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Languages for Life Course    Long term courses 12 wks+

Levels offeredBeginner to High Intermediate
Minimum age17
Course duration12 tp 24 weeks
Number of lessons20 group lessons
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
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Monday to Friday: 09.30 to 12.45 hrs / (15-minute break)

A long term French language course ideal for adult students (aged 18 yrs+) looking to study French in Bordeaux in depth over two or more months for maximum impact and progress.  These long-term courses are available for all levels allowing students to develop their language skills in both oral and written French, via long-stay immersion in French language and culture.
Course objectives include the practice of spoken French in communicative situations and a cultural approach to the language, the development of linguistic proficiency (written and oral expression / written and oral comprehension / interpersonal communication) and the use of communicative methods combining individual development and group dynamics (group work, role plays, etc.)

Start dates 2017

  • May2 9 15 22 29
  • Jun6 12 19 26
  • Jul3 10 17 24 31
  • Aug7 14 21 28
  • Sep4 11 18 25
  • Oct2 9 16 23 30
  • Nov6 13 20 27
  • Dec4 11 18

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French Standard Course    Short term courses 2 wks+

Levels offeredBeginner to High Intermediate
Minimum age17
Course duration2 to 11 weeks
Number of lessons20 group lessons
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
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Monday to Friday: 09.30 to 12.45 hrs / (15-minute break)

Aimed at those who need to build on current skills or who want to kick start their French language learning from scratch with an immersion course in Bordeaux, France. Course objectives include the practice of spoken French in communicative situations and a cultural approach to the language, the development of linguistic proficiency (written and oral expression / written and oral comprehension / interpersonal communication) and the use of communicative methods combining individual development and group dynamics (group work, role plays, etc.)

The French language school in Bordeaux offers intensive courses, available for all levels, which focus on the 4 key skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Students can follow their own pace of learning to suit individual objectives and sign up for however many weeks they wish for. The course structure allows students to learn freely, according to each student’s requirements and availability! Students are taught in groups of 12 students maximum. Students can extend the intensity of the course experience by supplementing the core classes with additional linguistic and cultural work shops.

Start dates 2017

  • May2 9 15 22 29
  • Jun6 12 19 26
  • Jul3 10 17 24 31
  • Aug7 14 21 28
  • Sep4 11 18 25
  • Oct2 9 16 23 30
  • Nov6 13 20 27
  • Dec4 11 18

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Intensive Course    Short term courses 2 wks+

Levels offeredElementary to Advanced
Minimum age17
Course duration1 to 6+ weeks
Number of lessons20 group lessons
Additional lessons+ 6 or 10 workshops
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
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20 Standard group lessons + 6 or 10 workshops per week

Short term French language courses aimed at those who need to build on current skills or who want to learn French in Bordeaux from beginner level, with additional small group work to aid linguistic development.
Intensive course objectives include: broadening acquired skills through creative and communicative activities, working with real documents, progressing by carrying out projects
General French – course objectives include the practice of spoken French in Bordeaux in communicative situations and a cultural approach to the language, development of linguistic proficiency (written and oral expression / written and oral comprehension / interpersonal communication) and communicative methods combining individual development and group dynamics (group work, role plays, etc.)
Working in single-level groups, 8 to 12 students in size, ensures easy participation and a true group dynamic as well as individual attention from the teacher.

  • 6 workshops = 3 themed 2-lesson workshops (Language reinforcement)
  • 10 workshops = 5 themed 2-lesson workshops (Language reinforcement & Cultural discovery)

1 workshop = 1.5 lessons
These workshops allow students to progress faster, to improve a particular language skill and enrich their knowledge of French culture.

  • Language Workshops:

Linguistic reinforcement / A1 to C1 levels
Strengthen specific language and communicative skills (grammar, vocabulary, spelling, phonetics).

Listening and Speaking / A1 to C1 levels
Improve your oral comprehension and communication skills to be more at ease in your daily interactions (broaden your vocabulary; improve your grammar and your pronunciation).

