I started to take general French classes with Alliance Francaise Ottawa since moving to
Ottawa during the pandemic. I was able to be part of a supportive community of French
language learners who were also undertaking the same journey. At the beginning, my goal
was to revisit French learning, develop confidence and become familiar with general topics
and vocabulary. I thoroughly enjoyed class discussions and the hard work that each
instructor put in to make classes as interactive as possible and tailored to an online setting.
After taking a few general French courses, I wanted to continue my learning at Alliance
Francaise Ottawa by focusing on my French oral communication skills. I was pleased to
learn that there are numerous specialized course offerings, including a French Oral
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. Finally, I took the SLE BBB
preparation course at Alliance Francaise Ottawa to prepare myself for the Government of
Canada second language evaluation exams. In this intensive course, I learned so much
from my instructor and colleagues as we covered a variety of useful workplace
grammar, vocabulary, and expressions.
I was successful in my SLE exams and have been grateful for individualized feedback and
groupwork in this course but also in all my other courses with Alliance Francaise Ottawa.
My French language-learning journey is still in progress as I continue to set my goals
and think about the next competency/skill that I would like to improve.
I would recommend to everyone to take advantage of Alliance Francaise
Ottawa’s vast course offerings and cultural events that allow for full French language
and cultural immersion.
Courses taken (2020-2022)
General French courses SLE preparation Oral workshop
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.
Courses taken (2019-2022)
General French courses
I took a SLE C level preparation course focused on the oral component and I found the instructor and the staff extremely welcoming and professional. The course was focused on preparing students to attain their level C on the Public Service exams and everyone was motivated. The instructor was obviously very experienced and took a personal and active interest in each of the students, facilitating conversational exercises aimed at helping each with what they requred to attain their goals.
Courses taken (2020)