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The French Riviera is the second tourist region of France right after Paris. Its exceptional beauty gave it a reputation of paradise with its 300 days of sunshine per year! Nice has the advantage of an exceptional micro-climate. Although the city opens onto the sea, Nice is protected from the wind by the surrounding hills and the Estérel Mountains to the west, and the north-western barrier of the Mercantour Alps. The sea breezes give a mild climate in winter and reduce the heat in the summer. It is not unusual to lunch outdoors in the Cours Saleya in a T-shirt in February, while the rest of France is shivering in the cold!

Around Nice, many towns and villages are places of cultural and historic interests: (Antibes, Cannes, Grasse, Biot, Saint-Paul de Vence, Saint-Tropez, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Eze, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Monaco, Menton…) Nice, the Capital of the French Riviera is a lively city, with its carnival and cultural events running all year round. It is worth taking the time to discover Nice in depth: wander at random through the narrow streets of the old town and then stroll along the famous "Promenade" before entering into the heart of the city with its rich architectural and cultural heritage and its parks and gardens. Nice has a total of 19 museums and galleries, 32 classified historical monuments. (Museum of contemporary and modern art, Matisse Museum, Chagall Museum…, Palais de Justice, Palais de la Préfecture, Eglise Sainte Réparate, Place Garibaldi, Eglise Russe…)

All the cities of the French Riviera from Monaco to Cannes can be easily reached by train or bus in 30 minutes.

Nice is easily accessible by all means of transport: planes, coaches, trains and Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is the second busiest airport in France after Paris. It is linked to the main cities in Europe and North America. School The school is celebrating its 30th anniversery in 2006 and has taught French to thousands of students from over 80 countries since its foundation in 1976. We welcome students all year long at our two locations: Paris and Nice.

The school in Nice is located right in the heart of town: 15 min away form the beach, 5 min from the train station and a 10 min walk to the vieille ville, the old town. There is 17 classrooms with air conditioning and many with exterior windows that make the rooms very comfortable. You will find an excellent teaching programme, good learning facilities and a choice of cultural and leisure activities. Whatever your reasons for learning French are – work, study or leisure – you will find at the school the programme that suits your needs. Commitment to high standards of education:
- a qualified dedicated team of 40 teachers
- member of numerous quality control organisations such as Fle.fr (French as a Foreign language) and of IALC (International Assocation of Language Centers). We undergo regular quality control inspections.
- official exam preparation Flexibility:
- possibility to combine courses at our two locations, Paris and Nice
- to start by the week courses any Monday of the year from one week to one year at a more or less intensive pace of study and to enrol in long-term courses all year round Variety:
- with specialized programs: Business French, Hotel and Tourism Industry French, French Art History, French and French cuisine, Teacher Training, 50+, A la carte group programs and Internships in French companies. Service:
- an accommodation service that has a range of options
- with numerous student activities all year long
- a student service staff to make your stay the best possible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courses

General Information

Students can arrive on Saturday or Sunday. Orientation / testing usually takes place on Monday (orTuesday if Monday is a public holiday). Lessons begin after testing or the following day. All lessons are 45 minutes. Each class has 8 - 12 students per class

All courses include:

Pre-course placement test on arrival. Course certificate for students who successfully complete 90% of the course. Teaching materials (coursebook or study file). Orientation and welcome pack (including map). Access to multimedia study centre Free access to e-mail and access to internet.

The teaching of French as a Foreign Language is focused on the learner and his/her linguistic “needs”. Our professors use for their courses modern and dynamic manuals of French as a Foreign Language. Pedagogy is suited to each student: some students can be in two different groups according to their skills in grammar and communication. Therefore, the organizer-teacher remains tuned and makes the progression flexible in the learning.

The teaching links closely several pedagogical notions and principles:

focus on the learner, development of learning autonomy (learning to learn), a constant and rigorous progression, notion of pleasure and long term learning motivation.

Examples of various activities offered to reach this communicative goal:

Analysis of video documents and oral and written production, Listening of audio tapes on various topics (testimonies, interviews, dialogues...) Comparative studies of news on the radio/TV/newspapers, magazines Reading of an article or book extracts and summary with personal vocabulary, Creative and entertaining exercises starting form literary texts, Simulations and role plays, Intercommunicative entertaining activities.

The class is based on four skills:

Oral comprehension / Oral expression Written comprehension / Written expression

All courses prepare for the DELF exams:

D.E.L.F. Diploma of studies in the French Language, first degree (4 units, A1, A2, A3, A4) and second degree (level 2) (units A5 and A6), awarded by the Ministry of National Education. This exam consists of written and oral tests.

