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French for Teenagers: Cannes 12 to 17 yrs

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If you’re looking for a fun residential French Summer course in Cannes, aimed at teenagers (12/15 yrs & 16/17 yrs), this programme is right for you.
Every week day, students study French in and outside of the classroom, and each afternoon are kept entertained by French group leaders, who organise a range of sporting, social and cultural activities, on site or in the local area. The weekends are dedicated to activities or free time.
It’s very popular and places on the campus become fully booked ~ so early reservations are essential!

Standard Course

Levels offered Beginner to Advanced
Age range 12/15 yrs & 16/17 yrs
Course duration 1 week+ 
Number of lessons 20 lessons per week
Lesson duration 45 minutes
Maximum per class 15 students
  • No lessons on the first Monday
1 wk 2 wk 3 wk 4 wk
€ 900 € 1700 € 2250 € 3400
CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person

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In total there are 36 language lessons over 2 weeks (unless a day is lost to a public holiday). This is equal to a term of contact lessons at most UK schools and you are immersed in France, speaking French with native French speaking teachers and the group leaders (who help organise the social activities each week).

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The French language college in Cannes offers French courses with other teenage language students, who have a similar French language level. Students are immersed in France, speaking French with native French speaking teachers and the “animateurs” (who help organise the social activities each week) and are encouraged to socialise and make the most of their time in France.

Teaching concentrates on grammar work and the development of oral and written skills through entertaining and motivational classroom activities, across a wide range of language levels, from Monday to Thursday.

Friday: Four lessons focused on role-playing, overseen by a teacher and group leader.  Encouraging students to build their confidence, and their proficiency when communicating in French outside the classroom setting.

The teaching approach aims to stimulate young students, engaging their interest in the French language and improves their knowledge of French culture. Learning tools include songs, films, comic strips or other current documents of interest to stimulate student interest and to keep the lessons dynamic. Emphasis is placed on oral skills and developing linguistic self-confidence in an international student environment.

Social activities provide contrast and bring an additional element of fun to the overall programme. The French language school staff in Cannes are aware that the students are on holiday and therefore do all they can to ensure students enjoy their French experience, both in and outside the classroom.

Intensive Course

Levels offered Beginner to Advanced
Course duration 1 week+ 
Extra lessons Wednesday PM workshop
Lesson duration 45 minutes
Maximum per class 15
  • No lessons on the first Monday
Supplement / per week
Workshop fee: EUR 30.00 per week

The additional workshop session are perfect for those who wish to use this chance for extra practise in the French language so that they can improve their oral skills.

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These mini-group classes focus on oral skills to encourage students to speak out. Students meet local French people accompanied by the teacher and a group leader and produce a report in the form of a video, audio or oral presentation.

Fees quoted on the CESA Course Fees, include tuition, activities, two way Nice airport transfer, shared room accommodation & full-board.
Please note: Flights to Nice, insurance and personal expenditure are NOT included.

Extra fees will be applied as follows:
Gluten free meals: EUR 195.00 per week
Weekday transfer to/from Nice airport: EUR 80.00
Extra night in residence: EUR 100.00 / Extra night in host accommodation: EUR 100.00
Standard Course: Tuition & activities (no accommodation): One week: EUR 640.00  /  Extra week: EUR 540.00
Standard Course: Tuition only (no activities): One week: EUR xx.00  /  Extra week: EUR xx.00

Course Dates 2020

June: 29
July: 06, 13, 20, 27

August: 03, 10

Public Holidays: 14 Jul in 2020
Lessons lost are not made up (a school guided excursion will be arranged instead). Where there is a public holiday students will effectively have a 3 day week, so these weeks are not recommended for one week courses.


The city offers all the benefits of the Riviera which the charm of this renown town, splendid sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine and yet is within easy reach of Nice airport.

A popular summertime location with teenage language learners (up to 130 present each week).


