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Our French Intensive Courses at Alpine French School run in small groups or 2-8 students with our average class size being 5 students. Many language schools place students in large classes of up to 20 students. So why are smaller groups best?
- We do everything we can to make sure the quality of teaching is as high as it possibly can be.
At Alpine French School, it has always been our ideology that we want students to progress in the best environment possible so we do everything we can to create this perfect learning environment. We carefully select our teachers who are qualified experienced native French speakers. But you can find this kind of statement in most language school advertising, so why are we different? Well, we try to find teachers who have a talent for adding a little something extra….our teachers know how to keep students interested, the lessons are very dynamic, varied and personal in the way they are taught. Alpine French School was set up by teachers, not businessmen and we will never offer courses that aren’t suitable for the students and aren’t of a great quality.
- Small class sizes
We are a small school, with small class sizes. What does this mean? Well, the teacher simply has more time to devote to his/her students and students aren’t lost in the anonymity of a larger group. Students can’t hide in the background and not participate in the lessons and this means that everyone in the group is an active part of the French Intensive Course and therefore everyone makes great progress.
- Personal attention to students
In a large school, students can feel lost and can get lost in the machine. Students taking a French Intensive Course at Alpine French School get a warm welcome and are greated by the same staff every day. They get to know us and we get to know them. Our students tell us time and time again that they feel well looked after by the reception staff and the teachers. Our teachers are able to monitor individual student progress and all of this personal attention means that students are placed in the right group, they are well looked after and any problems can be immediately spotted and resolved to make sure all of our students enjoy their time with us.
- Tailor-made lessons
Because our class sizes are small, we are able to adapt our courses to the students in the group. If we have a class of ski enthusiasts, then we’ll spend time talking about skiing not painting! Lessons progress at the pace of the students in the class and we ask for student feedback and ideas on the 2nd day of any French Intensive Course so that the teacher can immediately modify his/her programme to suit the students in the class.
- Interactive lessons
Because of the small group sizes in our French Intensive Courses, our teachers can easily make sure that all of the students in the class get the chance to speak. Students will participate in activities in pairs, in small groups and they will also work as a class. In a nutshell this means that you get lots of chances to talk and therefore lots of chances to practice and this is how you progress!
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- May 28th, 2020
We are pleased to announce that we will be open in summer 2020 in accordance to government guidelines in relation to the Covid-19 epidemic. We have put into place a sanitary and security protocol and have made several changes to our organisation: Students are advised to wear a mask…Continue Reading
- May 22nd, 2020
Getting ready for Summer! Alpine French School is pleased to announce that we have received government authorisation to open for Summer 2020 and to run our Adult French Courses this summer and also our French Summer Camps :) Social distancing and extra sanitary measures have been put in place to…Continue Reading
- April 28th, 2020
2020 is a strange year so far….it started off ok but with the distant news of a new Coronavirus and within 3 months, our worlds were turned upside down. With a large part of the world’s population in lockdown or quarantine, we have had to adapt to new working conditions,…Continue Reading
- April 21st, 2020
Zoom French Online Lessons Alpine French School has been teaching French via Skype for years but since the lockdown because of Coronavirus around the world, more and more online platforms have become popular. Our teachers have been trying various different online platforms during their online French courses for adults and…Continue Reading