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French ~ Evening & Day

The evening classes are listed first, but they are nearly completed for this session. Please scroll down for the day classes.

Also, scroll down for a class in French Film and several Art and Art History classes.

Reminder: Advanced registration and payment is required.

French ~ Evening

French: Level 1 (Beginner, Part 3)-Evening
This course is a continuation of basic French, although newcomers who have some exposure to the language will have no difficulty catching up. The focus will be practical: students will become comfortable conversing in French about everyday activities, including travel, dining out, and shopping. A materials fee of $8 is payable to the instructor at the first class. The text French Step-by-Step: Master High-Frequency Grammar for French Proficiency--Fast! is recommended but optional. Instructor Alyson Piro is a native of Montréal, Québec. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both French and German and also holds a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from New York University. She studied at the Université de Rennes in France and at the Universität Würzburg in Germany.
10 Sessions $160 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $128) + $ mtls.
Mon., 2/10, 24; 3/3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 4/7, 28; 5/5 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School
The make-up for the Feb. 3 snow day is on Monday, March 31 at the Venus Building..

French ~ Day

French: Beginners Part 1 ~ Day
For students with little or no previous French experience. Class covers basic vocabulary, pronunciation, elementary conversation, sentence structure, and basic grammar using the present and past tenses. Good background for travel to a French speaking country. The course focuses on how to carry on simple conversations in French. Tuition includes the text Learn French the Fast and Fun Way. Instructor Barry Corn is a retired Lawyer who has an affinity for languages. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and Portuguese and also has been teaching all levels of ESL.

8 Sessions $147 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $122)
Mon., 2/10, 24; 3/3, 10, 17, 24; 4/1 & 21 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)
Tuesday, April 1 is the make-up for the Feb. 3 snow day. Monday, April 21 is the make-up for the April 7 absense.

6 Sessions $121 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $101)
Mon., 4/21, 28; 5/5, 12, 19 & 6/2 from 1:35 to 3:05 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)

French: Beginners Part 2 ~ Day
A continuation of the 8 week beginners part 1. Newcomers with a little French experience are welcome. Class covers basic vocabulary, pronunciation, elementary conversation, sentence structure, and basic grammar using the present and past tenses. Good background for travel to a French speaking country. The course focuses on how to carry on simple conversations in French. Please include an extra $19 with your tuition if you do not have the text Learn French the Fast and Fun Way. Instructor Barry Corn is a retired Lawyer who has an affinity for languages. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and Portuguese and also has been teaching all levels of ESL.

6 Sessions $102 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $82) + $mtls.
Mon.,4/21, 28; 5/5, 12, 19 & 6/2 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.; Venus Bldg.

French: Level 2 Intermediate ~ Day
A course for those with a working knowledge in French ready for real conversation. The emphasis will be on communicating in everyday French about anything and everything, using the book French Vocabulary, 3rd Edition by Mary E. Coffman Crocker (2009). Included in the class will be an ongoing review of necessary grammatical structures to help students speak even more fluently. Instructor Alyson Piro is a native of Montréal, Québec. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both French and German and also holds a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from New York University. She studied at the Université de Rennes in France and at the Universität Würzburg in Germany.

6 Sessions $118 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $95) + $ text
Wed., 4/9, 16, 30; 5/7, 14 & 28 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Venus Bldg.

History and Archaeology

Napoleon
This is an overview of the career and accomplishments of this extraordinary man. From the “whiff of grapeshot” that brought him to power, to his last restless years on St. Helena, we will consider not only his foreign policy and military campaigns, but also his many lasting contributions to the French state. All of this will be examined in the context of his personality and the mood of post revolutionary France. Instructor Nancy Maxwell lived in Switzerland for 19 years, has traveled extensively in Europe and has taught European history for years.
3 Sessions $52 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $40)
Mon., 4/21, 28 & 5/5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School

Three Cities of the Loire Valley: Amboise, Blois, and Orleans
Join us to explore, via slide presentation and lecture, the rich history and structure of these cities of the Loire Valley to reveal how events that occurred in Amboise, Blois, and Orleans shaped the entire history of France. Conspiracy, intrigue, and murder were regular occurrences as noble houses and religious groups vied for royal influence. Five hundred years later, these episodes still hold a power to both fascinate and instruct. Instructor Nancy Maxwell lived in Switzerland for 19 years, has traveled extensively in Europe and has taught European history for years.
3 Sessions $52 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $40)
Mon., 5/12, 19 & 6/2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School

French Film

French Films of the Nouvelle Vague
More than half a century later, the French Nouvelle Vague continues to inspire filmmakers and audiences the world over. What began as a rag-tag team of disgruntled film critics (writing mainly for Cahier du Cinéma) in post-World War II France, quickly became a revolution in how we tell stories on film. With their new cinematic style, these directors conveyed complex ideas while still being direct and emotionally engaging. Thereby ensuring their influence as international cultural arbiters, and the founders of modern independent film. Covering such iconic filmmakers as Claude Chabrol, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, French Films of the Nouvelle Vague will introduce you to this influential movement by screening each film in its cultural and historical context. Students will not only discuss the film’s director and public reception, but in so doing will develop a critical film vocabulary that will continue to inform and enhance your appreciation of the cinematic art. Instructor Jesse Longman has extensive experience in creative writing and playwriting, holds an MFA from Columbia U, and has conducted many writing workshops.
5 Sessions $105 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $79)
Wed., 4/23, 30; 5/7, 14 & 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School

Art History ~ A Look at Western Art

The courses described here will not be all about names and dates. We will focus on the things certain artists accomplished, the significance of their inventions and discoveries, and how these new ways of seeing pushed Western art forward.

The Nineteenth Century
Monet and the Impressionists, and the great artists mistakenly lumped in with them. Three or four of these fellows were basically responsible for what followed in the twentieth century, and truly fathered modern art. Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master’s in Fine Arts and has been employed in art and photography and teaching for over 20 years. He teaches design, including the historical background, at Western CT State University. He teaches or has taught photography, Photoshop Elements, art history, painting, and drawing in Ridgefield Continuing Education.
2 Sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 37)
Mon., 3/3 & 24 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)

The Twentieth Century
This was the time, especially in America, when artists felt the necessity of abandoning the past and creating entirely new directions for art; things that hadn’t been seen before. They created new languages in paint, and we’ll see if we can understand what they were doing. Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master’s in Fine Arts and has been employed in art and photography and teaching for over 20 years. He teaches design, including the historical background, at Western CT State University. He teaches or has taught photography, Photoshop Elements, art history, painting, and drawing in Ridgefield Continuing Education.
2 Sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 37)
Mon., 3/31 & 4/7 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)