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French ~ Evening and Day

Continuing Classes in Spring - Sessions for classes starting in February will continue April thru May or June. Check back here in March for details.

Reminder: Advanced registration and payment is required.

French 1: Beginner, Part 1 ~ Day
This course is for the complete beginner in French. The emphasis will be on travel vocabulary (including ordering meals and wine in French restaurants) and basic communication; attention will also be given to basic grammar and pronunciation. Instructor Alyson Piro, a native of Montréal, Québec, holds a BA in French and German and studied at the Université de Rennes in Normandy, France, and the Universität Würzburg in Würzburg, Germany. Ms. Piro earned an MA in Linguistics from New York University.

A fee of $5 for handouts is payable to the instructor at the first class. The text, Practice Makes Perfect: Basic French by Elaine Kurbegov (2011) McGraw-Hill: ISBN 978-0-07-163469-4 is included with the tuition.

8 Sessions $ 159 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 130) + $ mtls.
Wed., 2/8, 15, 22; 3/1, 15, 22, 29 & 4/5
from 12 noon to 1:25 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)


French 1: Beginner, Part 2 ~ Day and Evening
This course is for people who took Beginner, Part 1 in Fall 2016 and anyone who has had some exposure to French, even a little bit. It would be difficult for a brand new French student. The emphasis will be on travel vocabulary (including ordering meals and wine in French restaurants) and basic communication; attention will also be given to basic grammar and pronunciation. Instructor Alyson Piro, a native of Montréal, Québec, holds a BA in French and German and studied at the Université de Rennes in Normandy, France, and the Universität Würzburg in Würzburg, Germany. Ms. Piro earned an MA in Linguistics from New York University.

A fee of $5 for handouts is payable to the instructor at the first class. Newcomers should bring the text, Practice Makes Perfect: Basic French by Elaine Kurbegov (2011) McGraw-Hill: ISBN 978-0-07-163469-4 to class.

8 Sessions $ 159 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 130) + $ mtls.
Tue., 2/7, 14, 21, 28; 3/14, 21, 28 & 4/4
from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.; Veteran's Park School
Wed., starts 4/19. 12 noon to 1:25 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school). Details to follow in March.


French: Beginner, Part 3 ~ Evening
A continuation of part 2 above.
8 Sessions $ 144 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 115) + $mtls.
Tue., 4/18 thru 6/6 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.; Veterans Park School



French: Advanced Beginner ~ Evening
This is a continuation of French Beginner, Part 4 from the Fall 2016 session. However, any interested student with a year or two of high school French will feel comfortable in the class. Students will build on the basic framework of French grammar and pronunciation while becoming more at ease communicating in French. Special emphasis will be given to travel vocabulary. Instructor Alyson Piro, a native of Montréal, Québec, holds a BA in French and German and studied at the Université de Rennes in Normandy, France, and the Universität Würzburg in Würzburg, Germany. Ms. Piro earned an MA in Linguistics from New York University.

A fee of $5 for handouts is payable to the instructor at the first class. Newcomers should bring the text, Practice Makes Perfect: Basic French by Elaine Kurbegov (2011) McGraw-Hill: ISBN 978-0-07-163469-4 to class.

6 Sessions $ 110 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 89) + $mtls.
Mon., 2/6, 13, 27; 3/13, 20 & 27
from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School
Mon., 4/24; 5/1, 8, 15, 22 & 6/5 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


French Intermediate/Advanced ~ Evening
This new course is based on an interactive method to develop conversational skills and role-playing situations. Emphasis will be put on reading exercise, correct pronunciation and memorization through repetition process. This is a fun class where students will be able to relax and learn! Includes handouts. Instructor Sylvie Hau is a native of France who moved to the US in 2001. She started to teach at the Alliance Française of Hartford in 2003. Sylvie taught various levels and created a Theater class for her advanced students in 2005. She finds theater (comedies) to be a wonderful tool and effective way to gain confidence learning French while having a lot of fun.

8 Sessions $ 149 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 119)
Thur., 2/2, 9, 23; 3/2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.; Veterans Park School



French Advanced ~ Day
This class is for those students who have had at least 3 years (or the equivalent) of high school French. The course emphasizes conversation and current events. Select readings include an abridged version of the Maigret detective novels by Georges Simenon. Instructor Alyson Piro, a native of Montréal, Québec, holds a BA in French and German and studied at the Université de Rennes in Normandy, France, and the Universität Würzburg in Würzburg, Germany. Ms. Piro earned an MA in Linguistics from New York University.

A fee of $5 for handouts is payable to the instructor at the first class. Students should bring the text, Praxtice Makes Perfect: Complete French Grammar, Premium 3rd Edition by Annie Heminway (2016) McGraw-Hill: ISBN 978-1-259-64237-1 to class.

8 Sessions $ 149 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 119) + $mtls.
Wed., 2/8, 15, 22; 3/1, 15, 22, 29
& 4/5 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Venus Building (old high school)

7 Sessions $ 130 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 104) + $mtls.
Wed., 4/19, 26; 5/3, 10, 17, 31; 6/7 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Venus Building (old high school)
NOTE: No class 5/24; course pricing has been adjusted.


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)
Mon., 2/6 & 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


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.

2 Sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 37)
Tue., 2/21 & 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; 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 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., 3/14 & 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school).