French Intensive Classes

FRENCH INTENSIVE CLASSES

Brush-up courses: One-week course to review grammar and communication skills. Great for new students; essential for those wanting to reach the next level! Meets 2 hours a day for 5 days. Introduction to French: Learn the very basics of French in one week! Meets 2 hours daily for 5 days.

See our full list of intensive classes below




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A1 Beginner

French Phonetics & Pronunciation (5 wks) A1 / A2 - 9:30 - 11:30 am

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This class is for students who need to improve their pronunciation skills.  It is specifically designed for those at the A1 or A2 level (beginners or upper beginners) struggling with French pronunciation. Students will learn key characteristics of French phonetics, or French sounds. French pronunciation entails understanding a few basic concepts and mastering a few steps.

First, understanding how sounds are made French is of the essence.  Indeed, whereas in English consonants are emphasized, in French vowels are.  Therefore, the first step is to master making French vowel sounds—in particular the “e” [uh] and the “u” [ew].

Second, because syllables are the smallest sound units in words, understanding how to divide French words into syllables is crucial. Indeed, the way words are divided into syllables in French is different from the way syllables are separated in English. Consequently, in order to speak clearly, the second step is to master the rules of syllable division in French.

Last but not least, “liaisons” play a key role in French pronunciation. A liaison is a word ending with a consonant linked with another word starting with a vowel or a silent h, as in “vous avez” [voo zah vay] or “un homme” [uhn nuhm]. Thus, because ”liaisons” also carry meaning, understanding when and how to make “liaisons” is fundamental when speaking French.

In sum, this class teaches French pronunciation as well as the art of speaking French with greater self-confidence!


Pace: 2 hours over 5 weeks

French Phonetics & Pronunciation (6 wks) A1 / A2 - 9:30 - 11:30 am

Workshop

This class is for students who need to improve their pronunciation skills.  It is specifically designed for those at the A1 or A2 level (beginners or upper beginners) struggling with French pronunciation. Students will learn key characteristics of French phonetics, or French sounds. French pronunciation entails understanding a few basic concepts and mastering a few steps.

First, understanding how sounds are made French is of the essence.  Indeed, whereas in English consonants are emphasized, in French vowels are.  Therefore, the first step is to master making French vowel sounds—in particular the “e” [uh] and the “u” [ew].

Second, because syllables are the smallest sound units in words, understanding how to divide French words into syllables is crucial. Indeed, the way words are divided into syllables in French is different from the way syllables are separated in English. Consequently, in order to speak clearly, the second step is to master the rules of syllable division in French.

Last but not least, “liaisons” play a key role in French pronunciation. A liaison is a word ending with a consonant linked with another word starting with a vowel or a silent h, as in “vous avez” [voo zah vay] or “un homme” [uhn nuhm]. Thus, because ”liaisons” also carry meaning, understanding when and how to make “liaisons” is fundamental when speaking French.

In sum, this class teaches French pronunciation as well as the art of speaking French with greater self-confidence!


Pace: 2 hours over 6 weeks

French for Travelers (6wks) 6:00-8:00 pm

Workshop
This 6-week course is designed for complete or false beginners who are preparing to travel to a French-speaking country in the near future.  The focus of the course is on needed language tools to travel.  Students will be taught to introduce themselves, understand and ask for directions, order from a restaurant menu, purchase items, etc.

Required material: None!
Pace: 2 hours over 6 weeks
A2 Upper Beginner

French Phonetics & Pronunciation (5 wks) A1 / A2 - 9:30 - 11:30 am

Workshop

This class is for students who need to improve their pronunciation skills.  It is specifically designed for those at the A1 or A2 level (beginners or upper beginners) struggling with French pronunciation. Students will learn key characteristics of French phonetics, or French sounds. French pronunciation entails understanding a few basic concepts and mastering a few steps.

