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This English course is for people with an advanced intermediate knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary or higher.
Participants will strengthen their knowledge in English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening building upon existing skills. Emphasis will be given to developing conversational skills and building confidence in various types of interactions. A variety of topics and readings will be used to develop oral and written communication skills.
This 90-minute course will be held in English once a week to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the language.
About the Instructor: Sage Morghan holds a Masters in ESL (English as a Second Language) Education as well as a second Masters and PhD in French Studies with a specialty in French cinema. She has over 15 years of experience teaching French and English to students of various ages.
Special Instructions: Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.
This German Guided Discussion Group is open to people with a strong intermediate or advanced level of German. Our group leaders suggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition, to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The German Guided Discussion group speaks only in German for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.
Ce Groupe de Discussion Guidée Allemand est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent allemand presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs et personnalisés. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue allemande. Le groupe ne parle qu’allemand pendant 1,5 heure.
Facilitator(s): Monika de Vigneral, Ulla Emonet and Dorothee Yvernes
This program introduces the French language for learners with no or little previous knowledge. It will help you acquire and put into practice the basic foundations of French grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation techniques. You will develop your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This program’s use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.
Please note that this program is geared for learners new to French with little or no prior knowledge. Meeting twice a week for 90-minutes, this course will be held mostly in French to maximize learner exposure to the target language during the initial stages of the French language acquisition process.
About the Instructor:
Camille ESPLENDIU has a Masters degree in French language as well as an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish. She began her teaching career in Paris teaching American university students. She then spent one year as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Camille has been teaching in Paris for three years at various schools. She specializes in teaching adults and professionals.
Audrey Charmont has a Masters in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). She has French teaching experience in France and abroad. For the past twelve years, she has built a combined business.
This program builds on the basics of French. It is for students with a basic understanding and ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way. At the beginning of the program, students can ask simple questions and understand simple answers. You will develop and improve your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This program’s use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.
Please note that this program is geared for learners with some prior knowledge in French (Beginner Plus). Meeting twice a week for 90-minutes, this course will be held mostly in French to maximize learner exposure to the target language during the initial stages of the French language acquisition process.
Camille ESPLENDIU has a Masters in French language as well as an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish. She began her teaching career in Paris teaching American university students. She then spent one year as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Camille has been teaching in Paris for three years at various schools. She specializes in teaching adults and professionals
This dynamic French course will help you practice and prepare for an array of everyday life situations in French. This level is for students with ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and the ability express themselves in familiar contexts and to take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.
Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development; oral and written expression; comprehension; and pronunciation.
This course is geared for learners with a strong prior beginner’s knowledge of French. This 90-minute course will be held in French, twice a week, to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the target language.
About the Instructor: Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.
Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.
This dynamic course will fine tune your abilities in an array of everyday life situations in French. Students at this level have the ability to express themselves on a range of topics. They are comfortable in most situations and have a strong vocabulary with few mistakes.
Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development, oral and written expression, comprehension and pronunciation.
This course is geared for learners with prior intermediate exposure to French. This course will be held in French, twice a week, to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the target language.
This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or advanced level of English. Our group leaders suggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition, to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The group speaks only in English for 90 minutes.
Ce groupe de discussion guidée anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue anglais. Le groupe ne parle qu’anglais pendant 1,5 heure.
Facilitator(s): Susan Reed, Mavis Negroni, Ann Hattaway, Susan Morris and Clara Siverson.
Special Instructions: Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.
This French Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or an advanced level of French. The group leaders provide participants with engaging weekly readings on a wide range of topics prior to each dynamic and fast-paced seminar. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The French Guided Discussion group speaks only in French for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.
Ce groupe de discussion guidé français est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent français presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs de langue française fournissent aux participants des lectures intéressants avant chaque groupe hebdomadaire. Ce groupe est dynamique et rapide. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs et personnalisés. Le groupe ne parle que français pendant 1,5 heure ce qui donne aux participants toute la place pour s’exprimer.
Facilitator(s): Christian Lebreton, Brice Dardel, Caroline Hautcoeur and Valerie Brosbrann.
Special Instructions: Before registering for the course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test (optional). If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.
Facilitator(s): Regan Falcon, Alice Meade and, Stuart Attewell
A poet needs both something to write about and skill in writing. We will focus on these two themes so important in strong poetry - mastering elements of craft and finding inspiration. Each week we will do some writing in class and a homework task will be set so that we can share what we've written the following week. Teaching will cover how to write stronger poetry and where to find sources of inspiration.
