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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 | Intensive Week | In-Person

Beginner
Starting August 12, 2024 15 hours per week for 1 week

Don't have the time to attend a full session this summer? Not a problem! Join us for one of our intensive week! 15h of French in one week. Are you ready for the challenge?

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A1-1 | Beginner French 1 | In-Person

Beginner
Starting June 25, 2024 3 hours per week 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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A1-1 short track | Beginner French 1 | In-person

Beginner
Starting June 25, 2024 3 hours per week for 7 weeks

Long story short … the French Library is now offering a 7 week, online “Short Track” option our A1-1 course! With the same 3 hours of instruction per week as our standard-length class, this new program is perfect for students who cannot make the financial or time commitment of 10 weeks of intensive learning. But 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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A1-2 | Beginner French 2 - At your own Pace | In-Person

Beginner
Starting June 27, 2024 1.5 hours per week 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+ | One Day Immersion | In-Person

Beginner
Starting June 21, 2024 7h on Friday, June 21 for 1 day

Looking to improve your language skills as quickly as possible? Can’t commit to a whole course session? Intensive immersion programs offer an exciting and effective way to learn a new language. Our One Day Immersion and Intensive One Week programs immerse you in the target language, allowing you to speak, think, and even dream in it! Unlike traditional grammar-focused classes, immersion programs emphasize practical usage and meaningful communication. During our One Day Immersion program, you will get 6h of French classes plus a lovely lunch (included in registration fee) with classmates and teachers!

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A2 / A2+| Intensive Week | In-Person

Advanced Beginner
Sessions starting June 24, 2024, and August 26, 2024 3 hours per week for 1 week

Don't have the time to attend a full session this summer? Not a problem! Join us for one of our intensive week! 30h of French in one week. Are you ready for the challenge?

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A2 | Advanced Beginner Conversation | In-Person

Advanced Beginner
Sessions starting June 27, 2024, and August 1, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 4 or 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 | Ateliers de Grammaire | In-Person

Advanced Beginner
Starting August 14, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 3 weeks

Learn elements of grammar through structured practice. Topics vary based on class needs.

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A2 | Voyages en Normandie | In-Person

Advanced Beginner
Starting August 9, 2024 90 minutes/week for 4 weeks

Join Victoria to embark on a historical, cultural and culinary discovery that will excites all your senses!

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

Advanced Beginner
Starting June 26, 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+| One Day Immersion | In-Person

Advanced Beginner
Starting June 21, 2024 Friday, June 21 for 1 day

Looking to improve your language skills as quickly as possible? Can’t commit to a whole course session? Intensive immersion programs offer an exciting and effective way to learn a new language. Our One Day Immersion and Intensive One Week programs immerse you in the target language, allowing you to speak, think, and even dream in it! Unlike traditional grammar-focused classes, immersion programs emphasize practical usage and meaningful communication. During our One Day Immersion program, you will get 6h of French classes plus a lovely lunch (included in registration fee) with classmates and teachers!

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B1 / B1+| Intensive Week | In-Person

Intermediate
Starting August 12, 2024 15 hours per week for 1 week

Don't have the time to attend a full session this summer? Not a problem! Join us for one of our intensive week! 15h of French in one week. Are you ready for the challenge?

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B1 | Intermediate Conversation | In-Person

Intermediate
Starting June 25, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks

Master the art of conversation while perfecting the finer points of your grammar through the fun and varied speaking activities in this course!

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B1 | Listen Up! with RFI: Parlez-vous Paris? | In-Person

Intermediate
Starting August 8, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 4 weeks

Strengthen your listening skills while improving your vocabulary and grammar by engaging with a variety of fascinating audio media, including podcasts, readings, and mini role plays!

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

Intermediate
Starting June 25, 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/B1+ | One Day Immersion | In-Person

Intermediate
Sessions starting May 31, 2024, June 21, 2024, and June 22, 2024 7h on Friday, May 31, 2024; Friday, June 21; Saturday, June 22 for 1 day

Looking to improve your language skills as quickly as possible? Can’t commit to a whole course session? Intensive immersion programs offer an exciting and effective way to learn a new language. Our One Day Immersion and Intensive One Week programs immerse you in the target language, allowing you to speak, think, and even dream in it! Unlike traditional grammar-focused classes, immersion programs emphasize practical usage and meaningful communication. During our One Day Immersion program, you will get 6h of French classes plus a lovely lunch (included in registration fee) with classmates and teachers!

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B2| Intensive Week | In-Person

Advanced
Starting August 26, 2024 30 hours per week for 1 week

Don't have the time to attend a full session this summer? Not a problem! Join us for one of our intensive week! 30h of French in one week. Are you ready for the challenge?

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