Winter 2022 – 2023 French Courses

November 12, 2022 | 12:00 pm February 4, 2023 | 11:59 pm
Virtual meetings / In-person meetings

Online registration for our Winter 2022-2023 session of French classes is open.

  • Most courses will run for 9 weeks from January 9th through March 10th in 2 hour weekly classes, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm or 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
  • Tuesday courses will run for 10 weeks from January 10th through March 16th in 1 hour 45 minutes weekly classes, 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm.
  • Online classes are delivered virtually with Zoom.
  • Some classes are in-person at our office, 1500 Union Avenue, Baltimore, 21211, suite 1310.

Instructions

Instructions to Register for a Class or Workshop

  • To register in a class, other than Beginner 1, take a placement test and schedule a brief chat with us to sign-up for the appropriate class, or ask for information at [email protected]
  • Add your class to the cart and proceed to checkout.
  • PARTICIPANTS MUST BE A MEMBER of the Alliance Française de Baltimore to take classes. Please go to the Membership page to purchase a membership. If you are already a member, please login to your account.
  • For our general French group classes, a textbook and a workbook are required. Please order them and have them shipped ahead of the start date of the class, if you do not have them yet. Of course, you can use the provider of your choice (amazon, MEP Education, ebay, the AFB, etc):
    • List of textbooks and workbooks with their EAN (= ISBN number) :
      Cosmopolite 1 (for all A1 classes) – textbook isbn: 978-2014015973, workbook isbn: 978-2014015980
      Cosmopolite 2 (for all A2 classes) – textbook isbn: 978-2014015997; workbook isbn: 978-2015135342
      Inspire 3 (B1-1 through B1-3) – textbook isbn: 978-2017133452; workbook isbn: 978-2017133469
      Cosmopolite 3 (B1-4 through B1-7)- textbook isbn: 978-2015135472; workbook isbn: 978-2015135489
      Tendances B2 (for all B2 classes) – textbook isbn: 978-1547902293; workbook isbn: 978-2090385342
  • Cancellation of class registration is subject to the Policies of the Alliance Française de Baltimore. Please review them in advance. You want to request the rescheduling of a class you missed: please inform us at least 24 hours in advance.

Language Classes

Beginner A1-1

No prerequisite

This class is designed for complete beginners.  The emphasis of French 101 is on very basic conversational skills. You will be able to introduce yourself and others, answer basic questions regarding your life and express personal likes and dislikes. You will also have learned the French alphabet, numbers and basic vocabulary

  • Grammar skills : personal pronouns, alphabet and the accents, gender of countries, definite and indefinite articles, conjugation of verbs être, s’appeler, ER verbs, verb avoir,  C’est / il est, interrogative adjective quel, parce que / pour, possessive adjectives in the singular form.  (A1 book: dossiers 0, 1)
  • Please order Cosmopolite 1: textbook isbn: 978-2014015973, workbook isbn: 978-2014015980

Mondays (Jan 9 – March 6),  6 pm-8 pm, 18 hours, Online : zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Thursdays (Jan 12 – March 16),  5 pm – 6:45 pm, 18 hours, In-person meetings (10 weeks)

$250.00Add to cart

Beginner A1-2

Prerequisite A1-1 or equivalent

Designed for students who have completed 101 or ‘false beginners,’ (those who have taken French before but believe they have forgotten everything).  The focus of this class emphasizes basic conversational skills.  You will be able to ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you own. You will be able to describe or make simple requests and invitations, understand date and time, and explain basic hopes and opinions.

  • Grammar skills :  prepositions of location, contracted articles, conjugation of verbs aller, prendre, habiter, venir, negation of the verbs, demonstrative adjectives, est-ce que and inversion to ask questions, possessive adjectives in the plural form, the gender and number of descriptive adjectives, etc ;  (A1 book: dossier 2 + lessons 1, 2 dossier 3) 
  • Please order Cosmopolite 1 – textbook isbn: 978-2014015973, workbook isbn: 978-2014015980

Wednesdays (Jan 11 – March 8), 6 pm-8 pm, 18 hours, In person meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Beginner A1-3

Prerequisite A1-2 or equivalent

You will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and phrases aimed at asking for directions, describing a place, giving orders, talking about the weather. You will also be able ask for information and tell a story with the use of past tenses.

