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Different formulae - Standard programme

MORNING : common programme for all formulae

3h45’ of structured teaching in small groups with fellow students at your own level (3 to 6 per group), including :

  • Various activities and scenarios to enable you to learn how to express yourself with fluency in everyday situations or in the workplace.
  • Practice in French grammatical concepts, through oral and written exercises and through activities and games.
  • A focus on current affairs and French culture, through the use of press articles and recordings, in order to enrich your vocabulary, improve your comprehension and stimulate discussion.
  • "Mini workshops" at the end of the morning session, in which you can chose to reflect your personal interests or needs : these include revision of verb forms, listening to radio transmissions, exercises to improve your written French, debates, and pronunciation practice.


AFTERNOONS : choice of 2 programmes

The teaching methods are different, but the objective remains the same - to immerse you in the French language and culture. Choose your formula at the time you book your course; your choice will be valid during the entire period of your stay.

. 1st formula : L'INTENSIF
Intensive formula to learn French

In the afternoon, a further 2h15 class comprised of a linguistic theme workshop. In total : 6 hours of structured courses per day and 6 hours of informal practice.

Who is this for ?

This is the option for those people who want to continue with structured study of French during the afternoons as well as the mornings.

Objective

To help you get to know different aspects of French culture, to help you express yourself more skillfully and to give you the ability to take part in discussions in French with more confidence.


Some examples of afternoon theme-based workshops

Intensive formula to learn French
  • "La presse" : a selection of articles on issues of the day, summarising, presenting the arguments, discussion and debate.
  • "La Provence et ses écrivains " : discovering French authors by studying short extracts from their works, pictures or films.
  • "Compréhension orale" : listening to interviews, conversations, speeches and songs; discussion on themes raised.

Other examples include "Expression orale", "La grammaire par le jeu", "Société française actuelle", "Expression théâtrale" - and much more. Each year we introduce new workshops. Each course, participants will be able to find workshops which relate to their own interests and their own level of proficiency in French.

Free time

Before and after the tutored sessions you will have time both to study and to relax. You'll be able to go for walks or borrow our bikes or simply take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. We also arrange regular transport to get you to the neighbouring village. The teaching staff will willingly give you information and, if necessary, ideas to help you make the most of your free time. Detailed maps are available.

Formula L’INTENSIF – Number of hours of French classes per week

Common program (°)
all formulae
French classes in the afternoonPrivate tuition
optional
Total number of classesInformal practice of French
meals, evening activities with the teachers
Total hours of French immersion
formula L'INTENSIF

between 55 and 60 h
20h9h/29h25 to 30h
20h9h1 ½ h30 ½ h25 to 30h
(°) Included 3h30 on Monday morning: assessment test, speaking abilities during the presentation, understanding skills during the visit of the site.

. 2nd formula : A LA CARTE

A varied programme of excursions and activities to discover the area and to practice French in an informal setting along with a teacher or guest-speaker. 2h15 to 4 hours per activity. In total : 3h 45’ of structured courses and 8 hours of informal practice every day.

Who is this for ?

This option is designed particularly for people who want to learn to communicate in French in more informal ways, whilst maximising the chance to enjoy all that Provence can offer.

Objective

To help you to overcome the obstacles which stop you speaking French with ease. To allow you to practice your French in real-life situations and to enable you to discover this region of France which is so special to us.

Afternoons "A la carte"

Afternoons will allow you to practise your French in real-life situations and to enable you to discover this region of France which is so special to us, so that your language course will also be an unforgettable holiday.
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Some examples of "A la carte" activities

  • "Canoë" : paddle the peaceful waters of the Verdon river in canoes, and admire the magnificent scenery of the Verdon gorges.
  • "Visite de l'Occitane" : a guided visit to the factory of the well-known natural cosmetics company, located at Manosque.
  • "Randonnée" : walk through the fields from the monastery to arrive at the town of Moustiers-Ste-Marie.
  • "Atelier gravure" : learn engraving techniques from a local artist.

And also : cycling, a cooking class with our chef, discover our regional wines with a wine expert, meet a truffle producer and find out the secrets of the "black gold", ... There are plenty of choices !

Formula A LA CARTE – Number of hours of French classes per week

Common program(°)
all formulae
Private tuition
optional
Total number of classesInformal practice of French during the afternoon activitiesInformal practice of French
meals, evening activities with the teachers
Total hours of French immersion
formula A LA CARTE

between 60 and 65 h
20h/20h15h25 to 30h
20h1 ½ h21 ½ h15h25 to 30h
(°) Included 3h30 on Monday morning: assessment test, speaking abilities during the presentation, understanding skills during the visit of the site.


To both of the above electives, the option "private tuition" can be added in the afternoon.


REMINDER : our courses are not meant for beginners. Participants need to have acquired a level in French ranging from elementary to advanced according to the CEFR, Common European Framework of Reference. This comes down to level A2 in the process of being acquired to C1, for speaking abilities and understanding skills. If you have the slightest doubt about your own knowledge of French, please contact us for a test through Skype.



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