99 days of French (org meeting): ALL Levels (updated)

  • November 12, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Nov 12 UPDATE:
I want to stress that this is an organizational meeting (i.e.:  no costs for today).  

Sessions will be 4 to 5-weeks long.  My plan is to construct a full 1-year program, along with a 2nd year (for those who have mastered all the elements of a first-year program).

Student accounts will be hosted on franceinfo.us.
Focus is on all skills (in order of emphasis): conversation/listening, general culture, written, and grammar.
Approach:  is functional and native:  I like using a situational approach, as well as using expressions that are less "textbook-y" and closer to actual French constructions (which means fewer cognates).
Materials:  are a mix between textbook (which I will provide online) and social media (flickr, video).

Location: currently in Carnegie - but may be flexible.

Requirements:  students commit to attend,  pay for, and complete a 5-week session (including work).  I will treat it like a real course.  Rather than formal testing, I will use evaluative techniques to measure progress.

Also - there is always time for signing up for other sessions if you miss this one.  My goal was to teach all levels (maybe not synchronously).  I will proceed according to demand.

But as I am interested in created an online course, lessons will be documented (via screencast, video, social media) for future use and 'repurposing'.  

Session 1: Begins Nov 10 (organizational meeting)

In answer to questions people have had:

Cost per session will be on a sliding scale - but students need to commit for the 5-week session.  More information to follow soon.   I have decided that I will be creating an online series of classes along with the course - so first-time students can be part of the video-course.


• First year:  Levels 1 - 6

• Intermediate:  Levels 1-3

• Advanced


I will be offering the equivalent of 1 year of college French - taught as you would expect in a serious (i.e. Ivy League) setting.

1 Year of French: broken down into six 5-Week sessions. 

I will provide ACTFL equivalency testing for those students who plan on using their French in a work or university environment. there will be online assignments (via MyFrenchLab.com)

We will be meeting initially in a location in Carnegie - with easy access to the Parkway and not far from Pittsburgh.

Textbook will be Points de départ (2ème édition). Extra materials will be provided to students signing up. 

I try to run a paperless classroom so materials will be available for download and online.

30.0 hours of instruction per 5-Week session / Possibility of online makeup classes via podcast

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  • Carole Z.

    I am also interested in participating. Hope I didn't miss them!

    November 30, 2013

  • Hannah

    Have the classes started yet? I am interested in participating. Carnegie works well for me!

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Carole Z.

    How many evenings a week will beginning classes be taught? I work some evenings.

    November 6, 2013

    • Marc S.

      that's tb determined given demand. I'm going to collect schedules and see from there.

      November 12, 2013

  • Carole Z.

    I wish I could attend - I have to work that evening. I am still hoping to get to one of these meet-ups!

    November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mark, this is great. I plan to attend the first session and hopefully join you for future meetings. The location and day/time (Tuesday evenings) work well for me. I will be out for two weeks in December thought attending a wedding in India).
    Look forward to seeing everyone!

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • Marc S.

    For this session I am teaching for beginners - but can offer one for other levels, too. I will put up a detailed cost structure, too.

    October 31, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Looking forward to the course. I am planning on showing up to the first one and see how it goes. I suppose there we can figure out the class level amongst other things.

      November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Marc, Not sure if I would be at the beginning level? I plan on coming to the first class to meet you. Since the cost is much higher than anticipated, I want to make sure it is a good fit for me.

    November 4, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Sounds like a great opportunity. What are the hours/days that classes will be taught? Also, what does this cost?

    October 28, 2013

    • Marc S.

      Mike - what's your level? Days are during the week / evenings - depending.

      November 1, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Marc, I just took the DLPT and received a 2/1+, if that doesn't mean anything to you I'm intermediate. I can carry on a conversation, but vocabulary limits me. Tue, Wed, Thur work for me...at the moment.

      November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Same questions as Mike. Also wondering what level of French will be taught. Thanks! Sounds like a great opportunity.

    October 28, 2013

    • Marc S.

      Steve - Right now it is beginning - but if enough intermediate or advanced enroll, I can offer those too. What are your levels and needs?

      November 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd say I'm at intermediate level. Would mostly want to focus on grammar.

      November 1, 2013

  • Cortney S.

    Hi Marc,

    I would be interested in an intermediate-advanced level if possible.


    1 · November 1, 2013

    • Marc S.

      Certainly - I can make that available and see who signs up, ok?

      November 1, 2013

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