"Alter ego" is a five-level course for 15+ beginners that puts the student at the centre of an active learning process. A variety of real-life situations are used to create interaction, leading to the acquisition of effective communicative skills. The authentic tasks included throughout the course require continuous and shared evaluation of the students' progress, and promote the other key objective of the course, namely autonomous development. "Alter ego" is fully compliant with the CEFR. Its texts and graphics have been chosen with imagination, to ignite a real interest in French society and the French-speaking world.