Rochester Education

Alliance Française is delighted to offer French classes in Rochester beginning May 6, 2017!

Minneapolis – Alliance Française will offer three six-week class sessions each year in in Rochester, beginning May 6 at the 125 LIVE center for active adults, located at 125 Elton Hills Drive NW.  Course offerings include two levels and a book club.

Alliance Française is the only French cultural center in the state of Minnesota, based in the North Loop area of Minneapolis.  It was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1975 and offers French classes to more than 1,000 students each year.  Additionally, Alliance Française organizes more than 100 cultural events each year and offers a library of French books, magazines and films for the community to borrow.

In 2015, due to overwhelming support and demand from the local community Alliance Française Minneapolis/St Paul (AFMSP) launched cultural programming in Rochester with a Bastille Day festival on the Peace Plaza, which attracted 500 attendees. AFMSP then began offering two events each month, an informal French conversation group, Petit Dej and Ciné Club, a French film screening at the Rochester Public Library.

Since beginning programming in Rochester, AFMSP has developed many partnerships in the area including the Mayo Clinic, Rochester Community & Technical College, Tessa’s Office, Grand Rounds Brewery, Fox 47 News, People’s Food Co-op and more. These events and partnerships have revealed the enthusiasm of the local community for cultural offerings and their desire for additional opportunities to speak and learn French.

According to the US Census Bureau 15,000 people speak French in Minnesota. Rochester has the sixth highest population of French speakers in the state.

Conversation will be based on current events topics. For students with extensive French experience, for example, can use the conditional, imparfait, subjonctif etc….

Wednesdays, 1-3 pm, for a duration of 6 weeks.


For students with some French experience, for example, can use the present tense, passé compose, etc… Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm or Saturday from 10 am-12 pm, for a duration of 6 weeks.


Let an AF instructor guide you through a book in French. The novel Le collier rouge by award-winning contemporary author Jean-Christophe Rufin is the mysterious story of the consequences of WWI in a small French village.  For students with extensive French experience.

Wednesday May 10 and June 14 from 3:30-5 pm. 2 sessions



These classes will be in French and will take place at 125 LIVE, the center for active adults, located at 125 Elton Hills Drive NW Rochester, MN 55901.

For more information and for registration please consult our website , or contact us at 612 332 0436.



  • Life program at Rochester Community and technical College

We are also pleased to continue our partnership with the LIFE program at Rochester Community and Technical College. Our workshop about La politique en France will be led by AF instructor Damien Sadrant. This class will be in English, no French experience required.

For more information consult the website Rochester Community and technical College

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Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
227 Colfax Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Tel: 612 332 0436

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