Learn French

Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe
All classes take place at Assumption Cultural Center | 21800 Marter Road | St. Clair Shores, MI 48080


Absolute Beginner

Getting acquainted with the basic French language, culture and pronunciation.

Mondays, 5:00-6:30 pm, beginning September 11, 2017
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Beginner Plus

Increasing and enhancing listening, reading, grammar and conversation.

Mondays, 6:30-8:00 pm, beginning September 11, 2017
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Conversation

Improving and developing conversation skills on a multilevel setting.

Mondays, 5:00-6:30 pm, beginning September 11, 2017
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Intermediate

Expand on communication skills, grammar, culture, vocabulary and songs.

Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm, beginning September 12, 2017
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Advanced

Emphasis on conversation and discussions on various topics.

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm, beginning September 12, 2017
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Registration

All classes are 10 weeks long. Fee $115.

Textbooks required will be available on the first day; fee to be determined.

For more information and to register, please contact Cheryl Johns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 313-885-9139. Register by September 8, 2017.

Class details are available at www.afgrossepointe.org

Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe
French classes 2017-2018

We conduct every class at the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe with an oral approach so that students gain confidence in listening to French, answering questions in French, dialoguing in French as well as reading in French. Students get to see and hear video clips of various French news events or music videos or segments of movies in class or pieces of literature.

Grammar (les structures) is a small but essential part of each course at the Alliance Française. Students learn to speak French faster and become independent speakers when they understand the basic rules for how something is done, like how to use a verb, use negatives or use direct objects.

In every class at the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe students learn a bit of culture, a French song or two, and slang expressions used in French. We often go on optional excursions to plays, French movies, restaurants or other “French events” throughout the year.

Since we only hold class for 90 minutes a week, small homework assignments (les devoirs) are given. These help reinforce what we learn in class. We do not give grades. If you do not do your homework you are not sent to the guillotine, but you do learn faster when les devoirs are completed.

Absolute Beginner French - Mondays 5:00-6:30 pm beginning September 11 is for the absolute beginner who has never had French before or had a class so long ago they can’t remember anything past bonjour and merci. We learn how to speak in present tense, use commands, how to say you are going to do something tomorrow and touch on speaking in the past tense. We learn slang, how French people slur words together and learn techniques for pronunciation. We concentrate on ourselves, our families, sports and hobbies, weather, likes and dislikes, our homes, food and meals, shopping, colors, numbers and traveling. It runs for an entire year, with 10 weeks in the Fall, 10 weeks in Winter and 10 weeks in Spring.

Beginner Plus French - Mondays 6:30-8:00 pm beginning September 11 is for students who have some knowledge of speaking French in present tense and can ask and answer simple questions like Où habitez-vous? Tu t’appelles comment? Etes-vous fatigué? or Quand allez-vous à l’école? The present tense is reinforced as well as commands. We get more comfortable speaking French and have discussions on various topics. We thoroughly learn the past tense (passé composé) and start contrasting it with the imperfect (imparfait) and we touch on the future tense (le futur). As in every class at the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe, students learn a bit of culture in each class, a French song or two, and slang expressions. Like every class, Beginners Plus runs for an entire year with 10 weeks in the Fall, 10 weeks in Winter and 10 weeks in the Spring.

Instructional materials: Both the Absolute Beginners and the Beginners Plus classes use the textbook Practice Makes Perfect: Basic French, Premium Second Edition 2017 by Eliane Kurbegov, published by McGraw Hill. The textbook will be available for purchase on the first day of classes.

Conversation French - Mondays 5:00-6:30 pm beginning September 11 class is for students who have had some French and who are ready for a challenge of taking a class that is conducted entirely in French. We talk about ourselves, our families, our homes, our city, our likes and dislikes, weather, sports, movies, books, traveling and anything of interest to the group. We review our vocabulary for each unit and grammar (les structures) in French. It may be difficult at first, but your brain will adjust and you will learn to think and speak in French. Students should have some knowledge of speaking in present and past tense in French.

Instructional materials: The Conversation French class will use the Practice Makes Perfect: French Conversation by Eliane Kurbegov, published by McGraw Hill. This textbook will be available for purchase on the first day of classes.

Intermediate French - Tuesday 7:30-9:00 pm beginning September 12 is for students who want to expand on their communication skills, grammar and vocabulary, and progress in conversational skills. While constantly reviewing material from previous levels, students become comfortable speaking in present, past and future, with emphasis on distinguishing differences in passé compose and imparfait, reviewing the future and touching on the plus-que-parfait, conditional, and si clauses. We study and discuss French songs and poetry. It runs for an entire year, with 10 weeks in the Fall, 10 weeks in Winter and 10 weeks in Spring.

Instructional materials: The textbook for the Intermediate French class will be determined on the first day of classes.

Advanced French - Tuesday 6:00-7:30 pm beginning September 12 is for students who want to continue to improve their conversation skills and discussions on various topics. As always, there is review of advanced grammar structures, discussion of current event articles on cultural topics, and exploration of short literary selections. The music covered is a variety of current and classic songs that are rich in vocabulary and subject matter. Like every class, Advanced French runs for an entire year with 10 weeks in the Fall, 10 weeks in Winter and 10 weeks in the Spring.

Instructional materials: The textbook for the Advanced French class will be determined on the first day of classes.