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  • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris.

For all other events, please see the event detail page for location information.

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    • 04 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 01 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 26 sessions
    • Remote
    • 1
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    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 (Advanced Beginner). 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.

    This course will be online due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will continue to be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    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 four years at various schools.  She specializes in teaching adults and professionals.

    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.

    • 04 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 01 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 26 sessions
    • Remote
    • 3
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    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 an intermediate 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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    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 and has been teaching at WICE for 11 years.

    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.

    • 05 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 30 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 25 sessions
    • Remote
    • 5
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    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.

    The purpose of this class is to give the students the linguistic skills to get by in their daily life. We focus on pragmatic objectives such as buying food in a shop, interacting with neighbours, expressing health troubles, dealing with the Prefecture (in other words, real life situations).

    The following books are needed for class:

    • Edito A1, Didier, méthode de français
    • Edito A1, Didier, cahier d'activités
    • La grammaire progressive du français, niveau débutant, CLE international

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here

    About the Instructor: 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.

    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.

    • 05 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 30 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 13 sessions
    • Remote
    • 7
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    French for French Nationality will help prepare you by covering language skills as well as culture and civilization knowledge necessary for the exam portion of your application for French nationality.

    To become a French citizen, you will have to pass a B1 language test called TCF-ANF (French Knowledge Test for Access to French Nationality). There are two tests:

    • Oral comprehension test of 30 questions that lasts 30 minutes
    • French oral test of 6 questions that lasts 15 minutes.

    WICE classes will help you to:

    • File your request for French citizenship (Compared to a typical annual carte de séjour renewal, applying for citizenship is more demanding)
    • Prepare for the two oral tests
    • Develop your cultural and historical French knowledge
    • Prepare for the oral with an employee of the French prefecture

    For the greatest benefit, from this class, students should be at or above the B1 level before enrolling. A score of 16 or higher on the French placement test will ensure you are ready for this course.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will continue to be emailed to you before the start of the class.

    About the Instructor: 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.

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 05 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 30 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 13 sessions
    • Remote
    • 6
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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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class.If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you click the computer icon above or click here.

    About the Instructor: Holly Runde holds an M.A. and PhD in French Studies from the University of Virginia, as well as a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in Philosophy. She has been teaching language, cinema, and culture courses to adult learners in the US and France for over 8 years. 

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 06 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 31 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 13 sessions
    • Remote
    • 5
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    In this French Film class, you will watch a film at home before class. Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Orange Video on Demand, Google Play, iTunes or YouTube. In class, the film will be used as a basis for a language lesson with cultural points and discussion.

    Watching films can be a powerful tool for learning a language and improving cultural knowledge.  It can be entertaining and enjoyable, which breaks psychological barriers that arise in traditional language learning.  Dialogue in films exposes you to authentic spoken language, a rich range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions anchored in a meaningful context, all of which aids understanding and retention.

    The main purpose of this course is increasing vocabulary, improving conversational skills and learning French culture via the movies presented.

    NEW FILMS for this trimester:

    • A bout de souffle (1960)
    • Le Dernier Métro (1980)
    • Une affaire de femmes (1988) 
    • Le Dîner de cons (1998)
    • Un Prophète (2009) 
    • La guerre est déclarée (2011)
    • Le Prénom (2012)
    • Nous Trois ou Rien (2015)
    • A voix haute (2017)
    • Jalouse (2017)
    • Le jeu (2018)
    • Hors Normes (2019)
    • Grâce à Dieu (2019)

    To get information on movies you can use AlloCiné.fr which is the French IMDb.

    This French course is for people with advanced knowledge of French.

    Before registering for this course, you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    This course will be online due to governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    About the Instructor: : Valérie Brosbrann grew up in Paris and moved to the US in 1981. She lived in the US for 38 years in New York City,  Washington, D.C and Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She has been teaching French since 1986. She taught adults with the US State Department, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Afterwards, she taught at private high schools in Manhattan. She has taught all levels of French including Advanced and AP classes. She returned to Paris for retirement in 2018 and has been volunteering with WICE for two years.

