Dear Alliance Française Member, As our communities begin to re-open, it seems that the end of the Groundhog Days is getting closer, and, together with it, the return to some kind of normalcy in our lives. There is even a shimmering hope, in our wildest dreams, of seeing toilet paper back on store shelves in some of the galactic quadrants some time soon. How is the Alliance planning to navigate the gray lines of "déconfinement", might you ask? Well, we surveyed our students first, and the feedback is a 50% split between those who can't wait to get back together on-site, and those who are comfortable Zooming from home for another term. With this in mind, we'll cautiously examine how to move some of our French classes back to the classroom in July or August, if enough students wish to do so, while keeping online options available. Classes that return to our facility will be held in the large classroom, and desks positioned at least 6 feet apart. The students in the Conversation class will lead the way as they have unanimously decided to meet in person as early as this month. We will also resume TCF exam sessions in July, following the guidelines defined by the CIEP - the Certification Headquarters in Paris. Social and cultural events will stay online for the most part, unless there is a strong, collective urge for a specific event to be held outdoors, where safety measures can be practiced effortlessly - Fête de la Musique, maybe? Here are the details of our June program:
Our new online Specialty Class this month is The History of Classical Music in France taught in French by opera singer Lily Smith. The course will introduce students to famous French composers, popular concert halls in France, and the most must-know compositions of the classical French repertoire. Sing up here. Thursdays 10:30am-12pm - June 11, 18, 25 Registration for Summer Group Classes is now open. The summer program is split into two 5-week programs so that students who take time off in summer only skip 1 month - and don't forget their French in the process. The July program starts on June/29, and the August program starts on 8/03. More details on classes here. EVENTS Observations Croisées Monday 1st June, 1-1:30pm, Hélène Crié-Wiesner will host her last conversation before taking a summer break. This week's topic is: L'environnement: les français et les américains appréhendent-ils les questions environnementales de la même façon? You guessed it: in French. Sign up here to receive a Zoom invitation. Zoom Café Tuesday 2nd June, 10:30-11:30am. Our monthly opportunity to catch up with each other in French. The beauty of the Zoom café is that you can join us from your patio, the mountains or the beach! All levels welcome. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link. Dress to Impress Cathy Monnet's bilingual cooking series will continue with a new recipe delivered to your mailbox every Wednesday throughout the month. If you have any particular request or question, feel free to contact Cathy directly. All Things French Friday 5 June, 12-12:30. The last of Pamela Druckerman's series will feature Artists and intellectuals in Nazi-occupied Paris with Alan Riding, best-selling author of And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-occupied Paris. How did Paris' great writers, painters, musicians and actors respond to the long German occupation? In English. For AF members only. Sign up here to receive the Zoom Link. Apéro Antivirus
Friday 12 June, 5:30-6:30pm. Welcome to our Happy Hour in French! Bring your smile, funny anecdotes and good vibes! Sign up here to receive a Zoom invitation. Club de Lecture On Tuesday 16 June, 10-11am. This month's selection is "Le chien jaune", one of Georges Simenon's 84 mystery novels featuring the imperturbable, pipe-smoking Parisian police inspector Commissaire Maigret . Simenon was among the most widely published author of the 20th century with a literary output of about 425 books that were translated into some 50 languages and sold more than 600 million copies worldwide, For members only. Sign up here to receive a Zoom invitation.
Fête de la Musique
Sunday 21 June. Launched in 1982 in France, Music Day is now held on the summer solstice every year in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Unlike a typical music festival, anyone is invited to join and play music, on street corners and parks, store fronts and rooftops. Barring any change in public health recommendations, we're hoping to celebrate the Fête de la Musique in the Alliance's backyard and take that opportunity to cheer for our winners to the Haiku Contest! More about the latter in our next email.
If you're among the many people who had to cancel their travel plans this spring, you might enjoy following the adventures of Monique, the chicken that has been sailing around the world for the past 4 years with her companion Guirec Soudée. Monique provides eggs along the journey, meaning she is not just dead weight out there on the water. And, more than any other chicken in the world, she knows about social distancing. In fact it is her Art de Vivre.
The Alliance Team. Happy June to All!