French language courses in France - Courses description - alpha.b

Beginners French courses - Intensive French language courses
French language lessons - Study French in Nice Côte d'Azur
French language school in France to learn French

The Courses

  1. Continuous French
  2. Intensive French
  3. Combination Courses
  4. Individual Courses
  5. French Courses Option D.E.L.F, D.A.L.F
  6. French for Teachers
  7. A Level Course
  8. 30+ French Course
  9. French Club 50
  10. Family Course
  11. walk and talk program FrenchToGo

 

Good to know

  • 1 lesson = 45 minutes.
  • 5 to 8 students per class, maximum 10.
  • A written and oral entrance test takes place on the first Monday morning.
  • No group courses that day. Your course will start on the Tuesday after your arrival.
  • After your test, you are invited to take part in an orientation tour of Nice old town and the famous "Promenade des Anglais"
  • Please note that during peak season and whenever it may be necessary, lessons which usually take place from 9.00 to 12.20 might take place in the afternoon from
  • 16.00 to 19.15.

Our French Language Courses

Our method, called the direct method, allows you to apply your knowledge quickly and efficiently. It is based on:

  • Team oral exercises. Role-playing, discussions, simulations, round tables, tape recordings, practical exercises in real life situations, videos, games...
  • A "digestible" approach to learning grammar, developed from the student's book (that is given to you upon your arrival) and regularly updated authentic documents ... newspapers, narration, song lyrics, TV or radio broadcasts, exercises...

Our teachers, all of whom are French and fully qualified, are

  • Responsible for the harmony and dynamics of the group
  • Experienced in pedagogical objectives
  • Able to motivate and encourage you.

1 - Continuous French

20 lessons per week (15 full hours)

9.00am - 10.40am / 11am - 12.20pm - 1 to 24 weeks - All levels

At all levels this French course offers you: Development of grammatical skills, vocabulary improvement, oral expression, comprehension, reading and practise of written language.

(There will always be a little homework to do for the next day)

2 - Intensive French

30 lessons per week (22,5 hours)

9.00am - 10.40am / 11am - 12.20pm + 3 afternoons 1.15pm - 3.45pm - 1 to 24 weeks - Requested level: A1 or higher

Very thorough programme: morning lessons similar to the Continuous French course + 10 lessons during three afternoons devoted to the practical application of your knowledge, an approach to cultural, social, political and economic life in France. According to your level: opinion polls, debates, literature, history, theatre, music...

3 - Combination Course

20+5, 20+10, 20+15 or 20+20 lessons per week - 1 to 24 weeks - All levels

This course combines the subjects of the « Continuous French Course » with those of an « Individual Course ».
20 lessons/week of group tuition (in the morning.) and 5, 10, 15 or 20 lessons/week of individual tuition (in the afternoon),
tailored to suit your needs and wishes : General French, Commercial French, Law, Tourism, Hotel Trade, Translation and Interpreting (from English, Italian, Spanish or German into French ), Exam Preparation...

4 - Individual Courses

In the afternoon - 2 to 5 lessons per day

The programme of the course depends on your professional, academic or personal requirements.
Different programmes "à la carte" on request.

(Please indicate your wishes when sending your enrolment)

5 - French Course Option D.E.L.F., D.A.L.F.

Preparation and entry for the chosen examination

D.E.L.F - Diplôme d’Etudes de Langue Française

Combination Course with DELF option
Duration: 4 weeks - 20 + 6 lessons per week (see course n°3 - Combination Course)
Required level: depending on the diploma you are aiming to take

At the moment the D.E.L.F. is the only diploma of French as a foreign language which is officially recognised by the French Ministry of Education. It has been accepted by more than 150 countries and is widely recognised by administrations and firms.
The D.E.L.F. offers 4 diplomas which can be taken independently from each other and it is aligned with the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
D.E.L.F A1certifies your first knowledge, Level A1 « Breakthrough » of the European Framework
D.E.L.F A2 certifies an elementary knowledge, Level A2 « Waystage » of the European Framework
D.E.L.F B1 certifies an intermediate knowledge, Level B1 « Threshold » of the European Framework
D.E.L.F B2 certifies an advanced knowledge, Level B2 « Vantage » of the European Framework.

Tuition is organised according to the exam requirements. This means an approach to the main aspects of French language: grammar, vocabulary, standard of written and oral expression, knowledge of French culture and civilisation.
If your current language level is already the one you of your requested diploma, you can enrol directly for the 4 week preparation course. If your current level is just under the one of the requested diploma, you will have to do a 4 week Continuous
Course before your DELF Preparation Course (see course n° 1). Our Quick Test will help you to determine your level.
NOTES :
Mr Richez Pascal, Director of Alpha.b, as well as Ms Brenda Malalel and Ms Priscilla Hoor, teachers of Alpha.b, are members of the D.E.L.F. jury.

D.A.L.F - Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française

Combination Course with DALF option
Duration: 3 weeks - 20 + 15 lessons per week (see course n°3 - Combination Course)
Required level: C1 (see attached Quick Test)

The DALF C1 corresponds to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and certifies an independent language user.
This diploma allows entrance into a French University and exempts you from taking another language test.
(DALF Examination takes place at the University in Nice.)
The DALF Preparation course lasts 3 weeks and you are following a Combination Course 20 + 15. During the 15 private lessons per week you will be taught by a specialised teacher. This course covers the 4 tested language competences :
listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Description of examinations on request or on the CIEF Website: www.ciep.fr

6 - French for Teachers

  • Lessons take place from Monday to Friday
  • 2 to maximum 5 students per class
  • 1 lesson = 45 minutes.
  • Duration : 2 weeks
  • 36 lessons per week  (9.00 - 10.40 / 11.00 - 12.20/13.15 - 15.30 + workshop over 2 lessons the second week)
  • Required level : C1/C2


This course is designed for French teachers from all over the world. It will allow you to improve and/or update your linguistic skills and your knowledge of current cultural, social and economic aspects of France. Moreover several workshops are offered: Modern techniques and methods of teaching and their evolution / Pedagogic and group dynamic / Tools and games to use in class / Improvement, evaluation and control of skills / Nationalities and their specific problems in learning French language.

