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ABOUT OUR LANGUAGE COURSES

WICE offers French and English language classes plus French and English guided discussions groups, film, and conversation courses. Language courses are offered from September through June, except during Christmas holidays and official public holidays.

2021 Fall Trimester courses will be held on-line via Zoom. Timing for the return to the classroom will be determined in accordance with government guidelines.

Core Classes (French 1-2-3-4 and English 2 and 3) have a maximum of 10 students. All other courses are limited to 8 students.

To ensure the safety of our members, we will require everyone to wear a mask while entering the WICE office for any reason and provide a valid pass sanitaire.

PRE-EVALUATION

Before enrolling for a language-learning course for the first time, please complete our online Placement Evaluation. It will collect your responses and display your final score sending a notice to Languages Dept. This evaluation will help you to choose the right course level. Should you have questions thereafter, or are unsure which course to take, please email us at languages@wice-paris.org.

English Placement Test

French Placement Test

  • Level 1: No or few notions of the language. A1
  • Level 2: Elementary knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, capable of making simple sentences with errors, hesitation and limited vocabulary. A2
  • Level 3: Capable of having a conversation on familiar topics and routine situations, with some errors. Ability to deal with simple, straightforward information. B1
  • Level 4: Capable of having a near fluent conversation on a wide range of topics. Strong vocabulary with few mistakes. B2-C1

UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 03 Jan 2022
    • 24 Mar 2022
    • 24 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 1
    Register

    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.

    • 04 Jan 2022
    • 24 Mar 2022
    • 24 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 6
    Register

    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.

    • 05 Jan 2022
    • 23 Mar 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    For this advanced French course, you will watch a film at home (available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Canal Plus, Orange, YouTube and other platforms) before a lively and engaging discussion in class. Each week a new film provides a basis for an immersive lesson with authentic spoken language and cultural reference points.

    Watching films is entertaining and enjoyable which breaks psychological barriers that can arise in traditional language learning. Movie dialogue exposes you to a rich range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions anchored in a meaningful context, which aids understanding and retention. If you love movies, there’s no more enjoyable way to increase vocabulary, improve conversational skills, and deepen your understanding of French culture. You can expect to view a wide range of films from the classic to the contemporary in many different genres. 

    This course will be online. 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 three years.

    Photo credit: Pubic Domain

    This trimester, students will be watching...

    1.Jusqu’à la garde (2018). Thriller, drame. Un film de Xavier Legrand, avec Léa Drucker, Deznis Ménochet, Thomas Gloria.

    2. Lacombe Lucien (1974). Drame, romance, guerre. Un film de Louis Malle, avec Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Löwenadler.

    3. Tu seras mon fils (2011). Drame. Un film de Gilles Legrand, avec Niels ArestrupLorànt DeutschPatrick Chesnais.

    4. Les choses de la vie (1970). Drame. Un film de Claude Sautet, avec Michel PicoliRomy Schneider, Léa Massari.

    5. Edmond (2019) Comédie historique. Un film d’Alexis Michalik, avec Thomas Solivérès, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner.

    6. Vivement dimanche (1983). Policier. Un film de François Truffaut, avec Fanny Ardant, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Pierre Kalfon.

    7. Varda par Agnès (2019). Un document-film. d’Agnès Varda, avec Agnès Varda.

    8. Casque d’Or (1952). Comédie dramatique; Un film de Jacques Becker, avec Simone SignoretSerge Reggiani.

    9. Que la fête commence (1975). Historique. Un film de Bertrand Tavernier, avec Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre-Marielle.

    10. De battre mon coeur s’est arrêté (2005). Drame. Un film de Jacques Audiard, avec Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup, Emmanuelle Devos.

    11. La grande illusion (1937). Drame, guerre. Un film de Jean Renoir (le fils du peintre), avec Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Erich Von Stroheim.

    12. Le goût des autres (2000). Comédie dramatique, romance. Un film de et avec Agnès JaouiJean-Pierre Bacri, Gérard Lanvin, Alain Chabat.

    13. Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004). Drame, guerre, romance. Un film de Jean-Pierre Jeunet, avec Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Dominique Pinon.

    • 06 Jan 2022
    • 24 Mar 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 6
    Register

    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.

    * The first class will meet on Zoom when the group will decide to continue on Zoom, in person, or a combination of both. Details on joining the course on 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: The group will be led by several native English speakers of varying interests and backgrounds.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 07 Jan 2022
    • 25 Mar 2022
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 3
    Register

    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 will be held in French, and is geared for learners with prior advanced-intermediate French.

    Due to popular demand, this course will be offered in two seperate  sessions, once a week, for 90 minutes. Please select your preferred time during registration.

    This course is online only. 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.

    Still accepting enrollments for section B (11am-12:30). Section A is full.

    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.

    • 07 Jan 2022
    • 25 Mar 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote Online via Zoom
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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. This course will be online. 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

    • 08 Mar 2022
    • 22 Mar 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom) Sessions 1 and 2, In-person (Visit of exhibition) for Session 3
    Register

    Explore the world of New Media Arts, its diverse categories, its digital and analogue aesthetics, and the theory that informs its practitioners. Interactive everyday objects, artworks you can view only through your browser, a photograph as a memory or reenacted moment, or 130 lines of code. What is New Media Art?

    In "An Introduction to New Media Art," we'll examine the precursors and their contemporary peers that have helped shape the definition of new media. We'll also develop a vocabulary by discussing the mediums, tools, and technologies explored by New Media artists. These explorations will be conducted through case studies, examples, and a gallery visit. 

    Session 1, March 8

    This session will include an exploration of the history of technology in art from the camera obscura to the home computer, a look at the old guard, the 70s, and the emergence of new media arts as an art form and more.

    Session 2, March 15

    Included is a deeper dive into the history of media arts, a discovery of the mediums, programs and computer languages a media artist might utilize. We will also explore through case studies a selection of contemporary media artists including their most seminal works and finish with a discussion about NFT's.

    Session 3, March 22

    The series concludes with a visit to the group exhibition "Decision Making - The Decisive Instant" at the Centre Culturel Canadien and Némo Biennial, curated by Alian Thibault, Catherine Bédard and Dominique Moulon (one of the leading media art theorists). Participants will visit the exhibit with their new understanding of what New Media Arts is all about.

    About the instructor: NAOMI COOK lives and works in-between Montréal and Paris, studied art and philosophy at Concordia university, Montréal and received a Master 2 / Diplôme des Beaux-Arts de l’ESADHaR, Le Havre, France. Her work consists of research into large data sets as a way of creating visual representations that reveal embed patterns and poetry. She was recently interviewed by Magdalena Zborowski for the first issue of Has Magazine “Big data and singularities.” Her first book — Asterisms, was published by Anteism Books in 2021. 

    Photo credit: Nam June Paik “Budhha TV”

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