May 2020 #165

In the last 8 weeks, our lives have been tremendously impacted by COVID-19, to an extent that took us all by surprise and required painful adjustments from everyone.
The team at 1 Kildare Street spared no time and no effort to continue delivering its regular high standard programme after the building was closed on March 13th, and I would like to commend their outstanding attitude and commitment.
The Spring Term classes went on uninterrupted except for a handful as the teachers switched to distance technologies, a huge challenge given the situation and the very awkward conditions.
The French Library made the most of its digital library Culturethèque, accessible without charge until the end of May, and invited to join some regular activities like Reading Aloud and Tricot-Thé on Zoom.
On the cultural scene, our selection of curated activities to enjoy from home continues to grow and we are now able to resume our cultural events! Look out for our Facebook Live Broadcast Series and our first Online Cinéclub on Zoom at the end of the month!

The response of our public has been owerwhelming, with large re-enrolment from our regular students for the Online Tuition programme which started on April 20th, a growing attendance to all online offerings, a jump in subscriptions to our emailing list and social networks, and countless messages of support. This response is our reward, and on behalf of the whole team, I would like to say MERCI. We feel supported and encouraged, and we have lots of plans and ideas in all departments to keep in touch with you until we can see you again in person on our premises.

Until then, stay home, stay safe!

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

French Courses
Registration and placement tests for new students are open for our new classes starting May 5th. Whether you are interested in group classes / private tuition for yourself, or looking for learning activities for your children, drop us a line at
You only need an internet connection, a smartphone or a computer with a camera. The interface is user friendly and we are here to walk you through everything!
We have teamed up with one of the finest Learning Management Systems, the French e-learning platform Apolearn, which not only allows for creation and administration of a full training program but also provides a Virtual Classroom using the technology of another world-class platform, the videoconferencing service Zoom. It will be business as usual and with the same dedicated team!
Online Group Courses for Adults Activities for Children & Teenagers
Starting May 5th
4-week term

From May 5th, new General French courses and Conversation classes are  available online for adults of all ages and abilities morning and evening times once or twice a week from Monday to Friday for 4 weeks.

Fill in this form to start your free placement test. You don't need an assessment if you are a complete beginner or if you are a returning student, you can enrol directly online.



Available anytime
Free until 30 May

Through our e-learning platform Apolearn we are delighted to offer free unlimited access to a huge online collection of learning content and activities for chidren and teenagers including videos, interactive exercises, readings, grammar and vocabulary lessons, quizzes, and daily activities designed by our experts teachers!
This new Self-Training service is free until May 30th, then at €5 for 2 months.

Online Cultural Activities
Who says you can't go out when 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 platforms and curated links for free reading, watching, listening, exploring, dreaming with the French culture to escape the confinement!
Select your online activity:
Reading Shows Music
Gastronomy   Museums   TV / Series
Cinema Science Sightseeing
All curated streaming services, platforms, websites and apps are free of charge. See the whole selection here:
Social Networks    Online Workshop
Dublin Castle's
French Friday
  Teacher's Workshop:
Oral Comprehension
Every Friday until 29 May
On Dublin Castle's Social Networks

Alliance Française Dublin is delighted to be partner of Dublin Castle's French Friday on social networks! Explore the French influence within Dublin Castle's collection through the French language!
Every Friday they will illustrate L’influence française au Château de Dublin through a particular item (painting, sculpture, artefacts) or event (dignitary visit, diplomatic cooperation).

Follow them on their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
Tuesday 5 May – 5pm-6.30pm
Live on Zoom  

It's common knowledge that the more you listen to native speakers talk, the more your brain processes the correct pronunciation and mimic it as you speak yourself – oral comprehension is therefore a crucial point when learning French. In this workshop, we will give you some ideas to use in your classroom to improve your students’ listening comprehension, so be sure to come along!

This free workshop will be led by Laurence Deltour, teacher at Alliance Française Dublin.

Online Workshop   Online Workshop
The French Library's
  The French Library's
Reading Aloud
Every Tuesday – 2pm-4pm
Live on Zoom 

Calling all knitting lovers! The French Library is resuming its free collaborative workshop Trico'thé, online! Let's knit, make friends and have some tea! All levels, in crocheting or in the French language, are welcome!

If you wish to take part in the event, contact us at:

Every Wednesday – 12.30pm
Every Thursday – 12.30pm
Live on Zoom  

The French Library is resuming its Reading Aloud workshop on Zoom! Join our librarians for an hour of reading & listening to French texts (level ranging from A2 to C1) selected on a specific topic. After the reading, they will explain vocabulary and expressions and discuss the text with participants.
Live Reading Online Workshop
Live Broadcast Series:
a Van Engen
Teacher's Workshop:
Monday 18 May – 2pm
Live on Facebook 

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

We start with French journalist and writer Frederika Van Ingen who will read excerpts from her books.
Her works explore how the wisdom of native peoples can inspire us anew and seek to build bridges between the ancestral know-how of these peoples and our modern world
Tuesday 19 May – 5pm-6.30pm
Live on Zoom  

Speaking French without a foreign accent
can sometimes seem a bit of a stretch, but with a strategic approach you can actually help your students get closer and make progress in their pronunciation.

This workshop will be here to give you
tips on how to teach phonetics in a classroom when you have limited time and will be of great help if you want your students to master French phonetics in the near future.

This free workshop will be led by Cécile Gorge, teacher at Alliance Française Dublin
Live TheatreOnline Cinéclub
Live Broadcast Series:
Louis Deslis
Cinéclub: Les
Demoiselles de Rochefort
Tuesday 26 May – 6pm
Live on Facebook 

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

French actor and playwright Louis Deslis will present an excerpt of his one-man show Patchwork telling the odyssey of a young Frenchman in Dublin. Patchwork was met with critical acclaim & packed houses at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 and received the prestigious Little Gem Award.
Thursday 28 May – 6pm
Live on Zoom  

We are delighted to resume our monthly cinéclub! Join us on 
Zoom every last Thursday of the month for a special free screening of one of our all-time favourite films. We'll start with a few words and then stream the film directly in 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 first online edition, let's have fun with another cult musical
by Jacques Demy, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967) starring the legendary real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac!
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