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ABOUT OUR LANGUAGE COURSES

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

WICE also offers a French Summer Intensive course in July

Classes have a maximum of 10 students.

During the confinement, classes are being held on-line. We will return to the WICE classroom after restrictions on movement are lifted.

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.
  • Level 2: Elementary knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, capable of making simple sentences with errors, hesitation and limited vocabulary.
  • Level 3: Capable of having a conversation on familiar topics and routine situations, with some errors. Ability to deal with simple, straightforward information.
  • Level 4: Capable of having a near fluent conversation on a wide range of topics. Strong vocabulary with few mistakes.

Upcoming Events

    • 07 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 24 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 5 sessions
    • Each walk has a unique starting point stated in walk details.
    • 7
    Register

    Learn French outside the classroom and experience language and cultural immersion with a tour through a Parisian neighborhood.   These French language classes combine the charm of Parisian walks with a language lesson to develop your French skills while exploring different neighborhoods with a native Parisian,  experienced French teacher.

    Each walking session is centered on a theme and is two hours in length consisting of 1.5 hours  walking and finishing with 30 minutes in a café for language revision.*
     
    This course is for those with an intermediate or higher level of French. 

    1.    Monday 7, September 
    Gourmet walk: discover the Paris of great chefs with a walk in the fifth and sixth arrondissements.   Discover the extraordinary history of the Poilâne family, learn about French expressions related to bread, chocolate and French pastries.
    •    Meeting place : Place Alphonse Deville



    2.    Thursday 10, September 
    Paris of literature in the 5th and 6th arrondissements: Cafés, bookshops, streets and buildings from the Latin Quarter to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris preserves the memory of a rich heritage in literature. This walk will take you on a journey in the footsteps of the writers who made Paris a cultural capital.
    •    Meeting place : Place Saint Michel in front of the Fountain




    3.    Monday , September 14
    French Revolution in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements: discover the Paris of the French Revolution from Place de la Bastille, to the prison where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned. Learn all about the great moments of the Age of Enlightenment.
    •    Meeting place : On the steps of the Opéra Bastille, Place de la Bastille




    4.    Thursday, 17 September
    Covered passages of the 1st and 3rd arrondissements will transport you to a 19th century atmosphere far from the mad bustle of the Parisian streets. You will discover atypical shops and learn the history of these first shopping malls.
    •    Meeting place : Palais Royal  by the Buren columns




    5.    Thursday 24th September
    Artists in Montparnasse 6th and 14th districts: discover the Paris of artistic creation, Picasso, Giacometti, Man Ray or Modigliani. Review the lexicon of art by admiring their works, discover their studios, their secret gardens and the mythical places where they met.
    •    Meeting point:  Montparnasse cemetery entrance  at 3 boulevard Edgar Quinet




    *cost of one coffee/drink up to 5€ per participant included in fee

    About the Instructor: Laure ABIAD has a masters degree in FLE and Literature and has been teaching French at University and in Parisian language institutes for more than 15 years. She specializes in pedagogy and develops adapted pedagogical tools to help learners improve their French language skills.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper Elshikha

    • 21 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 17 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 24 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 7
    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.

    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 three 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.

    • 21 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 17 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 24 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet 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.

    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.

    • 21 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 17 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 24 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
    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, twice a week, to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the target language.

    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.

    • 21 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 14 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
    Register

    This German Guided Discussion Group is open to people with a strong intermediate or advanced level of German. 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 German Guided Discussion group speaks only in German for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.

    Ce Groupe de Discussion Guidée Allemand est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent allemand 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 et personnalisés. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue allemande. Le groupe ne parle qu’allemand pendant 1,5 heure.

    Facilitator(s): Monika de Vigneral, Ulla Emonet and Dorothee Yvernes


    • 22 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 18 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 24 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
    Register

    This program introduces the French language for learners with no or little previous knowledge. It will help you acquire and put into practice the basic foundations of French grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation techniques. You will develop 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 new to French with little or no prior knowledge. 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.

    The following books are needed for class:

    • Edito A1, Didier, méthode de français
    • Edito A1, Didier, cahier d'activités
    • La grammaire progressive du français, niveau débutant, CLE international

    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.

    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.

    • 22 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 18 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 24 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
    Register

    French for French Nationality will help prepare you by covering language skills as well as culture and civilization knowledge necessary for the exam portion of your application for French nationality.

    To become a French citizen, you will have to pass a B1 language test called TCF-ANF (French Knowledge Test for Access to French Nationality). There are two tests:

    • Oral comprehension test of 30 questions that lasts 30 minutes
    • French oral test of 6 questions that lasts 15 minutes.

    WICE classes will help you to:

    • File your request for French citizenship (Compared to a typical annual carte de séjour renewal, applying for citizenship is more demanding)
    • Prepare for the two oral tests
    • Develop your cultural and historical French knowledge
    • Prepare for the oral with an employee of the French prefecture

    For the greatest benefit, from this class, students should be at or above the B1 level before enrolling. A score of 16 or higher on the French placement test will ensure you are ready for this course.

    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.

    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.

    • 22 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 15 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 7
    Register

    This English course is for people with an advanced intermediate knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary or higher.

    Participants will strengthen their knowledge in English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening building upon existing skills. Emphasis will be given to developing conversational skills and building confidence in various types of interactions. A variety of topics and readings will be used to develop oral and written communication skills.

