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Alliance Française Ottawa


Alliance Française Ottawa

Alliance Française Ottawa is a language center, an exam center and cultural center that offers different francophone activities to the community, in addition to the library and Culturethèque (online library). It is also a language center that offers French courses for adults, companies, and government employees. The organization is part of a wide international network created in 1883 whose missions are to promote French language and Francophone cultures around the world. Found in 134 countries, the Alliances Françaises are non-profit organizations founded locally. As such, Alliance Française Ottawa is a Canadian association founded in 1905. The Alliance Française Ottawa recognizes that its offices are located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, who have lived here since time immemorial.


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I really like learning french at AF Ottawa. I love the teachers I had, they were very knowledgeable, they encouraged me to speak and to not be afraid to make mistakes. They made me feel very comfortable and confident during this process. I highly recommend AF Ottawa!

Andrea Birchman – General French courses – Oral workshop – 2023

I am amazed by how Karim was able to refresh my grammar, correct all the mistakes including pronunciation and give plenty of valuable advice and material within such a short period of time – only a month. Everything was super helpful and I am beyond thankful!

The teacher definitely knows the exam structure well and can guide you, specially if is your first experience with the SLE.

Kristina Syerova – SLE preparation courses – General French courses – Business French – 2022 & 2023

Achieving a C level on the ELS Oral Language Assessment in March was one of the highlights of this year! And without a doubt, the SLE Oral C course at the Alliance Française helped me achieve this goal. The course was structured to allow everyone to actively participate in conversational exercises on topics and issues similar to those found on the exam. Many thanks to Iryna for giving me tips and the confidence I needed to pass the exam!

Yuri Hiromitsu – SLE preparation courses – 2023

As someone who started the French language learning journey later in life, and after trying different learning opportunities and methods, I truly enjoy learning French with Alliance Française (AF) Ottawa! There have awesome and professional instructors who give great advice, pointers, and encouragement as you progress through your French language learning adventure.

Shih-Miin Loo – SLE preparation courses – General French courses – 2022 & 2023

I am very happy with my French Training from Alliance Francaise. It was very important that I reach the language requirement of my position in a specific timeframe, and they helped me do that. My teacher, Iryna, was great. She was very supportive and patient. She helped me pinpoint the things I didn’t know and learn them in a timely manner. She used several different strategies, including the online platform Apolearn, the AF books (Edito Pro) and exercises that she had amassed from her French training. I would recommend AF to colleagues.

Kassandra Baker – Customized courses – 2022

I truly enjoyed my course with Alliance Française, especially with the guidance of my teacher Shabnam Khani. Shabnam  made me feel very comfortable to express myself in French with no judgments and she made conversations fun. I feel that I have fully progressed on my French by taking semi-private classes with Alliance Française and I will totally recommend this school to anyone looking to improve their French for work or personal reasons.

Nina Rodriguez – Spring 2 level A.2 – 2022

I was pleased to learn that there are numerous specialized course offerings, including a French Oral workshop. I benefitted from this workshop as it pushed me out of my comfort zone and I learned to think and communicate spontaneously related to various discussion topics. I carried this skill bit by bit to my workplace where I tried to initiate and respond to correspondences in French, in written or verbal form.


I have tried a number of language schools and find only AF actually teaches in a manner that wants their students to learn. A number of other institutions within the NCR are just happy to have students pay and not receive adequate training. I am always recommending AF to anyone who mentions they need language training.

Online French group classes – Teacher : Sara Dorafi – 2021

I think it offers a good balance of oral and written compression. The Focus Langue is really useful. The small class size and lots of opportunity for verbal communication with the other students is both useful and enjoyable.

Online French group classes – Teacher : Amelle Azzimani – 2021

I tried a course with a very well-known college in Ottawa and it was nowhere near as good as AF.

Online French group classes – Teacher : Sara Dorafi – 2021

I would like to inform you that I really enjoyed A1 course with Jean and would like to register A2. Jean is very patient and engaging teacher and he has a great talent to make students feel comfortable and confident.

Haemi Pollett – Online French groupe classes – Teacher : Jean Carteron – 2021

I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to learn a new language especially as a person with ZERO French background and English as a second language (I’m native Korean). I think his vast experience with students from different background really helped and if possible I would like to have him as my teacher.

Haemi Pollett – Cours de groupe de français en ligne – Enseignant: Jean Carteron – 2021

Je vous remercie Layth pour cet atelier agréable. Je n’étais pas certaine ce que m’attend quand je me suis inscrite à l’atelier B2 Français avancé. C’était un plaisir chaque semaine d’assister à cette classe. J’espère que je peux voyager en France après les restrictions!

Linda Jared – Online B2 advanced French workshop – Teacher : Layth Al Jalili – 2021

I did very well with Shabnam and would like to continue with her if at all possible.

Online French group classes – Teacher: Shabnam Khani – 2021