Alliance Française of Newport will offer four opportunities for learning French language and culture: Beginning French, Intermediate French, Intermediate +, and “The Salon,” a special Advanced Conversation Group.  Please note that the structure of the classes has changed, and is detailed below. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for these classes is open and will continue until the classes are full.

Tuesday classes begin on September 13 and end on December 6. Thursday classes begin on September 15 and end on December 8. Beginning and intermediate classes are in Room 203, O’Hare Academic Center, Salve Regina University. The Salon sessions will be held in Malt restaurant, 150 Broadway, Newport.  

Beginning and Intermediate French classes will be taught by Monsieur Daniel Kerloch. Intermediate + French class will be taught by Monsieur Steven Apostolov. The Salon advanced conversation group will be facilitated by Laurel Lefebvre. Beginning, Intermediate and Intermediate + class size is limited to 25 students. The Salon will be limited to 15.

All students need to be members of the Alliance Française of Newport for the year 2022-2023. Membership benefits run from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023. Here is the link to the Membership Signup Page.

The fees for classes are as follows:

Beginning French (French 1) – $100

Intermediate French (French 2) – $100

Intermediate French + (French 3) – $100.

The Salon – Advanced Conversation Group (French 4) – $50.

Beginning French (French 1)

Students who have had more than two semesters at the beginning level should not take this class, so that it is limited to true beginners and those with very little background.  We will truly begin at the most rudimentary level.
 
Class will be on Tuesday nights from 5:30-6:30. The classes will be taught in person, on the campus of Salve Regina University in Room 203 of the O’Hare Classroom building from September 13 to December 6.

The Beginning class will use the Living Language French: Beginner textbook.  The syllabus will be distributed at or prior to the first class.
If you participated in the Alliance Francaise Beginners or Intermediate class for the Spring 2022 or Fall 2021 semesters and you KEPT the books you purchased for that semester you should already have the necessary textbook for this class.

Intermediate French (French 2)

This course is a continuation of the language for those who have taken beginning French before, and is also open to those who are a bit more advanced and wish to keep strengthening their skills. Please note: due to the simplified approach taken during this pandemic, as well as the need to provide a place for those who are just moving past the beginning stage of their studies, this will be a true intermediate course, including a review of basic French in the early weeks of fall semester. More advanced students who are primarily interested in conversation may wish to consider le Salon on Thursday nights instead of this course. 
 
Class will be on Tuesday nights from 7 to 8 pm. The classes will be taught in person, on the campus of Salve Regina University in Room 203 of the O’Hare Classroom building from September 13 to December 6.
 
The Intermediate class will use the Living Language French: Intermediate textbook (though of course you should feel free to use the beginning text for review as well!).  If you participated in the Alliance Francaise Beginning or Intermediate class for the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester and you KEPT the books you purchased for that semester you should already have the necessary textbook for this class.

Intermediate + (French 3)

The class will cater to students who have already taken the intermediate AF class (French 2) who are looking to consolidate and expand their knowledge of French language and culture. On a weekly basis, the students will receive a selected text in French to read at home. Before they come to class, they should have already read the text and become familiar with the new vocabulary. The instructor will read the text in class. However as the semester progresses the readings will be done by the students with the instructor providing only support, if needed. Afterwards, the class will complete a variety of exercises, which will enable the students to buttress their comprehension of the text. The class will conclude with a debate based on the text. The goal of the class is to prepare French learners who already possess a good grammatical knowledge to use it spontaneously in order to feel comfortable to join an advanced conversation class (Salon – French 4) or a French book club.

Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00PM to 7:00PM. The classes will be taught in person, on the campus of Salve Regina University in Room 203 of the O’Hare Classroom building from September 15 to December 8.

Salon Conversation (French 4)

Le Salon will be a conversation group held on Thursday evenings at 6 pm, usually over a glass of wine, with no textbook or set agenda. We will begin by meeting in person at Malt, 150 Broadway, Newport, beginning September 15 to December 8.

These meetings will be conducted entirely in French!

FOR ANY NEW STUDENTS – Beginning and Intermediate Textbooks

All beginning and intermediate students are to purchase to Living Language: French bundle (here is the link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0307478432?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_asin_title). This boxed set includes three volumes and nine CDs. You may also access the free online flashcards at: https://www.livinglanguage.com/languagelab/french.  This set of texts will be used for the entire year, and perhaps we will use it next year as well. The books have been chosen for their high quality, simplicity, and low cost.