LEWISTON – The Franco-American Heritage Center is offering a series of four workshops for people wanting to re-acquire their French language. The sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning March 22, at 46 Cedar St. The cost for the four sessions is $60.

Michel Courchesne, French teacher at Lewiston Middle School, will lead the introductory series for Lewiston-Auburn and surrounding area Franco-Americans who were brought up speaking French in their homes, but who have lost the use of the language. The classes are also offered to non-Francos who spoke French and want to improve their French.

Courchesne will lead participants through activities using a variety of methods. Materials will include songs, stories and excerpts from films, photos and family histories. Courchesne is a 22-year veteran of teaching middle school students, which has provided him with an expertise to work with all age groups.

Anyone who is uncomfortable speaking French because they have forgotten most of it or anyone who needs to practice with others is welcome.

The center also offers “La Rencontre” social gathering, with luncheon and a performance monthly, where all attendees are requested to speak French and fined 25 cents every time they lapse into English.

An additional incentive to join the class will be rewarded with a 25 percent discount coupon for the play, “La Souillonne,” written by Norman Beaupré and acted by Marie Cormier, to be held at the center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

For more information, call John Glaus, cultural affairs director, or to register, mail a check for $60 to Franco-American Heritage Center, PO Box 1627, Lewiston, ME 04241-1627.


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