Standard Course (20 lessons per week)

Semi-intensive course for adults. 20 lessons per week covering all areas of general French including: grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening and DELF exam preparation. From Monday to Friday from 8:45 - 12:45.

Example of a class of 20 lessons:

The class is built as follows:

Each student gets at least 3 hours per day of class in a group of 8 to 12 people. The class is divided in two parts:

On the first period, the lesson is focused on an oral or written document from which the teacher points out a grammatical structure that will be systematized by oral or written exercises either in a small group or in a large group or by the analysis of a video document enabling to practise and integrate the structure or vocabulary. The use of a grammar book will sometimes be helpful to offer theoretical explanations and practise exercises.

The second period is a creative or communicative session with simulation, role plays, writing of scenarios, investigations, search for arguments to debate, etc.

Available all year Weekly start dates (except for beginners) Minimum age - 16 Maximum class size - 12

Group courses are available for all levels from beginner to proficiency. Each course starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday. The minimum course length is one week. There is no maximum length.

Intensive Course (30 lessons per week)

Same course contents as Standard course (also DELF exam preparation) but 30 lessons / week = 20 lessons in the morning + 10 lessons in the afternoon of oral and written communication. From Monday to Friday from 8:45 - 12:45 and every other day from 13:45 to 15:15 and 15:30 to 17:00

Available all year Weekly start dates (except for beginners) Minimum age - 16 Maximum class size - 12

Group courses are available for all levels from beginner to proficiency. Each course starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday. The minimum course length is one week. There is no maximum length.

Super-Intensive Course (40 lessons per week)

Highly intensive course meant for short term programs with speedy progress. 40 lessons / week = 20 lessons in the morning + 20 lessons in the afternoon of oral and written communication. From Monday to Friday from 8:45 - 12:45 and 13:45 to 17:00, only available in the summer from 06/06/06 to 25/08/06.

50+ Mature Students Course (15 lessons per week)

For people over 50, the programme offers the opportunity to:

refresh and improve their French visit the South of France and places of cultural and historical interests learn more about French culture meet people of similar interests enjoy Provencal "art de vivre" cuisine, wine, perfume, villages, and Art with Matisse and Picasso

2 sessions:

07/05/06-20/05/06 01/10/06-14/10/06

General French courses + activities

15 lessons per week (22 hours and a half for 2 weeks) - 5 levels available: elementary, intermediate 1, intermediate 2, advanced, proficiency

Course schedule

9:15 – 12:00 from Monday to Friday 30 min coffee / tea break

Activities

All activities are held in the afternoon. The programme includes guided excursions to interesting towns with a France Langue guide and a discovery of South of France cuisine. Saturday’s excursion is a whole day tour without any France Langue guide however all the arrangements will be made for you by the school. One free afternoon is scheduled to give you time for shopping and sightseeing on your own.

The schedule may be subject to changes according to the weather and transportation schedules

Week 1

Monday Guided tour of the old town Tuesday Saint-Paul de Vence Wednesday Cooking class, tasting of provençal products and wine Thursday Monaco Friday Free afternoon Saturday St Tropez (marché provençal) Sunday Free

Week 2

Monday Guided tour of Cimiez and Matisse Museum Tuesday Cooking class, preparation of provençal dishes Wednesday Eze (village + Fragonnard perfumery) Thursday Antibes Friday Wine and cheese French + French Cuisine Cooking (10 lessons per week)

Learn French and how to make delicious French dishes!

Students will learn how to prepare typical French dishes in a very pleasant atmosphere, easing spontaneous conversation. Dishes are chosen according to the season and the local products available on the outside markets, therefore they will bear very often a “Mediterranean touch”. Mediterranean cuisine is well known for its flavor and beneficial effects on health. The course starts at the market and finishes at the table!

For all levels in French

Shop in open markets while using French and dealing with the French. Prepare the recipe of the day, specially selected to be easily made again when back home. Enjoy meals made and when appropriate with wine.

The different steps of the course:

Classes of 10 lessons (7h30) per week divided in two parts:

(1)One morning (8:45-12:45) chosen according to the language course:

reading of the recipes of the week (recipes are selected in order for students to be able to make them again once back at home) study of vocabulary shopping of fresh products on markets or grocery stores preparation of a first course (for instance quiche lorraine (the true one !), gratinée à l’oignon, flan de tomates aux herbes de Provence…), of a main course (poulet basquaise, blanquette de veau, canard à l’orange…) of accompanying vegetables (ratatouille niçoise, gratin dauphinois, courgettes à l’étuvée…) tasting and eating !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2) One afternoon (13:45-16:45):

preparation of desserts with different themes: for instance: chocolate (soufflé, chocolate mousse, charlotte…), desserts from Brittany, desserts from Provence, cookies, crêpes suzette… tasting and eating!

