New Term September 2020 Important Information

Well these are difficult time for all of us. We are all trying to return to normality and/or find new ways of doing things. Here at the Alliance Française Kilkenny we want to continue our mission of bringing the French language and culture to you, but we are challenged by the physical restraints of running classes in the current COVID-19 situation. So for this term anyway we are taking our classes online and will be running them through the Zoom software.

So we will be offering all our usual classes from Beginners to Advanced linking from our teachers’ homes to yours via a video link. In some cases the classes have been allocated a different time slot to fit in with the teacher’s availability. It will mean that you will have to set aside a regular timeslot to join your class from your home via your computer, tablet or phone. You don’t need any hardware (unless your device does not have a camera) and you don’t need any software (you just join us and we send you the link) but it does work better if you have a good internet connection.

Try for free:

If you are concerned with either the technical or educational issues relating to online teaching you can try it out before you enrol on:

  • Wednesday 2nd September from 7-8 with Isabelle de Toulgoet  (Classes 3, 4, 6 and 7))
  • Thursday 3rd September from 7-8pm with Solenn Ryan. (Classes 1, 2, 5, and 8)

If you would like to avail of this testing and tasting then please contact us for a link and access code to these Zoom meetings.

Enrolment
In any case enrolment will be on Monday 7th September from 7-9 in the Club House Hotel (in person and socially distanced) or you can email info@afkilkenny.org and let us know which class you are joining (class number) and pay by Credit Transfer to our Bank Account (Alliance Française Kilkenny: BIC is IPBSIE2D and IBAN  IE91IPBS99063680018550  ( note the letter after IE91 is I).  Please include your name and class number to the transfer details.

Cost:

  • Classes for 14 weeks (no mid term break) €150
  • Discount for attending two classes or two from same family: 10%
  • If you were enrolled last term and lost out due to classes being suspended, your fee for this term is reduced to €100

Online French Culture

As our classes are currently suspended and our venue of the Club House Hotel closed we can only communicate online. Fortunately there are very many cultural options available for those interested in France.

Here are some of them from Cultural Section of the french Embassy. Feel free to try them out.

French Culture to Enjoy Online  April 2020
Films
MyFrenchFilmFestival.com STAY HOME edition
until 27 April 2020
MyFrenchFilmFestival is accompanying you in the weeks ahead and invites you to discover or again enjoy the best that French short films have to offer from the past 10 editions. The STAY HOME edition is a selection of more than 70 short films, subtitled in many languages, available throughout the world until April 27, 2020. We hope that these films will distract, entertain, and bring comfort in the weeks ahead. Take care of yourselves. And long live cinema!
 
www.myfrenchfilmfestival.com National initiative





Find out more Culture Online
Free Access to Culturethèque

Get your Free access to the digital library Culturethèque free of charge until May 30th! The revolutionary online platform developed by Institut Français is accessible 24/7, anywhere from any digital device, and offers over 150,000 online French titles including magazinesnewspapersbooksaudiobookscomics & graphic novelslearning modules and so much more!

The French Library team in the Alliance Française Dublin has curated special collections for you : “Stay At Home” Top Picks // New Novels // Crime Fiction // Children’s Corner with booksmagazines & recordings // Rentrée Littéraire et Prix 2019 // New Audio Books 2020 // Gastronomy Magazines and many other selections by theme, age, interests and level in the French Language!

Contact the AF Library to set up your free account!
Culturethèque is exclusive to the Alliance Française network in Ireland.Find out more

Culture Online
The French Ministry of Culture selection     #Culturecheznous
Music, films, museums visits, performances, visual arts, shows, video games, heritage, kids activities, dance, archives … Discover the exceptional free digital cultural offer offered by the French Ministry of Culture and its operators with dedicated sections for children,  parents and for all ages.
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Find out more Culture Online
The Alliance Française Dublin selection
Check out the Alliance Française Dublin selection of Free French Cultural activities online.Find out more Films
Watch Jean-Luc Godard’s live masterclass on Instagram
Iconic New Wave French film director Jean-Luc Godard shared his knowledge during a masterclass hosted live on Instagram by the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL), Switzerland.Watch the masterclassCulture online
 “Art, opera and French lessons” –  Lara Marlowe’s guide to Free Culture online

The Irish Times Paris Correspondent finds plenty to entertain you during the Covid-19 lockdown. Don’t miss Lara Marlowe’s guide to free culture online.
 
Find out more
Education

FRED: the platform for French teachers and learners
Do you teach French? Are you learning French? The FRED platform – www.franceducation.fr – offers you free access to a wide range of high-quality content: videos, texts, infographics, podcasts and more.

Find out more

Films
Experience French Films on Volta.ie

Vive La France!
Volta.ie is the first independent Irish video on demand platform that gives all cinema lovers the opportunity to watch the widest selection of Irish films, together with the best of International independent feature films and documentaries.
Take a look at its fine selection of films inspired by and made in France celebrating the creativity, elegance and diversity of French films online.
Find out more
Cultural Service
Embassy of France in Ireland
66 Fitzwilliam Lane
Dublin 2,
Ireland
Tel. 00353 (0)12775000
scac@ambafrance-ie.org
www.ambafrance-ie.org
 

Christmas Party 2019

The Alliance Française Kilkenny Christmas Party is taking place this year on Saturday 7 December in the elegant Georgian Dining Room of the Club House Hotel, Patrick St. Kilkenny.

It begins with some warming Punch in the bar at 7.30 pm and then we move upstairs to the Dining Room of the Club House Hotel for wonderful seasonal food, sparkling company, spot prizes and followed by our special brand of home-grown entertainment. All this for a mere €35 (including tips and sundries).

Places are limited so if you are interested in going email info@afkilkenny.org and give us your name and the number of places. You can pay on the night.

Beaujolais Nouveau arrives

On Thursday November 21 we will join the rest of Europe in opening the first bottles of the 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau. Just a few weeks ago they were grapes on the vine but now they are fermented and treated with loving care to form the (usually) delightful Beaujolais Nouveau wine. You can taste it along with some cheese and bread and enjoy a fascinating presentation on “The challenges facing wine producers” by Horticulturalist Tanguy De Toulgoet. Admission is €5 for members and our students and €10 for non members. It all starts at 8.00 pm on Thursday 21st November. Soyez la!

The Useless French Language and Why We Learn It

Well, we at the Alliance Francaise Kilkenny don’t share the idea that French Language is “useless” but this is a very interesting article in the LA Review of Books on learning French and the difficulties involved and the benefits to be gained. A somewhat wry view of the process (and a very American-centric one!) but interesting nonetheless. You can read it yourself at: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-useless-french-language-and-why-we-learn-it/#!