The Alliance Française in Jersey
Combine French Language Study with Fun!
The Alliance Française is the world's largest French language teaching and cultural association and is officially endorsed by the French government. It is represented in 135 countries and the Jersey branch of the Alliance opened in January 1996. Their website is www.afjersey.co.uk
Not only does the association offer excellent French language tuition, it also encourages a knowledge of French culture and insight into the French way of life. Apart from the official courses available there are various social events which encourage the development of the understanding of both the language and the culture of France.
To quote from the Jersey Alliance Française website: "When the French government decided to close the Consulat in Jersey, a few francophiles and French people got together to find a way of maintaining a French link on the island. The Alliance Française in Jersey was then created in 1996 thanks to the will and enthusiasm of Sir Peter Crill, former Baillif of Jersey, Mrs Pierrette Corsane, former French tutor, M. Reg Jeune and M. Pierre Aguiton, at the time President du Conseil General de la Manche. "
The Alliance Française centre moved from its original location in basement offices in Hill Street to the former Jersey College for Girls building and is now to be found in the St. Helier Town Hall.
Courses - for both adults and children - start from those for complete beginners or for people improving their knowledge to those seeking to gain a diploma such as GCSE, A-Level, DELF and DALF diplomas and CCIP examinations. Learning can be in large or small groups. Not only is the French language studied but students are encouraged to develop a knowledge of French culture and life which contributes to their greater understanding.
Classes are held in the evenings as well as day times and there are frequent lunchtime workshops for groups. Tuition is organised for groups and individuals on a one to one basis as well as the larger classes.
The Alliance Française organise social events and on the first Tuesday of each month, apart from August and September, there is a get together for French conversation at a local wine bar. On Friday nights the Ciné club takes place with showing of popular French films. Other events include the annual Francophonie Quiz.
The tutors are all native French Speakers with considerable experience of language tuition.
In 2011 Martin Lafitte succeeded Christine Busson-Camara as Director of the Alliance Française in Jersey.
Martin was previously director of the Alliance Française of Sapporo in Japan.
Christine, from Brittany was appointed Director in Jersey in June 2001 and left to return to her native France after ten years with the Alliance.
The services of the Alliance Française also include translations, mainly from English to French and information on the various French regions. They will be pleased to provide you with information.
If you are interested in learning or improving French, contact the Alliance Française and an appointment will be made with a tutor who will assess your level and suggest the appropriate course. If you live in Jersey, you can contact the Alliance Française on 01534 875655 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website address is: http://www.afjersey.co.uk or write to:
Alliance Française de Jersey, Town Hall, Seale Street, St Helier, Jersey JE4 8PA
For Guernsey Site Visitors there is not a branch in Guernsey but one of the French Cultural Groups there does link with the Alliance Française.
For those Expats in France who may be desirous of improving their French or gaining language qualifications plus of course perhaps meeting like minded "Brits" - at this time of writing there are centres in the following towns:
CLERMONT - FERRAND
Closer to home and the Channel Islands the Saint Malo website is http://www.alliancefr-saintmalo.org
In England go to http://www.alliancefrancaise.org.uk/