You have made the decision to learn French, and you are ready to jump in. In practice, what to do?
First, select a class level
If you are a returning student, your teacher has told you what level to register into. If you are a beginner, register into an A1.1 class. Otherwise, here is how you can determine which class to take:
- Take the online Placement Test. Your results will be automatically reported to our local instructors who will then facilitate your placement into the appropriate course level. If you have not received any feedback within 72 hours, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Talk to one of our teachers, face to face or over the phone at 317-645-1447
- Self-evaluate, using for instance this table (© Council of Europe)
Detailed information on class levels is available at the bottom of this page.
Next, register into a class
Once you know which level to enroll into, pick from one of the classes below. If you cannot find a good match, consider enrolling in a private class.
Please note: As our enrollment varies with each session, we make every effort to meet your needs! This includes, as appropriate, combining low-enrollment classes; and upon consensus, we can adjust the meeting day for some classes.
Duration: 8-weeks for a total of 12 hours
Frequency: Each level meets in classroom once a week.
Class size: Minimum: 2; Maximum: 12
Tuition per session: $249.00 (Alliance Française members receive 10% off. Be sure to log in before registering!)
Alliance Française office: 760 3rd Ave SW #212, Carmel, Indiana 46032
International School of Indiana: 4330 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Current and recent Classes
The skinny on Class levels
Class levels follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), an action-oriented approach towards syllabuses based on needs analysis, oriented towards real-life tasks and constructed around
purposefully selected notions and functions. This promotes a proficiency perspective guided by ‘Can do’ descriptors rather than a deficiency perspective focusing on what the learners have not yet acquired.
|C2||Proficient||Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.|
|C1||Advanced||Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.|
|B2||Upper intermediate||Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.|
|B1||Intermediate||Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.|
|A2||Elementary||Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.|
|A1||Beginner||Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.|