WINTER SESSION (Jan. 7 – Mar. 31, 2019) & SPRING SESSION (April 8 – June 30, 2019)
The Winter session will end on March 31. Enrollment is now open for the 2019 Aux Petits Soins™ Spring session, which will run April 8 through June 30. There will be two-6 week mini-sessions: April 8 – May 19 and May 20 – June 30. You can choose to enroll for one or both sessions. Enrollment for the 12-week session is now open. Please note that there will be a limited number of spots available for the mini-sessions from April 1st, 2019.
The Aux Petits Soins Ensemble™ Program is a combination of French language immersion classes and social activities designed for adults who want to 1.) learn French for the first time, 2.) improve their existing French grammar, phonetic and conversation skills, or 3.) polish their overall mastery of the French language and dig deeper into French culture.
The Aux Petits Soins™ Adult Program is an à la carte system consisting of two main aspects:
- Classroom time with a choice of either individual or group classes;
- A series of social events, ranging from free meet-ups in local restaurants to specialty seminars (e.g., cooking classes, film viewings, etc.) that will provide conversation opportunities with students from different levels and local native French speakers.
To facilitate Aux Petits Soins™ French language immersion programs, Gaëlle Cassin-Ross developed a three-step language immersion system she calls Listen. Absorb. Speak.™ This system was designed to enable adults from any linguistic background to learn French by following the natural order of native language learning.
All individual and group classes are conducted entirely in French, and have been designed so that even someone new to foreign language education will be able to pick up words and concepts quickly. The instructor matches students with the program that will be most effective for them, and will suggest moves between levels depending on their aptitude.
Classes are split into three skill levels based on parameters established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): Level A students have little or no prior knowledge of the language; Level B students have a basic knowledge of the language are are able to have simple conversations; and Level C students are proficient speakers.
Option 1: Conversational classes, ideal for adults who already have a basic familiarity with French (Level B and Level C students). The instructor engages in a weekly, hour-long conversation with the student, with subjects ranging from simple concepts to nuanced discussions. The instructor will point out the most common mistakes and work with the student to correct them. Price: $32/hour.
Option 2: Personalized lessons to fit specific phonetic, vocabulary, grammar and writing needs, regardless of CEFR level. These classes are ideal for students who are looking to rapidly prepare for an upcoming trip or test. These classes are available for all levels. Price: $48/hour.
Each group class (maximum four students) starts with an informal conversation followed by vocabulary, grammar, or phonetics lessons. Classes are held on 6-week cycles, after which a student may opt to move up to the next level or stay in the same level, depending on their comfort. These classes are available for all levels. Price: $150 per 6-week session.
The Social Event aspect of the Aux Petits Soins™ Adult Program allows students to gain a working knowledge of the French language in the public sphere. Aux Petits Soins™ is only one small part of mid-Michigan’s growing community of French speakers and French culture enthusiasts. We know that classroom learning can only get a student so far before it’s time to utilize those language skills with others.
These events were designed to be accessible to a variety of work schedules, with a combination of morning coffee klatches, luncheons, after-work happy hour meet-ups, and evening dinner party events. For the most part, these events will be free to attend, although some of the events, such as the cooking classes, will be led by an outside specialist and may have costs associated with them.
Our goal is to connect students of the Aux Petits Soins™ Adult Program with these groups in order to foster the growth of French appreciation in mid-Michigan, and build relationships that can carry over into business, education, art, and leisure activities.
At Aux Petits Soins™, our philosophy is that learning a language is like a passport to another culture. After you have the basics, there’s no limit to how far you can go.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.