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French in Normandy in China

French in Normandy will be pleased to meet potential students at the Campus France workshops in Beijing, Dalian and Nanjin, China on April 13th, 14th and 21st, 2019. 


Be sure to register on the Campus France Education Fair website in order to upload your CV or to ask for appointments.

诺曼底法语学校

诺曼底法语学校,是一家部际认证的语言中心。它位于诺曼底大区首府-鲁昂,一座历史悠久的艺术之城,因其美轮美奂的建筑、教堂和圣女贞德而闻名。

学校全年开放,为学生提供普通法语课程或商贸法语课程。可以一对一授课,也可以是最多4人组成的小班授课,还可以小班授课与个人授课相结合。学校是可以组织TCF考试的认证语言中心,与鲁昂另一家可以报考DELF/DALF考试的语言中心有合作关系。学校帮助学生备考DELF/DALF考试,2017年DALF 考试的通过率为98%。学校也与法国国立面点甜点学院、厨师学校(马赛勒索瓦日高中),鲁昂电子工程高等工程师学院和诺欧商学院建立了合作关系,这为本校的学生提供了可以在这些合作院校继续学习的机会。

学校提供包括甜点、面点、厨师国家文凭项目和高等教育课程:硕士、MBA。学校的专业团队将全程陪伴学生的学习阶段并为学生更好地融入当地生活提供帮助。

 

学校介绍单页学校网站 – 校友感言

参与城市: 北京、大连、南京

 

DELF or DALF

DELF or DALF?

DELF: Diplôme d’études en langue française – (Diploma in French language studies)

DALF: Diplôme approfondi de langue française – (Advanced Diploma in French language studies)

DELF or DALF

The DELF and DALF exams assess the communicative skills of a candidate in real situations using authentic documents and they evaluate functional knowledge of communication. These exams are issued by the French Ministry of Education and as such, are recognised everywhere in the world.

FIN and DELF/DALF preparation:

French in Normandy is very proud of our exam success rates over the years. In 2017 we had a 97% success rate. Our DELF and DALF preparation course follows the exam requirements and has been devised in response to student demand:

Our morning classes focus on Grammar, Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking to ensure that students have the basic language skills required for each level of the exam, following the same structure as our Semi-Intensive course.  This is integral to being successfully prepared for the exams.

In the afternoons the course is dedicated solely to exam tutorials, each one focusing on specific DELF/DALF papers. Students have a course books for extra work and our teachers also give all the necessary supplementary materials. The course also contains practice sessions for all students throughout the course, with personalised correction and feedback. These tutorials and the practice runs are all included in the course fee covering the oral and written comprehension and production parts of the exam(s).  The oral production is done face-to-face to reproduce the exam situation. Several of our French in Normandy teachers are qualified and experienced DELF/DALF examiners and their experience, combined with the tutorials and exam practice means students will be confident and well prepared for the exam at the end of the course.

More on DELF/DALF Qualifications:

DELF Preparation

  • In the DELF preparation course, you will study all four language skills, (reading, writing listening and speaking).
  • The course includes a final mock examination so that you know what to expect on the day and take the examination fully prepared.
  • If your level in French already corresponds to approximately 400 hours of French tuition or more, you can sit for a special assessment test to have access to DELF Stage 2 without sitting for the 4 units of DELF Stage 1.
  • Holders of DELF Stage 2 have a general knowledge of French civilization and can analyse a text and present it both orally and in writing.
  • At French In Normandy you can prepare for DELF and choose the length of your course. You can also take the examination in Rouen.
  • Our preparation courses favour rapid progression as you are in groups with a maximum number of 10 students.

DALF Preparation

  • The DALF preparation course is divided into 4 units; This diploma corresponds to an extensive knowledge of the French language. Its holder is able to master college level of expression – summary, document synthesis, essay, and oral presentation – in chosen fields of specialization: humanities and social sciences, economics, law, mathematics or life sciences.

  • At French In Normandy you can prepare the and DALF and choose the length of your course and you can take the examination in Rouen.

  • Our DALF preparation courses favour rapid progression as you are in groups with a maximum number of 12 students

  • You will study all four language skills, (reading, writing listening and speaking) and our friendly and experienced staff will ensure that you reach your goal as quickly as possible.

  • The DALF preparation course includes a final mock examination so that you know what to expect on the day and take the examination fully prepared.

