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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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!
Culture Online The French Ministry of Culture selection #CulturecheznousMusic, 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. Find out more French Associations
Find out more Culture Online The Alliance Française Dublin selectionCheck out the Alliance Française Dublin selection of Free French Cultural activities online.Find out more Films Watch Jean-Luc Godard’s live masterclass on InstagramIconic 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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com and give us your name and the number of places. You can pay on the night.
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!
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/#!