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ABOUT OUR LANGUAGE COURSES

WICE offers French language classes plus French and English guided discussion classes, film classes, and free conversation groups. Language courses are offered from September through June, except during Christmas holidays and official public holidays.

2022 Fall Trimester courses will be held on-line via Zoom as WICE reorganizes following the closing of our office location. Some classes may elect to meet from time to time in a café or other shared space.

For optimal personal attention and expression, core language classes (French 3 and 4) are limited to a maximum of 8 students, film and discussion groups to a maximum of 10.

WHICH LEVEL IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Before enrolling for the first time in a language-learning course, you may want to complete our online Placement Evaluation. It will collect your responses and display your final score sending a notice to the Languages Department. While it is not required, this evaluation may help you choose the right course level. If you have questions thereafter, or are unsure which course to take, please email us at languages@wice-paris.org.

Currently WICE is offering core French classes for levels 3 and 4 only. (See below for criteria.) If you are interested in a lower level, please email us at the address above.

  • Level 3: Capable of having a conversation on familiar topics and routine situations, with some errors. Ability to deal with simple, straightforward information. B1
  • Level 4: Capable of having a more fluent conversation on a wide rante of topics. Strong vocabulary with few mistakes. B2-C1.
  • Film and Discussion courses: These classes offer an opportunity to practice your oral and language skills and to increase vocabulary in a stimulating, less formal context. To participate fully, an intermediate level is recommended.

English Placement Test

French Placement Test

UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 13 Sep 2022
    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 14 sessions
    • 69 Rue Violet , Paris 75015 Métro: Line 10 - Commerce

    French - English Conversation Group

    Looking for a relaxed and welcoming place to practice and improve your French or English? WICE conversation groups allow you to practice your language skills in an easy, convivial atmosphere with native speakers.

    Participants are divided into small groups of 5 - 6 people, and the conversations are 45 minutes in French and 45 minutes in English. The subjects are of  the group’s choosing. Though an intermediate level of English and French is expected, there is a wide range of abilities.

    There is no need to register, but if you wish to participate in person in Tuesday's group, please contact Mary-Jo at mary-jo@wice-paris.org.

    Participation is free with WICE membership.

    • 16 Sep 2022
    • 16 Dec 2022
    • 14 sessions
    • Le Saint-Germain, 62 rue du Bac

    French - English Conversation Group

    Looking for a relaxed and welcoming place to practice and improve your French or English? WICE conversation groups allow you to practice your language skills in an easy, convivial atmosphere with native speakers.

    Participants are divided into small groups of 5 - 6 people, and the conversations are 45 minutes in French and 45 minutes in English. The subjects are of  the group’s choosing. Though an intermediate level of English and French is expected, there is a wide range of abilities.

    There is no need to register, but if you wish to participate in person in Friday's group, please contact Mary-Jo at mary-jo@wice-paris.org.

    This group meets in the upstairs section of Le Saint-Germain, at 62 rue du Bac. Participation is free with WICE membership.

    • 19 Sep 2022
    • 15 Dec 2022
    • 24 sessions
    • Remote Online via Zoom
    • 5
    Register

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This lively French course will improve your ability to deal with an array of everyday life situations in French. This level is for students who understand simple, straightforward information and can express themselves in familiar contexts and take part in an everyday conversation on simple, predictable topics.

    Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course will help you develop your vocabulary, oral and written expression, comprehension, and pronunciation.

    Geared for learners with an intermediate knowledge of French, the 90-minute class will be held in French, twice a week for a total of 3 hours per week.

    NOTE: This class will be held remotely. A Zoom link will be provided for students the day before the course begins. Be sure to check your email for it.

    ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

    Audrey Charmont has a Masters in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). She has French teaching experience in France and abroad. For the past fourteen years, she has taught students in classrooms, in embassies, in private lessons, and online. 

