About Alliance Française de Limerick

Alliance Française de Limerick is the oldest Alliance Française in Ireland. Set up in 1944 by a like-minded group of French language enthusiasts in Cruise’s Hotel it was first known as ‘The French Circle.’ By 1969 the French Circle had become part of the worldwide organisation Alliance Française and we have been promoting the French language and culture on a non- profit making basis in the Limerick region ever since.

All of our teachers are native French speakers, qualified and experienced at teaching French as a foreign language. Through regular assessments they will follow your progress closely and advise you personally. Our small groups have a maximum of 12 students allowing you to feel at ease and benefit from more individual time with your teacher. We also offer individual classes at times convenient to your schedule. Our classes are equipped with a computer linked to a large flat screen in order to provide your learning experience with all the current technological facilities!

Our academic year runs from September to May and has three trimesters. Our methodology is to place an emphasis on immediate communication so that our students can communicate in French as quickly as possible in personal or professional social situations.

Our courses are in line with the CEFR, which is the European Standard Reference framework for languages, and cover all levels from Beginners to Advanced and are aimed at meeting every need: general French, conversational, exam preparation, one to one and business classes.

We are an approved exam centre for DELF and DALF and hold exams twice yearly. DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official qualifications awarded by the CIEP and the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language. For each exam, four skills are evaluated: listening and written comprehension, oral and written production. The DELF/DALF diplomas are recognised throughout the world and are valid for life!