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Bienvenue! Please consult our SPRING 2024 program for kids and teens below to find the right course for child. You may use the search bar below to find classes according to their age and language background.

Contact us at youthprograms@frenchlibrary.org if you have any questions!
Our language classes offer comprehensive instruction in French, while creative learning courses teach subjects like art, science or film in French.

See some of our core classes
    • Classes for students learning French as a foreign language: les Canards, les Hiboux, les Pingouins, les Aigles, Les Ados...
    • Classes for students with native/near-native competency: les Lapinous, les Hérissons, les Écureuils, les Castors, les Renards, les Lynx, Les Ados Bilingues...

Level progression for students (5-17 years old) learning French as a foreign language
Each course level (e.g. Les Hiboux 1) is comprised of 3 "steps" that follow our seasonal offerings (Fall, Winter and Spring). Students need to successfully complete all 3 steps - or obtain their teacher's recommendation - before moving up a level (e.g. Les Hiboux 2). Participation in the Summer in French program is also highly encouraged but not required to move up a level. How do our class levels work?
 
Classes for native and bilingual students
We offer classes for native and bilingual children. We might direct your child to a FLE class instead depending on their exposure to the French language.

Placement Test for new or returning students (10-17 years old)
If your child is new to our programs and between the ages of 10 and 17, please have them take our Placement Test for Kids & Teens to ensure they enroll in the right course level. Complete beginners with no previous experience in French do not need to take this test. Students who have taken a class with us within a year do not have to take the exam as well.

Class Materials
Parents​/Guardians​ are responsible for purchasing required textbooks, workbooks and supplies. Please refrain from purchasing any materials until your child's teacher confirms that they are placed at the right level following the first class; book information will be communicated to you at that point.

What families say about our classes
My child has steadily grown more and more enthusiastic about learning French which has been wonderful to watch.
Enjoy the personalized attention and level of commitment from the teacher and team.
Patricia is truly gifted as a teacher and her love of teaching is so apparent.
My son particularly has liked his connections with the teachers that know him throughout the years. He feels connected to his current teacher and leaves telling me that he had a great class with Alan. Both of my boys thanked me for signing them up again for the spring semester. For kids, that is huge especially as the schedule does compete with other activities.
The material is easy to understand and Audrey measured their comfort level and verfied that they understood. It is a great opportunity for them to hear the language spoken by a native speaker.
 
 
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Les Écureuils | In-Person

5 to 6 Years old
Starting April 6, 2024 1 hour per week for 10 weeks

With a focus on oral comprehension and speaking, children learn through songs, games, movement and role-plays. This class also integrates basic writing activities around the French sounds-letter correspondences.

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Les Hérissons | In-Person

4 Years old
Starting April 6, 2024 1 hour per week for 10 weeks

During various thematic projects, children with develop their oral comprehension and speaking skills through songs, games, movement and fine-motor-skill activities.

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Les Hiboux 1 - step 3 | In-Person

5 to 6 Years old
Starting April 6, 2024 1h15 per week for 10 weeks

This class develops children's language skills through structured activities with an emphasis on speaking and listening. An important step in their journey towards speaking French!

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Les Ouistitis | In-Person

2.5 to 3 Years old
Sessions starting April 6, 2024, and May 11, 2024 1 hour per week for 5 or 10 week sessions

Parents and caregivers accompany their tots for gentle first steps into the world of French! Through nursery rhymes, stories, games, crafts and flash cards, toddlers develop their oral comprehension and speaking skills.

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Les P'tits Artistes | In Person

4 to 5 Years old
Sessions starting April 6, 2024, and May 11, 2024 1h15 per week on Saturdays at 1:15pm for 5 weeks

French through art projects! Perfect for visual and tactile language learners. Oh, c'est beau! This course is intended for children learning french as a foreign language.

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Les Pingouins 1 - step 2 | In-Person

7 to 9 Years old
Starting April 6, 2024 1.15 hours per week for 10 weeks

This class develops children’s French comprehension and production through a variety of fun activities. In the process, students get to know the characters in their textbooks who will guide them through their language learning adventure! No prior French experience is required for this class.

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Les Pingouins 1 - step 3 | In-Person

7 to 9 Years old
Starting April 6, 2024 1.15 hours per week for 10 weeks

This class develops children’s French comprehension and production through a variety of fun activities. In the process, students get to know the characters in their textbooks who will guide them through their language learning adventure! No prior French experience is required for this class.

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Les Pingouins 2 - step 3 | In-Person

7 to 9 Years old
Starting April 6, 2024 1.15 hours per week for 10 weeks

This class develops children’s French comprehension and production through a variety of fun activities. In the process, students get to know the characters in their textbooks who will guide them through their language learning adventure! Prior French experience is required for this class.

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Les Poussins | In-Person

1 to 2.5 Years old
Sessions starting April 4, 2024, April 4, 2024, April 6, 2024, April 6, 2024, and May 11, 2024 45 minutes per week for 5 or 10 week options available

In this class, our youngest French learners play games, dance, and learn basic vocabulary with their parents or caregivers.

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Summer in French (ages 3 - 5)

3 to 5 Years old
Starting June 24, 2024 3 hours or 7 hours per day for 1 week

Give your child a full immersion experience of summer fun and learning! With native French-speaking teachers, varied and engaging curriculum, remarkable resources (like the largest private French library in New England) and a convenient location in the heart of Back Bay, our Summer in French program is the perfect way to improve your child's skills and confidence in French, no matter their age or level.The program runs on a weekly basis, with an assortment of new activities each week based around a theme. Children can enroll in either a half-day session (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM) or a full-day session (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM).

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