Sind Sie auf der Suche nach einem Französischkurs in Frankreich, der Ihnen hilft Ihre Sprach- und Landeskenntnisse zu vertiefen? Gefällt Ihnen die Vorstellung Französisch in der lebhaftesten Stadt der Côte d’Azur zu lernen? Dabei ist es Ihnen als Erwachsener jedoch wichtig mit gleichaltrigen Kursteilnehmern zu lernen? Dann melden Sie sich einfach an zum 30+ Französisch Kurs an der alpha.b Französisch Sprachschule!

Unser 30+ Französisch Kurs richtet sich an erwachsene Teilnehmer, die die Herausforderung eines Französisch Intensivprogramms mit gleichgesinnten in gleicher Altersgruppe suchen. Unser 30+ Französisch Kurs ist ähnlich wie unser Französisch Intensivkurs aufgebaut und legt den Schwerpunkt auf die praktische Anwendung der Französisch Kenntnisse. Jedoch profitieren Sie in diesem Kurs von einer kleinen Klassengrösse mit maximal 8 Teilnehmern pro Klasse!

Wie läuft der 30+ Kurs ab?

  • Um am 30+ Französisch Kurs teilzunehmen, sollten Ihre Französischkenntnisse zwischen A2-B2 liegen.
  • Sie können den 30+ Französischkurs für 1 bis 4 Wochen mieten..
  • Sie können den 30+ Französischkurs jeden Montag zwischen dem 27.05.2019 und dem 06.09.2019 beginnen.

Kurszeiten…

  • 30 Lektionen pro Woche, dies entspricht 22,5 Zeitstunden
  • Vormittag: 20 Lektionen pro Woche, dies entspricht 15 Zeitstunden
    • Montag bis Freitag – 9:00-10:40/ 11:00-12:20
  • Nachmittag: 10 Lektionen pro Woche, dies entspricht 7,5 Zeitstunden
    • Montag bis Freitag – 13:45-15:15

Wie sieht der Unterricht aus?

Egal ob Sie den alpha.b Franzöisch Grundkurs, Intensivkurs oder 30+ Kurs wählen, im Vormittagsunterricht wird immer Grammatik dabei sein, da es die Grundlage für gute Kenntnisse der Französischen Sprache ist.

In einer der 30+ Lektion, an denen ich teilgenommen habe, wurde die Platzierung der Pronomen (y, en etc.) behandelt.

Nach der Pause ging es jedoch mit mündlichem Ausdruck weiter. Für einen Debatten Wettbewerb wurde die Klasse in 3 Teams aufgeteilt. Jedes Team musste seine Debatte und überzeugenden Argumente zusammenstellen. Boris, der Lehrer, gab ganz klar die pädagogischen Ziele dieser Unterrichtseinheit an: jeder Teilnehmer sollte sich darin üben seine Ansichten klar zu verteidigen und neues Vokabular lernen..

Um als Gewinner hervor zu gehen, mussten die Teams nicht die richtige Antwort wissen. Sie mussten einfach logisch vorgehen und wortgewandt ihre Argumentation vorbringen. Dabei sollten Redewendungen wie donc, alors, par conséquent, c’est la raison pour laquelle… benutzt werden. Die Teams waren in verschiedene Klassenräume aufgeteilt, was die Lektion nicht nur lustig, sondern auch interaktiv machte. Die Fragen waren etwas seltsam, aber genau das hat die Schüler dazu gebracht als Team zusammenzuarbeiten und so kreativ wie möglich zu sein.

Warum alpha.b Französisch Sprachschule wählen?

alpha.b ist an der berühmten Côte d’Azur ansässig, wo atemberaubende Landschaften und der lockere mediterrane Lifestyle einfach dazu gehören. Die Stadt Nizza ist sehr quirlig und bietet etwas für jeden Geschmack mit seiner urigen und lebhaften Altstadt „Vieux Nice“, oder dem dazu im Kontrast stehenden Stadtzentrum, mit den vielen Grünanlagen, Shops und Bars.

Noch nicht ganz überzeugt durch diese wunderschöne Umgebung? Sie brauchen noch mehr Ermutigung? Eine der Hauptvorteile eines Französisch Sprachkurs bei alpha.b ist, dass alle unsere Lehrer einen Hochschulabschluss haben und ihre Muttersprache unterrichten. So lernen Sie Französisch mit professionellen Lehrern, die auch die Oberhand in ihrer eigenen Sprach haben!

Der Französisch Sprachkurs hört bei alphab. nicht im Klassenzimmer auf. Es gibt unzählige Möglichkeiten an Freizeitaktivitäten teilzunehmen, und dadurch noch mehr Französisch auf lustige und entspannte Art zu lernen. Auf dem Programm stehen Ausflüge zu benachbarten Städten wie Cannes/Monaco/Antibes, aber auch Wassersportarten wie Schnorcheln, Verköstigung von kulinarischen Spezialitäten aus Nizza oder ein Salsakurs zum Auffrischen Ihrer Tanzkenntnisse!

