Alliance Française d'Austin School offers over 50 group classes per week for Adults and Children, Regular core classes at all levels, Beginners’ French, Conversation, Grammar & Pronunciation, French for Travelers, Cinéma Français, French Literature, the Francophone World in the News, Science in the French Media, Intro to French Art History and Improve your French Through Songs. All classes are taught by professional native-French speaking instructors to all ages
Small classes (3 to 8 students) that emphasize a Conversational Approach
Exceptional Private Lesson Program, Corporate, and Made-to-Order Classes
Something for everyone from beginners to advanced fluent speakers
Classes offered year-round in a convenient Central Austin location with easy parking
AFA Membership includes tuition discounts, social activities & cultural events.
Course Progression & Levels
Students with prior knowledge of French are invited to take a FREE online placement evaluation when registering for the first time with Alliance Française d’Austin. In helping us define which level is most appropriate for you, you will make the best of your learning experience with us.
With Alliance Française, students benefit from decades of experience and development of our teaching methods, our qualified teachers and advanced research in second language acquisition. The AF Austin School’s program and evaluation systems are modeled on the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The AFA French School uses the ALTER EGO+ textbook series, a language method produced by the Alliance Française de Paris.
(you may click on any of the levels below to view an expanded description)
+ A1 Beginner
Understands 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.
+ A2 Early Intermediate
Understands 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.
+ B1 Intermediate
Understands 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 traveling 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.
+ B2 Advanced
Understands the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. 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.
+ C1 Proficient
Understands a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognizes 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 organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices
+ C2 Proficient
Understands with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize 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.