French is one of the five 'romance languages' that came from the original Latin. You may think that, being a romance language, it stands to reason that French is widely known as 'the language of love' — but you'd be wrong. The term, romance language, actually comes from the Latin, 'romanica loqui' which means 'to speak in Roman fashion'.
As with many languages, the history of the French language is rich and influenced by the invasions and societal norms of the time. The language is thought to have originated in Gaul and eventually became distinct enough from Latin to be viewed as a language in its own right in the 9th century. Today, French is the official language of 33 countries and spoken by over 280 million people worldwide.
Why Learn a Foreign Language?
In Australia, French has been taught in schools for decades — in fact, your parents or grandparents may well be able to tell stories of the days when they only had a choice of French or German. Furthermore, in all likelihood, their memories of these language lessons may not exactly be fond ones ... so why on earth would you choose to study a foreign language?
For starters, language teaching these days is much more interesting and varied than it was in your grandparents' day of rote repetition and grammar rules. Learning about and experiencing culture is a huge part of school language lessons, as is the practical use of language in realistic scenarios — plus the opportunities for excursions.
Then, there are the benefits of learning a foreign language — improved cognitive function and memory, greater listening skills, increased ability to multi-task, performance growth in other subjects and increased understanding and awareness of different cultures and norms. And, of course, learning a language opens up pathways to expanded friendship opportunities and fun.pixa
What's Great About Learning French?
Any foreign languages you choose to learn is going to be a wonderful gateway to other parts of the world — but you've chosen to learn French, so what can you look forward to?
Firstly, along with English, French is the only other language spoken on five continents — meaning it's great for when you're travelling and also for career opportunities.
If you're into fashion, food, the arts or architecture, each French lesson is a ticket allowing you to explore this world. When you learn French, you can experience the works of renowned French writers and hear the voices of French actors in the original form.
And, let's be honest, who doesn't want to visit France? Sure, you can have fun and experience the culture when the only words you can say are 'Bonjour' and 'Merci' but your experience will be so much richer if you can have a conversation with the local people in their native tongue, rather than relying on their ability to speak English.
I've Searched 'French Tutor Adelaide' — What Next?
If you've done an online search for French tutor Adelaide or French lessons Adelaide, you would have discovered page after page of companies, schools, platforms and individuals offering tutoring and lessons in French.
How do you choose?
First of all, decide what level of tuition you want — beginners, advanced, tourist level, conversation — and whether you would prefer a French class, a small group lesson, a private tutor or online lessons. You may also want to think about whether you'd prefer your lessons to be conducted in French by a native speaking teacher, or all teaching and explanations to be done in English. There are pros and cons to each option but it really comes down to personal preference.
Here are a few options for French lessons Adelaide, once you've narrowed down your preferences.
Learn French from the Best at the Alliance Française de Adelaide
Celebrating 110 years of operation in 2020, the Alliance Française de Adelaide is dedicated to promoting the study of French and the culture of France not only in Adelaide but throughout Australia with its other branches. All classes at the Alliance are taught by qualified French teachers, native speakers with many years of experience. Classes are available for every level, from children and high school students to adults.
Classes at the Alliance Française de Adelaide include:
- Full courses (adult) — beginners, intermediate, advanced and academic
- Complete courses (based on student year level) — Les Loustics or Adomania
- Skills based classes — listening, pronunciation, grammar
- Culture and the arts lessons — literature/author studies, French games
- Holiday programs.
Take French Lessons After School at the School of Languages
Originally designed for secondary school students to study a language their own school did not offer, the School of Languages expanded in 2000 to offer foreign language lessons, in 24 languages, to students from Reception to Year 7, as well as Years 8-12.
Classes are run after school and during the holiday, with small group classes and private lessons on offer. As an accredited government school, The School of Languages employs qualified teachers who have classroom experience and also operates from the Australian Curriculum with programs designed to meet curriculum requirements.
Learn French Online with French Faster
Fully online, French Faster lessons are all taught via Skype with a native French tutor in a private lesson. The range and variety of lessons are astounding, so you are sure to find a lesson pathway that suits your interests and needs.
- General French Courses — beginner to advanced, conversation French and a French crash course
- French for Children and School Students — French for international students, second and third language learners and native French backgrounds (who may have been born in Australia)
- French for School Exams — IB, Year 12 certificate
- French for Work
- French for Immigration and Travel
Find Your Ideal Private French Tutor with Superprof
Not everybody is overjoyed at the idea of a group lesson (the older you are the harder it can be to put yourself out there) or at online learning (because who didn't have enough of that in 2020?). Superprof understands this and so do our tutors.
On the Superprof platform, you will find a number of people — native and non native speakers, university students, retired teachers and international students — offering French tuition. You can easily see the types of lessons they offer, the level they work with, their experience, past student testimonials and their rates (which, for Adelaide tutors, average out at $32 an hour — and most will offer the first lesson for free).
The advantage of a private tutor is that your lessons are tailored precisely to suit your level of experience, your needs and your goals. Whether you want to build your conversation skills, perfect your grammar, prepare for your SASE or IB exam or just get a little French language and culture under your belt prior to travelling, you'll be able to find a Superprof tutor who's the right fit for you.
The Art of French Conversation with Bonjour Paris
Focusing almost solely on conversation in French, Bonjour Paris offers private, small group and online lessons in a relaxed atmosphere that ensures fun goes hand-in-hand with learning. The teacher, Vicky, uses a range of strategies, including flashcards, role play and experience learning and is happy to teach in your preferred location, whether that be your home, her base or even your local cafe.
I'm Studying French at School and Need a SACE French Tutor
For students in Years 11 and 12, the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) will likely be dominating your thoughts. For students who are planning on continuing with French for university and longer-term career paths, engaging a tutor or accessing extra support through extracurricular classes or lessons is recommended.
You can, of course, engage a private tutor — checking the Superprof platform would be a good place to start, you can also advertise on Gumtree or you may even consider checking university and school noticeboards for past students who are offering to work as a Year 12 SASE French tutor. The advantage of engaging a student as a SASE French tutor is that they will have first-hand experience with the exam and can be very useful to gain insight into current exam and study techniques.
Other options to get help and support with your Year 12 SASE French include:
- Alliance Française de Adelaide offer lessons to prepare Year 12 students for the French continuers' SASE exam and the International Baccalaureate.
- LearnMate specifically advertises online and face-to-face teachers who have exceptional experience and specialise as a SACE French tutor.
We hope you are now champing at the bit to start your French journey, whether it's beginning at the beginning, brushing up on old skills or going that one step further in the preparation for your SACE French exam.
Une langue différente est une vision différente de la vie.(A different language is a different vision of life.)