Workshops: French History – Intermediate B1 & above

Intermediate B1, Advanced B2

Friday, 5:30pm-7pm
Feb 21, Feb 28, May 1, May 8, and May 15


Spring classes will start live on Zoom the week of Monday, April 6. Lessons will take place online while we are closed and will switch to in-person lessons at FIAF as soon as we are able to reopen.

90-minute / 2-hour classes: You meet on Zoom for the full duration of the class.

3-hour classes: The first 90 minutes of class will be live on Zoom. You will then receive 90 minutes of independent and mandatory work to be completed at your convenience before your next class. The offline activities are a full part of your weekly class. You will be able to connect with your teacher at anytime via an online platform if you have any questions.


Discover key moments in the history of France, from its birth to the present day.

$59 per workshop.
Led by Thierry Bidault.

  • Fri, Feb 21, from 5:30pm-7pm - La Révolution Française

    The French Revolution was not just a period of upheaval in France. It unleashed a wave of global conflicts and changes that extended from the Caribbean to the Middle East. The Revolution deeply altered the course of modern history on a large scale since it later helped Napoleon bring many of its principles to areas he conquered. Despite what many think, the Revolution was not only a people’s movement, it was also the Bourgeois and “Petite noblesse” who took part as well. Many of those who led the revolution actually had a comfortable statute in the society. We can even think that some of the Revolutionary leaders were more interested in power than in providing a real change for the people of France. During this workshop, we will take another look to this exceptional period and we will reopen the too often hidden “dossiers” of abuses and unfair decisions.

  • Fri, Feb 28, from 5:30pm-7pm - The Impressionist Movement

    During this workshop animated in French, we will look at the origins and history of the Impressionist movement. We will cover the life of great painters and their works using pictures and some videos.

    Manet, Pissaro, Boudin, Monet, Degas, Sisley, Renoir, Cezanne, Morisot, and Van Gogh found a new freedom in the expression in painting. They revolutionized the way of viewing by capturing the momentary and the impression objects made on the eyes in a fleeting moment. We will also make a detour in Giverny, Honfleur, Auvers sur Oise, and Provence.

  • Fri, May 1, from 5:30pm-7pm - L'incroyable histoire de Paris, de 50 av. JC à nos jours

    Cet atelier couvre 2000 ans de l’histoire de Paris, de sa naissance à nos jours. Avec l’aide de textes, photos et de vidéos, nous allons aborder un grand nombre de moments historiques et étonnants de la capitale française. Nous revivrons sa naissance et également celles des monuments de Paris. Vous allez découvrir ses origines et être surpris par ses secrets et son histoire. Cet atelier vous permettra également de « bien visiter Paris » ou de découvrir de nouveaux lieux lors de votre prochain voyage.

  • Fri, May 8, from 5:30pm-7pm - La Révolution Française

    The French Revolution was not just a period of upheaval in France. It unleashed a wave of global conflicts and changes that extended from the Caribbean to the Middle East. The Revolution deeply altered the course of modern history on a large scale since it later helped Napoleon bring many of its principles to areas he conquered. Despite what many think, the Revolution was not only a people’s movement, it was also the Bourgeois and “Petite noblesse” who took part as well. Many of those who led the revolution actually had a comfortable statute in the society. We can even think that some of the Revolutionary leaders were more interested in power than in providing a real change for the people of France. During this workshop, we will take another look to this exceptional period and we will reopen the too often hidden “dossiers” of abuses and unfair decisions.

  • Fri, May 15, from 5:30pm-7pm - The Impressionist Movement

    During this workshop animated in French, we will look at the origins and history of the Impressionist movement. We will cover the life of great painters and their works using pictures and some videos.

    Manet, Pissaro, Boudin, Monet, Degas, Sisley, Renoir, Cezanne, Morisot, and Van Gogh found a new freedom in the expression in painting. They revolutionized the way of viewing by capturing the momentary and the impression objects made on the eyes in a fleeting moment. We will also make a detour in Giverny, Honfleur, Auvers sur Oise, and Provence.