L'ÉCOLE  FRANÇAISE CHICAGO  

french classes for adults

    1714 W. Belmont Avenue 

 Chicago, IL 60657   

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OUR NEXT SESSION : FALL 2018

September 17-November 17

(9 week-session, $289 class materials included)

REGISTRATION is now OPEN


CLASS LISTING  

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All our classes are listed by CHRONOLOGICAL TIME ORDER: our Fall session will start on Monday, September 17  and end on Saturday, November 17.

Our courses are also listed by COLOR CODES: BASIC classes (A) are in blue, INTERMEDIATE (B) classes in gray, ADVANCED (C) classes in red.



REGISTRATION POLICIES  

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Before signing up for a course, we invite you to read carefully our registration policies. Each class requires a minimum of 5 participants and is limited to 10 participants maximum. Therefore, we recommend our students to register early to save a seat in their class of choice!


PENDING REGISTRATION

Since our classes are limited to 10 participants maximum, please note that registrations have to be fully completed to save a seat in your class of choice. In an effort to accommodate our communities,  ALL PENDING REGISTRATIONS WILL BE CANCELLED.


Upcoming events

    • 26 Aug 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lef
    • 13
    Register

    Sunday, August 26, 1-3pm

    Give French a try on us whether you take a class or not. FREE trial classes, FREE placement tests, FREE refreshments and snacks.

    NO SHOW POLICY: Please note that since this event is FREE and LIMITED, all enrolled people who won't be attending this event without notifications won't be able to attend other sessions. Thank you for your understanding!

    • 12 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lef
    • 19
    Register

    Wednesday, September 12, 6-8pm

    Give French a try on us whether you take a class or not. FREE trial classes, FREE placement tests, FREE refreshments and snacks.

    NO SHOW POLICY: Please note that since this event is FREE and LIMITED, all enrolled people who won't be attending this event without notifications won't be able to attend other sessions. Thank you for your understanding!

    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lef
    • 17
    Register

    Saturday, September 15, 1-3pm

    Give French a try on us whether you take a class or not. FREE trial classes, FREE placement tests, FREE refreshments and snacks.

    NO SHOW POLICY: Please note that since this event is FREE and LIMITED, all enrolled people who won't be attending this event without notifications won't be able to attend other sessions. Thank you for your understanding!

    • 17 Sep 2018
    • 17 Nov 2018

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    • 17 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 8
    Register

    A1. Mondays,  September 17-November 12 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this second level of French, we will focus on booking a flight, buying an airline ticket, purchasing items, following directions, expressing our preferences, ordering food and talking about the weather, seasons, leisure activities, money and international currencies. We will study the present tense of irregular verbs such aller, -IR verbs like partir, -RE verbs such as faire, the futur proche and idiomatic expressions with avoir. Welcome on board!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 17 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • LEF
    • 8
    Register

    B2. Mondays, September 17-November 12 / 6:00-7:40pNEW!

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    Congratulations! You now have reached an intermediate II level! In this fifteenth level of French, we will explore the French political system, discuss main social and environmental issues. We will be discoverig new grammatical structures such as the pronoms relatifs complexes and the infinitif présent/passé. You will be encouraged to lose your inhibitions and voice your opinions, en français!


    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!

    • 17 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    B1. Mondays, September 17- November 12  / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this class you will review and become more comfortable with the basic past tenses as well as the subjonctif présent et passé, the conditionnel présent et passé, the gérondif, and the pronoms relatifs composés.  You will also discover current French words and phrases that you never learned before! Never feel rusty again ! « La mémoire fait toute la profondeur de l’homme. » C. Péguy

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 17 Sep 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 9
    Register

    A1. Mondays,  September 17-November 12  / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this third level of French, we will focus on completing a lost luggage form, making a detailed description of a person or an object, talking about future plans, giving orders, following instructions, and talking about past events. We will study the imperative form, futur proche, introduction to passé composé, demonstrative and possessive adjectives, public transportation, family, numbers, dates and we will finally explore France, its regions and traditions…Bienvenue en France!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 17 Sep 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 9
    Register