Programme détaillé
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7 - A Level Course

 

30 lessons per week
(9.00 - 10.40  /  11.00 - 12.20 +  3 afternoons 13.15 – 15.45)
1 OR 2 weeks

Required level: 4 to 6 years of school French. (Size: 4 - 10 students per class)
This course is designed for high school students who want to improve their knowledge of French with a view to the examination, which marks the end of their school education.

Morning lessons are devoted to grammatical and functional objectives according to the programme of the French Continuous Course (see course no. 1).
Afternoon lessons are reserved for résumé techniques and text analysis. This is also part of the next day's work to be corrected and analysed by the teacher.

1 to 2 hours per day after lessons for preparation or exercises.
All text material used in lessons deals with French literature and civilisation.

8 - 30+ French Course

Small group of 6 to maximum 8 students per class

1 lesson = 45 minutes

Duration: 1 to 4 weeks

30 lessons in a group of reduced size

Monday to Friday 9.00 – 10.40 / 11.00 – 12.20 / 13.45 – 15.15

Levels covered:  A2  to B2

30+ French is a course which has been designed for our adult clients who are looking for an intensive program of French classes, but in an environment with people in similar age group.

The course content is similar to the Intensive French Course and devoted to a practical application of your knowledge.

Although all our French courses are available for all adults, during summer time the majority of students in standard or intensive courses are between 18 and 24 years. So if you are a mature student, and prefer to study with people your own age, we can highly recommend the special 30+ Course.

9 - Club 50

15 lessons per week - Course duration: 2 weeks - 5 to 8 students per class. (Max. 10)
Lessons take place from Monday to Friday 9.30 - 10.30 / 11.00 - 12.15
Activity programme 7 afternoons - 2 evenings - 1 whole day
Required level : A2 or higher (see Quick Test)

Details
This course is designed to senior students and combines practice of French language and different aspects of French culture.

Lessons
Morning lessons are devoted to topics of cultural activities offered in the afternoon. Development with the help of plays, debates, documents by using different supports like newspapers, video, etc . Highly practical approach to the language while developing communication and comprehension. This course leads every participant to a highest possible independence when using and understanding French language.

Activities - guided and explained in French

Please note that this is a sample program which might change for participants who rebook the course

1st week

Monday 13.30 - 16.30 : visit to Nice's old town, history and colourful main squares

Tuesday 13.30 - 18.00 : museum visit (MAMAC, Chagall, Crypte OR Musée de la Photographie)

Wednesday 17.00 - 20.00 : Cuisine provençale, wine tasting …

Thursday 13.30 - 18.00 : excursion to Antibes, visit to the Picasso museum 

Friday afternoon: free time

Saturday 09.00 - 18.00 : excursion to Beaulieu and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, visit to the Kerylos and Rothschild villa 

OR 

excursion to Monaco and aquarium visit

Sunday morning : Classical music, concert at the Nice opera 


2nd week

Monday afternoon : free time

Tuesday 13.30 – 18.00 : visit to the Alziari mill 

OR visit to the Confiserie Florian 

OR Parfumerie Fragonard

Wednesday 13.30 – 17.00 : visit to the the Matisse museum and tour of the Cimiez area 

Thursday 13.30 – 17.00 : excursion to Villefranche sur Mer

Friday 13.30 – 15.00: Farewell lunch in the Aphrodite Restaurant (1* Guide Michelin)


Practical information
- All travel is by bus or train and the group is accompanied by either a teacher or our social director (Unless the activity is on a Sunday)
- For the visits to towns and villages we only choose short walking distances with several breaks .
- Apart from the excursion on the Saturday, tuition and activities are reserved for seniors only and no other students will be mixed with the group.
- Accommodation is carefully chosen near the school (less than 1 kilometre by walking)
- All activities are guided and commented in French language .

Activity programme during the February session is partly focused on Carnival events.

10 - Family course

20 lessons per week
(9.00 – 10.40 / 11.00 – 12.20)
1 or 2 weeks – All levels

This programme is designed for families, parents and children, who want to do a language stay.

Parents: You participate in our French Continuous Course (see course no. 1)
Kids: Our young learners, aged between 9 and 15 years, are taught in a mini group of 6 children with overlapping language levels.

To make learning more fun, the programme includes a lot of games, little excursions and visits.

 

11 - walk and talk program FrenchToGo

You would like to improve your French during a weekend?

You like the idea of a walk and talk program?

You love the French culture and gastronomy?

FrenchToGo is the right program for you!

Chose between 4 of the most exciting cities of France: Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier and Nice.

During your weekend FrenchToGo you visit the hotspots and the unusual parts of the city, you discover the local gastronomy and you enjoy a total immersion of the French language and culture.

FrenchToGo is unique in France and runs every weekend. The program starts on Friday at 2 p.m and ends on Sunday at 12 a.m. Maximum number of participants per session: 4.

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