Express Fluency combines films with language classes

BRATTLEBORO — This spring, Express Fluency is offering a variety of classes in French and Spanish, including two mini-classes held before and after popular films shown at the Latchis Theatre on Sunday afternoons.

On Jan. 17, the Latchis will screen The Dinner Game, a French comedy with English subtitles, at 4 p.m. The informal French class, for advanced beginners to intermediate speakers, will meet in Express Fluency's classroom at 73 Main Street at 2 p.m. and after the film.

Admission to the film is by donation, and benefits Latchis Arts and Doctors Without Borders.

For Spanish speakers, the Latchis will be screening Volver, in Spanish with English subtitles, starring Penelope Cruz, on Jan. 31 at 4 p.m.

The screening will benefit Latchis Arts and MANOS, a local nonprofit organization that provides maternal and neonatal support services to healthcare workers in Nicaragua. The Spanish class will meet in the Express Fluency classroom at 2 p.m. and again after the film.

For both French and Spanish learners, Express Fluency offers a variety of classes in addition to the mini-classes around films. Spanish offerings will start with a free one-hour class on Jan. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Express Fluency classroom.

A weekly class for beginners and another for advanced beginners will start on Jan. 21; an intermediate class will begin in April.

French offerings include both intensive and weekly classes. Intermediate French students can choose between a nine-week class starting on Feb. 1, and a three-day weekend intensive beginning on Friday, Feb. 12.

For advanced French speakers, a one-day class, Samedi Français, offers immersion and conversation on Saturday, March 19.

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