Winter 2023-2024 – French Classes (online)

December 5, 2023 February 11, 2024

Online registration for our Winter 2023-2024 session of French classes is open.

  • Most courses will run for 9 weeks from Monday January 22nd to March 23rd in 2 hour weekly classes. The start time of each class may be different. The number of students per online class is limited to 7.
  • All online classes are delivered virtually with Zoom.

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
      Inspire 2 (for new A2-1 class) – textbook isbn: 9782015135793; workbook isbn: 9782015135809
      Cosmopolite 2 ( A2-5 through A2-7 classes) – textbook isbn: 978-2014015997; workbook isbn: 978-2015135342
      Inspire 3 (B1-1 through B1-4) – textbook isbn: 978-2017133452; workbook isbn: 978-2017133469
      Cosmopolite 3 (B1-5 through B1-7)- textbook isbn: 978-2015135472; workbook isbn: 978-2015135489
      Inspire 4 (for all B2 classes) – textbook isbn: 9782017175438; workbook isbn: 9782017230489
  • 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

Tuesdays (Jan. 23 – March 19), 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, 18 hours, online : zoom meetings.

$270.00Add 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

Mondays (Jan. 22 – March 18),  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, 18 hours, online: zoom meetings.

$270.00Add 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

Tuesdays (Jan. 23 – March 19),  7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 18 hours, online: zoom meetings.

$270.00Add 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

Tuesdays (Jan. 23 – March 19),  7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 18 hours, online: zoom meetings.

$270.00Add 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. 23 – March 19),  7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 18 hours, online: zoom meetings.

$270.00Add to cart

Intermediate A2-1

Prerequisite A1-6 or equivalent

You will be able to talk about you, about what you like and like to do, ask questions, talk about future plans.

  • Grammar skills: the recent past, near future, present continu, adverbs of frequency, relative pronouns qui and que, asking questions in 3 different ways, interrogative words, interrogative adjective quel, disjunctive pronouns, simple future tense, time markers. (A2 book : dossier 1)
  • Please order Inspire 2: textbook isbn: 9782015135793; workbook isbn: 9782015135809

Wednesdays (Jan. 23 – March 20),  5:30pm – 7:30pm, 18 hours, online: zoom meetings.

$270.00Add 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. 24 – March 20),  6 pm – 8 pm, 18 hours, Online: zoom meetings.

$270.00Add 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. 24 – March 20),  6 pm – 8 pm, 18 hours, Online: zoom meetings.

$270.00Add 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

Wednesdays (Jan. 24 – March 20),  6 pm – 8 pm, 18 hours, Online: zoom meetings.

$270.00Add 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:

Thursdays (Jan. 25 – March 21),  6:30pm – 8:30pm, 18 hours, Online: zoom meetings.

$270.00Add 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

Mondays (Jan. 22 – March 18), 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 18 hours, Online : zoom meeting.

$270.00Add 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

Mondays (Jan. 22 – March 18), 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 18 hours, Online : zoom meeting.

$270.00Add 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

Thursdays (Jan. 25 – March 21),  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, online : zoom meetings.

$270.00Add 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

Thursdays (Jan. 25 – March 21),  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 18 hours, online : zoom meetings.

$270.00Add to cart

Independent User B2

Prerequisite B1-7 or equivalent


You will learn to talk about your relationships with others, to be specific about the organization of your time, to debate about employment and work issues.

  • Grammar skills: express feelings and emotions, explain the arising of a feeling, use impersonal turns, specify the course of an action, use specific time markers, use pronouns in the imperative mood (Tendances B2 book, dossier 9)

Saturdays (Jan 27 – March 23), 10 am – 12 pm , 18 hours, online meetings with zoom.

$270.00Add to cart