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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Class Offerings for Adults

Class Schedule - Fall 2016

The class schedule will be mailed out and posted on the website by August 18th. 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 ~ 2016

  • Winter session: January 16 - April 2
  • Spring Session: April 11 - June 25
  • Summer Session: July 11 - September 3
  • Fall Session: September 12 - December 3

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 and the e-TEF pour la naturalisation 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. Rates are $35 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 $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.

  • August 27 Café Causette, 12:00 - 2:00pm La Crêpe Michel, Old Town
  • September 24 Café Causette, 12:00 - 2:00pm La Crêpe Michel, Old Town
  • October 29 Café Causette, 12:00 - 2:00pm La Crêpe Michel, Old Town
  • November 20 Beaujolais Nouveau, Time TBA La Crêpe Michel, Old Town
  • December 4 Déjeuner de Noël, Time TBA Crown Plaza Hotel

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 ~ Fall 2016

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

Fall classes start in September 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. Updated information may be available on our website, Students may call the AF at 872-9288, C. Simmons at 280-9031 or K. 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. Text: Alter Ego Plus A1. Optional text: Contacts, 7th ed. Beg I & False Beg.: Alter Ego, Dossiers 0 & 1. Beg. II: Alter Ego, Dossiers 2-3.1.

Beginners ISept. 24
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: Introductions, numbers, basic exchanges.
With Colleen McCuskeySaturdays10:00 - 12:00pm10 weeks$220
False Beginners ISept. 12, 14 & 17
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 LespinasseMon. & Wed 5:30 - 7:30pmSat. 9-11am3 classes$66
Beginners IISept. 19
This is the sequel to Beg. I. Grammar: aller, prendre, faire & other irregular verbs, prepositions, questions. Conversation: La ville, reserving a room, writing postcards, leisure activities.
With Colleen McCuskeyMondays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Beginners II Sept. 23
This is the sequel to Beg. I. Grammar: aller, prendre, faire & other irregular verbs, prepositions, questions. Conversation: La ville, reserving a room, writing postcards, leisure activities.
With Colleen McCuskeyFridays9:30 - 11:30am10 weeks$220
Beginning French for TravelersSept. 30
Planning a trip to France soon? Learn some practical French quickly to make your trip more enjoyable! Text: To be announced.
With Catherine FrideyFridays5:30 - 7:30pm8 weeks$176


Continue to build a solid foundation in French! Text: Alter Ego Plus A1 & optional text, Contacts, 7th ed. Int. I: AE Dossiers 3.2-4.2. Int. II: AE Dossiers 4.3-5.3. Int. III: AE Dossiers, 6-7.1.

Intermediates I Sept. 23
Grammar: reflexive verbs, futur proche, imperative, devoir, vouloir, pouvoir. Conversation: family and daily life, invitations and outings.
With Nicole PennebakerFridays5:30 - 7:30pm10 weeks$220
Intermediates II Sept. 20
Grammar: passé composé, reflexive verbs, -yer & -ir verbs, futur proche, passé récent, imperative. Conversation: Fêtes et rituels en France, conversations téléphoniques, guides de voyage, informations biographiques et descriptions physiques.
With Penelope LespinasseTuesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Intermediates III*Sept. 19
Grammar: future tense, pronoun y, adjectives, partitive. Conversation: Seasons, colors, weather, geographic locations, outdoor activities, food.
With Carolyn SimmonsMondays6:30 - 8:30pm10 weeks$220

*Please let us know if you prefer this class on Tuesdays from 12:45-2:45pm.


Parlez français! Focus on your speaking skills while advancing in your study of French to more sophisticated grammar and vocabulary. Adv. I: Alter Ego, Dossiers 7.2-8.2. Adv. II: Alter Ego, Dossiers 8.3-9.3. Adv. III: Alter Ego+A2. Adv. III+: see descriptions.

Advanced (all levels): Déjeuner français ~ Version gastronomique!Sept. 22
Back by popular demand! Immerse yourself in the vocabulary of French cuisine, cooking and restaurants while discussing the traditions gastronomiques of various regions of the Francophone world. As homework, students can choose to prepare a dish to share in class. Bon appetit!
With Patricia DardantThursdays12:00 - 2:00pm8 weeks$176
Advanced I Sept. 21
Grammar: relative, direct and indirect pronouns, "en", expressions of quantity, negations. Conversation: La mode, shopping, gifts, restaurants.
With Penelope LespinasseWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Advanced I Sept. 21
Grammar: relative, direct and indirect pronouns, "en", expressions of quantity, negations. Conversation: La mode, shopping, gifts, restaurants.
With Carolyn SimmonsThursdays12:45 - 2:45pm10 weeks$220
Advanced II*TBA
Grammar: imparfait et passé composé, comparisons, depuis & il y a, il faut, infinitives, imperative. Conversation: Evoquer des souvenirs, la maison et le logement.
Teacher TBA

*This course may be arranged based on demand. Let us know if you are interested.

Advanced IIISept. 22
Grammaire: imparfait, passé composé & plus-que-parfait, subjonctif. Conversation: sujets divers.
With Colleen McCuskeyThursdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Advanced III+ Sept. 21
A partir des dossiers 2-4 d'Alter Ego+ A2, étude de grammaire avancée (introduction au subjonctif!) et lectures choisies.
With Karin FringsWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$220
Advanced III+: Cercle de lectureSept. 20
Venez lire et discuter! 2 textes d'E. Orsenna: La grammaire est une chanson douce and Les chevaliers du subjonctif.
With Bénédicte MaciasTuesdays12:30 - 2:00pm10 weeks$165
Advanced III+Sept. 20
A partir d'Edito B1 (Unité 9), étude de grammaire et discussion de thèmes divers.
With Patricia DardantTuesdays5:45 - 7:45pm10 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 : Conversation avancéeSept. 19
Explorez un potpourri de sujets, tout en français.
With Patricia DardantMondays10:30 - 12:00pm10 weeks$165
Séminaire avancéSept. 20
A partir d'Edito B2 (unité 8), étude de grammaire et discussion de thèmes divers.
With Patricia DardantTuesdays10:30am - 12:00pm10 weeks$165
Advanced IV : Conversation avancéeSept. 22
Conversations et débats autour de thèmes d'actualités et de sujets divers selon vos préférences.
With Patricia DardantThursdays4:30 - 6:30pm10 weeks$220

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