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Institut de Français

Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Perfect 5.0
School 5.0
Accommodation 5.0
Course 5.0
Free time activities 5.0
Julia Allford
The program is excellent and I would highly recommend it for the serious French student.

French language school is located on the sunny, Mediterranean-blue French Riviera.

The school is housed in a luxurious Provençal villa, set on the hillside of the lovely port of Villefranche-sur-Mer, overlooking the Mediterranean’s most beautiful bay, 2 miles from Nice and only a short drive to Cannes and Monte-Carlo.

Villefranche is a picturesque port town located just outside Nice. Set in one of the most beautiful bays of the Riviera, it is popular with sailing enthusiasts, artists and tourists. Around a quaint “old quarter”, can be found a 15th century citadel, a chapel decorated by Jean Cocteau, an Oceanographic Institute, the Sailing and Motornautic Club and many delightful little restaurants. Villefranche offers vacationers beauty, charm and historical sights that make it truly one of the outstanding spots on the French Riviera.

In order to be balanced, a very intensive French language course such as this must have its relaxed moments, providing further enrichment for the students.

This is why the school organizes various social and cultural activities outside the strict scope of the course.

There is an introductory social evening (with dancing) at the school on the first Friday of the session.

There are evening outings with teachers to the theater, the opera, a restaurant, etc.

Discussion-excursions with a teacher are organized, depending on the season, to such renowned villages as Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the Maeght Foundation, and Grasse: the perfume and flower center of France, the Picasso Museum in Antibes, the Chagall Museum in Nice, the Villefranche Chapel decorated by Jean Cocteau, etc.

All these activities, enjoyed in a group, are enriched by exchanges between students of varied nationalities, ages and professions.

In general, many cultural activities are available in Nice, Cannes, Monte-Carlo including the famous Nice Carnival in February, lectures with debate in Nice by famous literary, art and political figures, classical and avant-garde plays by the Théâtre de Nice company. Villefranche is so close to Nice (2 miles) that many students go there every night for the evening meal and entertainment.

Windsurfing, sailing, hiking, tennis, sun-bathing, rollerblading, and skiing (Alps ski resorts are 30 miles from Nice) are some of pleasures available on the French Riviera which can be enjoyed at leisure during weekends. The school helps plan these weekend activities.

At this French language school, casual, but proper, wear is customary since the weather on the French Riviera is very pleasant during the day, all-year round. Woolens, however, are recommended for the evening when the temperature goes down, and it can get cool, even in the summer months. Rain occurs, but for short periods, generally from November to March.

All Institut de Français teachers are rigorously selected to ensure the highest possible teaching standard, which is the Institut’s hallmark.

They all hold various university degrees in foreign languages and linguistics. They are all native, accentless French speakers and speak fluent English; some also speak German, Spanish, Japanese or Chinese.

They have been specially trained in the teaching of French to adults by audio-visual methods, have many years of experience in this field and are being continually monitored by the Institut’s teaching supervisor.

Courses

Intensive French course TOP CHOICE
From 21 to 75 years old 10 students per class 1 lesson — 45 minutes
Course starts every Monday and is for all language levels
4 September—15 September

The Institut de Français in Villefranche, offers a 2- to 4- week French immersion language course for professional adults and mature students who want to acquire rapidly fluency in French. Founded in 1969, its aim is to develop a natural speaking ability by using a unique concept, the “Total Approach”, which combines the most effective audio-visual methods with practice and real-life sessions in a “French-only” speaking environment.

In this renowned French language school, by diversifying the students’ activities throughout the day, all possible approaches to learning to speak French are explored. Thus, the students are constantly stimulated and able to apply themselves to learning the language both analytically and instinctively.

Nothing can equal or compare with this intensive “Total Approach” to French, especially when applied in an all-day immersion and under the incentive of small group interaction.

Indeed, in this world-famous setting, providing innumerable cultural and sport activities, all ingredients exist, at the Institut de Français, to make learning French in France a rich and memorable experience.

The method used by this French language school can be aptly called Diversified French Immersion.

French immersion per se means that from the outset the student is plunged into the French language without recourse to his or her mother tongue.

