Specialty  Classes


Specialty Classes are thematic classes enrolled and priced in 2 or 4-week programs for a total of 4 hours.  Some take place once a week for 4 weeks, some twice a week for 2 weeks, and some once a week for 2 hours over 2 weeks.

Tuition fees:  $80 

There are no textbooks for Specialty Classes.

How do I sign up?

Check the schedule below for the upcoming Specialty classes and click on Class Registration and Membership to sign up.  You will be able to pay online using Paypal or a credit/debit card. 

Alternatively, you can mail your registration form and check to:                       

Alliance Française

5510 Munford Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612

Please note: current membership is required from all students. 

Questions? Contact Us

Fall Schedule

Classes suitable for Beginners are taught primarily in English. 

Classes at B1 level and above are taught entirely in French.

If you are unsure of your level, please take the free Placement Test.

In the early stages of French conversation, phonetics are possibly the most important element to learn. Learning  to differentiate and pronounce the most common sounds of the language will do wonders for your oral skills, and your self-confidence!

Levels A1/A2 - Beginner/Elementary

Class Code: Language

Mon/5-6pm    /   Sep. 13, 20, 27 & Oct. 4

Teacher: Priya Joawn

Why is Claude Monet considered the greatest impressionist of all times?  In this course we’ll explore how Monet became the founding father of the Impressionist Movement and how his work influenced artists of his generation.  The class is taught in French.

Level B1 Minimum

Class Code: Art

Thu  5-6pm   /   Sep 2, 9, 16, 23

Teacher: Catherine Prié-Leray

Whether you're just beginning to learn French or picking it up again after a long absence, this course provides you with basic elements of vocabulary, grammar and phonetics you would need to survive in a French-speaking environment.

Level A1

Class Code: Language

Thu  5-6pm   /   Oct 7, 14, 21, 28

Teacher: Catherine prié-Leray

This class is part 2 of a course about the work and influence of Marcel Proust, 20th century author of À la Recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time.) Students will be introduced to Proust's life, the overall themes of the Recherche, and the immense influence this work has had.  Students will closely examine the first chapter of "Le temps retrouvé."  The class is taught in French.

Levels B1 minimum

Class Code: Literature

Wed  5-6pm   /   Oct 6, 13, 20, 27

Teacher: Sophie Rollins

In this introductory class we will explore France’s colonial history and how French became an official language in territories outside of Europe.  We will also examine the purpose and the role of La Francophonie organization in today’s world.

Levels B1 minimum

Class Code: Histoire

Mon 5-7pm   /   Oct 11 & 18

Teacher: Jean-Marc Humbert

In this class, we will look at French values and how they have shaped the way France is governed today.  We’ll compare the French and American Constitutions and political systems.

Levels B1 minimum

Class Code: Histoire

Mon 5-7pm   /   Nov 8 & 15

Teacher: Jean-Marc Humbert