About Us

Our Mission.

Serving the Atlanta community since 1912, Alliance Française Atlanta is a member-supported 501c 3 non-profit organization with a mission of promoting the knowledge of French language and French-speaking cultures through educational and cultural programming. We are committed to teaching French, fostering cross-cultural understanding and enriching cultural life in Metro Atlanta.

Our language school offers a full range of French courses for individuals, groups, businesses, and non-profit and governmental organizations. Our students learn French in a friendly, intimate setting, with class sizes ranging from 5 to 14 students.

Our social and cultural calendar includes concerts, culinary events, film screenings, art exhibits and debates that are held at our Midtown and Roswell centers and at locations throughout the city in collaboration with our many cultural and educational partners.

Why learn French with us?

Atlanta's Best French Teachers

An Atlanta Cultural Institution since 1912

Part of a Worldwide Network

Preperation for
Delf-Dalf Exam

Fascinating Thematic Classes and Workshops

Stimulating Cultural Events

2 Convenient Locations

Live Online Classes

Exclusive Access to Cultural Resources

Why learn French with us?

Magical Native French teachers

+1500 students each year

800 Alliance Françaises around the world

From $15/hr course fee

FREE Placement Test

7 per class on average

2 great locations

Quality French cultural events

+3000 Books, DVDs, CDs to borrow our library & Culturetheque

All levels and ages

98% customer satisfaction

Smartboard equipped classrooms

The Alliance Française Worldwide Network.

Alliance Française Atlanta is a member of the Fédération des Alliances Françaises. Founded in Paris in 1883, the Alliance Française is the largest cultural network in the world, with over 1,135 chapters in 138 countries and 130 chapters in the United States.

The Team.

Richard Keatley, PhD

Executive Director

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Véronique Ferry Hering

Education Director

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Morgane Lainé

Marketing and Events Coordinator

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Valérie Gaudemer-Maker

Education and Business Manager

Teachers.

Board of Directors.

HONORARY BOARD
The Honorable Michel Gerebtzoff, Consul General of Belgium
Consul General of Canada
The Honorable Vincent Hommeril, Consul General of France
The Honorable Peter Zimmerli, Consul General of Switzerland
Julius Coles, Honorary Consul of Senegal
Georges Hoffman, Honorary Consul of Luxembourg

OFFICERS
Latif Oduola-Owoo, President
Terri Vismale-Morris, Vice President
Michael Egan, Vice President
Ted Rhinehart, Treasurer
Cynthia Briscoe-Brown, Secretary

BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Claire Angelle Collobert
Joelle Gracia
Dominique Lemoine
Lucien Ntab
Janice Overbeck
Preeti Sagar
Aimee Sanders
Maria Saporta
Ryan Troncalli
Abby Turano

Partners & Sponsors .

Alliance Française Atlanta works with other local, national and international organizations to accomplish its mission. These partners include businesses, universities and schools, non-profit artistic and cultural organizations whose missions and values align with our own. We also collaborate with and receive significant support from the diplomatic missions of French-speaking countries located in Atlanta, including the Consulates of France, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland.

Alliance Française also receives the support of the Atlanta Business Community and works to promote our city’s best providers and food-products and services from France and other French-speaking cultures.

Midtown.

We are moving! The Alliance Française, along with our partners at the Goethe Zentrum, are currently involved in a search for our new Intown Center to open in September (2021). More news to come!

Roswell.

AFATL Roswell has three classrooms and a well-stocked lending library and hosts events and classes for adults and children.

Jobs & Internships.

Jobs

Part-Time Qualified Teachers: Alliance Française Atlanta seeks experienced French teachers. Possession of French language teaching degree (FLE) preferred.
All interested candidates please fill out this form.

L’Alliance Française d’Atlanta recherche des professeurs de FLE à temps partiel pour ses programmes adultes.

Le ou la candidat(e) doit :

  • Avoir une expérience de l’enseignement du français langue étrangère d’une durée minimale de 6 mois.
  • Être diplômé(e) en français langue étrangère (Master FLE, DAEFLE ou équivalent).
  • Être disponible en semaine (dans la journée et en soirée) et le samedi de 9h30 à 12h30.
  • Être en possession d’un permis de travail américain.

Merci d’adresser votre candidature (lettre de motivation en français et CV) à Véronique Ferry Hering education@afatl.com.

Part-Time Certified Translators: Alliance Française d’Atlanta seeks experienced ATA or university certified translators to translate from French to English and English to French.
Interested candidates should submit a resume to at admin@afatl.com.

Internships

Alliance Française Atlanta offers a work-training experience in an international environment to college interns with intermediate to advanced levels of French proficiency. Interns will engage with Atlanta’s French-speaking community while gaining valuable experience in MarketingDevelopment, Education,  and Operations. Interns must commit to at least 15 hours a week to be considered. 

Please note that Alliance Française is currently unable to remunerate interns nor do we pay for travel or visa expenses.

To apply to intern with Alliance Française Atlanta, apply here.

Volunteers.

Our Volunteers

Volunteers play a vital role in helping us achieve our mission. They also meet great people, enjoy opportunities to practice their French, while helping out in vital areas of our operations, such as Marketing, Communications, Education, Development and Outreach. 

To volunteer, please send this application form to admin@afatl.com.

FAQ's

Founded in Paris in 1883, the Alliance Française is the largest cultural network in the world, with over 1,135 chapters in 138 countries and 130 chapters in the United States. Its World Headquarters is located in Paris, France (www.alliancefr.org).

French is the world’s fifth most spoken language and the second most studied language. 77 million people speak French as their first language, while 280 million speak French worldwide. French is Europe’s third most spoken language and is the first language of 19% of Europe’s population.

French language and culture have had an enormous impact on the way we see the world, giving birth to major movements in philosophy, cuisine, art, cinema, and literature. Fifteen authors from France have been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, the most of any country. 

Alliance Française has been serving Atlanta since its founding in 1912. As a member-supported, non-profit organization, our mission is to serve our membership and our community. Unlike for-profit language schools, our goal is to promote French language and the knowledge of French-speaking cultures. 

We are a school and a cultural center open to everyone, welcoming students, members and volunteers of any age, sex, creed, race, color, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin.

Being a non-profit organization allows us to accept tax-deductible contributions and reduces operating cost by exempting us from paying taxes. Tuition and other charges allow us to pay teacher and staff salaries and the cost of running our centers in Midtown Atlanta and Roswell.

Alliance Française uses Ev@lang, an adaptive placement test designed by France Education International to accurately determine your French competency level. For more information or to purchase the placement test press here. 

Alliance Française is able to keep classes prices low due to our non-profit status and good management. Class prices depend on the number of hours taught. For a full list of prices, please see our Classes page. 

While learning a foreign language is a long-term project, students who dedicate themselves will see progress quickly. 

Alliance Française uses the internationally recognized CEFR levels that use levels A1 (elementary) to C2 (near native) to describe varying degrees of language proficiency. 

The following estimates may vary among individuals and varying approaches to learning:

A1 – Generally 80-100 hours to master this level
A2 – Generally 100-120 hours to master this level
B1 – Generally 150-180 hours to master this level
B2 – Generally 200-250 hours to master this level
C1 – Generally 250-300 hours to master this level
C2 – 300+ hours, requires a linguistic development of a varying number of hours.

While classes at Alliance Française Atlanta have no exams, the teaching methodology of our core language classes is designed to prepare students for the DELF-DALF diploma series that recognizes French language proficiency.