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Le Magazine de l’Alliance Française de Melbourne mar-apr-jun 12 12

Melbourne 7 - 25 March term 2 > starts 16 april Conference on biodiversity

Why choose Alliance Française expertise ● Be part of a worldwide network with common standards; ● First language school for French in Victoria; ● Teaching team comprising of native French speakers;

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● Friendly and intimate environment; ● Class size limited to 16 students; ● Courses orientated towards conversation skills and conducted in French; ● Latest technologies available (interactive whiteboard, video projector);

flexibility ● All levels covered; ● Various formulas to match your timetable: standard and express courses, intensive sessions, private tuition and more!

more than just a class ● French library with cds, dvds, books and magazines available; ● Wide range of cultural activities immersing you in French culture; ● Social networking

summary Resource centre Holiday Intensive Courses Express Courses p.6>12 Alliance Française French Film Festival High School Students p.13 P.14/15 Term 2 décollage 16 April Francophonie Week P.16 Melbourne Salon P.17

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Biodiversity Conference Venue Hire / Violette Fund Atelier Cinéma / Conversation Groups French Tests Music Memberships French Diplomas Children / Berthe Mouchette

A whole team to welcome you Information and registration: Elyne Astruc Nadie Butcher Clémence Ribaucourt Francine Schaepper Nicole Vu-Minter

Berthe Mouchette Competition Kellee Lewis

French courses, tests and examinations, school visits: Aurelie Pierre Elise Froumson

Director Saliha Lefevre

Cultural centre: Françoise Libotte

Deputy Director (French courses and training) Alice Gauny

Interns Elsa Madurga Thomas Baude Thomas Dietrich

Communication and design Mathieu Vendeville Library Fabienne Roussel Administration: Penny Matthews

Contact Us Opening Hours Mon - Thu 9.00am to 8.30pm Fri - Sat 9.00am to 6.00pm Sun 1.00pm to 6.00pm Closed on 12 March, 6, 9 and 25 April March-April-June 2012 Issue Editorial Contributions: Alliance Française team. Design & Layout: Mathieu Vendeville. Printed by Barney's Group Pty Ltd.

An active Board of Directors: Gilbert Ducasse, President Philip Anderson, Vice-president Inez Dussuyer, Secretary Peter Rohan, Treasurer Robin Brett Mark Cleary Warren Fagan Angela Jurjevic Kevin Lane Randy Marshall Michelle Wild Kathy Wynn

A teaching team of native French speakers: Alejandro Gaitan Janina Starnawski De Aleksandra Kostecki Saxce Anne-Laure Paillard Johan Brochet Anne-Sophie Pink Lydie Paget Bruno Spandonide Marie Capcarrere Caroline Bollard Marion Nouvel Célia Furt Myriam Bourdon Céline Dandoy Olimpia Rosenblum Chantal Boisgontier Vanessa Rocher Danielle Schilling Vincent Hanon Géraldine Louison Yoann Vidor Alliance Française de Melbourne 51 Grey Street, ST KILDA, VIC 3182, AUSTRALIA Tel: (61-3) 9525 3463 / Fax: (61-3) 9525 5064. Printed on 100% recycled paper. E-mail:

So far as lawfully possible the Alliance française de Melbourne and its management and staff accepts no responsibility for or in relation to the contents whether express or implied of any advertisement appearing in this magazine nor for the safety, quality, or accuracy of any premises, goods, services or information referred to therein.

Resource Centre


New arrivals! Du domaine des murmures

Carole Martinez

Esclarmonde, jeune recluse volontaire, nous chuchote un chant étincelant. Sous la plume fraîche et chaloupée de l’auteure, ce conte médiéval (où grâce et barbarie conversent intimement) apparait très moderne. Ce livre a reçu le Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. Prestigieuse récompense non galvaudée.

bibliothèque adulte

Le vestibule des causes perdues, Manon Moreau

Note : l’espace enfant est fermé au public durant l’heure du conte et les cours p’tits loups !

