Our Teaching Approach

Whatever your level of French may be, you can progress with us in confidence!

The Alliance Française offers a wide range of courses: from beginner to advanced as well as specialized courses. So whether your interests are linguistic, cultural or professional, we have a course for you.

In September 2007, Alliance Française of Ottawa adopted an international tool to pep up your learning: The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a Council of Europe instrument used in setting up a system of validation of language competencies. It is the result of a long development phase conducted by foreign language teaching specialists, including Canadians, from 1991 to 2001. It has also been adopted by well known institutions such as the British Council, the Goethe Institute and Instituto Cervantes.

The CEFR describes the necessary competences for communication, the related knowledge and skills and the situations and domains of communication. Whenever necessary, the learning situations are contextualized, taking into consideration the Canadian context, therefore:

  • You benefit from a teaching method centered around your personal and professional objectives
  • You progress more rapidly from one level to the next in fewer sessions.
  • You can easily transfer from one Alliance to another.
  • You know exactly where you are within the whole curriculum.
  • Your competencies can be certified by international diplomas, tests and accreditations.

Learn French Efficiently with the ALTER EGO Method!

From basic to proficient, our programs follow the European Linguistic Standards (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and stress the four communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

ALTER EGO is a modern an innovative French language method for adults. With a text book and an exercise book for homework, it represents a very structured, practical and comprehensive approach. The student has its own CD, and DVDs are used in class. Each book corresponds to a 120 hours of instruction.

What is the difference between each level ( A1, A2, B1, B2, C1  &  C2) ? Click here