Free French Classes

Free French Classes

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Nigel's Class 2014

Every Sunday from September to the end of June, Saint Esprit offers free French lessons from 9am to 10am and 10 am to 11 am in classrooms at 111 East 60th Street, next door to the church.

Yes, these French classes really are free! We have offered this as a service to our fellow New Yorkers since 1884. We only ask that you purchase your textbook.

The French Classes this year will be held from Sunday September 21st 2014 to June 28th 2015. This year's beginner and intermediate level classes are full. If you wish to attend the conversation and advanced classes (fluent), please, contact us.

Next year's orientation will take place on Sunday, September 13th 2015 at 9am for beginners and 10am for intermediate, conversation and advanced levels. We will open online pre-registration mid-August 2015.

Meet the teachers and their classes

Complete beginner with Léon

Complete and faux-beginner with Frédéric

Intermediate with Nigel

Conversation with Kathleen

Advanced with Patrick

Complete Beginner with Léon

Who is Léon?

Teacher of French and Philosophy with over 10 years experience working with all age, groups and in one-on-one session, I am qualified from de Department Of Education. French is my native language. I am actually enrolled at New York University (NYU) for a higher diploma in French Studies with Journalism of Education option.

About his class

All motivated students are always welcome in my class for a new open-mind adventure. I accept only the strict beginners learners in my class.

What he expects of his students

I will help students to speak and to understand elementary French. Students will become familiar with French culture and will learn useful expressions for daily conversations.

"LEON ACCEPTS ONLY STUDENTS WHO HAVE GOOD REASONS AND GOOD MOTIVATION TO LEARN FRENCH".

Download the syllabus for Léon's class

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Complete and faux-beginner with Frédéric

Who is Frédéric?

I was born and raised in Paris, France. I graduated in Applied Foreign Languages from the university of Paris West University Nanterre while completing my last year at San José State University (CA). I am the Parish Administrator at Saint-Esprit, and also a musician and a visual artist.

About his class

In my 10am class, we follow the same syllabus that Léon designed. In my 9am class, we skip the basics (alphabet, numbers, the verb être (to be) in the present tense). You are expected to know that if you take the 9am class.

What he expects of his students

To attend class and participate. You are expected to know the previous week's lesson when you come to class (study).

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Intermediate with Nigel

Who is Nigel?

I'm the Rector (Priest) of St. Esprit, where I have been working for almost twenty years.  Before coming to America I lived and worked in Paris and London after graduating from Birmingham University (UK) and Oxford University (UK) in Ancient Egyptian, Theology, Ministry and Islamic Studies.  

About his class

Our basic text will the same book as Léon's class (Ultimate French, Random House). I will assume that you have already covered chapters 1 - (passé composé). We will quickly review the passé composé and the imperfect, and move on to study the compound tenses, the future and the subjunctive.  Grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and conversation exercises will often be taught through supplementary handouts and audio-visual materials.

What he expects of his students

Consistency in attending the classes, as we frequently build on materials from previous weeks to speed up conversation proficiency.  Complete sentences in replying to questions (not just "Oui" or "Non" !) And not to forget to bring previous weeks' handouts to the class!

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Conversation with Kathleen

icon_user Who is Kathleen?

Paroissienne de Saint-Esprit avant l'arrivée du Rev. Nigel Massey. J'apprécie d'avoir l'occasion de fournir l'ooportunité à mes étudiants d'améliorer leurs compétences en français. Je travaille actuellement en conformité juridique, où j'uttilise mes compétences en français, italien, et espagnol.

About her class

Nous ne parlons QUE LE FRANÇAIS. Nous discutons de sujets choisis par les étudiants allant de la musique pop francophone aux expériences de la vie actuelle de nos étudiants.

What she expects of her students

J'attend de mes étudiants qu'ils soient investis (participent en classe, aident à ranger avant et après la classe, ...), et qu'ils participent au choix des sujets discutés.

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Advanced with Patrick

icon_user Who is Patrick?

Retired. I was in the wine business as an importer (mostly French wines).

About his class

This year, the conversation will be about French art. At each session, we will be discussing one painting - in chronological order, starting with the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry.

What he expects of his students

Students should actively become involved in the discussion.

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