Our 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!

In addition to classes, we offer over 60 cultural events a year, including film screenings, lectures, concerts and social events. 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. Our stimulating environment will give you multiple opportunities to practice your languages skills, and navigate new cultural spaces.

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

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.

Our instructors are all native French speakers and highly qualified teachers. Our courses are taught by certified professionals. Chosen for their impressive educational backgrounds and interpersonal skills, Alliance teachers make each class a unique, productive, and enjoyable experience. Additionally, our instructors have regularly the opportunity to abreast of the most up-to-date methods, with online and on-site conferences and trainings.

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.

If you have no knowledge of French, you may enroll in any Beginners Level 1 course. If you have studied French before, but not with us, we advise you to take our free online test.

The academic director will then provide advice on the classes you can take.  You will need a minimum of 20 to 25 class hours to progress from one level to the next.


You are invited to take a free orientation test online or on-site without an appointment.

Learning Assistance:

The Alliance Française is pleased to offer our students a Free Learning Assistance Program. Students with questions about the French language can set-up an appointment with an Alliance instructor: by stopping by the front desk, calling  415.775.7755, or by e-mailing noemie@afsf.com.”




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.

Our Classes

We offer

  • Review Workshops (before each session) : 3 levels Beginner/ Intermediate/Advanced
  • Regular Classes  
  • Conversation courses
  • Grammar courses
  • Literature courses
  • French for Business
  • La langue Française sous tous ses aspects
  • French For travelers Workshops
  • Les regions de France (summer only)


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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.


Our Classes

We offer

  • Camps : see our program for 2016-2017 school year
  • Regular classes on saturdays :
    • 3 to 6 Beginners
    • 3 to 6 Intermediate
    • 7 to 10 Beginner
    • 7 to 10 Intermediate
  • Afterschool Programs :
    • At the Alliance Française for kids :
      •  Kindergarden/ First Grade
      • Beginner
      • Intermediate
      • Advanced
    • At the Alliance Française for teens :
      • Beginner
      • Intermediate
    • In schools :
      • Jefferson public school
      • Sherman public school (2 levels)
      • Rooftop (please contact Martine Paquin) (2 levels)
    • CNED and school Tutoring : private or semi private