Reading and Writing / A1 to C1 levels
Improve your reading and writing (press, literature, etc.) and develop your skills broadening your vocabulary and grammar.

DELF, DALF or TCF Exam Preparation / A1 level minimum
Prepare for the DELF, DALF, TCF exams with tailored exam technique training sessions

  • Cultural Workshops

Language & Culture / A2 to C1 levels
Discover French civilisation and French literature through the analysis of current topics while practising your language skills.

School News Magazine / B1 to C1 levels
Develop your writing and speaking skills and share the favourite moments of your experience in France.

Intensive Course start dates (with 6 extra lessons):

Start dates 2017

  • May2 9 15 22 29
  • Jun6 12 19 26
  • Jul3 10 17 24 31
  • Aug7 14 21 28
  • Sep4 11 18 25
  • Oct2 9 16 23 30
  • Nov6 13 20 27
  • Dec4 11 18

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Intensive Course start dates (with 10 extra lessons):

Start dates 2017

  • May2 9 15 22 29
  • Jun6 12 19 26
  • Jul3 10 17 24 31
  • Aug7 14 21 28
  • Sep4 11 18 25
  • Oct2 9 16 23 30
  • Nov6 13 20 27
  • Dec4 11 18

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Combined Course    Short term courses 1 wk+

Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Minimum age17
Course duration1 to 6+ weeks
Number of lessons20 group lessons
Additional lessons+ private lessons
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
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20 group lessons + 6 or 10 French private lessons per week

Short term French language courses in Bordeaux aimed at those who wish to combined the benefits of the group dynamic with the personal attention of a French language tutor that only private lessons can offer.  Group lessons are held in the morning sessions (see the teaching link for details) and private lessons are usually held from 2:00 to 3.30 pm or from 3:45 to 4:15 pm. This form of French language tuition is ideal for those with business, professional or specific academic needs and limited time available.

Combined Course start dates (with 6 private lessons per week):

Start dates 2017

  • May2 9 15 22 29
  • Jun6 12 19 26
  • Jul3 10 17 24 31
  • Aug7 14 21 28
  • Sep4 11 18 25
  • Oct2 9 16 23 30
  • Nov6 13 20 27
  • Dec4 11 18

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Combined Course start dates (with 10 private lessons per week):

Start dates 2017

  • May2 9 15 22 29
  • Jun6 12 19 26
  • Jul3 10 17 24 31
  • Aug7 14 21 28
  • Sep4 11 18 25
  • Oct2 9 16 23 30
  • Nov6 13 20 27
  • Dec4 11 18

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French & Wine Course    Specific course 1 wk

Levels offeredElementary to Advanced
Minimum age18
Course duration1 week
Number of lessons20 group lessons
Additional sessionsWine lectures/tastings
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
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+ wine lectures/tasting’s & visits to local Chateaux vineyards
A2 (high elementary) level required to attend Wine lectures

Combine your French language studies with a guided visit to some of the Bordeaux region’s wonderful vineyards! This 5 day course enables you to practise your French and hone your wine appreciation skills through lectures and tasting sessions.

Wine Sessions: 2 wine workshops + 3 excursions to wine producing Chateaux

Discover the many aspects of the Bordeaux wine world: History, trade and development, soils and specifics of each wine (red and white). The extreme originality of the production of Bordeaux wines, which is called « assemblage » (blending): become a winemaker for a day and make your own wine. Explore the secrets of wine making: how raisin turns into wine. The Art of Wine Tasting: 3 steps to read the label on a wine bottle.

Monday: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Discover and understand the wine industry in Bordeaux
Appellations around Bordeaux
You will discover the wine industry of Bordeaux.
Get to know the different appellations you can find around Bordeaux and their wines.
Awaken your senses.
Learn how to read a label on a bottle of wine
Wine tasting in 3 steps: The colour, the smell and the taste of the wine.