50 french course

Darüber hinaus engagiert sich alpha.b für alle Aspekte des Französisch Sprachaufenthalts seiner Schüler. Wir haben sogar einen eigenen Unterkunftsservice um Ihnen bei der richtigen Auswahl Ihrer Unterkunft in Nizza zu helfen. Egal ob Sie mit einer französischen Gastfamilie leben möchten, um beim gemeinsamen Abendessen in französischer Sprache mehr über die lokale Kultur zu erfahren, oder aber den Komfort eines Hotels vorziehen, wir sind jederzeit für Sie da.

 

Mehr Informationen zum 30+ Französisch Kurs und unsere Französisch Sprachschule in Nizza finden Sie unter: https://www.alpha-b.fr/en/our-french-course-for-over-30s/

Mein Sprachkurs bei alpha.b by Yannick S.

Erster Tag

Nachdem ich am Sonntag in Nizza angekommen bin und mich bei meiner Gastfamilie eigefunden habe, startete die Schule am Montagmorgen um neun Uhr. Karine, eine Lehrerinn von alpha.b, hat mit meiner Gruppe den Einführungstest gemacht. Für mich war der Text das Schwierigste, weil man da sein Bestes geben sollte. Ich habe mich aber nicht sonderlich vorbereitet, deswegen hatte ich etwas Mühe in allen französischen Zeiten und Modis zu schreiben. Der Rest des schriftlichen Teils war gut lösbar, trotz den 50 ankreuzbaren Fragen. Während des Tests nimmt die Lehrperson zweier Gruppen aus der Klasse, um ihnen mündlich, mehrere Fragen zu stellen. Das ist auch sehr entspannt gewesen, weil man nicht wirklich ein Prüfungsgefühl hat. Am Nachmittag nahm ich an einer Führung durch Nizza Teil, diese kann ich jedem empfehlen, der neu hier in der Schule ankommt. Man bekommt einen ersten Eindruck der Stadt und was man so alles besuchen sollte.

continuous french course

Generelle Erfahrungen

Um neun Uhr anzufangen hat fast nur Vorteile für Jugendliche. Das Gehirn eines Teenagers ist zu dieser Zeit am aufnahmefähigsten. Genau so sollte Schule überall sein, denn es bringt nichts einfach etwas zu verlangen, was nur schwierig zu erreichen ist. Bei alpha.b fängt man um neun Uhr mit dem Französisch Unterricht an, und das ist genau richtig. Ich kann mich dann voll konzentrieren und meine volle Leistung aufbringen. Während der Stunde bekommt man eine Mischung von diversen Aufgaben, hauptsächlich aber französische Grammatik. Für mich war es sehr gut ausgewogen, ich habe sehr viel Französisch gelernt. Dann aber Stress pur, das Mittagessen in 55 Minuten. Da gibt es keine Zeit, um ein bisschen zu entspannen, denn nach dem Mittagessen ging es für mich sofort wieder in das Klassenzimmer. Am Nachmittag hatten wir Französisch Intensivkurs, wo wir sehr viel geredet haben. Jeder Nachmittag hatte sein eigenes Thema, zusätzlich gestaltet jede Lehrperson ihren Unterricht anders, so wird es nie langweilig.

Ich habe hier in Frankreich viele neue Leute kennen gelernt. Die Lehrer, die immer sehr kollegial aufgetreten sind, die man hier bei alpha.b auch duzt. Sowie auch mit den Schülern, da es sehr kleine Klassen sind, lernt man die Personen sehr schnell kennen. Es ist immer gut, wenn man Freunde auf der ganzen Welt hat und genau solche habe ich hier unten bei meinem Französisch Kurs gefunden. Nizza bietet aber auch viele Gelegenheiten mit seinen neuen Freunden etwas zu unternehmen. Ich traf mich mit meinen Freunden meistens in einer der diversen Strandbars am Meer oder auch in einem Pub der Altstadt. Einkaufsmöglichkeiten gibt es aber auch in Nizza genug. Es gibt viele kleine Läden in der ganzen Stadt aber auch das « Nice Etoile » auf der Avenue Jean Médécin.

Montag- und Freitagnachmittag, sowie das Wochenende sind jeweils für die Freizeit bestimmt. Das eröffnet die Möglichkeit etwas zu unternehmen, und an der Côte d’Azur gibt es viel zu tun. Die Schule offeriert viele verschiedene Aktivitäten, von Städtereisen bis zu einem Salsa-Abend. Eine Aktivität, die ich besucht habe war das Tauchen. Das war fantastisch, wir gingen mit dem Boot nach Villefranche-sur-Mer an einem wunderschönen Tag. Ich habe unter anderen Quallen und ganze Fischschwärme gesehen. Für mich war es aber auch eine Chance wieder einmal einen Tauchgang zu machen.

