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Leaving Certificate: French Course

If you are studying French for your Leaving Certificate exams 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 specifically to Irish students coming to the end of their high-school careers.

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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, which ensures that your teacher will be attentive and more than able to respond to your individual needs:

Morning:  maximum of 10 students per class

Afternoon: (Leaving Certificate specific): maximum of 5 students per class.

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.

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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 Leaving Certificate course…

  • Duration: 1-4 weeks from the 03/06/2019 to the 30/08/2019
  • Total 26 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:

  • 6 lessons per week which equates to 5 hours of teaching
  • 3 afternoons per week

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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, afternoon lessons consist of oral and written exam preparation. As a group of just Irish students you will be able to focus on the specific skills needed to thrive in your Leaving Certificate exams. The teachers have access to many past papers, so they are able to prepare current and beneficial activities. During a typical lesson, for example, the teacher may begin with quick-fire oral questions followed by an in-depth reading comprehension. The reading passages chosen, vary from B2/C1 level so you can really push yourself to the best of your abilities.


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:


How much will it cost?

For more information about prices, visit our website:


Visit our website for more information about our Leaving Certificate Course:

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

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