French – the language of love and one of the most commonly spoken language among expats here in Hong Kong. Whether you’re looking to brush up on those long-forgotten school lessons or starting afresh, French is a handy skill to have, for business, travel, and culture.
Alliance Française has been promoting the French language in Hong Kong since 1953. The non-profit organisation offers a range of French language courses for all ages, as well as cultural events and a library of books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, and DVDs.
Its adult language courses are designed to provide the skills for everyday use, academic, and business usage. The qualified and professional teachers encourage the students to interact, communicate, and work in groups to hone their vocabulary. The classes are performed in a friendly and immersive environment, and cover the full journey from beginner to fluent conversation.
The A1 class allows students to discover the basics of French. It teaches them to introduce themselves, talk about their hobbies, say where they live, what relationships they have, and have a simple conversation. Designed for the beginner, the course takes 90 hours and is divided into three main sessions from A1.1 to A1.3. Once completed, students can take the internationally recognised DELF A1 exam.
After completing the A2 course, students are able to communicate and exchange information on a range of subjects. It provides an understanding of conversation related to everyday life situations and relevant subjects. The course is designed for those that already have a basic knowledge of French and takes 210 hours, which is divided into seven standard sessions, from A2.1 to A2.7. Once completed, students can take the internationally recognised DELF A2 exam. A series of workshops that focus on specific skills, such as grammar, phonetics, and writing, are also available to students at a discounted price.
Where to Start
Absolute beginners are advised to register for the A1.1 class, but those who are unsure of their level are recommended to sign up and take a placement test at the Wan Chai, Jordan, or Sha Tin centres.