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. The written portion of the test is done online, where you will be asked to respond to a written prompt (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.
At the French Cultural Center, 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!
Monday: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Green Line - Arlington Station
Orange Line - Back Bay Station
Red Line - Charles/MGH Station
Bus lines: 9, 10, 39, 43, 55, 57
Parking is available at the Boston Common Parking Garage on Saturdays all day and on week days after 4:00 PM for $10.
Buy your discounted ticket from our receptionist.
The Center is not wheelchair accessible.
Selection of Classes
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.Read More
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 Cultural Center.Read More
The French Cultural Center 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.Read More
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.Read More