L'ÉCOLE  FRANÇAISE CHICAGO  

french classes for adults

    1714 W. Belmont Avenue 

 Chicago, IL 60657   

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OUR NEXT SESSION: SUMMER 2019

July 8-August 31

(8-week session, $299 class materials and membership included)

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CLASS LISTING  

All our classes are listed by CHRONOLOGICAL TIME ORDER: our Summer session will start on Monday, July 8  and end on Saturday, August 31.

Our courses are also listed by COLOR CODES: BASIC classes (A) are in blue, INTERMEDIATE (B) classes in gray, ADVANCED (C) classes in red.



REGISTRATION POLICIES  

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Before signing up for a course, we invite you to read carefully our registration policies. Each class requires a minimum of 5 participants and is limited to 10 participants maximum. Therefore, we recommend our students to register early to save a seat in their class of choice! By signing up for a course, participants accept the above policy.


PENDING REGISTRATION

Since our classes are limited to 10 participants maximum, please note that registrations have to be fully completed to save a seat in your class of choice. In an effort to accommodate our communities,  ALL PENDING REGISTRATIONS WILL BE CANCELLED.


Upcoming events

    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 26 Aug 2019
    • 7:40 PM
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    A2. Mondays, July 8-August 26  / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this fifth level of French, we will focus on cultural activities in Paris: at the tourist office, at the museum, at the opera, in a concert hall, at a stadium, at the restaurant, at a fashion show, in a retail store… We will be able to invite someone, accept or refuse an invitation, make a reservation at the restaurant, attend cultural or sports events, go shopping, and talk about past events. We will review the present tense of the verbs pouvoir, vouloir, devoir, comparisons, introduction to imparfait, direct and indirect pronouns, interrogative and demonstrative pronouns, verbs of communication, cultural activities and events in Paris such as arts, architecture, cinema and theatre, food and gastronomy, music, fashion, shopping and clothes, sports, and French celebrations« Paris est une fête.» E. Hemingway

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 26 Aug 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • LEF
    • 1
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    B2. Mondays, July 8-August 26 / 6:00-7:40pm NEW!

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    Come and explore the marvelous world of Francophone music, dance and opera, a treasure chest of emotions! In this eighteenth level, we will explore the history of French and Francophone music, and study the relations logiques de cause, conséquence, but et opposition (parce que, car, comme, puisque…) « La musique est la langue des émotions. » Emmanuel Kant.


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    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 26 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 PM
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    A1. Mondays, July 8-August 26 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this first level of French, you will learn to introduce yourself and convey personal details such as nationality, profession, hobbies, numbers, likes and dislikes.  You will study basic grammar, the present tense of regular verbs in -ER, the irregular verbs avoir and être, interrogative forms, definite and indefinite articles, and of course, pronunciation! Your French journey begins here!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 26 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 PM
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    • 0
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    A2. Mondays, July 8-August 26  / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this sixth level of French, we will focus on education, professions and employment. We will focus on talking about education and studies, applying for a job, taking a French interview or hiring a candidate, writing a resume in French using its standards and making comparisons.   We will review the present tense of irregular and –OIR verbs, the passé composé vs imparfait, directs/indirect/En and Y pronouns, and expression of duration (depuis, pendant, pour, etc.)  « Il faut travailler pour vivre et non pas vivre pour travailler… » Proverbe

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 26 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 PM
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    • 0
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    A2. Mondays, July 8-August 26 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    This class will prepare you to move on to the intermediate level with confidence.  We will review the present tense of irregular verbs (savoir vs. connaître, pouvoir, vouloir, devoir) and reflexive verbs as well as the passé composé, the imparfait, direct and indirect pronouns, and the expression of duration (depuis, pendant, pour, etc.).  You will expand your vocabulary (transportation, housing, shopping, studies, work, and cultural activities in Paris) while improving your pronunciation – and having fun! « Les meilleurs Américains meurent à Paris ! » O. Wilde

