L'ÉCOLE  FRANÇAISE CHICAGO  

french classes for adults

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 Chicago, IL 60657   

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SUMMER SESSION: July 5-August 29

(8 week-session, $289 class materials included)*

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*A $20 late fee will be applied on July 4

CLASS LISTING   Click here to download class listing

All our classes are listed by CHRONOLOGICAL TIME ORDER. 

Our session will start on Thursday, July 5  and end on Wednesday, August 29 and are also listed by COLOR CODES: 

BASIC classes (A) are in blue, 

INTERMEDIATE (B) classes in gray,

ADVANCED (C) classes in red.


REGISTRATION POLICIES   Click here for more information 

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!

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 REGISTRATION WILL BE CANCELLED.



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    • 05 Jul 2018
    • 29 Aug 2018

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    • 05 Jul 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 23 Aug 2018
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 5
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    A2. Thursdays, July 5-August 23 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 05 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 23 Aug 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 1
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    A1. Thursdays,  July 5-August 23 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this second level of French, we will focus on booking a flight, buying an airline ticket, purchasing items, following directions, expressing our preferences, ordering food and talking about the weather, seasons, leisure activities, money and international currencies. We will study the present tense of irregular verbs such aller, -IR verbs like partir, -RE verbs such as faire, the futur proche and idiomatic expressions with avoir. Welcome on board!

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

    • 05 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 23 Aug 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    A2. Thursdays,  July 5-August 23 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 05 Jul 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 23 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    A2. Thursdays,  July 5-August 23 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 06 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 11:40 AM
    • LéF
    • 0
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    C2. Fridays, July 6-August 24 / 10:00-11:40am

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    « BABYLON » – Yasmina REZA (Prix Renaudot 2016)

    Elisabeth is a woman whose curiosity and passion far exceed the borders of her quiet middle-class life. She befriends a neighbor, organizes a small dinner party. And then, quite suddenly, finds herself embarked with him on an adventure that is one part vaudeville and one part high tragedy. A quiet novel of manners turns into a police procedural thriller. Her motivations for risking everything she has are never transparent. In a world where matters of life and death are nearly always transported to a clinical setting, whether it be a hospital or a courtroom, here each character must confront them unassisted. A truly original and masterful novel from one of the world’s most inventive and daring artists.

    Book: “Babylon” (2016) – Yasmina Reza, Éd. Flammarion – ISBN 13: 978-2081375994

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

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


    • 06 Jul 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 1:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 4
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    A1. Fridays,  July 6-August 24 / 12:00-1:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 06 Jul 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 3:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    A1. Fridays, July 6-August 24 / 2:00-3:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 11:40 AM
    • Lef
    • 4
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    A1.  Saturdays, July 7-August 25 / 10:00-11:40am

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 11:40 AM
    • LEF
    • 3
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    B2. Saturdays, July 7-August 25 / 10:00-11:40am

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    Come and explore the marvelous world of Francophone arts, painting and architecture, a treasure chest of emotions! In this nineteenth level, we will explore the most prolific French artists, the most popular museums and the most renowned architects of our times, studying at the same time the discours indirect présent et passé (reported speech)!

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

    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 1:40 PM
    • LéF
    • 1
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    B2/C1. Saturdays, July 7-August 25 / 12:00-1:40pm     

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    Do you understand French jokes or French sense of humor? This session, we will analyze and discuss 8 comedies selected thematically by the class (L’Avare, Les Bronzés, La Chèvre, Le Dîner de cons, L’Emmerdeur, Les Ripoux, etc.) With a content-based approach, this course will allow you to experience language and culture from within, master related vocabulary and grammar points, and develop a deeper understanding of the French sense of humor (comique de caractère ou de personnage, de langage, de geste, de situation, de moeurs, farce, ironie, satire, burlesque...). You will feel more confident in your ability to use the language creatively, discuss issues and explore many other facets of the French and Francophone worlds. Don’t miss the show!

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

    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 3:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 4
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    A1.  Saturdays,  July 7-August 25 / 2:00-3:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 07 Jul 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 3:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 2
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    A2. Saturdays,  July 7-August 25 / 2:00-3:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 09 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 27 Aug 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    A1. Mondays, July 9-August 27 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 09 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 27 Aug 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • LEF
    • 5
    Register

    B1. Mondays, July 9-August 27 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    You have reached an intermediate I level and now you wish to apply your knowledge through lively conversation?  In this relaxed yet structured setting, we will discuss timely topics, reviewing grammar when necessary.  You will be encouraged to lose your inhibitions and voice your opinions, en français!

