Alliance Francaise de San Francisco:
As a French cultural and educational center, the Alliance Française believes immersion is the best means of learning French and we owe our success to that philosophy. In our school, students enjoy a simultaneous cultural and linguistic education. Founded in 1889, the Alliance Francaise of San Francisco is one of San Francisco's oldest cultural and educational institutions. We offer a friendly and stimulating environment to help you gain confidence in the language.
Language classes at the Alliance cover 3 levels: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Each level is divided into steps (ranging from 4 to 6), each of them being taught for one session (twice a week for 8 weeks, a total of 24 hours). It then takes between four and seven sessions to cover each level and to evolve, for instance, from a complete beginner to a beginner level 4.
Our curriculum has been modeled after the Common European Framework standards and has been developped as a part of the AF FRAMES project (AF French American Educational Standards).
Beginner level 1
Even as a total beginner, you'll begin speaking French from day one. Don't worry if it seems you're in over your head, practice makes perfect. Now available in a Sunday session.
Beginner levels 2, 3, 4
You may have studied French a long time ago and are a bit rusty. With a little help from your teacher, your skills can re-surface faster than you think. Beginner level 2 now available in a Sunday session.
Intermediate levels 1 and 2
You may have acquired a solid base and have had some opportunity to use the language. You’re now ready to immerse yourself a bit further.
Intermediate levels 3 and 4
You may have a good working knowledge of the language, but haven’t kept it up. You now want to study more seriously.
You may have majored in French in college or lived in France. You use the language on a regular basis and want a stimulating course to match and stretch your advanced abilities.
Free Learning Assistance Sessions
Alliance students enrolled in any 3 hours/week class, who have specific grammar or vocabulary questions, can schedule a free learning assistance session with an Alliance instructor.
These courses are tailor-made to suit groups or individuals. Each class can be arranged at your convenience. A minimum of 10 hours is required, entitling you to a free membership card valid for one year.
Corporate Language Programs
The Alliance Française offers professional , effective and convenient language instruction either at your company or at the Alliance. Courses are tailor-made to fit your and your company's specific needs, and we can accommodate the busiest schedule.
Test Preparatory Courses
This course is tailor-made to prepare individuals for the TCF (Test de connaissance du français) or the TEF (Test d’évaluation de franais). The course is a great help in all 4 areas of these tests : written comprehension, oral comprehension, writing and speaking. A minimum of 10 hours is required for the course, entitling you to a free membership card valid for 1 year. For every renewal of 10 hours of preparatory course, the student will receive 1 free hour.
This course is tailor-made to help teenagers who are preparing for AP French Language and AP French Literature. A minumum of 10 hours is required for the course, entitling you to a free membership card valid for 1 year. For every renewal of 10 hours, the student will received 1 free hour.
French by Phone
For those unable to attend classes at the Alliance Francaise, this course emphasizes the acquisition and improvement of verbal language skills.
Expose your child to the French language through our fun and enriching children's classes.
After School Programs
For Elementary School, Middle School, And High School students Of French at all levels.