Alliance Franšaise In More Depth
Established in 1883 in Paris, the Alliance Franšaise was the first organisation to teach French around the world. Today it is the largest collection of French teaching associations with over 1,000 schools in 138 countries.
Its aim is to promote and widen access to French language and culture and to encourage a friendly dialogue between cultures through education and cultural exchanges. In the UK, courses, social and cultural events are offered through a well established network of 10 sister Alliances and about 50 French clubs. Our York branch was established in 1994, and is a registered charity, number 1042966.
In York, the Alliance promotes the following activities:
• Our monthly meetings take the form of illustrated talks in French on topics of general, cultural and current interest, or the screening of French Films.
• Special events in York or in the area like Bastille Day celebrations at Ryedale Folk Museum with a pique-nique, or a 'Bal Musette' in York; Fete de la Musique on 21st June, a "Guinguette" (open-air dancing to live accordion) for the Festival of Rivers in York. See 'events' on the menu.
• Our FRENCH CHOIR is increasingly popular. We welcome francophones and francophiles alike.
French Language Classes in York and the wider area:
• All our classes are led by native French speakers. Courses are offered at all levels, from beginners to advanced and run during the day and in the evening. We have two venues in York, but we can also organise sessions in the Pickering and Harrogate areas.
• We also offer 1-2-1 tuition, tailor-made to suit the specific requirements / needs of our learners, whether preparing for a job interview, a French exam at school, or a move to a French-speaking country.
Sessions are usually held in our office in York but can be arranged to take place in another venue if more convenient for you.
• Business French courses can be arranged on request.
We are planning 2 different trips to France for later on this year. These will be open to anyone interested to join us on a Cultural and Linguistic trip to La Rochelle and Bergerac. Contact us if you'd like to be kept informed.
Film and talk at City Screen and at Clement Hall. Keep checking film events on our calendar.
If you would like to get involved or become a member, please contact us by email or telephone.
Photographs used on the homepage slideshow copyright Paul Grimaud, 2011