Whatever your level of French may be, you can progress with us in confidence.  We require a minimum of 4 students to open a course and enroll no more than 12 students per class. Our average class size is 6 students — an impressive student to teacher ratio.

The originality of our approach at the Alliance Française lies in our personalized teaching methods, based on a constructive dialogue with the instructor, integrating elements of culture into language learning.

The curriculum follows the guidelines of the FRAMES program defining the different levels of language learning, allowing for a global point of view and optimizing the choice of courses.

Students enrolled in classes for one session or more, receive a complimentary annual, basic individual membership through the Alliance. Benefits include borrowing privileges from our multimedia library and Culturethèque.

Study with us, and become part of a San Francisco community since 1889.

Feel free to contact us if you experience any issue regarding your registration, we will be happy to help you register over the phone.

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

Can introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have.

Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.

Level A1

Book Saison 1 ($60)

  • Tuesday 6:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:30 am – 12:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30pm

Book Saison 1 ($60)

  • Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:30pm with Emile
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30pm

Book Saison 1 ($60)

  • Tuesday 9:30 am- 12pm
  • Tuesday 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Book Nickel 1 ($76)

  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30pm

No Book

  • Wednesday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday (Beginner/Intermediate) 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Booklet included

  • Workshop Saturday 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm with Valerie, next available dates :  February 17th, March 24th, April 28th and May 26th.

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).

Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


Level A2


Book Saison 2 ($60)

  • Thursday 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm with Emmanuel
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30 pm with Emmanuel

Book Saison 2 ($60)

  • Tuesday 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Intermediate 2)
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30pm with Stephan

Book Saison 2 ($60)

  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30 pm with Ingrid


  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Book Nickel 2 ($76)

  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Book Nickel 2 ($76)

  • Tuesday 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm with Thierry

 No Book

  • Friday 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm with Olivier (Registration possible for each class separately)

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Level B1

Book Nickel 3 ($76)

  • Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:30pm with Annabel

Book Nickel 3 ($76)

  • Thursday 9:30 am – 12:00pm with Stephan

No Book

  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30 pm with Olivier

No Book

  • Thursday 9:30 am – 11:00 am with Thierry

No Book

  • Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00  pm with Laurence
  • Thursday 11:05 am – 12:35 pm with Thierry

Book included

  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30 pm with Caroline

 No Book

  • Friday 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm with Olivier (Registration possible for each class separately)

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.

Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Level C1

 No Book

  • Tuesday 9:30 am- 12:00 pm with Thierry
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30 pm with Medhi (ONLINE)

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.

Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.



Express a positive feeling

Express one’s likes or dislikes

Express one’s interest

Express saisfaction or joy

Express one’s trust in someone or something

Express relief

Express one’s admiration


Express a negative feeling

Express one’s digust

Express lack of interest

Express disatisfaction or anger

Express boredom

Express irritation and outrage

Express one’s hostility/insult someone

Express one’s embarrassment

Express defiance

Express one’s fear or anxiety

Express one’s sadness or despair

Express one’s regrets

Reproach something to someone

Express compassion for someone’s complain

Voice a complaint


Express a positive or negative feeling

Express one’s surprise

Express curiosity

Express indifference


Express an opinion or a judgement

Have a positive comment about something or someone

Have a negative comment about something or someone



Make a hypothesis or assume something

Express a possibility

Express a probability

Express certitude

Express doubt

Express impossibility

Express need

Express an obligation


Talk about the future

Express a wish

State an intention

Talk about a project

Express one’s will

Make a promise

Predict something

Express a condition


Talk about the past

Recount past events

Recount memories


Recount someone’s words

Present someone else’s opinions


Sum up




Justify an opinion


Make a presentation




Bring a precision

Bring a nuance

Reinforce a point

Present an alternative

State one’s opposition

Concede something


Participate in a conversation

Engage in a conversation

Pick up on a conversation

End a conversation

Skip subject or make a digression

Invite someone to join a conversation

Interrupt someone

Put someone on hold


Ask for precisions




Online French Classes

Want to learn French but can’t make it in-person to AFSF? Do you have a busy schedule or are travelling? Get the full benefit of AFSF classes online with our new “Live Classroom Technology”™. Efficient online experience with live audio/video collaboration, shared notepad, document sharing and instant messaging, which replicate the exceptional quality of classes taught at AFSF.
Students can learn French no matter where they are in the US. By meeting in online live sessions, learners can prepare for a project, an interview or examination with their native, certified AFSF teacher. The sessions are offered on all levels from A1-C2 either as an Individual Session or in Discounted Bundle Package of 10 sessions.


  • A computer with internet connection, a browser (Google Chrome is recommended), a webcam and a headset with a microphone.
  • To test your computer compatibility, you may book a Free Trial session.

For more information, please visit here.


  • To Register for an “Individual Session”, Please Click Here.
  • To Purchase a 10-Hours package for Online Classes, Please Click Here

Private classes

The Alliance Française provides customized private one-on-one and semi-private (up to 3 students) instruction -either in person, or online- with fully qualified native French teachers. Start at any time and benefit from flexible scheduling and personalized instruction.

This program provides schedule flexibility for individuals who cannot attend our regular classes and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.  We trust that you will keep us informed should you have any questions, concerns or comments regarding the instruction you are receiving, your assigned teacher, or scheduling.

We offer a special rate for 10h package.

You can have your lessons at the Alliance Française, online or at your place (mainly San Francisco).

We require that you inform us 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel a class.  

Students receive a complimentary one-year AF basic membership with unlimited free access to our library, our E-library (Culturethèque) and discounts to our cultural events.


Private Lessons Advantages

  • Instruction available for adults, kids, and teens at all levels of proficiency
  • Lessons may be taken one-on-one or in groups of two or three
  • Lessons tailored to address an individual or group’s particular needs
  • Flexible scheduling throughout the day or evening
  • Lessons take place in our classrooms or offsite at your home/private office
  • Online private tutoring is available
  • Immersion courses are also available


Custom Courses

  • Conversation, grammar, reading, writing, and business French
  • Preparation for business or leisure trips to France or other francophone countries
  • Preparation for the Advanced Placement test, college prep courses or the TCF, DELF/DALF


To inquire or set up a private class

Our Levels