    Photo credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 07 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 01 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 13 sessions
    • Remote
    • 4
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    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the group meetings.

    Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    Facilitators: Regan Falcon, Alice Meade, Mavis Negroni, Edward Donelan, Jane Etienne, Jayantika gandhi

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 07 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • 06 Feb 2021
    • 8:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
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    The live event occurred on January 7th, 2021. 

    However, you can register to receive a link to view the recording (REPLAY), and you will receive the discount codes for the full series.

    France is a land of many splendored things, chief among them being the glorious chateaux which dot the Loire Valley and the Ile-de-France. Some started out as medieval stone donjons; others sprang to life as the magnificent Renaissance edifices built by the 15th and 16th century Valois kings, first in the Loire Valley and later in and around Paris; then came the the equally grand French Baroque style chateaux built around Paris by Bourbon royals and their peers.

    Russell Kelley will take us on a quick romp through ten of these landmarks which have been witness to 1,000 years of French history, expanding on some of their salient features — for instance, Chambord is  the largest chateau in the Loire with 426 rooms; Chenonceau  is called the « chateau des dames » because of the nearly uninterrupted series of women — including Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis —who oversaw the many additions and embellishments of this particularly beautiful castle. Outside Paris stands Vaux-le-Vicomte, built in the mid-17th century by Nicolas Fouquet whose lavish chateau so enraged Louis XIV that he had the man thrown into prison where, 15 years later, he perished.

    Speaker: Russell Kelley is the curator and moderator of the lecture series on the Grands Châteaux of the Loire Valley and the Île de France. He is author of The Making of Paris: The Story of How Paris Evolved from a Fishing Village into the World’s Most Beautiful City, to be published in March 2021. He has lived in France for nearly 30 years and has visited every château featured in this series many times.

    **This presentation is an introduction to a 10-part online series — each devoted to a single chateau — whose fascinating stories will be narrated and illustrated by the director, curator, or owner of the spotlighted edifice — those who know them best! 

    These experts have been brought together by Russell Kelley under the Alliance Française chapters in Miami and Chicago which have graciously agreed to include WICE members among the viewers.

    The Alliance Française lectures take place weekly on Thursdays from January 14 through March 25 at 7 p.m. Paris time / 1 p.m. Eastern Time. (The January 14 talk will be the same that Russell will present at WICE on January 7. )

    PLEASE NOTE: Registrants for the January 7 WICE lecture (or paid REPLAY) will be entitled to the entire 11-part series at the Alliance Française membership rate.  The registration code to receive the discount on the AF series will be included with your registration confirmation email for the WICE introductory session.

    For further information and registration for the AF series visit: https://www.af-miami.org/cultural-events_2020/upcoming-events/

    The cost of the series is $15 per lecture or $135 for the series of 11 lectures for non-members of AFMM: $8 per lecture or $70 for the series for AFMM members and registrants for the January 7 WICE lecture (or paid REPLAY).  Find the registration code in your registration confirmation email.

    Photo credit: BEHN LIEU SONG, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

    • 08 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 26 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 5
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    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 advanced-intermediate French. This course will be held in French, once a week.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here

    About the Instructor: 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.

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 08 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 26 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 0
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    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class. This group may move back to face to face meetings in our classroom if the restrictions on group meetings are relaxed.

    Facilitators: Brice Dardel 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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 11 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 29 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 8 sessions
    • Remote On-Line
    • 11
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    As we continue to adapt to challenging times, WICE is pleased to offer a way to stay inspired photographically, with popular photo instructor Meredith Mullins. The first online “Creative Workout” class was a great success, with students from around the world joining the group.

    The Creative Workout continues this winter with new subjects for each session and innovative creative exercises to keep the creative momentum going strong.

    Each session will consist of two parts: an introduction lecture/discussion featuring practical information as well as a review of the work of notable photographers, and, two weeks later, a review of images created in response to assignments.

    Session subjects include landscapes/seascapes, B&W photography, abstract photography, and experimental photography using simple Photoshop tools.  

