How to select a high-quality French language course

How to select a high-quality French language course in Paris?

How to select a high-quality French language course

Selecting a high-quality French language course in a French language school in Paris requires careful consideration and research. Here are steps given by the Active Languages agency to help you make an informed decision:

Define Your Goals: Determine why you want to learn French: for travel, work, academics, or personal enrichment. Your goals will influence the type of French course you should choose.

Check Accreditation: Ensure that the French Language School is accredited by relevant educational authorities. The official ‘Qualité FLE’ accreditation indicates that the institution meets quality standards. Schools with the 3*** stars mark in all 5 domains (15 stars in total) meet the highest quality standards. ACCORD French language school in Paris is one of the schools which have the 3*** top marks in all domains.

Curriculum: Review the course curriculum to ensure it covers all language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and includes cultural components. It should be structured and well-balanced.

Class Size and the Mix of Nationalities: Inquire about class sizes and the mix of nationalities as a good mix of students from different nationalities offers greater opportunities for speaking practice. At ACCORD Paris, there’s no nationality over 12% in the school.

Teacher Qualifications: Ask about the experience of the instructors. Experienced teachers with a focus on teaching French as a foreign language are essential.

Duration and Schedule: Consider the French language course duration (semi-intensive, intensive or super-intensive) and scheduling options. Choose one that fits your availability and learning pace.

Pedagogical Resources: Check if the teachers use books, methods or produce their own pedagogical material, and if the courses and the pedagogical material have the 3*** Qualité FLE mark.

Flexibility: Ensure the language school allows you to change courses or levels if you find that your initial choice isn’t the right fit.

Levels of French: Ensure the school offers classes in all CECR Levels. Some schools publish a calendar setting course start dates according to levels, other schools publish a calendar only for the complete beginner level and accept students from all other levels each week.

Cost and Fees: Compare the cost of the French language course with your budget. Keep in mind that cheaper options may not always offer the same quality.

Accommodation Options: If you need accommodation, inquire whether the school provides housing options or can recommend reliable providers.

Student Services: Evaluate the support services offered by the school, such as assistance with visas, accommodation, and administrative matters.

Visa Requirements: If you are an international student, confirm that the school can provide the necessary documentation for a student visa if required. Schools member of CAMPUS FRANCE make it easier for you to obtain a visa by allowing you to validate your registration file in the CAMPUS FRANCE office of your country.

Terms and Conditions: Carefully read the school’s terms and conditions and do not hesitate to contact the school by email if you would like clarification on points not mentioned in the published conditions of sale.

Your Gut Feeling: Trust your instincts. Choose a French language school where you feel comfortable and confident in your decision.

After considering these factors, you’ll be better equipped to choose a high-quality French language course in Paris that aligns with your goals and preferences. And never hesitate to ask the school for more information or clarification if needed before making your final decision.

The ACCORD French language school is recommended by the editorial staff of PARIS MOVE

ACCORD French Language School: 3bis rue Jean-Pierre Bloch, 75015 Paris, France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 33 52 33

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