Now this is a question we often get asked! Of course all of our students want to progress quickly and we are happy to try and help, and there are many things that you can do to help yourself along the way….
- Take a French Intensive Course
Alpine French School (and most other language schools) offer French Intensive Courses. This means that you get to study French every day for at least 3 hours. For adults who aren’t used to learning French, this can be quite tiring at first but we find that our students soon get used to the rythym of it and progress in leaps and bounds. On a French Intensive Course, you will be with students of all nationalities, of a similar level to you and you are all in the same boat so you can help each other along the way. Our teachers make sure that the lessons are fun and that everyone feels comfortable to have a go as this is important to learning French.
- Immerse yourself in French as much as possible
Outside of the classroom and after your French Intensive Course, you need to try and immerse yourself in French. If you are learning French in France, then this is quite straightforward as you will be using French in your everyday life. However, you still need to make an effort to speak French to native French speakers – don’t just stick with other students or friends. Try your French our in bars, restaurants and do your shopping at the market or small local shops rather than in a supermarket where you don’t get the chance to speak to the staff. If you do go to a supermarket, go to the deli counter rather than the pre-packed section.
- Seize every opportunity to practice your French, however little it may seem!
Try and develop little habits in your daily life….listen to French radio, count in French, make a shopping list in French, make a to-do list in French. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you learn new vocabulary! Students taking a French Intensive Course with us can benefit from our Friendly French scheme, where local shop-keepers and business owners encourage our students to try out their French in real-life situations and help them if they get stuck :)
- Don’t give up!
At times, it may seem like you have a mountain in front of you. But you can get there! Set yourself realistic goals and be sensible about how much time you can dedicate to French on a weekly basis. 5 minutes per day is better than nothing! And try not to have a huge gap in your French learning as you don’t want to forget what you have learned and lose all of the progress you have made. Keep at it and you will succeed! Taking French courses in a school helps keep you motivated and you meet other students in the same situation as you – that way learning remains fun, and that is important!
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- July 5th, 2019
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