Placement Test

A placement test is required for all new students with previous French experience. This way, we can make sure you are in the right course level. If you have no French experience—even if you don’t know what bonjour means—that’s ok! We have plenty of courses for beginning adults.

Children are always placed in courses based on their age and native language and do not necessitate a placement test. Placement tests are required for all teen courses.

The placement test has two required parts: written and oral. For the written portion of the test, you will print out and respond to prompts in writing and return to the Center via email at, fax to 617.262.0611 , or in person (approx. 15 minutes). Once you have submitted the written placement test, an instructor will call you at the time that you’ve indicated on your written test. Your oral skills can also be evaluated in person at the Center but you need to call for an appointment. The oral test takes approximately five to ten minutes during which time an instructor will ask you several questions to evaluate your spoken level of French. The instructor will then advise the appropriate course level.

Please note: Oral tests are given in the order in which the written tests are received. Calls will be made Monday through Friday, between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM. We will only try to call you three times at your preferred time slot mentioned on your placement test.


We will be in touch for an oral language assessment over the phone



These are continually the best French classes I've ever taken. The subject matter is always stimulative and appropriate for adults. The instructors are knowledgeable and able to give clear explanations of meaning in French.


Exeter, NH
At the French Library, you can immerse yourself in French art, literature, philosophy, food and culture while meeting great instructors, making friends and using an excellent library.


I loved the experience, shifting gears after work, popping into the arts openings and wine tastings, meeting new people and learning practical language skills. Can't wait to plan a trip to France!

Practical Info

Lower Level

1. Kitchen

2. Salle Idéfix

3. Salle Astérix

4. Salle Obélix

First Floor

5. Ballroom

6. Reading Room

7. Reception

8. Gallery

Second Floor

9. La Médiathèque

Third Floor

10. Salle Alliance

11. Salle Conférence

12. Salle Lacour

13. Salle Hurst

Selection of Classes

Advanced Beginner Coffee Talk

Advanced Beginner
Starting 1.5 hours per week for 5 or 10 weeks

A relaxed environment for lovers of French language and culture to sharpen their speaking skills. Discuss everything from daily activities to social issues. No homework and no required textbook.

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Advanced Beginner Let's Cook in French

Advanced Beginner
Starting 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks or 10 weeks

Why not improve your French with a cooking class? Discover culture and regional specialties of France while learning to cook local recipes.

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French Cinema: Short Films

Starting 1.5 hours per week for 5 weeks

Reach a deeper understanding of modern French society through its vibrant and dynamic film industry while practicing your language skills.

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Other Offerings at the Center


We have over 28,000 books, CDs, DVDs and magazines suitable for all ages and levels of French in our collections. The Library is open to the general public, with borrowing privileges reserved for members of the French Library.

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Proficiency Exams

The French Library is an official exam center for three different proficiency exams. We offer the DELF/DALF, TEF and DAEFLE. These exams provide certificates and diplomas that testify to your level of French and can be used for applications for school or work as well as for immigration purposes.

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We offer a variety of events that inspire, enliven and education including art exhibitions, film screenings, cooking classes, lectures and traditional holiday celebrations, like our legendary Bastille Day Party.

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