Language schools in France

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An informative list of French languages schools in France by region and tips on how to learn French fast and where to learn French online.

The surest way to ensure a smooth transition in your new life in France as an expat is through French language learning. The French are understandably keen on using their own language and speaking English is not as useful if your goal is to intergrate well and quicker. Luckily, there are many French language schools in France that offer courses to beginner, intermediate and advanced students aiming to learn French.

French language classes vary in price ranges depending on schools, speaking level and the intensity and frequency of classes among others. For those who lack time, various resources on how to learn French are also available online, through mobile apps and numerous desktop software.

Here is an extensive list of French language courses in France and French language schools in Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Cannes and Montpellier. 

You can also check if any top French universities offer French language courses or see Expatica's listings of French language schools in France

French language schools in France with a national presence

Alliance Francaise

The well-known French language learning institution Alliance Francaise has branches almost anywhere, both in France and around the world. It is dedicated to promoting French worldwide: classes, cultural activities, and French certification. French language classes cover all levels of French language learning, from complete beginner (level A1) to autonomous (level C1). Intensive, extensive and evening classes are offered. They offer different packages with which you can combine your general French class with any of our other classes (workshops, personalised packages etc) during the same period, building a French training course adapted to your needs, availability and objectives.

Locations: Bordeaux, Nice, Paris and St-Malo
Contact: alliancefr.org

Azurlingua

FLE Accredited, the school approaches French language learning from a practical perspective to help you in how to learn French fast. It sees its purpose as to allow you to acquire varied knowledge while rapidly developing your communication skills in French. Favouring scenarios of real life and based on a large number of teaching materials (authentic documents, records video, audio, comics, articles press clips and French songs, movie clips and French novels), the teaching method in their French languages courses aims to stimulates your desire to continuously learn and express yourself. Teachers are native French speakers. All university graduates, they seek to improve your French language skills and provide you with assistance throughout your stay. 

Locations: Cannes, Nice, St Tropez
Contact: azurlingua.com

Berlitz

The international school for French language courses has 28 centres across France in all major cities. Teaching can be done privately or in groups and Berlitz teachers can even come to your offices. Course prices vary depending on whether you want to learn French or other available languages.

Locations: Bordeaux, Boulogne-Billancourt, Cergy, Dunkerque, Evry, Grenoble Melan, Le Havre, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Noisy-le-Grand, Paris, Rouen, Saint Germain en Laye, St-Etienne, St-Laurent-Blangy, St-Denis, Strasbourg, Toulouse and Versailles
Contact: berlitz.fr

Eurocentres

Eurocentres offers a wide range of French language courses for students seeking to learn French at different levels. Classes vary from two-week to year-long courses with a maximum class size of 14 students.

Locations: Amboise, La Rochelle and Paris
Contact: eurocentres.com 

France Langue

With six schools around the country, France Langue provides French language lessons for all levels of general French and specialised French (e.g. business, legal, medical), courses for French teachers, and exam preparation (TEF, DELF, TCF). All French teachers hold a university degree and/or a recognised language teaching qualification. This French language learning school also has accreditations with FFL Campus France, IALC (International Association of Language Centres), CSN (accreditation by Northern European countries) and Universite Paris Sorbonne.

Locations: Biarritz, Bordeaux, Nice and Paris
Contact: france-langue.com

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French language schools in Paris

Accord Ecole de Langue

14 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75009 Paris | accord-langues.com

Campus Langues

7 Rue Duvergier, 75019 Paris | campuslangues.com

EF Paris - Séjours linguistiques

5 Avenue de Provence, 75009 Paris | ef.fr

Language Studies Internatioal (LSI)

23 Rue du Renard, 75004 Paris | lsi-paris.fr

L'atelier 9

34 Rue de Trévise, 75009 Paris | latelier9.com

Lutèce Langue

23 Boulevard de Sébastopol, 75001 Paris | lutece-langue.com

French language schools in Lyon

Alpadia Lyon

6 Quai Jules Courmont, 69002 Lyon | alpadia.com

Lyon Bleu International

82 Rue Duguesclin, 69006 Lyon | lyon-bleu.fr

Language schools in Marseille

ADEL Provence

23 Rue Edmond Dantès, 13008 Marseille | adel-provence.com

Easy French Learning Institute

4 Cours Belsunce, 13001 Marseille | easyfrench.net

French language schools in Montpellier

Accent Francais

2 Rue de Verdun, 34000 Montpellier | accentfrancais.com

Ecole Klesse

1 Rue Victoire de la Marne, 34006 Montpellier | ecoleklesse.com

LSF

6 Rue Foch, 34000 Montpellier | lsf-france.com

French language schools in Nice

Centre International d’Antibes

38 Bd. D’Aguillon, 06600 Antibes | cia-france.com

International House

27 Rue Rossini, 06000 Nice | ihnice.com

French language schools in Cannes

Campus International de Cannes

1 Avenue Alexandre Pascal, 06400 Cannes | french-in-cannes.com

French language schools in Bordeaux

Learnin' Bordeaux

2 Rue Paul Camelle, 33100 Bordeaux | learninbordeaux.com

French language schools in Toulouse

Language Onze Toulouse

10 Rue des Arts, 31000 Toulouse | langueonze.com

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Online and computer courses for French language learning

Computer software

Most companies to have the best programme out there to learn French fast and retain everything. However, since everyone learns differently, explore the teaching style used by the French language learning programme before you buy. Here are a few good language software titles.