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about various genres of photography and master photographers in each field
    • Learn about exposure, composition, subject selection, and image impact
    • Have your technical questions answered directly
    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work

    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photographer

    Session I (Capturing the Land and Sea: How to Make Memorable “Scapes”)

    • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Mondays, January 11 and January 25

    Session 2: (The Power of B&W Photography: Why, When, and How)

    • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Mondays, February 1 and February 15

    Session 3: (Abstract Photography: Focusing on Composition, Color, and Mood)

    • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Mondays, February 22 and March 8

    Session 4: (Intro to Experimental Photography, Using Simple Photoshop Tools)

    • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Mondays, March 15 and March 29

    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.

    Links to instructor website/blog:

    www.meredithmullins.artspan.com

    Photo Credit: Margot Hanley

    • 16 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 27 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 11 sessions
    • Remote Online Zoom
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    Yoga is a state of wholeness.. It is the bringing together - the union  of the body, mind and spirit. Yoga is experienced when the activity in the mind is pacified,  calmed, quieted - still. Using the breath to connect  the mind and body through prescribed exercises (Hatha Yoga),  the ability to achieve a meditative state and find harmony  within one's self and with others is possible.

    This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    About the Instructor: Virginia Williamson has been practicing Yoga for 31 years;  teaching in Southwest Florida for 22 years. She holds multiple teaching certifications and has had more than 2200 hours of training, study and practice. She teaches traditional, 'old-school', Classical Yoga,  with an emphasis on movements coordinated with breathing. Her instructions are accessible to all practitioners, including beginners. She believes that Yoga supports the nervous system while developing strength and relaxation in the body and calmness in the mind. Students are encouraged to practice according to their own physical, mental and emotional circumstances.

    Image Credit: Virginia Williamson

    • 18 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 22 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Remote on-line via Zoom
    • 19
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    In addition to focusing on your own creative photographic work, it is also inspiring to learn about the work of other photographers who have expanded the boundaries of expression and created their unique way of seeing the world.

    The series of one-hour lectures will introduce some of the greats and will hopefully influence your own images … both how you see and how you work.

    Register for the 4-part series or individual sessions

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about various genres of photography and master photographers in each field
    • Be inspired to try new subjects and techniques
    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photographers

    Session I (The Humanist Photographers of the Paris Streets)

    Monday, January 18,  4:00 to 5:00 pm

    Session 2: (Photographers with a Sense of Humor)

    Monday, February 8,  4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Session 3: (The Women Trailblazers)

    Monday, March 1, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Session 4: (The Photographic Experimenters)

    Monday, March 22, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


    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.

    www.meredithmullins.artspan.com 

    Photo credit: Meredith Mullins


    • 19 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 31 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Available to Order
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    Our WICE writing community has been hard at work!  For the first time since 2016, WICE's international literary magazine, Upstairs at Duroc, is now available for purchase. 

     

    Upstairs at Duroc, started in 1999 in the café space near our home office at metro Duroc in central Paris, is an English-language journal that publishes poetry and short prose pieces by new and established writers from the Paris area and around the world.  Hundreds of submissions are reviewed and edited by an editorial team at WICE, so that we may offer this journal to our members and friends.

    Due to public event restrictions in 2020, we are delighted to bring Issue 17 to order now without further delay.

     

    Your price is €12 (which includes shipping within France) or €15 (which includes international shipping).  

     

    • 21 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 04 Feb 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Remote - Online via Zoom
    • 18
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    Did you know that Ayurveda is the oldest form of health care and originates in India? Ayurveda is more than a healing system; it is a science and art of appropriate living that helps to achieve longevity. It can guide every individual in the proper choice of diet, living habits and exercise to restore balance in body mind and consciousness, so preventing disease.

    Join us for one or two - 2 hour sessions exploring Ayurveda.  Session two will build on session one.

    Covered in the first session: 

    • What is Ayurveda 
    • The 5 elements and their manifestation in the body 
    • Concepts of Ayurveda 
    • The Dosha’s or your mind-body constitution: Vata/Pitta/Kapha 
    • Do your Dosha test

    Covered in the second session:

    Let’s incorporate Ayurveda in our daily life, just like yoga, it is a 24-hour practice!

