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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bienvenue à l'Alliance Française d'Albuquerque !

Class Offerings for Adults

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 800 chapters in more than 130 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 and at our January Open House. 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 $12 per hour of instruction. Alliance Française membership is required to enroll in our classes. Those enrolling in a summer class, or joining or renewing their membership after July 1, may pay the pro-rated fee of $11 for an Alliance 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 ~ Fall 2017

  • Winter session: January 14 - April 1
  • Spring Session: April 18 - June 25
  • Summer Session: July 8 - September 3
  • Fall Session: September 12 - December 3

Alliance Française Offers TEF and TCF 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. As of December 2016, the Alliance is also an official center for the Test de Connaissance du français of the Centre international d'études pédagogiques. Like the TEF, this exam offers an assessment of French language skills for personal, academic or professional reasons. 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 $40 per hour for one person; $50 per hour for two people and $60 per hour for three or four 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 $20/unit or 60-minute units for $40/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.

  • October 28 Café Causette 12:00 - 2:00pm La Crêpe Michel, Old Town
  • November 19 La Fête du Beaujolais Noveau (details in next Lien) La Crêpe Michel, Old Town
  • December 10 Déjeuner de Noël (details in next Lien) Crowne Plaza Garden Room

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 2017

Class Schedule Updates Updates to the original schedule will be posted here.
  • Beginners I - Wed 10am - Shaffer - postponed to Oct. 4
  • Beginners I - Mon 5:30-7:30pm - Lespinasse - postponed to Sept. 25
  • Beginners II - Thurs 10:15am - Shaffer - postponed to Oct. 5
  • Beginners II - Mon 5:45pm - McCuskey - postponed to Sept. 25
  • French for Travelers - Shaffer 10:30am - postponed to Sept. 30
  • Int. I - Lespinasse - Thurs. 5:30 - cancelled
  • Int. I - Shaffer - Sat. 1pm - postponed to Sept. 30
  • Int II - Mon 1-3pm - Kim Thomason - postponed to Oct 2
  • Int III - Mon 5:30pm - Instructor TBA - postponed to Oct. 2
  • Adv I - Wed. 6pm - Lespinasse - postponed to Sept 27
  • Adv II - Thurs 5:30-7pm - Lespinasse - postponed to Oct. 12
  • Adv III - Tues 12:45 - Simmons - postponed to Sept. 26
  • Adv III - Wed. 12-2pm McCuskey - starts Sept. 20
  • Adv II/III - Les régions - Mon 10am -Dardant - postponed to Oct. 2
  • Adv II+/III+ - Phonétique -Tues 10am -Dardant- postponed to Oct. 3
  • Cercle littéraire - McCuskey - cancelled for October.
  • Advanced III+ : Allons au cinéma! - postponed to Sept. 26 & 27

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. Students may call the AF at 872-9288, C. Simmons at 280-9031 or K. Frings at 821-4169 for more information. No classes Nov. 22-25.

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: Contacts, 7th ed. ($15). Beginners I: Contacts, leçons 1-7. False Beginners: Contacts, leçons 1-5. Beginning II: Contacts, leçons 6-10. See the textbooks page for additional information.

Beginners ISept. 18
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: Greetings, numbers, basic exchanges.
With Colleen McCuskeyMondays5:45 - 7:45pm10 weeks$240
Beginners I Sept. 20
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: Greetings, numbers, basic exchanges.
With Carolyn ShafferWednesdays10:00am - 12:00pm10 weeks$240
False Beginners ISept. 12, 14 & 16
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 LespinasseTues, Thurs & Sat. 5:30 - 7:30pmSat. 9-11am3 days$72
Beginners IISept. 18
This is the sequel to Beg. I. Grammar: aller, prendre, faire & other irregular verbs, prepositions, questions. Conversation: Asking questions, describing people & things, leisure activities, future plans, directions.
Teacher TBAMondays5:45 - 7:45pm10 weeks$240
Beginners IISept. 21
This is the sequel to Beg. I. Grammar: aller, prendre, faire & other irregular verbs, prepositions, questions. Conversation: Asking questions, describing people & things, leisure activities, future plans, directions.
With Carolyn ShafferThursdays10:15am - 12:15pm10 weeks$240
Beginning French for TravelersSept. 23
Planning a trip to France soon? Learn some practical French quickly to make your trip more enjoyable! Texts: DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, French Phrasebook & CD ($10) and France: The Visual Phrasebook & Dictionary ($10).
With Carolyn ShafferSaturdays10:30am - 12:30pm8 weeks$192

Intermediates

Continue to build a solid foundation in French! Text: Alter Ego Plus A1 ($31) & optional text, Contacts, 7th ed, ($15) Int. I: AE Dossiers 3.2-4.2 or Contacts, leçons 10-16. Int. II: AE Dossiers 4.3-5.3. Int. III: AE Dossiers, 6-7.1. See the textbooks page for additional information.