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 09 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 2
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    A1. Tuesdays, July 9-August 27  / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this third level of French, we will focus on completing a lost luggage form, making a detailed description of a person or an object, talking about future plans, giving orders, following instructions, and talking about past events. We will study the imperative form, futur proche, introduction to passé composé, demonstrative and possessive adjectives, public transportation, family, numbers, dates and we will finally explore France, its regions and traditions…Bienvenue en France!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 09 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
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    A1. Tuesdays, July 9-August 27 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    You’ve studied French in the past but it’s been a while and you fear you’ve forgotten more than you remember?  Or you’ve taken the basic levels and you would like to consolidate what you’ve learned?  This class is designed for you.  We will review general concepts such as countries, professions, family, food, and the weather, while revisiting basic verb tenses and grammar.  You will find our refresher courses to be, well, refreshing!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 09 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 7:40 PM
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     B2/C1. Tuesdays, July 9-August 27 / 6:00-7:40pm NEW!

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    A conversation class about….CULTURE! Join us this summer to improve your conversation skills, expand your vocabulary and increase your knowledge about arts, architecture, cinema, dance, gastronomy, history, literature and music! Through various materials and diverse activities (videos, movies, the news, songs, articles, debates, presentations…), you will master l’art de s’exprimer « L’homme sans culture est un arbre sans fruit! » Antoine de Rivarol

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!



    • 09 Jul 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 PM
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    B1. Tuesdays,  July 9-August 27 / 7:50-9:30pm


    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this twelth level of French, we will focus on employment, economy and finances and talk about personal achievements, regrets and hypothetical statements. We will review the following tenses : passé, conditionnel présent and passé, le plus-que-parfait and hypothèses (Si j’avais su…), possessive and demonstrative pronouns (le mien, celui-ci…). « Plaie d’argent n’est pas mortelle. » Proverbe

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 09 Jul 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 2
    Register

    B1. Tuesdays, July 9-August 27 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this fast-paced course you will review past and future tenses, the conditionnel présent/passé, the subjonctif, the passif, and the pronoms relatifs simples (qui, que, où, dont).  We will also discuss topics of interest such as new technologies, the internet, social media, and the traditional media (television, radio and the press). « Le vrai pouvoir, c’est la connaissance. » F. Bacon

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 10 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 11:40 AM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    B1/B2.  Wednesdays, July 10-August 28 / 10:00-11:40am NEW!

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    You have completed intermediate levels and now you wish to apply your knowledge through lively conversation before moving onto more advanced levels?  In this relaxed yet structured setting, we will discuss timely topics, reviewing grammatical structures selected by the class. You will be encouraged to lose your inhibitions and voice your opinions, en français!« L’essentiel n’est pas de parler fort, mais de parler juste ! » W. Shakespeare

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 10 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 5
    Register

    A1. Wednesdays, July 10-August 28 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this first level of French, you will learn to introduce yourself and convey personal details such as nationality, profession, hobbies, numbers, likes and dislikes.  You will study basic grammar, the present tense of regular verbs in -ER, the irregular verbs avoir and être, interrogative forms, definite and indefinite articles, and of course, pronunciation! Your French journey begins here!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 10 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
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     B2/C1. Wednesdays, July 10-August 28 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    Finally an entire course you can swear and curse…but in French only! Informal and spoken French, colloquial expressions, "onomatopées", "verlan" and slang are on the menu! Goodbye “Sacré Bleu” and older clichés! Welcome modern slang! Must be 18 years old or more! 


    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!

    • 10 Jul 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 1
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    A2. Wednesdays, July 10-August 28 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    This class will prepare you to move on to the intermediate level with confidence. We will focus on means of communication, social events, the media, new technologies and CONVERSATION! Upon completion of this level, we will be able to talk further about our social lives, explore the greatest inventions of our times, make a detailed description of an object, ask information about computers and smart phones! We will review all basic levels (from 1 to 7) : the present and past tenses (passé composé vs imparfait), the imperative form, the future simple, and les pronoms relatifs simples (qui, que, où, dont).  « Toute technologie avancée est magique ! » Arthur C. Clark

