Many Alliance Française chapters in the United States organize free French conversation groups, and many of those groups have moved online. Check with your local chapter for availability. If your local Alliance doesn’t offer an online conversation group or if you’d like to pick up some additional practice, you can join a hosted national group that meets via Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month. Participants are invited to enjoy their favorite beverage during our “Apéro” conversation.
The group is for intermediate to advanced (or fluent) speakers who are current members of an Alliance Française chapter in the U.S. (if you are not a current member of an Alliance chapter, visit the Chapters page and sign up for membership at one of your closest AF chapters.)
Note that conversation groups are not substitutes for taking an official French class. Conversation groups are for informal practice and for sharing the joy of conversing in French with other like-minded Francophiles or Francophones.
The national group meets by Zoom for 55 minutes on the second Tuesday of each month, and meets in two different time windows to accommodate our after-work Apéro theme (choose the time that works best for you):
Session A: 2:15 pm PT / 4:15 CT / 5:15 pm ET
Session B: 5:15 pm PT / 7:15 CT / 8:15 pm ET
The group is hosted by a VP of the Alliance Française Federation. Attendees will be assigned to breakout rooms of 4-5 people, with each breakout session lasting 12-14 minutes. The rooms are then are re-created (for a different mix each time). In this way, participants get to meet and chat with a variety of participants from different backgrounds and fluency levels.
Participants will need to use Zoom (a free videoconferencing service). For first-time Zoom users, test connections can be arranged with the group host in advance of the session. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get on the invitation list for the next “Apéro-National” session, click here.