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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bienvenue à l'Alliance Française d'Albuquerque !

Class Schedule - Fall 2017

The class schedule will be mailed out and posted on the website by August 16th. You may request that a class schedule be mailed to you by filling out our request form.

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 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 ~ Summer 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.

  • August 26 Café Causette 11:30 - 1:30pm La Crêpe Michel, Old Town

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 ~ Summer 2017

Class Schedule Updates Updates to the original schedule will be posted here.
  • Cercle littéraire (Adv. III+/IV) Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm July 13 & 27. Text: Le temps sauvage suivi de La mercière assassinée et de Les invités au procès d'Anne Hébert. [ISBN : 978-2-89406-075-9]
  • Beginning French for Travelers Postponed until 7/22, 6 weeks, 4.
  • False Beginners with Carolyn Shaffer Starting July 19 - cancelled
  • Int. III+ With Penelope Lespinasse (Wed. pm) cancelled
  • Atelier de Phonétique avancée with Patricia - Starts July 19
  • Adv III+: Les BD - cancelled
  • Cercle de lecture with Patricia - starts July 20
  • Adv III+/IV : La France à travers les chansons - cancelled
  • Cercle littéraire - dates changed to July 27 & Aug. 10

Summer classes start in July 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, www.afabq.com. Students may call the AF at 872-9288 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!

Beginning

Bonjour le français! Learn the essentials for everyday communication and conversations. Text: Contacts, 7th ed. ($15).

Introduction to French July 11
The ideal course for those who have never studied French and who would like a little extra preparation before joining a Beginners I class in the fall. Grammar: pronunciation, intonation, articles, introduction to present tense regular -er verbs, ?tre, avoir, negation, questions, adjectives. Conversation: greetings, numbers, basic exchanges.
With Penelope LespinasseTuesdays6:15 - 8:15pm4 weeks$96
False Beginners I/ Beginners I+July 17
Review the material you learned in our Beginners I class or revive the French you learned in the dim and misty past. This course will prepare you to join Beginners II in the fall.
With Carolyn ShafferMondays12:30 - 2:30pm5 weeks$120
False Beginners I/ Beginners I+ August 8
Review the material you learned in our Beginners I class or revive the French you learned in the dim and misty past. This course will prepare you to join Beginners II in the fall.
With Penelope LespinasseTuesdays6:15 - 8:15pm4 weeks$96
Beginners II+ July 19
Review and practice all you learned in Beg. II with new activities and exercises. Grammar: ?tre, avoir, aller, faire, articles, adjectives. Conversation: Au caf?, asking questions, describing people, daily life, travel and more.
With Carolyn ShafferWednesdays12:30 - 2:30pm5 weeks$120
Beginning French for TravelersJuly 8
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 Catherine FrideySaturdays10:00 - 12:00pm8 weeks$192

Intermediates

Continue to build a solid foundation in French! Perfect the French you have learned to prepare for more advanced courses.

Intermediates I (+) July 11
This course is the second half of a regular Intermediates I class which started late this spring. Jump right in to learn or to review Intermediates I material and prepare for an Intermediates II class this fall. Grammar: reflexive verbs, futur proche, imperative, adverbs, pass? compos?. Conversation: family life, invitations, daily chores. Text: Alter Ego+ A1
With Penelope LespinasseTuesdays4:30 - 6:00pm6 weeks8
Intermediates II/III: Sous le ciel de Paris: Paris en chanson July 13
Explore the sights and sounds of Paris through the years, as presented in French song. Take a break from grammar studies and immerse yourself in popular French music, memorable lyrics and animated discussions about beloved aspects of Parisian culture. A wonderful new way to build your vocabulary and increase your confidence in understanding and speaking French.
With Penelope LespinasseThursdays6:00 - 8:00pm8 weeks2
Intermediates II+: R?vision de grammaire et encore plus! July 10
Review material covered in Int. II with new activities, games and exercises. Grammar: pass? compos?, reflexive verbs, -yer & -ir verbs, futur proche, pass? r?cent, imperative.
With Penelope LespinasseMondays6:15 - 8:15pm6 weeks4
Intermediates III+: R?vision de grammaire et encore plus! July 12
Review material covered in Int. III with new activities, games and exercises. Grammar: future tense, pronoun y, adjectives, partitive.
With Penelope LespinasseWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm6 weeks4
Intermediates III, Adv. I & Adv. II: Atelier de Phon?tiqueJuly 10
Improve your pronunciation and intonation through exercises targeting the difficulties Americans have in speaking French. Text: 500 Exercices de Phon?tique A1/A2.
With Colleen McCuskeyMondays6:00 - 7:30pm**5 weeks

