Those among you who wish to learn French should definitely head for Alliance Francaise (AF), an international organisation that promotes French language and culture around the world. Created in Paris in 1883, its primary concern is teaching French as a second language.
A large network of more than a thousand associations, established in 136 countries and delivering courses to a total of 460,000 students, AF has 19 branches in India - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Goa, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Karaikal, Kolkata, Mahe, Mumbai, New Delhi, Puducherry, Pune, Mysore and Thiruvananthapuram. AF Delhi is located at the Lodi Estate Institutional Area in 2004.
Irrespective of your level of comprehension of the language at AF you can start by choosing a course that suits your level and availability. The institute offers courses adapted for children, adults, professionals, housewives, among others with a focus on written and oral communication skills.
The general French course structure includes three sessions per year, extensive classes: twice a week and intensive classes: four times a week. Crash courses are also organised during summer. Apart from this, there are special courses designed for children and teens. If you wish to polish any aspect of your linguistic skills (speaking, writing, grammar, phonetics, etc), Alliance Francaise offers specific workshops at all levels (A1, A2, B1, B2…).
Apart from studying French one can also learn about the country’s culture, thanks to the various events. The Francophonie Mela held in March every year features film screenings, musical and theatrical performances and art exhibitions.
Representatives of different Francophone countries set up stalls, sharing information about their cultures and food.
The Cine Club is another window to the cultures of French-speaking countries, through the medium of classical and contemporary films.
The theatre club brings together a rare breed of people with a passion for stagecraft. All those who qualify after the training get a chance to go on stage in various roles of renowned plays (in French, Hindi and Hindi versions of French plays).
In addition there is something called the The Amicale. It is essentially a student body elected/nominated amongst the class representatives. Cultural activities (dance balls, musical nights, welcome bashes) and excursions are organised periodically.
The open-air cafeteria is a hub where one can enjoy sumptious meals with a French touch. The 112-seater ML Bhartia Auditorium has hosted many events, including movie screenings, dance performances, musical soirees, conferences and seminars.
The campus also houses the 180-sq-m Romain Rolland Galerie named after the French novelist, mystic, pacifist and Nobel laureate who is renowned not only for his great love for India but also for his perception that art must be a struggle to sensitise and enlighten people.
The translation cell provides French-English, English-French and Hindi-French translation and interpretation services.
AF has an active placement cell as well. More than 2,000 Indian students are currently studying in France.
The institute also offers a comprehensive service that covers counselling and procedures related to admission, scholarship and visa applications.
Diploma and certificate
* The TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français), designed and developed by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP), tests one’s comprehension and expression skills in general French. Recognised all over the world, TEF might be useful as part of a recruitment procedure, higher studies in France or international mobility.
* TCF is a French Language proficiency test, standardised and calibrated, that ranks candidates on one of the six levels on a scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe). It does not require specific study.
* DELF/DALF DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official qualifications issued by the French Ministry of Education to certify French language proficiency of foreign students. Alliance Francaise centres in India are among the 900 approved examination locations for DELF/DALF in 154 countries. The six diplomas that make up DELF and DALF are completely independent. For those who cannot attend regular classes, the Alliance Française network with the support of the French Embassy, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French Region Pays de la Loire has designed an e-learning website for beginners (level A1).Just like a regular class at Alliance Française, ClickOnFrench.com offers a 25 step-by-step lessons based on the communicative approach. For more information, contact the centres.