    • Dosha time clock: Why are some of us active in the morning and others in the evening, why do we feel more energetic or dull at a given time of the day? To live a balanced life—and enjoy the good health it brings—we need to keep our daily rhythms set to the age-old ayurvedic clock 
    • The seasons: Adjusting your lifestyle, diet & physical activities during the seasons and according to your body-mind constitution ⁃ Brief introduction to Marma ⁃ If time, self- massage or Abhyanga

    About the Instructor: Ireen Branders has lived and worked in Brussels, Singapore, Dubai, New Delhi, Johannesburg and currently is based in Paris. During her 4 years in India she has studied Ayurveda therapy at Kerala Ayurvedic Healthcare. She is also a Teacher in Raja Yoga and a Grand Master in Transformational Yoga under the guidance of Swami Vidyanand. Besides all this, she is a licensed Coach Trainer with InnerLifeSkills and a Life/Business and Enneagram Coach.

    https://www.dreambuilderintl.com/

    • 22 Jan 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
    • 0
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    22 January 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests

    Registrations Open December 21 2020

    John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy explores the tensions of the Cold War and the impact of Britain's declining place in the world. It is a masterful work of overlapping timelines, brilliant character portraits mixed in with personal and professional betrayal.   

    No spy novel has captured England—or the human capacity for duplicity—like John le Carré’s hunt for the mole.’ The Atlantic

    ‘Le dictionnaire Oxford a crédité John le Carré de la paternité du mot "taupe" parmi de nombreux autres termes d'espionnage.’ Franceinfo.



    • 26 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote Online via Zoom
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    Post-War architecture in Paris and the grand projects of a modern city

    From the Romans to the latest modern innovations, Paris architecture covers almost 2000 years of history.

    This  session will be dedicated to the post-war modernization of Paris through great projects carried out by the presidents Pompidou in the sixties, or Mitterand’s ‘grand travaux’  in the eighties.

    Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years: she guided walking tours in Paris districts, organized visits to museums, held on site lectures at WICE. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History. She communicates her passion for art and culture in a simple expressive way.

    Photo credit: Public Domain

    • 27 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 24 Feb 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 5 sessions
    • Remote Online
    • 10
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    WHAT IS PILATES
    Pilates is a Mind/Body form of exercising. The use of the breath concentrates the mind and helps to control the simple movements. When the familiarity of the movements are achieved you flow from one position to another from spiralling, stretching and co-ordinating. The words written in “bold” emphasize the Principals of Joseph Pilates who started coding his method of obtaining a healthy body and mind and he explains it fully in his first book “Return to Life”. He had studied the optimum possibilities of body awareness throughout his life of strength and stretching to promote good health and longevity.

    WHO IS PILATES
    Joseph Pilates worked as a hospital orderly when he was interned on the Isle of White on the way to the US at the outbreak of WW1. His breathing and movement techniques helped and even saved interned soldiers during the epidemic of Influenza. A consideration during our current Pandemic situation that we are all experiencing. He continued with his discoveries and developments and when he reached New York and together with his wife Clara (a nurse) they created a studio in Manhattan which was attended by people with body issues, athletes and dancers. It is still considered to be one of the best cross training regimens of physical training.

    Anne gave three introductory Pilates classes for WICE in June of 2020 and she hopes to see some familiar faces again. She will explain and give a “follow-me class” at an accessible standard to all. It is recommended to turn on the ZOOM videos and time will be allotted for answering questions.

    All that is needed is the basic equipment of a yoga mat and an exercise band or, as substitutes, a towel laid on a carpet and stretchy tights if you do not yet have a band.


    About the Instructor: WICE member and Pilates teacher Anne Campbell- Crawford has been teaching Pilates in Paris for the last eleven years. After a lifetime in the world of Ballet and Modern Dance dancer/teacher/choreographer and later Artistic Director in Ireland, UK and the US. When arriving in Paris to live she trained as a Pilates Mat Instructor and hasn’t stopped teaching since. She hopes you will join her.

