Summer 2023

Children & Teens - Francophones - Adults

For more information, call us at 914.681.8735


Winter 2021 - Adult Classes

$599.00 USD


IMPORTANT: If you have never taken lessons with AFW before, you must first take our placement test before you can enroll

Throughout the Winter 2021 term, our group classes remain 100% online

Complete Beginners:

  • Tuesdays 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm
  • Fridays 1pm to 3pm
  • Saturdays 9am to 11am

False Beginners:

  • Mondays 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Mondays 11am to 1pm
  • Mondays from 7pm to 9pm

Lower Intermediate Levels:

  • Wednesday from 9am to 11am
  • Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm

Upper Intermediate Levels:

  • Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm

Advanced Levels:

  • Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm
  • Thursdays from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Fridays from 11am to 1pm
  • Saturdays from 9am to 11am

Is it still possible to learn French as an adult? Mais oui !

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.

When are lessons taking place?

Lessons will start from September 10th onward, and will finish no later than June 27th. Our school year is organized following 3 terms of 10 lessons each. By signing up for this French lesson package, you will be able to learn French with us during our Winter 2021 term.

Fall term : September 10th - December 18th (no class during Thanksgiving break) - Registrations for this session are now closed
Winter term : January 4th - March 28th
(no class during Presidents week) - Registrations for this session are now open
Spring term : April 5th - June 27th
(no class during Memorial Day weekend)

Adults are grouped not only depending on their level, but also depending on their personal learning goals.

Please note the number of students allowed in online groups will also be strictly limited in order to maintain a high quality learning experience.

Are there extra costs involved when joining this class?

Yes, it is necessary to have a valid membership before the start of the school year. Books are also required for all classes, and the total cost of the books might vary from $60 to $80 per student, depending on their level. Normally, each student will need to have only one set of books per school year, although in some cases you might have to purchase a second set of books in January or in April, if you're joining a group which has already started working on a specific book earlier in 2020 and is carrying on studying with the same book.

For online classes, an extra $25 per year may be charged per student to pay for software and e-books licences, but in this case the purchase of paper textbooks may not be necessary. Our team members will do their best to let you know what your options are if in some cases digital versions of textbooks might be available and cheaper than printed versions.

Please note that if you want to attend classes during our Winter and Spring term, registration will have to be paid in full one month before the start of the next session. Because of the strict limit on the number of students in all our classes, we won't be able to automatically reserve a seat for you unless you do so. Summer lessons will be taking place between July 1st and August 29th, 2021.

I am very impressed with the quality / caliber of the teachers I have had at AFW, especially Marie, Juliette and Hélène. They are always well prepared to lead each class, organized, detail oriented, tech savvy, well-versed in French culture and history and les nouvelles quotidiennes. They are demanding, in a polite way, but at the same time have astounding patience as Americans like me struggle with everything! In two words that say it all: They Care! I do not know how you find such outstanding “Enseignants”, but keep it up! À AFW, j’avais trouvé l’étude du français très amusante!
Merci pour la classe! Rachel and Lana—Thank you all at l’Alliance for arranging this online class! It was easy to do; our class was, as always, fascinating and fun. It appears to be a good solution (hopefully temporary) while we are unable to safely meet in person.

Looking forward to next classes!
I heartily concur with everything Sharon wrote! AFW emailed a link, and all I needed to do was click on it, enter my name, and -- voilà -- I was there with my classmates.

I had already decided to self-quarantine because of my age, so it was an especial pleasure to be able to attend class via the internet.

I thank Rachel for having made this possible! My only glitch was that I hadn't fed the cat before I went on-line, so Ringo made several appearances "in class" as he swished across my computer. Many thanks to all!