What we call “online classes” at the Alliance Française de Pasadena

Due to Covid-19, since March 16th, 2020, all the teachers of the Alliance Française de Pasadena transitioned from face-to-face classes to video-conference classes for individuals and groups.

We have been teaching some students online for years. Some people may have a negative preconception of this concept but what we offer at the Alliance Française de Pasadena can convince even the most reluctant people. Let’s discover our version of teaching online! You will see that learning by videoconference can offer great advantages.

  1. Save time and study from where you wish

To learn French by videoconference, you don’t need to drive and waste your time on the roads. You can connect easily on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop from wherever you feel comfortable.

In the morning, you don’t need to get ready. You can spend more time in bed and connect wearing your pajamas drinking a cup of coffee. And, if you’re not in town, you won’t miss a class.

  • A teacher guides you as if you were in a classroom

Our teachers who are real experts of the French language and culture will be with you during the whole class interacting with each student just like in person. You will be able to see each other and interact in French as if you were in communication with a friend in Paris!

All the resources used for your class can be shared and the teacher and you have the possibility to write in the chat, which has the role of a white board.

You can listen to audio resources, watch videos, observe images, take quizzes and do all types of exercises from your book or interactive ones from specialized websites and much more…

  • Apolearn: the learning platform of the Alliance Française network

The Alliance Française de Pasadena uses Apolearn for group classes. It gathers in one place all the elements of your classes: resources, notes, comments, events, a chat and a group page where you can continue to communicate in French with your classmates even after the class by posting comments, links, photos… like on a social media. The advantage is that the platform is entirely reserved for your group.

  • Practice all the competences

During the video-conference, you can practice the 4 competences like during a face-to-face class.

  • Listening comprehension
  • Writing comprehension
  • Oral production
  • Written production

Your teacher is still able to concentrate on your strengths and weaknesses and adapt to your needs because our group classes are small.

  • Develop your social life during the Covid-19 crisis

If you’re not familiar with Skype or Zoom in your professional or private life, you will see that these communication tools are excellent today. You can have fun conversations seeing your classmates, you can reinforce relationships, and now that it’s difficult to go to a pub or a restaurant, you can have a social life and see people by joining your online class.

Having French classes online allows you to continue your learning of the French language and culture and have a social life despite the virus.

Please, contact us by e-mail if you have questions: afdepasadena@gmail.com

Article written by Emma Franks

Leave a Reply