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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
Start or continue your journey into the French language without the hassle of leaving home. Our online classes offer the same high-quality instruction and teachers as our in-person classes. 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!

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. For our 10 week regular track, 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 short track | Beginner French 1 | Online

Beginner
Starting July 1, 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 | Online

Beginner
Starting June 25, 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 | Beginner French 3 | Online

Beginner
Starting June 25, 2024 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

Are you ready to kick-start your French education? Learn how to look for an apartment, understand a room inspection, learn about lodging regulations, draft a set of rules for shared living, and much more!

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A1-3 short track | Beginner French 3 | Online

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

Long story short … the French Library is now offering a 6 week, online “Short Track” option our A1-3 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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A1-4 short track | Beginner French 4 | Online

Beginner
Starting July 9, 2024 3 hours per week for 6 weeks

You don't have time for a 10-week class? No worries! We have you covered. Our A1-4 “Short Track” option is your 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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A2 | Advanced Beginner Conversation | Online

Advanced Beginner
Starting June 24, 2024 1.5 hours per week 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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A2-1 | Advanced Beginner French 1 | Online

Advanced Beginner
Sessions starting June 24, 2024, and June 25, 2024 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

Time to go beyond the basics! Gain the grammar, vocabulary, and confidence you'll need to comprehend an excerpt from a piece of literature, describe a photograph, share a memory (happy or otherwise), read a tourist manual, and much more.

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A2-1 short track | Advanced Beginner French 1 | Online

Advanced Beginner
Starting July 9, 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! [/padded_text]

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A2-2 | Advanced Beginner French 2 | Online

Advanced Beginner
Starting June 24, 2024 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

Do you want to discuss jobs of the future, describe the future, highlight the utility of an object, express intent or remind someone of something? Do you want to do all of that in French? You can! Plus you'll improve your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation skills at the same time.

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A2-4 | Advanced Beginner French 4 | Online

Advanced Beginner
Starting June 24, 2024 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

This class will give you the skills to understand a tourist brochure, reserve a stay somewhere, research a destination online, express your indifference towards a situation and more!

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A2+ | Listen Up! | Online

Advanced Beginner
Starting June 24, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 5 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 | Grammar | Online

Intermediate
Starting July 30, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks

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

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B1 | Intermediate Conversation | Online

Intermediate
Starting June 26, 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! | Online

Intermediate
Starting July 2, 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 | Online

Intermediate
Starting July 1, 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!

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B1-4 | Intermediate French 4 | Online

Intermediate
Starting June 25, 2024 3 hours per week for 10 weeks

Delve deeper into the Francophone cultures around the globe while honing your language skills: understand a scientific documentary, learn about young, francophone thinkers, explain a scientific discovery, present the pros and cons of an innovation in technology, give your opinion, imagine the future. and more!

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B1/B1+ | Voyages en Francophonie | Online

Intermediate
Starting June 28, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks

Join Tin on this virtual tour of some of the French-speaking-world's greatest places!

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B1+ | Have Fun with French Idioms! | Online

Intermediate
Starting July 1, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks

Have fun with Loic and learn idioms in context as you discuss French culture through the lens of its language!

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B1+ | Portraits d'Auteurs | Online

Intermediate
Sessions starting July 1, 2024, and July 11, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 4 weeks

Improve speaking and comprehension while reading and analyzing learning about French authors!

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B1+ | Pronunciation | Online

Intermediate
Starting July 27, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 4 weeks

Improve the quality of your spoken French by covering basic phonetic rules, challenging sounds, liaisons and intonation in this intermediate level class.

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B2 | Literature: summer reading -Bohèmes| Online

Intermediate
Starting July 10, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks

Improve speaking and comprehension while reading and analyzing French literary works from a wide variety of genres.

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B2 | Plaisir de Lire | Online

Advanced
Starting July 2, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks

Improve speaking and comprehension while reading out loud French literary works from a wide variety of genres. Is it a pleasure for you to read a great poem, book, or historical speech aloud? In this class you’ll do just that, focusing on the tone, accents, and flow of the text. Readings are selected to highlight examples of hyperboles, alliterations, and keywords, and opportunities to work on your “voice” (tone, silences, inflections, pace, and more) will be prominently featured.

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B2 | Revue de Presse | Online

Advanced
Starting July 11, 2024 1.5 hours per week for 3 weeks

Talk about what's happening weekly around the world. Class is taught by Farida.

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B2-1 | Advanced French 1 | Online

Advanced
Starting June 25, 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+/C1 | Conversation: Débat d'idées | Online

Proficient
Sessions starting June 25, 2024, and August 1, 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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