Book club Thème: les secrets de famille

9 mai, 30 mai & 20 juin Vous aimez lire et parler des livres ? Rejoignez-nous…


Une jeune fille au cheveux blancs, Fanny Chesnel

Indignez vous ! Stéphane Hessel

Eden à l’ouest, un film de Costa-Gavras

Skirt Day un film de Jean-Paul Lilienfeld

BIbliothèque de l’apprenant

l’espace enfants

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

Brigade Sud: La disparition, J.L. Luciani

Imagine Alice, Jeannette Ward

L’enfant de Noé, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

The flight of the Red Ballon (DVD), un film de Hou Hsiao-Hsien


French Courses: Holiday Intensive / Term 1 Express

Holiday Intensive Adults Learn the French way

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10 13 apr apr to

From year 7 to year 12

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10 01 mar apr to

Choose the express pace session B - $345/c$311

Learn faster over the week- 4 hrs / week over 5 weeks. end, in a free mind set Sat mornings or Sun afternoons. Week-end classes allow you to spend more time in our library, enjoy the regular exhibitions, in a real language immersion

In addition, you can join the other students for a morning tea session Saturday or an afternoon tea Sunday with coffee and French pastries.

French Film Festival 2012 - Special Events


let's celebrate the French cinema! From modest beginnings in 1989, the ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL has emerged as one of the pre-eminent events on Australia’s cultural calendar. With the aim to promote French culture and enable audiences to discover the variety within french cinema, this beloved celebration, which will take place nationally from 7th to 25th March, welcomed a recordbreaking 130,000 attendees

during its 2011 season and for wed sun its 23rd outing will feature over to 1,300 sessions at 17 locations across the country. The 2012 mar mar programme incorporates 9 eclectic sections for a total of 45 fantastic films dedicated to a evenings about: chocolate, host of universal themes, certain Paris, Provence and even to entice the ‘bon vivant’ in us all! Marilyn Monroe. Francophiles, cinema lovers, inquiring minds, let’s celebrate A number of Special Events will be on offer again during the the French cinema! festival. This year, we invite you to attend themed

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Special Events - French Film Festival 2012



07 mar

Opening night f ilm and party

Wednesday 7 March, 7pm Palace Cinema Como Melbourne première of

Declaration of war

La guerre est déclarée Followed by opening night gala CTC - 2011 - 100 mins Director: Valérie Donzelli With: V. Donzelli, J. Elkaïm, C. Desseix, G. Elkaïm, M. Moretti, B. de Staël Based on real-life events experienced by filmmaker Valérie sun

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Donzelli and co-star/writer Jérémie Elkaïm, Declaration of War tells the powerful story of a young Parisian couple suddenly dragged from their carefree existence by an unexpected twist of fate. Their infant son Adam is critically ill... Official Submission France 2012 Academy Awards - Best Foreign Language Film Tickets are selling fast!

Closing night event

Sunday 25 March, 8.15pm for 8.45pm Palace Cinema Como Join us for complimentary drinks & canapés before the only festival screening of:

The Last Metro

Le dernier metro

PG - 1980 - 131 mins Director: François Truffaut With: C. Deneuve, G. Depardieu, J. Poiret, A. Ferréol, J.L. Richard 1942, Paris is under Nazi occupation. Marion Steiner is left to manage a small theatre company when her Jewish husband Lucas is forced

into exile under the German occupation of Paris. Marion stars in the company’s new play, The Disappearance, alongside Bernard Granger, a womanising but talented actor who is also a member of the Resistance. As Bernard’s passion for Marion grows, emotional complications arise between the two and loyalties are compromised due to their respective connections. This is a must-see classic. Césars Ceremony 1981: Winner - Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film

French Film Festival 2012 - Special Events


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An evening in Provence

Thursday 8 March, 6pm drinks for 6.30pm screening Palace Brighton Bay Patricia, a young and beautiful woman encounters Jacques Mazel, a seductive and handsome pilot from a bourgeois family at the beginning of the Second World TheWellDigger’sDaughter War. Unfortunately is Jacques immediately sent off to fight La Fille du Puisatier in the war, leaving behind his CTC - 2011 - 107 mins fleeting romance with PatriciaDirector: Daniel Auteuil With: D. Auteuil, K. Merad, S. Azéma, who is pregnant... J.P. Darroussin, A. Berges-Fresbey, This is drama at its most beautiful.

