Alliance Française of Calgary
Learn more about our school and its story, both in Calgary and around the world!
In 1883, Jules Verne and Louis Pasteur, along with other illustrious visionaries, designed the structure for the Alliance Française whose is mission is to promote French language and culture around the world. Based upon the exchange of cultural and linguistic values, the Alliance Française still contributes to the gathering of thousands of women and men who hold those values and want to continue to do so. The Alliances Françaises are the only language schools with worldwide recognition and official accreditation by the government of France.
People who come to our classes are interested in what we share as well as our cultural differences. The Alliance Française of Calgary is part of the world's largest network of French language schools: more than 800 Alliances Françaises in 135 countries. Every year, from the African continent to Northern Europe, from Asia to Oceania, the Alliances Françaises welcome over 500 000 students.
9 Alliances Françaises from West to East: Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Moncton.
160 expert teachers, all passionate about teaching French
more than 10 000 students per year
450 000 class hours each year
240 cultural events every year
Internationally, all Alliances Françaises benefit from the philosophical support of the Alliance Française Foundation, created on the 26th of July, 2007.The Fondation Alliance française is the moral and legal reference of Alliances françaises.
Founded in 1947, the Alliance Française of Calgary (AFC) is a registered non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of the French language and culture. The AFC encourages and promotes active, open connections between people in Calgary and French language and culture. It provides the means by which people can learn the French language and become engaged in the many different aspects of French culture including art, books, poetry, film, history, gastronomy, contemporary affairs, thoughts and ideas.
With more than 1,000 students per year, the AFC is the perfect place to start learning French or develop your language skills at your own pace with a great variety of courses for all levels and all ages. Discover the many reasons why learning French with us is a unique experience.
The AFC has two great locations: a space in downtown Calgary and a second location near the Marda Loop area.
The AFC is reaching all the people throughout the city, including beginner students or fluent speakers, and gathering them through a wide range of affordable activities and services. It is also a cultural center for all things related to French in Calgary.
an accessible place for all, open 40 hours a week, with a bilingual, qualified and helpful staff.
a Media Library of books and multi-media materials for children, adults, teachers and students to bring to life French-language literature and to stimulate debate. More than 8,000 items including novels, magazines, DVDs, CDs... can be consulted on site or borrowed by members.
cultural activities each week to give you opportunities to practice French: movie screenings, café-croissants, concerts, book-clubs, wine tastings, conversation meetups... and more.
We hope you will enjoy browsing our website but please do feel free to come and visit us in Downtown Calgary to truly understand our mission and what we have to offer you, with a French touch!