A word from Eleri on being a Charitable Endeavour finalist (Lead5050)

Just a quick post to say THANK YOU ALL for the wonderful news about French in Normandy being named a finalist in the Charitable Endeavour category of the first ever Lead5050 awards….

French in Normandy supports a local charity in Rouen: Les Restos du Coeur and has raised over 200kilos of food this year to help provide meals and basic food stuffs for homeless people or low income families in Rouen.

In 2016 we decided to try to complete the Mongol Rally to collect funds for our other school charity: Friends of Heart in Kenya.

Driving to Mongolia on the rally to raise money for Friends of Heart was a truly amazing experience for me but the real plus was the total of 15k plus euros that we raised thanks to Family, friends and sponsors.

The French in Normandy Superstar team raised 4 times as much as any of the other 300 or so teams.

At least 2k of that sum was earmarked uniquely for girls in the orphanage for their dormitories: furniture, decoration, bedding etc etc and may I remind you that, of course, girls make up the majority of these abandoned children.

I am really hoping that with help from the publicity from Lead5050 that I can get one or two of the big groups or some lovely people out there to sponsor at least one child through higher education every year and so enhance the work that we are doing with Julia Steiner, founder of Friends of Heart, who has worked so hard to give these children a chance in life.

So thank you this not only means a lot to me but fingers crossed, it could also be the start of something even bigger….

Enseigner les langues différemment ?

Cet été, French in Normandy a animé, en partenariat avec l’Université Laval au Québec, la première formation de formateurs en France en Approche Neurolinguistique. 

Cette méthodologie d’enseignement des langues étrangères, basée sur les avancées de ces vingt dernières années en neurosciences cognitives, se fonde sur la distinction des processus qui sont spécifiques à l’acquisition d’habiletés linguistiques, d’une part, et à l’apprentissage des savoirs langagiers, de l’autre.

Le stage certifiant qui vient d’avoir lieu a ainsi livré aux enseignants en formation l’ensemble des connaissances théoriques fondamentales nécessaires à l’expérimentation pratique, au sein de classes réelles, de la série des stratégies constitutives de l’ANL. Par la visée constante du développement del’aisance et de la précision lors de la formation à l’oral, à la lecture et à l’écriture, il s’agit d’optimiser le temps des classes en les inscrivant dans une perspective pédagogique de la littératie qui soit spécifique à l’apprentissage des langues étrangères.

Cette méthodologie, dont les résultats ont été évalués en Amérique du Nord et en Asie, vient de s’adjoindre l’enthousiasme d’enseignants de France, d’Allemagne, d’Italie, de Suisse et du Monténégro ayant suivi la première session de notre stage (écoutez leurs témoignages en ligne). Les prochaines sessions de formation auront lieu du 6 au 10 novembre 2017 à Rouen (France) et du 16 au 20 décembre 2017 à Québec (Canada).

Rejoignez-nous !

Olivier Massé / Steve Mercier, formateurs ANL

How to choose the best French language school in France

So you’ve decided to study French in France. By now you’ve probably researched the destination, school size, course content and which cultural activities are offered by various French language schools in France. If you’re really serious about your language studies abroad, then considering these 5 factors will really help you to choose the best French language school and ensure you have a valuable study abroad experience.

1. School accreditation

We listed this as first because we believe that your language study abroad experience will highly be determined by the quality of the school you choose to attend and its accreditation. By accreditation, we mean the quality guarantee that covers the teacher’s qualifications, curriculum, the school’s facilities, the school’s business practice & policies and as well as accommodation and other student services. You will find that there are many national and international accreditations and quality assurance schemes in different countries.  Accreditation organizations generally have the same goal – to ensure that their members have high quality standards for their programs and services. That’s why they audit their member schools regularly. For example, French in Normandy is accredited by Qualité FLE, a government recognized certification that is awarded in accordance with a framework based on the following five aspects:

  • Teaching and training courses
  • Teachers
  • Hosting and support
  • Premises, safety and equipment
  • Management

French in Normandy has earned full awards in all 5 categories, making it a highly qualified French language school. The International Association of Language Centres is a global network of accredited independent language schools of which French in Normandy is a longstanding member.

2. Student Reviews

Nowadays you can easily find reviews online for just about anything, from best restaurants to hair salons, hotels and even language schools! There are various websites that provide French language school reviews by former students and French in Normandy is proud to have hundreds of top reviews as well as have been voted Best French Language School in France by our students on the Education Stars website. You can also always check out Facebook reviews for more opinions too!

3. Curriculum and levels of instruction

As you know, some schools teach only from textbooks while others don’t use textbooks at all. Accredited language schools such as French in Normandy have a well-balanced curriculum in line with internationally recognized standards and which covers all aspects of learning a language: listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and pronunciation. When choosing a French language school, be sure that you will be tested at the start of your course, throughout your programme and again at the end of your stay so that you can measure your language learning progress from start to finish.