In Diversified French Immersion, the student goes through a variety of linguistic activities throughout the day so as to approach spoken French from all angles and in all types of situation ranging from audio-visual class, language lab, games, films, songs, to making up a TV commercial, role playing in everyday or professional situations, the discussion-lunch with a teacher, evening outings with teachers, etc.

So that at the end of this intensive, all-encompassing French language course, the student will be able to speak correct French and be readily understood in everyday conversation. Total beginners will be able to say much of what they want to say, simply and correctly.

The key to this fluency is talk and more talk – ONLY IN FRENCH – in varied situations, using and re-using the fundamental vocabulary one needs for everyday conversation. Although the written language is also developed, oral expression is stressed at all times during the day in constant and spontaneous exchanges with the teachers, eliminating translation into the mother tongue. Thus, little by little, the student is able to acquire an instinctive fluency and familiarity with the French language, which is often impossible with the formal and impersonal character of traditional or “just classroom” teaching.

Accommodation

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Community apartment

30 minutes from school walking
Minimum age — 21
No meals

These are 2- or 3-room apartments, solely occupied by the students, who share the kitchen and the bathroom.

A student can have an individual room in such an apartment.

There are also a few double rooms at a lower price which can be shared (by persons of the same sex).

The students are assigned these apartments according to age groups and with the aim of mixing nationalities whenever possible.

All are completely furnished with linen, cooking utensils, dishes, refrigerator, TV; all have Wi-Fi access.

Linen is changed and cleaning done weekly.

Two meals a day, wholesome and balanced, prepared with fresh products by a good French chef are served at the school during class days and are included in the course fee: breakfast and a discussion-lunch with teacher and staff participation. At the end of each day, tea is served in the dining room where students and teachers gather to chat and relax. Dinner and weekend meals are not included and can be taken where desired. There are many restaurants in the area where a good meal can be had for 20-30 Euros.

Private studio apartment

30 minutes from school walking
Minimum age — 21
No meals

This is a 1-room apartment, with kitchen, bathroom, washer, TV, etc.

For 1 or 2 persons:100 € extra for 2nd person.

Two meals a day, wholesome and balanced, prepared with fresh products by a good French chef are served at the school during class days and are included in the course fee: breakfast and a discussion-lunch with teacher and staff participation. At the end of each day, tea is served in the dining room where students and teachers gather to chat and relax. Dinner and weekend meals are not included and can be taken where desired. There are many restaurants in the area where a good meal can be had for 20-30 Euros.

Higher standard “studio” (1-room) apartment

30 minutes from school walking
Minimum age — 21
No meals

These are larger, very pleasant apartments, well furnished and equipped with washer, dishwasher, TV, etc. Most have a balcony or terrace and a view of the bay.

For 1 or 2 persons.

Two meals a day, wholesome and balanced, prepared with fresh products by a good French chef are served at the school during class days and are included in the course fee: breakfast and a discussion-lunch with teacher and staff participation. At the end of each day, tea is served in the dining room where students and teachers gather to chat and relax. Dinner and weekend meals are not included and can be taken where desired. There are many restaurants in the area where a good meal can be had for 20-30 Euros.

Higher standard 2-room apartment (one-bedroom)

30 minutes from school walking
Minimum age — 21
No meals

These are larger, very pleasant apartments, well furnished and equipped with washer, dishwasher, TV, etc. Most have a balcony or terrace and a view of the bay.

For 1 or 2 persons.

Two meals a day, wholesome and balanced, prepared with fresh products by a good French chef are served at the school during class days and are included in the course fee: breakfast and a discussion-lunch with teacher and staff participation. At the end of each day, tea is served in the dining room where students and teachers gather to chat and relax. Dinner and weekend meals are not included and can be taken where desired. There are many restaurants in the area where a good meal can be had for 20-30 Euros.

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Russia
September 2013
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5.0
perfect

I have just returned from my 2 French immersion course at the Institut de Francais. The program is excellent and I would highly recommend it for the serious French student. The wonderful location of the school and the excellent methode of teaching. I would love to return to this Institute....

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23 Avenue du Général Leclerc 06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer France
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