LEWISTON — The Gendron Franco Center will start a new session of “Fun in French” classes on Saturday, Jan. 13.

The course will consist of two sessions running from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. for ages 4 to 7 and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 12. The classes will take place over six weeks. A full schedule of classes will be available at the first session, by contacting the center or visiting the website and Facebook page.

No prior language experience is necessary. A parent, grandparent or other adult caregiver should accompany each child under age 8.

The intention is to provide an opportunity for families to learn activities in French that they can build on with each session. The Maine French Heritage Language Program curriculum is used as the foundation. The MFHLP curriculum provides quality fun by offering a wide range of activities influenced by the local Franco-American and other French-speaking cultures.

The course will be taught by Jacynthe Jacques, a native of the Eastern Township region of Quebec. She has lived in the area for more than 20 years.

The Gendron Franco Center has a minimum requirement of five students a class, with a maximum of 15 students.


The center strives to provide quality fun to as many young people as possible by offering Fun in French classes free through grants from the French American Cultural Exchange – French Heritage Language Program of New York, the L-A Children Foundation and other grants.

For more information or to register, go to francocenter.org, email jjacques@francocenter.org or call the center at 207-783-1585. People may like the center on Facebook for information on all programs.

Participating in a previous Fun in French session are, from left, Rebecca Jacques, Amber Landry, Holly Aloegnikou, Lauren McNutt-Girouard and Hayley Aloegnikou.

Jacynthe Jacques

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