• 1420 Walnut Street Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19102 •


Due to the situation around the COVID-19 outbreak in the USA and the directives of the state of Pennsylvania, the Alliance Française de Philadelphie is now offering courses online. 

What is an online class? An online class is a live video conference with your instructor and fellow students that will follow the usual format and syllabus.

How does it work? The Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie is using Zoom for all the virtual classes. In addition to that, students and instructors can find their own class on a platform called Apolearn. It very much looks like a Facebook page: Your contacts are your instructor and your classmates. Functions include activity feed, sharing resources and articles, and an online chat. Students can also practice and do their homework, record their voices and videos (recordings are private and are not used "outside" the class)

What do I need? A computer with a webcam and a microphone, an internet connexion. Please click here to learn the basics of an online class!

We are offering free placement tests to students willing to enroll in the fall session. Please complete this form so we can schedule a phone placement test.

We look forward to welcoming you during our virtual classes



General Information

  • Classes taught by highly qualified French instructors
  • Adult classes offered for all levels of French, from A1 to C2
  • Four ten week sessions per year (Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer)
  • Evening and Morning classes
  • Students meet once a week for 10 weeks for 1.5-2 hours depending on class size
  • No more than 10 students per class 


2020 - 2021 session dates

FALL 2020

September 9th - November 17th

Fall schedule

November 30th - February 18th
Schedule TBD

March 1st - May 8th

Schedule TBD

May 24th - July 30th

Schedule TBD



We require all prospective students with previous experience studying French or living in a French speaking country to take a placement test to determine their appropriate level before registering.

If you are a complete beginner (101 level) or know your level and course time please download and fill out the student registration form and return it to us via email at

Registration form

Pay here



GENERAL CLASSES - $350 for a 10-week session (material not included) - price of course materials depends on course level.

SPECIALIZED CLASSES - (French for travel, Écriture Creative) - $350 for a 10-week session.

Enrollment is contingent upon advanced payment for course and materials. To be eligible for a refund, students must contact the office at least 24 hours before the first class. After the first class, only a credit for the next session will be issued

(a $30.00 cancellation fee plus $35.00 per class is retained by the Alliance Française).

No credit is issued after the end of the 3rd week of classes.


The Alliance Francaise will be closed on the following days

Labor Day 2020 - September 7, 2020

Thanksgiving break - November 26 - 27 - 28, 2020

Winter break - December 24 - 25 - 26, 2020

New Year's Day - December 31, January 1 - 2, 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 18, 2021

Memorial Day - May 31, 2021

CECR Levels








101 - 105

201 - 205

301 - 308

309 +




Entre Nous 1

Entre Nous 2

Le Nouvel Edito B1

Le Nouvel

Edito B2

Custom Materials

Custom Materials



Can recognize and use familiar words and simple phrases for concrete purposes. Can introduce himself or someone else. Can ask and answer basic questions about home, family, surroundings, etc. Can communicate in a basic way when the other person speaks slowly and clearly, and is ready to repeat or reformulate to help communication.



Can understand isolated phrases and common expressions that relate to areas of high personal relevance (like personal or family information, shopping, immediate environment, work). Can communicate during easy or habitual tasks requiring a basic and direct information exchange on familiar subjects. Using simple words, can describe his or her surroundings and communicate immediate needs.



Can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar subjects in work, school, leisure activities, etc. Can manage in most situations that come up when travelling in a region where the language is spoken. Can produce a simple and cohesive text on familiar subjects or subjects of personal interest. Can narrate an event, an experience or a dream; describe a desire or goal, and outline reasons or explanations behind a project or idea.

Upper Intermediate


Can understand the main ideas of concrete or abstract topics in a complex text, including a technical article in the user’s area of expertise. Can communicate with a degree of spontaneity and fluency during a conversation with a native speaker, in a way that is comfortable for everyone. Can speak in a clear, detailed way on a number of subjects; express an opinion on current affairs, giving the advantages and disadvantages of the various options.



Can understand a wide range of long and complex texts, including any sub textual or stylistic nuances. Can express him or herself freely and fluidly, without obviously fumbling for words. Can use the language effectively and fluently in a social, professional or academic context. Can speak in a clear, organised way about complex subjects, developing a well-structured argument.



Can effortlessly understand almost everything he or she reads or hears. Capable of a coherent summary of events or arguments from oral or written sources. Can express him or herself precisely in a spontaneous, fluent way, conveying finer shades of meaning precisely.

101 TO 105: A1 LEVEL

101: Introduces the first-time student to speaking, listening, reading and writing in French with a strong vocabulary for talking about oneself and others, asking questions, responding in the affirmative and the negative, using a large group of verbs and a varied vocabulary.

102-105: Continuation of 101 presenting a natural progression of work with grammar and vocabulary. An informal placement test is offered at registration.

201 TO 205: A2 LEVEL

201: Reviews, refines and expands the material of 101-106 at the intermediate level.

202-205: Present new material in units designed to be self-contained with an emphasis on conversation reading and writing skills at the intermediate level.

301 TO 308: B1 LEVEL

300 Levels are advanced intermediate conversation courses, with a grammar review and a text for reading and discussion (literary texts and/or articles from the media).

309 TO 316: B2 LEVEL

350: Is an advanced conversation course for those who wish to continue their review of grammar, while reading a variety of texts.

400 - 401: C1 LEVEL

400: Is an advanced conversation level using current events as a base for discussion.

401:  Is an advanced conversation level with literary texts and literary discussion subjects.

Alliance Française de Philadelphie
1420 Walnut Street, Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-5283
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