First, understanding how sounds are made French is of the essence.  Indeed, whereas in English consonants are emphasized, in French vowels are.  Therefore, the first step is to master making French vowel sounds—in particular the “e” [uh] and the “u” [ew].

Second, because syllables are the smallest sound units in words, understanding how to divide French words into syllables is crucial. Indeed, the way words are divided into syllables in French is different from the way syllables are separated in English. Consequently, in order to speak clearly, the second step is to master the rules of syllable division in French.

Last but not least, “liaisons” play a key role in French pronunciation. A liaison is a word ending with a consonant linked with another word starting with a vowel or a silent h, as in “vous avez” [voo zah vay] or “un homme” [uhn nuhm]. Thus, because ”liaisons” also carry meaning, understanding when and how to make “liaisons” is fundamental when speaking French.

In sum, this class teaches French pronunciation as well as the art of speaking French with greater self-confidence!


Pace: 2 hours over 5 weeks

French Phonetics & Pronunciation (6 wks) A1 / A2 - 9:30 - 11:30 am

Workshop

This class is for students who need to improve their pronunciation skills.  It is specifically designed for those at the A1 or A2 level (beginners or upper beginners) struggling with French pronunciation. Students will learn key characteristics of French phonetics, or French sounds. French pronunciation entails understanding a few basic concepts and mastering a few steps.

First, understanding how sounds are made French is of the essence.  Indeed, whereas in English consonants are emphasized, in French vowels are.  Therefore, the first step is to master making French vowel sounds—in particular the “e” [uh] and the “u” [ew].

Second, because syllables are the smallest sound units in words, understanding how to divide French words into syllables is crucial. Indeed, the way words are divided into syllables in French is different from the way syllables are separated in English. Consequently, in order to speak clearly, the second step is to master the rules of syllable division in French.

Last but not least, “liaisons” play a key role in French pronunciation. A liaison is a word ending with a consonant linked with another word starting with a vowel or a silent h, as in “vous avez” [voo zah vay] or “un homme” [uhn nuhm]. Thus, because ”liaisons” also carry meaning, understanding when and how to make “liaisons” is fundamental when speaking French.

In sum, this class teaches French pronunciation as well as the art of speaking French with greater self-confidence!


Pace: 2 hours over 6 weeks
B1 Intermediate

Conversation and Grammar B1 12:00-1:30 pm

Workshop

This class is designed for students who have completed the A2 series of classes or who have had at least 200 hours of course work in French.  Through conversation around daily life and travel topics, students will have the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned so far and to engage in discussions pertaining to culture and society. 

 At the same time, they will review grammatical rules pertaining to the B1 (Intermediate level) such as past tenses, the future, the conditional, the subjunctive, direct and indirect pronouns, relative pronouns.  

MEMBERSHIP: As a membership based non-profit organization, we require that all students be members of Alliance Française de Denver. Our memberships are valid for one year.

NEW STUDENTS: If you have taken French before, we suggest you take our free placement test to ensure you are starting at the right level.

Please note: There will be no class during the week of Thanksgiving. 


Pace: 1.5 hours over 8 weeks

Intermediate/Upper Intermediate B1/B2/C1 Grammar (6 wks) - 9:30-11:30 am

Workshop
This grammar course is designed for students at the B1/B2 level (previously 300). Students will improve their grammar while engaging in class discussions based on various cultural and thematic issues. No textbook needed for this class.

Pace: 2 hours over 6 weeks
B2 Upper Intermediate

Intermediate/Upper Intermediate B1/B2/C1 Grammar (6 wks) - 9:30-11:30 am

Workshop
This grammar course is designed for students at the B1/B2 level (previously 300). Students will improve their grammar while engaging in class discussions based on various cultural and thematic issues. No textbook needed for this class.

Pace: 2 hours over 6 weeks
C1 Advanced

Intermediate/Upper Intermediate B1/B2/C1 Grammar (6 wks) - 9:30-11:30 am

Workshop
This grammar course is designed for students at the B1/B2 level (previously 300). Students will improve their grammar while engaging in class discussions based on various cultural and thematic issues. No textbook needed for this class.