All levels of experience welcome.
About the Instructor: David Barnes is a British poet who has run a weekly writers' workshop at Shakespeare & Company and an open mike poetry night every Monday (SpokenWord Paris) for a decade. He is the Editor in Chief of The Bastille, the literary magazine of SpokenWord Paris. His poetry has been published in a number of magazines. He was the co-editor of Strangers in Paris - New Writing Inspired by the City of Light (2011, Tightrope Books) which included work by such writers as Alice Notley, Jorie Graham and John Berger. He has previously taught classes for WICE in short fiction, travel writing and turning life into fiction.
About the Instructor: Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor and fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Photographer’s Forum, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment, a leader of photo adventure tours, and the Co-Founder and Director of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.
The Châtelet Apprentice: The First Nicolas Le Floch Investigation - Jean-François Parot (L'enigme des Blancs-Manteaux : Les enquêtes de Nicolas le Floch, n°1)
France 1761; Beyond the glittering court of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour at Versailles, lies Paris, a capital in the grip of crime and immorality ...A police officer disappears and Nicolas Le Floch, a young recruit to the force, is instructed to find him. When unidentified human remains suddenly come to light, he seems to have a murder investigation on his hands. As the city descends into Carnival debauchery, Le Floch will need all his skill, courage and integrity to unravel a mystery which threatens to implicate the highest in the land.
'A new Maigret is born: Nicolas Le Floch' --Le Figaro
'An engaging murder mystery that picks away at the delicate balance between king, police and state' --Financial Times
'A terrific debut...working without modern investigative techniques in a police force reliant on torture, Le Floch confronts the ethical dilemmas of the period in a novel that brilliantly evokes the casual brutality of life in eighteenth-century France.' --Sunday Times
About the Instructor: Tracy is a wordsmith with a love of both the written and spoken word. When she doesn't have her head in a book or isn't tapping away writing her next book, she can be found either shopping at a local farmer's market, wandering around a brocante looking for old cookware, vintage china and maps or chatting over a bottle of wine with friends in her adopted French homeland. After spending over 20 years in international project and risk management she moved to the French countryside and returned to her passion for writing and books. Her first short story collections were published in 2015 and 2016, and she is also a book coach, editor and writers workshop leader.
A beautiful portrait can give us insight into the expression, personality and mood of a subject. The focus is usually on the face but context and background may be included.
This course offers participants a special understanding of professional portraiture by analyzing the great figures of the contemporary scene. You’ll get practical advice on applying lighting techniques. Plenty of practical exercises are included, always under the advice and guidance of the tutor. A review and suggestions for your images will follow.
Students can expect to:
Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photographers. Participants are to bring a camera that can manually set ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, and/or are able to set a manual mode. A lens of approximately 50mm full frame is highly recommended.
About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialised in Photography and Contemporary Art. He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manuel works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, dance and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.
The Richelieu library, historic home of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in the heart of Paris's 2nd arrondissement, has reopened its doors after several years of renovations.
This historical site traces its history back to the 14th century. Manuscripts, Illumination books were being collected by the French King Charles V. The Richelieu site is the cradle of the National Library; it hosts art books ranging from the oldest manuscripts kept in France to contemporary ones, a collection of medals, coins and antiques, prints and photographs. Recently renovated, the court, the rotunda, the glass gallery have regained their splendor. The salle Labrouste (study room) will be seen from the outside as it is accessible only to the researchers and students.
Come and discover with the guide provided by the BnF, this amazing site.
Photo Credit: BNF Richelieu
Friday, 10 January 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests
Fernando Aramburu has been hailed as one of the most outstanding contemporary writers in the Spanish language. His novel Patria tracks the psychological complexity of victims and perpetrators and the moral dilemmas they face -- a tale acclaimed for its rich tapestry of characters and exploration of truth and reconciliation.
Patria won two leading literary prizes in Spain, the Premio de la Crítica de narrativa castellana and the Premio Nacional de Narrativa. It has been translated into 12 languages.
‘Complex and challenging… exhibiting a kind of sophisticated tidal pattern, with each ebb and flow leaving behind new clues in the sand.’ Washington Post
‘Exercice romanesque tout en finesse, Patria se démarque par la profondeur psychologique de ses personnages. .... Une réussite, à l’évidence. Et une réussite qui nous force à réfléchir. ‘ Christian Desmeules.
