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French Classes

Welcome to 2024

This year there will be 4 TERMS.
Terms 1 and 4 will be 10 weeks

Terms 2 and 3  8 weeks

Absolute Beginners

These classes are only offered for Term 1 and Term 3 (and is dependent upon a minimum of 5 applicants)

However the Term 1 Beginners 1 class has only had 10 lessons and so you may be able to join it rather than wait. 
This class is scheduled for Tuesdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

The Absolute Beginner classes ( Beg1) have a slightly different format with weeks 1-5 being a "Taster Course" and then if that suits you you choose to continue for the other 5 weeks.

This class will run as a 10 week term (or 2X 5 weeks) i.e $100 first 5 weeks and if you wish to continue $100 for the second 5 lessons

Payments Online


Alliance Française Illawarra 
BSB  082-916   Acc No 515040351

REF for Payments
Term number (1,2,3,4), Initials of Teacher, your name
Geoff Galagher GG
Betty Hassen BH
Catherine Thornberry CT 

E.G   T1BH<Emmanuel Macron>          
          T2GG<Maurice Chevalier>

          T4CT<Paul Bocuse> 



TERM 2  

Tue 30 Apr to Wed 19 Jun 

(TERM 3  

Tue 23 Jul to Wed 11 Sep

TERM 4   

Tue 15 Oct to Wed 18 Dec



5.30 to 7.00pm 
*  Intermediate         B Hassen 

 *  Beginners  3/4    C Thornberry

 *  Beginners 2/3     G Galagher 
7.00 to 8.30 pm   

 * Beginners  1          C Thornberry

 * Intermediate         G Galagher                    

5.30 to 7.00pm
 * Intermediate        B Hassen 

6.00 to 7.30 pm     

 * Advanced             G Galagher  


Staff Contacts
Geoff Galagher      0458 224 912
Betty Hassen          0412 451  010

C Thornberry          0434 551 447


There is no need to enrol or pay before joining a class. Contact by email, SMS or call to let us know which level you prefer.  You can try various classes beforehand to ascertain where you feel most comfortable, and you can change classes throughout the Term.

Betty Hassen 

TEL 4228 6214
MOB  0412 451 010                               

Which level of Beginner are you?

On average, starting from scratch, 4 Terms at AFI (one year) should get you past Beginners level, especially if you do  some extra learning yourself, online, Duo Lingo etc.

You may not be able to hold a long narrative conversation but you should be able to answer or ask basic things in everyday French and use basic sentences using present, past and future usage.

What defines Intermediate Level?

At Intermediate level, basic grammar elements and vocabulary from Beginners are revised and extended with more practice and repetition of spoken French. 

Basic Pronunciation and simple sentence corrections should be minimal.

Most students will remain at Intermediate level for many years, but you would certainly be at a level where you can hold your own in everyday situations in France.

Intermediate Classes

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