The language center

The Alliance Française is much more than a language school, it’s a community!

Our goal is to make people feel happy and excited to come meet new friends. The Alliance Française is your second home!

Our stimulating environment will give you multiple opportunities to practice your languages skills, and navigate new cultural spaces.
Our friendly staff and members will help you gain confidence in using the French language. All classes are conducted in French, giving you maximum exposure to fully practice the language. Indeed, our instructors are all native French speakers and certified professionals chosen for their impressive educational backgrounds and interpersonal skills.

Alliance teachers make each class a unique, productive, and enjoyable experience.

Whatever your level of French may be, you can progress with us in confidence. The AF offers a wide array of beginner to advanced and specialized courses. So whether your interests are linguistic, cultural or professional, we have a course for you.  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.

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 tradition 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.

Classes for Kids & Teens

The Alliance Française provides quality programs for bilingual and non-bilingual children at an affordable cost to families. Knowledgeable educators conduct classes and workshops with integrity and sensitivity. Our age-appropriate curriculum is shaped by a team of experts belonging to the network of the Alliance Française in the United States. Regular communication from teachers will keep you updated on how your child is progressing.

We offer different types of classes to meet every need:

  • Programs for kids between 3 and 7 (non readers) on Saturdays :
    • Kids not yet enrolled in kindergarden : Learn and play in French with your Kid (Parent and Child class)
    • Kids already enrolled in kindergarden (Advanced French proficiency required) Learn to read and write in French with le Loup
  • Afterschool Programs (7 to 12 years old) :
    • At the Alliance Française for kids :
      • Beginner
      • Intermediate
    • In schools :
      • Jefferson public school
      • Sherman public school
      • Rooftop
      • More coming in 2018
  • Private or semi private classes

Adults classes

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.

We offer a range of classes throughout the year:

  • Review Workshops (before each session) : 3 levels Beginner/ Intermediate/Advanced
  • Regular Classes  
  • Conversation courses
  • Grammar courses
  • Literature courses
  • French for Business
  • French For travelers Workshops
  • Les regions de France

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

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