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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often do you enroll for group classes?

A: The Alliance Française of San Antonio has three enrollment periods: Spring Session, Summer Session, and Fall Session. If you have missed the enrollment period, get on the notification list and be the first to know when we open registration.

You might also consider one-on-one instruction with our teachers in private tutoring.

Q: Do you offer French classes for young adults (age 18 or younger)?

A: We are not offering classes specifically for young adults, but occasionally allow enrollment on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Do you offer French classes for children?

A: We are not offering classes for children at this time, and instead partner with local schools and programs that do. Some of our partners that teach French language classes for children include: The International School of San Antonio

Q: How long does the session run?

A: Classes take place over a 4-week period during the summer session, and over a 13-week period during the spring and fall sessions.

Q: What are the start and end times for class?

A: Classes will meet on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6:00PM – 7:30PM Central time. Students receive 1.5 hours of instruction each week, unless otherwise specified.

Q: Do I get a discount if I’m a member of the Alliance?

A: Yes of course! Member pricing for French classes is part of your membership benefits.

Q: Are classes recorded?

A: Class sessions will not be recorded. Attendance is required from each student the day-of.

Q: How can I access the class on Zoom?

A: Students will receive an email from their teacher prior to the start of the first class with login details and instructions. This will include the Zoom link for your specific group.

Q: Which levels do you offer?

A: Usually we offer classes for three levels of proficiency: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. If you’re unsure of your level, contact our coordinator for a placement exam.

Q: This is my first time studying French – do I need to take the placement exam?

A: Students that have never taken a French class prior to enrolling will be automatically placed in the beginner’s level. The placement exam is meant for students that have taken French classes before, and are therefore familiar with the language to some extent.

Q: Do you get a certificate at the end of the session?

A: Since students do not take tests or exams in our classes, we do not issue a certificate.

Q: I’m not sure which level is right for me. Which class do I sign up for?

A: It’s ok, we can help! Contact our coordinator for a language assessment to place you in the appropriate level. You can get in touch with Katherine at classes@afsanantonio.org

Q: How many students are in each class?

A: Class size will be roughly 10 to 12 students. This is to ensure students have the right online environment to participate and to practice speaking.

Q: I’m a returning student and really liked my teacher from a previous session. Can I continue taking class with the same teacher?

A: Returning students may have the choice to continue with the same instructor, depending on the levels offered and the availability of our teachers for the current session. We will try our best to accommodate your preferences.

Q: Is the location the same as in previous sessions?

A: We’re offering in-person options for select classes, but are primarily using Zoom, as we wish to maintain social distancing to protect students and teachers.