Meiner Meinung nach kann man aber die umliegenden Städte auch sehr gut selbst besuchen. Ich habe Monaco und Cannes mit meinen Freunden besucht, und wir haben viel mit einander erlebt. Es ist interessant, solche weltbekannten Städte einmal zu sehen. In Cannes lohnt es sich in einem kleinen Restaurant, am Strassenrand etwas zu essen, oder sich am Sandstrand zu bräunen. In Monte Carlo sollte man unbedingt das « Musée océanographique » besuchen. Nicht nur wegen den Fischen, sondern auch weil es eine super Dachterrasse hat, um Fotos zu schiessen.

mein sprachkurs

Die Abende verbracht ich meistens gemütlich mit meinen Gasteltern in ihrem Garten. Das war immer super, hier konnte ich sehr viel lernen und ich ermutige jeden das auch so zu tun. Man kann so viel lernen, weil man sich so mehrere Stunden auf die Sprache konzentriert. Ich bin sehr zu frieden mit meiner Gastfamilie, zumal es sehr freundliche und herzhafte Personen sind. Ich habe immer gut gegessen, und das war für mich auch eines der wichtigsten Punkte für meinen Sprachaufenthalt in Frankreich. An den Sonntagen war es aber immer speziell, da niemand arbeitet. So haben wir zum Beispiel zusammen Boccia gespielt, was ja der Nationalsport der Franzosen ist. Es war sehr lustig und unterhaltsam.

Zum Schluss war mein ganzer Sprachaufenthalt gelungen. Von der Schule, über die Aktivitäten bis zur Gastfamilie war alles top. Ja ich würde das Ganze nochmals machen, jeder Zeit.

Durante il mio tempo ad alpha.b, ho accompagnato uno dei gruppi di bambini al museo delle arte asiatiche. Secondo la loro maestra, Maria, durante un corso bambini che dura una settimana, i bambini normalmente fanno 2 gite attorno Nizza (a condizione che non sia troppo caldo!). Mi ha detto che i bambini amano queste esperienze e che la varietà della routine gli fanno coinvolti e pronti ad imparare.

 

En route: heading to the train station!

Anche se normalmente esiste un massimo di 10 studenti per ogni lezione, per il corso bambini, questo non può superare 6 studenti permettendo l’insegnante di essere più attento ad ogni bambino. Di più, è fondamentale nella loro tutela durante questi viaggi.

C’è una mescolanza di età e di nazionalità nei gruppi. Questa diversità crea un’ambiente divertente e l’occasione di interagire con altre persone di culture diverse. Ho notato che la barriera linguistica non sembrava di essere un problema per niente, in ogni caso, i giovani vanno d’accordo.

Work Booklet: activities and puzzles to complete.

Dopo aver iniziato il nostro viaggio, siamo arrivati alla stazione principale ‘Gare de Nice-Ville’, poi abbiamo preso il treno a ‘Gare de Nice Saint-Augustin’ che durava solo 5 minuti ma ha contribuito alla sensazione di avventura del nostro viaggio. Dopo una camminata corta, siamo arrivati al museo moderno che aveva l’aria condizionata – il respiro necessario dal sole di agosto.

Dentro il museo, i bambini hanno cominciato rapidamente a fare le loro attività, un modo perfetto di mantenere la loro concentrazione mentale e di integrare la lingua francese nella gita.

Asian art on display.

In seguito, i bambini hanno provato di raccogliere alcuni indizi in modo da scoprire il codice segreto. Per trovare quegli indizi, dovevano guardare i video intorno al museo e dopo avere scoperto tutti gli indizi potevano vincere un premio (monete d’oro (di cioccolato))! Grazie all’interattività del esercizio, i bambini si sono divertiti tantissimi!

Student-Teacher Interaction.

Complessivamente, la mia gita al museo con Maria e la sua classe era veramente divertente e penso che sia il fattore chiave del corso bambini ad alpha.b perché gli permette di fare progressi in francese in una maniera tranquilla durante le vacanze d’estate. Se vuoi scoprire più sul corso bambini, si prega di consultare il nostro sito web: https://www.alpha-b.fr/en/kids-and-family-course-french-for-children/

Prize: Chocolate Coins!

Want to take a French language course at alpha.b language school in the heart of the French Riviera? If you are considering taking our Continuous Course: this article contains all of the necessary information that you’ll need to know and even describes an example morning class – read on to find more…

 

The Continuous Course at alpha.b is the basic French course offered by the school, which also acts as the basis for all of the other courses provided.

If you decide to take a Continuous Course here you will have 20 French lessons per week, equating to 15 hours (as each ‘lesson’ is 45 minutes).

continuous french course

Normally, the lessons take place in the morning from 9:00-10:40 / 11:00-12:20 – but, during busy periods, there is a possibility that the lessons will run from 16:15-17:45 / 18-19:30.

