We have many years of experience in advising students on French courses, and we frequently hear from students who have in the past either struggled to learn French, or have simply not enjoyed the learning process. Our experience is that when those students take a course in a French-speaking country, they gain a renewed passion for the language, and make much more progress than they previously thought possible! This is why we believe that if you want to learn French, the best way to do so is on a total immersion French course in a Francophone country! Our schools are located throughout France, Canada and the beautiful Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
You can learn French in the fashionable capital city, Paris; in beautiful beach locations such as Nice, Cannes and Antibes; in historic small towns or in large, vibrant cities! If you are interested in French cuisine, you may like to take a ‘French and Cooking’ course in Lyon, home of the famous bouchons. Or perhaps you would like to combine your French course with some skiing, in which case a course in Chamonix or Annecy would be a great choice for you! With our wide range of locations and courses, we are sure to find the right match for you.
Whichever location you choose, you will study at one of our high-quality specialist language schools, and will be taught by native French speakers who hold both a university degree and a qualification in teaching French as a foreign language. Class sizes are small, meaning that teachers are able to provide lots of individual attention.
In addition to your French course, most of our schools also offer fantastic cultural activities programmes, which are designed to give you further opportunities to practice your French outside of the classroom, find out more about the local area and culture, and meet your fellow students!
Our French schools in Canada are located in Francophone Quebec City, and in Montreal, the largest bilingual city in the world. These cities are both wonderful locations in which to study French, not only as they are spectacular in their own right, but also as a base from which to explore the rest of this incredibly diverse country.
Our school in Guadeloupe is located in the beautiful seaside town of Sainte Anne, just 50 metres from one of the most stunning beaches on the island! Sainte Anne is also just 30 minutes from the capital, Pointe-à-Pitre. This idyllic Caribbean location really is the perfect place to learn French and relax.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to learn French, we will be able to offer a course which meets your particular needs. Most students opt for a ‘Semi-Intensive’, ‘Intensive’ or ‘Super-Intensive’ course, as this is option concentrates on improving your overall level of the language. We also offer private lessons, which you can take as a stand-alone course, or combined with group lessons. Private lessons allow you to tailor the course to meet your specific requirements, and therefore are a good option if you wish to focus on any particular aspect of the language.
We also offer a wide range of ‘special interest’ courses, for those who wish to combine French lessons with an additional activity, such as cooking lessons, surfing, skiing or golf.
We offer courses for students who wish to study exclusively with other students of a similar age, such as our ‘Club 50+’ courses (for students over the age of 50 years) and our courses for young students (under 18 years). Both of these types of course normally combine language lessons with activities.
Students preparing for their GCSE, A-level, Irish Leaving Certificate or International Baccalaureate exams can take any of our courses (that are suitable for their age) as they will take a level test on arrival at the school, ensuring that the course will be suitable for their level. However, if they do wish to improve their overall level and receive further tuition on the skills required to pass the exams, then they may like to consider taking one of our ‘Exam Preparation’ courses.
‘Exam Preparation’ courses are also offered for those wishing to prepare themselves fully for the DELF/DALF exams.
We are often asked which is the best accommodation option and, to tell the truth, this really is down to personal preferences. Certainly, host family accommodation is the best option from a linguistic point of view because it does give more exposure to the language. Students staying in this type of accommodation will also have a wonderful insight into the French culture. This type of accommodation is generally offered on a bed and breakfast, half or full board basis.
If you prefer to stay with other students, then a shared apartment or student residence may be more suited to you. Please do bear in mind that, although these accommodation types are comfortable and of a good standard, they are fairly basic and so do tend to be most popular with younger students (i.e. those in their twenties).
Studio apartment accommodation is the most independent option, as it offers a private bathroom and kitchenette.