You will find hereafter some of the most common questions we receive about Alliance Française. If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact us below or at info@afcalgary.ca and we will be happy to help you!

How can I find out what is my level of French?

Our level assessment is FREE. You can call us to find out your level right away or you can request a level assessment HERE and we will do our best to call you within 48 hours. It only takes us 10 minutes with a short conversation to find out your level over the phone. You do not need to prepare as we will discuss with you all your previous experiences in French and will find the best options for you.

When can I start my lessons?

For group classes, we offer new session every two months. We can only accept registration until one week after the initial class. After that, we unfortunately cannot register any new students as they will have missed too many classes. For private lessons, you can start as soon as we find a teacher, which may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

It is possible to try one class before I enrol for the whole session?

Unfortunately, we do not offer tryout classes. Be reassured, all of our classes and teachers are great, and we will make sure you enjoy your learning experience with us.

Do you ask for homework?

Not all classes require homework, though most of our standard classes will ask students to work at home. Usually the amount of homework is proportional to the amount of weekly hours. For a 3 hours class we advise to work 3 hours at home if you really want to review everything you studied in class and do all the exercizes. But keep in mind that if you don't have the time, even watch a movie in French, come to an event and talk in French is a good way to practice!

How long does it take to become fluent in French?

For a complete beginner, it would typically take around 400 hours of instruction to achieve the B2 level which is the level required to work in French or enter a university in France or Québec. Keep in mind that most people in Canada are not complete beginner and having been exposed to French their whole life is a huge asset when undertaking learning the language. The number of hours needed to become fluent depends on a lot of things including: learning abilities, learning style, commitment... etc.

Can I know who will be the teacher for my next class?

All of our teachers are extremely talented and have relevant qualifications and experience. We usually assign classes a few days before the start of the session, but we cannot assure you who will be your next teacher.

How do I get the Early Bird discount?  

Early bird discount is only available to members and is applied for registrations one month before the first day of the class. If you have trouble getting the discount online, do not hesitate to call us at 403 245 5562 or leave us a message.

If I miss a class, can I go to another class to catch-up?

Unfortunately, we do not allow students to go to another class to catch up missed classes. Different classes go at a different place and the dynamics of the group are very important. Having a new student just for one class is not beneficial for the whole learning experience.

I know I will miss some classes for the session, can I pay for one part of the session?

As we limit our number of students per class, we cannot accept prorated payments for our classes. If you cannot attend all the classes of the session, we advise you to come talk to us. It is sometimes better to wait for the following session to enrol and ensure you can attend all the classes. 

Are the teachers all from France?

All of our teachers speak perfect French and come from various backgrounds and different francophone regions. All of our teachers have relevant qualifications and experience to teach French, and our recruitment process is very selective. We only hire teachers who demonstrate a perfect mastery of the French language and great skills at managing a group class. 

Do I need to be a member to participate in the cultural activities?

No, most of our activities are open to everyone! For instance, our French Wednesdays are free events open to all and to all levels. Some of our activities offer discounts to the members and activities involving liquor are only open to members.

Can I come to the events if I don't speak French yet?

Of course, we organize our events for our students who are learning French. Even if you are a complete beginner, it will be very beneficial for you to get exposed to French. Most of our events are adapted to all levels. We will put a note on our event page if the event requires a minimum level (for instance, the book club!). Do not hesitate to check out our events page HERE.

What are the benefits of becoming a member of Alliance Française?

The membership allows you to borrow books from our library and gives you discounts for our Group Classes. You also get discounts at our partners when you show your AFC card. You can find more information on our membership page HERE.

How can I become a volunteer for Alliance Française?

You can apply on our website HERE or you can visit our campus or call us to enquire about volunteering opportunities.

Why is your website only available in English?

The majority of our members are learners of French and cannot speak French yet. We are an association, and we do not have the resources to maintain two versions of the website, so we chose to only provide it in English.

How can I get an official document showing  my level in French?

To recognize your level of French, you have many options. You can write a DELF/DALF exam and you will receive a diploma valid for life or you write a TCF or TEF test and you will receive a certification valid for 2 years. They are official documents delivered by recognized institutions. If you only want to take a brief online test to check your level, you can write the EVALANG test which will take approximately 40 minutes. You will find more information on our examintation page HERE.


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