AFI Updates – February 2020

New classes starting February 24th

A big thank-you to LUNA Language Services for generously offering to share their classroom space with the Alliance Française. The classroom is on the second floor of their building, on Meridian near 91st. It is easy to get to, and will be a very nice place to learn French. We have new classes starting the week of February 24th.

Our Early Spring Session Dates are: February 24 – April 18

Classes meet once a week, from 6-8pm

Mondays: French for Travelers, $275

Tuesdays: French for Beginners, $275

(Full descriptions below)

French-American Innovation in the Midwest March 10, 5-7:30pm

Please join us in Indianapolis for an event focused on French-American Innovation in the Midwest: March 10, 5-7:30pm. The Alliance Française d’Indianapolis, with the International Center and the Consulate General of France in Chicago, will host the event. Registration is free.

New Partnership with the Commission for Higher Education

Are you or do you know of a K-12 teacher who might like to receive information about the 21st Century Scholar program for their French-speaking students? The 21st Century Scholar program has a proven track record of helping students complete education and training beyond high school. If so, please reach out or connect us.

French Social Night and Parlons

Please join us at a conversation club. French Social Night meets the second and fourth Tuesday, 7:30 pm, at the Cornerstone Cafe in Broad Ripple. Parlons meets every Wednesday, 6-7:30pm, at the Eggshell Bistro in Carmel.

See also our Facebook page and our Meetup page.


Class Descriptions

French for Beginners A1.1

This course is for beginners. Here you will learn the fundamentals, such as how to pronounce words in French. Through practice in class, you’ll learn how to greet people, introduce yourself and introduce others. You’ll learn how to have a basic conversation, ask and give information, express your personal interests, describe people and places, count, ask for prices, and ask and give simple explanations. Welcome to French!


Tuesdays, 6-8pm

First class: Tuesday February 25th

Class meets for 8 weeks


LUNA Language Services

8935 N. Meridian Street, Suite 250

Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

Classroom is on the second floor

Textbook and Workbook

Entre nous 1 A1 : Livre de l’élève + cahier d’activités (2CD audio) (French) Maison des Langues, Publication date : December 12, 2015

Entre Nous 1- Complementary Workbook for English-Speaking Students (French Edition), Maison des Langues, September 22, 2016

NOTE: Please buy both the textbook and the workbook.

There are several books in the Entre Nous series. Please be sure to buy the Entre Nous 1 A1 version.

Where to buy the textbook

The textbook and workbook are available from European Books & Media, an Alliance Française partner bookstore, or on Amazon.

European Books & Media imports books from France. You can buy books directly from them on their website, by email or by phone. They have copies in stock for Alliance Française student.

The direct link to the 1 A1 book at European Books & Media is:


European Books & Media

6600 Shattuck Ave Oakland CA 94609

Email: info@europeanbook.com

Phone: (510) 922-9157



Cécile Gouillon taught science in France for over 20 years. Now, she has specialized training to teach French as a foreign language (FLE). She has taught French at the International School, and is looking forward to teaching for the Alliance Française.


French A1.1 French for Beginners

French for Travelers

This course is for those who would like to be able to communicate their basic needs in French while traveling in a French-speaking country. Students will learn: greetings and introductions, basic courtesies and questions, numbers, dates and times, simple directions and names of common places, how to read and order from a menu, basic shopping phrases, how to check in to a hotel and, for those going to Paris, how to use the subway and navigate on a street map.


Monday, 6-8pm

First class: Monday February 24th

No class on Monday, March 30.

The teacher will arrange an alternate date.

Class meets for 8 weeks


LUNA Language Services

8935 N. Meridian Street, Suite 250

Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

Classroom is on the second floor


Berlitz 5-Minute Travel French (French Edition)

This book is out of print and somewhat hard to find. However, its lessons are timeless.

Here are two options for students:

– borrow one of the teacher’s books with a refundable deposit of $10 upon return of the book

– purchase a used book from Amazon where prices and availability vary


Kathleen Lattimer works as a medical and court interpreter. She has traveled extensively and has developed French student programs in Quebec, France, Senegal (West Africa), Guadeloupe (French West Indies) and Haiti. She taught high school French in the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs for 37 years, served as World Language Coordinator for four secondary schools for thirteen years, and developed teacher training and class curriculum.


French for Travelers


Some of the upcoming group classes.

All group classes


About the Alliance Française

The Alliance Française is a worldwide non-profit, cultural and educational center founded in Paris in 1883. It is the world’s largest cultural network with over 800 chapters in 132 countries, serving over 500,000 students worldwide.


About AFI

The Alliance Française d’Indianapolis (AFI), the local chapter, is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 membership-based organization dedicated to sharing French language and culture. Our mission is to build bridges between the French-speaking world and the local community. To achieve this, we encourage the study of French and Francophone cultures and language, and foster cultural, intellectual, artistic, business and friendly exchanges.

Join Us

We’re looking for French teachers who can cover A1-B2 level classes for adults in the central Indiana region.

Contact us at info@afindianapolis.org to learn more about the organization.