Learn French

CHILDREN CLASSES - 2 to 12 years old

At Alliance Française Wellington, it is never too early to start learning French! Children are given the opportunity to be immersed in French through a variety of fun courses and activities from as early as the age of 2.


Contact us at alliance@french.co.nz for further information.


Please note that ages are indicative only. Children can also be placed in groups according to their level in French. If your child has prior knowledge of French, contact us for a level assessment.


Research shows that children between the ages of 1–10, who learn a second language in addition to their native tongue, have a higher success rate in future academia. Children in this age range have more ability and succedd in learning a second language, rather than those who start later in life.


At Alliance Française Wellington, we believe that the ability to speak a second (or even a third) language is one of the keys to success in our global world. Opening your children’s life to a second language will not only broaden understanding and acceptance of other cultures but also improve comprehension in English.


French is one of the most popular and widely spoken European languages in the world, and the renowned Alliance Française Wellington is the best place to immerse your child in an enjoyable, rich and varied French cultural and language program.


2 to 4 years old (please note that the child has to be at least 2 years old at the time of enrolment). For bilingual and non-bilingual children and parents.

Saturday | 9:30am - 10:15am 


The French for Toddlers class aims to introduce basic French vocabulary early during a child’s growth. The classes cover vocabulary for animals, colours, numbers (0 to 10) and fruit and vegetables. These themes are taught through songs, games, and dances which are always a lot of fun!


The presence of a parent or carer is required during the class as their presence can help introducing French communication in the parent-child relationship.


4 years old - For non-bilingual children

Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am


As your child grows, we offer a class called French for Petits Filous where they will learn new words. During these classes we play Bingo, Twister, sing and dance, which are all fun and stimulating ways to practise vocabulary. We teach the French words for body parts, the weather, clothes and family members. Each class concludes with a story to help children link words together to form small and easy sentences.


5 to 6 years old

Saturday | 10:30am - 11:30am

During the French for Loustics class children learn vocabulary for colours, animals, food, family, and start creating basic sentences. By the end of the class, your child will have learned how to describe their family (eg. “J’ai un frère; j’ai trois sœurs”) and will be able to tell you about animals and food.


The teacher will stimulate the curiosity of your child by skilfully mixing songs, stories and games, with the goal of learning French words and sentences in an enjoyable manner.


6 to 8 years old

Wednesday | 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Non-beginners (Lascars 1 & 2 - 6 to 8 years old)


The French for Lascars class aims at providing children with new vocabulary topics such as the weather and time. They will also learn slightly more advanced grammar and start linking words together. Through songs, hand-outs and games, children will learn how to make small and precise paragraphs about the themes they have studied in class.


8 to 10 years old

Wednesday - 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Non-beginners (Petits Kiwis 8 to 10 years old)

French for Petits Kiwis is for children from 8 to 10 years old. We focus on French vocabulary and some set grammatical structures. We study different themes such as greetings, numbers, colours, animals, and actions. The textbook we use is called Alex et Zoé and kids love it! We play a lot of games too such as Bingo and Simon Says – but all in French! We also listen to CDs, sing and perform.


10 to 13 years old

Tuesday | 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Non-beginners (Juniors +)

Wednesday | 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Non-beginners (Juniors)


French for Juniors is for children aged from 10 to 13 years old. During this class, students will quickly gain confidence while conversing with a friendly teacher and their classmates. French for Juniors seeks to install good attitudes towards learning a foreign language, and the French language soon “comes alive” as students progress.


Teachers use numerous games, songs and role plays which help encourage the discovery of the French language. Great care is taken to meet the individual needs of students.


6 to 11 years old

Saturday | 11:45am - 12:45pm - Complete beginners

The introductory class is for children who are complete beginners and aged from 7 to 10 years old. During this class, students will quickly gain confidence while conversing with a friendly teacher and their classmates until the build up enough knowledge to join a non-beginner class later on.


Teachers use numerous games, songs and role plays which help encourage the discovery of the French language.

The following topics will be covered: basic greetings, introducing oneself (age, family, favourite food…).


We offer one-on-one private tuition with our qualified teachers suited to your availability and personal objectives.


Price: $65/hour for one person or $80/hour for two people – ie. $40 each.


Loyalty discount: Pay for 10 hours private tuition in advance and receive a $50 discount!