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Learn & SPEAK French


According to the CECR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), Alliance française offers you a 6-level progression, from A1 to C2 ; at the end of each level, you will be able to sit for the DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes de Langue Française) or the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de  Langue Française).


These diplomas are recognized all over the world for a job, a migration or a higher studies project. For those who do not wish to take these exams, we shall issue an attestation based on attendance and performance in periodic class tests, allowing you to go to the next level.

CECR LEVEL Speaking &Listening Reading Writing
A1 Basic user Understand basic instructions or take part in a factual conversation on a practical topic Understand basic notices, instructions or information Complete basic forms and write notes, including time, date and place
A2 Basic user Express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context Understand straightforward information within a known area, such as on products,  signs and simple textbooks or report on familiar matters Complete forms and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information
B1 Independent user Express opinions on abstract or cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements Understand routine  information and articles and the general meaning of non routine information within a familiar area Write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters
B2 Independent user Follow or give a talk on familiar topics or keep a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics Scan texts for relevant information and understand detailed instruction or advice Make notes while someone is talking or write a letter including non standard requests
C1 Proficient user Contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within one’s own area of work or keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency, coping with abstract expressions Read quickly enough to cope with an academic course, to read the media for information or to understand non-standard correspondence Prepare / draft professional correspondence, take reasonably accurate notes in meetings or write an essay which shows an ability to communicate
C2 Proficient user Advice on or talk about sensitive issues, understanding colloquial references and dealing confidently with hostile questions Understand documents, correspondence and reports, including the finer point of complex texts. Write letters on any subject and take down full notes of meetings or seminars with good expression and accuracy



DELF/DALF Schedule

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Our method ? Let’s communicate !

These classes, all based on a communicative approach to learning French as a foreign language, are aimed towards the general public as well as learners with specific needs (tourism, diplomacy, business, preparation to O and A levels of the Sri Lanka Public Education system and others), of all ages wishing to master French language and culture: children, teen-agers and adults. They allow you to pass the International Examinations in French DELF and DALF at any time you choose and you will receive a national certification at the end of each level considered.

Other Costs for All Courses

Registration, Student Membership        :Subscription : Rs 1000.00

Purchase of methods         : Books and 1 CD, valid during 2 or 3 full sessions or 1 full level : from Rs 3,000.00  to Rs 5,000.00 according to the chosen class and required level

Placement test        : Those who have started studying French elsewhere, a placement test will be given : Rs 1000.00

Type of classes at Alliance Française in COLOMBO

For Children


  •             Getting started with French        (6 to 9 )

  • 11 hours, 11 weeks
  • 1 x 1 hour (See Schedule)
  • Rs 5,000.00

For Pre Teens


  •             Getting into French (10 TO 14)

  • 33 hours, 11 weeks
  • Regular classes – 2 x 1h30  (See Schedule)
  • *exceptional classes 1h30 x 2  (See schedule)
  • Rs 12,200.00

For Students


  •             G.C.E Adv LEVEL

  • 33 hours, 11 weeks
  • 1 x 3 hours (See Schedule)
  • Rs 13,200.00
  •             G.C.E Ord LEVEL

  • 22 hours, 11 weeks
  • 1 x 2 hours (See schedule)
  • Rs 7,500.00

For Adults


  •               EXTENSIVE

  • Beginners
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 55 hours/*38.5 hours, 11 weeks
  • Regular Classes 2 x 2 1/2 hours (See Schedule)
  • *exceptional classes – 1 x 3h30
  • Rs 15,000.00 (5h)
  • Rs 13,500.00 (3.5h)
  • Post O/L Classes :- Rs 15,000.00


  •             Preparation for DALF C1

  • 55 hours , 11 weeks
  • 2 x 2 1/2 hours ( See Schedule)
  • Rs 15,000.00

A la carte

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French with Specific Objectives

  • Français du tourisme et /ou de l’hôtellerie- French for Tourism and /or Hotel Trade
  • Français de la diplomatie- French for Diplomacy
  • Français des affaires- French for Business

