Attention all Francophiles: For the first time ever, NYC’s French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is offering FREE virtual French lessons and language-learning games and exercises, films, videos, podcasts and more that normally are available only to members.
Parlez Vous Française?
Here’s what you can take advantage of, online, through June 1:
Free French Classes & Library Access
For the first time in its history, FIAF will offer its 10-hour Introduction to French language course for free.
Courses on Zoom will begin each week throughout the month with one of FIAF’s native-speaking teachers. FIAF’s immersive online introduction courses are designed to have students speaking in French by the end of the first class.
Sign ups are available at FIAF’s Language Center.
In conjunction with the French classes, FIAF’s Haskell Library is offering FREE programming including French language discussion groups, language-learning games and exercises, book clubs, and access to the free French digital library Culturethèque with its collection of books, magazines, videos, podcasts, music, and more.
Free French Films
Building on its beloved weekly CinéSalon series, FIAF has forged its first ever partnership to offer free streams of recent French films with film distributor Kino Lorber.
Each film is available for streaming through June 1 on Lorber’s streaming platform, Kino Now.
• The Trouble With You (2018) by Pierre Salvadori; Tuesday, May 5 to Monday, June 1
• Diplomacy (2014) by Volker Schlöndorff; May 12 to June 1
• A Faithful Man (2018) by Louis Garrel; May 19 to June 1
• Slack Bay (2016) by Bruno Dumont; May 19 to June 1
• The Fairy (2011) by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, and Bruno Romy; May 26 to June 1.
FIAF members will receive priority access for the first 48 hours, before opening to the general public the following Thursday.
Access codes will be distributed via email by RSVP’ing on the FIAF website.
For the most up-to-date information and schedule, visit fiaf.org.
FIAF is well-known to New Yorkers for the annual Bastille Day street fair each July, with performances by French mines, Can Can dancers, and lots of chances to sample French food and French wine.
As soon as we have word on whether Bastille Day street fair in 2020 will be held or cancelled by the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ll let you know.
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premier French cultural and language center. FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures.
FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross-cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.