    • 28 Jan 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 01 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 10 sessions
    • Remote
    • 6
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    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class. This group may move back to face to face meetings in our classroom if the restrictions on group meetings are relaxed.

    Facilitators:  Linda Adenis-Lamarre and Nathalie Abdallah 

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 30 Jan 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Location TBC, details will be communicated 24 hours before the date.
    • 7
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    If you enjoy everyday life stories, people, portrait and urban still life, this workshop is for you. We are surrounded by beauty and stories at every instant ; you will learn how to capture these moments and transform them into poetic images.
    You will learn to be aware of your surroundings and keep a lookout for moments while walking on the street. You will train your eye and become familiar with your camera while learning about the photos of great masters, such as Robert Doisneau, Saul Leiter and Martin Parr. Become a master in StoryTelling !

    The class will start with a brief in a café, where we will have the photography lesson of the day. After the brief, we will go out to explore the area while we will practice though photography assignments, guided by the tutor. He will answer all your questions and will be available for your all the time.

    A final review of your images and suggestions will follow in a friendly feedback session where we will review and analize your images.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about composition and light in photography
    • Develop observational skills to catch a moment in a photograph
    • Get familiar with their camera
    • Learn storytelling in photography
    • Get hands-on experience through practical assignments
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work

    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels and all kind of digital cameras and smartphones.

    Location: Location will be communicated 24 hours before the date of the class.

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán is a professional fine art photographer and photography tutor based in Paris since 2007. He graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialized 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, reportage and fine art photography. He is also an experimented leader of photography adventure tours around the world. You can check out his Instagram account and blog website here.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 02 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote On-Line
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    The Representation of the Feminine Nude in Western Painting

    Through a selection of paintings covering famous works mostly exhibited in our museums, we will explore the representation of female nude in art, evolving from an ideal of beauty incarnated by mythological of historical themes to a more sensual or realistic approach in the 19th century.

    Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years: she guided walking tours in Paris districts, organized visits to museums, held on site lectures at WICE. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History. She communicates her passion for art and culture in a simple expressive way.

    Photo credit: Public Domain

    • 02 Feb 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
    • 45
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    Everglades National Park in the USA protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee,  American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.

    Join a National Park Service ranger for a presentation of the history of the park and an introduction to the wildlife. 

    The everglades have been deemed a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.  It is home to thirteen endangered and ten threatened species as well as being the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere and the largest designated wilderness in the eastern U.S. and the only subtropical preserve on the North American continent.

    Presented by the Everglades Education Team of Park Rangers

    https://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm 

    Photo Credit:  US Park Service

    • 04 Feb 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 18 Feb 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 3 sessions
    • Location TBC, details will be communicated 24 hours before the date.
    • 7
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    Would you like to master all the parameters of your camera so your creativity wont have limits? Get away from the simple choice of shooting in automatic mode by mastering when to use the manual settings.

    In this three sessions workshop, you will learn all the technique tricks that you need to finally get familiar with your camera while developing your visual creativity.
    Every session will be located in a different area inside Paris so we will explore some high lights of the city along with some “out of the path” places.


    Join one session or the 3-part series.


    Every class will start with a brief in a café, where we will have the photography lesson of the day. After the brief, we will go out to explore the area at the same time that we will practice though photography assignments.


    A final review of your images and suggestions will follow in a friendly feedback session where we will review and analyze your images.

    This in-depth course explores the manual mode factors of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. You'll analyze the interaction among them and learn when to apply the manual mode settings.

    Students can expect to:

    Learn about the manual mode settings and get familiar with their camera

    • Learn about exposure, ISO, aperture, shutter speeds, and how to tackle challenging light situations
    • Learn about composition, color and black and white techniques
    • Develop their visual creativity
    • Your tutor will guide you and will be with you to answer every technical question
    • Get hands-on experience though practical and creative assignments
    • Participate in a friendly feedback and review session of the pictures taken during the class.

    Location: Location will be communicated 24 hours before the date of the class.

