Reg. Charity 1163206

Our Mission

We are the Alliance Française d’Oxford, the charity whose mission is to promote French language and cultures.

We operate autonomously, are self-sufficient and have no political or religious affiliations.


Our mission

Offer French classes for all ages and abilities.
Promote French and Francophone culture.
Respect cultural diversity, share a passion for exchange and solidarity.

Our statement

We will continually train our teachers and improve our standards so you will get the most innovative teaching.
We will not charge above what permits us to operate.
We will treat our staff and interns legally and fairly.

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    Prof. Catriona Seth (Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature, Oxford) and Fellow of All Souls College (Oxford) will be in conversation with Cameroonian writer Djaïdi Amadou Amal, winner of the 2020 Choix Goncourt UK. 

    Djaïdi Amadou Amal est une écrivaine camerounaise, lauréate du Choix Goncourt du Royaume-Uni 2020 (et de nombreux autres Choix Goncourt) pour son livre Les Impatientes, paru en français aux éditions E. Collas, et aux éditions Harper Collins en traduction anglaise. Son dernier livre en français, Cœur de Sahel est également en lice pour le Prix du Lycée Charles-de-Gaulle. Djaïdi Amadou Amal vient de recevoir un doctorat honoris causa de la Sorbonne.  

    Djaïdi Amadou Amal is a Cameroonian writer, winner of the 2020 Choix Goncourt UK (and many other Choix Goncourt) for her book “Les Impatientes”, published in French by E. Collas, and by Harper Collins in English translation. Her latest book in French, “Cœur de Sahel”, is also in the running for the Prix du Lycée Charles-de-Gaulle. Djaïdi Amadou Amal has just received an honorary doctorate from the Sorbonne. 


    This event is organised in collaboration with Institut Français (London) and Maison Française d'Oxford
    The event will be in French followed by Q&A.  

     


    In Conversation with Djaïli Amadou Amal



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    Join us for la Chandeleur and Mardi Gras, traditional French Festivals involving a pancakes, music and crafts. 

    Our lucky children will make their own crêpes and join in fun activities, including crêpe eating (of course!)

    For children from 3 to 8 yo. 

    £5 per child


    Goûter du Mardi gras



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    I took a short course to prepare for an exam and the teaching was superb. Louise was really engaging and had a great way of explain things so they were easily understood and tailored to my needs. I learnt so much in a short space of time. I would certainly choose to learn with Alliance française d'Oxford in the future.


    Adele J. (2023)



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    Consolidate your French with this themed workshop around "La Nouvelle Vague" of French Cinema. Expand your vocabulary and your analytical skills. For intermediate and advanced levels.  


    Workshop cinéma: la nouvelle vague



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    I like how lessons can be online and can be adjusted according to my needs. 


    A junior private student



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    I would change nothing, it is amazing :)


    A student in our GCSE 2 class



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    The teachers are exceptionally good. 


    A student in our Conversation Class



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    Friendliness, Professionalism, Variety.


    Student in our conversation class (Dec 2022)



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    Excellent teacher. Really very good. Better than Ox university language Centre


    A student in B2 (Dec 2022)



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    I like the friendly people, relaxed atmosphere, small classes.  I always look forward to coming even after a long day work


    A student in our B2 class (Jan 2023)



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    I love the class so much. The teacher is always so clear. It's a varied range of activities. She's so friendly. Thank you for offering these lessons.


    One of our GCSE students (Dec 2022)



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    Conversation with Constance Debré chaired by Ève Morisi



    Constance Debré was born in 1972. She is the author of 3 novels, including the highly acclaimed Play Boy (Stock, 2016), Love Me Tender (Flammarion, 2020, Prix Les Inrockuptibles) and Nom (Flammarion, 2022). She will be in conversation with Ève Morisi.

