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French Over 50 Course: Tours

A sumptuous college environment, that adult learners love, offering small group tuition in the heart of Tours, plus great quality French host accommodation.
Levels offered Beginner to Advanced
Age range 18 yrs+
Course duration 2 weeks 
Number of lessons 26 lessons per week
Lesson duration 45 minutes
Maximum per class 07 students
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  • Generally students are in the 30s, 40s or older
  • 2 week group course duration (26 lessons) or 1 week group (with 3 private classes)
  • Open to all ages on set start dates (ideal for adult students)
  • Levels: A2 level required Check your level (beginners welcome 4 x per year)
  • Timetable: 09.00 to 12.15 hrs (with a 15 minutes break) + 13.45 to 16.30 hrs (Tuesday & Thursday)
    or 09.00 to 12.45 hrs + 14.00 to 16.45 hrs (Wednesday) in July/August

Follow a one or two week mini group French course in the beautiful city of Tours, improve your French in an adult orientated French language school. You will soon feel at ease and develop your confidence, and you should make rapid progress as the small class sizes ensure excellent teacher attention. The small number of students in each class ensures the teachers can focus on spoken French. Your oral participation is encouraged by a relaxed atmosphere and only French is ever spoken!

The courses are officially open to all adults aged 18 years up.  In reality the majority of students attracted to studying in Tours are in their 40s or older.  There will be some younger students in the Summer period, but we strongly recommend this programme to adults year round, who prefer to study with their peers.

Course Fees/ 2 weeks
CESA admin fee € 60.00 per person
Tuition  € 1005.00
French Host/ess, half-board
Per person Shared bathroom Private bathroom
Single rm € 460.00 € 600.00
Shared rm € 380.00 € 430.00
Hotel & ApartHotel options
Suggestions on request
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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 2*, 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#

Only ONE start date shown in red is open to beginners/very elementary levels.

Public holidays: The school is closed on the following public holidays. Group lessons are not made up or refunded. Private lessons will be made up in the week. 2020: 13 Apr, 01 & 21 May, 01 Jun, 14 Jul, 11 Nov. The school is closed from 1-5 January and from 19-31 December.


This school offers an excursion once a week, but otherwise students are left to explore Tours and the Loire region by themselves or with other students. Excursions are offered to the Renaissance Châteaux of the Loire, Chambord, Chenonceau, Azal-le-Rideaux etc.

First Day

One of the teachers will take the new students on a guided visit of the school premises, before you take a French language test, lasting about 2 hours (testing your written and spoken French) to allow the School staff to evaluate your knowledge and place you in a small group class at the correct level for you. The staff will take time to discuss your motivation, expectations and special interests. If you have never studied French before (or only a little) the test will either not take place or only take a short time and they can start your first lesson immediately. The school will also spend about 45 minutes taking you on a tour of the city near the school.

Practical Information

  • Whilst the French programmes in Tours are open to all adults aged 18 years up, the majority of the students present will be in their 40 s or older for most of the year.  There will be younger students present in the Summer, or during the rest of the year, but do consider studying here, it’s a fabulous language school in a wonderful city!
  • Accommodation payment is made in Euros, once in France, not via CESA


With local French hosts (limited number of hosts can offer private bathrooms, at additional cost) or in private studio apartments in the city centre or local Hotels or residences on request.


Arrive: Sunday PM
Depart: Saturday PM

Travel direct to Tours from London’s Stansted airport (Ryan Air) (only flies during the week) or by Eurostar via Lille, and on to Tours/St Pierre de Corps or fly to Paris and then take the TGV (Paris Montparnasse) to Tours/St Pierre de Corps. Your hosts will then collect you (if you have booked private household accommodation) or alternatively take a taxi to reach your accommodation.