30 hours , 15 weeks or 60 hours 30 weeks 2 hours per week Rs 95,000.00 / Rs 185,000.00 for a group of 12 persons maximum

  •             Conversation classes

  • Classes for students having reached B1 level and who wish to practice in French with a native speaker. Groups between 8 and 12 persons.
  • 11 weeks
  • 1x 1.5 hours
  • Rs 6,200.00


  •             Individual

  • Classes aimed towards 1 or 2 individuals with personal objectives.
  • Rs 2,400 / per hour / per student


  •             Others

  • French as a Speciality language : according to the needs as they are formulated by the client

4500.00 Rs/hour for a group of 12 persons maximum.


The schedule of the classes for the new term should be updated long with the International Exam (DELF/DALF)Schedule and its rates.

Marguerite Duras Celebration

Dictation Competition & Presentation
Friday 14th March at 10:00am
@Alliance Française de Kotte

Theatre Workshop & Recital
AF Network in SL (March/April)

Marguerite Duras

One hundredth anniversary
of her birth celebration

Francophonie Month falls in March and promotes French as an international language as well as cultural and linguistic diversity. francophonie2014-monthThis year, we will celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Marguerite Duras birth and her works will inspire several activities.

francophonie2014-duras3MARGUERITE DURAS was an author, novelist, screenwriter, playwright and essayist. She was born in 1914 in French Indochina (now Vietnam), after her parents responded to a campaign by the French government encouraging people to work in the colony. The difficult life that the family experienced during this period was highly influential on Marguerite experienced during this period greatly influenced Duras’ later work. An affair between the teenaged Marguerite and a rich merchant figures prominently in her subsequent memoirs and fiction. The surname Duras is not her real name. It is the name of a village in France where her father’s house was located.

Her best selling, apparently autobiographical, is L’Amant (1984), translated into English as The Lover. This text won the prestigious Goncourt Prize in 1984.

francophonie2014-duras4Although Duras’ early novels were fairly conventional in form, with Moderato Cantabile she became more experimental, paring down her texts to give ever-increasing importance to what was not said. Her films are also experimental in form; most eschew synchronized sound, using voice over’s to allude to, rather than tell, a story; spoken text is juxtaposed with images, whose relation to what is said may be more-or-less indirect. She was associated with the Nouveau Roman, the French literary movement.


Alliance Française de Kotte is organizing in collaboration with public national schools a dictation of 100 words. About 40 students from different schools will participate in this contest.

francophonie2014-duras2To celebrate the centenary of Marguerite Duras birth, the dictation competition based on an extract of Marguerite Duras’ famous screenplay
Hiroshima, mon amour.







After the dictation, Mrs Niroshini Gunasekara, lecturer at Kelaniya University will speak about the life of Marguerite Duras and her works.



For the second consecutive year, Claude Le Roux will conduct acting and singing workshops in Sri Lanka; she will also perform them in Jaffna, Kandy and Colombo. Main theme will be Marguerite Duras’ theatre plays.

francophonie2014-lerouxClaude Le Roux is a French acting and singing teacher; for the second consecutive year, she will tour Sri Lanka with a show composed of texts fragments taken in Marguerite Duras’ works.

Article on CeylonToday

FRANCOPHONIE 2014 in Kandy


At Alliance Française de Kandy, on Thursday 20th March 2014 at 5.30pm.

Alliance française de Kandy is organizing an evening with song and dance in its premises to celebrate the international Francophone Day; everyone is welcome.


On the 20th March, every year, the 77 member states of the International Organization of La Francophonie celebrate the French language and Francophone culture . There are over 200 million French speakers on Earth.

La Francophonie celebrates the Niamey Convention which was signed in Niger on the 20th of March 1970. The convention helped to establish the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique (Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation), which was the precursor to the International Organization of La Francophonie.


Cinnamon Citadel Hotel, Friday 21st March 2014.

