Alliance Française
             de Philadelphie


Why learn French? 


More information about French classes in Center City here and in Bryn Mawr here


Center City: December 5 - February 18

Bryn Mawr: January 9 - March 31


Tuesday, December 13, 5:30: Apéro Français

Friday, December 16, 6pm: Fête de Noël / Christmas party

Wednesday, December 21, 6pm: ExploRégion: Alsace

 French Tables

French Table at Cin Cin (mainline): 

Thursday, January 12, at 12:30 p.m.

Registration here

French Table at Caribou Café (downtown)

Monday, January 23, at noon.

Registration here

French Philadelphia: The French cultural & historical presence in the Delaware Valley
Lynn Miller & Annette H. Emgarth

Photography by Emmanuel Pierre Gee

The French presence in Philadelphia has contributed treasures and beauty to the cityscape, furnishing tangible evidence of the historical and philosophical ties between France and the United States, ties that date from the birth of our nation and continue to the present day.

A gem of a book, to be treasured and referred to often, featuring: 59 color photographs and illustrations, Philadelphia neighbohood maps, extensive index guide.

   Available in English or in French.


A letter from our President

Martine Chauvet plans to retire as Executive Director of the Alliance Française de Philadelphie in August 2017. Martine has headed the Alliance Française for over 30 years. During her tenure, the Alliance has grown from a three-to eight-classroom school with 1200 students and from 5 to 22 instructors. Cultural programs have blossomed with an array of interesting lectures, wine and food evenings, programs with other organizations in the city and our Bastille Day Celebration. Most recently, Martine has presided over the transformation of our headquarters on Walnut Street into a beautiful, modern space for learning and celebrating French culture.

The Board of Directors plans to honor Martine’s many years of outstanding leadership and accomplishments with a variety of activities this year. Our website will provide updated information on our plans. Please join us for our final farewell on the evening of July 14th, our annual Bastille Day Celebration. What better way to honor her devotion to the Alliance and bid her a wonderful new life in retirement!

The Board of Directors is currently considering its options with respect to Martine's successor and hopes to have that person in place for the start of the school year in September 2017.

Nancy Gabel

President of the Board



French or francophone native

Proficiency in English (spoken and written).

Must have the legal right to work in the United States.

Schedule flexibility: May work on Saturdays and evenings.

Experience in teaching and/or school administration highly desired.

Attend and prepare for board meetings and committee meetings

Proficiency in computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and a willingness to learn other programs maintained by the organization, website updating, knowledge of social media


Knowledge of teaching techniques and materials adapted to French as a second language.

Prepare schedules for Center City and Bryn Mawr campuses

Create new classes sometimes with instructor’s help

Hire new instructors – manage 25 instructors

Help with registration – give placement tests

Overview buying of books and supplies

Be present in some evenings on the first week of classes and Saturdays

Meet with instructors

Prepare Immersion classes (find themes, caterer, provide supplies, welcome students and instructors)


Schedule and prepare new and recurring events for the year

Write quarterly newsletter

Search and contact possible lecturers

Prepare for event; buy and prepare what is needed for reception

Attend events

Bastille Day (Chair the committee, find space, fund-raising, find new donors for silent auction and raffle. Maintain good relations with previous donors. Promote event, oversee design of the invitation. Follow up with every partner of the event)


Do some fund-raising for events

Publicize events on social media, write press releases

Meet with heads of other organizations, networking

Attend annual meeting of the Delegation Générale

Attend events of other French organizations at least once a year.

 Our partners:


Alliance Française de Philadelphie
1420 Walnut Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 735-5283

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