For more information on prices and booking, or if you have any questions you can visit our website and contact us: https://www.frenchinnormandy.com/prices/

 

Restaurants in Rouen

Best Student Restaurants in Rouen

Having a huge variety of places where to eat is great. However, it can also be confusing as the options are vast and can be very different from one another. Therefore, to help make your stay in Rouen a little bit easier, we have singled out 6 restaurants in Rouen which are usually popular amongst students:

Restaurants in Rouen
  1. Café Dessiné: Found in the historic centre and within the famous rue Damiette, the Café Dessiné is a café and tea room where a large collection of comics is available for viewing free of charge. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, you will definitely find something delicious to have for breakfast, brunch or even a late lunch or early dinner.
  2. Le Mont Saint-Michel: A traditional creperie which will surely give you a taste of the French cuisine. Various types of pancakes are available in this restaurant and you can visit it from Monday to Saturday. Make sure you check the opening hours before you go.
  3. L’Oritano: Whether you’re an Italian who is visiting France and wants a taste of home or coming from any other country and would like some typical Italian food, this restaurant may be the right spot in Rouen. All the dishes are homemade, even the mozzarella and the menu changes regularly. Students can either go for lunch or in the evening to taste the antipasti during Aperitivo time.
  4. Nachos Mexican Grill: More from the international cuisine that one can find in Rouen, this restaurant offers a large choice of fajitas, tacos and salad. All food is freshly made right in front of the customer as this aspect is very important to the restaurant owners. Here you can have healthy meals at reasonable prices and the restaurant is open every day from late morning till the evening.
  5. The Novick’s Stadium: The Novick’s Stadium is a concept sports bar that gives guests the possibility to experience sports from all around the world. This place is also the spot that brings together players and supporters of sports in Rouen. This restaurant is modern and hip, and it is a great spot to meet people, watch sports and relax.
  6. La Fabrik: Directly on the quay near the Seine, this restaurant offers quality meat as well as other dishes and tapas. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and you can go for lunch or dinner all week, whereas Sundays it is open for brunch.

If you are looking for other types of restaurants or even different cuisines, here at French in Normandy, we are always happy to give you suggestions on our personal favourites. So, contact us or speak to one of our staff members when you arrive at the school, and we’ll be happy to give you directions to get to the restaurants mentioned above, as well.

3 reasons why you should do it | My Internship at French in Normandy


“Opportunity never knocks twice”

By Christina Mitzali


One of the greatest experiences of my life has come to an end. Many memories flood my mind while I was packing my stuff to travel back in Greece and so here I am writing this article, even if I don’t usually write, for an experience worth sharing. Once I read on a wall : ”Opportunity never knocks twice”. Well there are many reasons I am glad I didn’t let this opportunity go and to sum up here are the three reasons one shouldn’t loose such opportunity.

The vastness, the beauty of Normandy

Normandy is a very impressive region. In my opinion there is none who wouldn’t feel impressed by its huge green fields, the sea and the history that is written on this land. And of course I have to admit that I never saw so many cows before in my life, well that’s how all this variety of cheese is explained. If you are a cheese lover you should definitely spend some months in Normandy, trust me you won’t regret it! Another thing that you should see at least once in your life is the traditional houses of the region , with their beautiful gardens and their exceptional architecture that makes you feel like you are participating in an ”Astérix et Obélix” movie. You wil find many of this houses in your way to
Etretat, I am sure you wouldn’t miss such an incredible landscape. It has been a while since I visited the ”Falaise d’Etretat” but this image always remains in my mind, proving the majesty of mother nature. But that is not the only proof. There is no doubt that mother nature has been generous to Normandy, that was my thought when I saw Mont Saint-Michel a tidal island included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, because of its history and its natural beauty combined with the exceptional architecture people created to reach the peak of the beauty of the island. One more thing I wouldn’t forget to include in this section is ”Les plages du débarquement” the beaches of Normandy where the D-Day Landing happened on 6th June 1944. And the best thing is that all these destinations are easy approachable from Rouen! Thank you French in Normandy for your perfect location.

