February 2018


Before the storm of the Francophonie Month in March, it’s time to warm up your knowledge of French with our new term and our classes for all ages, abilities and tastes. Not interested in booking into a general course? Why not join our French club for a very special breakfast, a gourmet lunch, or an after-work apéritif? Are you a fan of movies or books? Perhaps our specialised programmes on French cinema or literary conversation will tempt you!
And have your children keep their French up over the mid-term with our school holiday programme for Junior and Leaving Certificate students. For teachers, we are also offering a little break with our workshop on everything that you've always wanted to know about the DELF Junior exam!

Bérengère Langlois, Director of Courses, blanglois@alliance-francaise.ie
French Courses   French Courses
New term for Adults
Free placement test
  New term for

8-week term from February 5th

General French courses, conversation courses, refreshers' classes, specialised workshops, preparation for international diplomas, are available for adults of any level morning and evening times from Monday to Friday for 8 weeks.
Come for an assessment every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 5 and 7pm. Assessments are
free of charge and no appointment is required. You don't need an assessment if you are a complete beginner or if you are already a student, you can enrol directly online.


16-week term from February 5th

These courses are designed as a complement to classes attended at secondary school.
They provide a diversification and broadening of the language in an interactive way. Teachers focus on interests and topics relevant to the participants as well as the requirements of the syllabus.
The Alliance Française employs and trains the best native French teachers in Ireland.
 In contrast to most Irish institutes we take no more than 15 students per group to ensure the best learning experience for all.

French Courses   French Clubs
New term for
  New term for
16-week term from February 5th

Through lively and stimulating activities, children of primary school age build up a broad and lasting knowledge of the French language. Classes closely follow children's development and abilities. Our teachers are all native French speakers and experienced in working with children.
communicative approach ensures that every child is given ample opportunity to actually speak French. General French classes for every level and bilingual courses are available.

16-week term from February 5th

The award-winning A Petits Pas (APP) offers an innovative programme for toddlers and their parents which aims to enrich your child’s intellectual development and ability to be open to other languages and cultures, and to deepen the parent-child bond.
Classes are limited to 8 children and divided into 4 different age groups: 12-24 months (APP1), 2 years (APP2), 3 years (APP3), 4 years (APP4), plus  a 3/4 years old bilingual groups (APP3/4 Bilingue).

Dance Performance   Exhibition
"Fraternité" by
Compagnie Filao
  La Danse contemporaine
en questions

Saturday 10 February – 11am
Admission free 

The French contemporary dance company Filao, comprised of Géraldine Borghi and Cyril Véra-Coussieu, will put on a very special show for the whole family, from 3 years of age, at the French Library.
For the past 8 years they have been creating shows using the dancing body as a means of communication and of conveying emotions. This duo unites physicality, organicity, and contact. Their newest creation, Fraternité, portrays the relationship which unites brother and sister. It will lead both young and old to question themselves about the world and their connections with one another.


Until March
Admission free

Over the past three decades, the world of contemporary dance has evolved spectacularly in leaps and bounds through a multitude of different creative approaches to choreography.
The Alliance Française Dublin in partnership with the Fondation Alliance Française will showcase in January and February an exploration of this  universe of movement and its evolution in France since the 80’s.

The exhibition was designed and coproduced by Centre National de la Danse and the Institut Français. Photo (c) Marc Domage

Spring School Holiday   Spring School Holiday
Mid-Term Holiday Camp
for Children 4-6 / 7-10 y.o.
  Mid-Term Programme
for Teenagers 13-17 y.o.

Thursday 15 & Friday 16 February
9.30am-2pm (8 hours)
4-6 years old: €99
7-10 years old: €99

Your child will discover the magic of the Winter learning a lot about animals, snow and French-speaking countries from colder regions. Songs, arts & crafts, ice making are to be expected!

The classes will be led by qualified native-French teachers. All children are welcome, regardless of their level of French.


Monday 12 to Friday 16 February
1-4pm (15 hours)
Junior Cert: €180 
Leaving Cert: €180 

Every year, the Alliance Française organises intensive courses for Leaving Cert & Junior Cert students preparing to sit their French Oral examination that year.
While we try to keep this holiday programme as lively and fun as possible, its content is directly designed to meet the requirements of the certificates' syllabus and includes a mock exam.

Library's Workshop   Cinéclub NEW FORMAT!
Learn to use your
Digital Library
  Cinéclub New Format:
Les Visiteurs

Tuesday 13 February – 12.15pm
Admission free 

The French Library is delighted to launch a new activity for its members of all ages this month: "Learn to use your Digital Library" is a bring-your-own-device workshop designed to simplify the user's experience of our digital and online resources and offer technical support.
Our team of librarians will explain and install with you everything you need to get started. They will also showcase the revolutionary platform Culturethèque and a wide selection of apps and digital services for learning, playing and entertaining!

