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Children and Teens Classes - September 2020 to June 2021 - Early Bird Discount - Full Year Registration

$1,259.00 USD

Product Duration: Available until July 31st, 2020

Description:

Does Alliance Française offer lessons for children and teenagers? Bien sûr !

For non-Francophone children and teenagers, Alliance Française of Westchester is organising French immersion lessons throughout the school year, starting from 1h30mn per week, for a total of 30 lessons. Is you child a native French speaker? In this case, you must check this page.

Our pedagogy is based on providing a fully immersive learning environment adapted to children and their developmental needs, so at this stage lessons focus on teaching all 4 skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Younger children will learn mainly through songs, games and playful lessons, while teenagers will be given more opportunities to learn through videos and interactive activities organized online or offline. Although grammar and conjugation won't be the primary focus of lessons, teachers will make sure children and teenagers acquire all the necessary basics to be able to speak French accurately, and students who are 8 years old or more will be given the opportunity to take official exams in French if they wish to do so. While an emphasis will be on listening and speaking skills at first, reading and writing skills will become more important as your child progress, and intermediate and advanced level students will be expected to be able to write in French with a higher degree of accuracy.

If your child has never attended classes at AFW, you need to contact us before signing up for a class, so we can assess their level. If your child is a teenager, they must take our placement test. For younger children, an informal interview will be arranged before the first day of class in order for our team to assess your child's level, as well as to gain a better understanding of learning goals which are most important to you.

When are lessons taking place?

Lessons will start from September 10th onward, and will finish no later than June 27th. Our school year is organized following 3 terms of 10 lessons each.

Autumn term : September 10th - December 18th (no class during Thanksgiving break)
Winter term : January 7th - March 28th
(no class during Presidents week)
Spring term : April 5th - June 27th
(no class during Memorial Day weekend)

Children and teenagers are grouped by ages as well as depending on their level.

Children from 6 years old to 9 years old

Although we cannot guarantee all groups will be taught fully on site, most lessons should resume in White Plains at least 50% of the time, unless it is unsafe to do so. Our schedule will follow a week A/Week B pattern, with one week being taught online and the other offline, and younger children will be given priority when it comes to French lessons in White Plains.

Please note that due to strict social distancing criteria, registration to a specific group will be available on a first come, first served basis. If you have children enrolled in 2 different groups, we will of course do our best to make their schedules match.

  • Complete beginners: Wednesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm
  • False beginners (students who have learned French before, but only know the present tense): Tuesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm
  • Intermediate level (students who have been learning French for over a year): Saturdays, 1.30pm to 3pm
  • Advanced level (students who have been learning French for over 2 years, without any long interruption in their learning): Fridays, 4.30pm to 6pm

For children who cannot attend on-site lessons at all, fully online groups will be available, although at this stage we cannot confirm on which day. Shorter lessons are also likely to be arranged, especially for younger children. (e.g. 2 weekly lessons of 45mn instead of 1 weekly lesson lasting 90mn.)

Children from 9 years old to 12 years old

Most lessons should resume in White Plains at least 50% of the time, unless it is unsafe to do so. Our schedule will follow a week A/Week B pattern, with one week being taught online and the other offline.

Please note that due to strict social distancing criteria, registration to a specific group will be available on a first come, first served basis. If you have children enrolled in 2 different groups, we will of course do our best to make their schedules match.

  • Complete beginners: Saturdays, 11.30am to 1pm
  • False beginners (students who have learned French before, but only know the present tense): Wednesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm
  • Intermediate level (students who have been learning French for over a year): Thursdays, 4pm to 5.30pm
  • Intermediate + level (students who have been learning French for over 2 years, or have a natural talent for languages): Fridays, 4.30pm to 6pm
  • Advanced level (students who have been learning French for over 3 years, without any long interruption in their learning): Tuesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm

For children who cannot attend on-site lessons at all, fully online groups will be available, although at this stage we cannot confirm on which day. The number of students allowed in online groups will also be strictly limited in order to maintain a high quality learning experience.

