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French Affaires offers travel, culture, cuisine, and language events designed to enchant the most ardent Francophiles, the first-time-to-France traveler, and everyone in between. Check with us regularly on our class offerings--there is always something new to discover about France!

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Travel & Culture Language Classes
  • "French for Travelers: All You Need to Know About French Attitudes, Culture, Trip Logistics & Language" at SMU's Dallas Campus - March 2018
  • Language class info coming soon 
  • Private French classes & coaching for individuals & small groups upon request. Please email us at culture.france (at)frenchaffaires.com for more info.
  • ONLINE FRENCH COURSES - Let us know if you might be interested in French courses via the internet at culture.france (at) frenchaffaires.com .
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"French for Travelers: All You Need to Know About French Attitudes, Culture, Trip Logistics and Language" - March 2018

Come join us for this content-rich class on how to travel well in France!
If you're headed to France for the first time or even if you've been before, our "French for Travelers" course will help ensure you have a marvelous time - and also help avoid any unwelcome surprises or faux pas! Instructor Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz has been teaching this class at SMU for over 10 years and it's always a sell-out. In this special mini-intensive lecture series, Dr. Seitz will discuss French and American habits and attitudes, introduce essential language for a variety of situations (including restaurants - how to order, what to order, what NOT to order - rognons de veau, anyone??), highlight French customs and vocabulary for a variety of contexts (table manners, shopping, hotels, museums, how to ask for gift wrapping!), teach indispensable pronunciation tips, and provide a great list of French travel essentials. Real life stories and anecdotes about travel in France and interacting with the French make this a lively and fun class. You will also walk away with specific tips and strategies about traveling like a pro in France (by train, Metro, air) as well as the confidence to really enjoy your time there.
 
This course complements previous study of the language, though no prior knowledge of French is required. The class includes six hours of rich instruction plus comprehensive handouts so you will walk away with a great toolkit and guide to take on your next trip to France. Please note that the class is conducted primarily in English with LOTS of good practice in French. You can bring your France travel questions too! Advance registration is required through SMU's Continuing Studies Program(NB: This is the only time this course will be offered in 2018 - just in time for the spring, summer and fall travel season!)
Date:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (3 lecture series) - March 2018
Time:
7 to 9pm
Cost:
$TBD per person early registration. Advance sign-up required - please click here to register with SMU Continuing Studies.
Location:
SMU Main Campus in Dallas, Texas

French Language & Culture Classes

Our offerings get at the heart of communicating well in French - both in the language AND in the culture. Here's what some recent attendees had to say about their French Affaires' language class:
"Our group from your class just got back last night from our trip to Europe, most of which was in France. We had a ball and owe a lot of our success to your class. The French were great. They just light up when you greet them and bounce a 'Bonjour' back. It's really an ice breaker. And sure enough, we always had to ask for the check which you taught us...Thanks again for all the tips on visiting France. It really helped." Beth & Don M.
French Affaires' language and culture classes run for 4-week sessions to make them an easy fit into busy schedules and calendars. Upon class completion, we take a break and then start back up with another 4-week series. For details on the variety of courses offered, please see the class descriptions below.

"Beginning French Part 1"

Learn the basics of French in this beginning French series taught by French Affaires' founder Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz. We will have fun covering key French words and phrases, essential pronunciation, and beginning language structures while mastering real cultural situations. Our class size is small to ensure an optimum language learning experience. Come prepared to absorb, participate and learn the essential elements of the French language in a supportive environment. Please note that this course is designed for those who have had little to no French instruction prior to joining our group. Cost: The class fee is $95 per person and includes all language instruction, cultural lessons, special handouts, and personalized language coaching. Advance registration is required. Class text: TBA.

Date:
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Time:
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Cost:
$TBA per person - please click here to register.
Location:
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"Intro to French Conversation"

We'll take your French language skills to the next level in this class devoted to French conversation. With other France lovers, you will learn to converse in French in a structured and positive environment - with plenty of French language support and input provided. Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz will lead discussions on interesting French cultural topics so you'll get some French culture along with your conversation. Practice more extended communication in French while adding to your French vocabulary and strengthening your French grammar.
Our class size is small to ensure an optimum language learning experience. Come prepared to absorb, participate, converse and learn the essential elements of the French language in a supportive environment. Please note that this class is for those who have some French background already. Cost: The class fee is $95 per person and includes all language instruction, cultural lessons, special handouts, and personalized language coaching. Advance registration is required. Class text: TBA.
Date:
TBA
Time:
TBA
Cost:
$TBA per person - please click here to register.
Location:
TBA

French Cookbook Club 2017-18: "At the French Table"

 
For the seventh year in a row, French Affaires is offering a great twist on the classic book club idea with our 'French Cookbook Club.' Every quarter, we read and cook our way as a group through a specially chosen French-themed cookbook. We gather for a seated multi-course dinner to taste our recipes and enjoy an evening of wonderful French cuisine, wines and food conversation. It is a unique chance to get to know French cookbooks already in your culinary library or to add to your cookbook collection as the French Cookbook Club continues. And of course, it's a festive occasion to make friends with other gourmets interested in French cuisine and l'art de vivre.
 


Our 2017-18 French Cookbook Club theme is "At the French Table." Through our French dinners and cookbook presentation by our host Elizabeth New Seitz, we'll enjoy the rich pleasures of the French table. And, as extra special treat, our final cookbook club session will be an amazing culinary stay in France designed especially for French Cookbook Club participants. Come join us as we explore the best of French culinary traditions and get a feel for what makes French cooking so special!

For the further details, please email us at: culture.france (at) frenchaffaires.com . Bon appetit!

Dates:

Session 1 - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - FULL: Waitlist available

Session 2 - Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (possible second date pending)

Session 3 - Culinary stay in France in May, 2018

Time:
6:30 to 9pm (Sessions 1 and 2)
Booking:
$45 per session plus your recipe (sessions 1 and 2)
Location:
Central Dallas location (sessions 1 and 2)

 

 




   
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