  1. Tell Me More French
  2. Fluenz French
  3. Rosetta Stone French
  4. Berlitz French Premier
  5. Instant Immersion French
  6. French Learning Suite
  7. RocketLanguages
  8. Living Language Platinum
  9. Hello-Hello World
  10. Pimsleur Comprehensive
  11. Transparent Language
  12. SmartFrench


Remember: Some of these titles are pretty costly, ranging from EUR 32 all the way to EUR 200.

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Almost anything you can buy can be found on the Internet for free, so don’t be afraid to look around.

The BBC actually has a very innovative product that also includes audio files, a very valuable asset when trying to learn French. Another great resource is Radio Lingua Network, which offers short audio French language learning tutorials, downloadable as podcasts.

You may also want to buy pocket phrasebooks that will help you get around in the day-to-day grind and determine how to learn French fast. They won’t be great at in-depth grammar usage and explanations but they will definitely have useful phrases. It would also be good to have an electronic translator to carry around just in case – Google Translate is quite a useful free app that will often give you an audio as well as written translation.

 

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13 Comments To This Article

  • Laura posted:

    on 19th November 2016, 21:35:45 - Reply

    I agree with Melosi! I studied 5 weeks at SOFI 64 in Biarritz and it was a wonderful experience. This school is not a big one. There were only 6 students in my group, really easy to speak and get attention from the teacher. Learning French was so much fun, I will go back there for sure!
  • melosi posted:

    on 25th September 2016, 11:42:52 - Reply

    This list is very helpful. When I arrived in Paris, I went to Alliance Francaise, one of the most prestigious school because it's well known. But I was very disappointed : a lot of students in the class (16), it was very hard to speak and it' s very expensive. I met someone in the group Franglish who recommended to go to Langue Appart' in the 11th. It was the best decision I made! It' s not as prestigious as Alliance Francaise or France Langue, it's a small school. You feel at home, the atmosphere is great and the teachers are very good and very available. In a few weeks, I could manage basic conversations. So be careful with big schools. Sometimes you just have the feeling you are a money whereas there are small schools where you can fit easily!
  • anna posted:

    on 14th July 2016, 20:39:31 - Reply

    I would like to mention also Live-French.net, it's a French school that works exclusively online. They have excellent teachers, and you get the flexibility you need to schedule your lessons when it suits you.
  • Pourquoipasmary posted:

    on 12th April 2016, 08:23:04 - Reply

    LSF in Montpellier is worth checking out too. I've been studying there for 2 months now and I've been very satisfied with the school so far. It's not easy learning a language when you're an adult but the teaching method at LSF is really outstanding. You can read a little about my experience here. Good luck!

  • AlexiaFlo posted:

    on 8th December 2015, 11:44:19 - Reply

    Just came back from 3 months in beautiful Paris, what worked best for me: a few hours in one of the not so expensive schools for theory and constructing good basis (http://www.parislangues.com/french-courses/general-french-class/ for myself) get involved in clubs you like and meet people, can%u2019t do best to improve your speaking skills. Learn, enjoy activities and meet people, what more do you need ? ;)
  • Susy posted:

    on 22nd August 2015, 07:05:45 - Reply

    The information you provided is extremely helpful:). Thank you!
  • PeachySanchez posted:

    on 7th June 2015, 19:18:50 - Reply

    Yes, I heard that before. If you're planning on going to France, do not rely too much on English. My family is planning a trip for December so I enrolled in http://preply.com/en/french-by-skype to learn French via Skype. I know I wouldn't be an expert yet by then but at least I will be able to bring a few phrases I can use for emergencies.

  • Julia posted:

    on 28th May 2015, 21:16:09 - Reply

    I took Berlitz course until level 5 and it was enough to understand what people say and to communicate during daily tasks.

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  • Shanon posted:

    on 28th January 2014, 14:38:52 - Reply

    I agree! Private teacher are much better, cheaper and very flexible. I improved my french with a fantastic teacher - recommended by friends in Paris. Her lessons matched my needs. Mine was wonderful but there are plenty of others. Her contact: Marie Laure, mlsiat@yahoo.fr
  • Andre posted:

    on 4th January 2014, 17:37:28 - Reply

    I took individual french lessons in Paris - see the website here - www.learnfrenchinparis.eu - good hourly rate and a very customised approach to my needs of learning French. I was working as software developer and I needed to bring my speaking and writing French to a level that allowed me to handle my tasks better in the company I was working.
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    on 4th April 2013, 13:31:17 - Reply

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  • David Goodfellow posted:

    on 7th January 2013, 23:40:59 - Reply

    It is not necessary to learn French with a private business. For example, I am going to Universite Nice Sophia Antipolis and their language courses work out at €4,60 an hour, a fraction of the private schools. There is no age limit (I am 65, UK citizen). In addition the instructors are University trained and not fresh from school on a working holiday!