Join us for a glass of Les Valentines rosé compliments of Halle aux Vins with appetizers and dessert compliments of La Tropézienne before the Melbourne premiere of:


08 mar

Marilyn Monroe's mystery

Thursday 8 March, 6.30pm for 7pm screening Palace Westgarth Join us for cheese and wine before the Balwyn premiere of:

Nobody Else But You Poupoupidou

MA15+ - 2011 - 102 mins Director: Gérald HustacheMathieu With: J.P. Rouve, S. Quinton, G. Gouix, A. Khanjian, O. Rabourdin

Rousseau, a bestselling crime novelist from Paris, doesn’t buy the suicide by pills of Candice Lecoeur, a young, vibrant and attractive woman who thought she was the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe and managed to become a model.

Special Events - French Film Festival 2012



13 mar

All about chocolate

Tuesday 13 March, 6pm for 6.30pm screening Palace Balwyn Join us for chocolates compliments of Cacao and a glass of bubbles before the Melbourne première of:

Romantics Anonymous Les Émotifs Anonymes M - 2011 - 80 mins Director: J.P. Améris With: B. Poelvoorde, I. Carré, A. Pol, L. Cravotta, P. Niney


14 mar

Two emotionally-challenged chocolate makers - too shy to talk to others, make encounters, or anything beyond that find the perfect recipe for love in this moving comedy that has wowed French audiences.

Paris through music

Wednesday 14 March, 6pm for 6.30pm screening Kino Cinemas Join us for a French cocktail with Vedrenne Liquors compliments of Spirits of France and live music by Metro Mademoiselle followed by the Melbourne Première of:

Paris - Manhattan

Paris – Manhattan

CTC - 2012 - 90 mins Director: Sophie Lellouche With: A. Taglioni, P. Bruel, M.C. Adam, L. Do de Lencquesain, W. Allen

Dreamy pharmacist Alice is totally obsessed with the works of Mr. Allen. Alice’s increasingly concerned family hopes to cure her fixation by setting her up with a handsome French gentleman (Patrick Bruel), but even he quickly realises that he’s no match for the man of her dreams...

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A HAPPY EVENT (Un heureux événement) 107mins - 2011 - MA15+. Dir: Rémi Bezançon (With: Louise Bourgoin, Pio Marmaï & Josiane Balasko) This stylish, contemporary drama with a comedic tone, takes an intimate look at a woman’s most joyful, painful, terrifying and lifechanging experience: first-time motherhood.

AND IF WE ALL LIVED BELOVED (Les bien-aimés) TOGETHER (Et si on vivait tous 135mins - 2011 - MA15+

ensemble) 94mins - 2012 - CTC Dir: Stéphane Robelin (With: Guy Bedos, Daniel Brühl, Geraldine Chaplin & Jane Fonda) Annie, Jean, Claude, and Jeanne have been friends for more than 40 years. So when the possibility of being consigned to an old-age home rears its ugly head, they rebel and decide to cohabit.

Dir: Christophe Honoré (With: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni & Ludivine Sagnier) Starring Catherine Deneuve and her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni, this sly and exquisitely romantic musical-drama spans four decades as it follows a mother and daughter’s twin misadventures in love.


nos envies) 120mins - 2011 - CTC Dir: Philippe Lioret (With: Vincent Lindon & Marie Gillain) Claire, a 30-year-old judge at Lyon magistrates’ court, becomes locked in a fight for justice, on behalf of citizens impacted by the unscrupulous practices of the financial services industry.

POINT BLANK (A bout portant)

85mins - 2010- CTC Dir: Fred Cayavé (With: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin & Elena Anaya) In this classic wrong-man scenario, an innocent nurse-in-training whose career is on the rise, finds himself entangled in a web of violent chaos when his wife is kidnapped, before his very eyes, from their apartment one evening.


French Film Festival 2012 Highlights


OMAR KILLED ME (Omar m’a tuer) 85mins - 2011 - MA15+ Dir: Roschdy Zem (With: Sami Bouajila, Denis Podalydès & Maurice Bénichou) Based on a true story, this compelling drama revists a famous murder case in which a poorly educated Moroccan immigrant was imprisoned for a crime that he may not have committed.


