The top school for French courses in ParisA French school for adults in a Haussmanian building, a few minutes from the Opéra de Paris (Paris Opera).
Established in 1988, our school is in the Grands Boulevards district, in the heart of Paris.In an exclusive location near the Opera, the Louvre, the Pompidou Center and department stores.
To learn French in this district of Paris is to learn to speak in the heart of traditional Paris, the France of cafés, both fluent French and the charming phrasing of the Parisians who eke out a living here and there.
In its 30 years offering French as a foreign language (FLE), the school has played host to almost 60,000 students of 60 different nationalities. Professional, hands-on teaching methods made easier by small groups, encourages and motivates students, boosting their creativity and enabling them to engage in unbridled learning. As such, the school has been awarded “Qualité” certification by the French administration and has the highest possible rankings in all areas.
1 week minimum
The school offers a wide range of French courses that can be customized to your needs and wishes.
20 lessons of 45' per week in the morning
26 lessons of 45' per week in the morning
In particular, intensive classes in the morning, 20 or 26 classes from 9.00 am to midday or 1.00 pm depending on the classes you choose, taught in groups of no more than 14 students, which give participants the time to explore the town for the rest of the day.
The school also offers DELF preparation workshops in addition to the 2 afternoons a week of morning classes, or business French, in the morning and/or afternoon, which can be adapted to individual timetables.
Generally, classes are taught in a relaxed environment and an emphasis is placed on reading and listening comprehension as well as spoken and written production. As such, each participant can easily take part and become more confident in their ability to communicate in French.
A school with an ideal location on “les grands boulevards”
Your accommodation will be in a typically Parisian building, in a very good location in the heart of the French capital. The school has 20 classrooms equipped with modern audiovisual equipment, a pleasant cafeteria and relaxation space.
Wherever you are staying, the school will be in easy reach as it is served by good public transport links (subway, bus and regional train network).
(Subway: Grands boulevards station, lines 8 and 9, Bus: routes 20, 39, 48, 67, 74 et 85)
1 week minimum
For your stay in Paris, we offer you a wide range of accommodation suited to all ages and all budgets.
Wide choice for all budgets
As such, depending on your selection criteria, you may opt for a hotel, a hotel-apartment or student residence, or you may choose to stay with a Parisian host family.
This accommodation has been selected with care for your comfort, taking into account the distance to school and transport.
All of our accommodation is within Paris itself.
Good reasons for learning french in Paris
The city of Paris is a must for all French-learners and all those who want to familiarize themselves with French culture. A romantic city par excellence, the City of Light has many virtues. By studying French in Paris, you can combine learning a language with cultural exploration. However, be careful not to be too distracted by this beautiful stranger!
French is first and foremost the language of culture and literature.Many writers have lived in the capital, including Victor Hugo who, in 1832, decided to set up home in an apartment on Place des Vosges, where he stayed until 1848. At the end of his life the famous author of Froth on the Daydream, Boris Vian, chose the eighteenth arrondissement as his place of residence. Voltaire, Marcel Pagnol and Romain Gary also chose the Parisian way of life. As for Emile Zola and Alexandre Dumas fils, they were born in the second arrondissement.
But French is also the language of fashion, elegance and refinement.
And these characteristics reflect the city of Paris perfectly! Let’s not forget that the capital remains the center of haute couture. Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Hermès, Lanvin have many stores on the Champs-Elysées and the prestigious avenue Montaigne. If you are interested in the luxury sector, Paris is also a very good choice.
Want to get some air after class?No problem, Paris offers many ideal spots for a walk or a jog. The Tuileries and Luxembourg gardens, Parc Montsouris and the banks of the Seine are all places that are conducive to these activities.
French is the language of thought and the Enlightenment.
You are no doubt aware that Paris is home to the prestigious Sorbonne university. Other places dedicated to higher education include the prestigious Grandes écoles: l’Ecole Polytechnique, l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), HEC, Sciences Po and l’Ecole Normale Supérieure etc. Journalism and advertising schools, engineering schools, hospitality schools, cinema schools: you are spoiled for choice.
The world's oldest city (yes, we can make this claim!) is also an economic and financial center of major importance for Europe and the world. That's fortunate since we all know that a French diploma looks good on a CV and opens up opportunities in many areas (tourism, diplomacy etc.).
If you are learning French and looking to improve, it is not just because you love the French language but also the French way of life, one of the characteristics of which is the particular importance placed on the pleasure of eating and drinking. Paris remains the perfect place to get to know and appreciate gastronomy.
Finally, studying in Paris offers you access to an exceptional cultural experience.
You will have the opportunity to find yourself within easy reach of museums like the Pompidou Center with works by artists such as Matisse, Ernst, Braque and Dubuffet. There are also many free museums as well as open-access exhibitions. Not to mention the Louvre, Orsay and the Musée du quai Branly. Of course, if the idea of wandering around museums does not fill you with joy and you prefer to take a trip to Disneyland, that's not a problem!
If you are coming to develop your skills in the language of Molière, be careful not to allow yourself to be distracted by the many temptations on offer in the capital and its surrounding areas.
Mean-spirited people will tell you that nothing compares to the tranquility of the provinces, that Paris is a noisy city, that accommodation is very expensive, that its somewhat arrogant inhabitants waste an unbelievable amount of time in gridlock and that fresh air is a rarity.
Other naysayers will remind you that the Champs-Elysées is famous not just for its luxury stores, but also for demonstrations of charming men dressed in yellow who will take pleasure in creating an atmosphere! The good news is that when listening to their slogans you will have the huge privilege of expanding your vocabulary of slang and informal language...
As for the weather, Paris enjoys one thousand seven hundred hours of sunshine a year. Nice has over one thousand hours more! It’s your choice...
Did we mention that Paris has wine? It's true! But the vines in Montmartre do not produce Saint-Emilion or Pétrus! It is indeed true that great chefs such as Christian Le Squer, Michel Rostang, Alain Passard and Joël Robuchon add to Paris’s prestige. But typical Parisian fare also include simple products such as the millefeuille, croque-monsieur, Brie, Paris mushrooms and Paris-style ham. The cuisine of bistros and brasseries is also worthy of interest. Moreover, in terms of gastronomy, cities like Lyon and Bordeaux are also worth a trip.
Although Paris is home to some 110 different nationalities, you must not lose sight of the fact that speaking French all day is a necessary condition for improving. Regardless of whether Parisians are difficult to approach due to their hectic lives: it's up to you to find the energy to get to know them. It is then that you will understand that accusations of snobbery and arrogance are nothing but stereotypes.
Finally, learning French in Paname (the slang name for the capital) should not prevent you from learning other accents later, such as the melodious accent of the South, the Picard accent and the accent of the suburbs. To get an idea of the cheeky “parigot” (Parisian French) accent of Belleville or Ménilmontant, you will have to go back to the songs of Edith Piaf and Renaud or the films of Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Gabin, André Pousse or Arletty. Today, Parisians have a more neutral diction since the dialects that once existed in Paris have gradually given way to standard French. In any event, Paris is a city with multiple artistic, cultural and linguistic facets and is all the better for it!