Launch of the only official Alliance française in Colombo : AF de KOTTE

The Alliance Française de Kotte (AF de Kotte) is Sri Lanka’s newest French language and cultural organisation.


Affiliated to the Foundation Alliance Française in Paris and enjoying the full patronage of the Government of France and the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka, the AF de Kotte joins the ranks of the other official Alliance Francaise Centres in Kandy, Matara/Galle and Jaffna, offering French language classes to all age groups.


The Délégué Général of the Paris-based Foundation Alliance Française Mr. Bertrand Dufieux who also functions as the Director of the AF de Kotte says, “The Foundation Alliance Française is delighted to re-establish its more than half a century old Franco-Sri Lankan language and cultural co-operation in the capital city. We have no other official branch in Colombo. The AF de Kotte thus fills a vacuum as the French language teaching centre in Sri Lanka’s capital city. With the full backing from France, and with numerous inquiries already from hundreds of Sri Lankans from all walks of life, I have no doubt of the success of the AF Kotte as the leading French language teaching institution in Colombo”.


The Alliance Française de Kotte which will also host the Délégué Général (General Delegate) of Alliance Française in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, will play a key role in the bilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka, the Maldives and France in the fields of promoting, training and teaching the French language as well as in the field of cultural activities.


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Classes :


In keeping with its endeavor to reach out to as many Sri Lankans as possible in Colombo and surrounding areas, the AF de Kotte will offer wide ranging language classes at three different locations in the city in co-operation with Sri Lankan and European educational partners such as the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) at the BMICH, Lyceum International School Nugegoda and the Goethe Institute in Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07.


Enrolments for the new term commence on 03 May 2010 and will be done at the office of the AF de Kotte at 139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 05. Tel : 2581715.



The AF de Kotte will also organise and supervise examinations for internationally recognised DELF/DALF Diplomas according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a system of validation of language ability.
The six reference levels, A1-A2, B1-B2, C1-C2, are accepted everywhere in the world as the European standard for grading language proficiency.


In the field of general language training, certificates only issued by the AF de Kotte, AF de Kandy, AF de Matara/Galle and AF de Jaffna will be duly recognised by the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka for those wishing to pursue higher studies in France. 

Teacher Training :


As part of our ongoing endeavor to offer the best language methods and skills to our students in Sri Lanka, our teachers will continue to be trained every year within the same framework.
Under the auspices of the Embassy of France, teachers at the AF de Kotte, as well as teachers from the AF network in Sri Lanka are regularly trained by visiting French specialists in the teaching of French as a foreign language.


At the same time, students of the AF de Kotte will be able to take part in competitions and win trips to France, where they will be able to strengthen their skills in French while also getting a first-hand experience of French life, living and culture. 


139, Jawatte road, Colombo 5

Tel : 2581715

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Director : Betrand Dufieux

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Dernière modification : 20/07/2011

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