The course can be followed from 1 to 50 weeks and anyone can participate in the Continuous Course as people of all French abilities (from A1 to C1) are eligible.

 

However, rest-assured that you will be in a class with those matching your ability as to ensure maximum productivity and progress.

These class groups with a maximum of 10 students are decided on Monday afternoon after you will have completed an entrance test on arrival at the school which assesses grammatical knowledge, oral and writing skills. (However: don’t be put off by this – it is not, by any means, daunting and only aims to improve the time you spend here at alpha.b!)

continuous french course

Our Continuous Course primarily focuses on key aspects that will aid you in mastering the French language. For example: teaching and reinforcement of grammar rules; gaining new vocabulary; improved oral confidence; reading and listening comprehension and writing skills.

In order to support your learning, you will always be given homework to complete for the following lesson (the next day). But again, do not worry, as you will be provided with an ‘alpha.book’ – a grammatical, phonetic and vocabulary resource created by our very own alpha.b French teachers that you can use if you are stuck.

continuous french course

After spending the morning in a B1+ Continuous Class I was able to witness first-hand the quality of teaching at alpha.b. First of all, the lesson followed a clear and organised structure and it was taught at a continuous pace ensuring maximum efficiency. However, the teacher also recognised when he was required to slow down and give more in-depth explanations on certain areas, allowing him to truly cater for everyone’s needs. It was also evident that a variety of linguistic skills are worked on in each lesson through the implementation of practical and interactive activities.

The morning started by concentrating on the ‘Style Indirect’ a grammar topic that often raises issues for learners of French. Although the class worked on this grammar point as a group, pupils had to respond both individually and orally which allowed the students to improve their speaking ability whilst the teacher could observe and assess them individually.

Following this, the class began to read a text together – demonstrating the collective and inclusive environment present in alpha.b lessons. Not only did the class work on their reading comprehension, they were also able to put into practice the grammar they had learnt in the previous part of the lesson and learn some vocabulary that would be essential for the following part! As with many lessons at alpha.b – the text chosen lead to a discussion around the topic and encouraged the class to tackle some current world-issues such as sustainability and politics.

This morning lesson was rounded up with an exercise that tested their listening comprehension. Using the modern tablets, the students watched YouTube videos based on the article that they had just read. Their teacher constantly reiterated that they were able to complete the task at their individual pace which demonstrates that even though the classes at alpha.b are already small – the teachers really value the importance of each pupil!

Although they were not obliged to do so, the teacher offered the students extra optional activities on the ‘Conditionnel’  tense that they could do at home and bring back to him to be marked. This is testament to how you can really push yourself whilst staying at alpha.b with the support of our university-graduate teachers.

 

If the Continuous Course sounds right up your street, find out more information on how to sign up, on our website: https://www.alpha-b.fr/en/your-general-french-course-in-nice/.

If you are studying French at A-Level and are looking for a programme that will help you to boost your grade, look no further than alpha.b!

alpha.b is a dedicated French language school located in the centre of Nice, that offers courses tailored to English students preparing for their final French A-Level exams.

a level course

But why choose alpha.b?

If the stunning (and sunny!) backdrop of the Côte-d’Azur is not enough to tempt you, then rest assured that alpha.b has excellent teachers who are all native-speakers with university degrees. Another advantage of choosing alpha.b is the small class size that you will benefit from – a maximum of 10 students per class ensures that your teacher will be attentive and able to respond to your individual needs.

The combination of an immersive French experience with expert teachers can only enhance your French abilities. You will be able to improve the essential skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) needed to succeed whether you’re just wanting to achieve your personal best or perhaps use French at university and beyond.

Not only will you expand and consolidate your knowledge of French, you will be able to meet students from all over the world.

There are also a wide variety of activities on offer each week, enabling you to relax after lessons and thoroughly enjoy your time here in Nice. These may include: visits to the nearby luxurious destinations of Cannes and Monaco; opportunities to take part in water-sports or group excursions to taste the local cuisine.

a level bac

How does it work?

Those who have studied French at school for (at least) 4 years are eligible. Here is a brief overview of the A-Level course…

  • Duration: 1-2 weeks
  • Total 30 lessons per week which equates to 5 hours of teaching

Morning Programme:

  • 20 lessons per week which equates to 15 hours of teaching
  • the lessons are from 9:00-10:40 and 11:00-12:20 (20-minute break) Monday-Friday

Afternoon Programme:

  • 10 lessons per week which equates to 5 hours of teaching
  • lessons are 13:15-15:45, 3 afternoons per week (usually, Tuesday-Thursday)

 

What will I study?

During your morning sessions here at alpha.b, you will focus on specific topics and grammar points that are taught according to the French Continuous Course.

