September 2020 #169

C’est la rentrée! Back to school time…Well, to virtual classes, and not to our Kildare street classrooms, as we have made the decision to offer no group classes on site for the Autumn session.
414 of you responded to our early to mid August survey, with a clear majority expressing preference for online classes and more than two thirds considering that there would be no major change to the sanitary situation before April 2021.
It will be French online at Alliance Française then, with our Open Day held online too, on September 12th. Do not miss it! The whole team will be “here”, to walk you through what we have on offer, and with the possibility to attend taster classes, just as if you were “here”.
If you have been an on site student but are uncomfortable with the idea of online, especially on account of the technology, now is the moment to try out! And remember, our over-the-phone assistance has worked wonders in the previous months…
Please note that our premises will open again on September 1: the Reception and The French Library will be accessible, and private classes will be available on site.
We will be very happy to have you back, albeit in the respect of the strict COVID19 protocole we have devised for both staff and visitors. Don't forget to avail of the Early Bird discount: 5% off all of our courses until September 12th!

Bonne rentrée et à bientôt!

Thierry Lagnau, Directeur de l’Alliance Française de Dublin / Coordinateur des Alliances Françaises en Irlande,

Online course from 18 years old Online course - 12 to 17 years old

8-week term
Starting from September 21st


General French courses, conversation courses, refreshers' classes, specialised workshops, preparation for international diplomas,  are available for adults of any level morning, afternoon and evening times once or twice a week from Monday to Saturday for 8 weeks.

Assessments are free of charge and no appointment is required. You don't need an assessment if you are a complete beginner or if you are already a student, you can enrol directly online.


15-week term
Starting from September 14th


These courses are designed as a compliment to classes attended at secondary school.
They provide a diversification and broadening of the language in an interactive way. Teachers focus on interests and topics relevant to the participants as well as the requirements of the syllabus.
The Alliance Française employs and trains the best native French teachers in Ireland.
In contrast to most Irish institutes we take no more than 15 students per group to ensure the best learning experience for all.

Online course - 4 to 11 years old On-site Tuition
15-week term
Starting from September 14th

Through lively and stimulating activities, children of primary school age build up a broad and lasting knowledge of the French language. Classes closely follow children's development and abilities. Our teachers are all native French speakers and experienced in working with children.
Our communicative approach ensures that every child is given ample opportunity to actually speak French.
General French classes for every levels and bilingual courses are available.

Available anytime
Starting from September 1st

We provide tailor-made on-site courses on a one-to-one basis, for all occasions: professional and academic needs, job interviews, preparation to exams, business French, personal purposes... or just to escape boredom! Regular language and conversation tuition can also be arranged for all ages: Adults, teenagers, children.

We're delighted to offer this service again in our safe and fully-compliant premises at 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Resources Live Music
The French Library
Reopening & Timetable
Facebook Live Series:
Léonor de Récondo
From Tuesday 1 September
More information

The French Library opens its doors again to the public from the 1st of September with a revised timetable

Monday: 4.30pm-6.30pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 12pm-6.30pm
Friday: 12pm-5pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm
(from September 19th)

You will be able to browse, borrow and returns documents as usual! Number of seating will be limited and we advise you to book a table or a computer station if you want to be sure to have a space. We are looking forward to meeting you again!
Thursday 3 September – 5.30pm
Live on Facebook 

Join us every week on Facebook for our Alliance Française Live Series, a short live performance by one of our collaborators and friends. These presentations include reading, theatre, drawing, music, cooking and more!
French violinist Léonor de Récondo is offering us a real musical treat as she revisits pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. The event will look back on the magical night she spent at the El Greco Museum in Toledo that inspired
her latest novel La leçon de ténèbres (2020).
Léonor de Récondo has specialised in the baroque repertoire from a very young age and has recorded a number of cds and dvds. She also has 4 novels to her credit.
Live Reading Live Reading
Facebook Live Series:
Philippe Brenot
Facebook Live Series:
Paul McVeigh
Monday 7 September – 4pm
Live on Facebook 

Join us every week on Facebook for our Alliance Française Live Series, a short live performance by one of our collaborators and friends. These presentations include reading, theatre, drawing, music, cooking and more!

French psychiatrist and writer Philippe Brenot will read excerpts from his latest book Pourquoi c'est si compliqué l'amour ? (2019), which explores the origin of humanity and the code differences between men and women.  Philippe Brenot is Course Director in Sexology and Human Sexuality at Université Paris Descartes and chairs the Observatoire International du Couple. He has written a number of books on couples, sex and love. He is also literary director of the publishing house L’Esprit du Temps.
Tuesday 15 September – 5pm
Live on Facebook 

Join us every week on Facebook for our Alliance Française Live Series, a short live performance by one of our collaborators and friends. These presentations include reading, theatre, drawing, music, cooking and more!

Irish writer Paul Mc Veigh will read, for the first time, his short story Hollow, which was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and will appear in the upcoming The Art of the Glimpse – 100 Irish Short Stories selected by Sinead Gleason.
Paul's debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award. His short stories have been in numerous anthologies, on BBC Radio, and Sky Arts. His work has been translated into seven languages.
Special Events
Alliance Française Dublin Online Open Day
Saturday 12 September – 10am-6pm  Live on Facebook 

Discover the full range of our activities! We are organising an Online Open Day to give you the opportunity to meet our staff and learn about our courses and services for 2020/2021. Online events will toggle between Facebook lives and Zoom meetings so that you can interact with us as much as possible and even put yourself in a student position. It may be just the thing you’re looking for to kick-start your French, so don’t be shy!

