If you are a complete Beginner, you can enrol in any of our Elementary 1 courses. We run these at different paces throughout the year, including: Term courses (2 hours of class per week over 8 weeks) starting in Term 1 (February) and Term 3 (July) and Intensive courses (4 hours of class per week over 4 weeks), held during our Holiday breaks in April and September.
Each Elementary course covers the same content, so you can choose any pace which suits you.
Fill in the Enquiry Form with as much detail as possible. We’ll contact us very shortly over the phone to assess your level and will recommend the best class for your level.
Level assessments consist of a general conversation in French to see how comfortable you are expressing yourself on different topics. Pas de panique! It's a basic and relaxed conversation.
Self-assessing your language skills in a foreign language can be tricky. This is why we recommend that you contact us either on the phone, via email or through the Enquiry Form. You may be advised to enrol in our complete beginners class (Elementary 1), but you may also find that you remember more than you think!
Our courses are split into levels ranging from Elementary to Fluency, in the following order:
- Elementary 1, Elementary 2
- Pre-intermediate 1, Pre-intermediate 2, Pre-intermediate 3
- Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Intermediate 3
- Upper-Intermediate 1, Upper-Intermediate 2, Upper-Intermediate 3
- Advanced 1, Advanced 2, Advanced 3, Advanced 4
- Fluency 1, Fluency 2, Fluency 3, Fluency 4, Fluency 5
Each class stays at the same level for one full year (4 terms), and moves to the next level at the beginning of Term 1 in February each year.
Our classes also have « petits noms » (nicknames), representing French culture, ranging from famous French people such as Coco Chanel, Victor Hugo, Ravel to French wines like Veuve Clicquot, Champagne or Rosé. This helps students remember what class they should enrol in from one term to the next!
Our sessions are scheduled around NSW school dates. We have four main intakes: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 and Term 4. In between terms, we have 3 three or four-week holiday sessions throughout the year, during which we run workshops or immersions.
Students can enrol at any time throughout the year, but we do recommend that complete beginners enrol in the beginning of Term 1 or Term 3 not to miss any important content.
All of our classes incorporate reading, writing, listening and speaking components, but our Conversation Classes specifically focus on skills such as speaking and pronunciation. Conversation Classes run during Terms for 1-hour per week, with a maximum of 6 students of similar levels. Classes are tailored to the interests of the students.
For extra practice, you may also be interested in attending our various workshops and events.
Yes, we do.
French à la Carte offers one or two trial lessons in different classes to new Students who wish to attend a class before deciding if they want to enrol. Trial lessons are in place to ensure each Student joins a class that best fits their level and expectations.
Trial lessons are at no obligation, which means that the Student does not have to pay anything if they decide not to enrol.
If a Student decides to enrol after their trial lesson, the trial lesson will be charged the price of a regular lesson and included into the Term’s fees.
Unfortunately, no. To ensure you make the most of your French learning experience, we aim to minimise disruptions to the group dynamic as much as possible. If you miss a class, the best way to catch up is to read the class content and class notes that your teacher email each student after the class, and do the homework for the following class.
All Students enrolled in a class will receive all the relevant documents (lesson plan, handouts and notes) sent to them via email by their teacher after the class has taken place. They are encouraged to print out and study these at home, and use question time during next lesson to help them catch up.
If a Student plans to be away for a full term, they can choose to pay a Notes Only fee for the full set of documents (lesson plans and notes) in lieu of the full class fee. Help with catching up will be at the teacher’s discretion. This fee also guarantees that the Student’s place is kept in their class.
Note that this arrangement has to be organised with the School Director before the term begins.
The health and safety of our students and staff remain our primary concern. To support this, we have a COVID-safe Plan across our campuses, which includes the following:
- All classrooms and common areas are cleaned daily before/after classes
- Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser are available in all classrooms
- Upon arrival, all students are required to undertake QR check-in and sanitise their hands before entering class
- Classrooms are set up to ensure compliance with physical distancing requirements
FEES & ENROLMENTS
- Couple Discount: A 10% discount applies to couples when similar classes are booked by both for a whole period.
- Refer a Friend Offer: a 15% discount for the Term fees will be offered to any student currently enrolled in a General French or Conversation course who refers a new student, who hasn’t previously been enrolled in a course at French à la Carte, and who enrols for a full Term of General French classes. The new student will also receive a 15% discount for the Term fees. This offer can only be redeemed once by each Student.
These offers are not cumulative. To redeem an offer, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning which offer you would like to redeem and the name of both students or future students.
You can purchase gift cards to suit any budget. Simply send us an email with your desired gift card amount.
Payment can be made by bank transfer or by credit card via our website or over the phone. All transactions are in Australian Dollars. All prices as displayed on the French à la Carte website are inclusive of GST.
Elementary levels use a textbook that is not included in the course fees. You can purchase your textbooks online on Amazon, Book Depository or at Abbeys Bookshop in Sydney CBD. A set of textbook/exercise books are typically used for 8 terms.
For all other levels, course material is included in the course fee. Non-Elementary level don’t use any textbook, the teacher provides handouts in class or documents via email for each lesson.
Please log in to your existing account here.
Your level and the classes available to you will be indicated in your "My Account" profile.
Use your email address and password that we sent to you when you first registered with us. If you have forgotten your password click on Forgot password. We’ll email you a new password, which you can copy and paste – you can change your password when you are logged in, via My Account.
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
A refund is possible under the following conditions:
- 10 Business Days or more prior to Workshop or Event: 100% refund
- 5 to 9 Business Days prior to Workshop or Event: 50% refund
- Less than 5 Business Days prior to Workshop or Event: 0% refund
Exception to the Cancellation policy: A workshop or Event can be refundable if the Student who cancels finds someone to replace him/her for the Workshop or Event, upon agreement of the School Director.
YES! This is actually a good way to (re)connect with your French language journey. Please check, however, the required level to register.