No. 170                                                         Juillet / Août 2017
Message from the President:
M. Silvia Bettega, Ed.D.
Click the link below for Silvia's personal comments:

En Alliance,
Upcoming Events events

Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 12:00 PM. Fête de la Bastille à Glastonbury, CT(See article).

Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 12:00 PM. Club de Lecture.  Discussion en français de Pas Pleurer  par Lydie Salvayre (See article). 

T hursday, August 24, 2017 @ 5:30 PM.  School Open House at AFH offices @ 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 1-202, Hartford. 

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017Fall classes begin! (See article and listing below).

Saturday, July 1st and 15th and 29th; August 12th and 26th, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Café et conversation at Café Mozzicato, 329 Franklin Ave., Hartford. Join your Alliance Française friends on Saturday mornings for French conversation and socializing. This is a great opportunity to practice speaking French or to maintain fluency. All levels are welcome.



Exciting Fall Course Offerings!



See the course listing below for fun and interesting options for French study this fall. AFH professors Jenny, Marianne, Yves and Dahmane are offering academic courses from beginner through advanced levels. Advanced offerings will also include "Les rois de France sur le petit et grand écrans" and AFH professor Sylvie will return with a new theater class, "Le petit monde de Gontran."


There is something for everyone at all levels! Email Linda at or call (860-278-9999) to register. 

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Where: 62 Ridgewood Road Glastonbury, Ct.
Time: 12:00 PM
Fête de la Bastille à Glastonbury, CT!!!

We hope all members of the AFH will come celebrate la fête de la Bastille a day late on Saturday July 15th at the home of Robert and Virginia Yeager beginning at noon.

We ask that every participant bring a dish to share (main course/appetizer/salad/dessert) p lus a beverage.

You are welcome to bring a friend as well. We will party rain or shine - Picnic attire.
Please RSVP by July 7th to Linda in the AFH office (860-278-9999) or email ( to reserve your place.
McFarland Memorial Book Awards
Alliance Française de Hartford
Kate Christolini presenting an award to Orla PattersonJaviera Klenner receives award from Sybille Stadtmueller
The Alliance Française de Hartford honored 5 middle school students and 9 high school students with the McFarland Book Award on Thursday, May 25th at Central Connecticut State University. The students were presented with both a book and a certificate of merit. Each nominating teacher highlighted the academic achievements and accomplishments of their individual students and spoke of their passion for the language. Family, friends and teachers joined the students for a reception immediately following the ceremony.
These awards are given each year in honor of our AFH past president and longtime Simsbury resident Mr. Robert McFarland as an outreach to the academic community. Mr. McFarland had a passion for the French language and for teaching. Students who demonstrate this same passion for the language and commitment to its study are nominated by their teachers. The purchase of book prizes is funded through donations from the McFarland family and other donors. For information about the McFarland Award, please contact Linda Zabor,
Sarah Lamberty                 Avon Middle School                             Kathleen Hickey
Maddie Noyes                    Avon High School                                Geneviève Brand
Rory Carchrie-Leigh           Global Experience Magnet School       Linda Peer-Groves
Ashanti Joseph                  Global Experience Magnet School       Linda Peer-Groves
Elisabeth Williams               Irving Robbins Middle School              Alan Lizarraga
Javiera Klenner
                  Farmington High School                       Sybille Stadtmueller
Michela Gerardin                Glastonbury High School                     Toussaint Olivetti
Tasnim Rahman                Manchester High School                     
Isabella Jayawickrema
Asiana Flordelis                  Manchester High School                      Isabella Jayawickrema
Linus Johnson                     Har-Bur Middle School                        Narjess Bennour
Evan Wilson                       Henry James Middle School                
Marie-Line Bruhl
Orla Patterson                    Simsbury High School                         Kate Christolini           
Manuel Da Luz Moscardo De Souza
                                          Conard High School                             John Hegarty
Rachel Bugella                  Wethersfield High School                     Ann Trinkaus

