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Beginner Classes

Intermediate Classes

Classes are offered over 4 X 10 Week Terms. Classes are 1.5 hour sessions.
Cost : $200 per 10 week Term

There are currently 2 Beginners Classes, 3 Intermediate Classes and 1 Advanced Class.

Absolute Beginners Classes are offered as a "5 week/10 week 'Taster' Module" at the commencement of Term 1 and Term 3 if there is a minimum of 5 students. 

These classes (1 hour sessions) would cost $75 for 5 lessons.

Classes are held at



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.

     Betty Hassen

     TEL     4228 6214

     MOB  0412 451 010  

Or the teacher of the classes for 2023

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 learning French...

I learned 20 verbs and survived . . . 

I will do somersaults when I am fluent in French ... 

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.


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

Catherine Thorndike 0434 551 447


5.30 to 7.00pm 
             *  Intermediate 3        Betty Hassen 

             *  Beginners  3             Catherine Thornberry
             *  Beginners 1               Geoff Galagher 

7.00 to 8.30 pm   

              * Beginners  2              Catherine Thornberry

              * Intermediate 5         Geoff Galagher                               


5.30 to 7.00pm
            * Intermediate  2     Betty Hassen 

6.00 to 7.30 pm     

                  * Advanced                Geoff Galagher                  


Alliance Française Illawarra 

BSB  082-916         
Acc No 515040351

Reference for payments
Geoff's Classes           T1.GG<yourname>  

Betty's classes            T1.BH<yourname>

Catherine's classes   T1.CT<yourname.

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