Le label Qualité français langue étrangère | Label Qualité FLE

Label d’État administré par le Centre international d’études pédagogiques, le label Qualité français langue étrangère a pour objectif d’identifier, de valoriser et de promouvoir les centres de français langue étrangère dont l’offre linguistique et les services présentent des garanties de qualité. Il y a aujourd’hui une centaine de centres labellisés, de tous statuts, dans toute la France ce qui permet au plus grand nombre d’apprenants de trouver un centre adapté à la formation qu’il recherche .

Créé par décret en 2007, le label est délivré par le ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, de la recherche et de l’innovation, le ministère de la culture et le ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères

Au-delà de sa mission première de proposer une offre fiable de cours de français dans le paysage des centres d’enseignement du français langue étrangère en France, le label permet aussi d’accompagner les centres dans le développement d’une démarche progressive d’amélioration de la qualité des services – que ces centres soient ou non candidats à la labellisation – dans la mesure où tous les outils sont disponibles et adaptés pour une auto-évaluation.

séjour linguistique en France

5 raisons de faire un séjour linguistique en France

Vous apprenez le français ? Vous envisagez de faire un séjour linguistique en France ? Vous hésitez à franchir le pas ?

Dans cet article je vous donne 5 bonnes raisons de réaliser un séjour linguistique en France ! Embarquez, l’aventure vous attend !

séjour linguistique en France


Premier avantage : L’immersion linguistique.

Eh oui, une fois en France vous serez plongé dans un monde totalement francophone, ce qui aura un effet particulièrement positif sur votre cerveau. En effet, le fait de perdre ses repères va forcer ce dernier à s’adapter, l’apprentissage de la langue se fera donc beaucoup plus rapidement. C’est pourquoi plusieurs professeurs de langue conseillent de se créer une « bulle » dans laquelle vous pouvez simuler cette immersion linguistique. Par exemple vous pouvez mettre votre téléphone en français, écouter la radio et la télévision française sur internet, etc. Tout ceci contribue à forcer le cerveau à enregistrer avec une plus grande efficacité la langue. Ainsi, lors d’un séjour linguistique, vous serez entièrement plongé dans un monde francophone, ce qui aura pour effet un apprentissage beaucoup plus rapide.

Conseil : ne soyez pas tenté de vous tourner vers vos compatriotes, sinon votre cerveau aura beaucoup plus de mal à s’adapter !

Deuxième avantage : L’immersion culturelle.

Apprendre une langue, c’est aussi s’intéresser à la culture locale ! Durant vos cours, de nombreux thèmes seront abordés afin d’enrichir vos connaissances en civilisation française. Le fait d’étudier certaines périodes historiques, le cinéma, la gastronomie, la littérature, les célébrités et même plusieurs coutumes et traditions vous aidera réellement à penser comme les français. Chaque langue est unique et transmet une vision du monde différente, vous avez donc l’occasion d’apprendre à réfléchir autrement. Certaines études démontrent même que les langues influencent l’humeur et la personnalité !

Conseil : Il est quasiment toujours possible de choisir un hébergement en famille d’accueil, optez pour cette formule afin d’en apprendre plus sur la manière de vivre des français !

Troisième avantage : Partez à la rencontre des natifs !

Vous aurez bien évidemment l’occasion de faire connaissance avec des français. Le fait de développer un réseau social est excellent pour vous faire progresser considérablement dans votre apprentissage. Vous apprendrez le vocabulaire de la vie courante ainsi que de nombreuses expressions ! Si possible, sortez et participez à un maximum d’activités (sport, musées, bars…). Ainsi, vous allez rencontrer des gens avec qui vous partagez des passions communes, ce sera donc plus facile de nouer des liens d’amitié !

Bonus : si vous êtes célibataire, qui sait, peut-être allez-vous rencontrer un(e) petit(e)-ami(e) français(e) ! Idéal pour pratiquer, non ?

Quatrième avantage : Vivez une expérience incroyable !

