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French Over 50 Course: Aix-en-Provence

A relaxed, but professional language school offering superb adult orientated courses year round. Fabulous location in the heart of Provence.
Levels offered Beginner to Advanced
Age range 18 yrs+
Course duration 2 weeks 
Number of lessons 20 lessons per week
Lesson duration 45 minutes
Maximum per class 10 students
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  • Most students in the school are 35 years + age range and the school has many mature students (50 years + present throughout the year
  • Up to 10 weeks study possible, for A0 or A1 level students
  • 1 week course offered on request
  • NB: One week courses are not open to beginners

Aimed at adults who want to develop general French language skills in Aix en Provence. The focus is on developing communication skills, oral skills most importantly (but written skills as well) to ensure that each student faces every type of communication with greater ease and confidence as the French programme progresses.
Course content: Revision and study of the structure of the language. Study of the 4 skills: oral and written comprehension and oral and written expression. Teaching based on everyday situations with the help of varied material. Systematically optimizing newly acquired linguistic skills. Discussions, debates and presentations to apply communication skills. Opportunity to work in smaller sized groups. Homework every day and extra work outside class on request.

Course Fees/ 2 weeks
CESA admin fee € 60.00 per person
Tuition  € 730.00
French Host/ess  Single room
B&B € 391.00
Half-board  € 529.00
Hotel & ApartHotel options
Available on request
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Course Dates 2020

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
06, 20 03, 17 02, 16, 30 14*, 27 11, 25 08, 22
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
06, 20 03, 17, 31 14, 28 12, 26 09, 23 07

Start dates open to Beginners are shown in gold

Public holidays:
*Missing lessons due to public holidays are moved to other days in the same week (so lessons are not lost), but the school will be closed on the following dates: 2020: 01 Jan, 13 Apr, 01 May, 08 May, 21 May, 01 Jun, 14 Jul, 15 Aug, 01 Nov, 11 Nov, 25 Dec 2020

Aix-en-Provence: Students

Aix-en-Provence: Garden

Aix-en-Provence: Class


Students are encouraged to make the most of their time in Aix-en-Provence by participating in the guided excursions and activities offered by the French language school, to all the language students, but there is no specific social programme for older students.
In Aix you can combine French language tuition with a range of activities; hiking, painting, golf, horse riding or wine appreciation (see the main Aix-en-Provence page or the CESA Course Finder above).

First Day

Students will be tested on Monday morning. They will be given a range of college/course information and taken on a guided town tour. They will then take their first lessons on Monday afternoon (14.00 to 15.30 hrs). The normal timetable will begin on the second day of school.

Practical Information

The courses are officially open to all adults aged 18 years up, however most of the students who study in Aix-en-Provence, are in their 30s or older.  There will be some younger students in the Summer period, or indeed throughout the year, but we always recommend this programme to mature adults year round.


Students can choose to live with local French hosts (private household accommodation) or in the summer in local Student residence or on a year round basis in local Hotels or private studios. Accommodation is in high demand over the summer months, so early bookings are strongly recommended for June, July and August (or you could miss out!).


Arrive: Sunday PM
Depart: Saturday PM

We recommend that you fly direct to Marseilles-Provence airport; from there you can take a direct shuttle to Aix en Provence which will take approximately 30 minutes and runs every hour and will take you into the city centre. Students are welcome to take advantage of a taxi transfer service which the college can book on your behalf.