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Private and Semi-Private Classes

The Alliance Française provides both customized, private, one-on-one instruction and semi-private (up to 3 students) instruction  in-person, or online, with fully-qualified native French teachers. Start at any time and benefit from flexible scheduling and personalized instruction.

Dear students,

If you already take private classes with us, ask your teacher to switch to online classes.
New private class requests or specific questions about the transition may be addressed to

As a student of the AFSF, you can have access to the French e-library Culturethèque and you can borrow books and DVDs from our French Library.
Once you have created your account on Culturethèque, your access is limited to 48h.  Please contact the AFSF at to extend your free access to a year.

You can take lessons at the Alliance Française, online or at your place (in San Francisco).
We require that you inform us 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel a class, otherwise the class will be charged.  
When buying a 12h package, students receive a complimentary one-year AF basic membership with unlimited, free access to our library, our E-library (Culturethèque) and discounts on our cultural events.

You define with your teacher your own schedule for your French private lessons.
Depending on where the classes take place, at the Alliance Française, online, or at your home or your work place (in the City of San Francisco), different rates apply.
To ensure the best preparation for your Private Lessons, please communicate your specific requirements, needs and goals, and your availabilities to the Director of Education or to your instructor before the first class.


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What is the duration of a class?

We recommend 1.5h hour per class.
1h class is possible only at the alliance or online when agreed with the teacher.
Outside of the alliance, the minimum is 1.5h duration.  

Private Lesson Advantages

  • Instruction available for adults, kids, and teens at all levels of proficiency
  • Lessons may be taken one-on-one or in groups of two or three (coming together, with the same proficiency level)
  • Lessons tailored to address an individual or group’s particular needs
  • Flexible scheduling throughout the day or evening
  • Lessons take place in our classrooms or offsite at your home/private office
  • Online private tutoring 
  • Immersion courses
  • Personalized exam preparation

Custom Courses

  • Conversation, grammar, reading, writing and business French
  • Preparation for business or leisure trips to France or other francophone countries
  • Preparation for the Advanced Placement test, college prep courses or the TCF, TEF, DELF/DALF


Trial class

Evaluation and goal scope.
To schedule a trial class, please fill the form below "Request for Private classes" or contact us. Payment will be required once the class is scheduled with a teacher and before the trial class is held.

Our rates


We now offer a 12h package with special rate:

Price for 12 hours Private Semi-Private for two
(price per person)
Semi-Private for three
(price per person)
At AFSF   $780 ($65/hr) $648  ($54/hr) Contact us
Online   $780  ($65/hr) $648  ($54/hr) Contact us
At your home / office (*) Contact us Contact us Contact us

(*) For all new request for private courses offsite (at your home or workplace), courses will be offered between 8:00am and 5:00pm only, in order to facilitate coordination of classes.

Private class rates for kids are aligned with adults' rates.  

Please note that classes for kids and teenagers are only available in our premises at this time.
We only offer private classes in San Francisco, please consider online classes if you live outside of the city. 
Semi-private classes are for students coming together with the same proficiency level and same objectives. 
 A minimum purchase of 12 hours is required at the time of your registration.

A minimum of 24-hour notice is required to cancel a class. Otherwise, the entire duration of the missed class will be forfeited.
No refunds will be given for private classes, but the amount may be transferred upon agreement for group class partially or in totality (during the same calendar year).
The purchase of private classes are valid for one year starting from the date of payment.

Request for private classes

If you are requesting for the first time, please fill in the following form or  give us a call so we can find the best teacher to fit your needs and schedule before making a payment.

Private or semi private classes for adults Private or semi private classes for adults

Private or semi private classes for kids and teens Private or semi private classes for kids and teens


To renew or pay for your private lessons 

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We accept cash, check, debit and credit cards for payments. You can subscribe online, by phone or at our reception desk. 


Policies for private classes special offer to students 

The offer is only available to students who are enrolled in adult group classes during the current session . 
Limit 4h per student for the session.  Valid only during the current session.
In case of cancellation, a minimum 24-hour notice is required; otherwise, the entire duration of the missed class is forfeited.
All hours must be done during the current session online. No report over the next session. 
No reimbursement, credit or refund. Not transferrable. 

Contact Us

Alliance Française de San Francisco
1345 Bush Street | San Francisco, CA 94109
+1 (415) 775 - 7755

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Alliance Française de San Francisco is an American Public Charity Nonprofit, tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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