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The Alliance Française de Boston et Cambridge, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit organization, founded April 13, 1898.

It is one of over 800 Alliances Françaises located in 137 countries worldwide. The first to bring the French language to foreigners, the Alliance Française has spearheaded teaching methods which take into account not only the mother tongue of each learning public but also their traditional ways of learning.

In the summer of 2000, the French Cultural Center (at the time known as The French Library and Cultural Center) entered into an agreement with l'Alliance Française de Boston et Cambridge, combining forces to promote the French language and culture in the Boston area.






Board Members

  • Lucy Sprayregen, President
  • Elaine Hepworth, Vice-President
  • Peter Sprayregen, Treasurer
  • Catheline van den Branden, Secretary
  • Zeina Aoun
  • Suki de Bragança
  • Julie Davidson
  • Lisa Micali
  • Isabelle Roy
  • Rebecca Valette
  • Jean-Paul Valette

REBECCA & JEAN-PAUL VALETTE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE PRIZE

Created in 2005, the Rebecca and Jean-Paul Valette Alliance Française Prize is given each year in honor of Rebecca and Jean-Paul Valette, whose dedication and contribution to the teaching of French in the United States have touched so many lives and inspired tremendous enthusiasm for the French language and culture. The prize consists of $2,500 for a trip to France or a French-speaking country. It is awarded to an adult French Cultural Center student who successfully completes two consecutive group classes at the beginner level (100). Prize candidates are asked to write an essay describing the vision of a project that they would conduct while on their awarded trip. Past winners range from an opera singer who traveled to Canada to complete a workshop to a bench maker who traveled to France to complete further studies in this artistic field.

de Bragança Excellence in Teaching Award

The de Bragança Excellence in Teaching Award was created in 2005 by Suki and Miguel de Bragança in order to reward a French Cultural Center teacher who distinguished him/herself by the quality of his/her work in the classroom.

Alliance Française of Boston Award for Middle School Teachers of French

The Alliance Française of Boston is pleased to announce its third annual grant for Middle School Teachers of French. Four grants of up to $400 to fully or partially fund a project will be awarded to teachers who demonstrate that their project will help to promote the learning of French and bring excitement to their French program. The Alliance Française believes that the middle school age is the time when many students become fascinated with the richness of a particular foreign language, and decide to continue studying that language in high school. The Alliance Française will consider all ideas for the award such as offsetting the cost of a field trip, inviting a chef for a cooking demonstration or hosting a musician, a dance troupe from a francophone country, a poet or a speaker to discuss a topic of interest to the students, etc. Additionally the award could provide material or technological assistance, or to arrange for a “video-pal” with a class from a francophone country.

Upon completion of the project, the Alliance Française will request from the awardee a written summary of the effectiveness of the project, with photographs if applicable, and copies of any publicity the project received in the teacher’s home newspaper.

This grant will be paid directly by the French Cultural Center of Boston. Preference will be given to teachers who are members of the AATF, the French Cultural Center/Alliance Française and/or MaFLA, in the hope that they will share the results of their projects with colleagues across Massachusetts. Out-of-state applicants are also encouraged to apply.

Deadline: December 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM
Award announcement date: February 1, 2017
Fill out your application online
Questions? Please contact Kate Riester at kate@frenchculturalcenter.org or 617-912-0428.