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Here at WICE, the team is working to hold as many of our courses as possible online and provide continuity to our members here in Paris during the current lock-down period.

The language courses are leading the charge online but we are endeavouring to get as much content and as many of our members learning and interacting online as possible.

Check this page for updates as we provide new courses and talks online.

Upcoming Events

    • 04 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 01 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 26 sessions
    • Remote
    • 1
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    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 due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will continue to 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.

    • 04 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 01 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 26 sessions
    • Remote
    • 3
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    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. 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: 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.

    • 04 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 29 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 13 sessions
    • Remote via Zoom
    • 7
    Registration is closed

    This group has been postponed until Feb. 15

    See details for the Thursday EGD group to start in January.

    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. 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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 05 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 30 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 25 sessions
    • Remote
    • 5
    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 purpose of this class is to give the students the linguistic skills to get by in their daily life. We focus on pragmatic objectives such as buying food in a shop, interacting with neighbours, expressing health troubles, dealing with the Prefecture (in other words, real life situations).

    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

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. 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: 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.

    • 05 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 30 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 13 sessions
    • Remote
    • 7
    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will continue to be emailed to you before the start of the class.

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 05 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 30 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 13 sessions
    • Remote
    • 6
    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. 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 click the computer icon above or click here.

    About the Instructor: Holly Runde holds an M.A. and PhD in French Studies from the University of Virginia, as well as a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in Philosophy. She has been teaching language, cinema, and culture courses to adult learners in the US and France for over 8 years. 

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 06 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 31 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 13 sessions
    • Remote
    • 5
    Register

    In this French Film class, you will watch a film at home before class. Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Orange Video on Demand, Google Play, iTunes or YouTube. 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.

    NEW FILMS for this trimester:

    • A bout de souffle (1960)
    • Le Dernier Métro (1980)
    • Une affaire de femmes (1988) 
    • Le Dîner de cons (1998)
    • Un Prophète (2009) 
    • La guerre est déclarée (2011)
    • Le Prénom (2012)
    • Nous Trois ou Rien (2015)
    • A voix haute (2017)
    • Jalouse (2017)
    • Le jeu (2018)
    • Hors Normes (2019)
    • Grâce à Dieu (2019)

    To get information on movies you can use AlloCiné.fr which is the French IMDb.

    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.

    This course will be online due to governmental guidelines for in person events. 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 two years.

    Photo credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 07 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 01 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 13 sessions
    • Remote
    • 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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the group meetings.

    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.

    Facilitators: Regan Falcon, Alice Meade, Mavis Negroni, Edward Donelan, Jane Etienne, Jayantika gandhi

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 08 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 26 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 5
    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. 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: 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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 08 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 26 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 0
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    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class. This group may move back to face to face meetings in our classroom if the restrictions on group meetings are relaxed.

    Facilitators: Brice Dardel and Valerie Brosbrann 

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 11 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 29 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 8 sessions
    • Remote On-Line
    • 11
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    As we continue to adapt to challenging times, WICE is pleased to offer a way to stay inspired photographically, with popular photo instructor Meredith Mullins. The first online “Creative Workout” class was a great success, with students from around the world joining the group.

    The Creative Workout continues this winter with new subjects for each session and innovative creative exercises to keep the creative momentum going strong.

    Each session will consist of two parts: an introduction lecture/discussion featuring practical information as well as a review of the work of notable photographers, and, two weeks later, a review of images created in response to assignments.

    Session subjects include landscapes/seascapes, B&W photography, abstract photography, and experimental photography using simple Photoshop tools.  

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about various genres of photography and master photographers in each field
    • Learn about exposure, composition, subject selection, and image impact
    • Have your technical questions answered directly
    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work

    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photographer

    Session I (Capturing the Land and Sea: How to Make Memorable “Scapes”)

    • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Mondays, January 11 and January 25

    Session 2: (The Power of B&W Photography: Why, When, and How)

    • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Mondays, February 1 and February 15

    Session 3: (Abstract Photography: Focusing on Composition, Color, and Mood)

    • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Mondays, February 22 and March 8

    Session 4: (Intro to Experimental Photography, Using Simple Photoshop Tools)

    • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Mondays, March 15 and March 29

    About the instructor:

    Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor and fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Photographer’s Forum, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment, a leader of photo adventure tours, and the Co-Founder and Director of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Links to instructor website/blog:

    www.meredithmullins.artspan.com

    Photo Credit: Margot Hanley

    • 15 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 17 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 3 sessions
    • Remote Online Zoom
    • 12