Whereas, in your afternoon lessons, you will focus on summary techniques and text analysis. All of the texts used within the classes will be on French literature and civilisation. You will also have some work to complete before the next lesson so that you can go over and correct the answers in class, together with the teacher. But, don’t worry as the alpha.book (a grammatical, phonetic and vocabulary resource) is provided by the school, should you be, at all, stuck.

A level course Nice

 

Example Afternoon Lesson:

I spent an afternoon lesson with a group of students preparing for their A-Level exams. This particular lesson was led by Sandrine, who was engaging, encouraging and energetic, and focused on the use of opinion phrases. Expressing your opinion is an essential skill for French A-Level in order to prove to the examiner that you are able to eloquently express your personal views. As you may already know, depending on the opinion phrase used, it is sometimes necessary to use the subjunctive mood instead of the indicative and so, there was also a discussion around this fundamental area of grammar.

One of the students in the class had already mastered this topic and was alternatively set a challenging reading comprehension exercise to do. The differentiation within the class ensured that each individual was properly stimulated, and it was great to see a variety of skills, necessary to master the language, (i.e. reading/listening/writing/speaking) within the same classroom.

Each student then had to prepare a short oral presentation on the theme of love and be ready to answer questions posed by their classmates relating to their speech. Due to the small size of the class, this activity was very inclusive whilst also challenging each individual.

One student introduced the concept of age in relationships, which transpired to a discussion of French current affairs as the French president: Emanuel Macron is married to a woman 24 years his senior!

We rounded up the lesson with a game of questions, where the person in the hot seat could not answer with neither “OUI” nor “NON”, encouraging the students to put into practice what they had just learnt during the lesson.

After spending an afternoon in Sandrine’s class – I would recommend anyone considering an A-Level preparation course at alpha.b to take the plunge! Why not swap your normal classroom for one in the setting of beautiful, sunny Nice with experienced, French-native teachers?

 

When can I start?

  • The Easter A-Level revision course takes place for 1 week… commencing the 15/04/2019
  • The Summer A-Level revision course takes place for 1 or 2 weeks… from the 01/07/2019 to the 23/08/2019

 

Where will I stay?

In terms of accommodation, there are many options to explore whilst learning at alpha.b.

Whether it be a with a host family, in a student residence or in a hotel, you can find out more information here: https://www.alpha-b.fr/en/our-accommodation/

 

How much will it cost?

For more information about prices, visit our website: https://www.alpha-b.fr/en/prices/

 

Visit our website for more information on our A-Level Course: https://www.alpha-b.fr/en/preparing-for-french-exams-to-finish/

On our website, you will also be able to send an email to our office, should you have any more enquiries.

During my time at alpha.b I accompanied one of the Kids Course classes on their trip to the Museum of Asian Arts. According to their teacher, Maria, during a week-long Kids Course one can normally expect 2 trips around Nice (provided it’s not too hot!). She ensured me that the children love these experiences and that the variety in their routine keeps them engaged and willing to learn.

Whilst there is normally a maximum of 10 students per class, for children, this is capped at 6 allowing the teacher to be more attentive with each pupil. This also guarantees their safety during these excursions which is fundamental and prioritised.

En route: headed to the train station!

There is a mixture of ages (9-15) and nationalities within the groups. This diversity creates a fun environment and the chance to interact with others of different cultures. I noticed that the language barrier didn’t seem to matter for them, as young children they’ll get on regardless!

Work booklet: puzzles and activities to complete.

We embarked on our outing and arrived at the main train station ‘Gare de Nice-Ville’. From there, we took the train to ‘Gare de Nice Saint-Augustin’ which only lasted 5 minutes but made the visit feel more like an adventure. After a short walk we arrived at the modern museum which was equipped with air-con and the perfect respite from the August sunshine.

Artefacts on display at the museum.

Once inside the museum, the children quickly got to work filling out their activity booklets, a great way to keep them focused and to incorporate French language into the visit.

Teacher-pupil interaction.

Following this, the children began solving the mystery code booklet which they could complete by watching the videos at various stations around the museum. With the incentive of a prize (gold (chocolate coins) when they cracked the code and the interactivity of this multimedia exercise, they thoroughly enjoyed this part of the day.

Prize: chocolate coins!

Overall, my trip to the museum with Maria’s class was very fun – which I think is the key to the kids course here at alpha.b. As a result, this allows them to progress with their French in a relaxed manner during their summer holiday!

To find out more about the Kids Course or any of the other courses we offer at alpha.b, visit our website: https://www.alpha-b.fr/en/kids-and-family-course-french-for-children/

 

Looking for a French course that will help you to improve your language skills and expand your cultural knowledge? Tempted by the prospect of studying French on the spectacular Côte d’Azur in the heart of its most vibrant city, Nice? But… as an adult you would prefer to study with others of the same age? Then come and join the 30+ French Course at alpha.b language school!