Photo credit: Fernando Aramburu
About the Instructor: Clara Siverson is a CELTA certified English teacher who has been teaching English to children and adults since 2004. A California native, she is passionate about writing and helping people learn to express themselves efficiently in the English language.
This Spanish course is for people with prior beginner knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. It aims to help participants refresh and acquire additional communication skills in Spanish. The course will reinforce your existing skills and facilitate your progression in areas of grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening with a focus on developing conversational confidence. Various topics and resources will be used to develop your communication skills.
Este curso de español está destinado y diseñado para personas con conocimientos previos de gramática y vocabulario de español. El objetivo principal es ayudar a los participantes a refrescar y adquirir habilidades adicionales de comunicación en español. El curso reforzará sus habilidades existentes y facilitará su progresión en las áreas de gramática, vocabulario, conversación y escucha con un enfoque en el desarrollo de la confianza en la conversación. Se utilizarán varios temas y recursos para desarrollar sus habilidades de comunicación.
About the Instructor:
Mónica Hernández Cordero is a native of Madrid, Spain and currently a PhD student at the Sorbonne. She has been teaching Spanish and English for more than seven years. Passionate about language and literature, she studied Philology and developed an in-depth understanding of the linguistic and psycholinguistic bases of language giving her specialized knowledge of language acquisition. She speaks several languages including, English and French.
Special Instructions: No additional requirements.
Intrigued by the variety of modes and settings on your camera? Get away from the simple choice of shooting in automatic mode by mastering when to use the manual settings.
This in-depth course explores the manual mode factors and will teach you the secrets of Depth of field, movement and speed And also how to play with light to create your own atmosphere. You'll analyze the interaction among them and learn, in a creative and playful way, when to apply the manual mode settings.
Classes begin with an explanation of each element and continue with outdoor practical work in different lighting conditions in Paris. A review of your images and suggestions will follow.
Students can expect to:
Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photography. Participants should bring a camera with manual ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings.
Location: Paris, one different location for each session. Location will be communicated 48 hours before the date of the class.
Recently reopened, the Hôtel de Lauzun is located on the eastern edge of île Saint-Louis. It is one of the most beautiful and rare Parisian mansions, having preserved its 17th century decorations.
The famous Duke of Lauzun, suitor to the Grande Mademoiselle (niece of the Sun King), the Duke of Richelieu (descendant of the famous Cardinal) , Baudelaire and its ‘Haschischins’ club were some of the most noticeable occupants of this mansion.
Restored in the 20th century, the Hotel de Lauzun offers a magnificent grand staircase, a succession of small cabinets adorned with painting and friezes, and a beautiful wrought iron balcony overlooking the river Seine.
Do not miss this must-see exceptional mansion!
About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to art history studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.
Photo Credit: Lauzun
"Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality." Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917).
If you have ever said to yourself “I’d like to try drawing”, or “I want to get back to drawing but just don’t seem to find the time”, this class would be a great way to begin the New Year.
All are welcome to join, including beginners or anyone seeking the structure of weekly meetings, guidance and inspiration from an artist who is also an experienced teacher, as well as the conviviality of practising in a group.
Instruction includes a variety of drawing techniques and tools (ink, charcoal, pencil, and watercolor) in addition to the exploration of the many possibilities for subject matter in drawing, either through direct observation or through one’s imagination.
The registration fee for this class includes all materials.
About the Instructor: Prior to settling in Paris, Jan Olsson was awarded the Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing. Examples of her student's work may be seen on her teaching blog. Jan's artwork has been exhibited in Paris’ most competitive juried exhibitions, and is included in both private and museum collections.
By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and the much-anticipated The Testament.
Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' Grace Marks.
Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale. It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.
'Brilliant... Atwood's prose is searching. So intimate it seems to be written on the skin' Hilary Mantel 'The outstanding novelist of our age' Sunday Times 'A sensuous, perplexing book, at once sinister and dignified, grubby and gorgeous, panoramic yet specific...I don't think I have ever been so thrilled' Julie Myerson, Independent on Sunday
Join Rebecca Devaney on a guided tour through the wonderful 'EMBROIDERY IN THE MIDDLE AGES' exhibition at the Musée Cluny.