Lorsque vous choisissez une école de langue réputée, vous avez la garantie de passer un séjour inoubliable ! Pourquoi cela ? Plusieurs raisons :

  • Vous allez bénéficier d’une excellente qualité de cours, vous apprendrez donc plus vite.
  • L’ambiance est toujours très agréable, c’est un endroit idéal pour faire connaissance avec des apprenants du monde entier.
  • Des activités sont quasiment toujours proposées, vous aurez donc l’occasion de découvrir les plus beaux endroits à proximité de la ville. Veillez à choisir une école qui propose ce genre d’excursions !
  • Le tourisme ! La France est le pays le plus visité du monde, vous aurez l’occasion de parcourir ce beau pays !

Conseil : si je devais recommander une école en particulier, je choisirais French in Normandy à Rouen, la capitale de la Normandie. Outre le fait qu’il s’agisse d’une école de haute qualité, garantissant un apprentissage rapide, elle est très bien située géographiquement. Vous y aurez l’occasion de découvrir Paris, le Mont Saint-Michel, les falaises normandes ainsi que le centre-ville de Rouen ! De plus, la Normandie est l’une des régions les plus célèbres de France !

Mont-Saint Michel

Cinquième avantage : Une occasion de passer les examens officiels, le DELF ou le DALF !

Il vous sera beaucoup plus facile de passer un examen officiel reconnaissant mondialement votre niveau de langue. Les écoles de langues sont des endroits où il est possible de passer ce type d’épreuve. Décrocher un tel certificat apporterait un sérieux atout à votre CV !

De plus, si vous validez un niveau B2 ou C1, vous aurez même l’occasion de pouvoir faire vos études en France. Les écoles de langues étant souvent partenaires avec des établissements d’enseignement supérieur, vous n’aurez aucun mal à vous insérer dans le cursus universitaire français. Plusieurs écoles et universités sont très bien réputées internationalement.

En conclusion…

Désormais, vous n’avez plus aucune excuse pour ne pas faire un séjour linguistique en France ! Ce projet peut s’avérer couteux mais c’est vraiment un achat utile ! Vous investirez ainsi sur vous-même et le fait de parler français vous servira durant toute votre vie. Réaliser un séjour linguistique dans une bonne école, c’est avoir la garantie de progresser rapidement et de vivre une expérience enrichissante et inoubliable ! N’attendez plus, commencez dès maintenant à planifier votre séjour !

Le football c’est l’école de la vie… Albert Camus ⚽️🏃🏾

football ecole de la vie5 Groupement fle schools supported a competition organised by the French linguistic attaché in Spain, Manuela Ferrero Pinto. The French Ambassador, M Yves Saint-Geours in Spain was the guest of honour at the Institut Français de Madrid at the ceremony to give out the prizes to enthusiastic young learners of French.

The national competition, to celebrate the anniversary of French author Albert Camus’ Nobel Prize award, was organised by the Institut Français in Spain. Existential author Camus was 44 when he received the award and had been a first class footballer until tuberculosis cut short his sporting career.

Groupement fle schools Accent Français , CMAF, Cap d’ail, French in Normandy, Institut de Touraine and LSF all supported the initiative giving a week of French lessons to winning teams of 6 from various schools throughout Spain. 

Said Groupement fle spokesperson Eleri Maitland, who was present at the ceremony on behalf of GFLE, “Groupement fle is proud to partner the Institut Français in Spain. Our job is to encourage and support initiatives that put the French language centre stage. Naturally, as the number one network of French language schools in France, it is our role to work closely with French government institutions to encourage and promote the French language. We are delighted to have been instrumental in this fantastic and very successful project and we look forward to welcoming the winners to France this year“.


A Good Test of my French | Student Blog

Back to England and an unexpected French lesson for Alan


Bonne Année mes amis,

J’espère que tu as passe de bonnes vacances ?

