Teaching expertise

A pioneer in teaching French to students from abroad, the Alliance Française has established teaching practices which take into account the mother tongue and learning methods used by each audience. Today, the Alliance Française Paris Ile-de-France is the undisputed point of reference for the teaching of French as a foreign language.

Our students benefit from a particularly favourable context, thanks to Paris’ exceptional cultural environment with the various elements of Parisian daily life at close quarters. Our teachers are also able to draw upon this constant linguistic immersion to enrich their support material and optimise their methods. Our teaching approach draws on an action-based procedure: projects are elaborated in reaction to situations encountered by students in their daily lives.

Label quality FLE

The Alliance Française Paris Ile-de-France has been awarded the FLE Quality Label, achieving top marks for each of the criteria studied by the auditors. Whether we look at the way students are welcomed, quality of teachers and courses offered, premises or school management, all the indicators attest to the Alliance Française Paris Ile-de-France’s position as an establishment of reference, where your learning will take place in optimal conditions.
If you would like more information on the process of evaluating centres for the teaching of French as a foreign language, contact us or visit the CIEP website.

French courses

All our French courses are structured in accordance with the levels determined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), allowing you to acquire an internationally recognised level of learning.


  • Level A1: Introductory or discovery level

Able to understand and use familiar and daily expressions, as well as very simple utterances which aim to satisfy concrete needs. Able to introduce yourself or another person and ask people questions about themselves – for example where they live, their relationships, things relating to them, etc. – and able to answer the same kinds of questions. Able to communicate in a simple fashion if the interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly and proves to be cooperative.


  • Level A2: Intermediate or survival level

Able to understand isolated phrases and frequently used expressions related to immediate priority areas (for example, simple personal and family information, purchases, close environment, work). Able to communicate during simple, habitual tasks which only require simple, direct information exchange on familiar and habitual subjects. Able to describe your training and immediate environment using simple means and to evoke subjects which correspond to immediate needs.


  • Level B1: Threshold level

Able to understand the essential points when clear, standard language is used and when familiar things are covered relating to work, school, leisure, etc. Able to get by in most situations encountered when travelling in a region where the target language is spoken. Able to produce a simple, coherent discourse on familiar subjects and areas of interest. Able to relate an event, experience or dream, describe a hope or aim and give brief reasons or explanations for a project or idea.
* Level B2: Advanced or independent level
Able to understand the essential content of concrete or abstract subjects in a complex text, including a technical discussion in your speciality. Able to communicate with a degree of spontaneity and ease so that a conversation with a native speaker does not involve tension for either party. Able to express yourself in a clear, detailed manner on a wide range of subjects, to give an opinion on a current affairs issue and to set out the advantages and disadvantages of different possibilities.


  • Level C1: Autonomous level

Able to understand a wide range of long and demanding texts, as well as to grasp their implicit meanings. Able to express yourself spontaneously and fluently without any apparent difficulty in finding the right words. Able to use the language in an effective and flexible way in your social, professional or academic life. Able to express yourself in relation to complex subjects in a clear, well-structured way and to show that you have mastered organisation, articulation and speech cohesion tools.


  • Level C2: Master level

Able to effortlessly understand almost everything you read or hear. Able to reproduce the facts and arguments of various written and oral sources by summarising them in a coherent fashion. Able to express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and in a precise way and able to distinguish fine nuances of meaning in relation to complex subjects.


Download the courses rythms per level and their connections with the CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) - in French

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