LEARN FRENCH

We are very happy to announce that we will be resuming our face-to-face classes this fall at Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road, St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48080. Although our virtual classes in the past year and a half have been instrumental and a great learning opportunity for all, both students and teachers are undoubtedly excited to be together again!

2021 – 2022 Class Sessions

Our classes begin in September each year and run in three sessions, each 10 weeks long, through the end of May, as one yearly continuous course of study. All classes are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays this year. Each session for the 2021-2022 school year is scheduled as follows:

FALL, SESSION 1: September 8 – November 11, 2021

WINTER, SESSION 2: January 5 – March 10, 2022

SPRING, SESSION 3: March 23 – May 26, 2022

Registration:

Registration is done by mail. Registration forms and payment must be received by the Friday before classes begin. The cost for each session is $120.00, payable by check. All classes EXCEPT the Advanced French Conversation class will use a textbook set titled, “ Living Language French, Complete Edition: Beginner through Advanced course” which includes 3 course books, 9 audio CD’s and free online learning and can cost between $26-$40 on Amazon.com depending if they’re new or used. Textbooks should be purchased before the first class meets. If you are unable to purchase your textbook online, please let Cheryl Johns know during the Registration process. To register, please see Registration Form at bottom of page.

Please note that current membership to Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe is mandatory in order to register for classes.

Special student membership rate is $35 per year, and gives access to all members’ benefits, including:

  • free access to Culturethèque, an e-library of French resources
  • invitation to special events and programs
  • receive special free access to certain French Federation virtual events
  • join French Federation monthly conversation groups

Our AFGP chapter has about 100 members and works hard to create monthly French social and cultural activities for members to enjoy. To acquire membership, see the Membership tab on this website.

French Class Offerings:

We conduct all classes at the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe with an oral approach so that students gain confidence in listening to French, answering questions in French, dialoguing in French as well as reading in French. Grammar (les structures) is a small but essential part of each course. Students learn to speak French faster and become independent speakers when they understand the basic rules for how something is done, like how to use a verb, use negatives or use direct objects.

The following four classes are offered for adult instruction:

1. Beginner Class: Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. with Prof. Dr. Dib Saab

This class is offered for the adult who has had little to no French language instruction. The text series used is, “ Living Language French, Complete Edition: Beginner through Advanced course” , including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning and can cost between $26-$40 on Amazon.com depending on if they are new or used. This course uses the ESSENTIAL book from the Living Language book set. We learn the French alphabet and how to pronounce it. We learn how French people link words together and learn techniques for pronunciation of this beautiful language. We learn basic vocabulary and use French numbers to describe people and things, and how to speak in present tense, and use commands. The course is primarily taught in English.

COURSE GOALS: Upon completion of this course, if you actively complete the activities and participate in class, then you will be able to not only understand these topics when reading or hearing about them, but actively speak and write about these topics. Specifically you will be able to…

  • Greet people and talk in the present about yourself, your home and family
  • Use price/numbers and describe people and places
  • Describe your everyday activities, likes and dislikes, as well as those of your friends and family
  • Order food and drinks in a restaurant
  • Discuss the weather, seasons and tell time
  • Understand basic pronunciation rules of the French language
  • Understand various cultural points related to the course themes

2. Intermediate Class: Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. with Prof. Dr. Dib Saab

This class is for students who have some knowledge of French but would like to refresh their beginning/intermediate level skills and learn at a quicker pace than the Beginner/ Essential level. The present tense, the near future, and commands are reinforced. Students will be introduced to the past tense, the simple future, and the conditional tense and will become more comfortable speaking and hearing French. This course will be primarily taught in English.

Course Goals: Upon completion of this course; if you actively complete the activities and participate in class, then you will be able to not only understand these topics when reading or hearing about them, but actively speak and write about these topics, you will be to…

  • Greet people and talk in the present about yourself, your home, and your family
  • Use prices/numbers and describe people and places
  • Describe your everyday activities and likes and dislikes as well as those of your friends and family
  • Order food and drinks in a restaurant and discuss the weather, season, and tell time
  • Talk about what you did and where you went in the past (compound past).
  • Discuss what you will do (simple future) or would do (conditional).
  • Understand pronunciation rules of the French language
  • Understand various cultural points related to the course themes
  • Required Text: “Living Language French, Complete Edition: Beginner through Advanced Course,” including 3 course books, 9 audio CDs and free online learning costing between $26 - $40 depending if new or used. This class will use the Intermediate book over the full three 10 week sessions.

3. Advanced Class: Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. with Madame Dr. Adrion Dula.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students in this class will use the “Living Language French, Complete Edition: Beginner through Advanced Course,” including 3 course books, 9 audio CDs and free online learning, costing between $26-$40 depending if new or used, sold on Amazon.com. This class will use the ADVANCED book in this set. This class is for students who have an intermediate to advanced level knowledge of French. The course will begin by reviewing the present tense of regular and irregular verbs. Students will learn the past, future, and conditional verb tenses and be introduced to advanced concepts such as relative pronouns and the subjunctive. Students will become more comfortable speaking and hearing French, and expand their vocabulary.

COURSE GOALS: Upon completion of this course, if you actively complete the activities and participate in class, then you will be able to not only understand these topics when reading or hearing about them, but actively speak and write about these topics; specifically you will be able to…

  • Discuss what you did and where you went (compound past) and talk about what you used to do or were doing/feeling (imperfect) in the past.
  • Talk about what you will do (future) and would do (conditional)
  • Discuss fashion/clothing and compare and contrast people and things ( comparative and superlative).
  • Talk about sports and hobbies and what activities you will have ( future perfect), would have ( past conditional) and had done ( past perfect).
  • Talk about your health and wellness and give advice about staying in good health (subjunctive)
  • Enhance your pronunciation of the French language and become familiar with the IPA ( International Phonetic Alphabet)
  • Understand various cultural points related to the course topics

4. Advanced Conversation Class: Wednesdays, 7:00 -8:30 p.m. with Madame Dr. Adrion Dula.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is for students who have advanced level knowledge of French. The course will be conducted entirely in French with an emphasis on enhancing verbal communication skills such as pronunciation and fluency. Students will review advanced grammatical concepts according to student interest and level, with a focus on problematic sounds, words, and tenses or moods for English speakers. Discussions will be facilitated using news articles, video clips, and literacy/cultural texts to enhance students’ active vocabulary. Students should have a good understanding of verb tenses, and moods, object pronouns, relative pronouns, and other advanced grammatical concepts.

COURSE GOALS:

  • Talk fluently about your past, present, and future experiences
  • Listen to/watch video clips of current events at the speed of a native speaker
  • Read and discuss current events and literary texts
  • Master advanced grammatical concepts often problematic for English speaking learners
  • Enhance your active vocabulary and pronunciation and fluency skills

Study materials will be discussed the first day of class.

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