Why l’Alliance Française?

Why l'alliance Française
L’Alliance Française, as one of the official centres for French language and culture in the UK, offers excellent courses for busy people who need to learn or improve fast.

Throughout the UK, a wide network of Alliances françaises and Instituts Français bring the very best of French language and culture to your very own doorstep.

From French courses to cultural events and cross-cultural collaborations, this network of 10 Alliances françaises (non-profit making organisations) and Instituts Français (French government centres) can make you feel as though France is just around the corner. So whether you’re stuck for words after “Bonjour,” want to discover the latest French cinema treats, or tick a few French classics off your “to read” list, we will extend our warmest French welcome and show you around your local French language centre, library, or cultural venue. Each year, thousands of people are attracted by the quality of our service, so why not give us a go?

The Alliance Française de Cambridge offers specialised tuition in French for Business, designed to help participants to further develop their French communication skills in a business environment.

Alliance Française de Cambridge organises tailor-made language programmes for its corporate clients throughout the year following an initial free assessment.

  • Individually designed tuition programme to suit you or your company’s objectives;
  • Individual or group tuition;
  • Flexibility of time and location (at the Alliance or in-house);
  • Possibility of cancellation up to 24 hours in advance;
  • Free Alliance Française annual membership for every participant giving access to our Resource Centre (books and DVDs)

Your contact

Patricia Dalby by e-mail / Tel: +44 (0)1223 561854


Business Courses


Group Classes for Business


Ideal for groups of people who wish to improve their general communication skills in French.
Monday to Friday – Minimum booking 15 hours tuition (but 30 hours is recommended for optimal progress).

Prices per group (up to 8 people)
At the Alliance Française:

  • General French courses: £50/h
  • Bespoke French courses: £55/h

At workplace (within Cambridge):

  • General French courses: £55/h
  • Bespoke French courses: £60/h

French at breakfast time, lunch time or anytime to suit you.

  • Courses are given for groups of up to 8 people with the same linguistic level.
  • From 45 to 90 minutes in-house or at the Alliance Française.
  • We offer 5% discount and free textbook for up to 30 hours booked for the same student.
  • You may choose to have more than one teacher (for greater variety, pronunciation, accent…).

One-to-One for Business


Ideal for people who need tailor-made tuition in order to maximize their business opportunities.
We understand that company time is money and we are here to be as flexible as possible to enable you to realise your full potential.

Prices per person
At the Alliance Française:

  • General French courses: £50/h
  • Bespoke French courses: £55/h

At workplace (within Cambridge):

  • General French courses: £55/h
  • Bespoke French courses: £60/h

Monday to Friday – Minimum booking 15 hours tuition (but 30 hours is recommended for optimal progress).

  • French at breakfast, lunch or any time that suits you.
  • A report is produced every 30 hours by your tutor to ensure proper progress monitoring. A final evaluation is conducted to confirm objectives have been reached.
  • We offer 5% discount and free textbook for up to 30 hours booked for the same student.
  • You may choose to have more than one teacher (for greater variety, pronunciation, accent…).

The Alliance Française Cambridge provides translation and interpreting services and puts you directly in touch with experienced and qualified professional translators who adapt to your needs, like First Edition Translation.

Want to transpose a certificate from English to French to work in France? Need to translate a French article to publish it in England? Our specialists will know how to meet your requests in a wide range of sectors and subjects.

Certificates ■ Advertisements ■ Professional documents ■ Literary documents ■ Specialised articles ■ Websites ■ etc.

Our partner Expressum will translate your scientific or artistic articles with the greatest expertise.

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The Alliance Française de Cambridge has celebrated its 30th anniversary

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Sponsored by Marshall Aerospace Ltd


About Marshall Aerospace Ltd

Marshall Aerospace is the United Kingdom’s leading independent aerospace company and is renowned and respected worldwide for its quality of service, engineering excellence, flexibility and reliability. As an independent service provider, the company specialises in the conversion, modification, maintenance and support of military, civil and business aircraft; and its capabilities include engineering design, manufacturing and testing; and the provision of personnel, training and advice. Marshall Aerospace holds many type approvals – granted by national and international authorities, airline manufacturers and defence agencies – enabling the company to design and certify modifications on a number of commercial and military platforms.

