Approach, levels and course material

Our approch

With decades of experience and branches all over the world, the Alliance Française truly is the point of reference for learning French as a Foreign Language. We will accompany you on your way to achieving French language fluency!

We use the most modern and efficient methods on the market to accelerate your learning, making use of new technologies as well as a wide range of cultural activities to facilitate and enrich your learning experience. We also offer flexible options adapted to your needs and budget. Whether your motives are personal, vocational or part of a structured learning plan, the Alliance Française will help you find the appropriate programme. Furthermore, we can design and run a special in-house course for you, based on the following fundamental principles: mutually defined objectives, flexibility, French savoir-faire, and state-of-the-art teaching techniques.

Our academic calendar is divided into 3 sessions per year for adults – January to April, May to August and September to December – and 4 terms per year for children according to the South African schooling system. New classes start at the beginning of each of these three periods with some shorter courses (intensives and conversation classes) offering a mid-session intake as well. 

Competency levels

The result of over twenty years of research, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) is exactly what its title says it is: a framework of reference. It was designed to provide a transparent, coherent and comprehensive basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses and curriculum guidelines, the design of teaching and learning materials, and the assessment of foreign language proficiency. It is used in Europe but also on other continents and is now available in 40 languages. 

The CEFR categorises foreign language proficiency according to six main levels: A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2. At the Alliance Française, these six main levels are then further divided into sub-levels and our courses are structured accordingly.

Online assessment in French

Course materials

Adults – Saison

For adults, we use the Saison series of books from the well-known editor, Didier FLE. The series is based on the competency levels defined by the CEFRL (A1-B2) and follows a communicative approach, guaranteed to get you speaking in no time! Grammar and vocabulary revision summaries at the end of each chapter also highlight the essential points to remember. Furthermore, Saison offers a short evaluation at the end of each chapter in line with the requirements for the DELF examination.

Students will benefit from:

  • full-colour textbook which includes appendices on vocabulary, verb conjugation tables, grammar notes and transcriptions of all audio files
  • full-colour activity book with additional exercises for further learning
  • Two CDs (one with the textbook and one with the activity book) containing a variety of real-life dialogues and exercises to practice oral comprehension
  • Access to an online component offering hundreds of additional activities for independent learning as well as a dashboard to track your progress.

Corporate – Objectif Express

For corporate classes, we use the latest edition of Objectif Express, published by Hachette in 2013. This method is aimed at equipping adults to interact with French-speaking individuals in a professional environment. With notes on cultural and professional norms, this series is perfect for students in the corporate world. Evaluations at the end of each chapter prepare students for the DELF Pro offered by the CIEP or the DFP Affairesoffered by the CCIP. Students will benefit from: A full-colour textbook which includes appendices on vocabulary, verb conjugation tables and transcriptions of all audio filesAn activity book with additional exercises for further learningA DVD containing a variety of real-life video scenarios and exercises to practice oral comprehension.

Teens – Adomania

For teenagers, we use a series called Adomania. Published in 2016, this revised method is perfectly adapted to the interests of teens. It proposes many fun and interactive tasks to make learning French a group effort, all the while discussing themes relevant to a teen’s daily life. The method also boasts additional video content developed in partnership with TV5Monde where French teens invite learners to discover their daily life in France, making their learning so much more real. The end of each chapter also contains a short evaluation aimed at preparing teens to write the DELF Junior exam. Teens will benefit from: A full-colour textbook which includes appendices on vocabulary (with images), verb conjugation tables and transcriptions of all audio files An activity book with additional exercises for further learning Two CDs (one with the textbook and one with the activity book) containing a variety of real-life dialogues and exercises to practice oral comprehensionAccess to an online component, Parcours Digital, offering hundreds of additional activities for independent learning as well as a dashboard to track your progress Access to online video documentaries developed in partnership with TV5Monde.

Children – Les Loustics

For children aged 7 to 12 years, we use a series called Les Loustics. This interactive method published by Hachette in 2013 makes learning French great fun! The method proposes a variety of craft activities, songs, poems and games to foster a love for French language and culture as well as lay a solid foundation for future language learning. The logical progression of the series prepares children for the DELF Prim examination.
Children will benefit from: A full-colour textbook which includes transcriptions of all songs and poems learnt in class A full-colour activity book with 130 stickers to make learning fun A CD of French songs and poems.

Toodler – Camembear

Meet the fun loving and mischievous teddy bear who inspires and motivates young children, encouraging them to speak with confidence in a foreign language! Camembear is the new method used by the Alliance Française du Cap for our toddlers courses.