Whenever I'm asked, "Parlez-vous Français?" I'm forced to answer, "Non, mais j'aimerais bien!" If you're the same (that would be if you're like me and have no idea what I just wrote), you should get yourself down to Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End and join the French Summer Workshops and Courses starting on Monday, 11 and running through until Friday, 22 January, 2016.
If, like me, you have no French at all then you should take the opportunity to join one of the Intensive Beginner Courses. Elementary 1, where no understanding of French is required, and Elementary 2, where you will need a basic understanding of French, will teach you the French you need to get started. These motivating courses will give you the foundation needed to build on as you progress in your studies.
These courses provide a very interesting learning experience and leave you with the knowledge to use French in many situations. For example, on completing Elementary 1 you will be able to greet, introduce and meet someone, ask simple questions, pronounce written French and even conjugate basic verbs (I can't even do that in English).
Elementary 1 will be held between 5.30pm and 8.00pm each weekday from Monday, 11 January, 2016 to Friday, 22 January 2016 at the Alliance Francaise premises, 262 Montague Road, West End. The course provides you with 25 hours of intensive tuition over the 10 days all for a fee of $475.
Completing Elementary 2 takes you to the next level and enables you to ask for directions, show enthusiasm and annoyance and then to rectify your mistake and apologise – that will come in very handy for people like me.
Elementary 2 is to be held between 9.30am and 12.00midday each weekday from Monday, 11 January, 2016 to Friday, 15 January 2016 at the Alliance Francaise premises, 262 Montague Road, West End in Room 2 (Delphine YAHIA) and from Monday, 18 January to Friday 22 January, 2016 in Room 8 (Benoit ORY). The course includes a total of 25 hours intensive tuition over the 10 days and involves a fee of $475.
For those of you who already have a smattering of French and want to have some fun while you freshen up before you get back into serious study then try one of these courses.
To find out more about both these Elementary courses and ensure your place, click here.
Speaking and Fun Revisions for A1 and A2 This course is all about revising what you already know and having a load of fun at the same time. You must have some basic French for the workshop or you'll, 'ne rien comprendre'.
The Speaking and Fun Revisions for A1 and A2 workshop is held over two days on Tuesday, 19 and Thursday, 21 January from 5.30pm until 8.00pm. Cost for the course is $115.
For more information and to book your seat for the A1 workshop click here and for the A2 workshop click here.
Speaking and Fun Revisions for B1 This course is going to give all of you out there who can hold your own in a French conversation a fun time and a great way to revise and improve what you already know. You must have a good understanding of French for this workshop.
The Speaking and Fun Revisions for B1 workshop is held over two days on Monday 18 and Wednesday 20 from 5.30pm until 8.00pm. Cost for the course is $115.
'Galette des rois'. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
If you would prefer to spend your time socialising with a helping of traditional French Galette des Rois and sipping some wonderful French bubbly then this is the workshop you just must attend.
The Galette des Rois, or King's Cake, is a lovely French tradition organised to celebrate the Epiphany. It is an enjoyable, light dessert made with buttery puff pastry with an almond paste filling and a trinket. Everyone selects one piece and the person who discovers the trinket is made the king or queen for the day and wears the crown.
This workshop is suitable for all levels of French comprehension and is being held on Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 from 10.00am until 12.00 midday. Cost for the two hour workshop, Galette des Rois and bubbly is just $50.
French History in French
For all you with a good grasp of French, that is, those of you who have high B1, B2 and C1 levels, will enjoy this opportunity to learn what French students learn about their history and you will have the opportunity to challenge them at their beloved culture generale.
The French History in French workshop is being conducted on Monday 18 and Wednesday 20 from 5.30pm until 8.00pm. Cost for the workshop is $115.
Alliance Française de Brisbane is part of a worldwide network presenting the best of French culture through the provision of French language courses, film screenings, library collections, kids activities, talks and tastings.
For more information on the Alliance Francaise's French Summer Workshops and Courses and all their other great activities check out their web site and Facebook pages. Alternatively you can call on 3844 4460 or email at email@example.com