Press contact:

Heather Cox
Head of Marketing Communications
Marshall Aerospace Ltd
Airport House
The Airport
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 373865



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More information about DELF DALF Diplomas

More information about DELF Junior and  DELF PRIM/FLAM Diplomas

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Further information :

The Alliance Française de Cambridge is an official examination centre which gives you the opportunity to obtain the official French diplomas DELF and DALF awarded by the French Ministry of Education. Since 2005, the DELF and the DALF certificates have been harmonized with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages from the Council of Europe. They are internationally recognized for both professional applications and university studies.

The DELF/DALF exams are made up of 6 independent diplomas, corresponding to the 6 levels of the European Framework of languages (CEFRL):

  • A1: Introductory level (elementary user)
  • A2: Intermediate level (elementary user)
  • B1: Threshold level (independent user)
  • B2: Vantage level (independent user)
  • C1: Autonomy level (experienced user)
  • C2: Mastery level (experienced user)


To help you practice your exam visit this website

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Candidates can register directly for the exam of their choice. For each exam, 4 skills are evaluated: listening, writing, speaking and reading. The Alliance Française de Cambridge provides weekly courses which are highly suitable to help you improve your level of French and consolidate your knowledge before taking a DELF/DALF exam.


Prices: From £70

Exam Centre Address: Alliance Française de Cambridge, 60 Hills Road, CB2 1LA – 01223 561 854

Visit to the British embassy in Paris, 31st of January 2013

Sir Peter Ricketts, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to France , Pamela Mitchison, Deputy Director for Trade & Investment for the French market welcomed 24 UK SMEs and other partners to Paris, including l’Alliance Francaise de Cambridge, represented by its Head of Business Development, Pat Dalby.

The UKTI Export Insight conference provided examples of outstandingly successful business strategies in France (Johnson Matthey SAS), (Tyrells); a deeper understanding of the French market; UKTI as a partner; business and the French way of life; key regions, key clusters, legal aspects of doing business with France; an introduction to the European Enterprise Network and last but not least an introduction to the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce.

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An incredible opportunity for networking and meeting future partners.

Every culture has its own dynamic, its own ground rules but we often make the false assumption that ours is the one everybody knows and follows. Getting to know how other cultures work helps make successful negotiations in business. To help your business grow, take a leaf out of L’Alliance Française de Cambridge’s book and become a partner of UK Trade & Investment, East of England and Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce, the experts for exports.


From the left: John Gourd, President, Johnson Matthey SAS; Patricia Dalby, Alliance Française Cambridge; Thinley Topden, Regional director, UK Trade & Investment East of England

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Do something special today: Become a member !

The Alliance Française is entirely self-funded. Since its creation, it has expanded and grown through the dedication and commitment of its members. So, if you like what we do and would like to support our work, why not become one of our members?


You have the choice between two different kinds of membership:

  • For tuition and cultural activities, the full membership costs £50 for twelve months for a person or £60 for twelve months for a couple.
  • For cultural activities only, the cultural membership costs £25 for twelve months for a person or £30 for twelve months for a couple.

Membership benefits: 

  • We offer special discount rates on our classes and on our cultural events.
  • You automatically become a member of our reading circle.
  • You can borrow French books and DVDs free of charge from our collection.
  • You receive our newsletter, sent electronically.
  • You benefit discounts and offers from our partners

Our partners:

  • Le Gros Frank –  10% discount on food only on lunch and dinner time on production of the AF Members card.
  • Heffers – 10% discount upon production of the AF Members card.

Thanks to your loyalty, you are helping the Alliance Française make ends meet and continue to be a centre for all those who wish to maintain their “French connection”.

To become a member and be part of the Alliance Française Community, contact us through the form below,  by mail at, by phone at 01223561854 or just pop in to l’Alliance.

Merci à vous tous!