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán is a professional fine art photographer and photography tutor based in Paris since 2007. He graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialized 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, reportage and fine art photography. He is also an experimented leader of photography adventure tours around the world. You can check out his Instagram account and blog website here.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 08 Feb 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 01 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 20
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    In this online course participants will learn how to dream big and create a new vision for their life. COVID-19 has changed our lives completely it is time to form a new way of living. In this course you will:

    • Learn how create a vision for your life in 4 easy steps. A tool you can use again and again.
    • You will learn how to create a vision for 7 areas of your life (before we can create anything we have to have a vision for it!). We will do this by exploring what you want to: be, do, have and feel
    • Visualization – Most people have to see it to believe it. That’s why learning how to visualize what you want is so important. You will learn how to train your brain to work for you.
    • Mindfulness Techniques - relaxation, meditation and writing to empower your vision
    • How to use your vision to create goals, achieve goals, and as a personal growth tool.
    • You will bring your vision to life with Art teacher Rebecca Deveany who will show you how to make a virtual vision board that you can use and see everyday to keep you motivated and focused.
    • And there will be many more cool secret for you…..


    These course methods will be taught through live classes where student and teacher can discuss and interact throughout. There will be four online classes combining presentations, discussions and video tutorials. In a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, participants will learn how to apply these methods to 7 areas of their life and review their progress in each class with feedback and reflection.

    Participates from this course will be invited to a 2.5 day workshop where they can continue their journey by delving deeper into the methodologies introduced in the online course. Incorporating an innovative combination of practical strategies and creative expression to help participants turn their vision into a reality.

    About the Instructor: Mundey Young is an American who has been living in France for 15 years. She is a Life & Expat Coach who helps people create the life they want no matter where thay are in world. Rebecca devaney is award winning art teacher from Ireland who came to France to study Haut Couture Embroderiy and recently launched Textile Tours of Paris.

    Photo Credit: Creating a Vision for Your Life

    • 09 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote On-Line
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    Women Artists in the 20th Century

    The contribution of women artists to art history in the 20th century is undeniable: for a long time, in the past centuries women were excluded from art schools and academies and were often marginalized. In the 20th century, famous names marked the history: Louis Bourgeois, Niki de Saint Phalle, Frida Kahlo, Charlotte Perriand and Cindy Sherman being some of the most prominent. We will explore their contribution to history while emphasizing their specificities.

    Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years: she guided walking tours in Paris districts, organized visits to museums, held on site lectures at WICE. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History. She communicates her passion for art and culture in a simple expressive way.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 12 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • REMOTE on-line via Zoom
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    12 FEB 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Damian Barr received a critics' ovation for his maiden novel, You Will Be Safe Here. Spanning South Africa's history from colonial brutality to post-apartheid turbulence, it is a tale of two mothers a century apart who are fighting for the fate of their sons. Each is unaware that their fates are intertwined -- a reminder of the legacy of crimes committed in the past.

    Damian Barr will be joining Bilingual Book Group by remote to talk about his work and the craft of fiction.

    ‘Lean, beautiful prose … It pulls you in, breaks your heart and then ultimately repairs it.’ Jojo Moyes, The Observer.

    ‘Where many novels run out of steam as they approach the end, You Will Be Safe Here grows more engaging with each chapter.’ The Irish Times.

    Registrations Open January 09 2020


    This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    Photo Credit:
    Public Domain

    • 02 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 13 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Paris 75017 - Artist Studio - Exact location will be communicated 24h before the event
    Register

    Would you like to develop a new project, but don’t know how? Or do you need feedback on something you’ve been working on?


    Explore new ideas to tell personal stories with your photographs and develop your own photographic voice through assignments personalized to your individual project. Through an analyze and critic on your images, you’ll learn how to create a personal work as well as the elements needed to tell strong and effective stories.


    This course is aimed at photo enthusiasts who want to develop their artistic sensitivity and find their voice in creative photography though the development of a personal project. During the workshop, you will study the photographic narrative, concept, style, themes, and purpose of your personal work. We will analyze your own images and we will also look at work by others photographers to gain insight into creative storytelling, including new trends in contemporary photography, without forgetting about the great photography masters. Another themes such as post-production and printing process will be also studied during the workshop. Be ready to develop your own photography personal project.


