Fun French Fridays!

New Friday opportunities for French! A book discussion for those who like to read… đź“–
…. & a conversation class based on a TV show for those who prefer Netflix đź“ş

Club de lecture Join Marianne Gomis-Bentho and me this Friday, May 1 at 6:30 pm ET (3:30 pm PT) for the second installment of our biweekly Club de lecture book discussions. We had great fun two weeks ago talking about part 1 of La Peste; this time we’ll be discussing Une si longue lettre by Senegalese writer Mariama Bâ. Cost $10-$20 or pay what you can. Register here
–> You can join us even if you haven’t read the book—maybe you’ll decide that you want to read it after hearing the discussion. Marianne is Senegalese herself and is sure to have lots of great insights… plus she’s a lot of fun… you won’t be sorry you came! 

Fun French Fridays đź“ş

Do you like to watch TV? Want to improve your French language skills and deepen your cultural understanding? Come have fun & learn lots by discussing the six episodes season 1 of Call My Agent, a delightful French series available on Netflix.

–> In class Anna will present screen shots of the episode and lead conversations designed to improve your functional fluency in the French language. You contribute to the conversation according to your level, but since you have already seen the episode you’ll be able to understand a lot regardless of level!

Click here to read more and register.

Every other Friday at 6:30 pm ET/ 3:30 pm PT starting May 8.

Une si longue lettre (Mariama Bâ) pour notre prochain club de lecture !

Come join Marianne Gomis-Bentho and me for a 1-hour discussion (in French) of Mariama Bâ’s Une si longue lettre on Friday, May 1 at 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PT. Register here.

This is the second in a biweekly series of book discussions with Anna and Marianne.

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Marianne, who was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, teaches French in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Organization and Global Studies at Pepperdine University. (You can read more about me on my website:

Cost for the 1-hour discussion is $10-$20 (sliding scale). If you’ve been hit hard financially by COVID-19 and you can’t afford $10-$20, pay what you can or take it as a gift.

Payment can be made by Venmo (@Anna-Gilcher), Google Pay ( or Paypal ( – Friends & Family – no credit cards please)

Book available on Kindle for only $3 if you don’t have a paper copy. (You don’t need to have a Kindle — you can read on your phone, tablet, or computer).

Register here.


Club de lecture & cours de français!

New and continued opportunities for French learning!

NEW! Book club discussion of part 1 of La Peste

Come join the fabulous Marianne Gomis-Bentho* and me (preview video here, picture above) for a 1-hour discussion, in French, of Albert Camus’ La Peste on Tuesday, April 14 at 2 pm ET/5 pm PT. We’ll be discussing PARTIE I. Book available here. Cost for the 1-hour discussion is $10-$20 (sliding scale). If you’ve been hit hard financially by COVID-19 and you can’t afford $10-$20, pay what you can or take it as a gift. Register here. 

This is the first in what will be a biweekly series of book discussions on texts from Francophone Africa and other parts of the French-speaking world.

*Marianne was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal and teaches French in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Organization and Global Studies at Pepperdine University. 

NEW! French immersion kids’ class starts April 15

A special 4-week class for 1st-3rd graders in French immersion (or who speak French in other contexts) starts Wednesday, April 15 – 4:30-5:30 pm. Register at

Registration for Spring II session of French classes now open

Spring II session classes begin April 20. There are lots and lots of classes, all currently online! There’s definitely one for you. Remember, your brain can learn French. It really can. See the full schedule (and register) at or register directly at


I’m doing a French class open house at Bonjour Books – Kensington, MD!

Come to the French class open house at Bonjour Books DC & try out a sample class on Thursday, January 23. Cost is just $20.

Space is limited—reserve your spot in advance at

  • Beginning class (novice low-novice mid) 6:30-7:00 pm
  • Advanced Beginning class (novice mid-novice high) 7:15-7:45
  • Intermediate class (intermediate low-intermediate high) 8-8:30 pm

Not sure which level to sign up for?  Come and I will help you figure that out!

—> Can’t come to the sample class?

—> Are you ready to register for the six-week session?

