FRENCH LESSONS

We  specialize in French immersion, the fastest and most effective way to learn a new language. Our method is conversation-based and focuses on developing your ability to speak in real life situations.

New students are required to take the FREE online placement test. An AFC Instructor will assess your test and recommend a French class that corresponds to your level of proficiency. In some cases, attending a couple of trial classes may be the best way to determine your class level and to find the group that feels right for you. 

Class sessions begin every 6 weeks to suit different paces and to fit all lifestyles:

2017 AFC class SESSION DATES

Session III: April 10–May 19
Session IV: May 22–June 30
Session V: July 3–August 11

AF Closed: August 14–18

Session VI: August 21–September 30
Session VII: October 2–November 10
Session VIII: November 13–December 21

AFC Closed: December 22–January 1, 2018.


A1 LEVEL: BEGINNER

Build a solid foundation in French. Learn familiar everyday expressions & basic phrases. Learn to introduce yourself, talk about your new neighbors, describe your personal preferences and much more! 

A2 LEVEL: ADVANCED BEGINNER

Time to go beyond the basics! Strengthen your comprehension and speaking skills in our classes for advanced beginners. Reinforce your understanding of topics relating to everyday life and your ability to interact in French. 

B1 LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE 

Keep building your language skills and cultural awareness. Strengthen your communication skills and understand the main points of conversation with a native speaker.

    B2 LEVEL: ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE

    Broaden your knowledge of the structure and use of the language in our advanced classes. At this level you will improve your fluency and further your grasp of advanced grammar and vocabulary.

    C1/C2 LEVEL: PROFICIENT SPEAKER 

    Master the French language in our classes for expert speakers. Perfect your pronunciation, solidify your mastery of grammar and learn additional vocabulary—then apply your learning. You will fine-tune challenging vocabulary and practice articulating in-depth thoughts.

    SPECIALIZED CLASSES

    Private lessons

    Offered anytime at the AFC or at a student’s home or office, private classes offer the ultimate flexibility! 

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    Ecriture et Conversation

    Each day we begin with journal writing (guided and free). In this way we collect our thoughts and strengthen the power of our pen. We fine-tune our voice which we are then more prepared to share when we move into conversation time. We’ll chat with partners, in groups, and as a whole.

    VISITONS LE QUEBEC!

    Tour through Canada's bilingual capital, through Montréal's cosmopolitan Old Port, and down the winding streets of enchanting Québec City– right here in Charlottesville!

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    GENERAL STUDENT INFO

    PLACEMENT TEST

    New students are required to take the FREE online placement test. An AFC Instructor will assess your test and recommend a French class that corresponds to your level of proficiency. In some cases, attending a couple of trial classes may be the best way to determine your class level. 

     

    HOW TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS

    Please register online at least one week prior to the beginning of each session.  Anyone can register for our classes, you do not have to be an member. However,  members enjoy reduced tuition rates and if you sign up for more than 2 sessions, you will save !

     

    PAYMENTS

    Payment can be made online (preferred) or by check at the office. We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, and American Express. A $35 processing fee will be charged for checks returned for insufficient funds. 

    LATE FEE:

    A $25 late fee will be charged for tuition payments made after the end of the first week of a session.

     

    PRO-RATED TUITION

    Prorated tuition is offered to members only and must be arranged via email with the Director before the start of a session.
     

    REFUNDS

    In view of our not-for-profit status and our commitment to offering courses as affordably as possible, we are obliged to apply the following policy: we offer 100% tuition refunds for courses canceled by the AFC. Tuition will be refunded for a withdrawal by a student made BEFORE the class begins and will include a $15 administrative fee. Alternatively, a 100% credit can be applied to future sessions. Credits expire after 1 year.  Any refund or credit request must be submitted in writing to the Director.

     

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    We reserve the right to cancel classes if necessary without advanced notice. Courses are typically cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, or unavailability of an instructor. If your course is cancelled, you will be notified by email and given the option to transfer to another class, to receive a credit, or to be fully refunded. 
     

    INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

    If Charlottesville City Public schools are closed, opening late, or closing early due to inclement weather, Alliance Française classes will be on the same schedule. In the event of bad weather conditions, students should either check their email for a message from us or call the office to confirm the schedule for the day. Make-up classes will be scheduled and announced by email.

     

    HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

    If classes are cancelled because of a national holiday, the class will be rescheduled within the same 6 week session by the instructor and students. The AFC is closed on the following Holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day.

     

    MAKEUP NOTES FOR ABSENTEES

    Please notify your teacher if you are going to be absent from class. Students who miss a class will receive their class assignments from their teacher by email.

     

    TRANSFERS

    If you feel you have been placed in the incorrect class level please talk to your teacher and contact the Director. We will work with you to get you into the class that is the best fit for you.

     

    TEXTBOOKS

    Payment must be received before books will be issued. Books are non-refundable once they have been picked up. You can conveniently buy textbooks from the office or choose to purchase them yourself online. 

     

    WITHDRAWALS

    Registrations are non-refundable. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the Director at least 48 hours in advance of the start of the program. Any cancellation two days before the start of the program will result in a credit, valid for one year towards any education program. No credit will be issued for any withdrawal after this time.

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