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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). Alliance Française Ottawa is also a language center that offers French courses for adults, companies, and government employees. Alliance Française Ottawa 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 organisations founded locally. As such, Alliance Française Ottawa is a Canadian association founded in 1905.

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New Session

Spring 2 Session: May 10, 2021

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Review and practice French online everywhere

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Online Café-Discussion

April 21
9 am - 10 am

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Online Club de lecture

April 24
11:30 am - 1 pm

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I am extremely satisfied with my French course at AF. I am very fortunate to work with my teacher Claudine Verdin. Claudine is a true professional. She is very experienced and takes great care in ensuring that I progress well in my training. Claudine always manages to find training material (like reading material, news articles, videos etc.) to capture my full attention. It is a true pleasure to work with Claudine. In addition to her professional skills, she is a very caring, genuine and kind person. I really appreciate Claudine’s attitude to learning. During the COVID pandemic, Claudine and I are continuing our classes online. It is greatly appreciated! I enjoy my French course and look forward to my next class every time. Merci beaucoup, Claudine!!! Truly outstanding! I also would like to comment on the pedagogical and administrative assistant Benjamin Girodeau. Benjamin is doing a great work coordinating courses, he is always available and always tries hard to find a workable solution to any issue with scheduling of classes and providing remote learning options. My experience has been very positive! Much appreciated!

Anahit Martirosyan – Online corporate training for professionals – 2020

I began at Alliance Francaise taking group courses from a woman named Sara. The classes were dynamic, fun, and very educational. I learned quickly and enjoyed the group environment. After learning I needed a certain level of fluency for PhD requirements, I changed to private courses with a man named Mehdi. They have been fantastic, in the private courses we have been able to adapt the curriculum to my specific needs and have been able to use the time really valuably. The classes are interesting, engaging and it’s easy to learn from such great teachers. They are open to any questions and to spending the time with you to understand difficult topics and grammatical rules. Everyone in my life is shocked by the amount of progress I’ve made in a year with Mehdi. I’ve gone from barely being able to form sentences in the present tense to being able to read articles for my PhD and being able to contribute in discussions at university, in French. Not only have I learned a lot and made truly amazing progress, but I’ve had fun along the way. I would truly recommend both private and group courses at Alliance Francaise to anyone. It has been an incredibly learning experience with amazing teachers and staff! Whether you are trying to learn a new language for fun or because of professional or academic requirements, Alliance Francaise is definitely the place to do it. Courses here are a worthwhile investment in your education and future.

Shannon Gallagher – Private courses online – 2020

Situated in Centretown, on MacLaren St between Bank St and O’Connor St, Alliances françaises service is great. The events I have been to so far were awesome—discussion with a guest of honour from Salon du livre de l’Outaouais on his book, two French advance screenings, “Le grand bain” and “Comme des garçons,” the first kick-off Women Soccer World Cup game (France vs South Korea), and the Rosé wine tasting. They offer great courses, for all ages and levels, in renovated classes for English speakers and others to learn French language and culture, to then get a certificate recognized by Canada and other francophone countries. They always have an exposition in the renovated main room of the house, followed by a “culturethèque” (a type of French cultural centre) where you can borrow books, comics, DVDs, and CDs. To become a member, $30 per year! This is a fantastic occasion to take advantage of when events approach, so you can benefit of a member price for the wine tasting event for instance.

Alexandre Henoud – Member – 2019

Great classes and well-qualified teachers! Definitely recommending.

Dilyara Yusupova – French groupe courses for adults – 2019

Great instructors!

Edith Bramwell – Private courses – 2019

I am really enjoying my private classes so far as I prepare for my Government French SLE tests. The teacher has a clear understanding of what and how I should approach my studies to reach my goals. The reception office has wonderful staff — they have been excellent in responding to my emails and inquiries in a timely and very friendly manner.

Heather – Private courses – 2019

A little note to say how much I enjoy and appreciate Guy Hebert’s teaching at Alliance Française Ottawa. He’s patient, creative and supportive, and I’m having more success at this school than I’ve had in other French language training programs.

Karyn Standen – Private courses – 2019

The instructors are engaged and experienced, and the classroom atmosphere is warm and friendly. I highly recommend taking classes here!

Lynda Thrasher – French groupe courses for adults – 2019

I took 20 hours of one-on-one tutoring with Juliette to prepare me for the Public Service’s Second Language Oral Exam. Juliette was a wonderful teacher. On time, organized, patient and pleasant to talk to. Thanks to her tutoring, I felt 100% prepared for the exam. There were no surprises – she covered it all! I was successful in attaining my desired level and would recommend Alliance Francaise any day. Thanks again Karla and Juliette!