In French in Normandy you feel well

“En Normandie il fait froid mais les gens sont chaleureux” this is what locals say and to sum up it means “a cold region but with warm people” . Well you can’t be sure about this until you meet the people in French in Normandy. Each of them will stay in my heart and I hope while reading this they will know how much I have appreciated their hospitality and their kindness. The things they taught me and the motivation they gave me to discover my strengths and develop my skills. The best thing about the team of French in Normandy is that everyone’s opinion matters, even if you are an intern, an administrative employee,an accountant, a teacher or a manager. Sharing is caring so don’t be afraid to share your ideas with the team! What you will love also there is the intercultural environment. In my case I am glad that i met people from all around the world and together we practiced our French while we were learning for each others culture. Last but not least, French in Normandy is Erasmus+ friendly. I have to admit that making an internship in lovely France with lovely people and having in the same time the help of Erasmus+ is like a dream. This internship will be well recognized in my diploma and will give me a strong advantage in the job market.

Because in France… La vie est belle!

Who hasn’t imagine a to spend a day in the city of lights? Who hasn’t wish to speak the language of love?

Who doesn’t dream to taste the real French cuisine?

These and even more I had the chance to experience during my internship and certainly are some of the best experiences of my life. After these experiences I have no choice but to agree with Audrey Hepburn who supported that Paris is always a good idea. Well the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées are always a good idea. But there are more things to do in Paris. For Disney lovers let’s not forget that the one and only Disneyland in Europe is located in Paris. On the other hand if you are not so interested in Disney but you still love attraction parks you, you shouldn’t skip visiting “Parc Astérix”. This article wouldn’t be complete without festivals. Voilà, France loves festivals and I have to say thank you France for giving me the opportunity to enjoy your festivals. And of course, thank you France for giving to world the French cuisine, however I will not say anything about the cuisine and I will just invite you in France to take a real taste…


Contact us if you’re interested in taking an internship in France.

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…

 

 

6 things you must see while studying French in Rouen

Cathedral Rouen

Stretched beside the Seine, Rouen is Normandy’s most beautiful city. It’s a city full with culture, history, gastronomy. This breathtaking place is home to the most famous gothic cathedral. But the cathedral is not the only reason why Rouen is so popular. It is also well-known for its prestigious former inhabitants, such as Joan of Arc, Flaubert, Monet and Corneille.

If you are one of those who are extremely lucky to have visited Rouen you already know what I’m talking about. For those who haven’t, I’m inviting you to come and enjoy it’s beauties. Furthermore, I’m inviting you to come and study French in Rouen. Besides improving your French, Rouen offers an amazing opportunities to immerse yourself in culture. Here in this blog I will list some interesting things to do while studying French in Rouen.

  1. Start with Cathédrale Notre-Dame. One of the largest and most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France is located in the old town’s heart. You will be amazed by its magnificent outlook which inspired a lot of famous people, among which was the painter Claude Monet. Take some time to absorb this view and let it inspire you. The inside of this gothic cathedral has its own story to tell, which I’m not going to reveal. My advice would be to visit it and see its beauties by yourself.
  1. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Another must see in Rouen is this art museum which is considered to be one of the most important in France. Here you can see many paintings, sculptures, and drawings that date from the 15th century to the 21st century.

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  1. Eglise Saint-Maclou. This jewel of the Flamboyant Gothic architecture is located only a short walk from the cathedral. Dedicated to St. Malo, this church was built in the 15th century. During the World War II this building was severely damaged. Lucky for us it was fully restored. Now we can enjoy the magnificent sight of this 5 bells church.
  1. Eglise Jeanne d’Arc. This church is dedicated to Joan of Arc. It was build at the Place du Vieux Marché in the exact spot where she was martyred and burned at stake. The design itself looks like the flames of the stake. I urge you to put this contemporary church, which is considered to be an inspiring place for spiritual worship, on your to see list for Rouen.

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  1. Big Clock Tower | Gros Horloge. This is another must see in Rouen. The Gothic belfry tower was built in 1389 for defensive purposes and the decorative clock dates from 1889. So take a moment and observe this magnificent piece of art and analyze the meaning of its elements.
  1. Place du Vieux Marché.  The old market place is the vibrant centre of Rouen, where you will find the church of Joan of Arc, the place where she was burned at the stake but also a lively market and many bars, shops and restaurants where tourists and locals alike spend their time. Not to be missed!screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-9-20-05-amTo sum up, Rouen is considered to be one of the most historic and cultural cities in France. The 6 places that I listed above are just a small portion of a very large treasure chest full with cultural and historic gems. Enter this chest and let yourself be taken back in time and history. Use every spare moment and immerse yourself in this majestic place.