Our 30+ French Course is designed for adult students who want to challenge themselves by taking an intensive French programme, with other like-minded pupils of a similar age. Our 30+ French Course is very similar to our general Intensive Course and focuses on practical application of your knowledge. However, you will benefit from a maximum of just 8 mature students in your class!

individual french lessons

 

How does it work?

  • In order to participate in the 30+ Course you must already have a French level between: A2-B2.
  • You can follow the 30+ Course from 1 to 4 weeks.
  • Our 30+ Course starts every Monday from the 27/05/2019 to the 06/09/2019.

Structure…

  • 30 lessons per week which equates to 22h30 hours of teaching
  • Morning: 20 lessons per week which equates to 15 hours of teaching
    • Mon-Fri – 9:00-10:40/ 11:00-12:20
  • Afternoon: 10 lessons per week which equates to 7h30 hours of teaching
    • Mon-Fri – 13:45-15:15

 

What are the lessons like?

Whether you choose the alpha.b Continuous, Intensive or 30+ French Course, your morning lessons will always feature grammar – an essential basis for mastering the French language.

In one particular 30+ lesson that I attended, this grammatical topic was the placement of pronouns (y, en etc.).

However, after the break, the class moved on to practice their oral skills during a debate competition. The class was organised into 3 teams to plan and put forward their winning arguments. Boris, the teacher, clearly stated that the objective of the lesson was for each student to develop their ability to defend their point of view whilst also learning new vocabulary.

To win, the teams didn’t need the right answer, they just had to be logical and eloquently explain their reasoning using phrases such as: donc, alors, par conséquent, c’est la raison pour laquelle… The teams were separated around the school which made this lesson not only fun but interactive. The questions were bizarre but this pushed the students to collaborate as a team and to be as creative as possible.

 

Why choose alpha.b?

alpha.b is based on the beautiful French Riviera where you can make the most of its stunning scenery and relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle. Nice, itself, is a very lively city that offers something for everyone, whether that be the quaint and bustling old town, ‘Vieux Nice’ or the contrasting modern centre with its many parks, shops and bars.

Not convinced by its gorgeous setting and need more encouragement? One of the main advantages of alpha.b is that all of our teachers are both university graduates and native speakers. Therefore, you can learn French from professional individuals who also have the upper hand as French is their mother tongue!

Life at alpha.b goes beyond the 4 walls of each classroom. There are countless opportunities to take part in a varied range of activities after your lessons so that you can continue learning French in a fun and relaxed manner. We offer: trips to the near-by cities of Cannes/Monaco/Antibes; activities such as snorkelling and water sports or excursions to try the local Niçoise cuisine or brush up on your salsa skills!

Moreover, alpha.b is a school dedicated to its students and every aspect of their time spent here. We even have our own in-house accommodation service to help you find the perfect solution for your stay in Nice. Whether you want to live with a French family so that you can discuss and learn more about the local culture over evening meals or prefer the comfort of a hotel, we are here to help.

cours francais pour adultes

To find out more information about this course and our language school, visit our website: https://www.alpha-b.fr/en/our-french-course-for-over-30s/

Nessuno può negare che quasi tutti i primi giorni possono essere spaventosi sia a scuola sia a lavoro. Infatti, ero abbastanza preoccupata per il mio primo giorno a Nizza. Comunque poco dopo essere arrivata ad alpha.b, mi sono resa conto che non era per niente preoccupante.

School Entrance

La scuola si trova facilmente vicino alla strada commerciale principale della città (Jean Médecin) e con le bacheche di benvenuto, non avrai nessun problema. Ma nel caso raro in cui non è così, il personale è veramente accogliente e tutti vogliono aiutarti.

In modo da avere la migliore esperienza ad alpha.b, bisogna fare una prova per determinare il corso che seguirai. La prova è composta di 3 parti – l’orale, lo scritto e la grammatica, è una maniera veloce e efficace per trovare il livello giusto per te.

Nel pomeriggio, come ricompensa per la prova, c’era una guida della bellissima Nizza! Pacôme ci ha mostrato alcune delle viste più importanti e belle della città, confermano che avevo scelto la scuola giusta per me: imparare il francese in un ambiente così animato – chi vorrebbe più?

Pacôme - Tour Guide

Personalmente, amavo il “Palais de Justice”, la “Place Massena” e “Cours Saleyna” – una zona vivace con degli mercati durante il giorno e molti ristoranti e bar a notte. Per quanto riguarda il “Promenade des Anglais” un corso di 7km lungo la costa, pensavo che la storia fosse affascinante: è stato dato il suo nome a causa degli inglesi che sono venuti per passare l’inverno a Nizza scappando il freddo inglese e trovando l’aria fresca del mare.

