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Gide Project Sarasota
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Cultural programs intern required from September 15 2014 to March 15, 2015 or October 15 2014 to April 15, 2015
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Individuals wishing to become new members of the exciting Alliance Française de Sarasota

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  If you've received your membership renewal notice you may renew using either one of two ways:

1. Log in to this site (click "login") at the top right-hand corner of this page, then enter your user name and password. You'll see a red link at the top of the page that will take you to the renewal page. If you don't have your password, use the big button to request a new one. When you're asked for your email address, be sure to use the one in the AFS files -- it's the one to which your renewal notice was sent.


2. Send your renewal check ($50 individual, $65 family) to:


Alliance Française de Sarasota

200 S Washington Blvd. Suite 2

Sarasota, FL 34236


That's all there is to it.







French Class Schedule

Next session starts May 19th, 2014

You can take a placement test online before to determine your French level.

Placement Test
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To register for a class, click here:  Events

We also offer English classes for Francophones
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French for Traveling
Starting Thursday May 22nd, 2014 or
Saturday May 24th, 2014

Thursdays 1.30-3 pm or
Saturdays 2-3:30 pm

5 weeks

$75 Members $90 Non-members


You plan to travel to a French speaking country?

Join us in this class intended to give you all the vocabulary and idiomatic expressions required to enjoy your stay.

In this course you will learn:
Greetings, first contacts
Accommodations : asking for information, check in-out
Asking for directions : walking, driving, public transportation
Go shopping : food and clothing
Eating out in the restaurant
Discovering the city: museums, touristic sites, etc.
Administrative situations : at the bank, at the post office
Handling emergencies: At the doctor’s, police station.





Wednesday April 16th, 2014 from 10-12 pm 

Justine, our new intern from Brittany will be conducting!
Come and meet her
Vous pouvez regarder les nouvelles en français facile sur Internet en cliquant sur ce lien: Le journal en français facile


Member John Pearce’s best-selling novel Treasure of Saint-Lazare is now available in Bookstore1Sarasota!

John presented a reading and signing of his book last year, and donated all his profits to the Alliance Française de Sarasota. 

This year, in an effort to expand readership in Sarasota, he’s offered to do another benefit: For every member who buys the paperback from Bookstore1Sarasota, he will donate $7.50 to the Alliance Française.

Treasure of Saint-Lazare is a suspense thriller set in Sarasota and in Paris, where John lives part of each year. It tells the story of a painting lost to the Nazis in 1939 that remains lost. The dramatic story is about the adventures of French/American businessman (and U.S. Special Forces officer) Eddie Grant when he’s drawn into a conspiracy to find the painting.

It has ranked as high as #2 in Amazon Kindle historical mysteries.

Please go by Bookstore1Sarasota and ask for the book. It was advertised in the Herald-Tribune’s Ticket section on Feb. 30 and the store put it into its stock at that time. 

Bookstore1Sarasota is at 1359 Main Street, Sarasota. Call 941-365-7900.

After you buy the book, call John at 941-840-1611 or email him at so he can keep track of his donations.

The Kindle and audiobook editions are also available from Amazon, at


Saturday May 17th from 10-3 pm.
Lunch and materials will be provided $100 per person
Maryse “MJ” Jupillat was raised in France and Venezuela and such a dual culture was the cradle for her art full of passion and impressions, where all the vibrant shades of colors always play a major role. She works by instinct, feeling, emotion, all the signs of a true artist at heart.

The colors and beauty of Nature always fascinated her and keep inspiring all of her work. She constantly demonstrates that Art and Nature are one and the same, that they complement each other, harmonize with one another. In Art as well as in Nature, shapes, colors and textures combine together to create the most passionate dreams and bring back powerful memories meant to be shared.

Such inspiration can be seen in the media she chooses, where canvases are only the beginning. Oftentimes, her painting spreads out of the canvas and into the background or onto the frame itself. The frame then becomes one with the painting, making borders and constraints disappear as if by magic, letting the scenery invade your imagination.

Apart from canvases, MJ has also been experimenting with many different media, including traditional ones like paper, fabric or wood, often mixed up together in intriguing collages, but also with more exotic ones like dried bamboo bark, palm frond, palm fiber or banana tree leaf. That’s when Nature becomes not only the support for the art work but also an integral part of it, giving life to the painting in an unsuspected way, participating in the shape, texture and movement of it all. That’s when landscapes start coming to life, when the spring comes rushing down in a cascade, the sea comes licking the warm sand and the palm trees start swelling gently in the breeze…

Les Amis de l'Alliance Française de Sarasota

      Joanne Hastings                          
Carole Crosby
Robert Lambrix
Merry Sanders Family Fund
Linda Granados & David Breisch
Skip Stearns
Tony Moon
Rita Pazniokas
Lou Mitchell
Guy Williams
Brenda Rodriguez
Christiane Evans
Emile Langlois
Jane & Richard Passman
Rhonda Harlow
Jane & Bruce Robert
Joan Reibman
Karen Lewis
Serge Oliel
Ray & Therese Pilot
Frances Wurlitzer
Louise Lamphier
Elyane Dezon-Jones
Mo Guimei
Wendy Walker
 We would also like to thank Barbara Frey for buying the Smart TV, DVD and laptop for our classrooms.

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The Alliance Française of Sarasota is actively seeking volunteers to help us with some of our events.  L'Alliance française de Sarasota est à la recherche de bénévoles pour assister/seconder plusieurs de nos activités. 
Contact Tracey 941-955-0700



Click here for brochure: Tour of southern France



 Tests de niveau linguistique en français : ouverture de nouvelles sessions  


 Evaluations of French language proficiency: opening of new sessions 


 Las evaluaciones de competencia en el idioma francés : apertura de nuevas sesiones

L’Alliance française de Sarasota est actuellement le seul centre d’examen en Floride habilité à réaliser les tests de niveau linguistique en français. Ces évaluations sont utiles et parfois indispensables pour des raisons personnelles, professionnelles ou académiques. Elles sont également nécessaires pour l'accès à la nationalité française.
Ces tests sont présentés dans un ordre de difficulté progressive allant du niveau A1 au niveau C2 du Cadre européen commun de référence. A partir du 22 mars 2013, plusieurs sessions s’ouvrent à Fort Lauderdale.
As of today, the Alliance francaise of Sarasota is the only official exam center in Florida that offers evaluations of French language proficiency for professional, academic or personal reasons.
The tests are based on the same levels as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2). Starting March 22, 2013 several sessions take place in Fort Lauderdale.

A partir de hoy, la Alianza Francesa de Sarasota es el único centro oficial de examenes en la Florida que ofrece evaluaciones de competencia lingüística del idioma frances.
Los examenes se basan en los mismos niveles del Marco Común Europeo de Referencia para los Idiomas (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 y C2).

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