AFH Club de Lecture
Prochaines réunions:  15 July 2017 Pas pleurer par Lydie Salvayre; 21 Octobre 2017 Chanson douce par Leila Slimani; Parilla y Sabores Restaurant 342 Franklin Ave., Hartgford ( Pour plus d'information, addressez-vous à John Soares @ . ou Sharon Straka à
AFH Director Veronica Vaida with recipient Christian Heiden
Every year, the Alliance Française de Hartford and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving select a deserving student of French from the Greater Hartford Area to receive the Harpin/Rohinsky Scholarship, a renewable $3,000 scholarship award for the following academic year. This year, our congratulations go to Christian Heiden, a student at Northwest Catholic in West Hartford who was selected to receive the award for the academic year 2017-2018.
Christian is a very accomplished young man who was recommended not only because of his strong academic skills but because of his commitment to engage seriously and personally with pressing issues of our time.
Christian's concerns with poverty, food sustainability, and community service prompted him to conceive a project to build a hydroponic greenhouse in Haiti for his Eagle project. He raised $10,000 and in July flew to Pignon, Haiti where partnering with local agronomists and missionaries, he implemented his dream. By October, the systems were producing hundreds of peppers, tomatoes, and cabbages.
Christian is not done. Now he is trying to put in place a business plan for selling box greenhouses in the hope that it will create stable, sustained, and cost effective crops across urban settings.
The Alliance Française de Hartford is proud of Christian and we wish him the best of luck at St. John's College in Queens and beyond.

Fall Classes 2017
Alliance Française of Hartford
75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 1-202, Hartford, CT 06106
All our language classes offer an immersion experience in the French language. Students are encouraged to express themselves in French. Grammar is a tool, not a goal.
Fall semester dates: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to Monday, November 13, 2017
Tuition: $309 ($299 if registered before August 29)
All Class Hours: 5:45 - 7:45 pm at AFH offices

French 101- Monday
French 102- Wednesday
French 104- Wednesday
French 106- Monday
French 109- Monday
French 204- Wednesday
French 204- Thursday
French 308- Tuesday
Intermediate / Advanced
Les rois de France sur le petit et grand écrans- Thursday
Theater class: Le petit monde de Gontran - TBD

French 101
In this French introductory class, you will learn basic language skills. You'll be able to introduce yourself, exchange greetings, say the alphabet, count, tell time, ask questions, use negation, make invitations; and talk about nationality, people, preferences, studies, days of the week, months, seasons, and dates.
Contacts, 8th edition, Valette/Valette, Houghton Mifflin Company
(Can be purchased at Amazon Secondary Sellers,, or other sources.)
(a) textbook                                                ISBN-10: 0-618-39578-4
(b) Student Activities Manual (SAM)           ISBN-10: 0-618-39580-6
Strongly recommended
(a) Student Activities Manual (SAM) audio CDs
(14 CDs in 2 sets of 7 CDs each)      ISBN-10: 0-618-39588-1
(a) In-text audio CDs (4 CDs)            ISBN-10: 0-618-39589-X
(b) Video DVD                                    ISBN-10: 0-618-39586-5
French 102
This course will continue the work of the 101. You will talk about personal objects, sports, music and places in your city. You will expand your use of descriptive adjectives and adjectives to describe personality. Grammar includes use of articles, possession, adjective agreement and placement, c'est / il est, aller with prepositions, the preposition chez and direction words.
Materials : See French 101
French 104

This course is a continuation of the 100 series. You will continue to construct simple sentences in the present and the past using passé composé (avoir and être). You will use dates to describe some vacation activities and movies.

Materials : See French 101
French 106

By the end of this course, you should be able to construct a correct sentence by complying with the dispute agreements and using it in different situations. Emphasis will be placed on past participles and the role of direct object complement in some of their agreements with the subject. Particular attention will also be given to the various complement and simple and complex sentences. It will be the same for the formation of the infinitive in a sentence; Which will inevitably lead us to be interest in semi-auxiliaries such aller, devoir, pouvoir, vouloir...... and reviewing to the prepositions. These chapters will be completed by a work on conjugation of the verbs essentially and occasionally reflexive and on the impersonal verbs. The work of enriching the vocabulary will be maintained at the same pace as in previous sessions. The ultimate goal of this course is to promote student expression.

In this continuing French class, you will learn more basic and intermediate language skills. You'll be able to talk about various events, sports, health, refer to places previously mentioned, describe daily routine, the body, personal relationships, feelings and emotions, interactions, different personalities, past events, how we do certain things, and rank people and things.You will learn to use the pronouns y and en, reflexive verbs, the verb ouvrir, recevoir, adverbs in -ment, the construction verbe + infinitif, ordinal numbers, when to use the passé composé vs. the imparfait, the plus-que-parfait.
Materials : See French 101
French 109

By the end of this course, you should be able to speak about professional life, car and train travel and vacation plans in general.  You will be able to speak in the present, past and future tenses.  Use of irregular verbs will be expanded.