    Ève Morisi’s research seeks to interrogate the intersections of poetics, politics and ethics in French and Francophone literature. Part of it focuses on the representations of extreme violence and resistance in both prose and poetry from the 19th century to the present day. Hugo and Baudelaire have been of particular interest for the 19th century; Camus and Algerian Francophone writers for the 20th and 21st centuries.


    To attend this event, please register on the Maison Française d'Oxford's website


    This event is organised  as part of the Night of Ideas 2023, in collaboration with the Maison Française d'Oxford.


    Conversation with Constance Debré



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    Notre-Dame du Nil (2014) - Scholastique Mukasonga

    Il n’y a pas de meilleur lycée que le lycée Notre-Dame du Nil. Il n’y en a pas de plus haut non plus. 2 500 mètres annoncent fièrement les professeurs blancs. 2 493, corrige sœur Lydwine, la professeure de géographie. “On est si près du ciel”, murmure la mère supérieure en joignant les mains. Rwanda, début des années 1970. Au lycée Notre-Dame du Nil, près des sources du grand fleuve égyptien, de jeunes filles en fleurs se préparent à devenir de bonnes épouses, de bonnes mères, de bonnes chrétiennes. Mais sous le calme apparent couve la haine raciale. Un quota 'ethnique' limite à 10 % le nombre des élèves tutsi, les persécutions se multiplient et voici que s’approchent les nervis du pouvoir…

    Rescapée du massacre des Tutsi, Scholastique Mukasonga nous offre une œuvre poignante, où des adolescentes aux mains nues tentent d’échapper à une Histoire monstrueuse.

    Niveau intermédiaire

    £12

     


    BOOK CLUB 3: Notre-Dame du Nil



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    Love Me Tender (2020) - Constance Debré

    « Je ne vois pas pourquoi l’amour entre une mère et un fils ne serait pas exactement comme les autres amours. Pourquoi on ne pourrait pas cesser de s’aimer. Pourquoi on ne pourrait pas rompre. Je ne vois pas pourquoi on ne pourrait pas s’en foutre, une fois pour toutes, de l’amour. »

    Constance Debré poursuit sa quête entamée avec Play Boy, celle du sens, de la vie juste, de la vie bonne. Après la question de l’identité se pose la question de l’autre et de l’amour sous toutes ses formes, de l’amour maternel aux variations amoureuses. Faut-il, pour être libre, accueillir tout ce qui nous arrive ? Faut-il tout embrasser, jusqu’à nos propres défaites ? Peut-on renverser le chagrin ?

    Niveau intermédiaire




    £12


    BOOK CLUB 2: Love Me Tender



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    La Promesse de l’Aube (1960) - Romain Gary

    Le narrateur raconte son enfance en Russie, en Pologne puis à Nice, le luxe et la pauvreté qu'il a connus tour à tour, son dur apprentissage d'aviateur, ses aventures de guerre en France, en Angleterre, en Éthiopie, en Syrie, en Afrique Équatoriale, il nous raconte surtout le grand amour que fut sa vie. Cette «promesse de l'aube» que l'auteur a choisie pour titre est une promesse dans les deux sens du mot : promesse que fait la vie au narrateur à travers une mère passionnée ; promesse qu'il fait tacitement à cette mère d'accomplir tout ce qu'elle attend de lui dans l'ordre de l'héroïsme et de la réalisation de lui-même. C’est une ode à l’amour maternel, mais aussi une réflexion sur le destin que l’on choisit ou que l’on subit.

    Niveau intermédiaire

    £12


    BOOK CLUB 1: La Promesse de l’Aube



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    Expert tuition in small groups to help your teens gain confidence and reach their full potential with native teachers. Practice your verbs, work on your listening and writing skills. Ideal for Year 11 or students taking their French GCSEs in 2023.


    GSCE Intensive Revision Session



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    Improve your French through la Bande-Dessinée, a typical Francophone Visual Art Form. You will pratice your reading & writing skills, and engage your creative brain. For intermediate students (B1-B2).


    French through la Bande Dessinée



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    Join us on 21 February to enjoy a unique insight into French Renaissance architecture and the life of a household from the comfort of your sofa!

