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English IGCSE Courses

 

  • Would you like to ensure that your child’s level of English is good enough to potentially study in England for higher education?
  • Would you like something to prove your child’s level of English since they have been schooled in France?

Children with English-speaking parents who are educated in France often lack the breadth and depth of English language compared to their peers studying in English.  They are obviously competent in everyday English and home language but because they don’t study in English, their exposure to the English language is less than if they were studying in the UK.  This is especially true of their written English and reading skills.  They obviously learn to write and structure papers and essays in French at school and although these skills are somewhat transferable, the specific language is sometimes lacking in expat children.

Alpine French School is offering a new type of course for expat Anglophone children schooled in French in France.  We are organising English IGCSE preparation courses to prepare your child to take their English IGCSE.  Courses will be run by a teacher who used to teach English in UK secondary schools and has experience of English GCSE teaching.

  • The exam can be taken in Geneva or Lyon so you don’t need to travel back to the UK for the exam.
  • Exams can be taken in June or November of any given year.
  • We will be offering a range of course options: weekly or holiday courses depending on your child’s availability.
  • There is a recommended 130 hours of study required for the exam preparation.  This can be achieved through classes and home-study.

Option 1 (1-year course): 2 x 15h Intensive Course during the summer holidays + 1-hour lesson per week for an academic year = 60h + self-study

Option 2 (1-year course):  2 x 15h Intensive Course during the summer holidays, 1 x 15h Intensive Course in the October and Easter holidays = 60h + self study

Option 3 (2-year course): 2 x 15h Intensive Course during the summer holidays + 1-hour lesson per week for an academic year = 120h + self-study

Option 4 (2-year course):  2 x 15h Intensive Course during the summer holidays, 1 x 15h Intensive Course in the October and Easter holidays = 120h + self study

The English IGCSE is also available (a slightly different exam) or children for whom English is a second language.  Please contact us for more information.


French Traditions and Stereotypes

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French Easter Traditions

Easter is one of the main religious celebrations in France after Christmas.  Easter marks the resurrection of Christ and the end of the 40 days of lent so this is an important Christian religious festival. In France, Easter Monday is a public holiday.  Easter is called ‘Pâques’ with a capital…

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French Bank Holidays

The French are well known for having more bank holidays than many other countries!  So how many do they actually have, what are they and how do bank holidays work in France…..?   French call bank holidays ‘fériés’ or ‘jours fériés’ and in France (unlike in the UK for example),…

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French Lessons paid for by the French government

If you have been put on furlough (chômage/activité partielle), then the French government are offering to finance your French lessons.  Most sectors including mountain and tourism businesses have their training fees paid 100%. What about Business Owners and Auto-Entrepreneurs? Business owners and auto-entrepreneurs can also quality for training budgets to…

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