FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You have questions concerning the Alliance? Maybe the answers are in this page! Are your questions about your level ? your courses / classes ? or are they about the Alliance Française and you ?

About your level

What is the difference between Breakthrough A1.1 INT and Breakthrough A1.1 REG class?

The main difference between those 2 classes is the course format. The A1.1 INT is held 4 hours a week for 10 weeks, whereas the A1.1 REG is held 2 hours a week for 10 weeks.

What is the difference between the Breakthrough A1.1 REG and A1.2 REG class?

The Breakthrough A1.2 REG class follows Breakthrough A1.1 REG. You can join the Breakthrough A1.2 REG  class, if you have completed the A1.1 REG class or if you master the contents of the A1.1 REG  class.
If you have completed A1.1 REG  and A1.2 REG, you have covered the contents of the A1.1 INT class.

My kids haven’t done any French before. Can they join the classes?

Classes for Children and Teenager that are beginners (Level 1) are offered at Term 1. However, because there are not enough students enrolling each term, new beginner classes for Term 2, 3 and 4 cannot always be opened.  If your child is a beginner, he/she will need to enrol on the first term to be able to continue onto the next level for Term 2, 3, 4.

If your child is a beginner and the term 1 has already started, the Alliance Française also proposes private tuitions for children and teens that are tailored to his/her needs and will most certainly help him/her to progress very fast.

If your children have done French before, look at our list of levels by following this link.

I have done French a while ago (at high school for example), what class can I join?

If you have done French before and think you still have some ‘remains’, we will advise that you take our online placement test. These tests will allow you to evaluate your current skills according to your background and experience of French learning.
Once you submit your placement test, the course coordinator will contact you by email or by phone to fix an appointment for an informal interview (over the phone or at the Alliance Française) to talk about your objectives in learning French and advise the best class suitable for your needs and level.

When can I expect to converse fluently in French?

Students at the Alliance Française de Canberra are encouraged to speak French from day one, even at the Breakthrough levels. However, it is recommended that you study at least 120 hours of French to be able to enter into unprepared conversations on topics that are familiar and pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel…).

About the courses / classes

When can I start a class?

We follow the ACT school terms (4 terms a year of 10 weeks each).
During the summer, we offer summer intensive courses and break courses. To check out the adult's courses, click here, for the children and teen's page, click here.

How can I enrol?

You can enrol directly at the reception, or online by filling the registration form and send it to us by email.
To enrol online click on the following links : for adults click here, for children click here.

What are the fees involved?

If you enrol for the first time, you will need to pay for the student card (valid for 12months) and you will to get a set of books and the tuition fee.

What is the amount of homework?

The teachers at the Alliance Française de Canberra do give homework, in order to enable the students to practice at home or outside the class.
However, completing homework is not an obligatory requirement.

How many students are there in the class?

The Alliance Françoise de Canberra requires a minimum of 8 students to open a class. The average size for each class is 7 to 16 students. If you would like to study with your family or friends, private tuitions can be arranged. The cost of the private tuitions depend on how many hours and people that will be concerned. To find out more about our private tuitions, follow this link.

Will I have the opportunity to speak French in the class?

Students are highly motivated to speak French in class.
The teachers at the Alliance Française de Canberra have been trained in the new task-based approach to language learning. In that sense, they will provide the students with authentic and concrete situations during which the students will be able to put into practice their newly-learned skills and linguistic competencies.

I am a full time student/pensioner, do I get a discount for my course?

You get a 15% discount if you are a full-time student or a pensioner upon presentation of a valid card.

About the Alliance Française and you

Do you organise cultural events?

Yes, we do. Once you become a member, you will receive our newsletter (by post or email) and get discounts for our cultural events.
You can also subscribe for the newsletter online, by clicking on the following link.

How do I become a member?

You can enrol directly at the reception, or online by clicking here.

Can I borrow resources from the Library?

With your membership/student card, you are welcome to borrow books and DVD’s for free at the library.
Your membership card enables you to borrow the following items: books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines.
Up to 6 items, including books, magazines, CDs, audio-books: for 3 weeks
Up to 2 DVDs : for 1 week.
For more information about the ressource center, click here.

What recognise exam can I take?

The Alliance Française de Canberra is an official examination centre for DELF and DALF diplomas.
DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) & DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)
We organise 2 DELF/DALF sessions a year, in March and November.
For more information about our DELF/ DALF for adults, click here.
For more information about our DELF/DALF for children and teens, click here.


What's on?

Champagne Day - 27 Oct

Champagne Day - 27 Oct

The House of Bubbles invites you to attend this unique cultural event dedicated to that delightfully bubbly drink called Champagne!

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