I have no French, what class should I enrol in?

You should enrol in any Elementary 1 class level or in a French for Travel class level.

I speak some French / I speak good French, what class should I enrol in? Do I need to take the placement test?

The best way to place you in the right class in terms of level, is to call us on 3844 4460 and/ or to take the Online placement test. If you speak a little bit of French you need to take the online placement test or call us. In order for you to have the best experience and for you to enjoy the French experience with us; it is important that you are placed in the level that best matches skills and needs from the very start.

What is the difference between Elementary 1 and French for travel?

The difference is that Elementary 1 belongs to our standard courses stream, which teach general French, while the French for travellers' class is perfect to learn phrases or basics just before a trip to France. The level though, is the same. They are both designed for beginners with little to no French language experience.

I know some French, but I feel that I should go back to the very first level, should I enrol in Elementary 1?

It really depends on each individual and you may remember more (or less) than you think. Self-assessing your language skills in a foreign language can be tricky ; this is why we recommend that you call us on 3844 4460 to have your French assessed. If you feel more comfortable going back to the 1st level, you are welcome to do so.

I read on your website that you offer different types of courses such as: standard courses, regular workshops, and holiday workshops. What is the difference between them ?

I just want to learn a bit of French before my trip, what course do you recommend?

I want to be able to get by in French in most everyday situations; how long will this take?

I want to become fluent in French; how long will it take?

If you start at the beginning and learn in a classroom situation it will take at least 400 hours of learning. If you already have some French or will be going to France for a while it can be much faster. Exposure is key when it comes to language learning.

I need to improve my speaking skills, what can I do?

Any class will help you to achieve this, however you can refer to our holiday workshop programs, as we offer classes that specifically focus on skills such as speaking and pronunciation.

Will I need to purchase books with my course?

It depends on the type of course you enrol in.

Standard courses use different textbooks, please check the timetable
When you purchase a course on the website the textbook will be automatically added to your cart. If you already have the books, you can remove them from your cart.  If you are In doubt, check the level progression or timetable to find out which book is required for your course.

Should I buy a French - English Dictionary?

It is always a good idea to purchase one, but it is not a requirement and it depends on your budget. We sell different dictionaries, as well as grammar, vocabulary and conjugation textbooks and CDs, that you may find useful. We can assist you with which one to buy.

What should I bring to class?

Pen and Paper are necessary, as well as a positive attitude! : )

Will I get a certificate at the end of my course?

We issue certificates of level completion upon request. Please be sure to ask us if you would like to have one.

How can I be the best possible learner?

Becoming a member of Alliance and why you should become one?

We strongly recommend that you should join the association, as there are many benefits such as discounts on courses and services, AF members can borrow from our extensive library and join the online media centre: Culturethèque. Members receive a minimum discount of 5% all year round on courses, products and services and a 10% discount on textbooks. Members can also benefit from a 10% discount when they enrol by the early bird deadline

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Alliance Francaise de Brisbane
262 Montague Road,
West End, QLD 4101.

Tel: (61-7) 3844 4460
E-mail: info@afbrisbane.com

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday: 9.00 am to 6.45 pm
Friday: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Saturday: 8.00 am to 12.30 pm
Closed Saturdays outside teaching terms.

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