For anyone who has moved to a new country, learning the language is the quickest way to integrate yourself into everyday life and truly get the most out of your stay. It can also serve you in good stead for future years, improve your job opportunities and is a great chance to meet a diverse range of people.
In Paris there are a wide number of French language schools offering a variety of courses to suit different preferences and needs. We’ve done some research and picked out three of the best, based on a number of factors including range of courses available, price and student reviews.
Located in a quiet street in the southeastern part of the 9th Arrondissement, the Sprachcaffe school in Paris offers a diverse range of French courses to suit all levels. Whether you’re looking for a 2-week course during the summer holidays, a longer course over a couple of months, or an exam preparation course, there’ll be something for you. The maximum number of students in each class is 12, ensuring a more familiar and personal learning experience. Through the use of games, role play, Q&A sessions and comprehension exercises, lessons are designed to bring students to their desired level of French with ease and confidence. Among the school’s facilities are several well-equipped classrooms, a well-stocked library, a cafeteria and free internet access. The school’s teaching staff will also help students inside and outside of the classroom, with sightseeing and local tips as well as day-to-day practical language advice. There’s also a dedicated accommodation service offering a variety of living options for students during their stay in the city.
Accord French Language School
Founded in 1988, Accord has forged a strong reputation for its high quality French courses for foreign students. Located in a typical Parisian building in the heart of the city, the school offers a huge variety of courses, ranging from family courses, summer courses and one-to-one courses, as well as courses geared towards professional requirements, such as business French and French for law. There’s also evening classes for those who work, or are otherwise busy, during the day. Other services include help with arranging accommodation, whether students wish to stay with a host family or in a hotel or a private residence.
Established more than two decades ago, Lutece Langue offers a variety of French language courses designed for both professional or personal use. General, professional and specialised courses are available from one week to one year, throughout year, and students can choose the level of intensity to suit their preferences and needs. There’s evening and weekend courses too, as well as one-to-one Skype courses if you can’t attend classes in person. As for the school’s teaching philosophy, the focus is on oral – rather than written – communication and classes are kept to no more than seven students to ensure everyone is given the maximum attention to help achieve their goals.