Daily lessons are held in small groups,
never more than 12 students, and entirely in French. The small groups
allow for real interactivity, an exchange of opinions and a
collaboration between students. In class, the 4 basic skills are systematically covered: priority is given to oral communication
(listening comprehension and speaking) but writing skills are also
covered by some activities during the class and more precisely
developed at home by the assignment of homework exercises.
Grammar is taught in communicative situations to facilitate the
integration of new linguistic structures and provide linguistic tools
for rapid and efficient oral progress. Written exercises and a bit of
grammatical theory are proposed in order to enhance oral skills.
The wide range of up-to-date topics and socio-cultural issues explored during the course will help you to practice a language adapted to a variety of real-life situations.
The linguistic and lexical contents provided also meet the requirements of Official French certifications (DELF/DALF and TCF)
Our teaching methods rely on authentic and active
resources adapted to each level to inspire motivation, exchange,
investment and confidence in communicating: role play, news &
internet articles, photographs & video, songs & audio
recordings, games of expression, authentic documents of French daily
life, but also explanatory grammatical cards and exercises ...
Initial evaluation: Students are asked to fill in a written test
and send it us back at least 1 week before the beginning of their
course. Students' oral level will be assessed during the first part of
- During daily courses, teachers set up regular follow-up and ongoing corrections.
- Every 4 or 5 weeks, an assessment of linguistic skills is proposed
to formally track the students' progress and decide exactly when to
pass to a higher level.
Final evaluation (summative evaluation):
- An optional final exam based upon the criteria and scale of the
CEFR is proposed for a training period of a minimum of 3 weeks. This
evaluation defines, in a certificate (portfolio) students' written and oral skills.
First day welcome
On the first day of the course, the school will provide students with an information packet about the school and
what to see, how to get around, as well as upcoming events in Toulouse. After a welcome meeting and a brief introduction
to the school, students will join a group at their level.
Following the first course, a group lunch in a
typical local restaurant (minimum 5 participants) is proposed. During
the first week, new arrivals are invited on a walking tour of Toulouse,
led by our staff, with an introduction to the city centre, highlights
of the history of Toulouse and various useful services in the area of
the school (public transportation, banks, internet cafés, bookstores,
theatres, restaurants and clubs...),
- Hot drinks (coffee/tea/chocolate) and bottled water are available for purchase during breaks.
- A collection of French films on DVD and books and magazines in French are available in our lending library.
- The multimedia lab with free internet access + WiFi wireless internet and the student lounge area are open from 8:30 - 18:00 (6 p.m.) Monday through Friday.
- The school director, teaching director and administrative staff are available and responsive to your questions and concerns.
- Counselling available in four languages: English, French, Spanish and German.