I did, but not until after a little French adventure! It’s Friday 22nd December and after a few lunchtime celebrations and Joyeux Noels at the school, all the little elves were rushing home for Christmas. Including me who had left French in Normandy and taken a leisurely drive to Ouistreham, near Caen, to catch my overnight ferry back to England to see family and friends and astound them with my linguistic excellence over the Christmas period. I arrived at the port early, 4.45pm, chilled and ready to have a relaxing dinner before boarding at 10pm; but then disaster struck! I noticed a red battery light on my dashboard had come one; then while I am staring at it wondering if I can make it across to England to deal with it, the rest of the dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree; as pretty but not as welcome I can tell you. Then the engine stopped.

It’s now 5pm, the last Friday before Christmas, it’s raining heavily, my emergency breakdown insurance had lapsed, and I had not renewed it, silly boy. It is now that a little extra French language practice was going to begin. I noticed a gendarmerie van with three officers in it parked nearby. I walked over and politely ‘frappe la porte’ and in my best French asked if they could help me as my car had “…ma voiture est tombée en panne…”. They asked if I had insurance cover and gave a little gallic shrug when I said no. I took this to mean you’re on your own mate; so, I trudged back to the car wondering what to do. However, I did the French police a disservice as a few minutes
later they walked over to say in a mix of French and English that they had found and called a breakdown truck. I was very grateful and even broke open some Christmas chocolates to say thank you, which being good policeman they politely declined. Anyway, less than 30 minutes passed, and the breakdown truck arrived with a lovely man called Jacques to look after me. He spoke not one word of English, so off I went again, explaining the batterie est mort. He popped the bonnet and within 30 seconds had discovered the problem, le courroie de ventilateur est cassé. A broken fan belt to you and me. I was going nowhere tonight and nowhere for the next week in my car!

Donc…now I had to organise the car to be towed to the garage in Caen, for them to keep it safe until I returned and to organise the repair. In the meantime, I had to reserve a hotel for the evening, change my boat reservation, book a hire car for me to collect from Caen railway station, arrange to collect my suitcases from my car in the morning and arrange a taxi to collect me to take me to Hertz office in the morning. All of it in French! By the time I had sat down in the hotel restaurant that evening and hit the carafe du vin rouge that was essential if I was to remain sane, I felt exhausted but also a rather smug sense of satisfaction at what I had achieved. I guarantee I would not have been able to have organised all of this in French just six weeks before. To complete the tale, off I went in my little Peugeot rental car for two weeks and I had a lovely Christmas with family and friends. I had to, of course, alter my return crossing on the telephone from England because I needed to arrive on the Saturday to collect my car and return the hire car (another successful conversation). By the time I arrived back and returned the hire car and picked my repaired vehicle up, I was speaking like a native. Well, not really, but certainly my confidence was high even if my French was pretty lousy.

At this point I’d like to tell my English friends that the rumours about French people not talking to you unless your French is perfect is utter rubbish. Every person I met could not have done more to help me. They spoke slowly, they repeated words and sentences, so I could understand, and they even chipped in with the odd phrase in English. I even had a conversation with the hotel patron about it and he said the problem is “you Eengleesh, you ask me if I parler anglais and if I say a leetle, you begin talking to me as if I am fluent…”. I think us Brits need to try harder.

Anyway, that was that. A very handy little exercise in French and a large reminder to renew one’s breakdown cover on one’s car. I dare not tell you how much it all cost me!!

So, its January 8th, first day back at school and this week we are under the watchful eye of the senior Professeur, Olivier. I was a little apprehensive this morning I must admit. The morning period was spent huddled in a circle having a little conversation about names and introductions and where we lived. Basically, a little refresher and my goodness it was needed by all of us. Lots of blank looks and painful frowns as we struggled to recall vocabulary and grammar but by break time it was gradually seeping back into our befuddled brains. By close of day today we were back on the ball and learning new stuff. Prof Olivier’s bad-boy reputation is unjustified as he turned out to be as much fun and laughter as the rest of his colleagues, and he wears a natty line in checked trousers as well!

