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French ~ Evening and Day

French 1: Beginners Part 1 ~ Evening
Whether you want to travel to Paris or Québec, or merely pronounce (with authority!) the names of your favorite French wines and dishes, this course is for you. The emphasis will be on comprehension and communication, basic grammar, and on mastering that notoriously difficult French pronunciation (there are some easy tricks to it!). 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.


Text information: Learn French the Fast and Fun Way (with CD) is recommended, but any book with an accompanying CD will suffice.

Handout Fee: A fee of $8 to 10 for handouts is payable to the instructor at the first class. The "Learn French the Fast and Fun Way" (with CD) text is suggested only because it has a CD, so people can practice pronouncing French properly during their time away from class.  The handouts I will provide to the students will cover everything they need to know for this class, so buying the book is not required.

10 Sessions $160 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $128) + $text
Mon., 2/23; 3/2, 16, 23, 30; 4/20, 27; 5/4, 11 & 18 from 6:00 to 7:25 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School

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.
Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for future dates.

French 2: Intermediate ~ Evening
This course is a continuation of beginning French. Newcomers should understand basic French and should be able to carry on a short conversation using simple phrases. 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.
6 Sessions $109 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $87) + $ mtls.
Mon., 2/23; 3/2, 16, 23, 30 & 4/20 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School
Mon., 4/27; 5/4, 11, 18; 6/1 & 8 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School

French 3: Advanced ~ Day
A course for those with a working knowledge of 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.

7 Sessions $122 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $98) + $ mtls.
Wed., 2/25; 3/4, 18, 25; 4/1, 8 & 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Venus Bdg.

6 Sessions $109 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $87) + $ mtls.
Wed., 4/29; 5/6, 13, 20; 6/3 & 10 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Venus Bdg.

French History

Valois Dynasty; Henry IV and Louis XIII
Was there a curse on the Valois family? The last two generations of the Valois dynasty saw France thrown into bloody upheaval as religious and court factions fought for dominance over the weakened crown. This course will explore the events and personalities of that time, from the untimely and ghastly death of Henry II to the French wars of religion, with the growth of Huguenot influence under Henry of Navarre on the one hand, to the ascendancy of the Catholic Guise family on the other, followed by the reign of the popular Henry IV. Although, Henry IV’s reign was cut short, he left a strong mark on the state and allowed for the smooth succession of his son, Louis XIII. This course will also look at the influence of Cardinal Richelieu, who nurtured the nascent idea of absolutism for the French monarchy. Instructor Nancy Maxwell lived in Switzerland for 19 years, has traveled extensively in Europe and has taught European history for years.
2 Sessions $39 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $30)
Tue/Thur., 3/24 & 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon; Venus Bldg.

Louis XIV - the Sun King
The court of Louis XIV came to represent the epitome of glory, power, and royalty, and he lived in an age when a monarch’s personality could influence all aspects of life. Over the two sessions of this course we will consider the many aspects of the reign of the sun king from the political and military (four wars, the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Colbert) to the personal and cultural (the queen, the mistresses, the artists). No previous knowledge required. Instructor Nancy Maxwell lived in Switzerland for 19 years, has traveled extensively in Europe and has taught European history for years.
2 Sessions $39 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $30)
Tue., 3/31 & 4/7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon; Venus Bldg.

Art History ~ A Look at Western Art

The Qualities of Great Art - Part 1
Art appreciation is the knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that identify all great art. This class will learn about the basic structure of painting, drawing, and sculpture through line, color, and medium, while discussing social and historical events occurring during the time that the art was created. This course starts with the Stone Age (Lascaux Cave paintings, Sumerian, and Egyption), then surveys Western art from 1120 through 1880, including Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Dutch, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Instructor Leslie Connito Moss graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and studied painting and art history at The American University in Paris, France. She is an artist and has also lectured and taught art and art appreciation to adults.
4 Sessions $92 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $69)
Mon., 2/23; 3/2, 9 & 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; 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.

Early to High Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe
There is more to the Renaissance than Michelangelo and Leonardo. We’ll see the remarkable work of Giotto, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Vermeer, Van Eyck, Pontormo, Breughel and more. 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 an area college. He teaches or has taught photography, Photoshop Elements, art history, painting, and drawing in Ridgefield Continuing Education.
2 Sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 37)
Tue., 2/24 & 3/3 from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m.; Venus Bldg.

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 an area college. He teaches or has taught photography, Photoshop Elements, art history, painting, and drawing in Ridgefield Continuing Education.
3 Sessions $ 69 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 52)
Tue., 3/24, 31 & 4/7 from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m.; Venus Bldg.

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 an area college. He teaches or has taught photography, Photoshop Elements, art history, painting, and drawing in Ridgefield Continuing Education.
3 Sessions $ 69 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 52)
Tue., 4/21, 28 & 5/5 from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m.; Venus Bldg.