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Choose Alliance Française’s expertise and excellence for adult French lessons

Alliance Française offers quality French classes for adults by promoting excellence,  its recognized high-quality programs and the strong bonds formed with its local cultural, educational and business communities.

Alliance Française de Vancouver uses an action-based and communicative method, in all of its classes, which will allow you to develop all your skills efficiently: grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Furthermore, it organizes its teaching on the most modern teaching textbooks and on the CEFR (the Common European Framework for Languages), a standard reference adopted by hundreds of educational systems worldwide.

Alliance Française offers French courses from absolute beginner to advanced levels

The CEFR or Framework divides learners into three broad divisions, which can be divided into six levels: 

A1 Discovery
Completed within 90 to 110  hours

Can understand 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 Intermediate 
Completed within 140 to 160 hours

Can understand 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 Independent 
Completed within 160 to 200 hours

Can understand 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 travelling 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 
Completed within 200 to 250 hours

Can understand 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 Autonomous / C1+ Expert

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize 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 Master

Can understand 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.

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