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 29 Aug 2019
    • 7:40 PM
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    • 0
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    A1. Thursdays, July 11-August 29  / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this third level of French, we will focus on completing a lost luggage form, making a detailed description of a person or an object, talking about future plans, giving orders, following instructions, and talking about past events. We will study the imperative form, futur proche, introduction to passé composé, demonstrative and possessive adjectives, public transportation, family, numbers, dates and we will finally explore France, its regions and traditions…Bienvenue en France!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 29 Aug 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    A1. Thursdays, July 11-August 29 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    You’ve studied French in the past but it’s been a while and you fear you’ve forgotten more than you remember?  Or you’ve taken the basic levels and you would like to consolidate what you’ve learned?  This class is designed for you.  We will review general concepts such as countries, professions, family, food, and the weather, while revisiting basic verb tenses and grammar.  You will find our refresher courses to be, well, refreshing!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 29 Aug 2019
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 2
    Register

    B1. Thursdays, July 11-August 29 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this eleventh level of French, we will focus on past tenses such as passé composé, imparfait, plus-que-parfait and voix passive! We will learn how to write an article, talk about news, read and discuss current events through French newpapers, television and the radio. Come and voice your opinions…en français ! « Savoir, penser, rêver. Tout est là. » V. Hugo


    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!


    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 29 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    A1. Thursdays, July 11-August 29 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this fourth level of French, we will focus on moving around Paris, taking public transportation, booking a hotel room, renting a car or an apartment, making a description of our housing, giving or asking for time and talking about our past. We will review the present tense of irregular verbs (savoir vs connaître /-RE verbs) and reflexive verbs such as se promener. We will study in depth the passé composé, prepositions and adverbs of location and time…Welcome to Paris ! « Tout commence à Paris. » Nancy Spain

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 29 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 2
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    B1. Thursdays, July 11-August 29 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this ninth level of French, we will focus on describing one’s house or apartment, household chores and housework, paying bills and taxes, talking about properties, personal belongings, animals and home activities. We will also explore French « savoir-vivre » and good manners while reviewing the conditionnel présent and  pronoun structures (le/lui/en/y)… « La politesse coûte peu et achète tout ! » Montaigne


    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!

    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 7:50 PM
    • 29 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 PM
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    • 0
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    B1. Thursdays, July 11-August 29 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    Feeling like it’s time for a review?  In this class you will go beyond the basics and cover the passé composé vs imparfait, the futur simple, the conditionnel présent, and the pronouns y and en.  You will also work on your pronunciation and increase your vocabulary while discussing sports, health and medicine, cosmetics and the beauty industry.  « Un esprit sain dans un corps sain » Rabelais

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 12 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Aug 2019
    • 11:40 AM
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    C2. Fridays, July 12-August 30 / 10:00-11:40am NEW!

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    L’Hiver du mécontentement, c’est ainsi que le journal le Sun qualifia l’hiver 1978-1979, où des grèves monstrueuses paralysèrent des mois durant la Grande-Bretagne. Voici venir l’hiver de notre mécontentement, ce sont aussi les premiers mots que prononce Richard III dans la pièce de Shakespeare. Ce personnage, la jeune Candice va le jouer dans une mise en scène exclusivement féminine. Entre deux tournées à vélo pour livrer des courriers dans un Londres en proie au désordre, elle cherchera à comprendre qui est Richard III et le sens de sa conquête du pouvoir. Au théâtre Warehouse, lors d’une répétition, elle croisera une Margareth Thatcher encore méconnue venue prendre un cours de diction et déjà bien décidée à se hisser à la tête du pays. Elle fera aussi la rencontre de Jones, jeune musicien brutalement licencié et peu armé face aux changements qui s’annoncent.

    Book: “L'Hiver du mécontentement” (2018) – Thomas B. Reverdy,  Éd. Flammarion – ISBN: 978-2-0814-2112-7

    Please note that each participant will have to order their own books.

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 


    • 12 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 30 Aug 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 2
    Register

    A2. Fridays, July 12-August 30 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    This class will prepare you to move on to the intermediate level with confidence.  We will review the present tense of irregular verbs (savoir vs. connaître, pouvoir, vouloir, devoir) and reflexive verbs as well as the passé composé, the imparfait, direct and indirect pronouns, and the expression of duration (depuis, pendant, pour, etc.).  You will expand your vocabulary (transportation, housing, shopping, studies, work, and cultural activities in Paris) while improving your pronunciation – and having fun! « Les meilleurs Américains meurent à Paris ! » O. Wilde