About the Instructor: Rebecca Devaney is a textile artist, researcher and educator who currently works as a Haute Couture Embroiderer in Paris, France. She has a BA in Art and Design Education and a MFA in Textile Art and Artefact from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland and recently completed professional training in Haute Couture Embroidery at the École Lesage, France.
Photo Credit: Musée Cluny
Traditional Navarin d’Agneau (lamb stew with vegetables) is a favorite French dish that requires long cooking of lamb shoulder. In this modern interpretation, we'll do a quick-cooking leg of lamb instead, but with the traditional garnish of carrots, turnips, and potatoes. This is Chef Randall's latest addition to his apple dessert collection. Sautéed chunks of apples are caramelized in a sauté pan, then baked on a lightly spiced, butterless cake, with sliced raw apple and a crumble topping. Techniques: sautéing leg of lamb for a quick stew; working with mixed vegetables; caramelizing apples; making a crumble topping.
About the Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne. His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.
While France has some of the best wines in the world, there are several other countries in Europe and around the world that make amazing wines too. We’ll discuss grape varietals, and a bit about soil and climate. Join us as we take a petite pause from our usual drinking patterns and venture out into Greece, Spain, Portugal, and beyond…in our glasses.
About the Instructor: Tanisha Townsend is an American wine professional that came to Paris for the love of wine. A professor, consultant, podcast host, Tanisha organizes events from the classroom to the dining room. Her goal is to educate and entertain, while promoting the history and joys of fermented beverages to the masses. She holds certifications from Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London, the Society of Wine Educators and the Wine Scholar Guild.
Photo Credit: Girl Meets Glass
Nestled on the hillsides of Passy in the 16th district, The Maison de Balzac is a writer's house museum in the former residence of French novelist Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850). It was there that Balzac corrected, from 1840 to 1847, La Comédie humaine.
Through the presentation of portraits of the artist or his characters, paintings, engravings, drawings, and using an original scenography, you will discover the life and the works of this famous writer. Recently reopened, after months of renovation, the Balzac house covers three levels between the Rue de Raynouard and the Rue de Berton; it includes his apartment and a romantic garden. Discover with our guide Catherine this amazing house in what was once the “village” of Passy, the house and gardens containing the museum of the man who introduced realism in European literature.
About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before getting back to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.
Photo Credit: Public Domain
This fascinating class will introduce the technique of embroidery on printed fabrics. It is a chance to build your confidence with embroidery stitches, experiment with colours schemes and explore different and unexpected fabrics. You can keep your embroideries framed as beautiful textile art or, to add a certain je ne sais quoi, we will teach you how to transform them into patches!
Photo Credit: Rebecca Devaney
Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.
Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.
Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.
It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.
Not a member? Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.
Interested in joining? Become a member of WICE.
Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE
This new course is designed to allow students to pursue an independent project at their own pace over a two-month period. The initial class will include a review of students’ current work and proposed theme, with feedback and suggestions for successful completion of the project. The final class will allow for the presentation of the work and friendly class critique, as well as recommendations for next steps in the sharing the project, such as securing an exhibition, pursuing book or magazine publication, entering competitions, or creating an internet presentation.
Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photographers.
About the Instructor: Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor, with a wealth of teaching experience. She is a fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Photographer’s Forum, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment, a leader of photo adventure tours, and the Co-Founder of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.
How important are your opening pages, your choice of narration-style, your plot outline? It’s best to sort these issues before you set out on your writing odyssey, learning what the modern reader likes (as well as publishers) while gaining confidence in your creativity.
Each week participants will explore a specific writing technique before trying their hand at that technique or bringing in one page from their existing project to share in class the following week.
About the Instructor: Gretel Furner is one of our most popular instructors. She grew up in England and has an M.A. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. on the modern novel from the University of the Saarland, Germany. She was an associate professor at George Washington University and an instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies. She lives between London and Paris and has been an instructor at WICE since 2003.
Receiving feedback of our images and work is essential for advancing our technique and style. Students will learn how to organize their photos by theme, maintaining coherence between images within a series.
They also will learn how to build and present a personal portfolio to a gallery or a photography competition as long with the printing process.
A visit of a professional photography laboratory is included. In this visit, the students will learn how to choose the right photography paper for their images, as long with the technical printing process adapted to their needs.
During class participants will show their images and receive feedback from the instructor and other students.
Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photography. Students are invited to bring their images (printed or in USB). You
can also bring your laptops.
Location: Location will be communicated 24 hours before the date of the class.