THE ART OF LOVE (L’art d’aimer) 85mins - 2011 - CTC Dir: Emmanuel Mouret (With: Emmanuel Mouret, Pascale Arbillot, Ariane Ascaride, François Cluzet, Julie Depardieu & Gaspard Ulliel) In this charming comedy, we follow the romantic and sexual misadventures of four Parisian couples.

THE CONQUEST (La conquête) 105mins - 2011 – MA15+ Dir: Xavier Durringer (With: Denis Podalydès, Florence Pernel & Bernard Le Coq). This part fictional, part factual biopic gives an account of the rise of President Nicolas Sarkozy to power. The film opens on the night of Mr Sarkozy’s election victory, 6 May 2007.


(Présumé coupable) 102mins 2011- CTC. Dir: Vincent Garenq (With: Philippe Torreton, Noémie Lvosky & Wladimir Yordanoff) This chillingly raw account of one of France’s most famous miscarriages of justice, tells the true story of Alain Marécaux, a family man from north of France who was wrongly accused and jailed for paedophilia in 2001.

(Les émotifs anonymes) 80mins - 2010 - M. Dir: JeanPierre Améris (With: Benoît Poelvoorde & Isabelle Carré) Two shy chocolate makers find the perfect recipe for love in this moving comedy.

puisatier) 107mins - 2011 - CTC Dir: Daniel Auteuil (With: Daniel Auteuil, Kad Merad, & JeanPierre Darroussin). At the onset of WWII, a young and beautiful country girl has a chance encounter with a seductive and handsome pilot from a bourgeois family.

French Film Festival 2012 - School Screenings


Special School Screenings

$10.50 /

1 teacher free for every 20 students

Each year in March, the Alliance Française de Melbourne presents school screenings at Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, Kino Cinemas, Palace Brighton Bay and Palace Westgarth. Free educational kits with French language activities help students and teachers get the most from their cinematic experience.

Further information at: ► ► For bookings, please contact:Aurélie Pierre at:

French Courses: High School Students


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VCE Year 11 & 12 IMMERSION CAMP PortSea Camp - $370

This weekend is dedicated to various activities focusing on reading, writing, listening and speaking. Join our dynamic team of French teachers and enjoy speaking 100% French

over a weekend, in a pleasant location, with in addition, live entertainment and movie screening in the evening. Fill in the online enrolment form and send it to us.

For more information, check our website: or contact Alice Gauny at or Aurélie Pierre at

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You’ve missed a class or you’re going to miss classes before the end of the term? Don’t despair! You are required to enroll for the entire term (no pro rata rate) but : If you miss a class, you can take a catch up lesson Please note that the catch up has got to be organised before the next class. If you know beforehand, you will be away for 3, 4, 5 weeks, we offer you for: 3 classes missed: ►1 hour private tuition 4 classes missed: ►1,5 hour private tuition 5 classes missed: ►2 hours private tuition

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Writing competition

Aperitif en Français

To celebrate the Francophonie Week, Alliance Française invites you to participate in a writing competition. Write a text on the dream (le rêve), including at least six words from the following list: Âme, autrement, caractère, chez, confier, histoire, naturel, penchant, songe, transports. Free choice of form (poem or other); length min 100 / max 400 words. Entries due by 26 March

Get together at Lina’s bar for our “Aperitif en Français” rendez-vous

Dis-moi 10 mots qui parlent du rêve

French WorldWide

Sat 31 March, 2pm - 6pm, Free

Join us for a festive afternoon of “French on 5 continents”, where activities will be presented by Alliance Française students and team. Food, beverage and music will also be available. For further information, see our website;

Thu 29 March from 6.30pm til 8pm

Lina’s bistro à vins, $40/person What about having a drink while chatting in French in a French inspired wine bar? Don’t miss the “Apéritif en français” held at Lina’s bistro à vins, 114 Bridport St, Albert Park The conversation will be led by an Alliance française’s teacher. Inclusive of 2 glasses of wine (except sparkling) and finger food.