     
    Located in the Loire Valley, 140 miles southwest of Paris, the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is an icon of the new art of building and living in 16th-century France. Its architecture is a subtle blend of French traditions and decorations inspired by antique Rome and its successive owners have contributed to making it one of the most harmonious and refined architectural gems in the Val-de-Loire. Water mirrors, a grand staircase and rich collections of furniture and artworks make it an exceptional monument!

     
    Led by a guide from the Château, this tour will take you through the various rooms of this emblematic monument of the French Renaissance. A captivating dive into history to learn about the lifestyle of its owners over the centuries.


    Free - Open to all - In French (level Intermediate/B1 recommended) Event organised by the network of the Alliances Françaises in the UK.


    The Château d’Azay-le-Rideau: Online Guided Tour



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    Part of our « French Influence” series

    Talk by Bertrand Buchwalter, Conseiller culturel - French Embassy in the UK

    Moderator : Sir Tim Hitchens, President of Wolfson College

    In English and French


    French Diplomacy for the 21st Century : la culture dans l’arsenal diplomatique français et la notion de diplomatie d’influence a



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    Children will enjoy "Noël à la Francaise" in this popular workshop.  They will learn vocabulary, sing and work on seasonal crafts. The highlight is making your own truffles, and there's usually just enough for grown-ups too.  For children aged 5 to 11 years old.  


    Noël pour les enfants Workshop



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    Beginners will be able to practice their pronunciation skills in this fun, interactive workshop. We have perfected our activities over the years and believe you will be amazed by the results. For beginners and lower intermediates.  


    FUNETICS: Secrets of French Pronunciation for Beginners



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    The Inter-Alliances challenge is back !

    The Inter-Alliances challenge is an online competition open to all Alliances Françaises’ students from all over the world!  The principle is simple: the students of the participating Alliances spar over questions about French culture, but also Francophone cultures: art, gastronomy, history, music, sport, etc.

    This year, more than 40 countries are participating in the 2nd international edition!


    Défi inter-Alliances



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    Maylis de Kerangal is the author of the novel Réparer les vivants (Mend the Living), longlisted for the Booker International Prize in 2016, winner of the Wellcome Book Prize in 2017.  Her latest work, Eastbound, translated by Jessica Moore, is to be published by "Les Fugitives" on 29th September 2022.

    This conversation, marking the European Day of Languages 2022, will be held in French, followed by a Q&A session in French and  English.  Free.

    Event in collaboration with the Maison Française d'Oxford and the Institut Français de Londres


    Conversation with Maylis de Kerangal



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    L’Arabe du futur - tome 1 (2015), Riad Sattouf

    A striking testimony of the Middle East of the 1970/80s, through Riad Sattouf's child's eyes. C’est l’histoire de Riad, enfant d’une mère bretonne et d’un père syrien, partagé entre ses origines occidentale et orientale. Ce premier tome retrace son arrivée en Lybie et présente le contexte géopolitique du Moyen-Orient entre 1978 et 1984.

    > Nous vous enverrons un extrait PDF de la BD.
    > Please note that we will provide an online extract of this book (PDF).

    Niveau intermédiaire

    £12


    BOOK CLUB 4: L'Arabe du futur



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    Le ventre de l’Atlantique (2003), Fatou Diome

    A novel about the challenges of immigration for African families. Salie est une jeune femme sénégalaise vivant à Strasbourg. Son petit frère Madické rêve de la rejoindre pour réaliser son rêve de devenir footballeur. Comme beaucoup d’autres, il voit la France comme la terre des possibles. Salie s’interroge : comment ne pas distiller ses espoirs, sans pour autant lui promettre monts et merveilles ?