    This 90-minute course will be held in English once a week to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the language.

    About the Instructor: Sage Morghan holds a Masters in ESL (English as a Second Language) Education as well as a second Masters and PhD in French Studies with a specialty in French cinema. She has over 15 years of experience teaching French and English to students of various ages.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    • 22 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 15 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 7
    Register

    In this American Film English class, you will watch a film at home (available on Netflix France) before class. In class, the film will be used as a basis for a lesson on grammar and language, cultural points and an open discussion.

    Watching films can be a powerful tool for learning a language and improving cultural knowledge.  It can be entertaining and enjoyable, which breaks psychological barriers that arise in traditional language learning.  Dialogue in films exposes you to authentic spoken language, a rich range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions anchored in a meaningful context, all of which aids understanding and retention.

    In addition to working on your English grammar and language, you will develop listening and understanding skills by hearing authentic spoken English and witnessing interactions between people.  Finally, you will get a unique window into American culture and society.

    Films Module 1 - (22 Sep - 03 Nov)
    Whiplash (2014) directed by Damien Chazelle
    The Squid and the Whale (2005) directed by Noah Baumbach
    Dumpling (2018)  directed by Anne Fletcher

    Films Module 2 - (10 Nov -15 Dec)
    Paddleton (2019) directed by Alex Lehmann
    The Land of Steady Habits (2018) directed by Nicole Holofcener
    The Meyerowitz Stories (2017) directed by Noah Baumbach

    This English course is for people with an advanced intermediate knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary or higher.

    Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    About the Instructor: Sage Morghan holds a Masters in ESL (English as a Second Language) Education as well as a second Masters and PhD in French Studies with a speciality in French cinema. She has over 15 years of experience teaching French and English to students of various ages.

    Photo credit: Public Domain

    • 22 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 15 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
    Register

    This English course is for people with prior beginner knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary. It aims to help participants refresh and acquire additional communication skills in English. The course will reinforce your existing skills and facilitate your progression in areas of English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening with a focus on developing conversational confidence. Various topics and resources will be used to develop your communication skills.

    Ce cours s'adresse à la fois aux membres de WICE qui ont déjà des connaissances de base en grammaire et en vocabulaire. L’objectif du cours est d’aider les participants qui souhaitent réactiver et enrichir leurs capacités de communication en anglais. Il vous permet de renforcer vos connaissances et faciliter votre progrès dans les domaines variés de grammaire, le vocabulaire, d’expression orale, et de compréhension orale en se concentrant sur le développement de la capacité en conversation. Le cours utilisera des sujets et des ressources variés pour améliorer et enrichir vos compétences linguistiques.

    About the Instructor: Clara Siverson is a CELTA certified English teacher who has been teaching English to children and adults since 2004. A California native, she is passionate about writing and helping people learn to express themselves efficiently in the English language.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    • 23 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 16 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 11 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 5
    Register

    In this French Film class, you will watch a film at home (available on Amazon Prime Video or Orange Video on Demand) before class. In class, the film will be used as a basis for a language lesson with cultural points and discussion.

    Watching films can be a powerful tool for learning a language and improving cultural knowledge.  It can be entertaining and enjoyable, which breaks psychological barriers that arise in traditional language learning.  Dialogue in films exposes you to authentic spoken language, a rich range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions anchored in a meaningful context, all of which aids understanding and retention.

    The main purpose of this course is increasing vocabulary, improving conversational skills and learning French culture via the movies presented.
    Films Module 1 - (22 Sep - 03 Nov)

    • Les Intouchables, directed by Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano. Actors: Omar Sy & François Cluzet.
    • Un homme idéal, directed by Yann Gozlan. Actors: Pierre Niney & Ana Girardot.
    • J’accuse, directed by Roman Polanski. Actors : Jean Dujardin & Louis Garrel.

    Films Module 2 - (10 Nov -15 Dec)

    • Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu, directed by Philippe de Chauveron. Actors; Christian Clavier & Chantal Lauby.
    • Les Héritiers, directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar. Actor: Ariane Ascarid.
    • De Gaulle, directed by Gabriel Le Bomin. Actors: Lambert Wilson & Isabelle Carré.

    This French course is for people with advanced knowledge of French.
    Before registering for this course, you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    About the Instructor: Valérie Brosbrann grew up in Paris and moved to the US in 1981. 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. She has taught all levels of French. She returned to Paris for retirement and has been volunteering with WICE in the language department for one year.

    Photo credit: Public Domain

    • 24 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 17 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 4
    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 anglais 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 excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue anglais. Le groupe ne parle qu’anglais pendant 1,5 heure.

    Facilitators: Alice Meade, Mavis Negroni, Edward Donelan


    • 25 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 18 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 2
    Register

    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.

    Ce groupe de discussion guidé français est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent français presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs de langue française fournissent aux participants des lectures intéressants avant chaque groupe hebdomadaire.  Ce groupe est dynamique et rapide. 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 et personnalisés. Le groupe ne parle que français pendant 1,5 heure ce qui donne aux participants toute la place pour s’exprimer.

    Facilitators: Brice Dardel, Valerie Brosbrann and Linda Adenis-Lamarre

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test (optional). If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.

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