Due to the COVID-19 situation, staff and teachers at the Alliance Française de Berkeley responded quickly to maintain safety and quality classes for our students, members, and teachers.
Until further notice all our classes for adults and children will be virtual.
What are Virtual Classes?
Virtual classes include online teaching and learning environments where teachers and students can engage and interact with another and work in groups.
It is like a live class, but each person is in a different location.
What Do You Need?
- A computer and an internet connection.
- Computer must have audio and microphone access; camera access is a plus but not required.
- In case a student does not have internet or a computer, it is possible to join a class by phone.
- Pedagogical material/Textbooks: All textbook classes include a .pdf version and audio files on the class platform. Literature classes will use E-books or paper version when available. Details are provided in the class description.
If you prefer to work with a regular book, (paper version), you can purchase the books here and we will arrange pick-up at our alliance address.
How will the class work?
We are working with Zoom, a virtual video conferencing provider.
The teacher will email you an invitation with a link to join the meeting.
For your first connection, try to connect 10 minutes in advance in case you need to test the computer audio, or the connection itself.
Have your book next to you with a notebook or paper and pen for notes.
Wait for the teacher to open the class.
You will be able to see and interact with the teacher and other participants, you will be able to follow on your screen the lesson and you will have notes from the teacher on the screen also.
A white board is available if the teacher wants to use this tool for writing exercises.
Certain classes will have access to Apolearn, an e-platform where teacher can share resources, documents, homework.
It allows a safe sharing and communication space, that is a plus in case a class is missed.
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