Winter 2018
Classes for middle school students

Last fall, we launched an exciting new French language program, the DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française), in response to the demand for more leveled French courses. Read more below!


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. 

For more detailed information, click here. 


Ici on parle français! (Advanced French Oral Expression)
DELF A2/B1
Time: Mondays, 4:30-5:30
Dates: January 8, 2018- March 26, 2018 (no class 01/15, 02/19)
Ages: 6th-8th grade
French level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Blake Ramsey
Price: $350

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This class is designed for middle schoolers with a considerable amount of French experience. In this course, students will acquire research skills to prepare debates, story telling and reports to work on oral expression.  Students will work on their "speaking muscles," the most important in terms of foreign and second language maintenance.  The linguistic objectives align with the DELF A2 Junior level.  Just as with the composition class, students will explore informal, neutral, and formal registers and the nuances between the written and spoken word. While this course is designed to complement the Thursday Advanced French Composition Course, and it is recommended to also enroll in both for best results, even joining one of the classes will lead to significant growth for the students. 


Atelier d'écriture créative (Advanced French composition - 6th-8th grade)
DELF A2/B1

Time: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm
Dates: January 10, 2018- March 28, 2018 (no class 02/21)
Ages: 6th-8th
French level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Nathalie VanBraekel
Price: $385

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In this course, students will explore creative writing in French through a 3 unit cycle. The linguistic objectives follow the DELF A2 Junior level, placing significant emphasis on structure and the ability to navigate through informal, neutral and formal registers. Designed for students in grades 6th -8th with a strong French background.


Club de Débat
DELF A2/B1

Time: Thursdays, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Dates: January 11, 2018- March 29, 2018 (no class 02/22)
Ages: 6th-8th grade
French Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Blake Ramsey
Price: $385

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This course is ideal for advanced and/or fluent French speakers growing up in Brooklyn. The objective for this course is to get kids excited about thinking, talking and writing persuasively in French. Using current events that are relevant to their lives as jumping-off points for class discussions and debates, students will not only learn to use more sophisticated sentence structures, advanced grammar and idiomatic expressions in lively debates, but they will also explore the importance of differentiating register (levels of formality) in the French language and culture. Above all, we hope to encourage student engagement with current events as well as consideration of the multiple perspectives of young people from around the world.