About this course

The examination preparation course / French for your education focuses on speaking, listening, reading and writing to increase fluency and gain confidence. It includes the General French standard course (20 lessons) and extra lessons to allow you to intensify your course and prepare yourself to the DELF and DALF exams by taking an additional 5 hours per week. The 5 hours of extra lessons are made up of 1 hour of understanding, 2 hours of speaking, 1 hour of reading and also 1 hour of writing.

  • Course duration

    From 1 week to 8 weeks

  • Levels

    From elementary (A2) to advanced (C1)

  • Starting dates

    Any Monday (or Tuesday, when Monday is a Bank holiday)

  • Class size

    8 to 10 students

  • Number of hours

    27 lessons – 20 hours.
    This course leaves you almost a half day free every day to enjoy the Riviera or concentrate on personal studies or goals.

Course overview

The examination preparation course / French for your education is taken in conjunction with the standard course. It is designed to develop your speaking, listening, reading, writing and study skills in French and therefore to help you enter your exam feeling fully prepared and confident. You will work on a wide range of cultural, historical, economic, sociological, artistic and literary topics during the standard course to enhance your knowledge of the French language and culture and to help you communicate effectively on a range of topics and situations. The 5 hours of examination preparation focus on training in academic reading, listening, writing and speaking, on training in exam skills and strategies, and on practice tests.  Furthermore, you will have full mock exams during your session to help you achieve the French language qualifications you need to pass your exams.

The examination preparation course / French for your education is for participants whose goals are to:

  • Validate progress with official qualifications recognized around the world
  • Access a French speaking university or “Grande Ecole”
  • Enhance their CV and improve career prospects
  • Develop knowledge of French culture, history, sociology, literature, art, etc.
  • Improve accuracy in idioms, vocabulary and grammar.
  • Improve confidence to communicate fluently in French.

Methodology

Our General French course lessons are based around a central task or several tasks to be completed in pairs or groups using and improving your French. Practicing such activities will make you spend a lot of time communicating and consequently increase your confidence using the language. You will learn through doing. The examination preparation lessons include training in all 4 parts of the DELF and DALF exams and TCF test (reading, listening, writing and speaking). You will take practice tests, learn exam techniques and will also focus on features like style and discourse.

Teaching material

  • Text books, grammar books, worksheets, literature, newspaper and magazine articles
  • Practice tests, mock exams
  • Audio, video documents

Monitoring and assessment

Participants’ progress is assessed throughout the courses every week. Our teachers provide feedback on strengths and weaknesses and hence monitor progress.

After completing the course, participants will receive a course certificate. They can also register for the DELF exam (to be taken in Centre International de Valbonne, Nice Sophia Antipolis), or DALF exam (to be taken in Nice Sophia Antipolis University) or TCF test (to be taken in Nice).

Examination preparation course / French for your education

Lessons are scheduled:

  • In the morning and early afternoon in the low season
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  • Alternating morning and afternoon schedule, when the school is busier, especially in summer (This means that one day the 20-lesson core programme is in the morning, and the next day in the afternoon.)
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