Palais de Justice Place Massena

Però, per scorpire la vista la più ottima di Nizza, non mancare la “Colline du Château”. In origine il castello venne costruito per proteggere i residenti contro le invasioni barbariche dopo la caduta dell’impero romano, oggi è il punto di osservazione perfetto per ammirare la costa e il porto mentre passeggiando nei giardini pittoreschi .

Prima che il mio giorno sia stato finito, sono andata alla festa settimanale ad un locale nel centro di ‘Vieux Nice’, l’occasione ideale per incontrare i miei colleghi futuri, mi mettendo subito a proprio agio.

View from Colline du Château

 

Alla fine, ho passato un’ottimo primo giorno a alpha.b e consiglierei tutti che stanno pensando di fare un corso di francese ad alpha.b di farlo senza esitazione! Per maggiori informazioni su alpha.b e i corsi che offriamo, si prega di consultare il nostro sito web: https://www.alpha-b.fr/en/your-general-french-course-in-nice/

 

If the words Intensive French Course sound intimidating to you… then rest-assured that an Intensive French Course at alpha.b is not as daunting as it might first appear! Our Intensive Course is just an extension of the Continuous Course, with the added opportunity to continue learning and practicing your French for 3 afternoon sessions per week with the help of our encouraging and supportive teachers.

Course Structure

  • 30 lessons per week which equates to 5 hours of teaching
    • (each lesson = 45 minutes)
  • Morning: 20 lessons per week which equates to 15 hours of teaching:
    • 9:00-10:40/11:00-12:20 or 16:15-17.45/18-19:30
    • (although lessons usually take place in the morning, during our busiest periods of the year we cannot always guarantee that this will be the case)
  • Afternoon: 10 lessons per week across 3 afternoons which equates to 5 hours of teaching
    • 13:15-16:00 (with a 15-minute break)
  • The Intensive Course requires that you have a level of French between A2-C1.
  • On the first day of your course (Monday) you will complete an entrance test which assesses grammatical knowledge, oral and writing skills. This is so that we can place you in a class with others of a similar French level to ensure maximum productivity and progress. (However: don’t be put off by the test – it only aims to improve your b experience!)
  • Each class has a maximum of 10 students, so the teachers at b are able to be very attentive and can adapt to your individual needs.
  • You can follow the Intensive Course from 1-24 weeks and the course starts every Monday from 07/01/2019 to the 20/12/2019.

Course Content

As your morning lessons will follow the same structure as the Continuous Course, they will focus on key aspects that will aid you in mastering the French language. For example: teaching and reinforcement of grammar rules; gaining new vocabulary; improved oral confidence; reading and listening comprehension and writing skills.

In order to support your learning, you will always be given homework to complete for the following lesson (the next day). But again, do not worry, as you will be provided with an ‘alpha.book’ – a grammatical, phonetic and vocabulary resource created by our very own alpha.b French teachers that you can use if you are stuck.

As for the afternoon lessons, you will be able to reinforce the skills that you have learnt through practical application.  You will discuss cultural, social, political and economic aspects of French life and depending on your level will tackle a variety of topics such as: opinion polls, debates, literature, history, theatre and music.

I attended a typical afternoon session which was led by Boris. There was an extremely light-hearted and fun atmosphere in the classroom which confirmed that ‘intensive’ does not mean rigid or frightening at all!

This particular lesson focused on oral expression and the theme was ‘racconte-nous une histoire’ i.e. ‘tell us a story’. The overall objective of the lesson was for each student to come up with various interesting stories and be able to present them to the class in a confident and coherent manner. Everyone received a sheet with more than 15 headings that could inspire such tales and brain-stormed independently for 5 or so minutes. After that, each member of the class took it in turns to present a story and thanks to the small class sizes – everyone was heard, and everyone received feedback directly from Boris!

As with all of the teachers at alpha.b – Boris is a native-speaker which is fundamental for our students as they are able to pick up both grammar and idioms from someone who really knows their stuff!

Overall, this was a very valuable lesson and it was evident that each student wanted to be there and was keen to learn and improve. Following an Intensive French Course at alpha.b is a brilliant way to improve your French in the company of like-minded individuals from all over the world!

Why choose alpha.b?

Apart from the amazing academic aspects that the school provides (small class size and university graduate, native-speaking teachers), alpha.b offers a complete French learning experience. With the stunning backdrop of the Côte d’Azur, and its prime location in the centre of Nice, at alpha.b you can learn French whilst also benefiting from the Mediterranean way of life in a French-speaking environment.

We also offer many activities that you can participate in after lessons, whether it be: trips to the near-by cities of Cannes/Monaco/Antibes; activities such as snorkelling and water sports or excursions to try the local Niçoise cuisine or brush up on your salsa skills – there really is something for everyone!

What’s more – we have our own in-house accommodation service which enables you to find the perfect living arrangements whilst you are in Nice. You may wish to stay in a hotel or live with a French host family to make the most of your immersive French experience. Whatever your preference, we have many options that you can explore for your time at alpha.b.