    This workshop is designed for writers who are well into a novel-in-progress, but want to work on problem passages, or develop a better feeling for how to shape and finish the overall project. Over three 2-hour sessions, Tim will use the participants’ own work to explore and discuss such topics as: - Finding and developing your story - Theme versus plot - Turning facts into fiction - Choosing and developing characters - What is voice and how to use it - How much history to tell in historical fiction - Writing dialogue - Settings: how they contribute to stories - Researching a story. A final hour will be spent on practical advice on the business aspects of writing. Hiring a publicist, tricks for using social media effectively, other promotional tools. Participants must submit a 10-page excerpt (double spaced in 12 point Times Roman font in pdf or docx format) which will be shared with the class. Excerpts may be from any part of the novel-in-progress. 

    This course will be held online only due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. 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: Timothy Jay Smith developed a ceaseless wanderlust that has taken him around the world many times. En route he’s found the characters that people his work. He brings the same energy to his writing that he brought to a distinguished career, and as a result, has won top honors for his works in numerous competitions. Fire on the Island won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, and his screenplay adaptation was named Best Indie Script by WriteMovies. The Fourth Courier, published in 2019 by Arcade Publishing, has received glowing reviews. Previously, he won the Paris Prize for Fiction for his novel, A Vision of Angels. Kirkus Reviews called Cooper’s Promise “literary dynamite” and selected it as a Best Book of 2012. In addition, Tim was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and his play, How High the Moon, won the Stanley Drama Award. More information about Tim can be found at www.timothyjaysmith.com. (Timothy will be donating his workshop fee to the National New Play Network, which encourages emerging playwrights to tackle socially relevant issues.)

    • 16 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 27 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 11 sessions
    • Remote Online Zoom
    Register

    Yoga is a state of wholeness.. It is the bringing together - the union  of the body, mind and spirit. Yoga is experienced when the activity in the mind is pacified,  calmed, quieted - still. Using the breath to connect  the mind and body through prescribed exercises (Hatha Yoga),  the ability to achieve a meditative state and find harmony  within one's self and with others is possible.

    This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. 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: Virginia Williamson has been practicing Yoga for 31 years;  teaching in Southwest Florida for 22 years. She holds multiple teaching certifications and has had more than 2200 hours of training, study and practice. She teaches traditional, 'old-school', Classical Yoga,  with an emphasis on movements coordinated with breathing. Her instructions are accessible to all practitioners, including beginners. She believes that Yoga supports the nervous system while developing strength and relaxation in the body and calmness in the mind. Students are encouraged to practice according to their own physical, mental and emotional circumstances.

    Image Credit: Virginia Williamson

    • 18 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 22 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Remote on-line via Zoom
    • 19
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    In addition to focusing on your own creative photographic work, it is also inspiring to learn about the work of other photographers who have expanded the boundaries of expression and created their unique way of seeing the world.

    The series of one-hour lectures will introduce some of the greats and will hopefully influence your own images … both how you see and how you work.

    Register for the 4-part series or individual sessions

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about various genres of photography and master photographers in each field
    • Be inspired to try new subjects and techniques
    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photographers

    Session I (The Humanist Photographers of the Paris Streets)

    Monday, January 18,  4:00 to 5:00 pm

    Session 2: (Photographers with a Sense of Humor)

    Monday, February 8,  4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Session 3: (The Women Trailblazers)

    Monday, March 1, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Session 4: (The Photographic Experimenters)

    Monday, March 22, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


    About the instructor:

    Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor and fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Photographer’s Forum, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment, a leader of photo adventure tours, and the Co-Founder and Director of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    www.meredithmullins.artspan.com 

    Photo credit: Meredith Mullins


    • 19 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote Online via Zoom
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    From Art Nouveau, Art Deco to Modern Art

    From the Romans to the latest modern innovations, Paris architecture covers almost 2000 years of history.

    In this session, we will explore Paris architecture in the 20th century, from Art Nouveau, Art Deco to Modern Art, citing a large number of examples and  explaining their architectural specificities.

    Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years: she guided walking tours in Paris districts, organized visits to museums, held on site lectures at WICE. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History. She communicates her passion for art and culture in a simple expressive way.

    Photo Credit: public domain

    • 20 Jan 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
    Register

    Join us for a free virtual talk with New York Times bestselling author Craig Carlson. 