For the first time in Sri Lanka, the Alliance Française network, the Sri Lankan Association of French Teachers (APF), Alliance Française network in Sri Lanka including Alliance Française de Kandy and the main Universities teaching of French, including Peradeniya University, will hold, under the patronage of the French Embassy, a large conference about French language in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives, with the endorsement of the concerned Ministries. About 60 participants are expected to attend this event, held for the very first time in Sri Lanka.


1.1 Present situation of learning-teaching French language
1.2 The supply and demand for French


2.1 The quality of education: adapting and modernizing teaching methods
2.2 Learn French, but what for?

The motto of the International Organization of La Francophonie is: “French is a Chance”. But, why would French could be considered a chance?

In order to answer this question, the conference will look into the framework of teaching foreign languages ​​and the status of French in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives. In 2014, French is still the first foreign language to be taught in Sri Lanka and in the Maldives, but reviewing the place of our language in Sri Lanka and the actual realities of the teaching of French appear to be a prerequisite to structuring and nurturing a suitable and durable linguistic cooperation.


Alliance Française de Kandy, Saturday 22nd March 2014.

To end these three days, the Delegation General of the Alliance Française in Sri Lanka and the Maldives will unite with the Presidents and Directors of the five Alliances Françaises which form our network. During the course of a one-day discussion, we will look into how we could better cooperate with one another as well as how to develop and improve our services in terms of teaching of the French language and organizing cultural activities.

In 2013, our network represented 2,556 students, 4,516 course registrations, 17,461 teaching hours and 59 teachers, 446 students sat for DELF or DALF exams (the only certification in French, officially recognized by the French Ministry of Education) and we organized 145 cultural events.

Albert Camus

Albert Camus in the depths of winter...

A world–citizen writer and philosopher

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Albert Camus is the most widely read French author. 2013 marks the centenary of his birth: an occasion to remember all his masterpieces such as The Stranger (1942), The Plague (1946) and The Fall (1956).

Conference by Samantha de Alwis

Exhibition Albert Camus 1913-2013

Wednesday 26 February 2014 – 6pm
@ Alliance Française de Kotte

“At any street corner, the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.” – Albert Camus

Albert Camus contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism, which he saw as the result of our desire for clarity and meaning within a world and condition that offer neither.

“Any form of contempt, if it intervenes in politics, prepares or introduces fascism.” – Albert Camus

In his essay “The Rebel” (1951), he wrote that his whole life was devoted to oppose the philosophy of nihilism.

“Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.” – Albert Camus

However, he intended also to fight against any kind of totalitarianism and imperialism, their moral systems and idolatry of technology, while still delving deeply into individual freedom.

“Freedom is nothing else than a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times”. The meaning of individual freedom could be considered a focal point in many of his novels and essays.

Samantha de Alwis is a former lecturer in French at University of Kelaniya and currently she teaches French, English and theatre at La Petite Fleur Schools.

ALBERT CAMUS 1913-2013


The exhibition combines a minimal realization, a fresco and an Internet connection with a rich digital content fully interactive and multilingual, thanks to the QR codes technology. After downloading the dedicated application, the public, via a Wi-Fi connection from a Smartphone or a tablet, accesses to the content: critical texts, documents, numerous quotes, annotations, chronological markers, images, videos about Albert Camus, available in 14 languages. Hence, the visitor can build on his visit freely, create his own resources and share them on the Internet and social networks. The digital exhibition is equivalent to a space of 200 sqm.


Club Francophone

Talk, Sing, Act, Discuss, Games, Fun, Socialize, Friends, Food

club fr

A friendly circle of French speakers belonging to all nationalities meet up once a month (at the Alliance Française, at the residence of a circle member, in a coffee shop, etc.) to discuss about a chosen theme. The discussion is followed by more than half an hour of passionate conversation/singing/acts etc in French.

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Other Services – Translations
Official Translations into French / English / Sinhala and vice versa

Standard documents : Rs 3000/- net per page

Legal documents : Rs 3500/- net per page

Other specified documents: Rs 4000/- net per page

Events Coverage (Spoken) : Negotiable

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