Full Programme of the day:

10.00am  Facebook live
   Tour of the Alliance Française
   Meet the Staff

10.30am  Zoom Meeting
   Discover our Language Centre

11.00am  Zoom Meeting
   Course Taster: Adults

11.30am  Zoom Meeting
   Course Taster: Teenagers

12.00pm  Zoom Meeting
   Course Taster: Children

12.30pm  Facebook Live
   Discover The French Library
  & Culturethèque
1.00pm  Zoom Meeting           
   Discover our Language Centre 

1.30pm  Facebook Live

   Discover French Diplomas

2.00pm  Zoom Meeting
   Course Taster: Adults

2.30pm  Zoom Meeting
   Course Taster: Teenagers

3.00pm  Zoom Meeting
   Course Taster: Children

3.30pm  Facebook Live
   Discover our Cultural programme

4.00pm Zoom Streaming           
   Film Screening "A Voix Haute"   
The whole day will take place on the Alliance Française Dublin Facebook where the relevant Zoom links will be posted shortly before each event. Please note there is no pre-booking for course tasters and film screening, it will be on a 'first come - first served' basis. Keep your eyes peeled because there will also be prizes to be won including French Courses and Library Memberships!
Special Events
Culture Night 2020 with a French Twist
Our presentation is part of the European Cultural Trail, an initiative of EUNIC Ireland (European Union National Institutes for Culture) for Culture Night 2020.

Online Culture Quiz Friday 18 September – 6pm Live on Facebook

How much do you know about France, French culture and French in the world? The usual French Library Treasure Hunt will, this year, take the form of an online quiz on Facebook! General culture and fun facts will be their remit for this quiz. Test your knowledge and get an opportunity to not only to shine and have fun but also to win many prizes including French Courses and Library Memberships!

Online Concert Friday 18 September – 8pm, 9pm, 10pm Live on Facebook

Now a highlight of Culture Night, our festive live concert will this year give the floor to the French Band Elijah!  With a friendship spanning 10 years, Thibault Denieul, Laura Bujard and Tim Dahan used to end their catch-ups with a musical jam. Playing a mixture of French covers, originals and improvs has been a fixture of their evenings together ever since. One day, they decided to make something out of these casual jamming sessions, and thus Elijah was born! The band will play 3 sets of 20 minutes live on our Facebook each between 8pm, 9pm and 10pm.

Online Screening   Online Talk
Online Cinéclub:
Les Souvenirs
Edna O'Brien's 'Girl'
Thursday 24 September – 6pm
Live on Zoom  

Join us on Zoom every last Thursday of the month for a special free screening of one of our favourite recent films. We'll start with a few words and then stream the film directly on Zoom through screenshare. It will be just like old times except we won't be able to offer you that glass of wine!

For this 4th online edition, we have selected the heartwarming French comedy drama film Les Souvenirs (
Memories, 2014) directed by Jean-Paul Rouve and adapted from the bestselling novel by David Foenkino. It was celebrated for the strong performances by a seasoned ensemble cast featuring the legendary Annie Cordy, Michel Blanc, and Chantal Lauby. Trailer
Friday 25 September – 5pm
Admission free 

How do you go about translating Irish novelist, memoirist, playwright, poet and short story writer Edna O'Brien's award-winning literature?
In celebration of the 2020 European Day of Languages, the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation is teaming up with EUNIC (EU National Institutes for Culture in Ireland), to discuss how some of Ireland's greatest literature is made available in different languages.
Translators of Edna O'Brien's most recent novel, Girl, into French, German, Italian, and Spanish will discuss the challenges associated with translating this novel. We will also hear from Edna O'Brien herself, who will tell us what it is like for her to see her work translated.

Live Reading Online Cultural Activities
Facebook Live Series:
John Boyne
Culture At Home
Culture sans sortir
Tuesday 28 September – 5pm
Live on Facebook 

Join us every week on Facebook for our Alliance Française Live Series, a short live performance by one of our collaborators and friends. These presentations include reading, theatre, drawing, music, cooking and more!
Next up, Irish writer John Boyne will read excerpts from his novel A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom (2020).
John Boyne is the author of  novels for adults and younger readers, and short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas sold more than 11 million copies worldwide and has been adapted for cinema, theatre, ballet and opera. John has won 3 Irish Book Awards along with many other international literary prizes and his novels are published in over 50 languages.
Did you cancel your summer vacation in France this year? Are you still hesitant to go in public places? There are so many services on the Internet that will whisk you away to different places!

Here is a short selection of some of our favourite online platforms and curated links for free
exploring, reading, watching, listening, dreaming with the French culture!

Select your online activity:
Sightseeing in France / French Museums / Reading in French / French Live Shows / French Music / French GastronomyFrench TVFrench Cinema & Shorts / Science in French 

All curated streaming services, platforms, websites and apps are free of charge.
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