Spring-Fall 2020 Online Courses
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the state of Washington and CDC guidelines, the Alliance Française de Seattle finished its winter quarter
and launched its spring, summer, and fall 2020 terms online.
On March 12, we became the first Alliance Française in North and South America to move its educational and cultural program 100%
Our adult and youth learners have been very satisfied and enthusiastic about our virtual French classes—read their testimonials below—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)!
Read our latest updates regarding COVID-19 here
What Is an Online Course?
It 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 online classes are limited to 6 students.
An instructor and their students use the e-learning platform Apolearn for their class to share resources, articles, comments, or
homework. Apolearn could also allow for safe sharing of recorded sessions for absent students (restricted to each class).
AFSeattle was a leading school in implementing Apolearn for its students as early as January 2018.
This video conferencing tool is where the virtual class takes place. It is a live course at the scheduled time. Classes can also
be recorded for students who miss the live class.
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.
Private and group course students will receive complimentary access to e-learning resources for self-learning on Frello.
Student Feedback: Spring 2020 Online Courses
Our instructor has taken our in-person class and seamlessly moved it to the virtual environment. She is clear, concise, and very well
organized. When life goes 'back to normal', I may prefer to take these classes online if available, to eliminate the drive time!
My instructor always sets a very positive, inclusive, fun-loving tone. He is good at understanding when he needs to shift over to
English to make sure a concept is understood. The Zoom format works really well for teaching and participation.
Thank you [AFSeattle] for creating such a beautiful online community during this time of quarantine. I miss my communities 'en vrai'
during this difficult time, but finding the Alliance Française online programming has been a dream come true and is making me feel
connecting to the wider world. I am SO happy the AFSeattle's programming is online and hope it can stay that way even after quarantine
I'm really pleased with this experience. It is the first time ever I take a class on Zoom, and I have really enjoyed the experience.
I am very appreciative of the instruction and community provided by AFSeattle. The courses are absolutely wonderful, and in fact I very
much look forward to French class each week (highlight of the week!). The remote instruction has been overall a thoroughly positive
experience for me and I have absolutely no complaints. Thank you so much, to AFSeattle and the instructors, for creating such a positive
I am loving the opportunities that AFSeattle has created for continuing to learn french during this difficult time. It gives me hope for
a future when we can travel again. About this course specifically, I'm surprised how engaging it is. I didn't know I had anything to say
about art (for example) in English, let alone French, but I'm finding all the topics interesting, informative, and fun.
Student Feedback: Winter 2020 Online Courses
I did not think I would enjoy French class using Zoom, but it was really excellent.
The Zoom tool worked really well. I was impressed. In some ways, the learning environment was better than in classroom, since it was
easier to multi-task with note taking, looking at reference material, and generally being able to spread out and be more comfortable.
[...] The ability to break out into groups that were private was great, because in the classroom there is too much cross-talk and
distraction when we were in subgroups.
I was only able to attend one Zoom session. I was surprised how effective it was. I am very happy that I attended this session, because
it made me feel confident that if I need to take future classes through Zoom, the classes will be very worthwhile.