Many people join Alliance Française of Westchester because they've learned French a long time ago, however we also have many complete beginners who start learning French with us every year. It's never too late to start learning a new skill, even if that skill is learning a foreign language!
Our pedagogy is based on providing a fully immersive learning environment adapted to adults, so don't worry if you don't know where to start and let our teachers guide you in your learning journey. Our team focuses on teaching all 4 skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our teachers also make it fun by not only teaching you about a language, but also about the cultures of various Francophone countries, so be prepared to immerse yourself into a whole new world!
Most adults learner need to rely on reading and writing in order to memorize new words and sentence structures, so our teachers will of course provide the possibility to do so, especially through homework and useful websites which you can explore at your own pace in order to get a broader understanding of French grammar rules. But during class time, the focus will be mostly on practice, pronunciation and conversation, as acquiring and refining those skills is much more difficult to do on your own. Our virtual classrooms will provide plenty of references and exercises you can use before and after lessons, and teachers will be available to answer any question you might have. If an official certification is necessary for you to reach your personal goals, you will have the opportunity to take official exams in French and our team will be there to advise you regarding when to take an exam, and which one might be a better fit for you (DELF, DALF, TEF, TCF, etc.). If on the contrary you're only interested in learning French as a hobby or to travel, our team will be more than happy to give you tailor-made recommendations based on your own hobbies!
If you have never attended classes at AFW, you need to contact us before signing up for a class, so we can assess your level and find the ideal class for you. Unless you're a complete beginner, you also need to take our placement test. For all new AFW students, including complete beginners, an informal interview will be arranged before the first day of class in order for our team to gain a better understanding of learning goals which are most important to you.
Lessons schedule during our Fall term will start from September 16th, 2021 onward, and will finish no later than December 18th, 2021. Our school year is organized following 3 terms of 10 lessons each, starting in September, January and March or April, depending on classes. Our Spring term will finish no later than June 22nd, 2022.
During our Summer term, students will be given the chance to reinforce their learning by attending practical workshops scheduled during a shorter term, taking place in July and August.
Adults are grouped depending on their level, but also depending on their personal learning goals. Groups need a minimum of 4 students for the schedule to be confirmed.
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This package does not include AFW membership fees, nor does it include the price of access to our virtual classrooms, textbooks and exercise books. Depending on your level, the price of textbooks and/or exercise books used in your class may vary. A valid AFW membership as well as a valid access to our virtual classrooms is required for all AFW students. For more information about our memberships, please check this page.