    Craig first came to France as an exchange student in 1985 and instantly fell in love with the country, its language and especially its fine cuisine. Ironic then that some thirty-five years later Craig would wind up being the owner of two American diners in the City of Light and be nicknamed “Le Pancake Kid” by the French.

    In this lively talk, Craig will recount his adventures of being a small business owner in France, where its mind-numbing bureaucracy and complex labor laws nearly killed him.

    He will discuss his continued passion for French food, including how his mother-in-law (his Belle Maman) spoils him rotten with her delicious culinary creations.

    As for his literary adventures, Craig will delve into the reasons why he wrote Let Them Eat Pancakes, including the unexpected way he found an agent – and publisher – for his first book, Pancakes in Paris.

    Finally, faced with the challenge of all restaurants and cafes in France being ordered to shut down for the second time this year, Craig will share his hopes of overcoming the pandemic, the future of his restaurants and how the culinary industry in France may never be the same again.

    www.craigcarslon.author.com 

    Photo credit: Stephane Cugnier

    • 21 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 04 Feb 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Remote - Online via Zoom
    • 18
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    Did you know that Ayurveda is the oldest form of health care and originates in India? Ayurveda is more than a healing system; it is a science and art of appropriate living that helps to achieve longevity. It can guide every individual in the proper choice of diet, living habits and exercise to restore balance in body mind and consciousness, so preventing disease.

    Join us for one or two - 2 hour sessions exploring Ayurveda.  Session two will build on session one.

    Covered in the first session: 

    • What is Ayurveda 
    • The 5 elements and their manifestation in the body 
    • Concepts of Ayurveda 
    • The Dosha’s or your mind-body constitution: Vata/Pitta/Kapha 
    • Do your Dosha test

    Covered in the second session:

    Let’s incorporate Ayurveda in our daily life, just like yoga, it is a 24-hour practice!

    • Dosha time clock: Why are some of us active in the morning and others in the evening, why do we feel more energetic or dull at a given time of the day? To live a balanced life—and enjoy the good health it brings—we need to keep our daily rhythms set to the age-old ayurvedic clock 
    • The seasons: Adjusting your lifestyle, diet & physical activities during the seasons and according to your body-mind constitution ⁃ Brief introduction to Marma ⁃ If time, self- massage or Abhyanga

    About the Instructor: Ireen Branders has lived and worked in Brussels, Singapore, Dubai, New Delhi, Johannesburg and currently is based in Paris. During her 4 years in India she has studied Ayurveda therapy at Kerala Ayurvedic Healthcare. She is also a Teacher in Raja Yoga and a Grand Master in Transformational Yoga under the guidance of Swami Vidyanand. Besides all this, she is a licensed Coach Trainer with InnerLifeSkills and a Life/Business and Enneagram Coach.

    https://www.dreambuilderintl.com/

    • 26 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote Online via Zoom
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    Post-War architecture in Paris and the grand projects of a modern city

    From the Romans to the latest modern innovations, Paris architecture covers almost 2000 years of history.

    This  session will be dedicated to the post-war modernization of Paris through great projects carried out by the presidents Pompidou in the sixties, or Mitterand’s ‘grand travaux’  in the eighties.

    Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years: she guided walking tours in Paris districts, organized visits to museums, held on site lectures at WICE. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History. She communicates her passion for art and culture in a simple expressive way.

    Photo credit: Public Domain

    • 27 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 24 Feb 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 5 sessions
    • Remote Online
    • 10
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    WHAT IS PILATES
    Pilates is a Mind/Body form of exercising. The use of the breath concentrates the mind and helps to control the simple movements. When the familiarity of the movements are achieved you flow from one position to another from spiralling, stretching and co-ordinating. The words written in “bold” emphasize the Principals of Joseph Pilates who started coding his method of obtaining a healthy body and mind and he explains it fully in his first book “Return to Life”. He had studied the optimum possibilities of body awareness throughout his life of strength and stretching to promote good health and longevity.

    WHO IS PILATES
    Joseph Pilates worked as a hospital orderly when he was interned on the Isle of White on the way to the US at the outbreak of WW1. His breathing and movement techniques helped and even saved interned soldiers during the epidemic of Influenza. A consideration during our current Pandemic situation that we are all experiencing. He continued with his discoveries and developments and when he reached New York and together with his wife Clara (a nurse) they created a studio in Manhattan which was attended by people with body issues, athletes and dancers. It is still considered to be one of the best cross training regimens of physical training.