**Please let us know if you would prefer this as a day class, perhaps Tuesdays 3:15-4:45pm?

Advanced

Parlez français! Focus on your speaking skills while advancing in your study of French to more sophisticated grammar and vocabulary.

Intermediates III, Adv. I & Adv. II: Atelier de Phonétique July 10
Improve your pronunciation and intonation through exercises targeting the difficulties Americans have in speaking French. Text: 500 Exercices de Phon?tique A1/A2.
With Colleen McCuskeyMondays6:00 - 7:30pm**5 weeks

**Please let us know if you would prefer this as a day class, perhaps Tuesdays 3:15-4:45pm?

Advanced I+ July 12
R?vision de grammaire (pronoms relatifs, pronoms objets directs & indirects, partitif, imp?ratif), lectures & activit?s de conversation.
With Colleen McCuskeyWednesdays6:00 - 8:00pm5 weeks0
Advanced II+ July 11
R?vision de grammaire (les temps du pass?, et encore!), lectures & activit?s de conversation. .
With Colleen McCuskeyTuesdays12:45 - 2:45pm5 weeks0
Advanced II+July 13
Grammaire: r?vision de grammaire choisie. Conversation: sujets divers.
With Carolyn SimmonsThursdays12:45 - 2:45pm5 weeks0
Advanced II+/III/III+ : Atelier de Phon?tique avanc?e July 12
Am?liorez votre prononciation, votre intonation et votre compr?hension du fran?ais. Manuel: 500 Exercices de Phon?tique B1/B2
With Patricia DardantWednesdays2:00 - 3:30pm6 weeks8
Advanced III+: Les BD!July 11
Connaissez-vous les BD (bandes dessin?es) fran?aises et belges les plus aim?es, c?l?bres et traduites dans le monde entier, telles que Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Iznogood, Pif et Super DuPont? Bien s?r, les BD ne sont pas seulement pour les enfants mais peuvent nous apprendre beaucoup sur la langue, la culture et l'histoire derri?re les dessins.
With Patricia DardantTuesdays5:30 - 7:30pm6 weeks4
Advanced III+: Cercle de lecture July 13
With Patricia Dardant(See Advanced Seminars)6 weeks

Advanced Seminars

Vous parlez assez couramment le français mais vous désirez affiner votre niveau, enrichir votre vocabulaire et approfondir vos connaissances.

Avancé III+/ IV: La France à travers des chansonsJuly 11
A travers des chansons populaires, promenons-nous dans les diverses régions de la France!
With Patricia DardantTuesdays10:00 - 12:00pm6 weeks4
Avancé III+/ IV: Cercle de lecture July 13
Venez lire et discuter d'un bon polar pour les vacances d'été: Poulets grillés de Sophie Henaff (2015).
With Patricia DardantThursdays4:15 - 6:15pm6 weeks4
Cercle littéraire (Adv. III+/Adv. IV) June 15 & 29
Venez lire et discuter des grands classiques de la littérature fran&ccedi;aise! En juin, découvrez des Essais de Montaigne.
With Colleen McCuskeyThursdays6:30 - 8:30pm2 weeks
Cercle littéraire (Adv. III+/Adv. IV) July 13 & 27
Le temps sauvage suivi de La mercière assassinée et de Les invités au procès d'Anne Hébert. [ISBN : 978-2-89406-075-9]
With Colleen McCuskeyThursdays6:30 - 8:30pm2 weeks


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