  • Grammar skills : verbs of preference aimer, adorer, more ER verbs, verb faire + du/de la/ de l’/ des, disjunctive pronouns, expression “avoir mal” + body parts, some time markers, pronominal verbs, verbs lire and écrire, pronoun “on”, verbs pouvoir, devoir, vouloir in the present tense, ;  (A1 book: lessons 3, 4, 5, 6 dossier 3 + lessons 1, 2, 3, 4 dossier 4)
  • Please order Cosmopolite 1 – textbook isbn: 978-2014015973, workbook isbn: 978-2014015980

Wednesdays (Jan 11 – March 8) ,  6pm-8pm, 18 hours, Online : zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Beginner A1-4

Prerequisite A1-3 or equivalent

You will be able to talk about cultural activities and your hobbies, about food and clothing; you will learn to give advice, express an appreciation, describe an object and its function, express specific quantities and write a shopping list.

  • Grammar skills: verbs choisir and sortir in the present tense, the imperative mode, the passé composé tense (part 1), recent past and near future structures, verb dire in the present tense, the passé composé tense (part 2), être + adjective / avoir + noun + adjective, the adjective “même”, passé composé and present tenses; (A1 book: lessons 5, 6 dossier 4 + dossier 5)
  • Please order Cosmopolite 1 – textbook isbn: 978-2014015973, workbook isbn: 978-2014015980

Wednesdays (Jan 11 – March 8) ,  6pm-8pm, 18 hours, Online : zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Beginner A1-5

Prerequisite A1-4 or equivalent

You will be able to order a meal at a restaurant and express your satisfaction or discontent; express restriction ; compare present and past situations; describe your home and look for a place to live; understand and express rules.

  • Grammar Skills: the future simple tense, use of “il faut”, pronoun y, the IR verbs (review), structures to talk about the weather, expressing emotions and sensations, partitive articles, expressing specific quantities, pronoun “en”; ( A1 book : dossier 6 + 1, 2 dossier 7)
  • Please order Cosmopolite 1 – textbook isbn: 978-2014015973, workbook isbn: 978-2014015980

Tuesdays (Jan 10 – March 14),  5 pm- 6:45 pm, 18 hours, Hybrid meetings. (10 weeks)

$250.00Add to cart

Beginner A1-6

Prerequisite A1- 5 or equivalent

  • Grammar skills: comparative structures, the imparfait tense, verb payer, Yer verbs, reciprocal verbs, the imparfait / passé composé / present tenses together, direct and indirect object pronouns, relative pronouns qui and que, indirect object pronouns;  (A1 book: lessons 3, 4, 5, 6 dossier 7 + lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 dossier 8).
  • Please order Cosmopolite 1 – textbook isbn: 978-2014015973, workbook isbn: 978-2014015980

You will be able to speak in detail about your professional experience, tell  stories in past-tense, report speeches, express what the point of something is, and  express value judgments. Various topics of conversation will be covered.

Tuesdays ( Jan 10 – March 14),  5 pm- 6:45 pm, 18 hours, Hybrid meetings (10 weeks)

$250.00Add to cart

Intermediate A2-1

Prerequisite A1-6 or equivalent

You will be able to speak in detail about your professional experience, tell  stories in past-tense, report speeches, express what the point of something is, and  express value judgments. Various topics of conversation will be covered.

  • Grammar skills: comparative structures, Y and EN pronouns, direct and indirect object pronouns, structures to express obligation and recommendation (imperative /infinitive / il faut), some adverbs, relative pronouns qui, que, à qui, agreement when using the passé composé tense, structures to express obligation/give advice/suggest, subjunctive mode to advise; (A2 book : dossier 1 + lessons 1, 2 dossier 2)
  • Please order Cosmopolite 2: textbook isbn: 978-2014015997; workbook isbn: 978-2015135342

Tuesdays (Jan 10 – March 7),  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, Online: zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Intermediate A2-2

Prerequisite A2-1 or equivalent

You will be able to talk about activities, projects, goals. You will learn to give advice using various structures and express necessity using the subjunctive mood. You will be able to talk about cultural issues, understand simple survey and use comparative structures.