    Niveau intermédiaire

    £12


    BOOK CLUB 3: Le ventre de l'Atlantique



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    Au Bonheur des Dames (1883), Emile Zola

    The French reminiscence of Thomas Hardy’s work on the threat of increasing industrialisation. Fraîchement arrivée à Paris, Denise Baudu est embauchée dans le célèbre magasin de prêt-à-porter « Au bonheur des dames ». Elle se retrouve confrontée à la réalité d’un monde capitaliste, entre recherche de profit et précarité de l’emploi. Est-elle prête à servir ce magasin qui cause la ruine de son oncle, petit commerçant concurrent ?

    Niveau intermédiaire

    £12


    BOOK CLUB 2: Au bonheur des dames



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    La naissance du jour (1928), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

    A midlife reflection punctuated by descriptions of the luxuriant Provençal nature. Saint-Tropez, été 1927. Colette se retire dans un petit hameau coupé du monde pour réfléchir à sa vie. Nostalgique, mais ouverte à cette nouvelle phase de sa vie, elle se remémore son passé, ses amours, sa mère.

    Niveau intermédiaire

    £12


    BOOK CLUB 1: La naissance du jour



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    Have you ever dreamed of owning a property in France? Join us for this free informative online talk on what to consider when deciding to purchase a second home or even to settle in France.

    Matthew Cameron (Ashtons Legal), Emilie Bensmihen (Buckles Law) and the Franco-British Network will share their expertise with you.


    Owning a Property in France



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    In December 2010, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire outside a government office, the start of a revolutionary movement across the Middle East known as the Arab spring. Tunisian historian (CNRS) Leyla Dakhli will give a talk on how, 12 years on, things have changed – or not – for the people of the region.

    In French. Followed by Q&A in English and French.


    Printemps arabe conference: 12 ans plus tard



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    Full immersion week! A week packed with French-learning-fun to keep your 5-10yo busy and learning. Every day will include one adventure (preferably outdoors) as well as language skills development sessions, all completely in French! Sign-up without delay, as we have just few places and don't offer this camp very often!
    Full programme available soon.


    French Fun Summer Camp



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    Come and test your French level for free! Visit our welcoming classrooms in the historic St. Margaret’s Institute, meet our friendly teachers and find the way to learn French that best suits you! Event in collaboration with Oxfordy Preservation Trust. Our programme includes: The Idioms Game, Test your Grammar and activites for children! 


    Open Doors 2022



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    Graham Harding, Winner of the prestigious Prix de l'Organisation Internationale du Vin 2022 for  "Champagne in Britain, 1800-1914, How the British Transformed a French Luxury") will be hosting our exclusive French wine tasting & quiz: hors des sentiers battus.  You will discover 6 little-known French wines in this informative and interactive tasting.  In French.  


    Hors des sentiers battus: Wine Tasting



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    My colleague and I have been having private lessons via Alliance Francaise for 3 years to support the opening of an office in Paris. My colleague now feels comfortable speaking French in Paris and my neighbours in France have commented on how much my fluency and understanding has increased. Each lesson is specifically tailored, not just to our respective levels, but also to our particular interests and involve a variety of learning materials from traditional language books through to Instagram via Podcasts and YouTube. Based on our experience, I would highly recommend Alliance Francaise in Oxford.


    Emily White, Citrine International Tax Ltd



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    The quality of the training provided by the Alliance Francaise d'Oxford is incredible. Our audience is distinct but they totally warmed up to the unique way of teaching of the Alliance Francaise d'Oxford. As Head of Department, I was also very impressed by the resources chosen and used by the their team in their classes and our aim is to reach that premium quality. I highly recommend their workshops and CPD and will not hesitate to continue our collaboration in teaching French in the MOD.


    Defence Centre for Languages & Culture, Ministry of Defence



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    Professional, expert teachers, small/friendly classes, focus on learning all aspects of French.


    (Conversation class, March 2022)



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    The Alliance Francaise d’Oxford keeps your brain active. Fun. Rewarding. Welcoming!


    (A1, March 2022)



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    I honestly don't know how I'd manage French A Level without classes at the Alliance Francaise. […] It really helped me prepare for my university interview for French!


