The Alliance Française is a worldwide organization based in Paris, and is dedicated to promoting French. Alliance teachers are well qualified and our textbook (including workbook and CD-ROM) includes practice for the DELF exams. DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) sets the official standards in French language competency for non-French speakers. The DELF standards are recognized around the world.Instruction is provided in one of two fashions:
• Classes at different skill levels are offered to the general public through community centres,
• Private instruction is tailored to individuals, groups and businesses directly.

Evaluation

Being in the right class at the right level in any learning situation allows the learner to follow more closely and to retain more material. This is a challenge for all learners and educators, but it is not a task that a learner can do on his or her own. While there are no guarantees, we work with our potential learners to improve the odds. If you are contemplating a first-time class in one of our community centre locations, we will interview you and we will recommend which level is right for you.

To start the process of determining your skill level, please click on this link “Evaluation Request”, complete the questionnaire and forward it to us. Our Director of Education will study it, will give you a call to conduct an interview and will make a recommendation. You will then be better prepared to register in the course that is best suited for your need.

Course offerings

We offer general French classes from beginner to advanced levels. The general French classes will allow you to develop all five skills : speaking, interacting, listening, reading and writing, and will provide you a wealth of intercultural insight. For more information on courses offered at each level, please click on the corresponding course title. Registration instructions are provided with the detailed information.

BEGINNER LEVEL A1

This level is for students who are new to French or who have forgotten much of their high school French. Lessons will provide activities using all four bases for learning a second language – speaking, listening, reading and writing. Classes are interactive and students will be speaking French and participating in games, dialogues and group activities from the first class. Students will learn basic verbs and grammar skills, develop their vocabulary and write short passages. Textbook required. Available from the teacher at the start of classes. All classes are ten weeks long.

BEGINNER LEVEL A2

This class is for students with some experience in French. Students will develop new vocabulary, improve their listening and speaking skills, and polish their grammar. Classes are interactive with varied activities. Textbook required. Available from the teacher at the start of classes. All classes are ten weeks long.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL B1

The emphasis on this level is for students who have taken a Beginners class or who have experience with French. Lessons will use all four approaches to learning a second language – listening, speaking, reading and writing. Classes are interactive and offer many opportunities for participating, doing partner activities, creating dialogues and reading authentic materials. Students will develop their vocabulary and grammar skills. Textbook required. Available from the teacher at the start of classes. All classes are ten weeks long.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL B2

A class for students with basic French. A qualified teacher will help you extend your vocabulary, polish your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Classes are interactive with many opportunities to speak French and used authentic material.

HIGH INTERMEDIATE LEVEL C1

This level is for students who have completed previous French classes and who wish to have a challenge in their language learning. Emphasis will be on improving grammar skills, sharing ideas and information in French and writing correctly in French. Textbook required. Available from the teacher at the start of classes. All classes are ten weeks long.

ADVANCED LEVEL C2

A course for students who feel comfortable in French but who wish to achieve greater fluency and have a more varied vocabulary. A qualified teacher will provide well-structured classes using authentic material and cultural topics to help you improve your French.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

The Alliance Française can organize private classes for a variety of purposes. We are skilled at preparing students to try the federal language competency tests; we can provide classes for students who are struggling with their language skills such as grammar, writing, pronunciation, conversation, etc. We will tailor a course designed to achieve your objectives. We can also prepare you for the internationally recognized diplomas : DELF-DALF, EFI. These diplomas are awarded by the French National Education Ministry to people whose first language is not French. If you are interested in lessons with a special focus, please click on the link “Private Class Request”, complete the questionnaire and forward it to us. Our Director of Education will study it and will give you a call to discuss in detail how we can tailor a teaching program for you. Note that all Private Instruction is provided directly by the Alliance Française.

CORPORATE CLASSES

If your business has specific requirements and goals for your workplace, the Alliance Française can help you. We will design a course based on your needs and the level you want to achieve. Classes can be offered at your business address and at your convenience. To start the process, please click on the link “Corporate Class Request”, complete the questionnaire and forward it to us. Our Director of Education will study it and will give you a call to discuss in detail how we can tailor a teaching program for you.

More information

If you need more information about our teaching program and would like to communicate with our Course Director, please send an email to courses@afvictoria.ca. Please provide your full name, a telephone number where you can be reached easily and a general sense of your need.