ABOUT our classes

Alliance Française d'Omaha currently offers French classes in the Fall, Winter,  Spring and Summer.  From true beginner to advanced, all classes are taught by experienced teachers. What is especially important is that our students are enthusiastic about taking classes because they enjoy learning the French language.  After reading over the course descriptions, if you are unsure about which level you should attend,  we invite you to contact us at bonjour@afomaha.org and mention “question about classes” in subject line.

Communication Classes (Levels 100 and 200)

This series of classes is designed to help French language learners develop their verbal communication skills.  Students may expect to learn new vocabulary and basic grammar principles, though the majority of the courses will focus on conversation and the spoken word.  True beginners as well as intermediate students will benefit from the oral and aural practice offered in these courses.  Each level is comprised of three 10-week sessions offered during Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Intermediate - Advanced Grammar

This class is designed for students who already have some French language experience, but are interested in deepening their understanding of various French grammar concepts.  Additionally, students will learn a variety of thematic vocabulary over the course of each 10-week session.

Students may expect to advance to the next level of classes after completing all three sessions (30 weeks total).  A student may also have the option of advancing to the next level if he/she feels ready to do so before completing all three sessions.  Students may also repeat courses as often as desired.  If you have any questions about which class to take, please contact us at bonjour@afomaha.org directly for assistance. 

French conversation courses

●    Beginning Conversation - A 10-week session for students who are familiar with advanced grammar concepts, but are not yet comfortable conversing in French.  Through reading, some grammar and vocabulary, and in-class discussion, students will be eased into the joy of French conversation!

●    Salon Avancé - A 10-week session for the advanced (though not necessarily perfect!) French speaker who enjoys the finer things in life.  Art, history, literature, travel, and various cultural niceties are among the favorite topics of discussion in this course.  Students can also expect a variety of other conversation topics, as well as a number of creative activities from this class.  Furthermore, spontaneous and organic discussions are always encouraged in this dynamic course.

  • Parlons (et lisons) Français is designed for students who are familiar with advanced grammar concepts.  With this class students will become more comfortable speaking and reading French, and improve their pronunciation, vocabulary and sentence structure.  Each session will last 8 weeks.

As always, if you don't see a class you are interested in, or have suggestions for new classes, please contact us at bonjour@afomaha.org.    We'd love to hear from you!

Upcoming class schedule

Fall 2018

  • Monday classes will commence September 10th
  • Wednesday classes will commence September 5th
  • Saturday classes will commence September 8th

Communication 101

Meeting Time:       Saturday, 9:30am - 11:00am

Session:               September 8, 2018

Location:             UNO Arts & Sciences Hall, Room 339

Communication 201

Meeting Time:       Saturday, 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Session:               September 8, 2018

Location:             UNO Arts & Sciences Hall, Room 339

Intermediate/advanced grammar

Meeting Time:       Saturday, 9:30am - 11:00am

Session:               September 8, 2018

Location:             UNO Arts & Sciences Hall, Room 344

beginning conversation

Meeting Time:       Saturday, 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Session:               September 8, 2018

Location:             UNO Arts & Sciences Hall, Room 344

parlons français ensemble

We will be reading a novel called “Le Silence de la Mer” by Vercours.  It is available through Amazon for $12.94.  Students will need to read about 5 pages of the book before each session so that we can discuss what we have read.  There should also be time for general conversation and discussion of other topics of interest to the group.  Class is limited to 8 students and will last 8 weeks – the dates will be as follows:

September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 10, 17, November 7, 14.  Please note that there will not be class on October 3, 24, or 31. 

Meeting Time:       Wednesday, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Session:               September 8, 2018

Location:             Boys Town Campus

salon avance

Meeting Time:       Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Session:               September 10, 2018

Location:             Boys Town Campus

 

SUMMER classes:

Cours du Cinéma

Three films, 9 weeks. Join us for a film class that takes a look at three very different films. Each film will be viewed and discussed for three consecutive weeks. Instructors will have students view parts of the film, discuss them and learn French vocabulary at the same time. The films will be in French with English subtitles. See all three or pick two. The films are:

Bande des Filles -- "Girlhood" 2014

(June 7, 14 & July 5)

MicMacs à Tire Larigot -- "Non-Stop Shenanigans" 2009

(July 19, 26 & August 2nd)

Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis -- "Welcome to the Sticks" 2008

(August 9, 30 & September 6)

Meeting Time:    Thursdays, 6:30-8pm

9 Meetings:         June 7, 14, July 5, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 30 & September 6

Location:            Kaneko Classroom, 1111 Jones St.

Chateaux, Églises, et Cathédrales (4 weeks - Level 300+)

Taught in French. We will study a variety of castles, churches, and cathedrals throughout France, including some history (architectural and/or political) to help viewers appreciate various features of these buildings.

Meeting Time:       Mondays, 6:30 - 8pm

Session:               July 9, 16, 23,  30           

Location:             Boys Town Campus, 13460 Walsh Dr.

 

French slang (Workshop -2Hrs)

If you want to speak like a real French person, you have to know the slang.  Every culture has its own way of expressing itself—words, phrases and idioms that aren’t taught in the classroom. This workshop will teach you how the French do it. We’ll explore all aspects of slang, teach you how to be cool in French and tell you about the words you may want to avoid!  Pack a bag lunch and join us. Learn l’argot française.  Must have taken French classes and know some French.

Meeting Time:       Saturday, 12pm - 2pm

Session:               July 21, 2018

Location:             Kaneko, 1111 Jones Street, Omaha

Paroles de chansons françaises (Workshop - 2Hours)

Enhance your grammar, diction, and love for French language through the lyrics of two beloved French songs: Brel’s Ne me quitte pas and Piaf’s La vie en rose.  Discover the rules of “lyric diction” and the distinct differences between singing French and speaking French. Explore the poetry and meaning of the French lyrics, learn word-for-word translations, perfect your pronunciation, and experience la joie de chanter en français!  For all levels of French learners. No singing ability required, only a love for French music.

Meeting Time:       Saturday, 12pm - 2pm

Session:               August 11, 2018

Location:             Kaneko, 1111 Jones Street, Omaha

De grandes Françaises méconnues ou oubliées au fil des siècles

Great unknown or forgotten French women in history

workshop - (2hours)

History is full of famous men and their accomplishments. So much so that they often overshadow the many women who have contributed to and had an impact on the world. Learn about French women before 1914 who led amazing and trailblazing lives and left the world a richer place. Workshop will be English with an opportunity to improve your French vocabulary.   Please bring paper, pen and a bag lunch.

Meeting Time:       Saturday, 12pm - 2pm

Session:               September 15, 2018           

Location:             Kaneko, 1111 Jones Street, Omaha


 

Special Topics Classes

The AFO offers courses on more specialized topics throughout the year, frequently during the Summer Session.  In the past, these courses have included (but were not limited to):

●      French for Travelers           ●      Children’s Programs       ●      Culture Classes       ●      Reading Classes

●      Art and Architecture History Classes     ●      Film Classes     ●      Lunch and Learns (e.g. Pronunciation, Slang, Music)

The AFO will continue to offer classes such as these according to student interest and instructor availability.


 See map of UNO for class location held on campus.  UNO parking is free on weekends.

 

 

 

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