AFI Updates – January 2020

New shared office space at the International Center

Martin Baier and Mario Guerendo shake hands

Martin Baier and Mario Guerendo at the International Center

Thank you to the International Center for welcoming the Alliance Française to share office space. Martin Baier (pictured left), President and CEO of the International Center and Honorary Consul of France in Indiana, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mario Guerendo, Acting President of of Alliance Française of Indianapolis on Thursday, December 19, 2019 to share office space and mutually support the missions of the two organizations.

New website — in development soon

We’re working on a new website that will help you find events, classes, and community partners.

Seeking new classroom spaces TBA for French classes

Our goal is to have French classes near where you live and work. We have potential space in Carmel (near 116th and Pennsylvania) and downtown Indianapolis at the Columbia Club. Class lists are forming. Let us know your interests at info@afindianapolis.org.


Meanwhile, if you’d like to join us at a weekly conversation group, we meet at the Books and Brew in Carmel (near the Palladium) every Wednesday evening from 6-7:30pm. All are welcome. After a short holiday break, this group will start up on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Thank you to Benoit Menez for leading this group.

See also our Facebook page and https://www.meetup.com/afindy/



For beginners

Would you like to learn French in 2020? Class level A1.1 is for absolute beginners. Cécile Gouillon is preparing an evening class for adults in downtown Indy. Details TBA. Let us know if you are interested. info@afindianapolis.org

For continuing students

What level are you looking for, and where? Help us map the next classes by letting us know your interests. info@afindianapolis.org

French for Travelers

Kathleen Lattimer has prepared a new class for travelers. This class will be in or near Carmel, details TBA. Email us at info@afindianapolis.org if you’d like to take this class.

Meet your teachers

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.

« Bonjour ! » she says. « Soyez les bienvenus ! »

“I look forward to seeing you in class!”

« A bientôt ! »

Kathleen Lattimer works as a medical and court interpreter. She has traveled extensively, both independently and with students, 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 was responsible for teacher training and curriculum development.


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.