On March 12, 2020, AFSeattle became the first Alliance Française in North and South America to move its educational and cultural program
100% online. Our adult and youth learners have been very satisfied and enthusiastic about our virtual French classes—read their
testimonials here—and our instructors have
been doing incredible work to bring them an immersive and interactive learning experience. We have shared our expertise in webinars
organized for other Alliances Françaises and we have even been featured on the global television channel TV5Monde (watch
it here in French!).
An online course is a live video conference with your instructor and fellow students that will follow the usual format and course plan.
Several tools will support our online courses: Apolearn, Zoom, and Frello. For best learning practices, all our adult online group classes
are limited to six (6) learners; seven (7) students are accepted for youth group classes.
Apolearn: An instructor and their students use the e-learning platform Apolearn
for their class to share resources, articles, comments, or homework. AFSeattle was a leading school in implementing Apolearn for its
students as early as January 2018.
Zoom: This video conferencing tool is where the virtual class takes place. It is a
live course at the scheduled time. We are keeping our Zoom classes safe:
- Every class meeting is password protected.
- Zoom meeting links are never distributed by email; they are only available on our secure e-learning platform.
- Instructors must manually accept students in their class meeting; after the students have arrived, instructors lock the meeting and no one
can enter, invited or not.
Frello Modules: A French start-up specialized in creating content for teaching
French as a foreign language has implemented a large variety of self-study modules, including vocabulary, phonetics, grammar, oral
comprehension, written comprehension, etc. activities. The Frello modules are uses in each General French course for adults as well as the
Self-study Reviews. Some instructors might use them in a Specialized French or private class as well.
This is what an online
class looks like!