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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Class Offerings for Adults

Class Schedule - Summer 2014

The class schedule will be mailed out and posted on the website by July 1. Classes will begin the week of July 21 and July 28. 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 dedicating 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; 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 ~ 2014

  • Winter session: January 21 - April 5
  • Spring Session: April 21 - June 28
  • Summer Session: July 21 - September 6
  • Fall Session: September 22 - December 6
  • Intersession Immersion Day: Sept. 6 (Sept. 5- apéritif)

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. Rates are $32 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 $16/unit or 60-minute units for $32/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. For details, see our newsletter, Le Lien or call 872-9288. In particular, please mark your calendar these upcoming events.

And be sure to stop by our Médiathèque–over 2,600 titles including a large video, DVD & audio collection. The library is generally open Saturdays, 10:30 to noon. 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 2014

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

  • Advanced II+ with Patricia Dardant has been cancelled.
  • Avancé III+/IV: Conversation avancée & révisions grammaticales with Thelma Bowles has been postponed one week.
  • Intro to Reading "en fran¨ais" with Kim Thomason has been postponsed one week.
  • Cours d'Immersion: Les Jardins de France, has been postponed until October. It will be listed on the Fall Schedule.
  • Intermediates II & III: Déjeuner fran¨ais class has been postponed 1 week until July 28

New! Cours d'Immersion: Le Tour de France June 30-July 3, 9:30-11:30am With Patricia Dardant $88 Le 101ème Tour de France commencera le 5 juillet. Patricia vous propose de faire connaissance avec ce parcours et de découvrir les villes traversées, le tout agrémenté par des chansons françaises sur le thème du vélo. Call 872-9288 to register.

Most classes will begin the week of July 21 or July 28; 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 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. No classes on Sept. 1.

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: Contacts, 7th ed. ($15). Beg I: Leçons 1-7; False Beg: Leçons 1-5; Beg. II: Leçons 6-10 & recommended supplemental text, Vite et Bien 1, Unités 1-4.

Beginners IJuly 21 - September 15
The ideal course for those who have never studied French. Grammar: pronunciation, intonation, articles, present tense regular -er verbs, être, avoir, negation, questions, adjectives. Conversation: greetings, numbers, time, activities, basic exchanges.
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloMondays5:45 - 7:45pm9 weeks$198
False BeginnersAugust 1 - 29
You have completed Beg. I or have some prior knowledge of French. Review basic grammar and vocabulary, including numbers, colors, adjectives and more, through a variety of games and activités amusantes! ($5 photocopies).
With Patricia DardantFridays6:00 - 8:00pm5 weeks$110
Beginners II+July 30 - August 27
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.
With Kim ThomasonWednesdays12:00 - 2:00pm5 weeks$110
French for TravelersJuly 31 - August 28
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! (Photocopies).
With Patricia DardantThursdays6:15 - 8:15pm5 weeks$110


Perfect the French you have learned to prepare for more advanced courses. Texts: Contacts, 7th ed. ($15) & recommended supplemental text, Vite et Bien I ($33). Int. I: Contacts Leçons 9-13 & selections from VB1 Unités 5-8. Int. II: Leçons 13-17 & selections from VB1 9-12. Int. III: Leçons 16-21 & selections from VB1 13-16.

NEW! Intro to Reading "en français"July 30 - August 27
Reading is a great--and easy--way to improve your French. Designed for Intermediates I-level students, this enjoyable class will have you reading simple short stories en français as well as reviewing selected grammar points in structured exercises. If you are an Intermediate I-level student, this is the class for you! (photocopies $5)
With Kim ThomasonWednesdays9:30 - 11:00am5 weeks$82.50
Intermediates I+July 21 - August 25
Review material covered in Int. I with new activities and exercises. Grammar: expressions with aller, faire, avoir, possessives, comparatives & superlatives, -ir & -re verbs, interrogatives. Conversation: A la banque, administrative matters, family, clothes, weather, and health.
With Penelope LespinasseMondays6:00 - 8:00pm6 weeks$132
Intermediates II+July 23 - August 27
Review material covered in Int. II with new activities and exercises. Grammar: -ir & -re verbs, expressions with avoir, irregular verbs (sortir, partir, dormir, venir), passé composé, partitive. Conversation: past experiences, travel, au menu.
With Penelope LespinasseWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm6 weeks$132
Intermediates II & III: Déjeuner françaisJuly 21 - August 25
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 - 1:00pm6 weeks$66