  • Grammar skills : passé composé and imparfait tenses together, emphasis with c’est … que / c’est … qui, time markers (il y a, pendant, dans), regular and irregular adverbs, hypothesis with “si”; (A2 book: lessons 3, 4, 5, 6 dossier 2 + lessons 1, 2, 3, 4 dossier 3)
  • Please order Cosmopolite 2: textbook isbn: 978-2014015997; workbook isbn: 978-2015135342

Tuesdays (Jan 10 – March 7),  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, Online: zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Intermediate A2-3

Prerequisite A2-2 or equivalent

You will be able to express your opinion and report about facts, express your preferences, your distractions and passtimes. talk about wishes and regrets, make suggestions, express goals, talk about imaginary and hypothetical situations, express cause and consequence, report speeches, etc

  • Grammar skills : plus-que- parfait tense, indefinite adjectives (tout, quelques, plusieurs,), place of the adverbs, interrogative pronoun “lequel”, superlative structures, asking formal questions, conditional mode in present tense; (A2 book: lessons 5, 6 dossier 3 + dossier 4)
  • Please order Cosmopolite 2: textbook isbn: 978-2014015997; workbook isbn: 978-2015135342

Tuesdays (Jan 10 – March 7),  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, Online : zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Intermediate A2-4

Prerequisite A2-3 or equivalent

You will be able to express wishes and hopes, agreement and disagreement, express your suggestions and talk about situations that have not occurred, present a project, take position and assert your opinion.

  • Grammar skills : c’est/ ce sont + nom / indefinite pronoun + relative, indirect speech in the present tense, relative pronouns où and dont, demonstrative pronouns (celui/celle), ongoing actions in the present tense, near future / recent past, verbs in -cer/-ger/-yer/-ayer, some prepositional verbs ;  (A2 book: dossier 5 + lessons 1, 2 dossier 6 ) 
  • Please order Cosmopolite 2: textbook isbn: 978-2014015997; workbook isbn: 978-2015135342

Tuesdays (Jan 10 – March 7),  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, online : zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Intermediate A2-5

Prerequisite A2-4 or equivalent

You will be able to talk about life changes, understand a biography, report conversations you heard, locate past events, imagine a different past, express regrets.

  • Grammar skills: Si + imparfait, indefinite pronouns (quelqu’un, personne, etc), agreement in passé composé with “avoir”, possessive pronouns (le mien), time markers “avant de” + infinitive verb / “après de ” + past infinitive, specific time markers, passé composé/imparfait/plus-que-parfait together, some specific time markers;  (A2 book: lessons 3, 4, 5, 6 dossier 6 + 1, 2 dossier 7) 
  • Please order Cosmopolite 2: textbook isbn: 978-2014015997; workbook isbn: 978-2015135342

Wednesdays (Jan 11 – March 8),  6 pm – 8 pm, 18 hours, online : zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Intermediate A2-6

Prerequisite A2-5 or equivalent

You will be able to stand up for a cause, express criticism and suggest solutions to a problem, ask for and give an opinion, read and understand the French press, talk about the news and cultural events.

  • Grammar skills: prepositions and time markers, expressions of cause and consequence, prepositional complements with “à / de”, use of “plus en plus / moins en moins”, passive voice, nominalization;  (A2 book: lessons 3, 4, 5, 6 dossier 7 + 1, 2 dossier 8 ) 
  • Please order Cosmopolite 2: textbook isbn: 978-2014015997; workbook isbn: 978-2015135342

Wednesdays (Jan 11 – March 8),  6 pm – 8 pm, 18 hours, Online : zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Intermediate A2-7

Prerequisite A2-6 or equivalent

You will be able to stand up for a cause, express criticism and suggest solutions to a problem, ask for and give an opinion, read and understand the French press, talk about the news and cultural events.