4. Class size

Both the size of the school and class is important, but the size of the class is probably the more important factor when choosing a language school abroad. The most common class size is 15 students but at French in Normandy, the maximum class size is 12, ensuring you have optimal attention and personal instruction from your teacher. The ideal class size is 10 – 12 students, perfect for active participation and comfort, especially if you’re a beginner.

5. Awards

What many people don’t know is that there are numerous industry awards which are given annually to the top schools worldwide in the language learning industry. For example, French in Normandy is the proud 5-time winner of the Star French Language School award, given by Study Travel Magazine and voted by partners and colleagues from around the world. French in Normandy is also the winner of the UED Award in the Best FrenchLanguage School category from UED in Turkey, The Association of International Education Counselors. These awards recognized our accomplishments in French language instruction but also reflect our outstanding relationships with agent partners around the world who are happy to recommend French in Normandy to their clients as the best French language school in France.


If you are thinking about studying French in France, get a free quote on your language course at French in Normandy!


Let’s Celebrate ! Champagne Prizes !

25th Anniversary of French in Normandy 

Pop open the bottle of champagne because French in Normandy is celebrating its 25th anniversary! This year we are giving away a birthday bottle champagne to one of our valued agents each month! Be entered into our monthly prize draw every time you send a new booking and every month FIN will randomly draw a winner to receive a bottle of French in Normandy champagne sent directly to your office! Start sending us students now to enter the prize draw!

See the highlights of our 25 years here on the blog.


January : Français en France, Germany


February : Institut français Tokyo


25 Years of French in Normandy

Since French in Normandy began 25 years ago we have had the pleasure of welcoming students from countless countries around the world. Students from all walks of life, with all different motivations have shared our passion for French language learning and teaching. A student’s success is our success and this shows in our exceptional exam pass rates and our growing network of alumni and agent partners worldwide.

Since FIN started in 1992, with no students and a dog, we have gone from strength to strength; each year striving to provide better education and service to our students.

Some of our highlights include:

Malika joining us in 1997. Our well-known and much loved operations manager who knows all the ins and outs of the school, always ready to assist in all areas with a smile.

Receiving the Qualité FLE label in 2007 for the first time, a confirmation of our exceptional teachers, curriculum, facilities and services.

Joining the beloved IALC family in 2007.

Winning Study Travel Magazine’s Best French Language School in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012! Voted by our valued partners, these awards have motivated to continue building and maintaining our important agent relationships and ensuring the total satisfaction of their clients.

In 2013 Melanie Raymond joined FIN, bringing her enthusiasm and experience to French in Normandy and taking special care of our partner’s needs.

Hosting the 2015 IALC workshop and showing off our beautiful city, Rouen.

Receiving the Qualité FLE label for third time with another three stars accreditation in 2016.

2013 – 2016. Incredible acknowledgement from our students by the way of voting us the Best Language School in France with Educations Stars for 4 consecutive years!

Recognition and support from our valued agents in Turkey, voted Best French Language School by UED from 2013 – 2016.

Through all this, we would like to thank all our host families, our partners in Normandy and abroad, and all our students past present and future for being part of the French in Normandy story.

Take a look back on French in Normandy in the gallery below…



Journée exceptionnelle dédiée à l’enseignement & apprentissage du Français Langue Étrangère

French in Normandy vous invite à une journée exceptionnelle dédiée à l’enseignement & apprentissage du Français Langue Étrangère.
le mercredi 5 octobre 2016
10h00 à 17h00 : Rencontre sur stand avec les maisons d’édition de FLE 
Toutes les heures : Présentations des collections par les délégués pédagogiques 
17h00 : Remise des Prix des Camemberts du FLE, récompensant pour les meilleures publications de FLE de l’année 
18h00 : Table ronde « SOS FLE », animée par Sébastien Langevin, rédacteur en chef de la revue Le Français Dans Le Monde, et qui réunira Jacques Pêcheur (auteur de nombreuses méthodes de FLE, ancien directeur du département de langue française de l’Institut Français), Christine Renard (Maître de langues, de l’Institut des langues vivantes de Louvain-la-Neuve), Amandine Denimal (maître de conférences en sciences du langage à l’université de Rouen) et Olivier Massé (Coordinateur pédagogique de French in Normandy, formateur de formateur et auteur de manuels).
Rendez-vous à la
Librairie L’Armitière
66 Rue Jeanne d’Arc, 76000 Rouen
Téléphone : 02 35 70 57 42
Votez pour les publications FLE : https://www.frenchinnormandy.com/les-camemberts-du-fle-livre-de-fle/
Votre vote compte ! Plus qu’une semaine….
what is erasmus+

What is ERASMUS +: Everything You Need to Know

The old programmes Comenius and Grundtvig have gone and now EU funding for in-service teacher training is provided through an EU programme called Erasmus+.

