Schools In Paris
Travel for Teens offers exceptional cultural and language immersion experiences in Paris and the South of France every summer. They believe in learning and living the language in its native context, combining classroom instruction in the morning with cultural activities every afternoon. Programs are open to all levels of French students, from beginner to advanced. Students learn the finer points of French grammar, while gaining experience in really speaking the language on the street, at the café, and in the markets. Bilingual counselors accompany the group, guiding them through France on this experience of a lifetime.
Students may choose between our French language programs in Paris or Nice, and many choose to extend their language learning experience by combining the two. In Paris, students explore the hidden nooks of the city with professional counselors, discovering those hidden bistros that only Parisians know about as well as the famous landmarks of the City of Light.
In Nice and elsewhere in the South of France, students attend language classes in the mornings while the rest of the day is free for exploring the best of the French Riviera. They can take their language skills into the charming villages of Provence and the stunning beaches of the Riviera.
Since 1984, ELFE (Ecole de Langue Française pour Etrangers) has specialized in teaching French to adults in mini-groups of 6 people or in a one-on-one setting. The school is located in the center of Paris, in a charming 19th century mansion, only 15 minutes on foot from Montmartre and the Opera Garnier. Course programs are offered year round for professionals using French in their work, students preparing for French exams (TCF, DELF), and expatriates wishing to succeed in their integration in France.
The small size of the school creates a true family atmosphere ideal for communication between students and members of staff. Thus, many opportunities to speak French either in class or after class arise thanks to the varied cultural program including theater and cinema workshops, cooking and wine tasting lessons, or excursions with a teacher in Paris. The teaching team can easily adapt to the students' specific needs and personal and professional obligations.
They can also design, if necessary, a tailor-made program. Finally, ELFE has established a reputation as place of serious study with a friendly atmosphere, ensuring that students rapidly improve their command of French. The school obtained "the quality award for French as a foreign language" by the French government and this accreditation recognizes excellence in management, administration, and teaching practice. ELFE teaches French, only French, and is proud to do so with passion and professionalism.
For further info visit www.elfe-paris.com
The Berlitz centers in France provide language and cross-cultural training while also the internet-based product, Berlitz Virtual Classroom, to provide training accessible throughout the country. The school provides language courses for companies, adults and children in addition to e-learning courses and study abroad programs for immersion in language and culture. Berlitz has 26 Language Centers in France including 13 Centers in Paris and its suburbs. Several new Language Centers are due to be opened in 2009. Berlitz also provides translation services between most languages.
For further info, visit www.berlitz.fr
Schools in the South of France
For students who want to learn how to speak French well and quickly, the immersion courses offered on the French Riviera by the Institut de Français are an ideal option. Located in the picturesque fishing village of Villefranche-sur-mer, near Nice and Monaco, the school is considered one of the most intensive and effective learning centers in the world. People from a variety of backgrounds have studied at the Institut since it was established 39 years ago; some for the pleasure of learning a new language, others with the need to speak French for business purposes.
Courses run for 8 ½ hours a day, 5 days a week, for a period of 2 to 4 weeks, and cater to beginners or advanced speakers. The day starts with students gathered in the Provençal dining room for a French breakfast including croissants and home made marmalade. From that point on and until five in the evening, only French is permitted. There is a €1 fine for anyone speaking (or even listening to) another language. The system is quite effective: within days, even beginners are speaking in French.
The program is complete and planned for maximum results, ranging from audio-visual classes, language labs, discussion-lunch, practice sessions, linguistic games, and role playing in everyday situations. These combined elements make for a rich and unforgettable French experience.
For further information, visit www.institutdefrancais.com
ISEFE welcomes students to one of the most beautiful areas of France and to one of the country’s most pleasant campuses. It is the only university institute specialising in the teaching of French as a foreign language in the Savoie region. Located in the French Alps at the crossroads of the main trans-alpine routes from Lyon to Turin and Geneva to Grenoble, the school operates in trimesters from October to June and hosts exams for the national diplomas in French: TCF, TEF, DELF and DALF. To complement its courses, ISEFE offers many cultural, sporting and recreational activities where French students and foreign visitors can meet. Summer school students will benefit from the wide range of tourist and festive activities which mark this time of year in Chambéry and Savoie. ISEFE provides housing to all students upon request.
For further information, visit www.isefe.univ-savoie.fr
Welcoming students from around the world since 1991 to French courses in the Southwest of France, Langue Onze Toulouse / TANDEM Toulouse school of French is known for exceptional quality of teaching that puts students in touch with real French language and culture. We offer intensive group and individual courses year round and course content that correspond to the official levels of the CEFR – the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Its team of experienced native teachers all have professional degrees in teaching French as a Foreign Language (FLE), and is sensitive to the expectations of each student.
