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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 information.

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., 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., 3/11, 18, 25; 4/1, 8, 15 & 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Venus Bldg.
Note: April 15 is the make up for the March 4 snow day.

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 Bldg.

Art History ~ A Look at Western Art

Understanding the Importance of Art History
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., 4/27; 5/4, 11 & 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School