The Alliance Française of Northwestern Connecticut (AFNWCT) is offering Beginning and Intermediate French classes for adults in Southbury.

The Intermediate class meets five Wednesdays from 10:30 to noon, starting January 29.

The Beginners’ class meets five Mondays from 10:30 to noon, starting January 27. (No class Feb. 17)

For information, cost, and registration, call: 203-262-8594, or e-mail:

The Alliance Française will also sponsor its annual “Concours,” an essay-writing competition for public school and private school French language students, ages 12 to 18. It will be held Monday, February 24, at 3:45 p.m. at Shepaug Valley School, 159 South Street, Washington, CT. Participants may bring a paperback French/English dictionary with them.

As many as eight cash prizes, each ranging from $50 to $200, will be awarded to the winning essayists at Levels I, II, III, and IV. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alliance Française April 26, 2014.

Students must register before February 14, 2014. For information and registration, call: 860-868-7326, or e-mail:


The Alliance Française is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the language and literature of France and other French-speaking countries as well as French-American friendships. Programs include: French films, lectures, holiday celebrations, conversation groups, reading groups, travel opportunities, and language classes. For information, call: 203-263-4096write: or consult the Web at: