French ReAcquisition

The Gendron Franco Center hosts weeknight French Language classes for adults a few times a year.

Classes are intended for those who want to learn or improve their proficiency in the French language.

Classes usually take place in Heritage Hall. Cost of classes varies by session length.

The Franco Center requires a minimum of eight people per class session to hold a session. If that threshold is not met, full refunds will be issued to those who have already registered and paid.

For more information on this or any other language programs, go to, email or call the Center at 207-783-1585. Like us on Facebook to keep up to date on this and other programs and events as well.

Vanessa Stasse teaches the adult courses. Born in Sherbrooke, Québec from Belgian parents, she has a Master’s degree in anthropology from Laval University in Québec City and has lived in Maine for over ten years, teaching French and yoga and interpreting in French, English and Portuguese.








Vanessa Stasse


Fun in French Classes for Kids 4 to 12

The Gendron Franco Center hosts Saturday morning “Fun in French” classes for children 4 to 12 years old and accompanying adult.

The class runs for 90 minutes from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Class sessions will vary in length. No prior language experience is necessary. A parent, grandparent or adult caregiver should accompany each child under 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 for the program offered. The MFHLP curriculum provides quality fun by offering a wide range of activities influenced by the local Franco-American and other French-speaking cultures. Games, crafts, songs and story-telling are major components of this class.

The Franco Center has a minimum requirement of five students in order to hold the classes, with a maximum of fifteen students per classes. All others who will sign up will be put on a waiting list and be contacted as space becomes available.

The Franco Center’s MFHLP strive to provide quality fun to as many young people as possible by offering these classes for FREE through grants from the French American Cultural Exchange – French Heritage Language Program of New York, the L-A Children Foundation and other grants.

To register, or for more information, go to, email or call the Center at 207-783-1585. Like us on Facebook for info on all of our programming.


Fun in French is usually taught by Jacynthe Jacques, a native of the Eastern Township region of Quebec, who has lived in the Lewiston area for over 20 years.








Jacynthe Jacques