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French Over 50 Course: Bordeaux

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Learn French and put your new skills into practise every day,  in fabulous Bordeaux. A popular programme with students, throughout the year, especially so in Spring and Autumn.
Levels offered Elementary to Advanced
  Beginner – set start dates
Age range 50 yrs+
Course duration 1 week+ 
Number of lessons 20 lessons per week
Lesson duration 45 minutes
Maximum per class 14 students
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Lessons are always held in the mornings, Monday to Friday. If you want to kick start your French language learning with an immersion course in Bordeaux, this programme is ideal. 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.)

Course Fees
CESA admin fee € 60.00 per person
Standard Course/20 1 week    € 370.00
  2 weeks  € 660.00
Intensive Course/26 1 week    € 435.00
  2 weeks  € 790.00
French Host/ess  Single room
Half-board 1 week    € 358.00
  2 weeks  € 637.00
Hotel  Single room
Bed & Breakfast To be advised
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Course Dates 2020

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
6, 13, 20, 27 3, 10, 17, 24 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 6, 14*, 20, 27 4, 11, 18*, 25 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
6, 13*, 20, 27 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 7, 14, 21, 28 5, 12,19, 26 2, 9*, 16, 23, 30 7, 14#

Start dates open to Beginners are shown in red.

Public holidays: The school is closed on public holidays and group lessons lost are not made up. 2020: 13 Apr, 01, 08 & 21 May, 01 Jun, 14 July, 01 & 11 Nov

Bordeaux: Wine Tasting

Bordeaux: Bridge

Bordeaux: Restaurant


The college guides will ensure you see some of the better known attractions such as the Modern Art Museum, Arcachon Bay and the Dune du Pyla (the highest sand dune in Europe), St Emilion vineyard and old Bordeaux. Every two weekends (in winter, once every 4 weekends) they offer a full-day excursion. In addition, the college arranges cheese and/or wine tasting’s, college parties and evenings out in local restaurants and cookery lessons (at additional cost).

First Day

Students are asked to take an assessment test before course placement.

09.30 hrs: First day lessons start

Practical Information

The school in Bordeaux mainly caters for students aged 20 yrs + and regularly attracts mature students. This is a small, friendly school centrally located in the city.  Please note that the school will have younger students present.


Bordeaux is a large city, so please allow for a commute of approx. 20 to 40 mins to college each morning. Students can stay with local French hosts, single room, B&B or half-board. The school can also recommend local Hotels or Studio apartments on request.


Arrive: Sunday PM
Depart: Saturday PM

Travel direct to Bordeaux by train or plane.
You can then take the transfer service or alternatively a taxi or tram to your accommodation.