Free French Classes

Free French Classes

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Nigel's Class 2014

Registration for the Sept. 2015 - June 2016 are now closed.
Next registration is on August 1st 2016 for the Sept. 2016 - June 2017 session

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 109 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 20th 2015 to June 26th 2016.

 

 

Classes

Complete beginner

Beginner (fast-pace)

Intermediate

General Conversation

Thematic Conversation 

Complete Beginner

Teachers

Léon: French Class Coordinator at Saint-Esprit, French and Philosophy teacher with over 10 years experience working with all ages, groups, and in one-on-one sessions. I am certified by the Department Of Education. French is my native language. I am currently enrolled at New York University (NYU) for a higher diploma in French Studies with Journalism of Education option.

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 the class

All motivated students are always welcome for a new open-mind adventure. Only for strict beginners.

What is expected of students

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

Download the syllabus for Léon's class

Access Frederic's weekly class summaries

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Beginner (fast-pace)

Teacher

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 of Saint-Esprit, and also a musician and a visual artist.

About his class

We skip the basics (alphabet, numbers, the auxiliaries) and go a little faster than the regular beginner's class. It is better suited for grammar-savvy people.

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.

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Intermediate

Teacher

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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General Conversation

Teacher

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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Thematic Conversation

Teacher

Philippe: Philippe is a native French speaker and French citizen.  He was a business manager working in the cosmetic ingredient business until he retired a couple of years ago to explore new career opportunities.  He was born in the United Kingdom to French speaking parents and educated at the French Lycée in London.  As a child, he would spend the long summer breaks in France, either in Burgundy, Poitou-Charentes or Aquitaine with his relatives, exploring the landscape and culinary culture!

About his class

Philippe will use his conversation class to explore the various regions of France and other French speaking countries of the world.  Although by no means a geography lesson or a travelogue, the weekly discussion will seek to educate and entertain students on the diversity of French speaking areas.

What he expects of his students

The primary expectation is that students can already confidently construct a simple but grammatically correct sentence. Students will be expected to attend on a weekly basis (allowing for some rare absenteeism) and to commit to some “homework” between meetings.  At each meeting, students will be expected to visibly demonstrate that they have completed the weekly assignments in order to remain in the group. Philippe believes that without some additional effort to the weekly meetings, no progress is possible. No English is spoken at any time.

By the end of the year, students will have gained more conversational skills in French. Also, they will have learned some fun but also practical knowledge of what makes each region fascinating, from Ardennes to Corsica, from Indochina to Martinique, from Togo to Quebec, from Alsace to Aquitaine. Not quite what Jules Verne described in his seminal travel novel written in 1872, but hopefully equally entertaining!

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