NOW OPEN: Winter
Throughout the Winter 2021 term, our group classes remain 100% online
Lower Intermediate Levels:
Upper Intermediate Levels:
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 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. By signing up for this French lesson package, you will be able to learn French with us during our Winter 2020 term.
Fall term : September 10th - December 18th (no
class during Thanksgiving break) - Registrations for this session are now closed
Winter term : January 4th - March 28th (no class during Presidents week) - Registrations for this session are now open
Spring term : April 5th - June 27th (no class during Memorial Day weekend)
Adults are grouped not only depending on their level, but also depending on their personal learning goals.
Please note the number of students allowed in online groups will also be strictly limited in order to maintain a high quality
Yes, it is necessary to have a valid membership before the start of the school year. Books are also required for all classes, and the total cost of the books might vary from $60 to $80 per student, depending on their level. Normally, each student will need to have only one set of books per school year, although in some cases you might have to purchase a second set of books in January or in April, if you're joining a group which has already started working on a specific book earlier in 2020 and is 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.
Please note that if you want to attend classes during our Winter and Spring term, registration will
have to be paid in full one month before the start of the next session. Because of the strict limit on the number of students in all our
classes, we won't be able to automatically reserve a seat for you unless you do so. Summer lessons will be taking place between July 1st and August 29th, 2021.