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Learn the basics of the language or brush up on rusty skills.

This class is for beginner students or students who may have taken French in the past but have been out of practice.

Textbook required: French, A Self-Teaching Guide by Suzanne Herschfield-Haims, supplemented by hand-outs.
Chapters 1-5 will be covered in French I. Please note that some levels may also supplement lessons with a reader. Students will be told on the first day of class if their section requires one.

Topics include:

  • Alphabet, pronunciation, introduction
  • Regular verbs in -ER, -IR, - RE
  • The interrogative (asking questions)
  • The negative
  • Numbers and telling time
  • Idiomatic expressions with FAIRE
  • Days of the week and year
  • Vocabulary

Please note that topics are subject to change based on the needs of the class.

Private and semiprivate lessons are available for foreign languages. For more information, for rates and to arrange sessions, email.


Brief Bios

Christina Rufin was born and raised in Belgium and has been teaching French for more than 20 years. She has taught at many prestigious organizations and institutions including The French I nstitute and The New School for Social Research. She has been teaching at 92Y since 2000.

Tanyika Carey holds a BA in psychology from Boston University and a MA in translation for French and Spanish from the CUNY Graduate Center. She studied at Université de Grenoble in France and teaches French, Spanish and ESL. Her past client list includes The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Lauryn Hill and La Fábrica Films.

Victor Aka is a native French speaker who grew up in Paris. He read French/English/German translation at the Université de Savoie in France. He has worked on French language classroom content (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and has been a French voice-over artist for animation (Audioworks Producers Group). He has extensive translation/interpretation industry experience managing projects for major French companies such as Air France, France Télécom, BNP Paribas.

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Eligible patrons will be able to order priority registration online.


Who is eligible for priority registration?

Individuals who have participated in 92nd Street Y programs over the past year in selected program areas, participants in certain memberships, and those who have made contributions of $500 or more to 92Y, are eligible to register for programs before they become available to the general public.

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Patrons that qualify for Priority Registration will receive packets in the mail explaining how to purchase online. Priority registration is normally mailed 2-3 weeks before a catalog is available. Registration information includes your Patron ID#. You can use this ID# to setup your login information online. This will allow you to register early for a course or event. Please note: if you receive a packet, you are only eligible to priority register for the programs covered in your packet.

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To find out if you are eligible for priority registration, don't have your Patron ID#, or having difficulty ordering online, please call 212.415.5500 or email.