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FRENCH STUDY GUIDE 2015 A TOUR AROUND THE SCHOOLS


room and all meals. The cost of Programme C (private, individual lessons) is €3,875 per week. ● Château Correnson, 30150 Saint-Geniès-de-Comolas +33 4 66 50 22 05


www.millefeuille-provence.com Millefeuille Provence’s small groups, of two to four students, ensure total immersion


MILLEFEUILLE PROVENCE, SAINT-GENIÈS-DE-COMOLAS IMAGINE LIVING at a 17th century château, surrounded by vineyards and lavender fields, in the south of France. That’s exactly what’s on the menu at Millefeuille Provence, a small language school that’s recognised for its warm hospitality and high-quality teaching. There’s a beautiful pool and terrace, so you might be tempted to kick back and relax, but this is a learning vacation, with a focus on French immersion. The group size is quite small – two to four students – and classes take place from 9am until 5.30pm. There are two 90-minute periods each morning, and three hour-long afternoon time slots. The beginning of each course starts on Sunday, with an evaluation on Monday morning to determine each student’s level. The courses are then adapted to individual needs.


The students, who are aged between 30 and 65, come from diverse backgrounds. Millefeuille Provence hosts business leaders, professionals, recent university graduates, retirees and diplomats alike. Everyone is accommodated on-site in single, en-suite bedrooms.


Meals provide another opportunity to practise French and learn about the culture. Three times a week, students are privy to animated conference-debates with invited guests, on subjects ranging from politics to gastronomy. Other activities include wine tastings and outings to Avignon, just 20km away. Students frequently praise the individual attention and kindness of the staff. “I had an excellent stay at Millefeuille,” says Rena from Australia. “The lessons were very useful in giving me confidence in the language. Without a doubt, Millefeuille is the best language school for étrangers in France.” Another former student, Ljubisa, says, “It was a beautiful experience, and I feel that I really improved my understanding of French thanks to the professionalism and enthusiasm of the professors.” Some students, like Harvard Law School graduate Felicia, keep returning: “I learned a lot during my stay at the school, and the best part was that it was really laid-back and fun. I have great memories and hope to return again soon.” One-week courses start at €1,900, for Programme A (mini group) including staying in a private


ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE PARIS ILE-DE-FRANCE IT’S MORE than possible that you have already attended an Alliance Française event or enrolled in their language classes. That’s because this global cultural network, founded in Paris during 1883, encompasses 850 establishments in 136 countries across all five continents. From Hong Kong to Honduras, the Alliance Française welcomes 500,000 people each year to learn French, while over six million attend their huge range of cultural events. Their Paris headquarters is one of the oldest – and arguably most prestigious – schools in France dedicated to teaching French as a foreign language. Over 10,000 students from 160 different countries enrol in classes there, which are taught by 120 highly educated professionals who are specially trained in teaching FLE (Français Langue Étrangère or ‘French as a foreign language’)


classes. The facilities alone are a huge draw – there’s an enormous multimedia resource centre with a phonetics lab, 60 classrooms and a restaurant with free Wi-Fi. The Alliance Française Paris Ile-de- France also boasts an exciting calendar of on-site cultural events. If that wasn’t enough, students can also purchase an exclusive Culture Pass, which provides discounts of up to 60 per cent on tickets to Paris museums, theatres, concerts and more. “My experience with Alliance Française was great,” says Canadian expat Sally Blake, a producer at Films à Cinq. “I started in Toronto and picked it up seamlessly in Paris. My greatest leap forward with the language was when I took a two-week extensive course there. All of a sudden I could use the conditional tense without thinking about it!


“The facilities are excellent. And of course there’s the location, just a stone’s throw from the Jardin du Luxembourg. When you think you’ve learned enough, you can go practice the lingo on the pigeons!” Alliance Française Paris


Ile-de-France offers a wide variety of à la carte classes, from complete beginner (Level A1) to autonomous


Alliance Française, founded in 1883, runs a huge range of courses at its Paris HQ


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