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Complete Beginner Courses

It is never too late or too early to learn a new language !

If you have never studied French before you will feel at ease in our complete beginners courses. At the Alliance Française, our classes are interactive and practical, and all our teachers are fully qualified and native speakers. You will benefit from learning in immersion and in the French environment of the Alliance, unique in Christchurch.

Several options are available for complete beginners depending on your needs, goal, availabilities :

General Courses                                         French for Travellers                                   


General courses : 1.01

The general courses are what you are looking at if you want to learn the language on a long term basis and wish to obtain a certain level of proficiency. They follow the Alter Ego textbook progression, from complete beginner to advanced levels. Each level is completed after 18-20 hours of class. The first step in this progression is the 1.01 level.

Alter Ego 1 - A1/A2
courses from 1.01 to 1.10
Alter Ego 2 - A2/B1
courses from 2.01 to 2.10
Alter Ego 3 - B1
courses from 3.01 to 3.09
Alter Ego 4 - B2
courses from 4.01 to 4.09

What pace ?

Each session, several options are available : morning or evening classes, 1.5h to 3h classes, once a week, twice a week or intensive (everyday) classes are available.

To find a course that match your criteria, first select your session in the course selector

French for travellers course

The French for Traveller's course is open for complete beginners in preparation for a trip to a French speaking country. During this 15hr long crash course, you will learn how to book accommodation, ask for directions, order food etc.