The Alliance Française of Napa is part of an international cultural non-profit association which promotes French language and culture throughout the world. If you're interested in French, you've almost certainly heard about the Alliance Française in French class or on the internet. But what is the Alliance française and why is it such a big deal?
The Alliance Française (AF) is a non-profit organization that works to promote understanding of French language and culture around the world. With more than 100 branches in the US and hundreds more in 137 countries around the world, the Alliance Française offers French classes at all levels and sponsors many different events where everyone from beginners to native speakers has the opportunity to meet for dinner, movies, lectures, and other social and cultural activities.
Participating in these events is an excellent way to get more practice speaking French and improve your skills - as long as you don't let speaking anxiety hold you back.
The Napa chapter was formed in 1987. Our goal is to share the spirit and culture of French-speaking countries through language courses, social activities and community outreach. People of all ages come to the Alliance to improve their language skills, to participate in French cultural activities and/or to connect with people speaking their native tongue... and we invite you to join us. It is not necessary to be a French speaker or student, just to want to participate in French culture here in Napa.
The Napa Alliance sponsors a Bastille Day Picnic each July. Members and friends share delicious food and wine and a game or two of pétanque. Winter holidays are celebrated in January, usually with a dinner. Other events throughout the year include conferences on wine, art and literature as well as French films and a special evening of crêpes–French-style pancakes–to share with family and friends.
French language classes are offered for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Classes meet week-day evenings at the Napa Senior Center and are taught by native French speakers using the total immersion method. Class size is limited. Courses emphasize conversation and teach grammar and vocabulary as appropriate to a particular lesson. Please see CLASSES for more information and to register.
Our Napa chapter also sponsors a Club littéraire (French book club) and Club chansons. For information on the Club littéraire meetings, please contact Martine Patrick at 707-257-2343. For Club chansons, call Sharyn Viale at 707-224-0730.
If you would like more information, you can contact us via our contact page or you can call Malek Mehaouchi at 707-363-4313 or our message telephone at 707-252-2673. You are warmly invited to attend our events and we expressly invite you to join us for fun and friendship... à la française!