Winter 2020 Classes


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CANCELLATION POLICY:  Under-subscribed classes will be cancelled at the discretion of the AFLCR;  this is the only case in which refunds can be made. Usually 5 is the minimum enrollment to run a class.

CLASS STATUS:  It will be noted on this page if classes have filled or been withdrawn or if their status is in question, requiring contact with Madame Tremblay before registering.

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Burlington 6-Week Sessions

A1 101 Concentré

This class briefly overviews the first “building blocks” provided in the Latitudes textbook: greetings and politeness, basic questions, the expression of likes and dislikes and initial verb conjugations. How to learn basic vocabulary and grammar is also addressed, but the primary focus is to get students to express themselves as quickly as possible. A preview of the work which lies ahead in A1 102 is also provided. Culture includes basic francophone geography, the current E.U. and the problem associated with idioms.

Language Requirement:none
Dates:Monday 1/13 – 2/17 @ 6-7:30 pm
Professor:Marc Juneau
Location:TBD, Burlington
Fee for session:$140 ($126 for AFLCR Members)
Course material:if you do not have it already, $60 for “Latitudes 1” book (covers 6 classes, up to A2 101)

Click here to register online. Or contact Micheline to pay via check.

French Pronunciation

This course is designed for beginners and intermediate-level students wishing to practice the subtle pronunciation distinctions which they sometimes find problematic. Based in part on Phonétique Progressive du Français, teacher and recording-based exercises help the learner target and tackle not only the unique vowel sounds in French, but the tonic accents which give the language its unique sing-song quality. MP3 recordings and Internet resources allow students to practice the unique sounds and rhythms at home after having them presented first in class.

Language Requirement:A1 101
Dates:Wednesday 1/15 – 2/19 @ 6-7:30 pm
Professor:Marc Juneau
Location:TBD, Burlington
Fee for session:$140 ($126 for AFLCR Members)

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A1 103 Conversational

A six-week review and practice of the material contained in Module 2 of Latitudes 1. While many students wish to advance in the text, others request additional exposure to difficult concepts like the passé composé and object pronouns. Every effort is made to revisit these notions in authentic and practical conversational settings. Other target objectives include asking important questions, expressing one’s point of view and using expressions of quantity and cost to shop for essentials.

Language Requirement:A1 102
Dates:Tuesday 1/14 – 2/18 @ 6-7:30 pm
Professor:Marc Juneau
Location:43 King Street, Burlington
Fee for session:$140 ($126 for AFLCR Members)
Course material:if you do not have it already, $60 for “Latitudes 1” book (covers 6 classes, up to A2 101)

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Book Club

With the book “Je t’aime, Paris” and other visual media, you will travel to Paris, also called the City of Love. This course will introduce you to the world of art, fashion, architecture, cinema, gastronomy, nature, sports, and more in France’s beloved capital.

In addition to learning more about Paris, you also will expand your vocabulary, enhance your grammar and develop your listening and pronunciation skills, as we read and listen about Paris’s most famous landmarks and hidden attractions. Students will be encouraged to read out loud, discuss, write and/or present about a place in Paris, becoming more comfortable with all facets of communicating in French. Activities at the end check comprehension.

An enclosed audio CD provides a recording of a native speaker reading the book.

Students must purchase this book in advance: “Je t’aime, Paris” – ISBN-13: 978-8853621023

Language Requirement:A1 103
Dates:Wednesday 1/15 – 2/19 @ 10 – 11:30 am
Professor:Alysse Anton
Location:43 King Street, Burlington
Fee for session:$140 ($126 for AFLCR Members)
Course material:Students must purchase the book in advance.

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Sip & French

You have learned the basics of French and you wish you could put them more into practice. This French conversation club is an excellent way to take a leap with your conversation skills—with a glass of wine or a beer!

This interactive class offers simple conversation practice (role-play or “cocktail party” style). Students will also be engaged through discussion of familiar topics in a supportive and friendly learning environment, using prompts and conversation models.

No homework and no textbook required.

This is a great review and practice for students who are interested in signing up for a A1 105 class in the spring (discussion themes will be inspired by the Latitudes book).

Language Requirement:A1 104
Dates:Tuesday 1/14 – 2/18 @ 6-7:30 pm
Professor:Alysse Anton
Location:TBD, Burlington
Fee for session:$140 ($126 for AFLCR Members)

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A1 105 Concentré

This class is a continuation of A1 104, covering Unités 9 & 10 in the Latitudes 1 textbook series. The central theme of this course is actions and activities when one travels. Students will learn to decipher information in tourist brochures, describe a place (a region or a city), ask questions (through different registers of language) and narrate their possible activities. Spoken communication will be a large focus of this class, as it concludes the A1 level and prepares students to enter the A2 level.