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, Mobile A2 ($33) Adv. I: Contacts Leçons 21-24 & selections from Mobile A2 Unités 1-3. Adv. II: Leçons 25-28 & selections from MA2. Adv. III: Leçons 29-32 & selections from MA2.

Advanced I+: N'oubliez pas le passé! July 29 - September 2
Don't forget the past, at least not your past tenses! Narrating and describing past events is a breeze thanks to this class on the conjugation and uses of le passé composé et l'imparfait. (please let us know if you would prefer this as a daytime class).
With Patricia DardantTuesdays6:15 - 8:15pm6 weeks$132
Advanced II+July 22 - August 26
Review material covered in Advanced II with new activities and exercises. Grammaire: verbes pronominaux, adjs irrégs. Conversation: sujets divers. Manuels: Contacts & Mobile A2.
With Patricia DardantWednesdays5:45 - 7:15pm6 weeks$99
Advanced II & III Cours d'immersion: Les Jardins de FranceAugust 11 - 14
Apprenez le vocabulaire d'un potager, d'un verger, des fleurs et herbes. Des festivals de jardins ont lieu tous les étés en France, souvent dans des châteaux. Venez les parcourir virtuellement!
With Patricia DardantMonday - Thursday9:30 - 11:30am4 days$88
Advanced III: Lectures choisies et révisions grammaticalesJuly 21 - August 25
Faites une petite excursion dans la littérature francophone et en plus, continuez votre étude de la grammaire française.
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloMondays9:30 - 11:30am6 weeks$132
Advanced IIIJuly 22 - August 26
A partir d'unités 6-7 de Mobile A2, révision de grammaire (y & en, gérondif, l'impératif, négations) et discussion de sujets divers (la santé, raconter un incident, cause et conséquence). Manuel: Mobile A2
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloTuesdays5:45 - 7:45pm6 weeks$132
Advanced III+July 26 - September 6
A partir d'unités 4 & 5 d'Edito B1, une étude de grammaire et discussions diverses, toutes les deux semaines. (26 juillet, 9 & 23 août, 6 sept.). Manuel: Edito B1
With Eva Gorel-TrujilloSaturdays10:15am - 12:15pm4 weeks$88

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 avancée & révisions grammaticales.July 30 - September 3
Un survol de grammaire avancée et des conversations variées: explorez un potpourri de sujets, tout en français. Manuel: Edito B1
With Thelma BowlesWednesdays1:45 - 3:45pm6 weeks$132
Avancé III+/IV: Le français familier **July 8 - August 12
Les Français, décontractés entre eux, ne parlent pas toujours comme les Académiciens ou les professeurs au Collège de France. Apprendre à utiliser à bon escient la collection d'expressions et de mots familiers que le Français moyen emploie quotidiennement quand il ne se sent pas observé par un étranger, sera le but de ce cours.
With Prof. C-M SenningerTuesdays10:30am - 12:00pm6 weeks$99

**This course is already full for the summer; however, we do have a waiting list, and may be able to open a 2nd section, or offer the course again in the fall. Please let us know if you are interested.

Journée d'Immersion September 6
Advanced-level students are invited to join us for an apéritif, en français, the evening of Sept. 5, and for a full day of classes on Sept. 6, with Patricia Dardant and Eva Gorel-Trujillo. Details will be posted online and emailed to students in early August, but registrations are being accepted now. Cost: $95

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