Alliance Française du Val de Loire
For foreigners living all year long in our area, we organize improvement courses, at a rate of two, to four hours per week; the goal of this course is to acquire the diploma of The Alliance Française de Paris, and is appropriate for young people from abroad at school in France, with board and lodging, or foreign long term visitors to local companies. Summer courses aim at a very practical approach to the French language. These intensive terms are for adults wishing to know more about today's France, and discover a beautiful region (see the map) at the same time. Courses can be augmented by the study of some of the most famous authors who once lived in the area, such as Ronsard, or Balzac. Winter programs include twenty hours of courses per week, and they are even more personal, because of the reduced number of students, the groups size varying from three to five students in that period. You have a free access to a tape recorder, and other professional language laboratory devices. Strictly personal courses can be organized (on demand), for specific needs, and there is also the possibility to organize meetings with local companies.
Centre Linquistique pour Etrangers
CLE is an independent institute for French studies founded in 1985. Our years of teaching abroad have helped us to create a friendly school with a positive working atmosphere. Whether it is to improve your French for exam purposes (A' levels, Abitur, Matura, INSEAD, etc.), to obtain a job position, or to communicate more easily with your French speaking business associates, with an aim to residing in France or simply for pleasure, CLE puts the students specifications first every time. Our intensive courses are taught by qualified teachers, who specialise in teaching French as a foreign language. Their competence and enthusiasm will make learning a pleasure. To accelerate your learning there are never more than 7 students per class. Each student benefits from a caring environment and a more comprehensive and individual attention.
Coeur de France
Cultural immersion at Coeur de France means to be totally immersed in authentic French culture in daily life, not just in the classroom environment. Programs are available from 1 to 12 weeks. An important part of what makes Coeur de France unique among language schools is our emphasis on 'understanding' as well as 'being understood'. We believe that learning a language in the real world is as valuable as learning in a classroom environment -- one complements the other -- so while you will have classroom time everyday, you will also be sent on a 'mission' from time to time during the week. For example, your teacher may ask you to go to the post office with her to purchase some stamps or change some money at the bank, buy some meat at the butcher shop, bread at the bakery, etc. You will interact with the shopkeeper or clerk, ask for information, make the purchase, etc. These authentic, unrehearsed and spontaneous conversations are observed by your teacher who is always present. Her immediate feedback helps you master what you've been studying in class. The real world becomes an extension of your classroom!
The facades and towers of the most beautiful castles in the world reach to the sky from a splendid green river landscape, and from close up, they are even more monumental than you first realised. The world famous Loire chateaux are an essential part of the culture programme. For centuries Amboise has been able to maintain its charm and offers above all else French quality of life with its measured rhythm, its culinary specialities and the spontaneity of its residents. Touraine is the region where French is spoken in its very purest form. In the centre of Amboise, Eurocentres is situated only 5 minutes from the commercial hub with its small shops, street cafés and bistros. The calm environment with its cultural richness is ideal for an intensive study of the language. The school building has good technical facilities and contains eight classrooms on the ground floor.
Le Français a la Carte
The French courses that you will take at our school are taught by certified & exprerienced teachers, who are specialized in the teaching of French as a foreign language. From previous years of experience, we have noticed that teaching on a one on one basis offers the advantage of being more flexible and more tailored to the students' needs. That's the reason why we have developed private courses and mini-groups (4 students or less) in our programs. We will exceed your expectations by taking into account your personnal, individual needs. From beginners to students of a more advanced level, your personal or business goals will be met easily as you can design your own program with the help of your teacher. Ideally located, less than an hour from Paris by TGV (high speed train) and not quite three hours from the atlantic coast, Tours and its region will seduce you with the diversity of the cultural resources and the beauty of the environment.
Le Français en Famille
Since 1993, our French family has been providing an opportunity for those who are interested in French language and culture to come to the Loire Valley, and to improve their knowledge by staying with our family and enjoying the French way of life. Lessons within the household are provided, in the family, by an experienced teacher and include written comprehension, grammar, pronunciation and conversation (15 hours/week). The courses are adapted according to the level and the rate/rhythm of each participant. This tuition allows students to familiarise themselves with French attitudes and tastes: La Vie Française. Those who wish may also take a course in French cuisine.
Institut de Touraine
The Institut de Touraine has a long history. Whilst firmly established today, it also enjoys a proud heritage. The simple holiday course, which started in 1897 and became the Institut d'Etudes Françaises de Touraine (Touraine Institute of French Studies) in 1912, has acquired a sound basis for its teaching over the years. At Tours, in the Loire Valley where, as the famous French historian Michelet said "our language is spoken with the most beautiful and purest accent of all", the Institut de Touraine has become a teaching center of international repute. It is for this reason that from its very foundation, generations have come here each year to learn French from all over the world. We respond to the motivation, the needs and the time restrictions of its students, and also set up programmes adapted to the needs of students with special requirements (one-to-one courses for people who want to concentrate on a particular skill or topic, courses for small groups with a common interest).
Language Courses Abroad - Tours
Enjoy a French language course in France at our language school in the city of Tours. A region in the heart of France where the climate is mild and the countryside beautiful and where Leonardo da Vinci, Rabelais, Ronsard, Balzac and Bergson once lived. The school was founded in 1985, and is located in the heart of the old town, with its quaint pedestrian streets, surrounded by many restaurants and terrace cafes. The school has computers and seven individual language laboratories. Students have free access to the internet. The reception area also has drinks and snacks available and use of a public phone. Tea and coffee are offered free of charge during the morning breaks. The school has a excellent library, which includes newspapers, magazines, press files, novels, reference books, books in basic French, self-correcting grammar and vocabulary tests.
Whatever your level and your motivation, you are all welcome to our French language school. All year long we welcome people of all ages from the whole world! You can stay from one week to several months. A long stay will enable you to discover France and French culture as well as the French language! If you are willing to learn quickly to develop your communication skills or if you want to improve your level of French, we will be pleased to welcome you to Tours Langues. Our classes are limited to 8 students per group (up to 10 during the summer time - from June to September). This enables us to offer you individual follow-up and to increase inter-active participation. Classes are organised according to the results of level tests which assess your written and oral comprehension and expression competencies. The teaching methods used at Tours Langues combine theory and practice. Teachers are fully qualified and make use of many different educational materials such as multi-media, press articles, etc. Role plays enable to tackle all aspects of everyday life. Our teaching team develops a communicative approach of teaching.