We offer different types of courses in general French, specific French or special programs with fixed dates. These courses can be group, individual or combined. You can see all our course offerings on this page of our website https://www.cle.fr/our-courses/ and choose the one that best suits your needs, availability and budget.
In general, students have 20 hours of general French in small group levels (see the timetable: https://www.cle.fr/life-at-cle/your-studies/ ). They work from a general French textbook following the objectives defined by their teacher. The course focuses on oral skills and general communication. They also have workshops on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in which teachers develop cultural themes or oral work mainly. In addition to these courses, you can also take private lessons to prepare for an exam, work on French for your job or simply to meet your needs and desires.
WHAT ACCOMMODATION DO WE OFFER?
The ideal way to discover France and its people is to live with a local family and to share their way of life. Chatting at the family dinner table remains one of the best ways of improving your comprehension and vocabulary. We know that a host family plays a very important role in making your stay a success. Consequently, we very carefully select families to ensure that you have a warm welcome and comfortable stay. Our host families’ caring nature helps contribute to the good reputation of CLE. More info on this page: https://www.cle.fr/life-in-tours/accommodation/
If you prefer to be independent, we advise you book an apartment near or in the center of Tours. You can find a wide range of possibilities for all budgets and tastes through the following websites: http://www.airbnb.fr or https://www.homelidays.com/
WHO ARE OUR STUDENTS?
Average age: 39 years old
Source: 27 countries in 2018
Motivation: pleasure, work, studies, settlement in a French-speaking country
Length of stay: from one week to several months.
Levels: from beginner to French teacher
Compared to many other schools in France, CLE's particularity is to receive trainees of all ages: students but also mostly adults who learn French for pleasure or for their work. Participants appreciate the wide variety of profiles, ages and motivation of all. This diversity is a richness that contributes to CLE's stimulating atmosphere.
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ORIGIN OF OUR STUDENTS
CLE overlooks a very beautiful pedestrian square. From the windows of the school, you can admire the Charlemagne tower, an 11th and 14th century monument and the Basilica of Saint Martin. The school is located in the most picturesque and lively area of the city where you can find many restaurants and cafés with their terraces in the shade of medieval houses.
CLE occupies a magnificently renovated 18th century building. It even has a 15th century cellar! You will study in one of the nine spacious, comfortable classrooms, and during the summer months you can relax on our rooftop terrace. A warm, multicultural atmosphere will encourage your participation in all aspects of the school’s life.
To complement your studies, you have available to you at no cost:
several libraries where you can find magazines, novels, reference books, books in basic French, self-correcting grammar and vocabulary exercises, etc.
a computer lab to improve your listening abilities and your pronunciation,
some computer terminals so that you can access the internet and your e-mails,
Internet access and wireless Internet connection everywhere in the building.
Our programed activities https://www.cle.fr/life-at-cle/your-activities/ include visits in and outside of the city: museums, monuments, aperitifs (apéro) at local bars and cafés, exploring traditional Tours “guinguettes” (traditional open-air bar along the Loire River), restaurant outings, and even bike rides and canoe trips. These activities evolve according to the desires of the students, the weather, and cultural news or events. One or two activities are offered each week, with more activities in the summer – perfect for students that want to combine studies and holidays.
Do you need a visa? It depends on your nationality and whether you will stay for more than 90 days. If you are not a citizen of the European Union or Switzerland, see this website for https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/requesting-a-visa/
If you need a visa, once you are enrolled at CLE, you will receive a certificate of enrollment in order to apply for a student visa. Allow adequate time to obtain any necessary documents.
How to get there
Your host family (if you choose this type of accommodation) will meet you at Tours station/airport at no extra cost.
If you land at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris, take a TGV (fast train) from the airport to Tours. If you are in Paris, take a TGV from Montparnasse railway station.
If you stay in a hotel or apartment, take a taxi or walk from Tours airport or railway station. https://www.cle.fr/life-in-tours/travel-information/
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