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 12 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 30 Aug 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
    Register

    A2. Fridays, July 12-August 30 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this seventh level of French, we will focus on sports and health. Upon completion of this level, we will be able to register and join a gym, talk about our favorite sports, leisure activities, healthy lifestyles and food diet, make an appointment at the doctor’s or the dentist’s, and buy prescription drugs at a local pharmacy. We will review the imperative form, past tenses (passé composé vs imparfait), the future simple, En and Y pronouns, and the adverbs of frequency (souvent, toujours, jamais…). « J’ai décidé d’être heureux, c’est bon pour la santé. » Voltaire

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 11:40 AM
    • Lef
    • 3
    Register

     B2/C1. Saturdays, July 13-August 31 / 10:00-11:40am NEW!

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    A conversation class about….CULTURE! Join us this summer to improve your conversation skills, expand your vocabulary and increase your knowledge about arts, architecture, cinema, dance, gastronomy, history, literature and music! Through various materials and diverse activities (videos, movies, the news, songs, articles, debates, presentations…), you will master l’art de s’exprimer « L’homme sans culture est un arbre sans fruit! » Antoine de Rivarol

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!



    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 5
    Register

    A2. Saturdays, July 13-August 31 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    This class will prepare you to move on to the intermediate level with confidence.  We will review the present tense of irregular verbs (savoir vs. connaître, pouvoir, vouloir, devoir) and reflexive verbs as well as the passé composé, the imparfait, direct and indirect pronouns, and the expression of duration (depuis, pendant, pour, etc.).  You will expand your vocabulary (transportation, housing, shopping, studies, work, and cultural activities in Paris) while improving your pronunciation – and having fun! « Les meilleurs Américains meurent à Paris ! » O. Wilde

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 4
    Register

    A2. Saturdays, July 13-August 31 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this seventh level of French, we will focus on sports and health. Upon completion of this level, we will be able to register and join a gym, talk about our favorite sports, leisure activities, healthy lifestyles and food diet, make an appointment at the doctor’s or the dentist’s, and buy prescription drugs at a local pharmacy. We will review the imperative form, past tenses (passé composé vs imparfait), the future simple, En and Y pronouns, and the adverbs of frequency (souvent, toujours, jamais…). « J’ai décidé d’être heureux, c’est bon pour la santé. » Voltaire

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 3:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 4
    Register

    A1. Saturdays, July 13-August 31 / 2:00-3:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this fourth level of French, we will focus on moving around Paris, taking public transportation, booking a hotel room, renting a car or an apartment, making a description of our housing, giving or asking for time and talking about our past. We will review the present tense of irregular verbs (savoir vs connaître /-RE verbs) and reflexive verbs such as se promener. We will study in depth the passé composé, prepositions and adverbs of location and time…Welcome to Paris ! « Tout commence à Paris. » Nancy Spain

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 3:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 6
    Register

    B1. Saturdays, July 13-August 31 / 2:00-3:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this eleventh level of French, we will focus on past tenses such as passé composé, imparfait, plus-que-parfait and voix passive! We will learn how to write an article, talk about news, read and discuss current events through French newpapers, television and the radio. Come and voice your opinions…en français ! « Savoir, penser, rêver. Tout est là. » V. Hugo


    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!


    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 3:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 6
    Register

    B1. Saturdays, July 13-August 31 / 2:00-3:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this fast-paced course you will review past and future tenses, the conditionnel présent/passé, the subjonctif, the passif, and the pronoms relatifs simples (qui, que, où, dont).  We will also discuss topics of interest such as new technologies, the internet, social media, and the traditional media (television, radio and the press). « Le vrai pouvoir, c’est la connaissance. » F. Bacon

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci! 

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 5:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 5
    Register

    A1. Saturdays, July 13-August 31 / 4:00-5:40pm

    Tuition: $299 (materials included)

    In this first level of French, you will learn to introduce yourself and convey personal details such as nationality, profession, hobbies, numbers, likes and dislikes.  You will study basic grammar, the present tense of regular verbs in -ER, the irregular verbs avoir and être, interrogative forms, definite and indefinite articles, and of course, pronunciation! Your French journey begins here!

    Please note that all pending registrations will be cancelled. Merci!