Teenagers from 13 years old to 18 years old

As we know teenagers have a very busy schedule, most lessons for teenagers will be held fully online. However, on-site lessons may be arranged for teens who prefer learning face to face. In the case of hybrid classes, lessons organized in White Plains will be offered following a week A/Week B pattern, with one week being taught online and the other offline.

  • Complete beginners: Mondays, 5pm to 6.30pm 100% online
  • False beginners (students who have learned French before, but only know the present tense): Wednesdays, 5pm to 6.30pm 100% online
  • Lower Intermediate level (students who have been learning French for over 2 years): Wednesdays, 7pm to 8.30pm 100% online
  • Intermediate level (students who have been learning French for over 3 years or have a natural talent for foreign languages): Saturdays, 3.30pm to 5pm hybrid class, 50% on-site, 50% online
  • Intermediate + level (B1 level and above): Fridays, 4.30pm to 6pm 100% online
  • Advanced level (AP French or DELF B2 objective):
    • Tuesdays, 5pm to 6.30pm 100% online, focus on AP French
    • Thursdays, 5pm to 6.30pm 100% online, focus on DELF B2

Please note that due to strict social distancing criteria, seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. The number of students allowed in online groups will also be strictly limited in order to maintain a high quality learning experience.

And what about younger children? Older Teens?

For children who are younger than 6 years old, please check this page. For teens who will turn 18 before September 10th, 2020, please check this page.

Are there extra costs involved when joining this class?

Yes, it is necessary to have a valid membership before the start of the school year. Books are also required for most classes, and the total cost of the books might vary from $50 to $70 per child, depending on their age and level, and depending on whether CD/DVDs are included with learning materials. Normally, each child will need to have only one set of books per school year, although in some rare cases your child might have to purchase a second set of books in January or in April, if they're joining a group which has already started working on a specific book earlier in 2020 and are carrying on studying with the same book.

For online classes, an extra $25 per year may be charged per student to pay for software and e-books licences, but in this case the purchase of paper textbooks may not be necessary. Our team members will do their best to let you know what your options are if in some cases digital versions of textbooks might be available and cheaper than printed versions.

For children or teenagers who want to carry on learning French all year round, a special Summer package can be purchased separately. Summer lessons will be taking place between July 1st and August 29th, 2021.

When do I have to pay for my child's class?

To benefit from our early bird discount, tuition must be paid in full by July 31st. However, textbooks and memberships may be paid between August 1st and September 20th.

What if I want to pay per term, rather than for the full school year?

You may pay for each term separately, at a rate of $449 per term. Although in this case, please note a seat cannot be guaranteed from one term to the next, as seats availability will be strictly limited due to the pandemic. For families who are facing hardship due to the pandemic, payment plans may be arranged, although a deposit will be required, and a higher rate will be charged. Please contact us for further information.

Anything else I should be aware of?

Due to the pandemic, we cannot fully guarantee that lessons will indeed be conducted on-site, as the NY government may order a new shutdown. However, we will work with families on a case by case basis in order to propose the best tailor-made solutions depending on your child's learning needs. Please note that by signing up for this annual package, you are also accepting our general terms and conditions. As annual packages are heavily discounted, they are non-refundable, however if a full shut down is required by the local authorities, they may be converted into a credit to use at a later date, or may be transferred to another child. Payments are accepted by check or you can pay online directly. To benefit from this special rate, you cannot pay for tuition over the phone.

Please also note that during the pandemic, masks are required at all time within the Arts Westchester building as well as on our premises, and you must strictly follow NY state guidelines. Hand washing is also required before and after each lesson, so please insure you arrive early, or your child may miss the start of their lesson. There will be no exception possible, and parents are expected to insure their child is following social distancing rules at all time. Parents will also no longer be allowed to stay on our premises during lessons.

What if my child can't join lessons in White Plains on a regular basis?

For families who would rather organise private individual or group lessons in the safety of their own home, or who are looking for a more intensive learning pace, please contact us. We may also be able to offer lessons at a discounted rate, for example if you're looking for daily French lessons organized within your own home. This option might be suitable if for example you're expecting to be working from home during your child's lesson. If you child is fully home-schooled and already following a specific curriculum, our teacher will of course work with you in order to respect learning objectives which will be agreed in advance.