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French ~ Evening and 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.Weather make-up date is 12/15.
8 Sessions $158 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $132)
Tue., 10/6, 13, 20, 27; 11/10, 17; 12/1 & 8 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.; Venus Bldg.

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.


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.

To be scheduled Winter/Spring 2016. Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for information.

French 1: Beginner, Part 2 ~ Evening
This is a continuation of French 1 Beginners from the Spring of 2015, but newcomers with a basic knowledge of French are welcome! 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!). A materials fee of $8 is payable to the instructor at the first class. The optional text is Grammaire Progressive du Francais, Niveau debutant by Maia Gregoire, 2nd edition with 440 exercises (with CD). Published by CLE International. Taught by Alyson Piro. Weather make-up date is 12/14.
10 Sessions $163 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $131) + $mtls.
Mon., 9/28; 10/5, 19, 26; 11/2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & 12/7 from 6:00 to 7:25 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School

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, Vite et Bien 1, Method RAPIDE pour Adultes, 2nd Edition by Claire Miguel, published by CLE International, 2009 is recommended but optional. Taught by Alyson Piro. Weather make-up date is 12/14.
10 Sessions $163 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $131) + $mtls.
Mon., 9/28; 10/5, 19, 26; 11/2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & 12/7 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. The text, Communication Progressive du Francais, Niveau Intermediare, 2nd Edition by Claire Miguel, published by CLE International, 2009 is recommended but optional. A materials fee of $8 is payable to the instructor at the first class. Taught by Alyson Piro.
10 Sessions $163 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $131) + $mtls.
Wed., 9/30; 10/7, 14, 21, 28; 11/4, 18; 12/2, 9 & 16 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)

French History

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.
2 Sessions $39 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $30)
Tue., 9/15 & 22 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.; Venus Building (old high 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 $54 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $41)
Thur., 9/17, 24 & 10/1 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)