    Hope (A-Level, January 2021)



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    Marvellous! My child is simply loving learning French in a fun, supportive and educational setting. We shall return next term. Thank you.


    Bridget (Children class, November 2021)



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    This class has been the best yet that I have done at AF d’Oxford. The materials are interesting, the class is friendly and supportive, and the teacher is excellent. In particular it has allowed me to focus on pronunciation and speaking.


    March 2022



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    Mon voyage heureux à Oxford (...) c’est la journée du cours de conversation (à l'Alliance Française). Mes co-étudiants sont enthousiastes, intéressants et nous travaillons bien ensembles. Notre professeure Zoé nous encourage à nous améliorer en prononciation, expression et compréhension. Son enthousiasme est infectieux.”


    Graham (November 2021)



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    Marvellous! My child is simply loving learning French in a fun, supportive and educational setting. We shall return next term. Thank you.


    Bridget (November 2021)



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    Classes are engaging & useful & fun!


    A-level (March 2022)



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    I like the small classes without too many people and good teachers; it feels very comfortable!


    A student from GCSE 1 class (March 2022)



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    It is very organized and you always have a chance to speak.


    Student in our GCSE 2 class (Dec 2021)



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    I like how the classes are a safe space to fail and make mistakes. To participate in an atmosphere with no judgment is incredibly valuable for my own productivity.


    Student in our pre-GCSE class (Dec 2021)



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    I honestly don't know how I'd manage French A Level without classes at the Alliance Francaise. […] It really helped me prepare for my university interview for French!


    Hope (January 2021)



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    I would like to say how very grateful we are to your organisation. Without your wonderful teachers, Clare’s life would be taking a very different road. It is so wonderful that she has found an area of study she enjoys so much and which is so enriching.


    Helen, mother to A-level student Clare (April 2021)



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    I would [recommend you to a friend], the method of teaching is rigorous and effective. I love the staff and location!


    A-level student (July 2021)



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    My daughter got a 9 in GCSE French… I wonder whether, like Asterix and friends, AF have a magic potion?! Thank you so much for all your support!


    Gail (August 2019)



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    The teacher was terrific at helping our son with revision for his French GCSE - and he got an A* so clearly all well worth it.


    Nick (October 2016)



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    The school is professional and has brilliant teachers. The teachers are always so well prepared. Makes me want to learn more!


    A student in our C2 (December 2020)



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    I have re-registered due to the professionalism ; rigour offered


    Student in our B2 class (Dec 2021)



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    Small classes are great


    Student in our B1 class (Dec 2021)



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    I've learned much more in this group than before when I tried to learn French by myself.


    Student our A1 class (Dec 2021)



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    This Alliance Francaise is the most fantastic place to improve your French as an adult. Our teacher is amazing and we had loads of fun as well as learning actively each week. […] Recommend it highly!


    Melita (B2, November 2018)



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    Discuss in French our book selection for Summer 2022! From intermediate level. Starts with “La place” by Annie Ernaux (Saturday 7th May 2022)


    Summer Online French book clubs



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    Back by popular demand! Toddlers will learn basic vocabulary through songs and role-play games to boost their French learning.


    French Toddler Sessions



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    Come and watch the adaptation by Xavier Giannoli of one of Balzac’s best novels (1837). Maison Francaise d’Oxford 2-10 Norham Road OX2 6SE


    Illusions Perdues screening



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    Let’s visit (virtually) the famous Château de Versailles with our French guide Eléonore Nicolas. An informative and interactive visit, get ready to meet the Roi Soleil!


      Versailles tour



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      “Meet and Speak” is an opportunity for you to practice your French with other Alliances students from all over the UK! From A2 level upwards.


        Meet and Speak



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        The legendary Varsity quiz is back! Join our team & test your cultural knowledge about the Francophonie. Levels B2-C1.


          Varsity Quiz 2022



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          Excellent learning environment ; encouraging classes ; sense of progress.


