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Private French course

Inspiration for themes of your lessons

  • Have a look at our themes below for ideas of what you might like to work on in your private lessons
  • Choose from 8 specialist areas
  • Focus on what you need most to improve your French
  • Learn useful skills that will help you to put your French into practice
  • Learn to understand the French language in order to use it more effectively

1 – Spontaneous Conversation

Real life chit-chat & gossip you might have with your friend, with your neighbour, somebody you meet at the bar, your in-laws etc… This lesson is authentic socialising!

2 – Guided Conversation

How to : use questions,  answer properly, talk about your work, explain directions, answer the phone, talk about your past experiences, shopping language…… This session is designed to help you with what you dread the most!

3 – Listening skills

How to understand what people say to you more easily, develop easy techniques to improve your comprehension, using real life materials like radio extracts, film trailers, comedy sketches… This is what everybody desperately needs to work on as it is just the way children naturally learn a language; listen and copy!

4 – Useful phrase translation skills

An important session dealing with the way we instinctively translate from our mother tongue to a foreign language split seconds before we utter words. You will learn to avoid or correct recurrent mistakes due to word to word translation which is not always effective!  Alpine French School has developed this unique lesson which will give the tools to avoid common mistakes which often prevent native speakers from understanding you.

5 – Reading skills

Do you find it frustrating not to be able to understand an article of interest in a newspaper or magazine, a poster announcing a special event, sign-posts or an email/ letter/advert which could be useful for your business.  This option will help you develop skills to recognize French language structures and to broaden your vocabulary.

6 – Relevant writing skills

Do you need to be able to write simple letters or emails ?  Learn appropriate registers of the language to enable you to distinguish between formal and friendly correspondence. You will learn about French manners as well as different ways of using the language to help you to understand how native speakers use the language.  This sessions is indispensable to avoid upsetting people who are trying to help or understand you!

7 – Targeted Vocabulary

When you want to express yourself in a foreign language, there is an incredible amount of words and expressions that you need to learn.  This session enables you to cover areas adapted to your needs:

  • Business: chalet, restaurant, transfers…..
  • Maintenance: DIY, building, cars & car repairs, gardening….
  • Parenting : creche/childminder, school & teachers, doctor’s/chemist’s
  • Maternity
  • Shopping
  • Tourism

8 – Intensive Pronunciation

Regardless of how many lessons you have, how much grammar you learn, if you don’t pronounce words correctly, people will struggle to understand you or will misunderstand you… Accurate pronunciation is a must!  This is the session to make your life in France so much easier and make speaking French rewarding instead of frustrating!

Participants

We accept students of all ages for our private French courses.  We also offer semi-private lessons for 2-3 students of a similar level and often have couples, friends or colleagues who take lessons together.

Booking

If you would like to book or receive more information, or if you have any questions, please email us via our booking form We evaluate all of our students and discuss their detailed objectives to ensure that our teachers are fully informed of your level, aims and any specific needs appropriate to your course.


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