Septembre 2018

Cher/e Community Member,

This September at the Alliance Française d'Adélaïde: the City to Bay, new books available in our library, preparation for the upcoming DELF exams, and Term 4 is already in our sights!

En septembre, à l’Alliance Française d’Adélaïde : une course, de nouveaux livres pour la bibliothèque, la préparation du DELF et déjà le 4ème trimestre en ligne de mire.

At the Alliance Française this month:

11th Pacific Francophone Forum

The Alliance Francaise will take part in the 11th Pacific Francophone Forum. Held in Port Vila in Vanuatu, 5-8 September, the Forum will be focusing on the themes of: 'learning French in a multilingual context' and 'climate change education'.

Learn more here


DELF Information Night

All teachers of French are invited to an information session about DELF/DALF at the Alliance Française d’Adélaïde on Thursday, 13 September from 6:15pm.

If you are a teacher and are interested in attending the information session, please enrol online here


City to Bay - Team AF

Join the Alliance Française and the Sammy D Foundation on Sunday, 16th September, to raise awareness of bullying and violence. You can run or walk the distance of your choice while practising your French with the AF team and other students.

For more information, contact Bastien or Arnaud.


SAFTA - AF Competition

Eleven schools are currently taking part in the Alliance Française–SAFTA French Competition for school students learning French.

The papers will be due on Monday, 17 September before being marked to determine the winners of the competition.


Ciné-club - 2 automnes 3 hivers

Wednesday, 19 September - 6:15pm
Alliance Française, 319 Young St, Wayville

For this month's Ciné-club, we will be screening 2 automnes 3 hivers, a 2013 French rom-com about Arman, 33, who is ready to make a change and starts running in the park, literally bumping into Amélie.

Ciné-club is for members and students. To book, please email us at by Monday, 17 September. Subtitles will be in English.


Club de Lecture - Le berceau du monde

Wednesday, 26 September - 6:30pm
Alliance Française, 319 Young St, Wayville

For this month's Club de Lecture, the club will be discussing Le berceau du monde by Fady Stephan, a lyrical and poetic epic about Lebanon, cradle of the world filled with thousand-year-old legends.

Club de Lecture is for members and students to help develop your reading and comprehension skills. Please contact Laureline for more information.


Student and Parent Representatives

Students of the Alliance Française now have two representatives: Vanessa Matthews, for the adult students, and Cécile Chambon, for parents of our kid and teen students.

As an alternative pathway to providing feedback, please feel free to contact them if you have anything to share about the courses or the Alliance Française. Vanessa and Cécile will meet regularly with Laurent, our director, to discuss any issues or concerns.

Don't Miss Out on Our Term 4 Earlybird Special!

Earlybird Discount for Term 4, 15 October – 15 December.
Enrol by Monday, 10 September and get a 5% discount on course fees!
We offer an extensive range of classes for all ages, levels and needs.
Contact us at 8272 4281, by email at, or enrol online.

Year 11 & 12 SACE/IB Holiday Intensive

Registration for our Year 11 and 12 Intensive course is now open.
The course is for students studying Year 11 or 12 SACE or IB French
and are looking for additional preparation. It will help them brush up on
their grammar, listening, comprehension, and written and oral skills.
Perfect as final exams approach!

Monday, 8 to Friday, 12 October, 10am to 1pm.

Information and Registration:
Email Reception, enrol online, or call us on 8272 4281

Final Registration for DELF PRIM & JUNIOR

The DELF is an official French proficiency diploma for children
aged 7-12 (Prim) and for teenagers aged 12-17 (Junior).
No prior test or certification is needed and your results are valid for life!
Contact us as soon as possible about registering to be best prepared
for the DELF exams.

Prim: Tuesday, 16 October – Thursday, 18 October
(registration closes 24 September)
Junior: Tuesday, 23 October – Friday, 26 October
(registration closes 8 October)

Information and Registration:
Online, email Reception, or call us on 8272 4281

Registration for DELF & DALF
(Adult Students)

The DELF and DALF are official French proficiency diplomas for
adult students in levels A1 to C2. No prior test or certification is needed
and your results are valid for life!

