Learn French with AFN

Alliance Française de Nashville offers French classes at its Green Hills location. Classes are designed cover the material of each level in three 10-week sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring). Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks and workbooks. (AFN has several copies of each available in case students have difficulty finding or purchasing the texts online.)

AFN also offers two specialty classes: True Beginner French (only offered during Winter and Spring sessions) and Advanced Conversation.

2018-19 Class Calendar:

  • Fall session - from the week of September 10th to the week of  November 19th
  • Winter session - from the week of January 7th to the week of  March 11th
  • Spring session - from the week of March 25th to the week of  June 3rd

Note: Instructors reserve the right to cancel a class meeting due to illness or extreme weather conditions. In the event of a cancellation, a class meeting will be added to the end of the session.

Class offering (click on the name to see the class description):

TRUE BEGINNER FRENCH classes are offered on Saturdays, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m, during the winter and spring sessions.  True Beginner French is not offered in the fall.  Cost for AFN members is $215.  Non-members will be charged $260 (include an individual membership).  You can register online here for the next session.

The True Beginner class is designed for students who have never taken French classes before.  At the end of a session of True Beginner French, students should be able to:

  • recognize and use familiar words and simple phrases;
  • introduce themselves and know when to use formal and informal subject pronouns;
  • ask and answer simple questions about age and origin; and present family members and describe them.

Along the way, students will learn basic pronunciation and essential facts about the Francophone world. No textbook is required; the instructor will provide the necessary material.

BEGINNER FRENCH classes are offered on Monday evenings, from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Cost for AFN members is $290.  Non-members will be charged $335 (include an individual membership).  You can register online here for the next session.

Beginner French class is aimed at people who have had little to no previous exposure to French.  Not sure if you are a Beginner?  Take a placement test here(In order to complete the Beginner French level, we recommend that students follow up with the Beginner’s course Part 2 in the Winter and Part 3 in the Spring.)

At the end of Beginner French, students should be able to:

  • recognize and use familiar words and simple phrases;
  • introduce themselves and others;
  • ask and answer basic questions about home, family, work, surroundings, etc.;
  • communicate in a basic way when another person speaks slowly and clearly;
  • describe a typical day; and
  • understand tastes and activities of others.

The text required for the class is Alter Ego + Level 1 Textbook with CD (French Edition) by Annie Berthet.  Students should also purchase Alter Ego + Level 1 Exercise Book (French Edition).  (AFN carries copies of the required material, and students can buy the bundle (book and exercise book) for $45 from their teacher during the first few weeks of classes.)  Supplementary materials supplied by the instructor may be used in class.

ADVANCED BEGINNER FRENCH classes are offered on Wednesday evenings, from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Cost for AFN members is $290.  Non-members will be charged $335 (include an individual membership).  You can register online here for the next session.

The Advanced Beginner’s class is aimed at people who have had one to two years of exposure to French and who are able to introduce themselves, talk about their family, discuss their tastes, ask basic questions, and talk about their routine and leisure.  Not sure if you are an Advanced Beginner?  Take a placement test here(In order to complete the Advanced Beginner’s level, we recommend that students follow up with the Advanced Beginner’s course Part 2 in the Winter and Part 3 in the Spring.)

At the end of Advanced Beginner French, students should be able to:

  • understand isolated phrases and common expressions that relate to areas of high personal relevance (like personal or family information, shopping, immediate environment, work);
  • talk about past events; understand and explain tastes in food;
  • give positive and negative appreciations;
  • describe objects and indicate their functions;
  • describe accommodations; and talk about their relationships.

The text required for the class is Alter Ego + Level 1 Textbook with CD (French Edition) by Annie Berthet.  Students should also purchase Alter Ego + Level 1 Exercise Book (French Edition).  (AFN carries copies of the required material, and students can buy the bundle (book and exercise book) for $45 from their teacher during the first few weeks of classes.)  Supplementary materials supplied by the instructor may be used in class.

INTERMEDIATE FRENCH classes are offered on Thursday evenings, from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Cost for AFN members is $290.  Non-members will be charged $335 (include an individual membership).  You can register online here for the next session.

The Intermediate class is aimed at people who have had two to three years of exposure to French and who are able to describe events in the present, past and future tenses. They should also be able to navigate touristic situations (for example: buying an object, ordering in a restaurant, or asking for directions).  Not sure if you are an Intermediate?  Take a placement test here(In order to complete the Intermediate level, we recommend that students follow up with the Intermediate course Part 2 in the Winter and Part 3 in the Spring.)

At the end of Intermediate French, students should be able to :

  • understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar subjects in work, school, leisure activities, etc.;
  • describe someone's personality;
  • give advice;
  • report a discourse or event and share opinions;
  • understand and express percentage;
  • write a text about their city or country and its inhabitants; and understand stories based on stereotypes.

The text required for the class is Alter Ego + Level 2 : Livre de l'élève + CD, by Annie Berthet, Emmanuelle Daill, Catherine Hugot, Véronique Kizirian, and Monique Waendendries.  Students should also purchase Alter Ego + Level 2 Exercise Book (French Edition).  (AFN carries copies of the required material, and students can buy the bundle (book and exercise book) for $45 from their teacher during the first few weeks of classes.)  Supplementary materials supplied by the instructor may be used in class.

ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE FRENCH classes are offered on Tuesday evenings, from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Cost for AFN members is $290.  Non-members will be charged $335 (include an individual membership).  You can register online here for the next session.

The Advanced Intermediate’s class is aimed at people who have had three to four years of exposure to French and who feel quite comfortable reading and writing about various topics whether it pertains to the news, personal events or simple literature.  The main goal of this class is to deepen grammatical knowledge (tune in to the intricacies of the French language) while practicing oral proficiency.  The class is exclusively conducted in French.  Not sure if you are an Advanced Intermediate?  Take a placement test here(In order to complete the Advanced Intermediate level, we recommend that students follow up with the Advanced Intermediate course Part 2 in the Winter and Part 3 in the Spring.)

At the end of Advanced Intermediate French, students should be able to:

  • express wishes and hopes;
  • understand and summarize a book;
  • share opinions and justify choices;
  • imagine a different past and express regret;
  • lend or ask to borrow items;
  • understand the history of an event; and express alerts and incentives.

Conversation is an integral part of every class meeting in Advanced Intermediate.  No textbook is required; the instructor will provide the necessary material.

ADVANCED CONVERSATION classes are offered on Sundays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  Cost for AFN members is $150.  Non-members will be charged $195 (include an individual membership).  You can register online here for the next session.

The Advanced Conversation class is designed for students who feel confident speaking French for the duration of the entire class.  Students should master French grammatical points, tenses, and be able to express opinions and defend an argument.

Class will consist of discussing press articles, essays, works of art, and other pieces providing a starting point for lively discussions.  No textbook is required.

Click here to register. AFN accepts checks and online payments for classes. Full refunds are granted only if requested during the first week of classes each session.

AFN also offers workshops, whose costs and subject matters vary, during the summer months. For more information about French classes and workshops or for help deciding which level is appropriate for you, contact AFN's Education Chair, Roxane Pajoul, at education@afnashville.org.

Spring classes start soon!

March 25th

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