Intermediates ISept. 21
Grammar: reflexive verbs, futur proche, imperative, devoir, vouloir, pouvoir. Conversation: family and daily life, invitations and outings.
With Penelope LespinasseThursdays5:30 - 7:30pm10 weeks$240
Intermediates ISept. 23
This class will use Contacts, covering lessons 10-16. Grammar: passé composé, futur proche, & irregular verbs. Conversation: family and student life, shopping, weather, vacations.
With Carolyn ShafferSaturdays1:00 - 3:00pm10 weeks$240
Intermediates IISept. 18
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 Colleen McCuskeyMondays1:00 - 3:00pm10 weeks$240
Intermediates IISept. 19
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 LespinasseTuesdays4:30 - 6:30pm10 weeks$240
Intermediates IIISept. 18
Grammar: future tense, pronoun y, adjectives, partitive. Conversation: Seasons, colors, weather, geographic locations, outdoor activities, food.
With Penelope LespinasseMondays5:30 - 7:30pm10 weeks$240

Advanced

Parlez français! Focus on your speaking skills while advancing in your study of French to more sophisticated grammar and vocabulary. Adv. I: Alter Ego+ A1 ($31), Dossiers 7.2-8.2. Adv. II: Alter Ego+ A1 ($31), Dossiers 8.3-9.3. Adv. III: Discovering French 3, Rouge (see textbooks page). Adv. III+: see descriptions. See the textbooks page for additional information.

Advanced ISept. 20
Grammar: relative, direct and indirect pronouns, "en" , expressions of quantity, negations. Conversation: La mode, shopping, gifts, restaurants.
With Penelope LespinasseWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$240
Advanced IISept. 19
Grammar: imparfait et passé composé, comparisons, depuis & il y a, il faut, infinitives, imperative. Conversation: Evoquer des souvenirs, la maison et le logement.
With Colleen McCuskeyTuesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$240
Advanced II/III: Les 13 régions de France Sept. 18
Partez en voyage virtuel et explorez la géographie, histoire, gastronomie et chansons des 13 régions de la France.
With Patricia DardantMondays10:00am - 12:00pm8 weeks$192
Advanced II+/III/III+ : Atelier de Phonétique avancéeSept. 19
Améliorez votre prononciation, votre intonation et votre compréhension du français. Manuel: 500 Exercices de Phonétique B1/B2 (Hachette)
With Patricia DardantTuesdays10:00am - 12:00pm8 weeks$192
Advanced IIISept. 21
Grammaire: Révision des temps du passé, verbes pronominaux, subjonctif. Lectures et conversations diverses.
With Carolyn SimmonsThursdays12:45 - 2:45pm10 weeks$240
Advanced IIISept. 26
Grammaire: Révision des temps du passé, verbes pronominaux, subjonctif. Lectures et conversations diverses.
With Carolyn SimmonsTuesdays12:45 - 2:45pm10 weeks$240
Advanced IIISept. 27
Grammaire: Révision des temps du passé, verbes pronominaux, subjonctif. Lectures et conversations diverses.
With Colleen McCuskeyWednesdays12:45 - 2:45pm10 weeks$240
Advanced III+: Cercle de lecture Sept. 21
Venez lire et discuter! Texte: Petit pays, Gaël Faye (Grasset $27). PDF online -- see textbooks page for details.
With Carolyn ShafferThursdays12:45 - 2:15pm10 weeks$180
Advanced III+ : Allons au cinéma! Sept. 19
Venez regarder un film, et puis en parler la semaine suivante. 5 films différents et 5 discussions fascinantes!
With Karin FringsTuesdays10:00am - 12:00pm10 weeks$210
Advanced III+ : Allons au cinéma! Sept. 20
Venez regarder un film, et puis en parler la semaine suivante. 5 films différents et 5 discussions fascinantes!
With Karin FringsWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm10 weeks$210

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: Cercle de lectureSept. 21
Venez lire et discuter! Texte: Rester groupés, Sophie Hénaff ($12)
With Patricia DardantThursdays4:15 - 6:15pm 8 weeks$192
Advancé III+/IV: Conversation avancéeSept. 19
Conversations et débats autour de thèmes d’actualités et de sujets divers selon vos préférences.
With Patricia DardantTuesdays5:30 - 7:30pm8 weeks$144
Cercle littéraire (Adv. III+/Adv. IV) Oct. 5 & 19
Venez lire et discuter! En octobre, le livre qui a remporté le Prix Goncourt 2016: Chanson douce de Leïla Slimani. (https://www.frenchbooksonline.com/Chanson-doucebrLela-Slimani_p_4268.html) En novembre, Mme Bovary de Gustave Flaubert. Cours le 16 novembre & 7 décembre.
With Colleen McCuskeyThursdays6:30 - 8:30pm2 weeks$48


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