Contact us as soon as possible about registering to be
best prepared for the DELF and DALF exams.

Wednesday, 7 November – Tuesday, 13 November
(Registration opens 24 September and closes 29 October)

Information and Registration:
Online, email Reception, or call us on 8272 4281

This month, we interview Rebecca Howie from Irregular Endings,
supplier of the fabulous French-language themed greeting cards and
notepads now available for purchase at Reception.

What is Irregular Endings?
Irregular Endings is a small creative business based in Melbourne and we make printed goods for language lovers, language learners and those who have a personal connection to a language other than English. At the moment, our range includes a selection of calendars, notepads, greeting cards and tote bags.

What is the inspiration behind Irregular Endings?
I started Irregular Endings with my husband, Chris, in 2015. It really came out of a desire to bring other languages into our own lives. Like most Australians, our lives are very much dominated by English but we had both studied languages before and we had just started taking some German classes. To help us with our vocabulary, we started making some flash cards and I had a few friends ask if we could translate them into languages that they were learning (French, Italian and Spanish). Then I started playing around with some greeting card designs just for fun and it all just grew from there!

Who is your favourite designer/artist?
There are so many designers and artists that I love! At the moment, I am very inspired by the work of London-based illustrator Paul Thurlby and Paris-based illustrator Agathe Sorlet, who both create bold and colourful artwork that finds real beauty in simplicity.

If you would to see more from Irregular Endings,
go to their website, Facebook or Instagram.

Palace Films - Custody

One of the most astonishing film debuts in recent memory, Xavier Legrand’s heart-stopping drama charts a family’s struggles with the fallout of divorce, and the resulting arrangements for (and impact on) the two children. Custody returns to Palace Nova this September.

For your chance to WIN one of 10 DOUBLE PASSES, valid for the advanced screening weekend, 21-23 September at Palace Nova Eastend, just email us with an answer to this question: What is your favourite French drama film? Competition closes 16 September.


AF Library - New Books

We will have some new French novels that will be available to borrow from the Library in September.
New books at the library will include:
  • L’Archipel du chien by Philippe Claudel
  • Fief by David Lopez
  • Les rêveurs by Isabelle Carré
  • Massacre des innocents by Marc Biancarelli
  • Entrez dans la danse by Jean Teulé
  • Acide sulfurique by Amélie Nothomb
  • and many more!

Read more about the library here.


What have the French ever done for us?
- French cinema

Why is French cinema important?
This is the question that French cinema expert
Phil Powrie will address in a talk that will be of
interest to all cinemaphiles.

Thursday, 6 September, 6-7pm.
More information here


What have the French ever done for us? - French-Australian relations

This lecture will argue that the role of France and the French in Australia’s growth to nationhood deserves closer attention that it has received to date.

Thursday, 27 September, 6-7pm.
More information here



Life is a very strange thing

Australian filmmakers, Les McLaren and
Annie Stiven, present their documentary on
contemporary French life titled
"Life is  a very strange thing".
An intriguing, funny and cinematic portrait by
an outsider with questions of what it is to be
French in the 21st century.

The film will be released via DVD and streaming
in the next month, watch the trailer
or preorder the DVD here.

Encounter Celebration Dinner

Held on Saturday, 20 October from 6:30pm, the Encounter Celebration Organisation will host a gourmet meal combining the best of Fleurieu Peninsula produce, with dishes inspired by both English & French culinary traditions in honour of Baudin and Flinders' 1802 Encounter.

Registration closes Friday, 28 September.
Buy tickets here



Adelaide University French Club - L'Importance d'Etre Constant

The Adelaide University French Club is proud to present its 2018 production,
L'Importance d'être Constant
, a French adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic
'The Importance of Being Earnest: a trivial comedy for serious people'.

We have ONE DOUBLE PASS to give away, so keep your eye out on
our Facebook page for competition details.

Performances will be held Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 September, at Little Theatre,
University of Adelaide with 1pm matinee and 7pm evening performances.
For tickets and more information, go to the event website here.