Language Requirement:A1 104
Dates:Monday 1/13 – 2/17 @ 6-7:30 pm
Professor:Alysse Anton
Location:43 King Street, Burlington
Fee for session:$140 ($126 for AFLCR Members)
Course material: if you do not have it already, $60 for “Latitudes 1” book (covers 6 classes, up to A2 101)

Click here to register online. Or contact Micheline to pay via check.

Ciné-Club

Five contemporary francophone films are used as springboards for this “cinéma club” discussion class. The first class will introduce some expressions associated to this 7th Art, and useful vocabulary to express opinions. A short clip and quick background information about the movie and its place in the broader social and historical background will be presented before viewing the movie (at home). The following five classes will be devoted to talking and and sharing opinions about the movies, talking about the main themes and discussing characters development.

As an elective, interested students can make a short presentation about a francophone film they have viewed at home and want to recommend to the rest of the class.

Language Requirement:A1 105
Dates:Wednesday 1/15 – 2/19 @ 6-7:30 pm
Professor:Alysse Anton
Location:43 King Street, Burlington
Fee for session:$140 ($126 for AFLCR Members)
Course material:Students will need to watch the films on their own, either
through a video streaming service or on DVD.

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Magazine Club – Mardi Culturel

Explore France and francophone culture through reading magazine articles, as we provide you articles that guide you to discover new aspects of francophone culture — on topics such as tourism, gastronomy, lifestyle, cinema and arts. Each encounter will allow time to observe and discuss the intricacies of the language through idiomatic expressions and specific key words and expressions, while also discussing the cultural aspects presented in the article.

An interesting way to improve your language skills as well as discovering cultural elements! This French conversation class is completely in French.

New students are invited to contact Micheline Tremblay (education@aflcr.org) before signing up for this class.

Language Requirement:A1 105
Dates: Tuesday 1/14 – 2/18  @ 10-11:30 am
Professor:Alysse Anton
Location:43 King Street, Burlington
Fee for session:$140 ($126 for AFLCR Members)

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Littérature: L’élégance du hérisson – SESSION IS FULL!

L’élégance du hérisson, by Muriel Barbery, is a satirical, philosophical, bittersweet novel that became a huge surprise best-seller and then long-seller when Gallimard published it in 2006. The text is structured around the double narrative of Renée, a 54-year old frumpy, self-effacing (but, behind her façade, intellectual, cultured) widow who is a concierge in a small, exclusive Paris residential building, and Paloma, a tenant’s precocious 12-year old daughter who, viewing adults’ lives as vacuous and absurd, plans to set fire to her parents’ apartment and commit suicide on her 13th birthday. Enter a new tenant: Kakuro, Japanese and rich, shrewd and perceptive, impeccably courteous but warm; he immediately sees that neither Paloma nor Renée is just what she seems and changes ensue.

Language Requirement:Level A2 102, or equivalent
Dates:Tuesday 1/14 – 2/18 @ 1-2:30 pm
Professor:Grant Crichfield
Location:43 King Street, Burlington
Fee for session:$140 ($126 for AFLCR Members)
Course material: Students must bring their own copy of the book:
Barbery, Muriel. L’élégance du hérisson. ISBN-13: 978-0320094187

B1 101

This class is designed to cover the very last Module of Latitudes 2 so that students might assess their progress to the B1-level. Given its broad scope, some elements in the text’s final units will be given minimal treatment (letter-writing and certain cultural distinctions), and other, more important language points, will be emphasized. These include forming hypotheses, expressing cause and consequence, and ways in which to communicate opposition, emphasis and evidence. Cultural focus is placed on couples’ life and renewable energies.

Language Requirement:A2 104 or A2 105
Dates (TWO options):Thursday 1/16 – 2/20 @  3-4:30 pm
OR 6-7:30 pm
Professor:Marc Juneau
Location:43 King Street, Burlington
Fee for session:$140 ($126 for AFLCR Members)
Course material: if you do not have it already, $60 for “Latitudes 2” book (covers more advanced classes, from A2 102)

Click to register for the afternoon session or the evening session. Or contact Micheline to pay via check.

Montpelier 6-Week Sessions

Advanced Conversation

Designed for High-Intermediate and Advanced students, this interactive class is an opportunity for students to practice their reading comprehension, listening comprehension and spoken skills through a variety of sources. Class activities are based on authentic materials borrowed from current events in francophone cultures (news articles, video clips, song lyrics), as well as the personal interests of the students.

All new students are required to contact Micheline Tremblay (education@aflcr.org) before signing up for this class.

Language Requirement:Intermediate or Conversational French
Dates:Monday 1/13 – 2/17 @ 5:30-7 pm
Professor:Marcus Grace
Location:U-32 High School, Room 238
Fee for session:$140 ($126 for AFLCR Members)

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French à la carte

If your schedule doesn’t fit our class offerings, and you are really interested in pursuing your French learning, consider our new concept of French à la carte!

If you are a small group of French learners (preferably of a similar French level), and you have a day and time that works for all of you, we can tailor to your needs and your French learning objectives!

For more details, click here.