What is Erasmus+?

The EU Erasmus+ programme is intended to support activities in a variety of fields including education, training, youth and sport in all sectors of lifelong learning (Higher Education, Further Education, adult education, schools, youth activities etc).

There is now much more money available for training teachers (and TAs, and other school support staff) and you should make your head of school and colleagues aware of this opportunity.

The grants cover all elements of the courses; training input, accommodation, subsistence and travel, so if you make a successful application there is no cost to the school or individual member of staff.

We are already working with schools that have received significant grants from Erasmus+ for their teachers to study French. It is good for your school – and for you!

what is erasmus+

Who can apply for Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is available to a wide range of organisations across all sectors of education and training in the EU member and EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).

Any public or private organisation actively involved in these areas can now apply for funding. That means if you are a teacher in a private, local authority or academy school – as long as your school applies, you can benefit!

How do we apply?

Applications are made through the ‘Erasmus + Key Action 1 for schools’ programme.

Applications are no longer for single courses for single members of staff. Applications are done through your school, and one application can cover multiple courses [for the same member(s) of teaching staff or for a range of individuals].

When is the deadline?

  • There is only one application date each year, and the next deadline for submitting completed applications will be early 2017
  • This feels like a long time ahead, but you need to start planning now to ensure you can put in a strong application
  • You need to speak to your school / institution NOW to ask if they will support a funding application for your school! As the application is made in your school’s name it is vital that you make sure that your school is prepared to support your application before you go any further.
  • If you are English speaking you can call our ‘Erasmus+ expert’, Sheelagh Connolly, who can give you more advice on making an application and, if you are UK based, can support you with it. Sheelagh is available on +44 7933 796 931 or you can contact her on [email protected]
  • You can apply for a French course with French in Normandy as soon as you have spoken to your school and decided to make an application. Contact Eleri Maitland at eleri.maitland(at)frenchinnormandy.com. We will hold your place on the course until you have confirmed your funding application has been successful

What to do next

  1. Read the Erasmus+ information at the links we have given you below and arrange a meeting with the person responsible in your school, university, college or organisation – we recommend you arrange this now!
  2. As part of your application your school / organisation will need to submit a European Development plan for one or two years, in line with the EU 2020 Education, Training, Youth and Sport Proposal. You request a number of ‘mobilities’ (grants) for staff to attend training courses at French in Normndy. We can advise on suitable plans.
  3. Your school will need to register with the European Commission’s Participant Portal and get a PIC number here.
  4. When your funding is awarded, you and your school can then choose which French in Normandy course you would like to participate in.
  5. French in Normandy are listed in the ERASMUS+ School Educaton Gateway Catalogue. You can choose our French in Normandy Teacher Training Course.

Forms are available on the Erasmus+ web site. To help you prepare, you can look at examples of them here.


  • FRENCH IN NORMANDY PIC No. is – 932062428
  • French in Normandy’s official English speaking Erasmus+ partner is Sheelagh Connolly. You can call her on: +44 7933 796 931 or you can contact her by email at claro(at)live.co.uk.
  • A step-by-step application guide for organisations is available on the Erasmus+ website – Click here.
  • Erasmus+ Funding Guide.
  • Find the National Agency in your country here.

Top marks for French in Normandy Qualite fle audit

FIN FLE logo sqFollowing its Qualité fle audit in January 2016, French in Normandy received the highest mark of three stars in all the areas audited.

The French government quality label audits the following areas:

  • Quality of the premises, health and safety concerns
  • Quality of the Management structure, financial management and sales and marketing
  • Quality of the Welcome service, choice of accommodation, quality of accommodation and welcome service
  • Quality of the teaching, teachers’ conditions of service
  • Quality of the courses, course content and organisation for Business and General French and French for specific purposesFrench in Normandy was also voted Best French Language School for the third year running by students on educationstars. “This is a tribute to the dedication of the French in Normandy staff and their commitment to quality, “ says Owner Eleri Maitland.

This post originally appeared on the IALC blog.


Erasmus Programme for Teachers at French in Normandy

ecbfb37cdfb585568757e539023811c5The Erasmus programme for teachers aims to help school teachers across Europe, providing them with an opportunity to increase their language level, take a look at some examples of « Best teaching practices » and innovative approaches to classroom management so as to enhance their professional skills.

The programme is designed for teachers of all levels from pre-primary to secondary and as part of the project teachers are encouraged to link up with teachers in their target language country. This year French in Normandy has so far welcomed over 50 teachers mainly from the UK as part of their in-service teacher training course and many have been part of the Erasmus project. As part of their course, visiting teachers have enjoyed observation sessions both in-house at French in Normandy as well with some of our partner schools, colleges and lycées here in Rouen. They have also enjoyed working on assignments using realia and preparing school visits to museums and historic monuments here in the city of Rouen via the excellent online and accessible educational and learning resources provided by French in Normandy.