Why learn French in France?
Every year, thousands of people decide to learn French in France. Why?
Would you like to study French, for work or for pleasure, in a way that’s fun and inspiring? Whether you’re a beginner or looking to improve your skills, learning another language is always difficult. Taking a language course in the relevant country offers the perfect solution. So, if you’ve opted to come to the Centre International d’Antibes to learn the language of Molière in France, congratulations! You’ve made a great choice to learn French in France, because you’ll be able to engage with local people. Deciding to travel to France means taking advantage of immersion in the language. You’ll have the chance to communicate with native speakers and experience how French people live on an everyday basis.
To discover Antibes, the perfect environment for learning on the Côte d’Azur
The French lessons you’ve chosen will be held in Antibes, a renowned seaside resort which is full of charm. And there’s plenty of things to do in Antibes – alongside some utterly unforgettable beaches, we also have an old town and covered market that are well worth a detour. You’ll see that you can spend your holidays studying without giving up all your free time and while still taking full advantage of the summer. Teenagers who opt for the “junior programme” attend classes in the morning, and have a number of different options in the afternoon: intensive classes, sporting activities, a bit of free time... Swap your pen, rubber and exercise book for a pair of shades, a beach towel and some sunscreen!
To learn more about French culture and traditions
French lessons at the Centre International d’Antibes aim to promote communication and encourage all students to engage in discussion. A relaxed atmosphere means that it’s easier to share views with your classmates. Finally, the cultural aspect is key: learning a foreign language is also about understanding the lifestyles and traditions of the people who speak it. In France, you will be truly experiencing the culture of the country – and that makes all the difference!
By staying in Antibes, you’ll also be able to visit Provence, a region that has stirred the passions of countless artists, including Braque, Chagall and Cézanne. And don’t forget to check out the locations which inspired great writers such as Frédéric Mistral and Marcel Pagnol, who described this beautiful region so eloquently. Provence, which is only a short journey from the Côte d’Azur, is guaranteed to win you over with its sunshine, cicadas and lavender fields stretching as far as the eye can see.
To engage in everyday communication
If you’re a beginner, you’ll need to use French to obtain information or ask for directions, to accept or decline an invitation and, of course, to get by in all sorts of day-to-day situations. If you want to communicate, don’t be shy about approaching the locals and making it clear that you’d like to exchange a few words in their language. Be sure to pay attention to their body language and try to pick up some informal vocabulary. It might come in handy!
To travel or work in French-speaking countries
Learn French in France is the best way to improve your pronunciation, since you will be listening to native speakers all day long. Speaking French is an important skill for travelling not only to France itself, but also to other French-speaking countries and regions, such as Quebec, Belgium or Switzerland. Did you know that nearly 275 million people are learning French, making it not just the fifth most widely spoken language in the world, but also the second most commonly studied language after English? Not bad, I think you’ll agree!
Here are another couple of facts that not everyone is aware of: French is the third leading language used in business, and the fourth biggest language on the Internet. Many students at the Centre International d’Antibes take classes for professional reasons: maybe their firm has commercial relationships with the French-speaking world, or perhaps they’re looking to find a job with a French company. Young adults also learn French because they need to improve their skills to enrol in higher education. As the Centre International d’Antibes is a European Union-approved school, some students are European civil servants or parliamentarians. French is, of course, one of the three working languages of the European Commission, so members of the European Parliament are regular visitors to our school.
To pick up new learning techniques
To learn your favourite language, you can take the traditional route – attending French classes at a school or reading books in French. But there are also lots of other ways which are equally effective and, best of all, completely free. First, if you are learning French at our school in Antibes on the Côte d’Azur, you’ll gradually learn to communicate. Talking about the weather, asking someone to help you, and describing what you are going to do today are all simple discussions, but they are always beneficial. Don’t be shy about engaging in conversation with your neighbours, on public transport or in shops. You can also borrow books and films from regular and media libraries. The radio is another great source of information, and last but not least, don’t forget to check out free newspapers, watch television and get online.
How to keep up your French once you’re back home
We’re all keen to improve our skills while we’re at home. The first thing to is to get back to some oral comprehension exercises, to train your ear. Watch films or TV series in their original language and avoid relying on the English subtitles! You could also consider checking out our website, Le Français et Vous. Here, you’ll find news articles about cultural topics (books, music, films, etc.), as well as vocabulary and grammar exercises, and phonetics practice, too. It’s highly interactive and a lot of fun, so it’s a good way to ensure that you don’t lose what you’ve learned. Of course, reading books, short stories and comics is essential and will help to expand your vocabulary. Finally, it can be a good idea to stay in touch with the people you met during your stay (your host family, friends, teachers, etc.) – you can communicate via social media or email. We also offer courses where you can learn French online to continue your experience.
Jean-Luc PICHON - 03/09/2020