          A student in our A2 class (March 2022)



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          A little piece of France in Oxford.


          A student in our intermediate class (December 2016)



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          I like the small classes without too many people and good teachers; it feels very comfortable!


          A student from GCSE 1 class (March 2022)



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          Materials are interesting, class is friendly and supportive, and teachers are excellent.


          A student in our conversation class (March 2022)



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          The cheese tasting workshop was much appreciated by our Y6 pupils. They enjoyed answering general questions in French, filling in questionnaires and of course tasting the cheeses. The oral interactivity was great and well supported by digital and paper resources. The whole workshop was pitched at the right level for the end of KS2, stretching the most able but allowing everyone to participate. It allowed for a good review of adjectives and comparative forms. A great cultural and linguistic experience!


          Catherine Phillips, New College School, Oxford (June 2021)



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          I am writing to commend Julie as the BEST EVER French teacher that I have ever had. I feel that I have made real progress and this is really down to Julie. She is an excellent teacher – highly organised, very well structured, uses wonderful resources and is really able to explain everything only in French to me but in a way that I can understand and make progress with. Thank you so much and thank you Julie!


          Stuart (2021)



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          I’m delighted by the quality of the private classes at the Alliance Française. They are tailored exactly to my needs, including enabling me to pass the DELF B2 exam at short notice. My teacher is dedicated and thoughtful, making sure that each lesson is focused on the areas that I need to work on, and planned with an overall goal in mind. I thoroughly recommend classes at the Alliance Française for those who want to learn quickly!


          Xiao Hui (2020)



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          I took 10 hours of private tuition before moving to France for sabbatical. The tuition was helpful for getting me speaking, as I am nervous about it and don't have many opportunities to do it. My tutor made me feel comfortable but also pushed me to use more complex sentences and express more complex ideas for realistic, non-trivial situations and tailored lessons to my interests and needs. Merci beau coup!


          Jeannie (2019)



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          Such a professional and organised teaching staff ! The teachers continually verified that the course was meeting my expectations, and they adjusted well to feedback. Indeed, they exceeded my expectations.


          Aubrey (2018)



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          The lessons have been incredibly useful for helping me to prepare for my AS exam this year, particularly as my teacher makes sure that each lesson is catered to my specific needs, as well as that which is on the AS specification.


          Georgina (2016)



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          My son (and I!) really enjoyed [the online lessons], he gained language skills, knowledge and confidence, whilst having fun. I really liked the diversity of the lessons .Thank you for making the sessions so engaging - both through the content and use of tech.


          Ruth (August 2020)



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          Our daughter, who is 5, loves her French classes in Friday evenings and is making good progress. Thank you for such inspiring teaching.


          David (May 2019)




        We are the experts at teaching French

        We take teaching seriously, as the official centre for French language and culture. With 9 levels of adult French classes running every term, we have the right one for you!

        Every teacher is fully qualified and receives up-to-date training.  We only hire native speakers who hold Masters in Teaching French as a Foreign Language or Masters in Languages.


        We bring French culture to you

        More than just classes or private lessons, we organise regular cultural events and make a point of bringing culture into your classroom. 

        Literature, wine tastings, talks, film, patisserie workshops, specialist workshops, games, art exhibition and children activities too.

        Another opportunity to practice your French!


        Onsite and online learning

        We are located in Central North Oxford for ease of access from North Oxford, Jericho, Summertown, Central Oxford and Oxfordshire. Our comfortable classrooms, well equipped with the latest technology, will ensure that you have a pleasant experience.

        The team is ready to welcome you in a warm, comfortable and convivial environment. 

        Our values

        Educating, sharing and constantly improving are the common goals of the network of Alliances Françaises, considered to be the largest cultural NGO worldwide. As the official centre for French, we deliver the best of what French teaching today has to offer. We are a charity, which means our mission is not to make profits, but deliver and share French education & culture at the highest standards. 

        Our board of trustees guarantees good governance, fair prices and transparent management.

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