Booking is advised as places are limited


Thursday 15 February – 7.30pm
€5 with a free glass of wine / Free for Premium Members

Discover the Cinéclub's new format! Join us every month for a subtitled screening of one of the most popular box-office hits in French cinema history, preceded by an informal presentation with a free glass of wine!
This month (re)discover the 1993 hit Les Visiteurs, a cult comedy that follows a 12th-century knight and his servant adrift in modern society. It remains the 5th highest grossing French film ever.

The Cinéclub is free for Alliance Française Premium Members among many other advantages! More on Memberships

Film Festival / Competition
French Films at the Dublin International Film Festival
The Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) is delighted to introduce a wonderful selection of French titles this year, presented in partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland. Sit back and enjoy the best in contemporary French cinema with new releases, including Gael Morel's thoughtful, timely drama Catch the Wind; boisterous comedy C’est La Vie by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano (The Untouchables); children's animation The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales; a very special presentation of Silent Cinema featuring René Clair's great silent comedy from 1928, The Italian Straw Hat with live musical accompaniment by a quartet, and much more!


Revenge (2017)
Friday 23 February Light House
The Workshop (2017)
Sunday 25 February Light House
The Apparition (2017)
Thursday 1 March 
The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (2017)
Sunday 4 March Light House
C’est La Vie (2017)
Closing Gala
Sunday 4 March Light House
The Guardians (2017)
Saturday 24 February Cineworld
Custody (2017)
Wednesday 28 February
Light House
Catch the Wind (2017)
Thursday 1 March
Light House
The Italian Straw Hat ((1928)
Sunday 4 March
Light House

We will have pairs of tickets to win on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow us and keep your eyes peeled!

All information, full programme and booking are now available at www.diff.ie


Teachers' Training   Special Offer
L'évaluation aux niveaux
A1 & A2 du DELF Scolaire
  Free Access to SpeakShake
for AF Students

Wednesday 21 February – 5-7pm
Admission free 

After a presentation of the levels of the DELF scolaire, this workshop will focus around active participation of French teachers in evaluating written and oral work at an A1 and A2 level. Together we will review candidates' productions and an oral presentation in order to better understand the evaluation criteria of the DELF correction grid.
The workshop will be led by Lisa Chuet
, Exam Officer at the Alliance Française Dublin.

More information on our services for French teachers in Ireland


Until 15 February
More information

SpeakShake is a platform for creating one-to-one online language exchanges with French native speakers.
Each 30-minute tandem conversation is guided by cultural topics of conversation, questions and key words to help you break the ice, broaden your vocabulary and gain oral fluency in the French language.

AF Dublin Students will be able to improve their oral French with SpeakShake for FREE from 15 January to 15 February using the promotional code: AFDublin.

Workshop   Concert / Reception
Cooking with
Le Skinny Chef
  Marc Aymon
Live Concert

Thursday 22 February – 6.30pm
Admission free 

After last year's huge success, French Chef Aymar Gourdet of Le Skinny Chef is back for  a cooking demonstration, this time on French desserts: Île flottante, fondant au chocolat, French fruit tart and more while wine specialist Sylvain Rigal from the Domaine des Frétillères will present the best wines to go with these delicious delicacies.
We are thrilled to present this live masterclass during which you will be able to follow every step simultaneously on a big screen thanks to the state-of-the-art installation of the French Library! And everybody will get a chance to taste!


Thursday 1 March – 6.30pm
Admission free

In partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland and as part of the Francophonie Month, Swiss singer Marc Aymon, accompanied by guitarist Frédéric Jaillard, will present songs from his new project Ô bel été! Chansons éternelles.
This ambitious project highlights treasures of Swiss heritage and encourages the public to rediscover the pleasure of singing together and reconnecting with their roots.

The concert will be followed by a reception hosted by the Embassy of Switzerland in our Café La Cocotte.

La Cocotte Restaurant Weekly Specials
Weekly Specials
Chef's Favourite for February

Confit Duck w/ Apples until 2 February
Corned Beef w/ Madeira Sauce  
5 – 9
Valentine's  Special 
12 – 16
Fresh Tuna Tapenade  
22 – 26
Corn Fed Chicken Tarragon 26 – 2 March

Main Course ...................................... €11.50
Main Course
+ Dessert + Coffee....... €15.50
10% off for Students and AF Members
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1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
(+353) 1 676 17 32