Cinema - Alliance Française French film festival 2012 from March 7 til March 25

Don’t miss out the section “French around the world” during the AF FFF 2012 : Nothing to declare, Café de Flore, the Giants, Elles.

Melbourne Salon


The Melbourne tue


You are invited to the next Melbourne

17 Salon at the Alliance Française apr Tuesday 17 April, 7-9 pm, $15

Join us for a stimulating conversation between David Pledger and Michael Shirrefs on the current state of arts and culture in Australia and France, and more widely in Europe. David Pledger is the Artistic Director of interdisciplinary arts company, not yet it’s difficult (NYID). His documentaries, video-art, live performances and interactive artworks have been presented in theatres, galleries, museums, car-parks, stables, film studios and streets around the world. From 2009-2011 he was based in Brussels as the Inaugural Director of the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM) and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Michael Shirrefs is the producer/presenter of Creative Instinct - the new weekly arts feature program on ABC Radio National. Michael is known for his research on a large collection of books given to the State Library of Victoria in 1880 and the exhibition Paris to Melbourne with an Atlas - which he curated in late 2010 to coincide with the 120th anniversary of Alliance Française de Melbourne. Michael recently spent time in Europe, attempting to gauge the health of European culture since the Global Economic Downturn.

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Alliance française can provide you with � General French or specialised French classes; � For small or big groups; � On a regular or more intensive basis. Morning / midday or after work; � Flexibility in times and locations; � Qualified native Frenchspeaking teachers; � High quality educational standards and up-to-date teaching methodology; � Advice on the French culture and cross-cultural communication;

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â—? Free assessment for non-beginners; â—? Free access to our resource center; â—? Invitation to cultural events. More info please contact Alice Gauny at or AurĂŠlie Pierre at



Biodiversity tue

Scientif ic and social issues

A conference by French professor, Alain Pavé based on a

15 may documentary by Bruno Cédat, biology engineer.

Tuesday 15 may, 6.30 pm / Alliance Française de Melbourne /Ballroom

The Alliance Française de Melbourne will organise a conference presented by Alain Pavé and Bruno Cédat about the notion of biodiversity, and its scientific and social meaning. Alain Pavé is a French emeritus university professor, member of the Academy of Technology and former director of the CRNS Amazonian Program in French Guyana. He is specialised in the dynamic of biodiversity, biology, in both theoretical and progressive ecology, and in the science of the environment. This conference will be based on Bruno Cedat’s documentary, The Goolarabooloo between Nature and Tradition. Biodiversity and ecosystem.

Bruno Cedat is an INSA engineer, specialised in biology. In August 2010, Bruno Cedat spent some time in an Aboriginal community to film a documentary about biodiversity. This project led him to meet scientists, biodiversity and ecosystems restoration specialists. Assisted by French scientist, Alain Pavé and Kingsley Dixon, Director of the botanic garden in Perth, Bruno Cedat’s documentary reveals the biological wealth of Western Australia and the privileged relations of the Aboriginal with environment. From this documentary, Alain Pavé will raise the notion of biodiversity, its interpretation by

both scientists and the public opinion, but also its scientific, social and cultural meanings. This debate will increase the awareness of the public towards environmental thematic through an educational documentary. Entry Free – bookings essential online at: or by telephone on 9525 3463

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FUNCTIONS & MEETINGS Artist's spaces for hire Venue hire is available for: ● Corporate functions; ● Wedding ceremonies; ● Private functions(*)

Are you an artist looking for a space to exhibit or to perform? Whether you are a professional or newly graduated artist looking for a space to exhibit, we have Eildon Mansion’s spaces: a number of exhibition spaces ● The Ballroom (up to 200); available for hire for two or one ● The Cafeteria (up to 60); week duration. ● The Basement Kitchen (up to A performance space is also 45); available for hire for concerts, ● Meeting rooms with interac- CD launches, theatre plays or tive whiteboards (up to 20). screenings. To view our various spaces available, please visit our website at For further information, please contact Françoise Libotte at *Subject to approval

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Atelier Cinéma / Casual Conversation groups


02 may


Atelier cinéma

Welcome - $20

Bilal finally reaches Calais but community of struggling Wed 02 may 6pm>8.30pm the illegal aliens in Calais is → Open to everybody captured with authenticity, from the point of view of Watch a French indie movie people who arrived there and talk about it afterwards, knowing nothing about France. while enjoying a glass of This immigrant drama, with wine and French cheese. wonderful performances by the actors, is a strong story Bilal, a 17 years old Kurdish which uses documentary boy from Iraq, sets off on an austerity and minimalist style adventure-filled journey across to create a great emotional Europe. He wants to get to impact. England to see his love who lives there.

