Register for a Fall Class

This session we offer our usual grammar classes, conversation classes and reviews, and a unique selection of topics classes and workshops- some are even geared towards non-French speakers! Take advantage of our $30 discount on 10-Week adult classes through Sunday, Aug 27. 

Cooking with Valérie
September & October

AFMSP is delighted to expand its class offer by proposing cooking classes with Valérie Kohlmayr. Valérie is a French expat who is passionate about culinary arts and simple, healthy everyday home cooking. Register for a three-hour class to focus on a theme or technique or a series of four classes. No French experience required, classes will be led in English and French as appropriate for students. 
Join us for 4 cooking classes, once a week. There are a few day and time options:  Mondays 9 am to 12 pm, Thursdays 6 to 9 pm, or Saturdays 1 to 4 pm. See the themes below: 
* Week 1 (week of September 18) D ishes from the South of France (Poulet Basquaise (chicken with tomatoes and peppers) and a Tian Provencal (vegetable bake).
* Week 2 (week of September 25) Quiches and tartes: making une pate brisée for Quiche Loraine and Tarte Tatin.
* Week 3 (week of October 2) S easonal fall cooking: risotto aux champignons (mushroom risotto) and a gratin de courgettes (zucchini bake)
* Week 4 (week of October 9) Pâte à choux: make goug è res (savory puffs), chouquettes (sweet puffs), and mini Paris-Brest. (almond cream filled puffs).

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Les Événements

Les navigateurs de la littérature
Ce soir! Wednesday, Aug 9  
| 6 to 8 pm

Practice your reading skills and comprehension with AFMSP's Intermediate-Advanced book club. This month's selection is
Une gourmandise de Muriel Barbery. Led by volunteer Bridget and AF Education Intern Charlotte, members are welcome to ask questions about phrases, vocabulary or points of grammar that they did not understand. Everyone selects their favorite extract, reads it out loud and we discuss this passage. Discussion is in French! 
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Abend im Alsace
This Friday, Aug 11 | 6 to 9 pm

Celebrate Alsace as AFMSP partners with the Germanic-American Institute in St Paul. Be transported to Alsace with an evening of French music by Phillipe Gallandat, and Alsatian wines and cuisine. This event will take place at GAI: 301 Summit Ave, St Paul. Free admission, food and drink available for purchase.| Read more

Cathedrals and Gardens of Paris
Tourism and Photo Techniques
Thursday, Aug 17| 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Explore the beauty of the amazing cathedrals and gardens of France through photographer Shannon Ingham's work. Along the way, she will share her secrets to timing and framing the picture, suggested lenses, discuss IPhone vs camera, and some general tourism suggestions. | Read more
See our full calendar!
Adult Classes
Fall Session: registration is open!

Discover our new options :
-In Minneapolis, St Paul, Edina, Osseo and Rochester
- Original Topics Classes like Tous au théâtre et la cuisine du marché 
-Workshops including Beyond Beaujolais, les expressions idiomatiques
- Et même... les cours de cuisine!

All fall classes are open for registration online. View the full schedule here.

Save $30 on ten week classes when you register before August 26!
Register by phone: 612 332 0436

Classes in Edina, Rochester, St Paul, and Osseo!
This fall we will extend our off-site options to offer French for Travelers in Osseo!
We are also offering Foundation, Conversation, Topics, and Workshop options in Edina, Rochester and St Paul. 
Register here:

One-Day Workshop: Atelier Découverte! For Complete Beginners
Saturday Aug 19, 9 am to 12 pm, Are you wondering what it's like to take a French class? Give one a try in this 3 hour introducation to French. No French experience needed. $60

La Gastronomie: A French Immersion Evening
Sunday, Aug 28 from 4 to 8 pm
Spend an evening speaking French, while learning about French gastronomy! The soirée will be filled with workshops and end with a dîner leger prepared by all. Read more.

Unsure of your level? Take our placement test
Alliance Fran çaise for Kids and Teens
Fall Kids Classes Open for Registration on Friday
This selection includes grammar classes for Pre-K through 8th Grade. Most classes are held on Saturdays. Some classes held during the week for homeschooled students. Register   here

Summer Camps for Grades K-5
See the selection of camps here  and register online
One final camp is open for registration:
4th & 5th Grade: Aug 14-18, 1 to 4 pm

Summer Review for High Schoolers
Teens can review their French at AFMSP before heading back to school! Review session is three days a week, for one week. $95
M/T/TH August 21-25 from 4-6 pm:  Review for students having completed 
French 1 or 2
T/W/Th August 21-25 from 4 to 6 pm: Review for students having completed French 3 or 4
Les Djeunes : Visite en Kayak
AFMSP's High school club "Les Djeunes" is going on a kayaking tour of the
 Mississippi on Saturday, Aug 19 from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Let's enjoy a sunny afternoon on the river! 
I t's free for teens!

Limited spaces available! RSVP REQUIRED to Alexie
Activities with Les Djeunes are free! This group is sponsored by Best Buy Children's Fund

Les annonces  
Discover Senegal! A Guided Trip with AFMSP
January 26 to February 5, 2018

Join AFMSP and discover the land of  teranga !  After learning about Senegal during our month-long focus on that country in March 2017, our members asked for an opportunity to visit there with  Alliance  Française .  Et voilà !  


