French ReAcquisition

The Gendron Franco Center will host weeknight French Language classes for adults starting September 7. The Wednesday night classes will run for an eight-week session in September and October, and will go from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Varied topics will be used as a guide to help with speaking. The pace is relaxed and class is taught in French with English explanations, as needed. Please bring a binder or folder and something to write with to class.

Vanessa Stasse will be teaching the course.  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.

Classes will take place in Heritage Hall at the Franco Center. The total cost for the 8 classes is $80, and registration can be done via telephone by calling (207) 783-1585 or by emailing

To register by mail, send contact information and payment to Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, ME 04240 Attn: Adult French Classes.

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

The Center will also offers French for Teens classes, Fun in French for children ages 4 to 12, as well as other after-school programs in partnership with community organizations. For more information on this or any other language programs, go to, email or call the Center at 783-1585. Like us on Facebook to keep up to date on this and other programs and events.


Vanessa Stasse

Vanessa Stasse





Fun in French Classes for Kids 4 to 12

Winter session of “Fun in French” classes announced at Franco Center

The Franco Center will start its winter session of Saturday morning “Fun in French” classes on Saturday, September 17.

The course will consist of 90-minute sessions running from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for ages 4 to 12 on Saturday mornings. The classes will take place over six weeks. A full schedule of classes will be available at the first session or by contacting The Franco Center.

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

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 will be major components of this session.

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

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 783-1585. Like us on Facebook for info on all of our programming.


Jacynthe Jacques

Jacynthe Jacques