© Nazareth College French department, Rochester, NY.
© Nazareth College French department, Rochester, NY.

Learning French is essential for living, working, or studying in France. You will also need to speak a basic level French if you want to obtain French residency, and you will need a more advanced level to obtain French citizenship.

Here is a guide to where to take Frenchnclasses in France. These are not the only options! There are many more.

 

FREE SCHOOLS


OFII (Office français de l’immigration et de l’integration), the French immigration office, offers free level A2 French classes for immigrants who have completed OFII integration classes. You can sign up here :

http://www.ifra-formation-linguistique.fr/

To continue on to level B1, sign up here:

https://www.forpro-creteil.org/dispositif-b1/

 

Many Red Cross (Croix Rouge) offices offer free French classes. Find your local branch:

http://www.croix-rouge.fr/Pres-de-chez-vous?

 

Entraide Scolaire Amicale offices offer free French classes. Find your local branch:

http://www.entraidescolaireamicale.org/qui-sommes-nous/nos-antennes/

 

Secours Populaire Français offers free one-on-one classes. Find your local branch:

https://www.secourspopulaire.fr/secours-populaire

 

The volunteer group Atout Cours offers free classes in the north of Paris. Contact them here:

http://atoutscours.org/contact/

 

Thot is a French school for for refugees and asylum seekers who do not have any diploma. Refugees and asylum seekers pay only 7 euros. Sign up here:

http://thot-fle.fr/#inscription

 

ESI AGORA d’Emmaüs Solidarité in Paris offers free classes once a week:

Wednesdays, 10h am - 12 pm

32, rue des Bourbonnais - 75001 Paris
Telephone: 01 55 34 74 84
Metro: Châtelet

 

CEFIL (Centre d’études, de formation et d’insertion par la langue) offers several types of free classes in Paris:

http://cefil.org/

 

 

PAYING SCHOOLS


The Paris mayor’s office offers many types of French classes. Choose your class depending on how much French you already speak. There is a guide in English, Arabic, and Chinese. Classes start at 21 euros. Sign up with CMA:

https://cma.paris.fr

Many mayor’s offices offer similar courses. Find your mayor’s office here:

http://www.annuaire-mairie.fr/

 

The Alliance française network offers basic French classes starting at 54 euros per week. For classes in Paris and Ile-de-France:

http://www.alliancefr.org/en/individual-students/french-courses-2017

Find an Alliance française in your area:

http://www.fondation-alliancefr.org/?cat=6

 

Secours Catholique, a Catholic charity, offers many French classes for migrants and refugees. Find the office closest to you:

http://www.secours-catholique.org/implantations

 

Association Philotechnique in Paris offers French classes at various levels starting at 55 euros:

http://www.philotechnique.fr/index.asp?soutyp=Fran%E7ais%20langue%20%E9trang%E8re

 

Solidarité Roquette offers classes in French and French computer vocabulary starting at 62 euros:

http://www.solidariteroquette.fr/pole-dactions-sociales-adultes/les-formations-linguistiques/

 

L’Atelier des Langues offers group and private classes in Paris starting at 52 euros per hour:

http://www.latelierdeslangues.fr/formation-professionnelle-dif/tarifs/

 

Here is a list of centers that are qualified to teach the TEF (Test d’évaluation de français), a standardized test of your level of French; it’s used to establish your eligibility to study in France, obtain French citizenship, or apply for some jobs

http://www.centredelanguefrancaise.paris/centres/france/

 

FREE WEBSITES


RFI Savoirs has a huge amount of material for learning the French language and about French culture:

https://savoirs.rfi.fr/fr/apprendre-enseigner/langue-francaise/parlez-vous-paris

 

 

The French TV station TV 5 also offers a large amount of free material:

http://apprendre.tv5monde.com/

 

 

Author: Avi Davis
 

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