    A1. Mondays,  September 17-November 12 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    You’ve studied French in the past but it’s been a while and you fear you’ve forgotten more than you remember?  Or you’ve taken the basic levels and you would like to consolidate what you’ve learned?  This class is designed for you.  We will review general concepts such as countries, professions, family, food, and the weather, while revisiting basic verb tenses and grammar.  You will find our refresher courses to be, well, refreshing!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 17 Sep 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 9
    Register

    A1. Mondays,  September 17-November 12  / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this fourth level of French, we will focus on moving around Paris, taking public transportation, booking a hotel room, renting a car or an apartment, making a description of our housing, giving or asking for time and talking about our past. We will review the present tense of irregular verbs (savoir vs connaître /-RE verbs) and reflexive verbs such as se promener. We will study in depth the passé composé, prepositions and adverbs of location and time…Welcome to Paris ! « Tout commence à Paris. » Nancy Spain

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 18 Sep 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 11:40 AM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    B1/B2.  Tuesdays, September 18-November 13 / 10:00-11:40am

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    You’ve learned the basics, now it’s time to talk!  This class provides a supportive environment in which you will speak, listen, and learn.  You will help choose the topics for discussion.  Through preparation and conversation, you will notice your vocabulary and grammar improve while you share ideas and perspectives. Come join the discussion! « L’essentiel n’est pas de parler fort, mais de parler juste ! » W. Shakespeare

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 18 Sep 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    A2. Tuesdays, September 18-November 13  / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    This class will prepare you to move on to the intermediate level with confidence.  We will review the present tense of irregular verbs (savoir vs. connaître, pouvoir, vouloir, devoir) and reflexive verbs as well as the passé composé, the imparfait, direct and indirect pronouns, and the expression of duration (depuis, pendant, pour, etc.).  You will expand your vocabulary (transportation, housing, shopping, studies, work, and cultural activities in Paris) while improving your pronunciation – and having fun! « Les meilleurs Américains meurent à Paris ! » O. Wilde

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 18 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 4
    Register

     B2/C1. Tuesdays, September 18-November 13 / 6:00-7:40pm NEW!

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    If you have completed the intermediate II levels and would like to review and reinforce the most complex grammatical structures that you have previously learned, then this class is for you!  By means of fun exercises and activities, we will revisit all the tenses, expressions of goals, cause, consequence, and concession; nominalisation, passé simple, il est vs c’est, faire vs rendre, les faux amis, and many more grammatical structures you will select based on your needs.  Remember, French grammar is your friend! « Je regarde la grammaire comme la première partie de l'art de penser. » E. de Condillac


    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!

    • 18 Sep 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    B1. Tuesdays, September 18-November 13 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    Feeling like it’s time for a review?  In this class you will go beyond the basics and cover the passé composé vs imparfait, the futur simple, the conditionnel présent, and the pronouns y and en.  You will also work on your pronunciation and increase your vocabulary while discussing sports, health and medicine, cosmetics and the beauty industry.  « Un esprit sain dans un corps sain » Rabelais

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 18 Sep 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    B1. Tuesdays, September 18-November 13 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this ninth level of French, we will focus on describing one’s house or apartment, household chores and housework, paying bills and taxes, talking about properties, personal belongings, animals and home activities. We will also explore French « savoir-vivre » and good manners while reviewing the conditionnel présent and  pronoun structures (le/lui/en/y)… « La politesse coûte peu et achète tout ! » Montaigne


    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!

    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 11:40 AM
    • LéF
    • 10
    Register

    B1/B2. Wednesdays, September 19-November 14 / 10:00-11:40am NEW!

