Our teaching approach

Method and Objectives

The Alliance Française offers flexible training adapted to your needs and budget. Whether your motives are personal, vocational or part of a structured training plan, the Alliance Française will help you find the appropriate learning programme. We will be with you on your way to achieving French language fluency.

With decades of experience, the Alliance Française is the reference centre for learning French as a Foreign Language.

The Alliance Française uses the most modern and efficient methods on the market to boost your learning, making use of new technologies as well as a wide range of cultural and fun activities to facilitate and enrich your learning experience.

The Alliance Française can also design and run a special in-house course for you, based on the following fundamental principles: mutually defined objectives, flexibility, French savoir-faire, state-of-the-art teaching techniques.

The Alliance Française follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which classifies the language proficiency in 6 levels, from beginner (A1) to proficient (C2).

Course Material 

  • In 2019, Alliance Française introduced a new manual named Saison for levels A1 to B2. This manual is based on an even more dynamic teaching approach, allowing the students to practise both skills : speaking and  writing.

  •  C1 students work with another manual named Tendances, which is more focused on the preparation of DALF exam. 

Competency Levels

The result of over twenty years of research, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) is exactly what its title says it is: a framework of reference. It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used in Europe but also in other continents and is now available in 39 languages. The CEFR describes foreign language proficiency at six levels: A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2.

Our Terms and Conditions

1.    The Alliance Française reserves the right to refuse applications for student enrolment.

2.     Fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. No registration will be considered valid unless full payment has been made. Hence, payment by instalments will not be allowed unless exceptional circumstances may be invoked. In this case, payment will be increased by 10%.

3.    Course books and other learning material will only be sold if tuition fees have been fully paid.

4.    The Alliance Française’s classes accommodate from 7 to 12 students. Should there be less than 7 students, the Alliance Française reserves the right not to open the class and will look for alternative options.

5.    Payment can be made by bank transfer, bank deposit or credit card (proof of payment must be brought to our reception on the first class in order to collect the study material, student card and library card). When payment is made by bank transfer or deposit, students are required to use their full name as the Beneficiary’s Reference.

6.    Discounts can be granted to a targeted audience or on special occasions, to the general public. A discount can only be granted upon immediate payment. It is valid over a specific period of time and cannot be transferrable. No discount will be granted on books or examination fees. Discounts cannot be cumulated. If a student is eligible to two different discounts, the most beneficial will apply.

7.    Once payment has been made, no refund will be granted for partial, discontinued, interrupted or non-attendance of a course, unless an exceptional event has occurred (bereavement, illness, or moving of town). In this particular case, the Alliance Francaise will retain an administrative fee (R300 for the year 2019). In case of the class being cancelled by the AF, no fee will be charged. Students who have failed to attend a single class may apply to join the next session by sending their written request to the Director of the Alliance Française.

8.    The signatory hereto indemnifies the Alliance Française against liability of whatsoever nature and howsoever arising for loss or damage to property, injury or death while on the premises of the Alliance Française of Johannesburg.

9.    Parking in Kerry Road or Lower Park Drive is strictly prohibited. Secured parking is available at Zoo Lake opposite the Alliance Française.  Students attending the evening classes will benefit from the surveillance of armed response vehicles. We encourage everyone to report any suspicious activity. Our security company will follow up with prompt investigation.

10.    In case of repeated absences, no compensation will be offered. However, the Alliance Française undertakes to offer a free one-hour catch up lesson in the case of a student who misses a week of classes (4 hours in a row). This offer is only valid once per session and is neither refundable nor transferrable to another session or another student, should it not have been used.

11.    Registration at Dibuka (our Media Centre and Library) is valid for twelve months, which corresponds to three consecutive sessions. The validity of the registration will be calculated from the date of payment of the course (which includes payment for Dibuka).