Maya – Private courses – 2019

Very friendly staff & great French & Canadian teachers. Group & individual settings. Very good value for money & they want you to not only learn but excel in French. I recommend anyone who wants to learn or improve their French to take group or individual classes at the Alliance Française of Ottawa, Canada.

Mohamad Abdulrahim – French groupe courses for adults – 2019

Very good material and infrastructure. Teachers are well qualified and the group classes have a good size (around 10-12 ppl). The material and most of the teachers teach french from France, but they always give us notes when there are differences in Quebec french.

Monique Moledo – French groupe courses for adultes – 2019

Very qualified teachers. Great place to not just learn language but be exposed to French culture. Of note are the various resources and activities you can access to, such as the library, and movies nights etc.

Xena – French groupe courses for adults – 2019

Située dans une maison au centre-ville, l’Alliance Française est très accessible. Depuis bientôt trois ans, j’y suis une fois par semaine, des cours particuliers dont je suis très contente : la haute qualité du professeur et de l’enseignement. On y organise régulièrement des films, conférences et autres événements culturels dont plusieurs collègues m’ont beaucoup parlé. L’expérience vaut la peine !

Anne C. – Private courses – 2018

I really liked that this course was fast paced and covered all of the basic material needed for the written exam (like a “crash course” review). The teacher was excellent at making sure everyone understood. Will likely come back again and recommend to others.

Brandon C. – SLE Preparation – 2018

I am very pleased with the course and my teacher. He really knows the specifics of the exam and gave us very valuable information and knowledge. Thank you!

Diana T. – SLE Preparation – 2018

I really appreciated all the help my teacher provided me in preparing for my SLE tests. He was able to adapt the lessons work with my learning style. Thanks to him. I feel much more confident and prepared for my test.

Dixie G. – SLE Preparation – 2018

Karim was a great teacher. I required a refresher and a lot of guidance in the beginning, as it was quite a while since I studied French (since high school). He was very patient in my private lessons while allowing me accelerate in areas he felt that I understood and grasped. He was available for comments and help outside of the lessons and provided a lot of additional resources and materials to study and practice from. I will continue my French training with him and Alliance Française in the near future.

Francis Shin – Corporate training for professionals – 2018

I`ve been taking one on one French lessons for the past 4 months. I have nothing bad to say about the place, my sessions are very engaging, my prof has a great sense of humor and the level of my French and confidence has grown dramatically. I would highly recommend them.

Frazer Berry – Corporate training for professionals – 2018

I really enjoyed this class. I came in training next to nothing when it comes to French and the teacher did a really good job teaching the basics to such a beginner classroom. I feel like I have a better grasp of the language moving forward and that I am able to learn this language. Already my pronunciation has improved and I am comfortable speaking what I have learned so far in class. I liked being in a small class because the students were able to help each other and the teacher was able to focus on everyone individually as well as in a group. The teacher was very patient which was great for all of us who started this experience not knowing a lot of French. Overall this course was an enjoyable and positive experience and I feel like I learned a lot throughout.

Jenna L. – French groupe courses for adultes – 2018

I signed up for a two-week private tutorial with the goal of passing my Government of Canada Second Language Evaluations. My tutor was excellent and adapted my lessons to suite my needs and address the specific gaps in my French skills.

Josh Libben – SLE Preparation – 2018

Nous vous recommandons vivement l’Alliance Française où nous prenons, avec plaisir, des leçons particulières depuis quelques années déjà.

Nous avons également assisté à des projections de films, expositions de peinture…

La maison, actuellement en rénovation, est très accessible puisqu’en plein centre-ville.

Margaret et John S. – Private courses – 2018

I have only good things to say about Alliance Française! This is my first time learning a new language since high school, and I was afraid I would not be able to understand how to learn as an adult after having taken so much time off. But this was not the case! The resources available and the professionalism of the staff made it very easy to learn. I will highly recommend Alliance Française to all of my friends and anyone wanting to the French language.

Matthew T. – French groupe courses for adultes – 2018

Had a series of fantastic classes here. The staff was professional and enthusiastic about teaching. I have taken classes at other French schools around Ottawa and they were nowhere as good. Specifically my teacher Sara kept the class engaged and interested, even in a class that took place after work.

Robert Parungao – French groupe courses for adults – 2018

Alliance Française provided excellent individual training so that I could successfully obtain the C levels required for my government position. Clear and comprehensive lesson plans and strategies were provided, professors were well trained teachers, administrative staff were considerate and caring, and the cultural activities offered including a library of books, magazines and films make learning French a great pleasure. I would highly recommend this school.

Sherry – SLE Preparation – 2018

In Alliance Française, I really started to understand French from zero. Thanks to prof’s patience. I found it interesting and productive to go to classes. I recommend everyone who has interests in learning conversational French or more to choose Alliance Française Ottawa.

Yulun W. – French groupe courses for adultes – 2018