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French practice and fun without a long term commitment!

Soirée du mardi - $18/c$15

P’tit Dej’ du jeudi - $18/c$15

Nice and cosy, with a glass of wine and some French cheese... Perfect for those who want to speak French in a relaxed atmosphere. All levels welcome!

Ideal for gourmands, our p’tit déj’ du jeudi will delight those looking for French conversation around a table laden with coffee and croissants. Miam!

Tue 6.30pm > 8.00pm > All levels

Thu 10.30am > 12.00pm > Waystage level

French Tests


French Tests Alliance Franรงaise de Melbourne is accredited by the French government and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry to run all the French language tests allowing you to reach your goals!

Do you need to have your competency in French assessed and certified in order to enrol in a French university? Do you plan to migrate to France or to another French-speaking country such as Canada? TCF & TEF

Both tests allow non-native speakers of French wishing to study in France or to move to Canada to obtain a simple, yet effective evaluation of their skills in comprehension and expression in general French.

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Atelier Cinéma / Casual Conversation groups Music


16 may

6 Degrees of Separation


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Atelier cinéma Isabelle Perrin


wed 16 may / 7pm / ALLIANCE FRANçAISE Tue, 24 April at 8.00pm Alliance Française Tix: $45/$40* Vivien Hamilton, Soprano Mardi McSullea, Flute Len Vorster, Piano

French harpist, Isabelle Perrin and Musicians of the Australian National Academy of Music with Jess Fotinos, harp celebrate Debussy’s In this recital Vivien Hamiton, Mardi McSullea and Len Vorster present - in six ‘degustation’ size 150th anniversary with a concert of French courses - a program of French musical delicacies music. which were composed, in part, as reaction to the The concert will include a variety of rich and evocative solo and ensemble works by harshness encountered by a Europe battered Debussy, Ravel, Tournier and other French by the attrocities of World War 1. ‘Six Degrees composers for harp, string quartet, flute and of Separation’ is a program which is influenced clarinet. by a combination of Surréalism, Sensualitié The highly renowned harpist, Isabelle Perrin, and Sentimentalité and consists of songs which has performed with major orchestras and are suitable for the French concert hall, but chamber groups throughout the world. Born influenced by ragtime, baroque music, jazz and in Nice, Isabelle studied for three years at the the smokey cabaret of 1920’s Paris. Juilliard School of New York before joining the $25/$20 AF Members San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Since Booking essentials: 1990, she has been co-principal harpist with the Orchestre National de France and a visiting or tel 9525 3463 professor at The Juilliard School and The Royal Academy of Music, London. organised in partnership with the Harp Society of Victoria Bookings and further information:

Alliance Française Memberships


Become a member!

of the alliance française de melbourne The Alliance Française de Melbourne (AFM) offers many advantages to all lovers of French culture, be they francophone or francophile and as a member you will enjoy: ● Discounts on all AFM’s events (concerts, Beaujolais Nouveau wine degustation, Bastille Day, the French Film Festival, etc.): ● 10% off our course fees; ● Free borrowing access to our multi-media library; ● Participation in our book clubs; ● Complimentary tickets to NGV events if you are an NGV member too; ● Our quarterly newsletter

‘Alliance Magazine’ mailed to you; ● Invitations to our exhibition’ openings; ● Possibility to enter our regular give-away competitions and our partners’ discounts listed in ‘le coin des membres’; ● A chance to be an active member of the AFM by voting at the AGM and even to be elected as a Board member if you wish.

Tempted to join? To do so, either ● Go to our website: ● Pop in to see us at 51 Grey Street ST KILDA or ● Call us on 9525 3463.