    • 21 Sep 2022
    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 2
    Register
    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    For this advanced French course, you will watch a film at home (available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Canal Plus, Orange, YouTube and other platforms) before a lively and engaging discussion in class. Each week a new film provides a basis for an immersive lesson with authentic spoken language and cultural reference points. Watching films is entertaining and enjoyable which breaks psychological barriers that can arise in traditional language learning. If you love movies, there’s no more enjoyable way to increase vocabulary, improve conversational skills, and deepen your understanding of French culture. You can expect to view a wide range of films from the classic to the contemporary in many different genres. Here are the films tentatively scheduled for the fall trimester:

    1. La mariée était en noir (1968). Drame, policier. Un film de François Truffaut avec Jeanne Moreau, Michel Bouquet, Jean-Claude Brialy.

    2. Les Chatouilles (2018). Drame. Un film d’Andréa Bescond & Éric Métayer avec Andréa Bescond, Karin Viard, Clovis Cornillac.

    3. A la Folie….. Pas du tout. Thriller, Romance. Audrey Toutou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carré.

    4. Varda par Agnès (2019). Un document-film d’Agnès Varda avec Agnès Varda.

    5. La Belle et la Bête (1946). Drame, fantastique, romance. Un film de Jean Cocteau avec Jean Marais, Josette Day, Marcel André.

    6. Le Huitième jour (1996). Comédie dramatique. Un film de Jaco Van Dorsale avec Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne, Miou-Miou.

    7. L’Assassin habite au 21 (1942). Policier, Thriller. Un film de Henri-Georges Clouzot avec Pierre Freynay, Suzy Delair, Noël Roquevert.

    8. Le Quai des Brumes (1938). Crime, drame, romance. Un film de Marcel Carné, avec Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan.

    9. 120 Battements par minute (2017). Drame. Un film de Robin Campillo avec Nahuel Perez, Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel.

    10. Le cercle rouge (1970). Policier. Un film de Jean-Pierre Melville avec Alain Delon, Bourvil.

    11. Boîte noire (2021). Thriller, drame. Un film de Yann Gozlan avec Pierre Nine, Lou de Laâge, André Dussolier.

    12. Les promesses (2022). Drame. Un film de Thomas Kruithof avec Isabelle Huppert, Reda Kateb, Naidra Ayadi.

    NOTE: This class will be held remotely. A Zoom link will be provided for students the day before the course begins. Be sure to check your email for it.

    ABOUT THE INStRUCTOR

    Valérie Brosbrann grew up in Paris and moved to the US in 1981. She lived in the US for 38 years in New York City, Washington, D.C and Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She has been teaching French since 1986. She taught adults with the US State Department, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Afterwards, she taught at private high schools in Manhattan. She has taught all levels of French including Advanced and AP classes. She returned to Paris for retirement in 2018 and has been volunteering with WICE for four years.

    • 22 Sep 2022
    • 15 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote (Zoom)
    • 6
    Register

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or advanced level of English. Our group leaders suggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The group speaks only in English for one hour.

    Ce groupe de discussion guidée anglaise est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un endroit idéal pour rencontrer d’autres passionnés de la langue anglais. Le groupe ne parle qu’anglais pendant une heure.

    NOTE: This class will be held remotely. A Zoom link will be provided for students the day before the course begins. Be sure to check your email for it.

    ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

    The group will be led by several native English speakers of varying interests and backgrounds.

    • 23 Sep 2022
    • 16 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote Online via Zoom
    • 3
    Register
    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This lively French course will improve your ability to deal with an array of everyday life situations in French. This level is for students who understand simple, straightforward information and can express themselves in familiar contexts and take part in an everyday conversation on simple, predictable topics.

    Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course will help you develop your vocabulary, oral and written expression, comprehension, and pronunciation.

    Geared for learners with an intermediate knowledge of French, the 90-minute class will be held once a week in French.

    NOTE: This class will be held remotely. A Zoom link will be provided for students the day before the course begins. Be sure to check your email for it.

    ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

    Audrey Charmont has a Masters in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). She has French teaching experience in France and abroad. For the past fourteen years, she has taught students in classrooms, in embassies, in private lessons, and online. 

    • 23 Sep 2022
    • 16 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote (Zoom)
    • 2
    Register

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This French Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or an advanced level of French. The group leaders provide participants with engaging weekly readings on a wide range of topics prior to each dynamic and fast-paced seminar. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The French Guided Discussion group speaks only in French for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.