Tuesday: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Tasting & blending
Wine making and blending
Discover the process of wine making in a wine cellar: how do we make white wine, red wine or rosé?
Wine blending: the art of making a wine from different vintages.
The objective is to match perfectly the aromas, the textures and the colours.
Make your own wine! Become the head of the wine cellar for a day and create the blending of your choice using the 4 main vintages of Bordeaux wines.
Tasting session and application of the knowledge learned during the first 2 days.

Wednesday: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Excursion to the Pauillac region
Visit a Chateau and wine tasting (more information provided on arrival)
Pauillac region is located north of Bordeaux along the Gironde estuary. Capital city of the Médoc region, it has 18 classified “grands crus” since 1855, among those, 3 are Premium Classified Grands Crus: Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton-Rothschild.

Thursday: 2.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Excursion to Saint-Emilion region
Visit to Busquet Chateau
A qualified oenologist will give you a private tour of the family owned castle of Busquet. A great opportunity to go behind the scenes, learn the story of the Robin family and discover the every day life of a vineyard of the Bordeaux region.
At the end of this guided visit you will walk around Saint-Emilion where you will be able to admire the bell tower at the top of this UNESCO World Heritage medieval village.

Friday: 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm
Excursion to Pessac-Leognan region
Visit a Chateau and wine tasting (more information provided on arrival)
The vineyards of Pessac Léognan are located to the south of Bordeaux.
Haut Brion Castle is the only Premium Classified Grand Cru of 1855 that is not made in the Médoc region. It is now the leader of the 68 Chateaux and domains.

*The course timetable and schedule are provided as a sample only, and may be modified where necessary.

If only one or two students book the course, wine visits etc will be offered, but may be rescheduled or reduced in number.

Start dates 2017

  • May15
  • Jun12
  • Jul3 31
  • Sep11
  • Oct9
  • Nov6

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French & Cookery Course    Specific course  2 wks+

Levels offeredElementary to Advanced
Minimum age18
Course duration2 weeks
Number of lessons20 group lessons
Additional sessionsCookery lessons
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
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Offered 3 x a year at high elementary (A2) + levels
20 French group lessons (as Standard Course) + 4 dedicated cookery sessions

Combine your French language studies with a guided visit to some of the Bordeaux region’s wonderful vineyards! This 5 day course enables you to practise your French and hone your wine appreciation skills through lectures and tasting sessions.

Monday / 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm
Visit to Bordeaux for a Happy Hour in a local pub

Tuesday / 3.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Cooking class + Buffet dinner
Prepare 5 recipes, or the equivalent of a full meal
Tasting session

Wednesday / 3.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Cooking class – Prepare 2 traditional French meals
Meat stew with a side
Fish dish with a side
Tasting session

Thursday / 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Baking class – French pastries
The traditional or chocolate croissant, the raisin bun, etc… learn how to prepare the dough, create the shapes, and bake them at the right temperature. A whole procedure to prepare typically French pastries, famous since Marie Antoinette!
Tasting session

Friday / 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Baking class – Choux pastries
Discover the treasures of French baking: eclairs, puff pastry etc.

French & Cookery (in French):

Start dates 2017

  • Jun26
  • Aug7

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Private Tuition Course    1 wk+ courses

Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Minimum age17
Course duration1+ weeks
Number of lessons10 to 30 private lessons
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class01 student
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Timetable will vary depending on number of lessons required

An extremely intensive French language course, ideal for those who wish to make maximum French language progress whilst immersed in the French lifestyle, over a one or more weeks in Bordeaux. Aimed at business people or those who need to work on their French for academic or professional reasons, for whom time is of the essence.

Start dates 2017

  • May2 9 15 22 29
  • Jun6 12 19 26
  • Jul3 10 17 24 31
  • Aug7 14 21 28
  • Sep4 11 18 25
  • Oct2 9 16 23 30
  • Nov6 13 20 27
  • Dec4 11 18

Beginners start dates are underlined and in bold. Other levels can begin on any of the start dates shown. For a detailed quote, or to book a course, click on "Get a Quote".

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