Winter 2023

Classes start the week of January 16, 2023

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France - Spring 2023 Workshop

In-person week in France
Offered by Morphée Créations

Monday, April 24, 2023 -
Monday, May 1, 2023
St. Ferreol Die en Diois, France (map)

A unique chance to travel to a hidden part of France, where Provence meets the Alpine chain, with a fully bilingual art teacher (yours truly : dual citizen France/USA) ! Staying in an ancient Château turned comfortable Gîte Rural (country inn), you will discover local villages that have stood for centuries, eat delicious locally produced food, and make art from fresh vantage points.

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YOGA

With Chantal Joubi
All levels

6 week session
Mondays - 5 - 6 pm on Zoom

Yin Yoga is a slow and meditative form of yoga. You will hold postures for a longer period of time while breathing and relaxing into them. This class will help you stretch and relax your mind and body. The class is taught in French and is for all levels.

Yoga in French
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French Language and
Conversation Through Music - CANCELLED

With Susie Pollard
Intermediate/Advanced B2 level

8 week session
Mondays - 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Zoom

In this lively conversation class taught by French teacher and musician, Susie Pollard, we will delve into different French music genres and periods from varied francophone countries. You’ll practice new vocabulary, touch on important cultural influences and musical icons, and you’ll most likely learn some fun slang along the way!

French music / conversation
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Absolute Beginners (A1)

With Michael Klimov

8 week session
Tuesdays - 6 - 7:30 pm on Zoom

Are you ready to kick-start your French education? First time learning French? Planning a trip to France, to Québec, Africa? Maybe you would like to read “Les Misérables” as it was written? Or perhaps hoping to watch a film in French? Maybe looking forward to talking to your mémère or pépère in their own language. Get an introduction to the basics of the French language and the Francophone world in a fun environment! Learn basic vocabulary and French sentences to introduce yourself and interact in everyday situations. Focus on real-life conversation from the start! There are as many reasons to learn French as there are students of this beautiful language. Students will also learn some French grammar and structures as well as discover aspects of French culture.

We will use “Saison 1 A1” - Textbook - Éditions Didier - ISBN 978-2-278-08265-0 (Available on Amazon. Not included in registration).

French Classes: Absolute Beginners (A1)
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Advanced Beginners
(A2)

With Susie Pollard

8 week session
Wednesdays - 6:30 - 8 pm on Zoom

This course is a continuation of the first session (Grand Beginners). It will also be suitable for students who have some basic knowledge of French.

Here are the skills required to attend the course:

  • You can greet someone and respond to greetings.
  • You can ask how someone is and tell how you are.
  • You can spell your first name, last name and other words.
  • You can ask questions about the day and date such as "What's the date today?" or "What's your birthday?"
  • You can introduce yourself and talk briefly about your family and pets, what you like to do or what you don't like to do.
  • You can ask someone questions about their family, pets, or ask what they like to do.

We will review these concepts in our first class and continue to learn French (grammar, conjugation and culture) focusing on oral communication in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
We will continue to use the French method Saison 1 A1 - Editions Didier - ISBN 978-2-278-08265-0 (Available on Amazon. Not included in registration).

French Classes - Beginners continuation (A2)
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Conversation on a French Film

With Karen Girondel
B1 level

7 week session
Tuesdays - 7 - 8:30 pm
(Class in presence at IWC, 24 Prebble st, 3rd floor, Portland)

Film transports us to another place, another time and another life; it provides language learners with rich audio-visual context, along with dynamic vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, authentic dialogue, in addition to cultural and historical references. This course will feature presentation of vocabulary and some key grammatical structures which students will practice in the context of the film, as well as open-ended exercises, activities, discussions, and role-playing designed to help improve proficiency. Listening and speaking skills will be emphasized in this class rather than reading and writing. This course is for you if you know some basic French, understand some of what you hear when spoken at normal rate of speed, and want the opportunity to speak in a context that will encourage increased vocabulary and grammatical accuracy without lists of words and tedious written exercises. We will study one film during the 7-week course.

French cinema / conversation
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Cinema- focus on the history of France

With Mary Okin
(B2/C1/C2)

10 week session
Thursdays - 4:00 - 5:30 pm on Zoom

For this French film discussion session we will continue our discussion of French history, language and culture through film. In this ten-week course, we will watch ten films that relate to an important aspect of French history. We will watch one film each week before class, and then discuss it together in French through Zoom. Our discussions will touch on important issues raised in the films that relate to society, culture, and especially French history. We will watch the following films: Délicieux, Portrait d'une femme en feu, Germinal, Le bal des folles, Thérèse, De Gaulle, Les femmes de l'ombre, Un amour impossible, À la vie, and Madame Claude.

French cinema / history
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Let’s discover Francophone Africa!

With Willy Tshibangu and Alexis Kanamugire
(B1/B2/C1)

8 week session
Thursdays - 6:00 - 7:30 pm on Zoom

This advanced intermediate French course will help students refine their French language skills. This conversational course is designed to help students improve their oral expression in French as well as their comprehension of written texts in French.

Also, this course includes a strong cultural content whose main objective is the discovery and understanding of the African Francophonie. We invite you to take a virtual trip to French-speaking Africa and to deepen your knowledge of the French-speaking world through films, reading, music and cartography.

We advise you to purchase: “La culture francophone- Le monde à l'écoute" (Hackett Publishing Co.) - (Available on Amazon. Not included in registration).

Let's discover Francophone Africa!
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Heritage Classe ( for francophone high schoolers)

With Alexis Kanamugire

8 week session
Wednesdays - 4:30 - 6 pm
(Class in presence at IWC, 24 Prebble st, 3rd floor, Portland)

This class is open to French- speaking young people, ages 14 to 18, (Grades 9 -12), who do not want to lose their French proficiency. It will be taught by an experienced francophone teacher, in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. It will also help students to prepare for the Seal of Biliteracy, by practicing speaking, writing, listening and reading skills.

Free Class
Send inscription to
afdume.gmail.com

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French cooking class - CANCELLED

With Sarah Donat
All levels

6 week session
Wednesdays- 4:00-5:30 pm on Zoom

Within the comfort of your own home, your teacher will guide you to create flavors from France with fresh and simple ingredients. During this course, you will create appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Each recipe will come with a history and geography lesson so your imagination can run wild as you taste each dish. Take time to eat well! Contact the professor if you have any allergies or special dietary concerns. Come cook, chat and taste!
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French Classes: Cooking
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Beginners continuation (A2)

With Charlie Hicks

8 week session, starting September 22
Thursdays - 6:30 - 8 pm on Zoom

This course is a continuation of the first session (Grand Beginners). It will also be suitable for students who have some basic knowledge of French.

Here are the skills required to attend the course:

  • You can greet someone and respond to greetings.
  • You can ask how someone is and tell how you are.
  • You can spell your first name, last name and other words.
  • You can ask questions about the day and date such as "What's the date today?" or "What's your birthday?"
  • You can introduce yourself and talk briefly about your family and pets, what you like to do or what you don't like to do.
  • You can ask someone questions about their family, pets, or ask what they like to do.

We will review these concepts in our first class and continue to learn French (grammar, conjugation and culture) focusing on oral communication in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
We will continue to use the French method Saison 1 A1 - Editions Didier - ISBN 978-2-278-08265-0 (Available on Amazon. Not included in registration).

French Classes - Beginners continuation (A2)