2017 – 2018 Free French Class Program Registration Page

Thank you for your interest in the Free French Class program at the French Church du Saint-Esprit.

Before you start the application process there are two important points:
1. You have until August 31st at midnight to apply. Please, if you do not have a full hour to apply yourself to read, understand, and apply the rules of this application, simply choose to come back at a later time when you are free to do so. Your application is not time sensitive.

2. After the end of the registration period, there will be a preview process, and a draw in the event of too many applications. Students should expect an email during the first week of September. Emails asking about student’s results before the end of the first week of September will be ignored.

3. To ensure that you do receive our email communications, please add contact@stespritnyc.org to your contacts on Gmail, AOL, etc. If your provider offers to add addresses to a ‘white list’, please do so. We are not responsible for students who did not see our emails because they went to their ‘spam’ or ‘promotion’ folders. This unfortunately happens every year. If you did not receive an email by September 11th at midnight, you should look for contact@stespritnyc.org in all your email folders. We will not troubleshot your email servers.

4. You will need to choose for which type of class you would like to apply (beginner, intermediate, conversation). The following information is enough to help you decide in which class you should apply. If you have doubts, take some time to process this information, and come back when you have made a decision. Please, note that you can only apply for one class (multiple applications will be deleted), and that this is an important decision as you will not be able to be bumped to another level. We will not make this choice for you.

The Beginner Classes:

These classes are suitable for most students who have never taken French classes in an academic environment (this include Complete beginner and Beginner fast-pace. Choice will be made later-on.) Students who wonder if they should go to a higher class because they “know some French” usually should follow our beginner courses. It goes the same for students who “took some French in high school” as our experience shows us that in most cases these students have not assimilated the necessary basis of the French language.

Here is a simple test to know if you should skip our beginner classes and apply to our intermediate classes. If you can truthfully answer yes to all these affirmations, you should apply to our Intermediate classes:

  • “I can easily conjugate and correctly spell verbs like ‘être’, ‘avoir’, ‘aller’, ‘manger’, ‘partir’, ‘vouloir’ at the présent, passé-composé, and futur tenses.”
  • “I did learn French grammar for at least a year and passed written tests.”
  • “If asked to translate to French: ‘I had a white dog when I was young. Now I have a black dog and I hope he lives for a long time‘, I can do so, and write it without any spelling mistake.

If any of those statements are not true to you, you should apply to the beginner classes. Please, do not try to skip the beginner classes because you learned French ‘orally’.

The Intermediate Classes:

These classes in most cases are suitable for people who have studied French grammar in an academic environment for at least a year. Students should be able to answer truthfully yes to these three affirmations:

  • “I can easily conjugate and correctly spell verbs like ‘être’, ‘avoir’, ‘aller’, ‘manger’, ‘partir’, ‘vouloir’ at the présent, passé-composé, and futur tenses.”
  • “I did learn French grammar for at least a year and passed written tests.”
  • “If asked to translate to French: ‘I had a white dog when I was young. Now I have a black dog and I hope he lives for a long time‘, I can do so, and write it without any spelling mistake.

You can check out the beginner syllabus here to see what you are supposed to know before applying to the Intermediate class

The Conversation Classes:

These classes are suitable for students who already speak French and studied French in an academic environment for at least 2-3 years depending on your performance. Students should be able to construct complicated sentences using the subjonctif and the conditionnel while still writing flawlessly. Students will not be allowed to slow down the conversational flow to ask about grammar rules that all other students have already studied. Please, note that the final acceptance decision is up to the teachers. They may test your French skills in person or over the phone. There are three conversation classes. You will be asked your preference at the end of the application process. Description of the classes will be then available.

*I have read all the above information, I know that some registration mistakes like registering for two classes or twice will cancel my application, I know when to expect a confirmation, I made an informed choice, and I am ready to apply to the Free French Classes:

Apply to the Beginner Classes

Apply to the Intermediate Classes

Apply to the Conversation Classes