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.

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:

  • 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

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
  • La langue Françaisesoustous ses aspects
  • French For travelers Workshops
  • Les regions de France (summer only)

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.

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

  • 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.

REGISTRATION:

  • 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.

prix-cours-prives

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

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

Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.

Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Level A1

Objectives

 

Introducing self and others

Greet someone/ Say goodbye

 

Introduce self and/or someone else

Name, age, nationality, occupation, spelling of names

 

Give contact information

Phone number

talk about personal environment

talk about one’s family

talk about one’s hobbies/occupation

 

Locate

State location of someone or something

State location of a place

Give directions

 

Time

Express time and date

 

Ask someone for something

Ask the date | ask the time

ask personal questions

ask a price

ask for directions

Ask for someone to repeat something

 

Accept

Accept something | say yes

Accept an invitation

Agree to participate in an activity / accept an appointment

 

Decline

Decline an invitation

 

Express a positive feeling

Express likes and dislikes

Express interest

 

Participate in a conversation

Express hesitation

Say that you understand/don’t understand

 

Accord : masculin, féminin

Accord : singulier, pluriel

Adjectifs : place et accord

Adjectifs démonstratifs (ce, cet, cette, ces)

Adjectifs interrogatifs (quel, quelle, quels, quelles)

Adjectifs possessifs (mon, ma mes,…)

Adverbes de quantité et d’intensité  (un peu, beaucoup, trop, très…)

Adverbes de temps (aujourd’hui, hier demain, après…)

Articles définis (le, la, les)

Articles indéfinis (un, une, des)

Articles partitifs (du, de la, de l’, des…)

Article zéro

Complément du nom avec de (appartenance)

Conditionnel de politesse (je voudrais, j’aimerais, pourriez-vous) (1/3)

Formes impersonnelles simples (il pleut, il fait beau, il y a…)

Forme interrogative (est-ce que/qu’est-ce que)

Futur proche (1/3)

Habiter à + ville ou pays

Il y a

Impératif positif : quelques verbes en –er/venir, aller (1/2)

Moment (prépositions + date, mois, saison, année)

Négation ne… pas

Nombres cardinaux

Passé composé (1/4)

Phrase affirmative

Phrase interrogative : les trois formes

Phrase négative

Prépositions à, en, au, aux + pays/ville

Présent de l’indicatif (1/2)

Présentateurs (c’est/voilà)

Pronoms interrogatifs simples (qui, que, où, quand, comment…)

Pronoms personnels sujets (je, tu, il,…)

Pronoms toniques (moi, toi, lui…)

Quantité déterminée (un peu de, beaucoup de, pas de)

Quantité indéterminée (du/de la/des…)

Venir de + pays/ville

Verbes usuels : être, avoir, faire, venir, aller, comprendre

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

Objectives

 

Welcome someone

 

Describe

Describe something

Point something out, state the price of something

 

Describe someone

Describe someone’s physical appearance

Describe someone’s character

Describe someone’s tastes, habits, physical condition

 

Describe a place

State a fact

 

State ownership

Express quantity

Compare

 

 

Ask someone for something

Apologize

Ask for information (elaboration on skills in A1)

 

Propose something

Invite someone

Give something to someone

Propose an activity/make an apointment

 

Accept

Accept an invitation

Agree to participate in an activity / accept an appointment

Accept a proposition or a suggestion

Accept a gift

Give one’s autorisation or agreement

Answer in the affirmative

 

Decline

Decline an invitation

Cancel or postpone an invitation

Answer in the negative

 

Express a positive feeling

Express one’s likes and dislikes

Express one’s interest

Compliment someone

 

Ask someone to do something

Ask for help or for a favor

Place an order/ make a reservation

Cancel an order

 

Talk about the future

Make plans

Express a desire

Make a promise

Predict something

State conditions

 

Talk about the past

Recount past events

Recount memories

 

Argue

Present the advantages of a position

Present the disadvantages of a position

Hesitate

Say that you understand/don’t understand something

Ask for someone to repeat something

 

Participate in a conversation

End a conversation

Ask someone to repeat something

 

 

Adjectifs : place et accord

Adjectifs indéfinis (tout, toute, tous, toutes)

Adverbes de fréquence (souvent, parfois, jamais)

Adverbes de lieu (ici, là, devant, en face…)

Adverbes de quantité et d’intensité  (un peu, beaucoup, trop, très…)

Adverbes de temps (aujourd’hui, hier demain, après…)

Aller à / être à / venir de + lieu

Articulateurs logiques simples (parce que, car, donc, ainsi, mais…)

Comparatif (du nom / de l’adjectif)

Complément du nom à ou de (usage/contenance)

Complément du nom : en ou de (matière)

Futur simple (1/2)

Il faut + infinitif

Imparfait (1/2)

Impératif positif et négatif

Négation : ne… jamais/ne… plus/ne … rien/ ne… personne

Nombres ordinaux

Participes passés

Passé composé (2/3)

Passé récent

Phrase exclamative (Quel… !)

