Many people join Alliance Française of Westchester because they've learned French a long time ago, however we also have many complete beginners who start learning French with us every year. It's never too late to start learning a new skill, even if that skill is learning a foreign language!
Our pedagogy is based on providing a fully immersive learning environment adapted to adults, so don't worry if you don't know where to start and let our teachers guide you in your learning journey. Our team focuses on teaching all 4 skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our teachers also make it fun by not only teaching you about a language, but also about the cultures of various Francophone countries, so be prepared to immerse yourself into a whole new world!
Most adults learner need to rely on reading and writing in order to memorize new words and sentence structures, so our teachers will of
course provide the possibility to do so, especially through homework and useful websites which you can explore at your own pace in order to
get a broader understanding of French grammar rules. But during class time, the focus will be mostly on practice, pronunciation and
conversation, as acquiring and refining those skills is much more difficult to do on your own. Our virtual classrooms will provide plenty of
references and exercises you can use before and after lessons, and teachers will be available to answer any question you might have.
If an official certification is necessary for you to reach your personal goals, you will have the opportunity to take official exams in French and our team will be there to advise you regarding when to take an exam, and which one might be a better fit for you (DELF, DALF, TEF, TCF, etc.). If on the contrary you're only interested in learning French as a hobby or to travel, our team will be more than happy to give you tailor-made recommendations based on your own hobbies!
If you have never attended classes at AFW, you need to contact us before signing up for a class, so we can assess your level and find the ideal class for you. Unless you're a complete beginner, you also need to take our placement test. For all new AFW students, including complete beginners, an informal interview will be arranged before the first day of class in order for our team to gain a better understanding of learning goals which are most important to you.
Lessons will start from September 15, 2022 onward, and will finish no later than June 28, 2023. Our school year is organized following 3 terms of 10 lessons each, starting in September, January and March or April, depending on classes. All groups listed on this page are for lessons taking place at our main office in White Plains.
Adults are grouped depending on their level, but also depending on their personal learning goals. Groups need a minimum of 4 students for the schedule to be confirmed.
Groups currently available:
This annual discounted rate is valid for 30 lessons of 2 hours each and includes a one year access to our virtual classrooms for
adults, in which you will find supplemental learning resources to help you reinforce your language skills between lessons.
This package does not include AFW membership fees, nor does it include the price of textbooks and exercise books. Depending on your level, the price of textbooks and/or exercise books used in your class may vary. A valid AFW membership is required for all AFW students. For more information, please check our membership page.
You don't see your current class on this schedule? Don't panic! More classes are due to be scheduled soon. In particular, adults classes and workshops following a 90mn format will be announced shortly.