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Take a French class at the Alliance Française. 

No matter your learning style or level, we have the right option for you! We offer fun, interactive classes and private lessons for children, teens and adults. Our class sizes are kept small to ensure you have the best learning experience as possible. Let our friendly and experienced teachers help you meet your language goals !

Note: All our classes are now available online via Zoom and onsite, please contact us for more info:

To all our dear student, we would like to thank you for your loyalty and support over the years. Regardless of how long you have been part of the AFC family, we truly appreciate you!   As a not-for-profit charitable society we are mindful of our prices, however in order to cover our costs, you will see a price increase in some our tuition fees in 2021. We have been committed to bringing you the best in french classes in Christchurch and will keep doing so!

* please note that you will need to take our free online before a trial class. Trial classes are only available during the first 5 weeks of each term.




1. What does a French class at Alliance Française look like?
2. When are the classes?
3. Where are the classes?
4. What type of classes do you offer ?
5. Do you provide teaching material ?

1. What does a French class at Alliance Française look like?

At the Alliance, all our classes are serious AND fun. Our students benefit from smaller groups (12 students max per class), making it easier to practice and giving everyone the opportunity to speak. All our teachers are native speakers and fully qualified. We use the latest teaching methods and technologies, including interactive whiteboards.

2. When are the classes?

We offer term courses, holiday courses and special workshops.
Our term courses are 9 or 10 weeks long and classes are held once a week, usually in the morning or in the evening. Although we recommend to follow the whole duration of a course, it is possible to join a course during the term (except for complete beginners and other special courses).
Our holiday courses happen during the break in between each term. Classes are usually held everyday for a week or two.

2021 Term dates for adults:

Term 1 courses: 11 weeks ► 1st of February  - 16th of April
Term 2 courses: 10 weeks  3rd of May - 9th of July
Term 3 courses: 10 weeks ► 26th of July - 24thof September
Term 4 courses: 9 weeks ► 18th of October - 17th of December

3. Where are the classes?

Our classes are held in our premises, 275 Cashel street, off Barbadoes street. Our library and office are also located on 275 Cashel street. We can also arrange private tuitions at the location of your convenience.

4. What type of classes do you offer?

We offer a wide range of courses to match different levels and needs.

  • Our General courses are ideal for people who wish to learn and improve their skills on the long term. Classes offer a complete programme that includes oral and written comprehension, speaking exercises and some grammar.
  • If you plan to travel to a French speaking country and need the basics to survive, enrol in our  French For Travellers class.
  • For those who wish to focus on their speaking skills, we run conversation classes from intermediate to advanced levels.
  • To practice and improve your French in a different way, try our different workshops, from cooking to all kind of exciting french things! We have themed workshops to match all interests ! And we are open to new suggestions!

5. Do you provide teaching material?

Our general courses are based on the Alter Ego text book. It is available for sale at the Alliance.