All along the class, students learn the vocabulary of the recipes, grammatical points (how to express quantity, the imperative, the infinitive...). They will study the origins of the dishes through cultural and historical notes. The teachers will also introduce culinary specialties of the French regions.

The “French and French cuisine” programme is for all levels (from beginner to proficiency). Classes are taught by the language teachers, amateur cooks. The dishes prepared are simple enough to be redone easily back at home. They are at everyone’s level.

Registration for 1 to 10 weeks. / Number of students per class : 1 to 6 persons

back to top Starting Dates Every Monday, except Certificate Course and Special Courses and Beginner Courses in Nice Beginner courses in Nice start: 02/01/06, 30/01/06, 27/02/06, 03/04/06, 02/05/06, 06/06/06, 17/07/06, 31/07/06, 14/08/06, 04/09/06, 02/10/06, 30/10/06,27/11/06.
• 40 lessons per week only from 06/06/06 to 25/08/06 Minimum Duration is 1 week for all 20, 30, 40 lessons per week courses

Notes on entry dates:

The following days are public holidays and the school is closed: 14th and 17th of April, 1st and 8th of May, 14th of July, 15th of August 2006 The school is in Nice closed for Christmas vacation will be closed from 16/12/2005 to 02/01/2006 Activities + Excursions

The school organizes many cultural and social activities to complement French courses. The activities can take place at school (lectures, buffets, parties…) or outside (guided tours of museums, guided tours of the city or surrounding towns, dinners at restaurants…)

Example of cultural activities organized during the low season in Nice in 2005:

Dec. 2nd: “Aperitif” in the old town and discussion Dec. 4th: Guided tour of Eze Village Dec. 9th: Jazz concert at a bar + discussion Dec. 11th: Guided tour of Eze Dec. 15th: Christmas party at the school Jan 6th: Guided tour of Nice Jan 12th: Epiphany feast at the school: tasting of “galettes de rois & couronnes des rois” Jan 19th: Tasting of culinary specialities from Nice in a restaurant of the old town Jan 27th: Wine and cheese party at the school Feb 2nd: Dinner at a restaurant of “crêpes” Feb 12th: Guided tour of Eze Village Feb 17th: Jazz concert at a bar + discussion Mar 6th: Napoleon in Golfe Juan Mar 10th: Bowling Mar 16th: Guided tour of Palais Lascaris in Nice Mar 28th: Visit of a botanic Park with Easter festivities Mar 31st: Potery painting Apr 3rd: Guided tour of Cimiez and Matisse Museum Apr 6th: Guided tour of St Paul de Vence and Fondation Maeght Apr 11th: Guided tour of Nice and the old town Apr 14th: Guided tour of Eze and Fragonnard Perfumery Apr 20th: “Aperitif” in the old town and discussion Apr 23rd: Guided tour of Villefranche

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Medical Insurance

EU students must bring a valid E111 form to qualify for free medical treatment (charges for medicine apply). Medical insurance for students of other nationalities is recommended (available on request).

Transportation

Nice is easily accessible by all means of transport: planes, coaches, trains and Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is the second busiest airport in France after Paris. It is linked to the main cities in Europe and North America. The airport is 8 kms away from the centre of town. A regular bus service takes passengers to the centre of town and train station (every 30 min) for 3,50 €.

The school can also organize transfers for students any time of the day or night for 25 € (one way).

City buses

Most places are easily accessible from the school on foot. The city is very well served by public transport. A one way ticket costs 1,30 €. (Tickets are sold in buses)

Trains and buses

All towns of the Riviera and of the hinterland are easily reached either by train or bus. (For instance there are trains every half hour to Cannes, Monaco….)

Sports and leisure

You will find it very easy to practise your favourite sport in Nice. You can register in different clubs for a week, a month or more. Nice is also the place to practise scuba diving and snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing, sailboard…all kinds of water sport. The Alps are only one hour from Nice thus you can ski whenever you would like. If you like hiking, you will be happy to see all the paths of the littoral and of the hinterland.

Food

The cuisine from the South East of France is very rich and tasty, made of olive oil, odorous herbs, garlic and aromatic flavours. You will discover aioli (dish made of fish, potatoes, vegetables and garlic mayonnaise), anchoïade (mashed anchovies with olive oil and capers), boeuf en daube (beef cooked in a very savoury sauce with red wine, onions, herbs…), farcis niçois (stuffed vegetables), gnocchi, olives, pissaladière (kind of pizza covered with onions, anchovies, olives), socca (kind of pancake made with chick peas flour), ratatouille niçoise (a dish of vegetables cooked in water and olive oil), lemons from Menton, oranges, candied fruits…

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