  • Grammar skills: Gerund, conditional and subjunctive modes, pronoun “on”;  (A2 book: lessons 3, 4, 5, 6 dossier 8 + Review Delf A2) 
  • Please order Cosmopolite 2: textbook isbn: 978-2014015997; workbook isbn: 978-2015135342

Thursdays (Jan 12 – March 9),  6:45 pm-8:45 pm, 18 hours, hybrid meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B1-1

Prerequisite A2-7 or equivalent

You will learn to introduce yourself, talk about yourself, about your preferences, your activities, compare, give advice and explanations, identify cultural differences, express opposition, report some recent and past news, etc.

  • Grammar skills: present tense (indicative and conditional moods), recent past, near future, relative pronouns (qui, que, où, dont), comparative/superlative, expressions of cause and consequences, expressions of opposition, passé composé / imparfait (B1 book : dossier 1 + lesson 1 dossier 2) 
  • Please order Inspire 3 textbook isbn: 9782017133452; workbook isbn: 9782017133469:

Mondays (Jan 9 – March 6),  6:30 pm-8:30 pm, 18 hours, online: zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B1-2

Prerequisite B1-1 or equivalent

You will learn to anticipate and manage a health problem, learn about health insurance, understand administrative documents, ask for help and advise, describe similarities and differences, talk about and organize outings.

  • Grammar skills: express consequence, imperative and personal pronouns to give instructions, indirect discourse to report words or thoughts, negation to nuance one’s tastes and interests, expressions to advise and emphasize; (B1 book : dossier 2 lessons 2, 3; 4 ; dossier 3 lesson 1)
  • Please order Inspire 3 – textbook isbn: 9782017133452; workbook isbn: 9782017133469

Mondays (Jan 9 – March 6),  6:30 pm-8:30 pm, 18 hours, online: zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B1-3

Prerequisite B1-2  or equivalent

You will learn to convince and express hesitations, understand customs, understand cultural differences, describe behaviors, report on an experience, express support and reservations.

  • Grammar skills: expression of purpose to convince, some prepositional verbs to inform about an event, pronouns Y and EN to replace a thing, a place or an idea, negation to express restriction, expression of concession and opposition, some adjectives and indefinite pronouns to describe behavior (B1 book: dossier 3 lessons 2, 3, 4 + dossier 4 lesson 1)
  • Please order Inspire 3 – textbook isbn: 9782017133452; workbook isbn: 9782017133469

Mondays (Jan 9 – March 6),  6:30 pm-8:30 pm, 18 hours, online : zoom meetings

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B1-4

Prerequisite B1-3  or equivalent

You will learn to find solutions, debate a controversial subject, encourage action, persuade someone to do something, communicate about one’s background, express one’s motivation and present one’s project.

  • Grammar skills: present participle to specify an action, adverbs of manner, adverbs of quantity and intensity to qualify one’s opinion, some prepositional verbs to express the purpose of an action, to incite to act, situate the different stages of one’s career in time, structure a cover letter (B1 book: dossier 4 lessons 2, 3, 4 + dossier 5 lesson 1)
  • Please order Inspire 3 – textbook isbn: 9782017133452; workbook isbn: 9782017133469

Thursdays (Jan 12 – March 9),  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, Online : zoom meeting.

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B1-5

Prerequisite B1-4  or equivalent

You will learn to understand and give advice on manage a job interview successfully, take risks, value your experience, describe your work day, analyze and compare traditional and social media, etc.

  • Grammar skills: structures to understand and give advice, pronoun “où”, gerund to express simultaneity, differentiate gerund and present participle, expression of concession to debate, passive voice to emphasize the result of an action, past participle agreement (B1 book: dossier 5 lessons 2, 3, 4 + dossier 6 lesson 1)
  • Please order Cosmopolite 3 – textbook isbn: 9782015135472; workbook isbn: 9782015135489

Thursdays (Jan 12 – March 9),  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, online : zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B1-6

Prerequisite B1-5  or equivalent


You will learn to structure a press article, report past facts, identify and analyze fake news, capture attention, explain and convince, understand a program on a scientific innovation.

  • Grammar skills: time markers, some prepositional verbs to talk about information and misinformation, structures to emphasize, compound relative pronouns, structures to explain the utility and functioning of an innovation, (B1 book: dossier 6 lessons 2, 3, 4 + dossier 7 lesson 1)
  • Please order Cosmopolite 3 – textbook isbn: 9782015135472; workbook isbn: 9782015135489

Mondays  (Jan 9 – March 6) , 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, online: zoom meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B1-7

Prerequisite B1-6  or equivalent


You will learn to explain a scientific discovery, present a technological innovation, express an opinion, make a positive criticism of a cultural event, express enthusiasm, learn about an artist, comment on films, react to a criticism, question the importance of reading.