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    Have you ever wondered: “Why can’t I understand French people, French TV or French movies? Why do French people speak so fast?” Just because written and spoken French are two different languages. In this course, we will analyze the technical aspects of real spoken French: les sons muets et prononcés, les sons nasaux, les liaisons et les enchaînements syllabiques, le “e” muet, exploring slang, regional and French speaking accents at the same time. From authentic materials (dialogues, movies, interviews and songs), we will develop strategies and techniques to improve pronunciation, comprehension, and fluidity of speech.  We will be able to enunciate better and speak with more fluency the language of…. love!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    A1. Wednesdays, September 19-November 14 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this first level of French, you will learn to introduce yourself and convey personal details such as nationality, profession, hobbies, numbers, likes and dislikes.  You will study basic grammar, the present tense of regular verbs in -ER, the irregular verbs avoir and être, interrogative forms, definite and indefinite articles, and of course, pronunciation! Your French journey begins here!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 9
    Register

    311a Wednesdays, September 19-November 14 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this eleventh level of French, we will focus on past tenses such as passé composé, imparfait, plus-que-parfait and voix passive! We will learn how to write an article, talk about news, read and discuss current events through French newpapers, television and the radio. Come and voice your opinions…en français ! « Savoir, penser, rêver. Tout est là. » V. Hugo


    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!


    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • LEF
    • 8
    Register

    B2. Wednesdays, September 19-November 14 / 6:00-7:40pm NEW!

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    Come and explore the marvelous world of Francophone music, dance and opera, a treasure chest of emotions! In this eighteenth level, we will explore the history of French and Francophone music, and study the relations logiques de cause, conséquence, but et opposition (parce que, car, comme, puisque…) « La musique est la langue des émotions. » Emmanuel Kant.


    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!

    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    A2. Wednesdays,  September 19-November 14  / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this fifth level of French, we will focus on cultural activities in Paris: at the tourist office, at the museum, at the opera, in a concert hall, at a stadium, at the restaurant, at a fashion show, in a retail store… We will be able to invite someone, accept or refuse an invitation, make a reservation at the restaurant, attend cultural or sports events, go shopping, and talk about past events. We will review the present tense of the verbs pouvoir, vouloir, devoir, comparisons, introduction to imparfait, direct and indirect pronouns, interrogative and demonstrative pronouns, verbs of communication, cultural activities and events in Paris such as arts, architecture, cinema and theatre, food and gastronomy, music, fashion, shopping and clothes, sports, and French celebrations« Paris est une fête.» E. Hemingway

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    B1. Wednesdays, September 19- November 14 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this fast-paced course you will review past and future tenses, the conditionnel présent/passé, the subjonctif, the passif, and the pronoms relatifs simples (qui, que, où, dont).  We will also discuss topics of interest such as new technologies, the internet, social media, and the traditional media (television, radio and the press). « Le vrai pouvoir, c’est la connaissance. » F. Bacon

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 9
    Register

    B1. Wednesdays, September 19-November 14 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this thirteenth level of French, we will focus on talking about friendship and love relationships, entertainment, hobbies and leisure activities. We will review all the French tenses (from present to subjunctive), adjectives (préfixes et suffixes), regular and irregular adverbs (-ment), le gérondif (en allant), les pronoms ce qui, ce que, ce dont… …). « Aimer ce n’est pas se regarder l’un l’autre, c’est regarder ensemble dans la même direction » A. De Saint-Exupéry

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!

    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    B1. Thursdays, September 20-November 15 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    Feeling like it’s time for a review?  In this class you will go beyond the basics and cover the passé composé vs imparfait, the futur simple, the conditionnel présent, and the pronouns y and en.  You will also work on your pronunciation and increase your vocabulary while discussing sports, health and medicine, cosmetics and the beauty industry.  « Un esprit sain dans un corps sain » Rabelais

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    B1. Thursdays, September 20-November 15 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this ninth level of French, we will focus on describing one’s house or apartment, household chores and housework, paying bills and taxes, talking about properties, personal belongings, animals and home activities. We will also explore French « savoir-vivre » and good manners while reviewing the conditionnel présent and  pronoun structures (le/lui/en/y)… « La politesse coûte peu et achète tout ! » Montaigne


    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!

