Effective teaching methods 

To achieve the best results: 

  • a pre-arrival online language placement test is taken so you can start learning at the right level from the first day you arrive at school, 
  • we offer effective and high-quality teaching methods, 
  • a clear and efficient teaching plan is provided, 
  • communication is prioritised with clearly identified objectives and the use of interactive activities, 
  • class size is limited to 12 students, which means that each student can take an active part in the lessons, 
  • the approach to language teaching is based on achieving concrete, operational linguistic aims, and not on exercises and automatic reflexes acquired out of context, 
  • we help you develop your know-how and be encouraged to use it in practical situations, 
  • various recognised FLE (French as a Foreign Language) methods are used, referring regularly to the news as well as other resources available for use in a multicultural class, 
  • teachers encourage students to use the language they are learning as much as possible both inside and outside school in order to maintain full immersion in the language. 

Topics and Module Aims

The aims of this module are: To stimulate students’ curiosity about French Language and French culture. To familiarise students with key cultural and social issues in French Language countries (including journalistic issues) and to develop their awareness of cultural differences in general. To enhance students written and oral skills as required for language production; presentation, discussion, and summary in everyday life and in second year study. To make students phonetically accurate when speaking in French.

Our schools offer a modern and effective teaching method delivered by qualified teachers, with well- planned and motivating lessons adapted to all language levels and designed to allow for maximum interaction between the teacher and students. 

Indicative Syllabus 

  • Introduction to the social customs and habits of French Language cultures through analysis and discussion of a variety of texts and media
  • Introduction to the issues, questions and cross-cultural understanding likely to arise while travelling in the French Language country. 
  • Issues of cultural and historical importance in French Language countries ? including, for example, geography, history, politics and media-arts – through analysis of a variety of texts and media
  • Communication and presentation of factual information and arguments
  • Phonetics and pronunciation
  • Travel to Nice and surrounding areas in the South of France to experience the gastronomy, sights, museums, beaches and much more.

Grammar (non-exhaustive):

  • Articles: definite, indefinite and partitives
  • Interrogation and negation
  • Gender and number: nouns and adjectives
  • Adjectives: possessives and demonstratives
  • Various prepositions
  • Verbs: imperative, present, perfect and future; reflexive verbs

Topics (non-exhaustive):

  • Self and family: introducing oneself, stating name, age, nationality etc… and talking about the family, describing members of the family
  • World of work: professions, holiday jobs
  • Home and the environment: describing house/flat, towns and villages, finding the way around town
  • Shopping: buying food, clothes
  • Talking about leisure activities
  • Holidays and travel: buying train tickets, using various means of transport, booking various types of accommodation. Staying in Nice, sightseeing, some francophone countries, Food and drink.

Progression and Evaluations

You will be tested in French language skills each week and we will do speaking practice every day

Possibility to pass the TCF –The TCF is part of the new wave of modern “thermometer” exams. A simple, fast and efficient evaluation gives you a professional validation of your level of French. The TCF is a multiple-choice questionnaire. After the DELF/DALF, the TCF has become the most taken exam in French language schools.