French Classes for Adults on Sydney’s North Shore


French à la Carte is a French language school for adults offering daytime classes on the North Shore of Sydney in St Ives and at Bayview Golf Club in Mona Vale, as well as online conversation classes on Zoom. 

The teachers at French à la Carte are all highly qualified native teachers. What’s more, they are passionate about France, its culture and its language. They develop tailor-made programmes to respond directly to the needs of each class.

A great sense of community and friendship develops very quickly in all our French classes, therefore making learning an easier and more enjoyable experience. To maximise our students’ exposure to the language and the culture, our courses are complemented by optional:

  • conversation classes,

  • holiday language & cultural workshops,

  • full immersion seminars both overseas and in Australia,

  • as well as various cultural or social events.

Classes in St Ives
Classes in Mona Vale
Conversation Classes
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Term Dates 2020

  • Term 1 : Mon 03 Feb – Fri 27 Mar
  • Term 2 : Mon 27 Apr – Mon 22 Jun
  • Term 3 : Mon 20 Jul – Fri 11 Sept
  • Term 4 : Mon 12 Oct – Fri 04 Dec

Term Dates 2021

  • Term 1 : Mon 01 Feb – Mon 29 Mar
  • Term 2 : Mon 19 Apr – Fri 11 Jun
  • Term 3 : Mon 12 Jul – Fri 3 Sept
  • Term 4 : Tue 5 Oct – Mon 29 Nov

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French à la Carte is changing location!

We have some VERY exciting news to announce…
From January 2021 French à la Carte will have its own school premises.

After extensive research we are very happy to announce that we have found new premises for our school in St Ives!
Our new address is 164A Mona Vale Rd, in St Ives.

Our new premises tick all the boxes: 3-hour free parking next door at St Ives shopping centre as well 3 spaces available on-site for our students who have reduced mobility, near cafés & restaurants, quiet location, ducted A/C, and 3 classrooms to accommodate us comfortably.
Having our own classrooms means more freedom on the type of activities we can do on-site: we’ll be able to decorate and set up the interiors in our own French style, have our own permanent library, a tea and coffee corner with comfy seating, and even bring our own drinks and food during or after class.  Une vraie atmosphère à la française!

Enrolments are open for 2021 classes

Special offer: Book your 2021 course before 13 December & save!

Pay the 2020 course fee for any enrolment for a General French class or Conversation class purchased before Sunday 13 December 2020.

You can choose to pay any course per term or per semester (one semester includes 2 terms). Save even more and book for Semester 1 now!

General French Classes
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French lessons continue in Mona Vale at Bayview Golf Club in 2021

After a successful first term in 2020, we are excited to announce that we will continue to offer French classes in the stunning location of the Bayview Golf Club in Mona Vale.

Well-equipped classroom, magnificent views, access to the Golf Club restaurant, all of this with the same high quality of teaching that we have been delivering in Pymble for the last 10 years.  A unique opportunity to start or continue your French journey!

We will be offering General French & Conversation classes for all levels on Mondays and Tuesdays. 


Our Students Say …

“You and your teachers have put in so much time, effort and expertise to keep us all involved and having fun with our lessons and extra activities. Thank you all so much.”

(May 2020)

Liz C.

“French à la Carte provides us with lots of bonus content and information during the lockdown period. Merci!”

(May 2020)

Carolyn M.

“The lessons at French à la Carte are fabulous with brilliant teachers that bring the flavour of France right into the room while you tackle learning the language in a supportive group. Really enjoyable and every week I look forward to class!”

Jane W.

“I have studied French as a mature adult student at three institutions, two in Australia and one in France. I have found instruction at French à la Carte to be the best of the three. In particular, grammar and more complex vocabulary are clearly explained in both French and English, rather than in French alone. This, is my experience, optimises comprehension, and enables faster learning.”

Richard D.

“One could not find a more enjoyable and effective way to learn the French language….. The excellent native French speaking teachers provide a fun atmosphere for gaining a solid background of French grammar as well as for developing conversation and comprehension skills with a varied and interesting programme… Learning French at FALC for eight years so far has enriched my life in many ways!”

Judy C.

“I love my lessons at French à la Carte! They are stimulating and also fun – we laugh a lot. It’s great learning in such a relaxed and supportive environment and now, after three years, my classmates have become my friends. I hate missing a single class.”

Alison P.

“I have been attending French à la Carte for 5 years. I have never learnt French before and I have really enjoyed FALC’s fun approach balanced between learning new vocabulary and grammar. It has given me the confidence to speak to French people while travelling and to keep improving. I can highly recommend FALC to any aspirational francophone.”

Rik D.

“After attending various French language options in Sydney over a number of years, I came across FALC and am now in my second year there. I really enjoy both the structure & flexibility of our classes. … We do not follow a prescribed text book but rather a programme designed according to our teacher’s assessments of our needs, & often the grammar points just develop out of our conversation of the day. …Importantly, there are a lot of classes which cater for all levels from beginners to fluency…. The school provides a lot of excellent activities over & above normal classes…”

Ceri H.

” I have been attending French à la Carte for several years. Not only is it a place for linguistic learning but also a place where friendships are formed. There is a vibrancy which makes attending classes and the numerous social functions a pleasure to be involved in. The teachers are truly dedicated and passionate about sharing their love of all things ‘françaises’… making it pleasurable to keep coming back for more. “

Junainah L.

” I cannot speak highly enough of French à la Carte. I have been studying with the school for the last 7 years, having started and stopped at other schools before joining FALC. In that time, our class, which is typical of many at FALC, has lost less than one handful of students, due to unavoidable commitments. The rest of us continue to enjoy the whole experience of learning French at the school. “

Christine S.

A la Carte French Classes for Adults on Sydney’s North Shore