L'ÉCOLE  FRANÇAISE CHICAGO  

french classes for adults

    1714 W. Belmont Avenue 

 Chicago, IL 60657   

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- OUR NEXT SESSIONS -

WORKSHOPS 2018 (2-week session): December 3 - 15
REGISTRATION is now OPEN
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WINTER 2019 (9-week session): January 14 - March 16
REGISTRATION is now OPEN

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CLASS LISTING  

All our classes are listed by CHRONOLOGICAL TIME ORDER: our Winter session will start on Monday, January 14  and end on Saturday, March 16.

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

    • 10 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 7
    Register

    BON APPÉTIT! - Ordering from a menu in French...in France!

    Les articles définis, indéfinis, partitifs

    Vocabulary of FOOD and GASTRONOMY!

    A8 – Monday, December 10 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    Vous aimez … cuisine française ? – le, la, l’, les, un, une, des, du, de la, de l’, des, de…? French articles will never be confusing anymore! Ordering from a menu will become so natural, as life should be…Bon appétit!

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

    • 10 Dec 2018
    • 7:50 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 5
    Register

    ON THE MOVE… – Les prépositions de lieu et les verbes de mouvement

    A15 – Monday, December 10 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included    

    À Paris, à la bibliothèque, au Canada, aux Etats-Unis, en France, dans la classe, sur le bureau, sous la table, dessus, dessous, dedans, dehors, etc. Talk about your next moves…with more accuracy and confidence!

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

    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 6
    Register

    MORE QUESTIONS? – La forme interrogative                      

    A6 – Tuesday, December 11 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    A workshop that emphasizes questions and interrogative forms: Qu’est-ce que ? Est-ce que ? Quel/Quelle ? Quand ? Où ? Qui ? Quoi ? Pourquoi ? Combien ? Ready to question anything?

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

    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 6
    Register

    ARE YOU PRO….NOUNS? – Les pronoms directs, indirects, EN et Y

    B8 – Tuesday, December 11 / 6:00-7:40pm 

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    Me, te, le, la, les, lui, leur, en ou y??? Let’s spend an hour and forty minutes practicing the pronouns in context. You will undoubtedly become a master of the pronouns.

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

    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 7:50 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 6
    Register

    ARE YOU STILL PRO…NOUNS? – Les pronoms relatifs simples et complexes

    B10 – Tuesday, December 11 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    Still hungry for pronouns? Qui, que, où dont, lequel, laquelle, lesquels, duquel, de laquelle, desquels, etc. This time, you will become the king or queen of French pronouns!

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

     

    • 12 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
    Register

    "DRESSING" A NOUN – Les adjectifs, les adverbes et le gérondif

    B11 – Wednesday, December 12 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    Beau, bel ou belle? Rapide ou vite? Confusing? Come and revisit adjectives  - placed before or after a noun and the agreement – adverbs and gérondif form (-ING form in English) “en allant”… to better express your feeling and emotions.

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

    • 12 Dec 2018
    • 7:50 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    TIME… WE’LL TELL! - L’expression du temps et de la durée (time and duration)

    B2 – Wednesday, December 12 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    Expressing time and duration in French can be a real a challenge: l’heure, depuis, pendant, pour, en, dans, il y a, ça fait (…) que? Give time some time; come and revisit these concepts so that time will always be on your side!

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

    • 13 Dec 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
    • Lef
    • 4
    Register

    REMEMBERING THE PAST… – Le passé composé et l’imparfait

    A12 – Thursday, December 13 / 10:00-11:40am

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    One of the most confusing grammatical structures in the French language! Come and revisit these tenses learning their differences at the same time. Always remember the past! And never forget where you come from!

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

    • 13 Dec 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 7
    Register

    BACK TO THE FUTURE… - L’expression du futur

    A14 – Thursday, December 13 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    Come think, speak and read the future! Reviewing le présent à valeur de futur, le futur proche et le futur simple will allow you to better anticipate and plan your future events. Le futur est à vous !

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

    • 13 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 9
    Register

    LIVING THE PRESENT… – Le présent de l’indicatif                       

    A10 – Thursday, December 13 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    Conjugating French verbs in the present tense can be challenging? Through a well-structured interactive approach, we will help you master conjugation of regular (parler…), irregular (être, avoir, aller, -IR and -RE verbs…) and reflexive verbs (se promener...) to better talk about and live…the present moment!

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

    • 13 Dec 2018
    • 7:50 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 10

    CANCELLED HOT OFF THE PRESS! – La voix passive et le vocabulaire des actualités

    B12 – Thursday, December 13 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    Learn the vocabulary of French news practicing the passive form at the same time : “La Tour Eiffel a été réalisée par Gustave Eiffel”. Come and discuss the news…the French way!