The school is centrally located in the historic center of beautiful Toulouse, surrounded by winding streets, small shops and restaurants, and charming public squares with cafés made for lazy afternoons in the sun. After class and on weekends, students enjoy a wide range of organized cultural and sports activities to enliven the French experience. Named one of the world’s “10 Most Dynamic Cities” by the American magazine Newsweek, Toulouse has a long history of independence and innovation.
Strategically situated at the crossroads to the Pyrenees, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coast, Toulouse is a key location to discover Southern France and an easy jumping off point for weekend excursions to the mountains and sea, as well as to historic villages and sites in the region. Special programs include French & Dance, French & Creative Writing, and French & Hiking, among many others.
Nacel International, a 50 years old-language travel organization, offers an International Summer Camp in Lisses, France. Lisses is a small town located 30 kilometers away from Paris; this location is ideal because students have the opportunity to visit Paris and its surroundings on a daily basis, while being safely accommodated in a quiet area. Our students are hosted by carefully selected, local French families who provide a comfortable, caring “home away from home” to students.
Students attend individualized French language courses in the mornings in small groups with one teacher for 4 to 5 students. Teachers organize activities and visits on afternoons as well as full-day excursions: students discover the Eiffel Tower, Château Versailles, and the Champs-Élysées while improving French skills and discovering the French way of life. Nacel’s French and Sport Summer Camps are a “very enjoyable way to learn French,” like Pablo, a Spanish student attending the camp last year, wrote recently.
A unique feature of the camps is that students studying French interact with French teenagers who attend the same camp and study English, Spanish or German. International students are therefore immersed in French language and culture and share sports activities with friends from around the world. The summer camp offers a wide range of sports: football (soccer), tennis, basketball, or even rugby. Camps are organized in Vichy, an ideal location for sports lovers, offering high quality facilities on the university campus. While accommodated in residences, students enjoy a quiet and safe environment during their summer stay in France.
The CERAN PROVENCE center offers a cultural and linguistic immersion in France, in the heart of Provence.
Provence is an idyllic environment for an intensive French course designed to meet students’ expectations and objectives. Located near Avignon, a city with a world-renowned historical and cultural heritage, CERAN PROVENCE allows students to fully take advantage of total immersion in French.
The well-proven methodology goes through constant review for improvement and students are tutored by native French tutors – a team of qualified and motivated professionals. Teachers take students through various activities, meals, breaks, and socio-cultural events. As a result, students are constantly exposed to the language in an opportunity to efficiently improve their knowledge and facility.
In the foothills of the Pyrenées, Foix is an authentic medieval town, rich in culture, with its castle, old narrow streets, small shops and weekly market in which students can enjoy the flavors of southwest France. The small school of Valorme offers a unique linguistic and cultural one to four week program: a single group of six students maximum with courses based on oral communication and excursions with Corine, the teacher, to aid in discovery of the rich history of the region. The dramatic mountain landscapes invite weekend getaways and unforgettable hikes. Students can stay on site, in one of the four comfortable holiday studio apartments with a spectacular view of Foix castle.
IFALPES specializes in teaching French as a foreign language with two schools, Chambéry and Annecy. Every year, IFALPES welcomes hundreds of foreign students of all ages, nationalities and cultures for French courses of all levels, including teachers. IFALPES is a certified French Language center and a member of SOUFFLE. In a friendly atmosphere, our team of experienced teachers motivates the students with their innovative teaching skills and love of the language. Students can study from one week to more than a year of intensive French courses as well as discovering the culturally rich history of the Savoie region and its beautiful alpine environment.
With college-accredited language immersion summer programs for teenagers, Academic Treks takes pride in taking the path less traveled, bringing language to life as students embark on unforgettable adventures. Programs are not sightseeing trips or teen tours, but rather authentic language and cultural immersion experiences where students learn by becoming part of the remarkable places they visit.
Their goal is to make education interesting, inspiring, challenging and fun. On the French language immersion program in France, Academic Treks students cover a lot of ground. They begin in Paris, exploring the incomparable architecture, historical monuments, art and quaint neighborhoods that make the “City of Lights” one of the most spectacular in the world. They then embark on a hiking expedition through some of the most beautiful parts of the Alps to Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest and most magnificent peak.
They venture to the heart of Châteaux country for two weeks of formal language instruction in the renaissance town of Amboise, where they live with local families and do community service alongside French teenagers. Finally, they travel to France’s beautiful Atlantic coast. Students return home with amazing memories and great friends, more confident in their ability to communicate in French in a real world setting.