Standard Course

First Monday:

09.00 hrs
Introductory talk
Language test
Tour of Antibes (with guide)

Rest of first week:
09.00 to 12.20 hrs (20 mins break)

All other weeks:

Monday to Friday
09.00 to 12.20 hrs (20 mins break)

Intensive Course

Wednesday: Workshop
xx.xx to 16.00 hrs (20 mins break)


A range of activities are offered as an inclusive part of this programme each week, including

1/ a half-day trip
2/ a full day trip
3/ a weekly barbecue or Crepes party

Various activities are organised such as sports tournaments, themed activities etc. On Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings the group leaders offer a fun evening programme with games and entertainment. Additional activities are offered during the summer at additional cost. Students are advised of the options via a notice board in each Centre.

No activities take place on the first or last day of a student’s course, as the group leaders are busy helping students settle in, or depart at the end of their stay.



12/15 & 16/17 yrs:
A summer residential campus is well located, just north of the city centre. The school offers a self-contained complex, consisting of classrooms, a campus refectory (where meals are provided on a full-board basis), the college office, an above ground swimming pool and residential accommodation; bedrooms (modern rooms for two people, with a private bathroom shared by two bedrooms). School shuttle buses run students from the campus into town and to the beach, where curfew rules allow, depending on student age.

13/15 yrs:
French Hosts: One week+ duration
Shared room (a room mate will be found, if you’re not travelling with a friend
10-30 minute walk/bus trip to school
Internet access (not always offered with hosts, but is available at the school)

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Students are placed as close as possible to the school. Usually students are able to walk there, however you may need to take a bus. Hosts show students the way to school on the first Monday, so they know where they are going.
Staying with local French hosts who live in and around Cannes, which will mean a short commute to school each day. Students take breakfast and the evening meal with their hosts and lunch is offered at the language school.
Free: Bed linen is provided and changed weekly.
Transfers: the hosts will come to meet their guest at Cannes station or Nice airport and drop them off there the day of departure (from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm)
The bedrooms vary in size depending on the host family
Students can use the washing machine (the family may ask them to pay 2€ per wash).



On Campus

For 12 year olds
Students aged 12 yrs will not be allowed off campus unsupervised. The school will welcome 12 year olds on the courses, only if staying in a residence, but they will NOT be allowed out unaccompanied at the end of the activities. From past experience CESA would only recommend a 12 year old attending, if accompanied by an older sibling.

For 13/15 year olds
Students aged 13/15 yrs will not be able to go out at night unsupervised. No alternative curfews or restrictions can be implemented. Students are welcome to leave campus unsupervised from 13.30 to 19.30 hrs and then return for dinner on campus.

For 16/17 year olds
The student can go out unsupervised up to 22.00 hrs Monday to Thursday evening and until 01.00 hrs on both Friday & Saturday, & the day prior to a bank holiday (if applicable).

With hosts:

13/15 yrs
Students are welcome to leave campus/hosts unsupervised from 13.30 to 19.30 hrs only and then return for dinner to their hosts, unless there is a specific school arranged event. No alternative curfews or restrictions can be implemented. 

Language School:

In June/August there are bright, modern classrooms, an on site cafeteria, an above ground pool and private outside courtyard, where students can relax after class.

School staff will be based on site during the day and will live on site with the students – so if there are any questions, there is always someone to turn to.

Location Plus Points:

Cannes is located in the heart of the French Riviera

The student accommodation for teenagers is either on site ~ no commuting or with hosts, in which case students will have to walk or take a public bus to reach college each day

Course Plus Points:

All teachers are fully qualified & experienced teachers of French as a foreign language

Only French will be spoken in class

One+ week course enrolment possible

Full adult supervision (except if staying with hosts, students walk to the school & back on their own)

French language classes are all divided according to language level and nationality mix

Travel & Transfer

Arrive: Sunday AM/Early PM
Depart: Saturday AM

Fly to Nice International airport
Two way transfer service from Nice airport to the college campus/hosts, is inclusive in the course fees.

Hosts collect students who are staying in host accommodation
School staff collect students staying in school residences.

Please ensure the flights arrive on the Sunday at a reasonable hour and likewise depart at a reasonable time on the Saturday. Set arrival days/times apply to the Nice transfer service and cannot be altered.