Begining in Dakar, we will learn more about the country's history and rich cultures.  On our way north to Saint Louis, the former French capitol of West Africa, we will stop in the Lompoul Desert for lunch and a camel ride in the dunes.  After exploring Saint Louis and meeting local artists, we travel south to Toubab Dialaw on the Petite-Côte, an area known for its beautiful beaches and artist colonies, with a stop in Thiès.


This special opportunity is perfect for people with a sense of adventure, looking to discover new French-speaking countries! Read more about this trip!

AF Merchandise 
Show off your support of AFMSP with some AF gear! Pour les bébés, AF onesies are now available ($15). Back by popular demand, we have issued some reprints of past t-shirts ($15). We have also created the perfect AF totebag for you to carry your classwork ($10). Purchase yours at AF's office! 

Discount for AF Members: Renaissance Festival
AF Members receive discounted admission to the Renaissance Festival when buying tickets in advance!
Read about their themed weekends. Email Anna for discount codes and instructions. 

Parlez français et Tricotez!
Some AF volunteers are starting up a French conversation and knitting group. This group will meet monthly, alternating locations, beginning in September. Geared towards those who already knit, or those who just want to speak, participants should already have a conversational French level, and be interested in meeting others who share their interests. Would you like to join? Please contact Anna if you would like to participate so that we can keep you updated on the details.  

AFMSP is Hiring a Children's Class Instructor
The Alliance Française of Minneapolis St Paul is currently accepting applications for French instructors specialized in children's classes. This is a part-time position, requiring availability on Saturdays and afternoons during the week. Read more here

Autour des Villes Jumelles

First Step Initiative is Recruiting Board Members
First Step Initiative is a Minnesota-based nonprofit operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We help women in the DR Congo in two ways: (a) we provide grants to support small groups of women in Lubumbashi who collectively will use the money to put their business dreams into action; and (b) we operate a sewing trade school to train women in machine sewing as a vocation. For BOD duties and more information visit their recruitment posting

Citroen CV2 for Sale
1985 Citroen 2CV.  One of the last of the French-built 2CVs.  I have owned the car for 20 delightful years and have driven it an average of only 400 miles per year.  It has ALWAYS been garaged (and never driven after September or before May).  The car has only 33,200 miles/53,400 km.  $15,000.  Contact Desmond at

Concordia Language Villages seek French Village Dean for Academic Year
The Academic Year French Dean is responsible for the program development and implementation of French Village programs from September through May. The Academic Year French Programs include Village Weekends for school groups, Adult Weeks, Immersion Weeks for school groups, Family Weekends, and Field trips. The Dean's responsibilities include planning and implementation in the areas of program, staff, budget and public relations, and interacting with the support staff from the facilities and operations areas at the Villages. Visit their posting

Discount for AF Members to Ragamala Dance and Alarmél Valli 
at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
Ragamala Dance Company launches its 25th anniversary home season with an evening of dance by legendary dancer/choreographer Alarmél Valli. Artistic Directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy have been studying Bharatanatyam under Ms. Valli since they met her in the Twin Cities in 1984; their training with this master artist formed the foundation of their aesthetic and has been fundamental to the work of the company.

In recognition of Alarmél Valli's contribution to dance, in 2004, she was awarded one of India's highest civilian honours - the 'Padma Bhushan', conferred by the President of India. In the same year, the Government of France conferred on her the Chevalier of Arts and Lettres. Amongst numerous awards received, are the President's award of "Padmasri", the Tamilnadu State Government award of Kalaimamani, the 'Grande Medaille de la Ville de Paris' from the City of Paris and the Award of the Sangeet Natak Akademy- the apex body for music, dance and drama in India.

Alarmél Valli Artist Talk
The Moving Temple: Dance and the Divine
Thursday, September 14th | 7 pm

Alarmél Valli Bharatanatyam Performance
Saturday, September 16th | 7:30 pm

AF Members receive a $2 discount on tickets. Tickets can be purchased here

English Instructor in France Seeks an Exchange with Twin Cities School
Sophie Galera, a high school teacher in a small town, Bellignat dans l'Ain, seeks a Twin Cities area high school to welcome a group of 30 students in March, April or May for a period of 15 days. She would love this to be the beginning of an exchange between local French classes and her school in France. If you have ideas or would like to share contacts at schools, please email her.

Seeking an Apartment near Paris for End of Summer? 
An AF member has a friend in Paris who is interested in renting their apartment from August 18-31. 
Location saisonnière type airbnb  du 18 au 31 août au 5 rue Michel JAZY 92130 ISSY LES MOULINEAUX : bel appartement 4 pièces de 85m2 proche Paris (XVéme arrondissement) et transports (métro (ligne 12), Tram (vers la Défense), RER (vers Versailles). Commerces à proximité. Living-room avec petit balcon, cuisine, 3 chambres (6 couchages), 2 salles-de-bain, un WC indépendant. 
Prix : 2.500€ cash en début de jouissance + 300€ de caution qui sera restitué à la fin du séjour. Contact :
Pas de retenue si annulation même au dernier moment. 
Règlement intérieur : ne convient pas aux animaux. Non fumeur. pas de fête ni de soirée.