Beginners French Classes in Auckland and Wellington (A1 Basic FRENCH)

Learn French in Auckland and Wellington with our fun 8 week French language classes and lessons taught by expert native French teachers from France and start speaking French today. In these French A1 language courses you will learn French Pronunciation, Greetings, Questions, Colors and Directions. Furthermore every lesson will include something about French Culture and People.

Our French Language Course Program follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and ranges from Level A1 to C2.

  • The French Al level is broken down into A1.1, A1.2, A1.3 and A1.4 units. .
  • Beginners French A1 = Ncea Level 1 French and the following University 100 level courses (University of Auckland French 101 and Victoria University Fren101)

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French Course objectives for A1 are :

  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic French phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Can introduce themselves and others in and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly in French and is prepared to help.

Listening Skills:

  • I can recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.

Reading Skills:

  • You can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.

Speaking Skills:

  • You can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help me formulate what I'm trying to say.
  • You can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
  • You can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where you live and people you know.

Writing Skills:

  • You can write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings.
  • You can fill in forms with personal details, for example entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.

Course Textbook:

  • Alter Ego + 1 Methode de Francais, 2012 [With CD] By Annie Berthet et all. 978-2-01-155810-7.. Readily available at online bookstores and downloadable pdfs


  • Each evening course is made of 8 x 1 1/2 hour weekly classes running for over 2 months at the same time and day of the week as its listed course start date. There are no classes on Public holidays.

Benefits of taking your French courses with the French Institute:

  • You will learn French with qualified and experienced professional French teachers from France
  • Progress in a friendly French immersion environment
  • Benefit from a small class sizes which maximises your student and teacher interactions
  • Follow a structured curriculum following the Common European Framework of Reference A1-C2 (CEFR -
  • Work toward internationally recognised exams (DALF/DELF)
  • Use the recommended Alter Ego + Series of textbooks used in Universities and schools worldwide such as the University of Auckland, Monash University, University of Singapore, University of Lucknow, University of Texas, University of Sydney, Oxford University, Alliance Fraincais and many more...
  • Back up your learning with resources from our media-library

Further reading:

French School Locations:

  • Auckland Central - Level 10, Acrossia House, 155 Queen St, Auckland
  • North shore - Northcote Memorial Hall, 2 Rodney St, Northcote
  • Wellington - Aro Valley Community Hall, 48 Aro St, Wellington


  • $200, includes 8 weeks of classes, an expert teacher from France and small class sizes, all for less than $25 a class. There are no hidden membership fees or contracts.

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French courses for beginners 1 (A1-1)


A1.1: Unit 0 & 1 - Alter Ego + 1

Communication objectives:

  • Use the basics forms of greeting
  • Ask and give personal information
  • Understand days of the week & months of the year
  • Understand numbers up to 100
  • Learn nationalities and names of countries


  • Present tense of –er verbs
  • Masculine and feminine adjectives
  • S'appeller, être and avoir verbs
  • Definite / indefinite articles
  • Possessive adjectives: my, your, his, her…
  • Negative form "ne pas"
  • Interrogative adjective "what...?"

French courses for beginners 2 (A1-2)

A1.2: Unit 2 & 3 - Alter Ego + 1

Communication objectives:

  • Speak about likes and dislikes
  • Understand times and dates
  • Introduce your family
  • Describe someone's personality
  • Speak about locations in a city
  • Speak about hobbies
  • Speak about your profession
  • Ask and give basic explanations
  • Understand and explain a basic itinerary


  • Prepositions of location: in, at, on
  • Yes/no questions: "est-ce que… ? "
  • Prendre, descendre, aller, dire, venir (present tense)
  • Aimer, adorer, détester + noun/verb
  • Masculine, feminine and plural forms of adjectives
  • Subject pronouns: me, you, him, her…
  • Possessive pronouns: mine, yours
  • Conjunctions (pourquoi, parce que)

French courses for beginners 3 (A1-3)

A1.3: Unit 4 & 5- Alter Ego + 1

Communication objectives:

  • Speak about past events
  • Describe physical appearance
  • Discuss everyday activities
  • Give orders
  • Schedule a meeting
  • Call/answer the phone
  • Give advice


  • Past tense - le passé composé
  • Obligation: il faut/devoir
  • Pouvoir/vouloir (present tense)
  • Reflexive verbs (present tense)
  • Near future tense – le futur proche
  • Imperative (giving commands)
  • Recent past "je viens de… "
  • Expressions of frequency

French courses for beginners 4 (A1-4)

A1.4: Unit 6 & 7- Alter Ego + 1

Communication objectives:

  • Speak about future events
  • Speak about seasons and the weather
  • Describe clothing, accessories and sizes
  • Order at a restaurant, understand a menu
  • Speak about what foods you like
  • Express feelings and perceptions


  • Future tense – le futur simple
  • Position of adjectives in a sentence
  • The "y" pronoun
  • Continuous present tense – le présent continu
  • Describing the weather "il fait beau…"
  • Partitive articles: du, de la, de l'
  • Negative quantities: pas de
  • Direct and indirect pronouns
  • Relative pronouns: qui /que
  • Le passé composé with être

  • Price $200.00
  • French
  • 8 lessons
  • Course Certificate
  • Around 10 Students
  • Course Start Dates :

French for Beginners 1 (A1-1) Course Start Dates 2022

Auckland Central - Level 10, 155 Queen St

Mon 16 May 6.00-7.30pm
Tue 17 May 7.30-9.00pm
Wed 23 May 6.00-7.30pm

North Shore Auckland - 2 Rodney St, Northcote

Tue 3 May 6.30-8.00pm

Wellington - Aro Hall, 48 Aro St, Wellington

Thu 5 May 6.00-7.30pm


French for Beginners 2 (A1-2) Course Start Dates

Auckland Central - Level 10, 155 Queen St

Mon 25 July 6.00-7.30pm
Thu 19 May 6.00-7.30pm

Wellington - Aro Hall, 48 Aro St, Wellington

Thu 7 April 6.00-7.30pm


French for Beginners 3 (A1-3) Course Start Dates

Auckland Central - Level 10, 155 Queen St

Mon 17 October 6.00-7.30pm


French for Beginners 4 (A1-4) Course Start Dates

Auckland Central - Level 10, 155 Queen St

Wed 19 October 6.00- 7.30pm


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French Institute is an immersion French Language School in Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington. Learn French in our small interactive immersion classes with expert and passionate native speaker French teachers fromFfrance. We offer a wide range of French lessons for beginner (A1) to advanced (C2) levels following the industry standard Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and preparing you for French language exams (DELF) and travel to France while using the latest teaching methodologies.
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Level 10, 155 Queen St (Acrossia House)
Auckland 1010

Phone: 021-461-551

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