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. This year, our teachers will be using Edito (from publisher Didier). (Links to class-specific textbooks and workbooks are provided within each class description below. AFN has several copies of each available for students to conveniently get their copies at the start of the classes.) Our teachers also recommend students consider acquiring Schaum's French Grammar for additional practice (not needed for classes).

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

2019-2020 Class Calendar:

  • Fall session - from the week of September 16, 2019 to the week of  November 24, 2019;
  • Winter session - from the week of January 13, 2020 to the week of  March 22, 2020; and
  • Spring session - from the week of March 30, 2020 to the week of June 7, 2020.

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 am, during the Winter (January 18, 2020 – March 21, 2020) and Spring (April 4, 2020 – June 6, 2020) 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.

A TRUE BEGINNER FRENCH PART 2 will be offered in the Spring 2020, on Sundays from April 5, 2020 to June 7, 2020.

BEGINNER FRENCH classes (both part 1 and part 2) are offered on Monday evenings, from 6:00-8:00 pm, in the Fall (September 16, 2019 – November 18, 2019), Winter (January 13, 2020 – March 16, 2020), and Spring (March 30, 2020 – June 1, 2020) sessions.  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 start with the Fall session and 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 part 1 is Edito A1 textbook (Livre + DVD-rom) and workbook (Cahier + CD mp3). Students taking part 2 this Fall will use Alter Ego+ A1. (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, in the Fall (September 18, 2019 – November 20, 2019), Winter (January 15, 2020 – March 18, 2020), and Spring (April 1, 2020 – June 3, 2020) sessions.  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 start with the Fall session and 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 Edito A2 textbook (Livre + CD mp3 + DVD) and workbook (Cahier + CD mp3). (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, in the Fall (September 19, 2019 – November 21, 2019), Winter (January 16, 2020 – March 19, 2020), and Spring (April 2, 2020 – June 4, 2020) sessions.  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 start with the Fall session and 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 Edito B1 textbook (Livre + DVD) and workbook (Cahier + CD). (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, in the Fall (September 17, 2019 – November 19, 2019), Winter (January 14, 2020 – March 17, 2020), and Spring (March 31, 2020 – June 2, 2020) sessions.  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 start with the Fall session and 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. The text required for the class is Edito B2 textbook (Livre + CD + DVD) and workbook (Cahier + CD). (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 CONVERSATION classes are offered on Sundays from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, in the Fall (September 22, 2019 – November 24, 2019), Winter (January 19, 2020 – March 22, 2020), and Spring (April 5, 2020 – June 7, 2020) sessions.  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.

New class schedule is here!

Register for one of our upcoming classes:
  • Fall 2019 from Sept. 16 to Nov. 24, 2019;
  • Winter 2020 from Jan. 13 to March 22, 2020; and
  • Spring 2020 from March 30 to June 7, 2020.

REGISTER HERE

or contact education@afnashville.org for more information.