Where's the Best Place to Learn French in Sydney

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Posted 2016-05-22 by Barry Jfollow

If French explorers had the wind in their sails, they might have colonised Australia, with Vegemite on croissants instead of toast.

French, one of the official languages of the United Nations and the Olympic Games, is natively spoken by approximately 75 million people, largely in France, Belgium and Quebec in Canada.

While that's dwarfed by the English language, with over 310 million native speakers, Francophiles would argue quality over quantity. Joan of Arc, Andre the Giant, Coco Chanel and Brigette Bardot are their A-list examples.

You don't need to lead a religious revolution, wrestle with Hulk Hogan, star in an iconic film or dazzle the world's catwalks to speak their language.
Once you've learnt to parle Français, your reward is classic French cinema on SBS without subtitles, impressing your date at a romantic French restaurant, or winning a debate on the best cheese with a fromager.

With centuries of French literature, visual and performing arts to inspire you, Sydney is now dotted with various options to learn the language of love.

There are non-profit community colleges, French cultural institutions, private training colleges, and university short courses available across the city. Try one of these options to speak, read and write in French.

  • CBD, Chatswood - Alliance Française de Sydney
  • The French Embassy is the French HQ in Australia but Alliance Française de Sydney is the spiritual home of French culture. The centre has been promoting Franco-Australian relations for over 100 years and offers French language courses.

    Options for adults and children include general, traveller, conversation or focused classes. Choose your own pace to complete the 32-hour courses, from either twice-weekly sessions, fast-paced intensives of 8 hours/week or easy-going courses at 2 hours/week.

    There are morning and evening sessions on weekdays and Saturday morning classes available. There are new intakes year-round and prices start at $362 for the traveller course.

    If French culture fascinates you, enjoy the centre, where regular art and social events are hosted and French cuisine is served.

    Enrol at Alliance Française de Sydney .
  • Camperdown - University of Sydney: Centre for Continuing Education
  • The CCE has standard progression courses to master the language and themed conversation classes.

    While other Sydney unis offer similar courses, the CCE has the widest range and the most exciting learning outcomes.

    The standard courses are a series of 10 sessions of 2-hour classes, where you'll progress from level 0/beginner to level 15/Francophile status.

    The conversation class covers art history, grammar, travel, literature.

    You'll receive lesson notes and the prescribed textbooks and audio aids are discounted.

    There are intakes throughout the year, with classes on weekday evenings or Saturday afternoons.

    Fast-track options and longer session times are also available.

    Prices for each course start at $323. To enrol, visit University of Sydney: Centre for Continuing Education .
  • CBD – La Lingua
  • La Lingua offers 8-week courses in French with 2 hours tuition per week.

    You'll learn the practical language skills for travel, practising real-life situations with your classmates in regular social forums.

    The bonus benefit of La Lingua in the CBD is the chance to learn another language, from Italian to Mandarin, while you're there.

    You can choose one of 6 day/time combinations, including 6.10pm – 8.10pm each weekday or 10.10am – 12.10pm on Saturday.

    The course begins 6 times per year, with start dates in January, March, May, July, August and October.

    The enrolment fee is $50 and the tuition fee is $225. Enrol at La Lingua .
  • Kogarah – St George and Sutherland Community College
  • The SGSCC has French language courses for travellers and students keen to master the vocab and pronunciation, from beginner up to level 8.

    There are four terms throughout each year, with 16 sessions of 2 hours each, often on a weekday evening.

    The courses are excellent value at $419 each. Enrol at SGSCC .
  • Brookvale, Narrabeen – Northern Beaches Community College
  • The NBCC has 2 course streams, each on weeknights for 12.5 hours of tuition at the beginner stage 1 or 2.

    The course costs $205. Enrol at %26 Languages/Languages NBCC .

  • CBD – Sydney Community College
  • The SCC has a French Level 1 course on Wednesday evenings for 2 hours, delivered over 8 weeks.

    Practise now with the very French name of your tutor, Kathleen Beaubois.

    This course costs $359. Enrol at SCC .
  • Parramatta Community College
  • The College offers a stage 1 course of 8 2-hour sessions at the Arthur Phillip High School.

    The course costs $260. Enrol at PCC .
  • Katoomba, Penrith, Springwood – Nepean Community College
  • The NCC hosts beginner and intermediate language 8-week courses at the Katoomba Centre, Penrith High School and Springwood High School.

    Sessions are 2 hours, costing $179. As a bonus, they also teach French cookery! Enrol at NCC .
  • CBD – WEA
  • The Workers Educational Association features one of the best selections of French language courses at a non-profit community college.

    Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are offered, with special sessions for conversation, travel and news.

    Prices start at $219 for 15 hours of tuition or standard 9 x 2-hour courses cost $252. Enrol at WEA .
  • CBD, Inner West – Meetup
  • The Sydney French Language Group organises social gatherings at cafes, pubs, markets, and artistic and musical events.

    You'll practise your French in a casual environment with friendly, discussing all the topical and fascinating ideas you'd usually describe in English.

    Join them at Meetup .
  • Throughout Sydney – Local Libraries
  • Most local libraries host an excellent language learning section, with books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks for self-study at home.

    Membership to your library is free. Flash an ID to get a library card and you can begin borrowing these keys to France.
  • LCF Fun Languages
  • LCF Fun Languages operates pre-school, childcare centre, kinder, Montessori, and before and after-school language learning centres across Australia. Operating throughout Europe, Australasia, South America and Asia, LCF started teaching languages in 1985 in a natural style to complement the gift children have for language learning.

    LCF .
    Enjoy mastering French with one of these options, they're easier than Joey's attempts:

    As you reward yourself with a freshly baked croissant , we'd love you hear your success stories.

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