Most large cities have a chapter of L’Alliance Française. In fact, there are over 800 centers throughout the world with the sole mission of promoting French language and Francophone culture through education and cultural programs. (See The French Alliance)
Atlantans can find an AF office in either Midtown or Roswell and membership provides one with access to classes, lectures, social events, and digital resources. Par exemple, this month the Atlanta chapter has a free concert given by the Lyon boys choir “La Maîtrise des Chartreux” and an Annual Soirée Champagne et Chocolat in the works. There’s also an upcoming trip to Opio in Provence – as well as French film screenings and dîner en français for those who can’t get away from Atlanta.
The classes, which are taught by native French speakers (seulement en français) from all over the Francophone world, are arranged according to CEFR classifications. (Common European Framework of Reference) There are several levels within each classification: A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1.
J’étudie depuis trois mois à l’Alliance Française and have just begun the intermediate level. Class sizes are small and the feedback is invaluable.