Conversational French for Adults

June 29 – August 17, 2021
10 weeks / 13.3 class hours
Tuesdays 1 hour 20 minutes
7:30-8:50pm Eastern; 6:30-7:50pm Central, 5:30-6:50pm Mountain, 4:30-5:50pm Pacific

Instructor: Michelle
Location: Online via Zoom
Level: Beginner
Age: Adults, 18+
Class Size: Minimum 3 students; Maximum 8 students

Materials Needed: None. All material will be provided.

What can I expect to learn?
We will review all prerequisites. Each week, there will be a different theme upon which students can expand – family, current events, past and future travel, favorite vacations, any experiences students may have had during the week, among others. While enhancing conversational skills and reviewing grammar, language pronunciation will be a major focal point. The main goal of this course is to improve confidence and enhance ease of conversational engagement as well as improved use of grammatical structures. Students will be informally assessed at the beginning of each class via student/teacher interactions.

Cost: $150

Payments options are as follows:
Pay in full today: $150
Hold your spot and pay the rest by January 10, 2021: $170 ($50 deposit now. Additional $120 paid by January 10, 2021).

Payment is accepted by credit card, Venmo, Zelle, Google Pay, and Paypal.


Michelle was born and raised in Puerto Rico, speaking Spanish as her first language, and gained fluency in French as a child. She has a BA in French from Boston College, a MA in French Literature from Tufts University, and a MA of Music and Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music.

Michelle worked as a court room language interpreter for the Massachusetts judicial system for over 4 years and held membership in the American Translators Association. Over the last 20 years, she has taught French and Spanish at several universities and institutions including Roxbury Community College, Boston Language Institute, Newton Community Education program, Brookline Adult Education program, Framingham State University, Emerson College, Lasell College, and several others. She currently works as a Spanish Instructor at Arlington Community Education, and worked before this year’s pandemic as a French Instructor at Newton Adult education program and Newton North High School, a French and Spanish instructor at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and an interpreter and translator of French/English/Spanish in Massachusetts.

Michelle is passionate about language and music. When not teaching, Michelle also pursues her career as a musician and has released several albums in various styles of music. She has also worked as a private language and diction coach for classical vocalists since 1995.

Michelle completely lost her sight by the age of 5 and has had the opportunity to contribute to research and projects to help the visually challenged community. She published a paper in 2009 on Disability and foreign language teaching and served as a speaker/lecturer at NERRALD conference (New England Region Association of Language Lab Directors) on the use of adaptive technology for the visually challenged.