 

If you wish to find out more about our Intensive French Course and our French language school, head to our website: https://www.alpha-b.fr/en/your-general-french-course-in-nice/

Vuoi seguire un corso di lingua francese ad alpha.b – la scuola linguistica nel cuore della Riviera Francese? Se stai pensando di seguire il nostro Corso Continuo: questo articolo contiene tutte le informazioni essenziali di cui avrai bisogno e anche descrive un esempio di una mattina – leggi per scoprire maggiori informazioni…

 

Il Corso Continuo ad alpha.b è il corso di base di lingua francese della scuola, che anche agisce come il fondamento di tutti gli altri corsi.

Se decidi di seguire un Corso Continuo qui, avrai 20 lezioni di francese a settimana che sono analoghi a 15 ore a settimana (perché ogni ‘lezione’ è equivalente a 45 minuti).

Normalmente le lezioni avvengono nella mattina da 9:00-10:40 / 11:00-12:20 – ma, durante l’alta stagione, è possibile che le lezioni avvengano da 16:15-17:45 / 18-19:30.

Si può seguire il corso da 1 a 50 settimane, e chiunque voglia partecipare al Corso Continuo, avrà la possibilità perché accettiamo tutti i livelli di francese (da A1 a C1).

 

Comunque, sta’ tranquillo che sarai in una classe con gli altri che hanno la stessa capacità (di te) per assicurare la massima produttività e i massimi progressi.

Tutti i gruppi hanno un massimo di 10 studenti e questi gruppi vengono decisi dai risultati del test d’ingresso ogni lunedì. Questo test è utilizzato per valutare la tua conoscenza grammaticale e le tue competenze di parlare e di scrivere. (Però: non scoraggiarti, il test non sarà in alcun modo spaventoso e il suo scopo è solamente migliorare il tuo soggiorno ad alpha.b!)

Il nostro Corso Continuo è incentrato prima di tutti sugli aspetti chiavi affinché tu possa padroneggiare la lingua francese. Per esempio: insegnamento e impiego di regole grammatiche; vocabolario nuovo; maggiore fiducia in sé stesso per quanto riguarda parlare; comprensione all’ascolto e alla lettura; competenze per scrivere.

In modo da rafforzare le cose che avrai imparato in classe, riceverai sempre i compiti da fare per la lezione seguente (il prossimo giorno). Ma, non preoccuparti, perché alpha.book è a tua disposizione (una risorsa grammaticale e fonetica, creata dai nostri professori francesi) se ti imbatti in problemi.

french for exams

Dopo aver passato la mattina in una lezione di B1+ Continuo, avevo l’occasione di essere testimone della qualità dell’insegnamento ad alpha.b. In primo luogo, la lezione aveva una struttura chiara e ben organizzata, è stata insegnata a ritmo constante assicurando la massima efficienza. Comunque, il professore capiva quando bisognava rallentare per spiegare più profondamente alcuni aspetti della lezione perché tutti capissero. Era anche evidente che in ogni lezione ci si esercita a una varietà di competenze linguistiche attraverso attività praticali e interattivi.

Innanzitutto, il centro della lezione era il ‘Style Indirect’ un argomento grammaticale che crea spesso i problemi per chi vuole imparare il francese. Sebbene gli studenti facessero l’esercizio insieme, dovevano rispondere individualmente e ad alta voce – migliorando la loro capacità di parlare contemporaneamente a dando al professore la possibilità di osservare i suoi studenti in maniera indipendente.

In seguito, hanno cominciato a leggere un testo insieme – dimostrando l’ambiente aperto a tutti ch’è presente nelle lezioni di alpha.b. Di più, attraverso questo esercizio mettevano in pratica la grammatica che avevano già imparato e imparavano qualche vocabolario essenziale per la parte seguente della lezione! Il testo scelto ha mirato a una discussione sulle vicende di attualità come la sostenibilità e la politica.

Poi hanno fatto un esercizio della comprensione all’ascolto. Usando i tablet moderni, gli studenti hanno guardato i video YouTube basati sul testo. Il loro professore ha detto molte volte che potevano fare l’esercizio secondo la loro velocità personale – dimostrando che perfino nelle classi piccole, i professori rispettano ogni studente!

Alla fine, il professore ha fornito gli esercizi ulteriori (ma non obbligatori) sul ‘Conditionnel’ affinché potessero avere un’altra cosa da fare a casa se necessario – ch’è la testimonianza del fatto che si può veramente sfidarti ad alpha.b con il sostengo dei nostri professori laureati (al livello universitario).

 

Se vuoi sapere più sul Corso Continuo, si prega di consultare il nostro sito web per maggiori informazioni: https://www.alpha-b.fr/en/your-general-french-course-in-nice/