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It's winter in Massachusetts! So please note the following:
For online learning, classes will continue to be in session during a projected storm.  Unless we announce otherwise, please assume classes are in session. For in-person learning, adults' and teens' classes will be switched to an online format. Kids' classes will be canceled and rescheduled. Please look for an email from your teacher or the Education Department for guidance and zoom links.
Please note that the best way to contact the Education Department is via email: adultprograms@frenchlibrary.org. You can also call our Reception at: 617.912.0400 Tuesday through Saturday.

ABOUT OUR CLASSES AND WAYS OF TEACHING
Join us at the French Library and immerse yourself in French learning! Our immersion method and curriculum target systematic acquisition of grammar skills as a means of acquiring and using the language with immediate results.

The French Library offers a wide variety of classes to accommodate your needs, schedule and budget. You can chose to attend classes online via Zoom or in person at the French Library. Our teachers benefit from the expertise of the Alliance Française for the most effective methods of French language instruction. Our class sizes are small (10 students max online; 12 in-person) providing more opportunities for you to communicate in French, creating a lively classroom atmosphere.
Here are your options:

Language courses:
Regular track: 3h per week for 10 weeks (classes meet twice a week for 1h30)
Slow-paced track: 1h30 per week for 10 weeks (classes meet once a week for 1h30)
Short track: 3h per week for 6 or 7 weeks depending on the level (classes meet twice a week for 1h30)

Theme courses:
Classes meet 1h30 or 2h per week for 5 or 10 weeks.

Please contact us at adultprograms@frenchlibrary.org if you have any questions!

How to purchase your book:
In person classes: on site at the French Library OR online at MEP Education.
Online classes: online with MEP Education. Please look for your class here. All your class material can be purchased at a preferential rate on the mepeducation.net website.

A1? A2? B1? What’s my level?


All our classes are structured according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). The CEF is the language and fluency level scale used in the European Union. It goes from A1 to C2 and serves as the guideline for describing the level of fluency achieved by a foreign language learner. The chart below details our courses’ codification, the level progression and what a learner can do after completing a whole section. Each level requires 30h of teaching time. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

If you have never taken a class with us, we ask that you please complete the written and oral sections of our placement test for the upcoming session to ensure you enroll in the right course level.


A1 Absolute/Beginners (4 levels: A1.1 to A1.4)


A1.1 to A1.4: can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Class material for language courses: L'Atelier + 1 for short track and Edito A1 for regular track

A2 Advanced Beginners (4 levels: A2.1 to A2.4)


Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Class material for language courses: L'Atelier + 2 for short track and Edito A2 for regular track

B1 Intermediate (5 levels: B1.1 to B1.5)


Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Class material for language classes: Edito B1

B2 Independent (4 levels: B2.1 to B2.4)


Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Class material for language courses: Edito B2

C1 Proficient (2 levels: C1.1 to C1.2)


Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
Class material for language courses: Tendances C1+/C2

C2 Proficient (1 level: C2.1)


Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Class material for language courses: Tendances C1+/C2


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A1-1 | Beginner French 1 - Slow-paced - Part 1 | In-Person

Beginner
Starting January 10, 2024 1.5 hours per week on Wednesdays at 10:00am for 10 weeks

Are you ready to kick-start your French education? Learn to Ask for and give directions, understand an itinerary, get around using public transportation, and much more! This class is for students with limited prior experience in French.

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A1-2 | Beginner French 2 | In-Person

Beginner
Starting January 11, 2024 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

Give an opinion on an outfit, analyze a weather app, talk about the weather, ask for and give your clothing and shoe size, ask for the price, describe an object—all in French!

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A1-3 short track | Beginner French 3 | In-Person

Beginner
Starting January 10, 2024 3 hours per week for 6 weeks

Just because you’re short on time, doesn’t mean you can’t live life to the fullest! By the end of our A1 Short Track program, students will feel just as confident moving into A2 as their standard language class cohort! Two things to know before registering: 1. This short track program requires that you spend time outside of time class to work on homework and 2. you cannot transfer from/to short track to/from regular track.

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A2 | Advanced Beginner Conversation | In-Person

Advanced Beginner
Starting February 14, 2024 1.5 hours per week on Wednesdays at 12:00pm for 5 weeks

Develop your conversational and communication skills through role-play, discussion of French media and other speaking activities adapted to your level.

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A2 | Literature: Easy Reading - Arsène Lupin contre Sherlock Holmes| In-Person

Advanced Beginner
Starting January 16, 2024 1.5 hours per week on Tuesdays at 12:00pm for 5 weeks

Develop speaking and comprehension while reading and analyzing simple literary works from a wide variety of genres. For this edition, discover Arsène Lupin contre Sherlock Holmes.

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A2-1 short track | Advanced Beginner French 1 | In-Person

Advanced Beginner
Starting January 11, 2024 3 hours per week for 6 weeks

Just because you’re short on time, doesn’t mean you can’t live life to the fullest! By the end of our A2 Short Track program, students will feel just as confident moving into B1 as their standard language class cohort!

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A2-3 | Advanced Beginner French 3 | In-Person

Advanced Beginner
Starting January 11, 2024 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

Keep building your language skills and awareness. In this class, you will learn how to interpret a chart about names, speak to someone’s character, describe someone, talk about your emotions and much more!

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B1-1 short track | Intermediate French 1 | In-Person

Intermediate
Starting January 11, 2024 3 hours per week for 6 weeks

Just because you’re short on time, doesn’t mean you can’t live life to the fullest! By the end of our B1 Short Track program, students will feel just as confident moving into B2 as their standard language class cohort! [/padded_text]

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B1-2 | Intermediate French 2 | In-Person

Intermediate
Starting January 11, 2024 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

You're ready to move on to bigger and better things! Describe different behaviors, talk about and suggest outings or events, give advice, talk about family activities, go out as a group, analyze different customs and traditions, and more.

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B1+ | A la découverte de Montpellier et de l'Occitanie | In-Person

Intermediate
Starting February 16, 2024 1.5 hours per week on Fridays at noon for 5 weeks

Join Isak to learn about the beautiful city of Montpellier and the region of Occitanie!

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B2-1 | Advanced French 1 | In-Person

Advanced
Starting January 11, 2024 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

Build upon your French skills by studying advanced grammar concepts and performing challenging tasks. Talk about fashion and trends, talk about food fads, look at different travel trends and more!

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B2+ | Proust, la peinture et la musique | In-Person

Advanced
Starting February 16, 2024 1.5 hours per week on Fridays at 10:00am for 5 weeks

Join Loic to enter the universe of Proust. Through passages of La Recherche du Temps Perdu, you will discover how much Arts is omnipresent throughout Proust's masterpiece.

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