Ordinal numbers, expressions of time and use of si and quand clauses with imparfait
and conditional will be taught.  You will learn formation of adverbs and review comparisons with adverbs. Use of conjugated verbs with infinitives will be expanded on, especially those
verbs that require à or de.
Materials:  See French 101
French 204
This course constitutes a revision of and reacquaintance with the grammatical principles presented in the first two years of French study, a furthering of the understanding of French phonology and pronunciation norms, conversational tactics and fluency in everyday situations, the ability to speak in the future, the conditional, and the past tenses, to express wishes, opinions and beliefs, to talk about work and professional life, to travel, and to interact more freely and with confidence in French society.  We will also delve deeper into our exploration of French cultural mores and the fascinating continuum of French history, arts, and entertainment, plus engage in spirited discussions of contemporary France.
A votre tour ! Intermediate French, 2nd Edition , Valette / Valette.
Houghton Mfflin Company or Wiley
Required : Textbook                         ISBN-10: 0-618-69315-7
Note: No workbook is necessary for this course, only the textbook.
French 308

Intrigue presents a unique mystery styled textbook to facilitate conversation and peer interaction through the discussion of the developing storyline of a Frenchman names Jean-Louis and a Québécoise student names Claire who meet in New Orleans in search of a rare manuscript. Advanced language skills will be presented. Students will review and reinforce previously acquired skills. There will be an emphasis on authentic cultural context: reinforcing communication skills by developing language acquisition, reading and speaking skills, and cultural awareness.
Course materials
Intrigue - langue, culture et mystère dans le monde francophone , 3rd edition,
Blood/Mobarek, Prentice Hall/Pearson Higher Ed
(a) textbook                                                      ISBN-13: 978-0-205-74132-8
(b) Student Activities Manual (SAM)                 ISBN-13: 978-0-205-74142-7
Audio for the text                                             ISBN-13: 978-0-205-78310-6
Audio for the Student Activities Manual (SAM) ISBN-13: 978-0-205-78311-3
Le petit monde de Gontran
In this advanced class, you will continue to perfect and enrich your French while enjoying a 2 act comedy in French written by our own Sylvie Hau. The story is a vaudeville that takes place in France during the summer of 1972. French actors and playwrights such as Louis de Funes, Pierre-Richard, Georges Feydeau and Molière have been the inspiration for this little comedy.
"Gontran de La Pâte Feuillettée is a well-bred and distracted fellow. His beautiful and demanding wife, his two unusual sisters and the confused family cat "Molière" know it all. During the 59 th Tour de France of July 1972, the whole family decides to embark on a long ride into Gontran's favorite car - an old shaky 2 CV Citroen - to spend their vacation near Bordeaux.
"They will never forget the ride..."
Les Têtes Couronnées sur le petit et le grand écrans

Les rois de France sur le grand et le petit écrans Dans le sillage de notre session consacrée aux dirigeants français, il serait intéressant de voir quel traitement le 7e art avait consacré aux souverains français. Ce choix aura pour avantage de lever le voile sur un aspect particulier de la relation du cinéma au pouvoir en France ; dimension souvent passée sous silence à défaut d'être totalement méconnue. Pourtant, depuis qu'en 1938, le réalisateur américain W. S. Van Dyke avait porté à l'écran le long-métrage Marie-Antoinette avec Norma Shearer dans le rôle de la Reine et John Barrymore dans celui de Louis XVI, beaucoup de films dédiés aux têtes couronnées ont animé les petit et grand écrans. Si Versailles m'était conté (1953), La reine Margot (1994), Le Roi danse (2000), La Mort de Louis XIV (2016)... en sont quelques un des exemples. Les acteurs français les plus talentueux s'y sont prêtés au jeu. Ainsi, entre autres, on retrouve Coluche dans le rôle roi Dagobert, Daniel Auteuil dans celui d'Henri IV, Jean Marais interprétant Louis XV, Jean-Pierre Léaud habité par Louis XIV ... Ce cours aura pour avantage d'associer les méthodes d'interventions classiques aux moyens audiovisuels. Plusieurs films, dont des classiques seront visionnés.