2012 MEMBERSHIP FEES ● ● ● ●


A bientôt !

$73 $45 $92 $100


Annual General

28 may Meeting

mon 28 may / 8pm Alliance Française

“You are a current member of the Alliance Française de Melbourne? Then get involved in the Alliance Française de Melbourne’s life and come to meet your association’s board members at the 37th Annual General Meeting on Monday 28 May 2012 at 8 pm, 51 Grey Street St Kilda” the meeting will be followed by cheese and wine. Gilbert Ducasse President, AFM

French Diplomas


French Diplomas DELF & DALF



What are they?

What is the DELF Prim?


Issued by the French Ministry of Education, the DELF and DALF exams are designed to assess the communicative skills of a candidate in a real-life situation and to evaluate know-how rather than the linguistic and formal grammatical knowledge.

Why should I take these exams?

Contrary to other language tests, DELF and DALF diplomas are valid for life. They are recognised everywhere in the world and valued by French and European employers. Furthermore, for admission to a French university the DELF B2 diploma is the minimum level required.

The DELF Prim is an official diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the proficiency in French as a Foreign Language of children aged 8 to 12.

Why take the DELF Prim? To reward your child’s work at school and treat him/her with his/her first diploma of French. To officially attest the level of French of your child to enter a bilingual or French School. To give your child the opportunity to be well prepared to pass the next levels of DELF through his/her progress at school.



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Children French Courses


Children Term 2



16 24 apr jun to

Les P'tits LoupsNEW 2 hours/week over 10 weeks $375/C $338

Les P’tits Loups 1 3-5 year old

Get ready for the trip!

Private Tuition

This course is based on the French from $76/hour kindergarten/pre-primary school’s One on one courses are also curriculum. It will rely on projects available for children from 6 focusing on events or themes such years old! as animals, family, beach…

Children 6 to 11 $283/c $255 1.5 hours/week over 10 weeks

CHILDREN 6 to 11 years old

We offer your child the possibility of progressing through 4 different levels, from beginners to more advance. Our programs provide hands on activities to create an enjoyable yet effective learning experience.

FRANCOPHONE CHILDREN 6 to 11 years old

Special courses are available for bilingual children who have lived in a French-speaking country or have a Frenchspeaking parent and want to keep on maintaining their high proficiency in French!

2012 Competition

L'heure du conte $10 Story telling session

Every Thursdays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm (during school terms only) A workshop to delight youngsters! For children aged 4 to 6 and their parents. Come along and join us for a special time packed with beautiful stories and lots of fun hands-on activities. Booking Essential, please call us on 9525 3463 or email Alice Gauny at : or Aurélie Pierre at :

The poetry selection will be online for viewing in March. Please note that you must complete registration by the following deadlines: 24th April (Y3-10) and 8th June (Y11-12).

Counselling & Psychotherapy Nicole Renaud English, French and German

B.A. (USA), M. Couns & H.S. (Australia), PACFA Adv. Dip. Gestalt Therapy, GANZ

Déménagements Internationaux Maritimes & Aériens - Service domicile à domicile, - Container complet ou groupage, - Devis gratuit, - Emballage et douane, - Transport d’animaux et de véhicules, - Garde-meuble, - Assurance. Contacter : Dominique Parot

48-50 Assembly Drive TULLAMARINE VIC 3043 Tel : 9335 1154 - Fax : 9335 6479 e-mail: website:

Isis Counselling Micheline Daubignard Counsellor Dip AIPC NLP Practitioner Hypnotherapist

Achieve your potential Heal your life

0412 724020 Balwyn Nth & Melbourne CBD

0438 682 697

Sophie Russell Psychologue

Dip. E.P.P. (Paris) Psych Clin. MAPS

Enfants, adolescents, adultes. Consultation et thérapie en français ou anglais.

Mob: 0411 644 426 Suite 4, 546 Malvern Road, Prahran East VIC 3181

Medicare and major private health funds rebates

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Alliance Magazine Mar - May 2012  

Our latest issue is now online ! Featuring: Alliance Française French Film Festival, our next Term sessions, the Melbourne salon, a conferen...