Pace: 2 hours over 6 weeks




2021

WINTER TERM

Intensives
1/11 - 1/15

Classes
1/11 - 4/3


2021

SPRING TERM

Intensives
4/5 - 4/9

Classes
4/5 - 6/28


2021

SUMMER TERM

Intensives
6/28 - 7/2

Classes
6/28 - 9/20


2021

FALL TERM

Intensives
9/20 - 9/24

Classes
9/20 - 12/11





FREE PLACEMENT TEST

If you have taken French before, we suggest you take our FREE placement test to ensure you start at the right level. You can take the test directly online.


ONLINE PLACEMENT TEST


After taking an online written test you will be prompted to schedule an oral test over the phone with our Education Coordinator.




BIENVENUE!

The Alliance Française de Denver offers classes in four convenient locations.

DENVER CLASSES

DENVER CLASSES

Alliance Française de Denver
571 Galapago Street
Denver, CO 80204 USA

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BOULDER CLASSES

BOULDER CLASSES

Galvanize Boulder
1023 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302

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EVERGREEN CLASSES

EVERGREEN CLASSES

Center for the Arts Evergreen
31880 Rocky Village Dr.
Evergreen, CO 80469

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CENTENNIAL CLASSES

CENTENNIAL CLASSES

Hamsher Wealth Management
6950 E Belleview Ave Suite 103
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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The evolution of the French language

The evolution of the French language

Have you ever asked yourself where modern French originates from? Non? Pas de problème! You can always use this extra knowledge at a party. 

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NEW SPRING TERM FRENCH WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS

NEW SPRING TERM FRENCH WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS

Learn about French phonetics, other French territories and more!

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Café Culturel - Le sens de la propreté à Versailles sous Louis XIV - 4/29/21 @ 6pm

Café Culturel - Le sens de la propreté à Versailles sous Louis XIV - 4/29/21 @ 6pm

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Café des Arts: Le Corbusier - April 22 @ 7pm

Café des Arts: Le Corbusier - April 22 @ 7pm

Le Corbusier is revered as one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. We will look at some of his buildings and see why he is so important, and also why some of his ideas are still controversial today.

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French for Travelers

French for Travelers

This 6-week course is designed for complete or false beginners who are preparing to travel to a French-speaking country in the near future.  

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Civilisation de la francophonie

Civilisation de la francophonie

This course is designed for students at the Intermediate level (those who have completed the A2 series of classes and those at the B1 level).  It presents facets of culture or civilization experienced in all parts of the world where French plays a major role. 

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Les Beaux Villages de France

Les Beaux Villages de France

France is home to picturesque villages and seaside communities dating back to medieval or Roman times.  In this course, we will delve into their unique stories, history, geographical locations and cultural heritage.  

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WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING

"I'd like to start this off by thanking you for teaching me so much French. You were a great teacher and you helped me learn so many new things. I'd also like to apologize for missing a lot of lessons, although I'm sure that I would've rather gone to them. Again, you are the best teacher I've ever had, and it's sad to say goodbye to you."
Lir M.
"Alliance Française de Denver created a wonderful virtual environment where I spent my Summer vacation; visiting the winemaking area of Bouzy; celebrating Bastille Day; learning how to cook with flowers; touring historic châteaux and beautiful villages; all in the safety and comfort of my home.

A real treat for any Francophone person; especially having a daily place for French chat to try out and maintain colloquial skills."
Stephen G.
"Anne is fantastic! The material is fast paced for this "old dog" to learn new tricks, but we could not go slower. It has been very helpful to prepare me for my trip to France."
Sue T.
"A great place to learn and practice French while getting acquainted with French culture and interesting people. I definitely recommend AFD and their events. Je parle français! Et vous?"
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