Internship in France: Why Rouen?

My name is Sonya, I am 25 years old and I am from Russia. At the moment, I am doing an internship in France at «French in Normandy» as Marketing Assistant. Today I will tell you about my impressions of life in Rouen and of my work experience at the school. I really hope it will be useful for those of you who are planning a trip to France to learn the French language (to travel / to get a higher education / to work / just on holiday – underline as appropriate), but haven’t chosen the destination yet.

So, why choose Rouen? And why «French in Normandy»?

First things first…

internship in france

 

How did I come to do my internship here?

The internship is the final stage of my studies for a Master’s degree in France (I am studying foreign languages applied to international project management at the University of Western Brittany in Brest). The sphere of international education has always attracted me because it combines several activity areas really that really interest me – tourism, education and working with foreign languages. That is why I decided that an internship at a language school would be perfect for me.

SonyaI learnt about «French in Normandy» from the language centres catalogue of Campus France. I sent my CV to several language schools, and it was «French in Normandy» that I got the first reply from within a very short time (which was a pleasant surprise as it is not very typical of France). Besides, there were some other important “pros”: only positive students’ opinions on the Internet (I didn’t find a single negative or even neutral reference!), an elegant and informative multilingual website, and pages on several popular social networking services. I believe that all these show that the school really cares both about its reputation, its potential clients and employees and keeps up with the times. And it is actually due to the combination of all these factors and challenging and exciting work that I was really happy to receive an internship offer from «French in Normandy».

And yes… There was one more argument for – Rouen and Normandy.

Why Rouen?

For the first time, I visited Normandy and Rouen in the autumn of last year having no idea that very soon I would come back for 4.5 months. My first impression of the city was that of the gothic cathedral Notre-Dame de Rouen which is absolutely amazing. And it is no wonder: the cathedral is so high that its spires are almost lost in the clouds, and if you come closer, its lacy architecture with numerous details simply takes your breath away (later I learnt that this style is called “Flamboyant”). I pass by the cathedral at least once a week and every time I can’t help but admire its magnificence (no matter how pompous it sounds).

The historical centre of the city strikes by the combination of splendid gothic and fairytale medieval
architecture with its wooden-frame houses and stone-block pavements. I think it’s no use listing all the sights of Rouen – you can find their description in many travel guides and on many websites. I will only say that it is a city filled with history – the city of Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert, Pierre Corneille and Claude Monet (by the way, the Museum of Fine Arts of Rouen possesses the second largest collection of impressionists after that of the famous Musée d’Orsay in Paris).Rouen street

In general, the cultural life of Rouen is very dynamic – there are always some events going on: various festivals, exhibitions, concerts… I think that the city can be interesting for people of different ages. On the one hand, it is quite safe and calm, on the other – Rouen is the city of students as it hosts several educational institutions: the University of Rouen, a business school, an engineering school, and some others. A lot of foreign students come within Erasmus and other exchange programmes, or just to learn French. I think that the variety of discos and bars will also appeal to young people. By the way, at one of the bars, «La Taverne de Thor», there are weekly “language exchange meetings” that are a wonderful way to meet new people and to practice French, English or other foreign languages.

And of course, a question of great concern (especially for girls): what about shopping? Don’t worry – the shopping in Rouen suits every taste and budget: there is everything from luxury brands to flea markets, and from antique shops to well-known mass market stores. As for me, I really appreciate the abundance of local designers’ small shops in the city centre – the prices are not that low, of course, but not sky-high either, and in addition you can find some really lovely and unusual stuff.

Rouen viewIn Rouen you will find a great variety of cafés and restaurants that will meet your every need, since Normandy is justly famous for its cuisine and the high quality of food products. The most famous Norman specialities are, of course, various cheeses: Camambert, Neuchatel, Pont-l’Évêque… – and also delicious dairy products (cream, butter), appetizing apple pies, the freshest seafood, and local spirits – cider and Calvados. By the way, if you want to feel like a real Frenchman, buy products not in supermarkets, but in small private shops (“boulangerie”, “épicerie”, “boucherie”, etc., at least bread – in a boulangerie for sure!) or at the Sunday markets in the city centre where the seller and the producer are usually one and the same person. As for national cuisines, the choice is also huge – I am almost sure that you will find a café or a restaurant specializing in the cuisine of your country (I found a Russian restaurant with real Russian food!).