    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    A1. Thursdays,  September 20-November 15  / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this third level of French, we will focus on completing a lost luggage form, making a detailed description of a person or an object, talking about future plans, giving orders, following instructions, and talking about past events. We will study the imperative form, futur proche, introduction to passé composé, demonstrative and possessive adjectives, public transportation, family, numbers, dates and we will finally explore France, its regions and traditions…Bienvenue en France!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    A1. Thursdays,  September 20-November 15 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    You’ve studied French in the past but it’s been a while and you fear you’ve forgotten more than you remember?  Or you’ve taken the basic levels and you would like to consolidate what you’ve learned?  This class is designed for you.  We will review general concepts such as countries, professions, family, food, and the weather, while revisiting basic verb tenses and grammar.  You will find our refresher courses to be, well, refreshing!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    A2. Thursdays, September 20-November 15  / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    This class will prepare you to move on to the intermediate level with confidence. We will focus on means of communication, social events, the media, new technologies and CONVERSATION! Upon completion of this level, we will be able to talk further about our social lives, explore the greatest inventions of our times, make a detailed description of an object, ask information about computers and smart phones! We will review all basic levels (from 1 to 7) : the present and past tenses (passé composé vs imparfait), the imperative form, the future simple, and les pronoms relatifs simples (qui, que, où, dont).  « Toute technologie avancée est magique ! » Arthur C. Clark

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 9
    Register

    A1. Thursdays, September 20-November 15 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this first level of French, you will learn to introduce yourself and convey personal details such as nationality, profession, hobbies, numbers, likes and dislikes.  You will study basic grammar, the present tense of regular verbs in -ER, the irregular verbs avoir and être, interrogative forms, definite and indefinite articles, and of course, pronunciation! Your French journey begins here!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 7
    Register

    A2. Thursdays,  September 20-November 15  / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this sixth level of French, we will focus on education, professions and employment. We will focus on talking about education and studies, applying for a job, taking a French interview or hiring a candidate, writing a resume in French using its standards and making comparisons.   We will review the present tense of irregular and –OIR verbs, the passé composé vs imparfait, directs/indirect/En and Y pronouns, and expression of duration (depuis, pendant, pour, etc.)  « Il faut travailler pour vivre et non pas vivre pour travailler… » Proverbe

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    A2. Thursdays, September 20-November 15  / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    This class will prepare you to move on to the intermediate level with confidence.  We will review the present tense of irregular verbs (savoir vs. connaître, pouvoir, vouloir, devoir) and reflexive verbs as well as the passé composé, the imparfait, direct and indirect pronouns, and the expression of duration (depuis, pendant, pour, etc.).  You will expand your vocabulary (transportation, housing, shopping, studies, work, and cultural activities in Paris) while improving your pronunciation – and having fun! « Les meilleurs Américains meurent à Paris ! » O. Wilde

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 21 Sep 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 16 Nov 2018
    • 11:40 AM
    • LéF
    • 0
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    C2. Fridays, September 21-November 16 / 10:00-11:40am NEW!

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    LITTÉRATURE ÉPISTOLAIRE: LETTRES de MADAME DE SÉVIGNÉ

    Mme de Sévigné est devenue un grand écrivain presque sans le vouloir et sans le savoir. Ses lettres sont nées de sa conversation, vive, enjouée, coulant de source, dont elle a su conserver, à l'intention de ses correspondants, la succulente spontanéité. Lettres de la ville, lettres de la cour, lettres de Bretagne, lettres au cousin Bussy. Lettres surtout à sa fille, les plus belles après le départ de Mme de Grignan pour la Provence où son mari était nommé lieutenant-général. "La passion parle là toute pure", comme aurait dit Alceste et comme le dira un personnage de Proust : "Ce que ressentait Mme de Sévigné pour sa fille peut prétendre beaucoup plus justement ressembler à la passion que Racine a dépeinte dans Andromaque ou dans Phèdre que les banales relations que le jeune Sévigné avait avec ses maîtresses".


    Book: Lettres de Madame de Sévigné - Edition Folio - ISBN 13: 978-2070379354

    Please note that each participant will have to order their own books.

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 


    • 21 Sep 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 16 Nov 2018
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
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