    Students can expect to:

    • Get the necessary tools to develop your personal project

    • Learn about post-production process and how to prepare the file for printing

    • Learn about printing and framing process

    • Visit to a professional photography laboratory and a photography exhibition

    • Get hands-on experience though practical and creative assignments • Your tutor will guide you and will be with you to answer every technical question

    • Participate in a friendly feedback and review sessions of your pictures


    Session 4 will be a review of projects.

    Location: Location will be communicated 24 hours before the date of the class.

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán is a professional fine art photographer and photography tutor based in Paris since 2007. He graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialized 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, reportage and fine art photography. He is also an experimented leader of photography adventure tours around the world. You can check out his Instagram account and blog website here.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 04 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • TBC 24h before the event (nearest metro: Chatelet)
    • 5
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    Night photography is a challenging adventure, and the rewards are astounding when you know some special techniques.
    This photography course will help you master low light and night photography. It also will teach you techniques of light painting, while exploring Paris by night.


    You will learn how to capture the magic of the night in the city, how to work under low light conditions, how to capture twilight moments and how to have fun with light painting!  The class will start with a brief in a café, where we will have the photography lesson of the night. After the brief, we will go out to explore the area while we will practice though photography assignments, guided by the tutor. He will answer all your questions and will be available for you all the time.

    A final review of your images and suggestions will follow in a friendly feedback session where we will review and analyse your images.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about composition and exposure
    • Learn about night photography techniques
    • Learn light-painting techniques
    • Get familiar with their camera
    • Get hands-on experience through practical assignments
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work

    Requirements:
    Suitable for all levels

    • Participants should bring a camera that can manually set ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.
    • Participants are encouraged to bring a tripod and any kind of pocket light (LED, etc) to use during light-painting exercises.

    Location: Location will be communicated 24 hours before the date of the class.

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán is a professional fine art photographer and photography tutor based in Paris since 2007. He graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialized 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, reportage and fine art photography. He is also an experimented leader of photography adventure tours around the world. You can check out his Instagram account and blog website here.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 12 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
    • 12

    Bilingual Book Group

    12 MAR 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests


    Registrations Open February 13 2020

    WM121 - Boquitas pintadas (Heartbreak Tango / Le plus beau tango du monde) by Manuel Puig  

    One of Manuel Puig’s most compelling novels, Boquitas Pintadas (Heartbreak Tango) plunges the reader into a world of intrigue, prejudice, betrayal and sexual jealousy.  Puig sets the tale in a small town on the pampas, providing him with a wonderful backdrop to explore social codes and play on the tensions between reality and appearances.

    Boquitas Pintadas has recently been reissued, giving a new generation the chance to enjoy the narrative skills and descriptive flair of this Argentine novelist and screenwriter. 

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    Puig's early passion for the movies is evident both in his narrative style, which relies heavily on dialogue, and in the lives of his characters, where the glamorous and idealized world of films serves as a counterpoint to their own disappointments.’ Paris Review.

     ‘A brilliant, forceful, melancholic arabesque of a novel, the tone reminiscent of Bertolucci's freer moments.’ Kirkus Reviews


    • 09 Apr 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 12

    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    09 APR 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Vladimir Nabokov's portrayal of love as outrage and obsession was one of the most controversial novels of the 20th century. The story of the ageing Humbert Humbert's all-devouring, doomed passion for 12-year-old Dolores Haze is simultaneously repulsive and compelling. Writers such as Martin Amis and Brian Boyd have positioned Nabokov as one of the greatest writers of the century. Reading Lolita has been described as a dive into some of the finest writing ever committed to a page.

    ‘Lolita is more the shocking because it is both intensely lyrical and wildly funny ... a Medusa's head with trick paper snakes.’ Time

    ‘Lolita est une œuvre à part, qui suscite le malaise autant que la fascination, qui dérange autant qu'il séduit.’ France Inter.

    Registrations Open March 13 2020

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 14 May 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 12

    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    14 MAY 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    • 11 Jun 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 12

    Friday, 11 June 2021

    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests


    Registrations open Saturday 15 May