In the Fall of 2021, the Alliance Française of Newport will offer three opportunities for learning French language and culture: Beginning French, Intermediate French 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 will open shortly and will continue until the classes are full.

Beginning and Intermediate Classes will begin on Tuesday, September 14th and end on December 14th, 2021.

The Salon – Advanced Conversation Group will begin on Thursday, September 16th and end on Thursday, December 16th.

  • Classes will be held regularly at these times throughout the semester, with these exceptions:
  • Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no classes the week of November 22 – 26, 2021
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The Beginning French Classes will be taught by Mme. Sandra Shaw, while the Intermediate French and Salon Classes will be taught by M. Steven Apostolov. Beginning and Intermediate Class size is limited to 25 students. The Salon (Advanced Conversation Group) will be limited to 15.

All students need to be members of the Alliance Française of Newport for the year 2021-2022. Here is the link to the Membership Signup Page.

The fee for either the Beginning French class or Intermediate French class is $100.
The fee for The Salon – Advanced Conversation Group is $50.
(A basic AFN Membership $45 is the minimum membership required of all students and will provide member benefits through August 31, 2022). 

Beginning French

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.
 
Here are the details:
·       Class will be on Tuesday nights from 5:30-6:30
·       The Beginning class will use the Living Language French: Beginner textbook.  The syllabus will be distributed prior to the first class.
.       If you participated in the Alliance Francaise Beginners or Intermediate class for the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester and you KEPT the books you purchased for that semester you should already have the necessary textbook for this class.
To register for the Beginning French Class ALL students must be members of the Alliance Francaise de Newport. Membership costs as little as $45 (less for full-time students).   
 
The cost of the Beginning  classes is $100 for the semester

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm. Details about the format of the classes will be forthcoming, but it is anticipated that they will be a mixture of in-person and on-line classes.

Intermediate French

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. 
 
Here are the details:
·       Class will be on Tuesday nights from 7 to 8 pm
·       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 2020 or Spring 2021 semester and you KEPT the books you purchased for that semester you should already have the necessary textbook for this class.
 
Details about the format of the classes will be forthcoming, but it is anticipated that they will be a mixture of in-person and on-line classes.

To register for the Intermediate French Class ALL students must be members of the Alliance Francaise de Newport. Membership costs as little as $45 (less for full-time students). 

Salon Conversation (Advanced French)

As was the case last Fall, 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 using Zoom, with hopes that at some point in the not-too-distant future we can meet again in person.

Please note: 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, and is currently priced at a very reasonable $28.27. 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.