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 Française and Instituts Français bring the very best of French language and culture to your very doorstep.
From French courses to cultural events and cross-cultural collaborations, this network of 10 Alliances Française (non-profit 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” and 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
– 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 email or by phone 01223 561854.

Business Courses

Individual courses details

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

At Alliance Française At workplace (within Cambridge)
French conversation £50/h £54/h
French for business £54/h £58/h

Monday to Friday – Minimum booking 15 hours tuition (but 30 hours is recommended for optimal progress).
French at breakfast time, lunch time or anytime to suit 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).

Group courses details

Ideal for groups of people who wish to improve their general communication skills in French.
Group courses (price per 45 minutes of tuition)
Monday to Friday – Minimum booking 5 hours tuition (but 30 hours is recommended for optimal progress).

AF At workplace (within Cambridge)
French conversation £50/h £54/h
French for business, current affairs £54/h £58/h

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

Courses are given for groups of up to 8 persons 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).

DELF Professional:

Starting June 2013 the Alliance Française is the official examination centre in Cambridge for DELF with professional option.
For more information, please contact Patricia Dalby:

Article “Visit to the British Embassy in Paris with UKTI, 31st of January”

Sir Peter Ricketts, Her Majestyís 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, 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.

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.

Article “Friday 19th October 2012, the Alliance Française de Cambridge has celebrated its 30th anniversary”

The Alliance Française de Cambridge is proud to host its 30th anniversary celebration in the presence of His Excellency, the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and the Mayor of Cambridge.
An event sponsored by Marshall Aerospace Ltd

Press Release Oct 2012

On 19th October 2012, The Alliance Française de Cambridge will be
celebrating its 30th Anniversary in the company of His Excellency, Monsieur Bernard Emié, the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and the Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Sheila Stuart. This formal event is by invitation only, taking place at the Alliance Française premises on Hills Road in Cambridge. It is generously sponsored by Marshall Aerospace and will celebrate the importance and pleasure of language learning in a multicultural society.
It is becoming more and more important for companies in the UK to explore opportunities internationally. More than 100 million people around the world use French in their daily lives including fast-growing markets in Africa and South East Asia. While learning a second language is becoming more popular in Britain, there still seems to be some resistance. Many professionals believe that they are too old to learn a language or they don’t have the time, or just don’t have the language skills. In its 30 years in Cambridge the Alliance Française has been continuously developing and redesigning its courses to ensure that a second language can be learned successfully by everyone.

The Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Sheila Stuart commented: “I am delighted to be a part of the Alliance Française’s 30th Anniversary celebration. I think it is becoming increasingly important to encourage language learning whatever your age or background. We already have a blooming business and science industry in Cambridge, but speaking more than one language certainly opens more doors for business”.

Working with companies such as Andros, Biochrom, Mott MacDonald, Spicers and others, the Alliance Française ensures that the individual needs of professionals are carefully met. 45min early morning and lunchtime courses to fit individual schedules are just one example of the flexible, imaginative approach to language teaching that is the hallmark of the Alliance Française.

In a diverse city such as Cambridge with business flourishing, and doors opening internationally, it is becoming vital for professionals to be able to communicate in at least one foreign language. A second language not only gives you an edge, but boosts confidence as well, says Damien Tunnacliffe from the Alliance Française. “We believe that language development is important and can really help anyone expand their horizons. We are committed to raising awareness of the benefits of learning languages, not only French, but any language.”

About the Alliance Française Cambridge
The Alliance Française de Cambridge is a Registered Charity dedicated to French and its offices are in the heart of Cambridge near the new CB1 development and the railway station. Besides teaching French for business and leisure, the Alliance Française de Cambridge is very active in the social and cultural life of Cambridge.

Since its creation in 1982, l’Alliance Française has become the benchmark in Cambridge for all things French with an outstanding reputation for quality in providing language training for business and the professions. Our teachers are highly experienced and are recommended by all our clients.
The Alliance Française de Cambridge is part of a UK-wide network of 11 Alliances Françaises from Glasgow to Exeter and a worldwide network of more than 1000. One of the oldest cultural organisations of its kind in the world, founded in 1883, it has become an invaluable link to France and its language, culture and way of life.

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.

This event was sponsored by Marshall

Thank you for allowing Marshall Aerospace to sponsor this evening’s
event ” Marshall Group established in Cambridge 1909 but during our 103 year history we have enjoyed a long association with France
First two cars the company had Cottin-Desgouttes expensive and beautifully made near Lyons. Used to chauffer wealthy undergraduates ñ 14 millionaire undergraduate customers! In the late 1960s and early 1970s Marshall Aerospace designed and manufactured the famous droop nose for that great Anglo-French project the Concorde.
Today our Motor Group continues our association with La France as a franchise for Citroen here in Cambridge and elsewhere in the UK.
From next summer you will be able to fly direct from our airport here in Cambridge, with Danube Wings, to the Jura region in the east of France.
Marshall Aerospace itself has its own ëalliance francaiseí with Air France, SAIe in Clermont Ferrand and Thales, to offer a very attractive upgrade to the French Air Force for its Hercules C130 transport aircraft, so we hope that at some point in the near future we may see French Air Force Aircraft in the sky over Cambridge.
We are therefore very pleased to be here this evening and help the Alliance Francaise celebrate its thirty year anniversary and look forwards to building even closer relationships with our French partners over the next thirty years.