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

    • 09 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 27 Aug 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 8
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    B1/B2. Mondays, July 9-August 27 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this class you will review and become more comfortable with the basic past tenses as well as the subjonctif présent et passé, the conditionnel présent et passé, the gérondif, and the pronoms relatifs composés.  You will also discover current French words and phrases that you never learned before! Never feel rusty again ! « La mémoire fait toute la profondeur de l’homme. » C. Péguy

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

    • 09 Jul 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 27 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    A1. Mondays,  July 9-August 27 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this second level of French, we will focus on booking a flight, buying an airline ticket, purchasing items, following directions, expressing our preferences, ordering food and talking about the weather, seasons, leisure activities, money and international currencies. We will study the present tense of irregular verbs such aller, -IR verbs like partir, -RE verbs such as faire, the futur proche and idiomatic expressions with avoir. Welcome on board!

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

    • 09 Jul 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 27 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    A1.  Mondays,  July 9-August 27 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (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 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 27 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    A1.  Mondays,  July 9-August 27 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Aug 2018
    • 11:40 AM
    • Lef
    • 1
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    B1/B2.  Tuesdays, July 10-August 28 / 10:00-11:40am

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    You’ve learned the basics, now it’s time to talk!  This class provides a supportive environment in which you will speak, listen, and learn.  You will help choose the topics for discussion.  Through preparation and conversation, you will notice your vocabulary and grammar improve while you share ideas and perspectives. Come join the discussion! « 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 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 28 Aug 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • LéF
    • 3
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    C2.  Tuesdays, July 10-August 28 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    « BABYLON » – Yasmina REZA (Prix Renaudot 2016)

    Elisabeth is a woman whose curiosity and passion far exceed the borders of her quiet middle-class life. She befriends a neighbor, organizes a small dinner party. And then, quite suddenly, finds herself embarked with him on an adventure that is one part vaudeville and one part high tragedy. A quiet novel of manners turns into a police procedural thriller. Her motivations for risking everything she has are never transparent. In a world where matters of life and death are nearly always transported to a clinical setting, whether it be a hospital or a courtroom, here each character must confront them unassisted. A truly original and masterful novel from one of the world’s most inventive and daring artists.

    Book: “Babylon” (2016) – Yasmina Reza, Éd. Flammarion – ISBN 13: 978-2081375994

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

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

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 28 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    A2. Tuesdays, July 10-August 28 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 28 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 0
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    B1.  Tuesdays, July 10-August 28 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • 11:40 AM
    • LéF
    • 3
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    B1/B2. Wednesdays, July 11-August 29 / 10:00-11:40am

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    Have you ever wondered: “Why can’t I understand French people, French TV or French movies? Why do French people speak so fast?” Just because written and spoken French are two different languages. In this course, we will analyze the technical aspects of real spoken French: les sons muets et prononcés, les sons nasaux, les liaisons et les enchaînements syllabiques, le “e” muet, exploring slang, regional and French speaking accents at the same time. From authentic materials (dialogues, movies, interviews and songs), we will develop strategies and techniques to improve pronunciation, comprehension, and fluidity of speech.  We will be able to enunciate better and speak with more fluency the language of…. love!

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

    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
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    B1. Wednesdays, July 11-August 29 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this tenth level of French, we will focus on one of the most challenging concepts in French grammar, le subjonctif présent and the vocabulary of new technologies! We will express our opinions about current events. One of the most difficult modes in French conjugation will become your best ally! Le subjonctif sera votre meilleur ami!

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

    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • 7:40 PM
    • Lef
    • 3
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    B2. Wednesdays, July 11-August 29 / 6:00-7:40pm

    Tuition: $289 (materials included)

    In this seventeenth level of French, we will focus on French literature, poetry and philosophy. We will be exploring French masterpieces and main authors, reading literary excerpts, writing essays in French practicing at the same time le passé simple, les pronoms relatifs complexes (lequel, auquel, duquel) et le factitif (faire vs rendre). Through exercises and conversation, you will become better equipped to read – and understand! – literary works in French. « Venez parler et écrire comme un livre… »

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


    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 2
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    A1. Wednesdays,  July 11-August 29 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (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 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 4
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    B1. Wednesdays, July 11-August 29 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 7:50 PM
    • 29 Aug 2018
    • 9:30 PM
    • Lef
    • 2
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    B1.  Wednesdays, July 11-August 29 / 7:50-9:30pm

    Tuition: $289 (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! 

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