To really enjoy your time in Paris it is essential that you learn at least some of the basics of the French language. You may opt for one of the many language schools in Paris or for a private teacher. Here is a list of the most popular schools and some advice on choosing the right one for your learning style.
Learning French and French Language Schools
Schools offer various programs and teaching methods for different levels of French language. When choosing a school you should ask them the following questions to be sure that you get the best learning environment for you. If you have the time it can be worth taking a residential French immersion course to realy help kick start you appreciation of French culture.
1) What is the average number of students per class? - Higher numbers will allow you to meet more people but will limit the amount of one-on-one time with your tutor.
2) Cost of the programs - programs run for varing periods and you should find out if you are able to test a class before you commit to spending your money - few offer refunds. Good language schools will offer a free trial.
3) Do they have an assessment exam? - Most schools should test your ability to ensure they place you in a class at the right level. You don't want to be wasting your time and money!
4) What is the timetable? Make sure you can attend the classes - there are intense programs, evening classes, weekend classes at the better schools. Get the right level of intensity - can you really cope with 7 hours a day of solid French?
There are many advertisements for private french tuition in the classifieds. Unfortunately not all of the teachers are professionals so you need to take care when choosing a private teacher. Always ask for a free trial and to speak to other students to make sure that the teacher is right for you. One of the benefits of private teachers is that they will often come to your home although you may pay a slight premium for this. Prices per hour vary as much as the quality.
French Immersion Couses (Residential)
Immersion courses for adults
An efficient way of learning French and experiencing French provencal culture.
French Language Schools in Paris
|Institute de Langue Française
3, Ave Bertie Albrecht
(M) Charles de Gualle Etoile
Tel: 01 45 63 24 00
New classes start each Monday.
Language courses, evening classes, civilisation, phoenetics, literature, grammar.
71 bis rue de Vaugirard
Tel: 01 42 22 01 98
Professional environment with multimedia facilities.
Small groups (max 4 People), individual lessons available, all levels, in the Latin Quarter.
101 Bd Raspail
Tel: 01 42 84 90 00
General French, all levels, business French, French for hotel & tourism, Legal French. Tailored classes on request: one-to-one, them classes (fashion, cooking...) Homestay program (cinema, lectures, library, bookstore, restaurant).
1) Berlitz Champs-Elysées:
35 ave Franklin Roosevelt
Tel: 01 40 74 00 17
2) Berlitz Opera:
38 ave de l'Opera
Tel: 01 44 94 50 00
Intensive groups - 3 hours/day, max 6 people per group.
9 rue du Chateau d'Eau
Tel: 01 42 00 00 24
Intensive course:20 hrs/week
7 rue Duvergier
Tel: 01 40 05 92 42
French for Foreigners, business French, English, Spanish and Arabic.
28 rue Vignon
(M) Madeleine, Havre Caumartin
Tel: 01 42 68 10 07
Flexible enrollment, evening classes, cultural and leisure activities.
Small groups (max 14 people).
34 rue de Trévise
(M) Grands Boulevards or Cadet
Tel: 01 42 46 70 19
Total immersion in French language and culture. Morning, evening or Saturday courses. French cuisine, wine and cheese tasting courses.
Langue Onze Paris
8, Rue Blanche
(M) Trinité/ RER: Auber
Tel: 01 42 85 19 45
31 rue Etienne Marcel
(M) Les Halles
Tel: 01 42 36 31 51
Small classes (max 6).
Focus on communication skills. Admission every Monday.
87 Bd de Grenelle
(M) La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle
Tel: 01 40 56 09 53
Start a class any Monday. 10, 20 or 30 hrs/week.
Max 12 people per group. Bonus: 1.5hrs/week of 'civilisation' class.
|Ecole des Roches
6 rue Spinoza
Tel: 01 53 36 16 96
New classes each Monday, free trial, multimedia lab.
Also, arts programme inc. painting, drawing, sculpting.
|Académie Française de l'Opera
10 rue de Chaussée d'Antin
(M) Opera, Bourse, Auber, Richelieu
Tel: 01 45 23 30 01
10-15 people per group, evening classes, free internet, school parties & fun.
Business French, conversation, grammar & writing, vocabulary & idioms.
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