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ABOUT OUR LANGUAGE COURSES

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

2021 Fall Trimester courses will be held on-line via Zoom. Timing for the return to the classroom will be determined in accordance with government guidelines.

Core Classes (French 1-2-3-4 and English 2 and 3) have a maximum of 10 students. All other courses are limited to 8 students.

To ensure the safety of our members, we will require everyone to wear a mask while entering the WICE office for any reason and provide a valid pass sanitaire.

PRE-EVALUATION

Before enrolling for a language-learning course for the first time, please complete our online Placement Evaluation. It will collect your responses and display your final score sending a notice to Languages Dept. This evaluation will help you to choose the right course level. Should you have questions thereafter, or are unsure which course to take, please email us at languages@wice-paris.org.

English Placement Test

French Placement Test

  • Level 1: No or few notions of the language. A1
  • Level 2: Elementary knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, capable of making simple sentences with errors, hesitation and limited vocabulary. A2
  • 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 near fluent conversation on a wide range of topics. Strong vocabulary with few mistakes. B2-C1

UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 04 Apr 2022
    • 1:30 PM
    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Metro: La Motte Piquete - Grenelle
    • 8
    Register

    This dynamic French course will help you practice and prepare for an array of everyday life situations in French. This level is for students with ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and the ability express themselves in familiar contexts and to take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

    Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development; oral and written expression; comprehension; and pronunciation.

    This course is geared for learners with an intermediate knowledge of French. This 90-minute course will be held in French, twice a week, to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the target language.

    NOTE: This class will be held live in the WICE classroom. A Zoom link will be provided for students in other locales.

    About the Instructor: Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience and has been teaching at WICE for 11 years.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    • 05 Apr 2022
    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 23 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 8
    Register

    This program builds on the basics of French. It is for students with a basic understanding and ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way. At the beginning of the program, students can ask simple questions and understand simple answers. You will develop and improve your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This program’s use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.

    Please note that this program is geared for learners with some prior knowledge in French (Advanced Beginner). Meeting twice a week for 90-minutes, this course will be held mostly in French to maximize learner exposure to the target language during the initial stages of the French language acquisition process.

    This course will be online. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    About the Instructor: Camille ESPLENDIU has a Masters degree in French language as well as an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish.  She began her teaching career in Paris teaching American university students. She then spent one year as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  Camille has been teaching in Paris for four years at various schools.  She specializes in teaching adults and professionals.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    photo credit: Jay van Wagenen

    • 06 Apr 2022
    • 22 Jun 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 2
    Register

    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. Movie dialogue exposes you to a rich range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions anchored in a meaningful context, which aids understanding and retention. 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. 

    This course will be online. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    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 three years.

    Students will be watching:

    1. Tu seras mon fils (2011). Drame. Un film de Gilles Legrand avec Niels Arestrup, Lorant Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais.

    2. Sur mes lèvres (2001). Drame, judiciaire, romance. Un film de Jacques Audiard, avec Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet.

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

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

    5. Le Corbeau (1943). Drame, thriller. Un film de Henri-Georges Clouzot, avec Pierre Fresnay, Ginette Leclerc, Méléna Manson.

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

    7. Milou en Mai (1990). Comédie dramatique, romance. Un film de Louis Malle, avec Miou-Miou, Michel Piccoli, Michel Duchaussoy.

    8. Garde à vue (1981). Thriller psychologique. Un film de Claude Miller, avec Lino Ventura, Michel Serrault, Romy Schneider.

    9. La Belle époque (2019). Romance, drame, comédie. Un film de Nicolas Bedos, avec Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier.

    10. Le juge et l’assassin (1976). Drame. Un film de Bertrand Tavernier, avec Philippe Noiret, Michel Galabru, Jean-Claude Brialy.

    11.120 battements par minute (2017). Un film de Robin Campillo, avec Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel.

    12. La Grande Illusion (1937). Drame, guerre. Un film de Jean Renoir (le fils du peintre), avec Jean Gabin, Dit Parlo, Erich Von Stroheim.


    Photo credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 07 Apr 2022
    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 11 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 5
    Register
    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 90 minutes.

    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 90 minutes.

    NOTE: (6/4/22) This class will now be held on Zoom, only. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

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


    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 08 Apr 2022
    • 24 Jun 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • 10 Rue Tiphaine, 75015 Metro: Lines 6 & 8, La Motte Piquet - Grenelle
    • 3
    Register

    This dynamic course will fine tune your abilities in an array of everyday life situations in French. Students at this level have the ability to express themselves on a range of topics. They are comfortable in most situations and have a strong vocabulary with few mistakes. Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development, oral and written expression, comprehension and pronunciation. This course will be held in French, and is geared for learners with prior advanced-intermediate French.

    NOTE: This class will be held live in the WICE classroom. A Zoom link will be provided for students in other locales.

    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.

    • 08 Apr 2022
    • 24 Jun 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 3
    Register

    This dynamic course will fine tune your abilities in an array of everyday life situations in French. Students at this level have the ability to express themselves on a range of topics. They are comfortable in most situations and have a strong vocabulary with few mistakes.

    Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development, oral and written expression, comprehension and pronunciation.

    This course is geared for learners with prior advanced-intermediate French. This course will be held in French, once a week.

    NOTE: This class will be held live in the WICE classroom. A Zoom link will be provided for students in other locales.

    This course will be held in French, once a week, for 90 minutes.

    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 twelve years, she has built a combined business.


    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 08 Apr 2022
    • 24 Jun 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote (Zoom)
    • 0
    Join waitlist


    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 upon registration confirmation.

    Facilitators: Brice Dardel and Valerie Brosbrann 


    Photo Credits: Photo by Alex Harmuth on Unsplash

    • 22 Apr 2022
    • 24 Jun 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    Register

    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 in a different genre (film noir, musical, comedy, etc.) 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 spring term includes: "The Big Sleep" by Howard Hawks, "Singin’ in the Rain" by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, and "Lost in Translation" by Sophia Coppola.


    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.


    Photo credits: This poster is in the public domain and has no copyright

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