    NOTE: This class will be held remotely. A Zoom link will be provided for students the day before the course begins. Be sure to check your email for it.

    Facilitators: Brice Dardel and Valérie Brosbrann 

    • 23 Sep 2022
    • 25 Nov 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 5
    Register

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Discover and discuss masterpieces of American cinema in this class for intermediate and advanced English speakers. You’ll watch a film at home on streaming, or borrow the DVD from your local library, before a lively and engaging discussion in class. You’ll be assigned one scene to watch at least three times! Every month you’ll view a film from an influential director so you’ll come to know the stylistic hallmarks of favorite genres and filmmakers. If you love the movies, this course is an enjoyable way to increase vocabulary, get comfortable with idiomatic expressions, improve your conversational skills, and deepen your understanding of American culture and cinema. Tentative film list for the fall term includes:

    THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, 1971, with Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, and Cybill Shepherd (Available on Amazon Prime and Criterion Collection)

    DO THE RIGHT THING, directed by Spike Lee, 1986, with Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson (Available on Amazon Prime and other sites for rental fee)

    THE HITCH-HIKER, directed by Ida Lupino, 1953, with Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, and Edmond O'Brien (Available on Amazon Prime and YouTube) 

    NOTE: This course will be held remotely. A Zoom link will be provided for students the day before the course begins. Be sure to check your email for it.

    ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

    Ellen Feldman grew up in Philadelphia and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds a Ph.D. in cinema studies from New York University and has taught film studies at the State University of New York, Geneseo campus, and Brooklyn College.

    • 27 Sep 2022
    • 20 Dec 2022
    • 13 sessions
    • On Zoom

    French - English Conversation Group

    Looking for a relaxed and welcoming place to practice and improve your French or English? WICE conversation groups allow you to practice your language skills in an easy, convivial atmosphere with native speakers.

    Participants are divided into small groups of 5 - 6 people, and the conversations are 45 minutes in French and 45 minutes in English. The subjects are of  the group’s choosing. Though an intermediate level of English and French is expected, there is a wide range of abilities.

    There is no need to register, but if you wish to participate in person in Tueday's remote group, please contact Dania  at dania.lawand@wice-paris.org.

    Participation is free with WICE membership.

    • 29 Sep 2022
    • 22 Dec 2022
    • 13 sessions
    • On Zoom

    French - English Conversation Group

    Looking for a relaxed and welcoming place to practice and improve your French or English? WICE conversation groups allow you to practice your language skills in an easy, convivial atmosphere with native speakers.

    Participants are divided into small groups of 5 - 6 people, and the conversations are 45 minutes in French and 45 minutes in English. The subjects are of  the group’s choosing. Though an intermediate level of English and French is expected, there is a wide range of abilities.

    There is no need to register, but if you wish to participate in person in Thursday's group, please contact Elisabetta  at elisabetta.bianchi@wice-paris.org.

    Participation is free with WICE membership.

    • 11 Oct 2022
    • 06 Dec 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 8
    Register

    Welcome to the mysterious, miniature world of flash fiction! In this class, you’ll craft sparkling narratives in under 1000 words—and sometimes in no more than one sentence! Flash fiction offers an ideal avenue for both beginning and experienced writers to explore the infinite possibilities of prose, and a perfect microcosm in which to discover and tinker with the raw ingredients of story.

    To inspire you, we’ll dive into both classic and contemporary works from around the world—with writers such as Lydia Davis, Yasunari Kawabata, Judith Schalansky, Italo Calvino, and Yoko Ono—and decipher the hidden techniques that give them their power. Then, each day, we'll practice writing exercises (modeled on these stories) that spark creativity and sharpen craft. With the help of supportive peer feedback, we'll each leave the course with our own collection of original and arresting flash fiction.

    Noah Weisz has an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Texas at Austin and has been teaching creative writing for nearly a decade.  A past winner of the F(r)iction Short Story Contest and the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award, his short stories have been widely published in literary magazines.



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