Six-week session begins February 6 at Bonjour Books

$210 for six classes; $40 drop-in

  • Beginning French, Thursdays 6-7 pm
  • Advanced Beginning French, Thursdays 7:15-8:15 pm
  • Intermediate French, Thursdays 8:30-9:30 pm

Register at

Don’t “pose a rabbit”! Join us for online & in-person classes starting Monday 1/20!

Ne nous posez pas un lapin! Venez nombreux!*

FRENCH CLASSES START ON MONDAY—in person and online.

*Don’t stand us up (literally, don’t “pose us a rabbit”)! Come one, come all!

Register now to reserve your spot.

Also, I’ve got NEW classes at Bonjour Books in Kensington on Thursdays. 
—> See below for more information & check out the French class open house on January 23


Monday classes
  • Advanced Beginning French 9:45-10:45 am
  • Advanced Beginning/Intermediate French 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Advanced Beginning French ONLINE 6:30-7:30 pm ET
Tuesday classes
  • Advanced – Speak & Write with Savoir Faire: Refining Your French 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Intermediate French ONLINE 6:30-7:30 pm ET
+ French for French Teachers classes begin February 4 – six-week session ONLINE
—> 4:30-5:30 pm ET
—> 7:45-8:45 pm ET
Wednesday classes
  • Intermediate/Advanced French conversation 10-11 am
Thursday classes at Bonjour Books, Kensington MD
*NEW* 6-week sessions at Bonjour Books starting Feb 4!
—> Try out a sample class on January 23 for just $20—register at
  • Beginning French 6-7 pm
  • Advanced Beginning French 7:15-8:15 pm
  • Intermediate French 8:30-9:30 pm

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Come to southwest France with me in 2020! (Come on pilgrimage, or for yoga & language immersion, or for both)

Pilgrimage to SW France – April 23-30

I’m leading a pilgrimage to southwest France this April, together with the Rev. David Wacaster, Rector of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, and John Spencer of Wonder Voyage.

You may not know that in addition to being a French teacher, I was a longtime spiritual director and am a graduate of Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program. It is a true honor and delight for me to be collaborating in the planning and leadership of this pilgrimage.

Join us for a fun, prayerful, discovery-rich time of shared experience. From Toulouse & Bordeaux to the Chemin de Saint-Jacques (el Camino de Santiago de Compostela) and Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, Plum Village & Saint-Just-de-Valcabrère, we’ll be opening ourselves up the sacred in the places we visit as well as in ourselves and each other.

To learn more & to register, go to


2nd Annual Yoga & Dual-Language Immersion in Agen, France – May 2-8

Last year was such a blast—and so successful in terms of language & cultural exchange—that we absolutely had to do it again. Half of our participants are French and the other half are American. It’s dual immersion for grown-ups with yoga to support and integrate the learning and acquisition. Such fun! Yoga teacher Galen Tromble, English teacher Judy Dubois and I are thrilled to be offering this again, with the help of local yoga teacher Sophie Coat and massage therapist Susan Barg. Learn more and register at


Join our 2019-20 cohort – “Teaching with Culturally Responsive CI”

Deadline for registration is TONIGHT – 11:59 pm PT. Don’t miss out on excellent, extremely affordable, professional development that takes you step by step through the whole school year!

Anna Gilcher, PhD - Changing (My) Life with French

Rachelle and I are so excited to have launched a credit-bearing online course for language teachers!

We take you step by step along a success path to develop your Culturally Responsive CI teaching practice.

Content is shared weekly over 12 months. Each week’s instruction only takes an average of 20 minutes.

Through crystallized learning modules, curated resources, concrete
actions you can take in your classroom, and guided reflection, we walk
you through the 5 stages of Teaching with Culturally Responsive
Comprehensible Input:
1. Understanding CI
2. Providing CI
3. Witnessing Progress
4. Trusting the Process
5. Deepening Your Culturally Responsive CI Practice

Course Cost – $250 (less than $5/week!)
…or 4 payments of $62.50
1-4 Graduate-level credits available from University of the Pacific.

  • Engaging with the modules over the course of the year earns you one
    graduate-level credit with no additional work required.
  • Each additional graduate-level credit requires a 3-page…

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