Our French classes are engaging, interactive, and designed and taught by gifted and experienced bilingual educators. We have classes for infants & toddlers all the way through adulthood. Our goal is to make language learning fun and meaningful and to instill a lifelong love and appreciation for the French language and culture. 

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Fall 2017

Classes for elementary school students


Préparation au DELF - Diplôme d'études en langue française

What is the DELF program? The DELF is an internationally recognized diploma awarded by the French ministry of education that certifies a student's French language proficiency. For Smith Street Workshop, the DELF provides a wonderful framework for our language classes - its benchmarks reflect excellent language instruction that encompasses speaking, listening, writing, reading as well as a basic understanding of French culture and history. In June, our students will have the option of registering at the Alliance Française for the DELF exam, which will provide them with a diploma that is valid for life, certifying their French proficiency at one of 6 different levels. 

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Le Petit Atelier (Pre K-2nd grade)
DELF A.1/A.2

Time: Tuesdays, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Dates: September 12 - December 12
French level: Beginner/Advanced Beginner
Instructor: Marina Babakoff
Price: $455

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In this class, students will playfully explore art using all kinds of techniques. Our instructors accommodate all levels of French language development, and have worked extensively with children enrolled in Dual Language Programs as well as beginners. Through working on art projects, students will learn and master new vocabulary associated with their discoveries and materials. The language objectives are closely aligned with the DELF A.1 and A.2 Primary levels.

Pick-Up from PS 58, PS 29, or BNS at dismissal time is available for an additional $10 per class!  To add this service, please select the after school pick-up option when registering.


La Fabrique d'art (3rd-5th grade)
DELF A.2

Time: Thursdays, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Dates: September 14 - December 14
French level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor: Marina Babakoff
Price: $420

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This course is great for students who are beginning to master French. We will be covering comprehension and expression, all through art activities. The class will be fun, engaging, interactive, light, but rigorous with underlying language objectives embedded into each activity.  While building French vocabulary in an immersive environment, students will work on art projects and learn about art history from prehistoric to modern times. During each session, students will study a well known masterpiece and its place in art history. Afterwards, they will create their own interpretation using the techniques and materials specific to the time period. 
The students will experiment through painting, printmaking, drawing, self portraits, collage and much more! This is a wonderful opportunity to boost the acquisition of the French language and actively discover different art media. The language objectives are most closely aligned with the DELF A.2 Primary level.

Pick-Up from PS 58, PS 29, or BNS at dismissal time is available for an additional $10 per class!  To add this service, please select the after school pick-up option when registering.


Music and Movement in French (Pre-K - 2nd grade)
DELF A.1/A.2

Time: Mondays, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Dates: September 11 - December 11
French level: Beginner/Advanced Beginner
Instructor: Clara Pedeches
Price: $455

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Music and movement opens the door to language learning. Through this course, students will experience the rhythm of the French language, perfect their accents, learn new vocabulary and sentence structures, and play with sounds unique to French. Each class will have a different language objective which students will explore through songs, story, and play. Ideal for all levels. 

Pick-Up from PS 58, PS 29, or BNS at dismissal time is available for an additional $10 per class!  To add this service, please select the after school pick-up option when registering.


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Intro to French composition (3rd-5th grade)
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DELF A2)
Time: Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Dates: September 13 - December 13
French Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor: Nathalie VanBraekel
Price: $420

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In this course, students will explore argumentative, fictional and informational writing through a 3 unit cycle. We will delve into current events to express our thoughts, opinions and personal ties regarding the subject matter at hand. The linguistic objectives follow the DELF A2 Primary level, placing significant emphasis on structure and the ability to navigate through informal, neutral and formal registers. Designed for students in grades 3rd-5th with a significant French background.


Advanced Beginner/Intermediate French : DELF Junior Prim A2 (3rd-5th grade)
Time: Thursdays, 4:30pm-5:30 pm
Dates: September 14th - December 14th
French level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor: Blake Ramsey
Price: $455

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This course is excellent for students who have already have a good deal of French instruction through classes or a dual language program. We will cover listening, speaking, reading and writing for a variety of purposes and begin to explore the French culture and what it is like to be a kid in France and other francophone countries today. In June, students have the option of registering for the DELF Junior A2 exam at the end of the school year. 


Beginners French:
DELF Prim A1.1 (2nd-5th grade) 

Time: Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Dates: September 15 - December 15
French level: Beginner
Instructor: Blake Ramsey
Price: $455 

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This course is great for students who are just beginning to learn French. Some may be students who have had some exposure to French in the past and are looking to advance their skills. Others may have had little French instruction in the past but are eager to learn. The class will be fun, engaging, interactive, light, but rigorous with underlying language objectives embedded into each activity. Students have the option of registering for the DELF PRIM A1 exam at the Alliance Française at the end of the school year.

*Pick-Up from PS 58, PS 29, or BNS at dismissal time is available for an additional $10 per class!  To add this service, please select the after school pick-up option when registering.