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

    • 15 Dec 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
    • Lef
    • 1
    Register

    FRENCH ACCENTS  - Phonetics : VOWELS and NASALS… for ALL LEVELS!

    A2 – Saturday, December 15 / 10:00-11:40am

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included  

    French is considered the language of romance. Come and perfect your pronunciation, correct your accent and receive an introductory lesson to the international phonetic transcription to better speak…the language of love!

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

    • 15 Dec 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 9
    Register

    WHAT IF? – LES HYPOTHÈSES “Si j’étais… , je serais”

    B4 – Saturday, December 15 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    In this workshop, we will focus on the 3 types of “If clauses” reviewing six different tenses: Si + Présent = futur simple / Si + imparfait = conditionnel présent / Si + Plus-que-parfait = conditionnel passé. Reimagine the world and reinvent yourself…

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

    • 15 Dec 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 6
    Register

    THE SUBJUNCTIVE IS SUBJECTIVE! – Le subjonctif présent et passé

    B6 – Saturday, December 15 / 2:00-3:40pm

    Tuition: $35.00 (1h40min), class materials included

    It is time for reconciliation with the subjunctive mode! One of the most difficult modes in French conjugation will become your best ally! Le subjonctif sera votre meilleur ami!

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

    • 19 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    Wednesday, December 19, 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 permitted to attend other sessions. Thank you for your understanding!

    • 09 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lef
    • 16
    Register

    Wednesday, January 9, 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 permitted to attend other sessions. Thank you for your understanding!

    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lef
    • 19
    Register

    Saturday, January 12, 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 permitted to attend other sessions. Thank you for your understanding!

    • 14 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 11 Mar 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
    Register

    A1. Mondays,  January 14-March 11  / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (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! 

    • 14 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 11 Mar 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 8
    Register

    A1. Mondays,  January 14-March 11 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (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! 

    • 14 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 11 Mar 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    B1. Mondays, January 14-March 11  / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (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! 

    • 14 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 11 Mar 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • LEF
    • 8
    Register

    416a Mondays, January 14-March 11 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this sixteenth level of French, we will focus on French cinema and theater. We will be exploring the history of French cinema, watching French blockbusters, analyzing famous French movie directors and actors, and practicing at the same time l’infinitif passé, les relations logiques (cause, conséquence…) et les pronoms relatifs complexes (lequel, auquel, duquel…).

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

    • 14 Jan 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 11 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 9
    Register

    A1. Mondays,  January 14-March 11 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (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! 

    • 14 Jan 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 11 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 8
    Register

    A2. Wednesdays,  January 14-March 11  / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (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! 

    • 15 Jan 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 11:40 AM
    • Lef
    • 9
    Register

    B1/B2.  Tuesdays, January 15-March 12 / 10:00-11:40am

    Tuition: $299 (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! 

    • 15 Jan 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 7
    Register

    A1. Tuesdays, January 15-March 12 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (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! 

    • 15 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 1
    Register

     B2/C1. Tuesdays, January 15-March 12 / 6:00-7:40pm NEW!

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    Finally an entire course you can swear and curse…but in French only! Informal and spoken French, colloquial expressions, "onomatopées", "verlan" and slang are on the menu! Goodbye “Sacré Bleu” and older clichés! Welcome modern slang! Must be 18 years old or more! 


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

    • 15 Jan 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 2
    Register

    B1. Tuesdays, January 15-March 12 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this tenth level of French, we will focus on one of the most challenging concepts in French grammar, le subjonctif présent and the vocabulary of new technologies! We will express our opinions about current events. One of the most difficult modes in French conjugation will become your best ally! Le subjonctif sera votre meilleur ami!

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

    • 16 Jan 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 11:40 AM
    • LéF
    • 4
    Register

    B1/B2. Wednesdays, January 16-March 13 / 10:00-11:40am

    Tuition: $299 (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! 

    • 16 Jan 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    A1. Wednesdays,  January 16-March 13 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (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! 

    • 16 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 10
    Register

    B1. Wednesdays, January 16-March 13 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this twelth level of French, we will focus on employment, economy and finances and talk about personal achievements, regrets and hypothetical statements. We will review the following tenses : passé, conditionnel présent and passé, le plus-que-parfait and hypothèses (Si j’avais su…), possessive and demonstrative pronouns (le mien, celui-ci…). « Plaie d’argent n’est pas mortelle. » Proverbe

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

    • 16 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 8
    Register

    B1. Wednesdays, January 16-March 13 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (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! 

    • 16 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • LEF
    • 7
    Register

    B2. Wednesdays, January 16-March 13 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    Come and explore the marvelous world of Francophone arts, painting and architecture, a treasure chest of emotions! In this nineteenth level, we will explore the most prolific French artists, the most popular museums and the most renowned architects of our times, studying at the same time the discours indirect présent et passé (reported speech)!

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

    • 16 Jan 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 PM