sous forme ludique!
With Patricia DardantThursdays12:30 - 2:00pm10 weeks$165
Advanced I (A.1.6)January 26
Grammar: past tenses, object & relative pronouns, irregular verbs. Conversation: Le passé, la ville et sujets divers.
With Patricia DardantMondays5:30 - 7:30pm10 weeks$220
Advanced II (A2.1)February 3
Grammaire: verbes pronominaux, adjectifs irréguliers. Conversation: sujets divers.
With Patricia DardantTuesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Advanced II+ (A2.1+)January 29
This course is a continuation of the 6-week Adv II from the fall. Grammaire: verbes pronominaux, adjectifs irréguliers, adverbes, le futur. Conversation: sujets divers.
With Carolyn SimmonsThursdays12:45 - 2:45pm10 weeks$220
Advanced III (A2.2) January 29
Grammaire: futur, conditionnel, subjonctif. Conversation: sujets divers.
With Patricia DardantThursdays6:15 - 8:15pm10 weeks$220
Advanced II & III - Cours d'Immersion: Les départements & régions d'outre-mer February 17-20
For Advanced II & III-level students, a chance to immerse oneself in French! Venez participer à des discussions animées. Connaissez-vous les départements et les régions d'outre-mer comme la Guadaloupe, la Réunion et la Martinique? Venez les parcourir virtuellement!
With Patricia DardantTuesday - Friday9:30 - 11:30am4 days$88
Advanced II & III - Cours d'Immersion: Les collectivités d'outre-mer March 17-20
For Advanced II & III-level students, a chance to immerse oneself in French! Venez participer à des discussions animées. Explorez virtuellement la Polynésie française, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon et Wallis-et-Futuna.
With Patricia DardantTuesday - Friday9:30 - 11:30am4 days$88
Advanced III+ (A2/B1): Lectures & Discussions January 22
Venez lire et discuter! Livre: Stupeurs et Tremblements d'Amélie Nothomb.
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloThursdays5-6pm & 5-6:30pm**10 weeks$220

**(5-6pm: Jan 22; Feb. & March 5 & 19. 5-6:30pm: Jan 29, Feb & March 12 & 26)

Advanced III+ (B1.1) January 27
A partir d'unités 1-3 d'Edito B1, étude de grammaire (le passé, le subjonctif, les pron. relatifs, le passif, la négation) et discussion de thèmes divers (le logement, les études et le travail, les médias français et les nouvelles technologies). Manuel: Edito B1
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloTuesdays5:45 - 7:45pm10 weeks$220
Séminaire avancé B1: Langue, littérature et actualitésJanuary 26
Pendant la première heure du cours, une étude de grammaire choisie. Puis, pendant la 2ème heure, lectures d'extraits littéraires et discussions des actualités françaises et des documentaires.
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloMondays9:30 - 11:30am10 weeks$220
Advanced III+ (B1)January 17
A partir d'unités 5-6 d'Edito B1, discussion de thèmes divers (les voyages, la vie économique, les loisirs) et étude de grammaire (le plus-que-parfait, le futur, le conditionnel, y & en). 17 & 31 jan., 14 & 28 fév., 14 & 28 mars. Manuel: Edito B1
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloEvery other Saturday10:15am - 12:15pm6 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+/Adv IV (B1): Conversation avancée & révision de grammaireJanuary 27
Un survol de grammaire avancée et des conversations variées: explorez un potpourri de sujets, tout en français.
With Patricia DardantTuesdays10:30am - 12:00pm10 weeks$165
Advanced IV (B2): Conversation avancéeJan 22; Feb & March 5, 19
Une fois toutes les deux semaines, lectures d'oeuvres francophones, discussions et grammaire avancée au besoin, tout en français.
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloEvery other Thursday6:15 - 7:45pm5 weeks$82.50

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