I’ll keep you posted.

Alan


 

You are learning because you want to learn | Student Blog

Let’s see how Alan is getting on at French in Normandy with this latest update…


Well its getting a little tougher now! We have begun to look at ‘au present simple’ and ‘passe compose’ – in other words present and past tense! When they start discussing ‘conjugasion’ and reflexive verbs, I struggle. I never learnt this in English let alone in French! However, I’m not feeling too bad about it as although it is taking some concentration it is beginning to register slowly in my very small and very old brain!

The other interesting change is the way that within only two weeks this small international fraternity of students begin to mould into small friendships. Mind you, every now and then someone new appears – a new starter, and someone disappears – either finished and off home, or worse for one’s self-esteem they have been moved to a different group, presumably because they are too good for us beginners. At first, you feel a little piqued and then as Eleri, our seat of all wisdom, remarked “Well, how long did it take you to learn your first language?”. You then realise it’s not a competition here. You are learning because you want to learn, and you learn at whatever pace is right for you. It relaxes you when you accept this.

Every morning there is a little congregation outside the entrance to the school that greet each other warmly with little smiles of embarrassment in their new-found French. Each day there are new phrases added to the vocabulary that we all try out on each other, and if you happen to say something not quite correct to someone who is a couple of groups ahead of you, they gently smile and educate you in the correct way – regardless of age by the way, the other day a 17-year-old Japanese girl corrected my pronunciation, thank you Mina! Its all done with the best intentions and a far cry from the bullying aggressive attitude of my inner-city school gate; oh so, so, so long ago!

Beautiful Normandy Countryside

It’s quite sweet and makes you feel part of one big, probably slightly, dysfunctional family.

As for life ‘en France’, is it becoming easier and more familiar? Peut-être (perhaps). I visited Fontainebleau, south-west of Paris last week-end. It’s worth a visit for the palace alone. Anyway, I was quite confident as I checked in to my hotel, announcing in a strong voice in French that they should have a reservation for me? Trouble is, one should also remember that the quicker and more confident one sounds the quicker and more complex they respond. C’est une problem. This left me feeling a little awkward and embarrassed as I had to ask them to repeat their question ‘lentements, s’il vous plait!’. They then glance slightly despairingly at the heavens and respond with near perfect English, which of course does not help me improve my French one little bit. I have to say, in a mild defence of the majority of my countrymen, it is quite difficult to learn a foreign language when you are British because a) which one do you choose? And b) everyone by now speaks near perfect English and cannot be bothered to help educate us. I don’t blame them, but it does sometimes get a little frustrating, but then the whole of the French nation is not here to teach me French. Damn my arrogance!

So another week over. I’ll keep you posted on progress.

Alan


 

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French for Juniors in Andorra | HES Idiomas & French in Normandy

An exciting new “French for Juniors” course in Andorra


french for juniorsFrom July 2018 HES IdiomasRialp Camp, Andorra,  will be offering French language courses as well as Spanish and English for Juniors.

« This is an exciting new departure for us » said HES Idiomas CEO, Ferran Casas. « We had been thinking about teaching French, because it is such an important language and one that is so essential on the international stage. With the arrival of Macron and the increased popularity of the French language, we thought that 2018 was a great year to launch this project

Prior to this new addition, HES IdiomasRialp Camp had offered language courses in English and Spanish for Juniors aged 6-17 in Andorra, France’s neighbour. French is used widely day to day in Andorra, where education in French and French Culture are heldin high esteem.  « Working in Andorra, it seemed only natural to add French as an option, but we wanted to offer the best possible French language courses and so looked around for an expert who would be interested in joining us. I am pleased to announce that French in Normandy, our first choice as a partner for this project, is now on board » continued Casas.

 Ferran Casas and Eleri Maitland met in Malaga thanks to the ALPHE conference there and have put together this exciting new offer « French in Andorra ». 