Phrase interro-négative

Phrase négative

Prépositions de lieu (à côté de, devant, entre, loin de…)

Prépositions de temps (à partir de, avant, après, dès…)

Présent de l’indicatif (2/2)

Présent progressif

Pronom « on » (3 valeurs : nous, quelqu’un, les gens)

Pronom partitif en (quantité)

Pronoms COD et COI (me, te lem les,… / lui, leur…)

Pronoms compléments en / y (lieu)

Pronoms interrogatifs composés (lequel ?/ laquelle ?)

Pronoms relatifs simples (qui, que, où)

Réponses (oui/si/non/moi aussi/moi non plus…)

Verbes + infinitif (vouloir/pouvoir/devoir)

Verbes à deux bases

Verbes à trois bases

Verbes à une base

Verbes transitifs indirects (parler à quelqu’un…)

Vebes pronominaux

 

 

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

Objectives

 

Describe

Express quantity

Compare

 

Time

Indicate the origin or the time of an action

Indicate the duration of an action

Indicate the frequency of an action

 

Ask someone for something

Ask for someone’s opinion

Ask for advice

Ask for someone’s approval

 

Ask someone to do something

Ask for payment

Make a claim

Give a command

Give instructions

Give advice

Forbid something

Remind somebody of something

 

 

Propose something

Offer something

Propose help or a favor

 

Accept

Accept an apology

Accept an invitation

Agree to participate in an activity/Accept an appointment

Accept someone’s help or favor

 

Decline

Decline a compliment

Decline an apology

Decline an invitation

Decline a gift

Decline a command

 

Express a positive feeling

Express likes and dislikes

Express interest

Express satisfaction or joy

Express admiration

Compliment someone

Congratulate someone

Thank someone

Reassure or encourage someone

 

Talk about the future (2)

Make plans

Express a desire

Make a promise

Predict something

State conditions

 

Talk about the past (2)

Recount past events

Recount memories

 

Argue

Justify an opinion

Expose the advantages of a position

Expose the disadvantages of a position

 

Participate in a conversation

Engage in a conversation

Put someone on hold

Hesitate

Say that you understand/don’t understand something

 

 

Accord du participe passé

Adverbes de fréquence (souvent, parfois, jamais)

Adverbes de lieu (ici, là, devant, en face…)

Adverbes : passé ou futur (le lendemain, à ce moment-là)

Articulateurs chronologiques du discours (d’abord, ensuite, enfin…)

Articulateurs chronologiques simples (parce que, car, ainsi, mais…)

Cause

Comparatifs (des verbes/de l’adverbe)

Concordance des temps

Conditionnel passé

Conditionnel présent (2/3)

Conjonctions + subjonctif

Conséquence

Discours rapporté au passé

Discours rapporté au présent

Double négation (ni… ni…)

Doubles pronoms

Durée (pendant/depuis/en)

Futur simple, futur proche ou présent (2/2)

Gérondif

Hypothèse

Impératif positif et négatif (2/2)

Moment (dans/il y a)

Opposition

Participe présent

Passé composé / imparfait (3/3)

Passif

Plus-que-parfait (1/2)

Prépositions de lieu (à côté de, devant, entre, loin de…)

Prépositions de temps (à partir de, avant, après, dès…)

Pronoms démonstratifs (celui(-ci), celle(-là), ceux…)

Pronoms indéfinis (qqn, qqch, aucun, personne, plusieurs…)

Pronoms possessifs (le mien, le tien, la mienne…)

Pronoms relatifs simples (qui, que, dont, où)

Restriction : ne… que

Si + imparfait / conditionnel présent (hypothèse)

Si + passé composé / présent ou futur ou impératif (condition)

Si + plus-que-parfait / conditionnel passé ou présent (regret ou reproche)

Si + présent / futur (condition)

Subjonctif (1/3)

Superlatif (de l’adjectif / de l’adverbe)

Temps du passé

Verbes de sentiment + subjonctif

Verbes d’opinion + subjonctif

Verbes d’ordre + subjonctif

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.

Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Level B2

Objectives

 

Time

Indicate the origin or the time of an action

Indicate the duration of an action

 

Ask someone for something

Ask for someone’s opinion

Ask for advice

Ask for someone’s approval

 

Ask someone to do something

Give positive or negative advice

Remind someone of something

Ask someone for an apology

Ask for an answer

Ask for authorization

 

Accept

Accept a compliment

Accept an apology

Accept an invitation

Agree to participate in an activity/ accept an appointment

 

Decline

Decline a compliment

Decline an apology

Decline an invitation

Decline help

Decline a proposition

Decline a command

 

Express a positive feeling

Express one’s likes or dislikes

Express one’s interest

Express satisfaction or joy

Express one’s trust in someone or something

Express relief

Express admiration

Compliment someone

Congratulate someone

Reassure and encourage someone

 

Express a negative feeling

Express digust

Express lack of interest

Express disatisfaction or anger

Express disappointment

Express boredom

Express irritation and outrage

Express hostility/insult someone

Express one’s embarrassment

Express defiance

Express fear or anxiety

Express sadness or despair

Express regrets

Reproach something to someone

Express compassion for someone’s complaint

Voice a complaint

 

Express a positive or negative feeling

Express surprise

Express curiosity

Express indifference

 

Express an opinion or make a judgement

Make a positive comment about something or someone

Make a negative comment about something or someone

Approve

Disapprove

State 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

Discuss future plans

Express a desire

Make a promise

Predict something

State conditions

 

Talk about the past

Recount past events

Recount memories

 

Recount someone’s words

Present someone else’s opinions

 

Argue

Justify an opinion

Emphasize

Make a presentation

Give specifics

Present an alternative

Object

Concede something

Present advantages of a position

Present the disadvantages of a position

 

Participate in a conversation

Engage in a conversation

Join a conversation

End a conversation

Change the subject or make a digression

Invite someone to join a conversation

Interrupt someone

Put someone on hold

Hesitate

Ask for specifics

 

 

Accord du participe passé

Adjectifs + préposition

Antériorité concordance des temps, prépositions)

Articulateurs logiques (antériorité simultanéité, postériorité)

Articulateurs logiques (but)

Articulateurs logiques (cause, conséquence)

Articulateurs logiques (hypothèse, condition)

Articulateurs logiques (Opposition, concession, restriction)

But

Cause

Concession

Concordance des temps

Conditionnel présent (3/3)

Conjonctions + subjonctif

Conjonctions + subjonctif ou indicatif

Conjonctions + subjonctif ou infinitif

Conséquence

Formes impersonnelles – degrés de certitude

Futur antérieur

Hypothèse

Infinitif passé

Modalisation (valeur des temps)

Négation : sans + infinitif

Participe présent

Passé simple

Passé surcomposé

Postériorité (concordance des temps, prépositions)

Prépositions (après un verbe, un adjectif, un nom)

Pronoms en / y (verbes à prépositions)

Pronoms relatifs composé (préposition + qui lequel, laquelle)

simultanéité (concordance des temps, prépositions)

Subjonctif  (2/3)

Temps du passé

verbes + prépositions

verbes + subjonctif ou indicatif

verbes + subjonctif ou infinitif

verbes de sentiments + subjonctif

verbes d’opinion + subjonctif

 

 

 

 

 

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

Objectives

 

Ask someone for something

Ask for someone’s opinion

Ask for an advice

Ask for someone’s approval

 

Ask someone to do something

Ask someone for an answer

Ask for an authorization

 

Decline

Decline an apology

Decline an invitation

Decline help

Decline a proposition

 

Express a positive feeling

Express likes or dislikes

Express interest

Express satisfaction or joy

Express one’s trust in someone or something

Express relief

Express one’s admiration

Compliment someone

Congratulate someone

Reassure and encourage someone

 

Express a negative feeling

Express 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 fear or anxiety

Express sadness or despair

Express 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

Approve

Disapprove

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

Make plans

Express a desire

Make a promise

Predict something

State conditions

 

Talk about the past

Recount past events

Recount memories

 

Recount someone’s words

Present someone else’s opinions

Rephrase

Sum up

Quote

 

Argue

Justify an opinion

Emphasize

Make a presentation

Analyse

Comment

Demonstrate

Bring a precision

Bring a nuance

Reinforce a point

Present an alternative

State one’s opposition

Concede something

Expose the advantages of a position

Expose the disadvantages of a position

 

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

Hesitate

Ask for precisions

 

 

Antériorité concordance des temps, prépositions)

Articulateurs logiques (antériorité simultanéité, postériorité)

Articulateurs logiques (but)

Articulateurs logiques (cause, conséquence)

Articulateurs logiques (hypothèse, condition)

Articulateurs logiques (Opposition, concession, restriction)

But

Hypothèse

Opposition

Passé simple

Postériorité (concordance des temps, prépositions)

Registres de langue

Simultanéité (concordance des temps, prépositions)

Subjonctif imparfait/subjonctif plus-que-parfait

Subjonctif passé (3/3)

Types de texte (descriptif, poétique, journalistique…)

 

 

 

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.

Objectives

 

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

Approve

Disapprove

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

Rephrase

Sum up

Quote

 

Argue

Justify an opinion

Emphasize

Make a presentation

Analyse

Comment

Demonstrate

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

Hesitate

Ask for precisions

 

 

 

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