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    Foreign Language Learning Strategies

    Friday 24th May 2019 — 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Ever wondered how to improve your foreign language learning? Finding it hard to remember genders? Grammar rules? Shy about speaking?

    Professor WEBEL draws from over 20 years of teaching experience to present efficient foreign language learning strategies. She will discuss techniques for all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and different type of learners.

    About the speaker:

    Born and raised in France, Alissa Webel received her diploma in Political Sciences at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Toulouse, France) and her Master in Science of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She joined the French Department in September 1995 with a particular focus on the intensive track language teaching as well as preparing students to direct matriculate in francophone programs abroad. From 2010 to 2016, she served as the director of the Theta Xi chapter of Pi Delta Phi French Honor society. Aside from teaching, she contributed to the National Capital Language Resource Center’s research on learning strategies used by elementary students of immersion programs from 1996 to 2002. She is also a free-lance private teacher as well as a free-lance translator. She has served for several years as the Program Chair and Membership Co-chair of the National Capital Chapter of the American Translators’ Association. She's a recipient of the Georgetown College Deans's Excellence in Teaching Award of 2015. Professor Webel After made a very successful first presentation at the AFDC on January 2017.

    AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $10 + Processing Fees

    General Admission: $15 + Processing Fees

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    VIE DE DAVID HOCKNEY: rencontre/signature avec Catherine Cusset

    Monday 3rd June 2019 — 7:00pm to 9:30pm

    Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter à rencontrer Catherine Cusset, auteure française, lauréate du Grand Prix des lectrices d'Elle pour Le Problème avec Jane (2000) et du Prix Goncourt des lycéens pour un Un brillant avenir (2008). Catherine Cusset parlera de son dernier ouvrage Vie de David Hockney (Life of David Hockneypublié en 2017. 


    Né en 1937 dans une petite ville du nord de l’Angleterre, David Hockney a dû se battre pour devenir un artiste. Il a vécu entre Londres et Los Angeles, traversé les années SIDA et secoué le monde de l’art avec une vitalité et une liberté que n'ont entamée ni les chagrins amoureux, ni la maladie, ni les conflits, ni le deuil. Sous la plume incisive de Catherine Cusset, ce livre à mi-chemin du roman et de la biographie dresse un portrait intime, émouvant, habité, du peintre anglais vivant le plus connu.


    Catherine Cusset est née à Paris en 1963. Diplômée de l'École Normale Supérieure de Paris et agrégée de lettres classiques, elle a enseigné la littérature française du XVIIIe siècle à Yale de 1991 à 2002. Elle est l'auteure de treize romans, dont The Story of Jane. et L'autre qu'on adorait (sélectionnée pour le Prix Goncourt 2016), et a été traduite en dix-sept langues. Catherine Cusset vit à Manhattan avec son mari et sa fille américains.

    L'événement sera en français sans traduction. Traditionnel vin et fromages après l'événement.

    AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $10 + Processing Fees 

    General Admission: $15 + Processing Fees.

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  • Day Camp on May 28 with Julia

    May 28: day camp ballet with julia

    • Start: 8:30am, End: 3:30pm
    • Day Camps are in French, but are open to children at every level of French language learning. 
    • Open to kids & teens ages 5-11
    • Aftercare available for $25 from 3:30pm-5:30pm
    • Click here to register!
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    Placement Test Information

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  • Immersion days

    Early Spring Immersion Days


    Come join us for our next French Immersion Days.

    Discussions in French will continue over a French style lunch will be served.

    Three different levels, with three different topics will be offered on June 21 & June 29: 

    Date: Topics and levels:
    Fri, June 21 

    French Culture through its Gastronomy (Level 100+)

    French through Music and Songs (Level 200+/300+)

    L'histoire de la Mode et des Grands couturiers (Level 400+/500+)

    Sat, June 29

    French Culture through its Gastronomy (Level 100+)

    French through Music and Songs (Level 200+/300+)

    L'histoire de la Mode et des Grands couturiers (Level 400+/500+)

    A bientôt!

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    Private Classes

    The Alliance Française de Washington provides customized private one-on-one and semi-private instruction on-site and off-site, as well as Skype lessons with fully qualified French teachers. Start at any time and benefit from flexible scheduling and personalized instruction.

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