  • Grammar skills: set a chronological progression in an argument, express manner and resemblance, superlative expressions, infinitive tenses, double pronouns, asking questions to organize one’s thoughts (B1 book: dossier 7 lessons 2, 3, 4 + dossier 8)
  • Please order Cosmopolite 3 – textbook isbn: 9782015135472; workbook isbn: 9782015135489

Mondays  (Jan 9 – March 6) , 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, online meetings.

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B2-1

Prerequisite B1-7 or equivalent


You will learn to talk about living in a city and being a well-integrated inhabitant, present opposite ideas, participate to a survey and analyze the outcomes, describe a local construction project and give your opinion about it, present a political organization, understand the actions of a political figure, etc.

  • Grammar skills: structures to express opposition, expressing quantities with indefinite adjectives and pronouns, participial propositions (B2 book: Dossier 1)
  • Please order Tendances B2– textbook isbn: 978-1547902293; workbook isbn: 978-2090385342

Tuesdays (Jan 10 – March 7) , 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm , 18 hours, In-person meetings. (10 weeks)

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B2-2

Prerequisite B2-1 or equivalent


You will learn to talk about an adventure, a successful event or a failure, express fear, motivate, congratulate, comfort, talk about passions, comment about literature, talk about a TV series or a movie, etc.

  • Grammar skills: structures to express concession, condition, restriction, structures to expression obligations and necessity, the use of the indirect object pronouns, the passé simple and passé antérieur tenses, tenses agreements ; (B2 book: Dossier 2)
  • Please order Tendances B2– textbook isbn: 978-1547902293; workbook isbn: 978-2090385342

Tuesdays (Jan 10 – March 7) , 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm , 18 hours, In-person meetings. (10 weeks)

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B2-3

Prerequisite B2-2  or equivalent

You will learn to get information about an artistic event, comment on a work of art, give an interview, assess information value, give your opinion on ecological issues, etc.

  • Grammar skills: expressing actions at various points in time, the structures of interrogative propositions, making assumptions and deductions, expressing doubts and assertions. (B2 book: dossier 3)
  • Please order Tendances B2– textbook isbn: 978-1547902293; workbook isbn: 978-2090385342

Tuesdays (Jan 10 – March 14) ,6:45 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, In-person meetings. (10 weeks)

Independent User B2-4

Prerequisite B2-2  or equivalent

You will learn to make an observation on society, think about a new economy, carry out social action, militate, take stock of one’s skills, etc.

  • Grammar skills: Relative pronouns, complex negation, “(se) + infinitive”, passive voice, comparisons. (B2 book: dossier 4)
  • Please order Tendances B2– textbook isbn: 978-1547902293; workbook isbn: 978-2090385342

Tuesdays (Jan 10 – March 14) ,6:45 pm – 8:30 pm 18 hours, In-person meetings. (10 weeks)

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B2-5

Prerequisite B2-3  or equivalent
You will learn to present an innovation, get familiar with a new device, monitor your health, transform your home.

  • Grammar skills: Relative pronouns, complex negation, “(se) + infinitive”, passive voice, comparisons. (B2 book: dossier 5)
  • Please order Tendances B2– textbook isbn: 978-1547902293; workbook isbn: 978-2090385342

Tuesdays (Jan 10 – March 14) , 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, In-person meetings. (10 weeks)

$250.00Add to cart

Independent User B2-6

You will learn to make an observation on society, think about a new economy, carry out social action, militate, take stock of one’s skills, etc.

  • Grammar skills: use double pronouns, tell a coherent story, organize complex ideas, express consequences (B2 book: dossier 6)
  • Please order Tendances B2– textbook isbn: 978-1547902293; workbook isbn: 978-2090385342

Tuesdays (Jan 10 – March 14) , 6:45 pm-8:30 pm, 18 hours, In-person meetings. (10 weeks)

$250.00Add to cart