L'Alliance Française is the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. There are 1300 Alliance chapters established in 112 countries, including 140 chapters in the United States, serving 400,000 students. The Alliance Française de Washington is affiliated with the first of all Alliances, the Alliance Française de Paris, where students can register for classes all year long.
L'Alliance Française is dedicated to promoting French language and culture, and to fostering friendly relations between francophones and francophiles of all racial, national and ethnic origins. With more than 3,200 members, l'Alliance Française de Washington, DC, a non-profit, non governmental cultural and educational association, is headed by a Franco-American Board of Directors. L'Alliance Française offers a wide variety of French courses, social activities and cultural events, including lectures, concerts, films, exhibits, guided visits to museums, "wine and cheese" parties and discussion groups.
Our schedule of activities is announced in our bulletin, sent to members and students three times a year and in a weekly e-mail. In addition, our library has a collection of over 10,000 books, French newspapers, magazines, videos, DVDs and CDs, accessible for free to all members. Members can also use our dedicated computer connected to the Internet to surf on the Web.
Last, our outreach program (ABEI) reaches almost 300 children each year in public elementary schools in North East and South East DC.
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