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French Classes

Welcome to 2024
This year there will be 4 terms of 8 Weeks (not the 10 as in the past).

However, at the conclusion of 8 weeks, there will be a variety of optional short courses offered for those students who would like to specialise in written translation, intensive grammar revision which could  be held on ZOOM (so those that travel distances to come to classes normally can have a break from travel but still keep up with their French, or other options could be film nights at the school or other cultural events. 

Your teachers will keep you informed throughout the Term.

Each teacher will offer different 2 week options at the end of each Term and students from all classes can choose out of 3 options offered if they don't want a total 4 week break from French studies.  

Absolute Beginners

There will also be an Absolute Beginners in Term 1. 
This class is scheduled for Tuesdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm, however as in the past, if the combined group wishes to start earlier,  this can be determined by consensus.

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 no, Initials of Teacher, your name
Geoff Galagher GG, Betty Hassen BH, Catherine Thornberrry CT 

E.G    1BH<Emmanuel Macron>          
          T2GG<Maurice Chevalier>

          T4CT<Paul Bocuse> 


TERM 1 Tue 6 Feb to Wed 27 Mar
(2 weeks option)                  Apr 2-10

TERM 2  Tue 30 Apr to Wed 19 Jun 

(2 weeks option)               25 jun-3 Jul

TERM 3  Tue 23 Jul to Wed 11 Sep

(2 weeks option)                Sep 17-25

TERM 4   Tue 15 Oct to Wed 4 Dec

(2 weeks option)               10 -18 Dec 



5.30 to 7.00pm 
*  Intermediate         Betty Hassen 

 *  Beginners  3/4     Catherine Thornberry

 *  Beginners 2/3      Geoff Galagher 
7.00 to 8.30 pm   

 * Beginners  1          Catherine Thornberry

 * Intermediate         Geoff Galagher                    WEDNESDAYS 

5.30 to 7.00pm
 * Intermediate         Betty Hassen 

6.00 to 7.30 pm     

 * Advanced              Geoff Galagher  


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

Catherine 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.


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.

E.g  I am singing with Paul.   Je chante avec Paul

I sang by myself                          J'ai chanté tout seul

will sing  on the weekend,        Je chanterai le weekend

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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