Eleri took up the story : « Our junior programme was very small and in homestay. We could not find suitable residential accommodation in line with current safeguarding legislation in Normandy, so the whole programme was in question when suddenly, Ferran came up with this idea and it is just great » she said with a smile . « What we love is the first rate 4-star quality residential accommodation in a secure location, which corresponds to what our clients are looking for in a programme for their Junior learners and the breadth of the activity programme which is guaranteed to delight any youngster, even the most recalcitrant teenager.»

Rialp Camp Andorra offers language courses in the morning, and then a choice of 15 activities such as pony trekking, football, basketball , rafting, karting etc. plus a full and diverse evening social programme to cater for all tastes. Students can either choose one activity for a whole week or opt for a programme with a different activity daily. The level of qualified supervision, accommodation and catering has made Rialp one of the most popular Junior Campuses on offer.

HES Idiomas Rialp Camp Andorra is open from July 2 to July 27, 2018 and full details about the language courses or language and activity programme can be obtained from either Ferran Casas : [email protected] /www.hescamps.com or Eleri Maitland: [email protected]frenchinnormandy.com

First week back at school – Part Deux | Student Blog

We’re back with Alan, from Stratford upon Avon, Home of William Shakespeare. Alan is a young 57 year old student who has come to Rouen to learn French before a) embarking on a 1000 mile horse trek on the Route D’Artagnan through France and into Italy and b) with a view to living in France permanently. Read on to learn more about his first week as a student at FIN…


Salut, everyone! It’s now one week since I started at French in Normandy. I confess to being really tired at the end of each days lessons which seem to fly by. For the first time ever I have been able to understand NUMBERS in French! I always used to know how to count to about fifty, after that I could never work it out but I now know, understand and can calculate the numbers. That said, when you finally manage to understand how they build the numbers up in the language it seems very bizarre as an Englishman. Basically, they say for example; for seventy-seven – sixty plus seventeen! Which is soixante-dix-sept. Eighty is four times twenty – Quatre-vingt and ninety is four time twenty plus ten, in otherwords Quatre-vingt dix! I’ll let you work out what sixty nine is! Now I bet that has confused you all but our excellent Professeur, the slightly mad Viktor, makes it seem so normal and easy. Literally within one lesson I could understand and work out the numbers and even understand them when they were being said to me. Brilliant.

This week has also explained simple stuff like asking for someone’s email address and business card. Where they live? What they do for a living? Do they have a mobile number? Basically all the things you need when you want to start to exist and talk to someone in France.

What I think is very cool about the way we are taught is that it all comes mixed up within building the conversation. You learn to listen, to pronounce; then get to read it and then write it. By the time you have done that the phrases and words you have learned stay stuck in your brain without you realising it.

The best bit is that although Viktor has a structure to the lesson, if the students (étudiant(e)s en français) start to converse in French on a different subject he lets the subject run, interjecting and adding to our knowledge, using the internet in conjunction; to help us grow our vocabulaire and our comprehension. Just so unlike the school lessons I used to have!

I also went on a trip this week, with some of the students and a teacher, the lovely Christine, to Honfleur. It’s a beautiful port just thirty five minutes drive from Rouen. I had been there before years ago but going with fellow students and a French Professeur made it all seem slightly less like a tourist town. I’m sure I spotted some fellow Brits so I ducked my head and avoided eye contact and spoke French loudly so they didn’t recognise me as a brit as well. Nothing could be worse!

The weekend for me has been spent exploring a few French villages and enjoying very tasty French food and ‘les vins‘ – in the words of the advertisement – “le pain, du vins et le Boursin” except it was infinitely better local “fromages des pays“. All in all a very happy and satisfactory first week ‘en france‘. I’ll keep you posted next week.

Alan


1ST WEEK BACK AT SCHOOL | Student Blog

This week we invite Alan, a mature student from England, to tell us a bit about his first week at French in Normandy as part of a series on our student blog.


