Summer Classes for Adults

In person and online, mornings, lunch time and evenings – we’ve made it easy for you. Join us for a grammar, listen up, Voyages en Normandie or a conversation class (these are just a small example of what we have in store for you!). Make sure to take a look at our intensive programs too.

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Summer in French for Kids

Give your child a full immersion experience of summer fun and learning! With native French-speaking and bilingual teachers, varied and engaging curriculum, and a convenient location in the heart of Back Bay, our Summer in French program is the perfect way to improve your child’s skills and confidence in French, no matter their age or level. Each week focuses on a theme with a variety of special activities geared for children to increase their vocabulary and stimulate their conversation skills. Outdoor activities take place at a nearby playground and at the Boston Common.

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Summer in French for Teens

Whether your teen needs to prepare for a successful academic year or wants to discover the language and culture of over 220 million Francophones, our intensive summer immersion program will jump-start their way toward communicating effectively in French. From absolute beginners to advanced learners alike, our cutting edge curriculum uses a task-based approach to improve the pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar skills students need to gain confidence in the language and succeed academically. Our native-French speaking and bilingual teachers use fun and engaging class activities to motivate students in a positive learning environment while exploring the cultural aspects of young Francophones in the world.

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Discover the pleasure of learning French with our team of native and qualified teachers!

Our teachers benefit from the expertise of the Alliance Française for the most effective methods of French language instruction. We belong to the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world with over 800 chapters.

What's My French Level?

Are you a new student and are not sure where to start your French-learning journey? We can help you!

The first step is to check your level with our free online evaluation followed by a conversation with one of our wonderful teachers to ensure that you are placed in the appropriate course level (group classes or private lessons).

Below you can learn more about our levels and how long does it take to learn French.

Evaluate Your French Level


Absolute Beginner

Basic User


Advanced Beginner

Advanced Beginner



Independent User



Independent User



Proficient User



Proficient User

Our Classes

The French Library offers a wide variety of French classes to accommodate your needs, schedule and budget. Our class sizes are small (10 students max online; 12 in-person) providing more opportunities for you to communicate in French, creating a lively classroom atmosphere.


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Private French Lessons

Learn French when it's convenient for you!

Private French lessons are a great way to get customized one-on-one or semi-private instruction at your own pace, be it in-person or online. With private lessons, you get to pick what you cover with your instructor. Study with a book, focus on conversation skills, or work with video and audio material – it’s up to you!

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What Students Are Saying about the French Library

“I’ve been so impressed with our teachers at the end of this past semester. Learning a language calls for lots of talking with native speakers who are gifted at the craft of teaching. The teachers I’ve had at the Center are so good at what they do, and they’ve taken the classroom experience right into Zoom. The Center’s “small class” approach has worked really well for me online.”


When the Center had to close in the middle of March, two weeks before my winter session was to end, I was worried I would not be able to keep up with my French. But more than anything, I realized I would miss connecting with my fellow classmates every Tuesday and Thursday. Without missing a beat, the Center supported my teacher to resume our class online.

Hilary G.

My class adopted very well to the remote instruction via Zoom. Our instructor, Delphine, made a seamless transition to this method of teaching and made it enjoyable for all of us.


J’ai été très impressionné par les derniers cours de la classe Advanced Conversation qui ont été suivis à l’aide de ZOOM. Il était facile de se connecter et l’enseignant et tous les autres étaient également clairement compris en tout temps.En outre, l’enseignant a été en mesure de se regrouper en petits groupes pour les conversations, puis nous rejoindre dans l’ensemble du groupe pour une revue de l’exercice. Je vais poursuivre mes études au Centre Culturel Français en utilisant le programme ZOOM pour profiter de voir les autres et parler ensemble!


Upcoming Sessions


Classes April 6 – June 15.

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Registration is ongoing.
Classes June 24 – September 5.

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Registration will open early August.
Classes Sept 11 – Dec 6

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Have a Question?

Check our Frequently Asked Questions section to see if we’ve already answered your question.

I took French a long time ago. How do I know what class to sign up for?

If you are not sure of your level of French and if you have never taken a class with us before, we ask that you please take our placement test. This will help us to best recommend the class and level that fits your knowledge of French.

I signed up for a class, but now I can’t attend anymore. What should I do?

If you need to drop a class, aucun souci (no worries)! We will apply your tuition to a credit balance (valid for a year), which you can use towards another class or private lessons. To drop a class, please contact the Education Department by phone at 617.912.0415 or by email at

If I can’t make my normal class, can I attend the same level class on a different day to make it up?

Unfortunately, we do not allow make-up classes. If you are going to miss a class, you can go onto our online forum CANVAS, to find that week’s assignments to keep up with the class material.

Do you offer any proficiency exams?

Not at the moment!

How do I purchase books for my online class?

Please visit and look for “My School, My Class” at the top left or simply look for your class here. All your class material can be purchased at a preferential rate. For new students in language courses: unless you register for the A1.0 course (which means you have never taken French before), please do not purchase your book set until your teacher confirms that you are in the right level, which s/he will let you know after your first class. In the meantime, you will have access to a PDF version of your textbook for the first few sessions.

Digital versions of books can be purchased here:

  • For levels A1 to B1 = Édito A1, A2 and B1: – You can download Édito A1 here. – You can download Édito A2 here. – You can download Édito B1 here.
  • For B2 level= Edito B2: – You can download the Edito 4 textbook here. – You can download the Edito 4 workbook here.
  • For C1/C2 levels = Tendances C1/2: Please contact the Education department at or call 617-912-0415 to purchase your code (only valid for CLÉ International supplies/class material).

Contact Us

For Adult Students: for anything related to adult classes, placement tests or exams.

For Kids or Teens Students: for any questions regarding our kids/teens programs and classes.

Or contact our administrator at: 617.912.0415, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


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