    Anne gave three introductory Pilates classes for WICE in June of 2020 and she hopes to see some familiar faces again. She will explain and give a “follow-me class” at an accessible standard to all. It is recommended to turn on the ZOOM videos and time will be allotted for answering questions.

    All that is needed is the basic equipment of a yoga mat and an exercise band or, as substitutes, a towel laid on a carpet and stretchy tights if you do not yet have a band.


    About the Instructor: WICE member and Pilates teacher Anne Campbell- Crawford has been teaching Pilates in Paris for the last eleven years. After a lifetime in the world of Ballet and Modern Dance dancer/teacher/choreographer and later Artistic Director in Ireland, UK and the US. When arriving in Paris to live she trained as a Pilates Mat Instructor and hasn’t stopped teaching since. She hopes you will join her.

    • 28 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 01 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 10 sessions
    • Remote
    • 7
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    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class. This group may move back to face to face meetings in our classroom if the restrictions on group meetings are relaxed.

    Facilitators:  Linda Adenis-Lamarre and Nathalie Abdallah 

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 02 Feb 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
    • 46
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    Everglades National Park in the USA protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee,  American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.

    Join a National Park Service ranger for a presentation of the history of the park and an introduction to the wildlife. 

    The everglades have been deemed a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.  It is home to thirteen endangered and ten threatened species as well as being the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere and the largest designated wilderness in the eastern U.S. and the only subtropical preserve on the North American continent.

    Presented by the Everglades Education Team of Park Rangers

    https://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm 

    Photo Credit:  US Park Service

    • 12 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • REMOTE on-line via Zoom
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    12 FEB 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Damian Barr received a critics' ovation for his maiden novel, You Will Be Safe Here. Spanning South Africa's history from colonial brutality to post-apartheid turbulence, it is a tale of two mothers a century apart who are fighting for the fate of their sons. Each is unaware that their fates are intertwined -- a reminder of the legacy of crimes committed in the past.

    Damian Barr will be joining Bilingual Book Group by remote to talk about his work and the craft of fiction.

    ‘Lean, beautiful prose … It pulls you in, breaks your heart and then ultimately repairs it.’ Jojo Moyes, The Observer.

    ‘Where many novels run out of steam as they approach the end, You Will Be Safe Here grows more engaging with each chapter.’ The Irish Times.

    Registrations Open January 09 2020


    This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. 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.

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    Public Domain

    • 12 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
    • 12

    Bilingual Book Group

    12 MAR 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests


    Registrations Open February 13 2020

    WM121 - Boquitas pintadas (Heartbreak Tango / Le plus beau tango du monde) by Manuel Puig  

    One of Manuel Puig’s most compelling novels, Boquitas Pintadas (Heartbreak Tango) plunges the reader into a world of intrigue, prejudice, betrayal and sexual jealousy.  Puig sets the tale in a small town on the pampas, providing him with a wonderful backdrop to explore social codes and play on the tensions between reality and appearances.

    Boquitas Pintadas has recently been reissued, giving a new generation the chance to enjoy the narrative skills and descriptive flair of this Argentine novelist and screenwriter. 

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    Puig's early passion for the movies is evident both in his narrative style, which relies heavily on dialogue, and in the lives of his characters, where the glamorous and idealized world of films serves as a counterpoint to their own disappointments.’ Paris Review.

     ‘A brilliant, forceful, melancholic arabesque of a novel, the tone reminiscent of Bertolucci's freer moments.’ Kirkus Reviews


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12 Jan 2021 WICE Talks: Whitman Mission - US Park Service Special Presentation. FREE for Members
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30 Sep 2020 WS301 Writing Poetry: Craft and Inspiration (Remote)
21 Sep 2020 SS212 Creative Photography Workout (Remote)
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12 Jun 2020 WU171 Bilingual Books: David Young, Stasi Child (Thriller Genre Talk)
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02 Jun 2020 WY121 Bilingual Books (Historical Book Series): Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation - REMOTE
19 May 2020 LockDown Talk - Mundey Young Expat and Life Coach: Creating a Vision in Times of Uncertainty
14 May 2020 VA141 Creativity Through Movement with Hiie Saumaa
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24 Apr 2020 WM131 Bilingual Books: Madeline Miller, Circe - REMOTE
18 Apr 2020 R1301 Pairing Champagne and Food – Webinar (New Date)
26 Mar 2020 WO151 Bilingual Books: Alias Grace - REMOTE
26 Mar 2020 LockDown Short Talk - Combatting our Ageing Skin: What can be done?
20 Mar 2020 WICE Online Apéro
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