I wouldn’t have said I was your archetypal student, but then according to Eleri Maitland the Director and owner of French in Normandy there is no such thing as an archetypal student. I am not surprised to hear her say this, as Eleri is not your archetypal French School Teacher! For a start off, the owner of the best French language school in France is not French! She is very proudly, une Femme Galloise vivant en France. (‘a Welsh woman living in France’ for those uninitiated amongst you. Look at me speaking French already!) Eleri started the school some 25 years ago and with her excellent team have landed the top prizes in their industry. I am lucky enough to be enrolled for 15 hours of French language tuition a week in their cool and slightly chic school in the Sotteville region of Rouen. Home of such notables as Jeanne D ‘Arc and Guillaume Le Conquerant. As an Englishman in Rouen (Is that the name of a Sting track?) I should feel at home, after all we were ruled and spoke Norman French in England for 200 years. Richard the Lionheart (Coeur de Lion, as in the Camembert Cheese brand) was also the Duke of Normandy, and its true I do feel very much at home.

Right from the beginning when I had my assessment test with the friendly Vanessa I was made to feel at home. I was a little nervous I must admit, after all I am a 57-year-old returning to school to study French, the last time I was in a classroom was 42 years ago!

First of all, Vanessa sat me down with a cup of coffee and asked me to tell her a little about myself, in French of course – both the question and my answer! Now here is the thing; the key point; the point of no return, the tingling moment that you have to ‘man-up’ to when you enrol in a French language school in France – you have to get over your nerves, forget about maybe sounding a bit silly and actually talk. Even if you only know the word for Hello (Bonjour) that is enough. You just have to get over that one little hurdle.

Fortunately for me I knew and somehow remembered a few words and promptly murdered the French language with what was probably the worst grammar and worst accent poor Vanessa and the rest of France has had to endure since God was a boy! She was polite, smiles a lot and gently helped me stagger through a few sentences about where I was from, what I did for a living and such like. Then when she could bear the terrible French anymore (not that she gave anything away) I was led to the ‘ Technologie‘ room, that is to say a room full of laptops and screens, where I was asked to answer as best I could about 30 multiple choice French questions. Some of them I couldn’t even say out loud to myself, some I kind of recognised a few words and pretty well all of them I didn’t understand a single word and, so I guessed. Amazingly I scored 42%. I was obviously a language natural, a linguistic god in the making.

Not quite, it turned out after my week end break on the first proper day of school I was in class B1. I think that means Beginner 1. C’est la Vie, what did I expect? Well I did not expect Victor! He is Le Professuer. Now in England Professor conjures up images of a bald bespectacled slightly serious old man in a cap and gown, not some wacky, football loving, video game playing family man with a rather cute line in Gold lame pencil cases. From the off, we were in good hands as he digressed almost immediately from the prescribed curriculum into some hilarious expedition into the habits, loves and life of a fellow student all the way from Sainata in Japan, whose passion in life turned out to be world-wide wrestling, or as the French say La Lutte. The Japanese sounding, part English part French explanation to our puzzled French Professeur had him and us in stitches. I do not remember my French lessons at school being this much fun.

The rest of the morning flew by and at one o’clock Victor called time for lunch, that is one habit the French do extremely well and should never ever be allowed to alter. President Macron do you hear me? The French lunch-break should be sacrosanct in law.

What made this first day so weird was not so much Victor’s très bizarre humour and methods but the fact that by the end of that first morning, somehow, he had achieved the impossible feat of squeezing more knowledge of the French language into my old and small brain that in four years at my old comprehensive school. The fact that not once, in a class room full of international students ranging from ages 18 to 58 did I feel unwelcome, out of place, stupid or embarrassed. It bodes well for the rest of the week. I’ll let you know.

Alan


 

French in Normandy Review: Mia & Sinead talk about studying French in Rouen

French in Normandy Review

Mia & Sinead are from Dublin, Ireland and are studying the French language at French in Normandy in Rouen before starting classes at a French lycée. In this video they talk about how studying at French in Normandy is helping them achieve their goals, which activities they like and what it’s like living with a French host family. Check out this French in Normandy review video.