As you can see, Rouen has all the advantages of a big city. But at the same time, everything is very close: all the major sights and entertainments are either within walking distance or several minutes’ trip by bus or by underground. Besides, the prices are much lower than in the capital. I think that the latter is especially important for students planning to stay in France for quite a long time.

It is no secret, however, that most people associate France first of all with Paris. An important advantage of Rouen is that you can easily get to the capital in 1-1.5 hours – there are direct high-speed trains and buses to Paris. Moreover, it is convenient to travel from Rouen to other countries: it is situated almost at the same distance from Brussels and London, and there is a great number of low-cost airlines flying from the airport of Beauvais which is half-way between Rouen and Paris.

Finally, Rouen is a perfect departure point for journeys all over Normandy – one of the most beautiful and picturesque regions of France. I won’t mention all the places worth visiting – they are really too many. Here are just some of them that, in my opinion, deserve special attention:

  • Le Mont-Saint-Michel – a real architectural and natural miracle;
  • Honfleur – one of the most beautiful little towns in Normandy;
  • Caen – the city of William the Conqueror with a wonderful castle;
  • Etretat – a small town famous for its beautiful “postcard” views of sea cliffs that Claude Monet embodied on his paintings;
  • Giverny – the memorial house of Claude Monet and picturesque gardens.

I think that if you are going to France to study French and you are facing a difficult task of finding the right Mont-Saint-Michellanguage school, Rouen and Normandy will be an important argument for choosing “French in Normandy”. However, it is obvious that for those whose first priority is studies just a wonderful geographical location is not enough – some other reasons are necessary. So…

Internship in France: Why «French in Normandy»?

You can find a lot of information about the school’s numerous advantages on its website and in its brochures. That is why I will probably say nothing new here. But today, having spent 4 months at school as an intern, seeing its everyday life “from the inside”, talking to my colleagues, I can say with confidence that “French in Normandy” – is first of all a really excellent quality of teaching the French language and a highly professional and enthusiastic teachers’ team.

The school uses an innovative communicative teaching approach aimed at inciting students to use the language primarily for oral communication – to speak, to speak and to speak again… Numerous after-class activities and clubs that are free for students (cinema club, theatre club, reading club, etc.), as well as the accommodation in a French family recommended by the school, are also intended to reach this objective. At “French in Normandy”, French is used as the language of day-to-day communication with the students of all levels (only as an exception, the school’s employees can sometimes switch to English or some other language to explain some important administrative issues).

Dieppe chateauThe high quality of teaching the French language at school is confirmed by the fact that “French in Normandy” is accredited by the French government (which also facilitates the process of getting the French visa for those students who need it). Moreover, the school is the winner of numerous prizes in its sector. For 5 years on end, “French in Normandy” was acclaimed Best French Language School by “Study Travel Magazine” (the only periodical making and publishing the ratings of language schools), and several times – by the website Education Stars.com (the equivalent of Tripadvisor in the sphere of educational tourism) – according to students’ opinions.

I can also say that the warm family atmosphere and individual approach to every student are not just words from advertising booklets. All these are to a great extent made possible thanks to a small group size (not more than 10 students per group) and also to the fact that all the school’s teachers and employees have good knowledge of the basics of psychology and do their best to make the students feel comfortable both at school and outside – as it is obvious that without cheerful mind and positive thinking good communication, and therefore progress in language learning, is impossible.

In my opinion, the most important advantages of the school are the following:

  • The duration of each lesson is 60 minutes (not 45 like a lot of schools offer);
  • Classes start every Monday for all the levels and all the types of programmes;
  • The school offers preparation courses for internationally recognized DELF/DALF exams;
  • «French in Normandy» offers a wide range of accommodation options, including home stay, student residence, hotels, youth hostel, etc.;
  • The school organizes an orientation tour of Rouen for all new students on the first day of their classes;
  • «French in Normandy» is open all the year round except for the 2 weeks of Christmas holidays, and lessons are never lost on public holidays – they are made up during the remaining days of the same week;
  • You can benefit from the airport transfer service offered by the school;
  • Reading and watching movies in French can help you to make a rapid progress in the study of the language. The school disposes of a small, but really nice library with books, magazines and DVDs.

What can I say in conclusion? I suppose only one thing.

Welcome to Rouen!

And welcome to «French in Normandy»!

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Pourquoi je suis en stage à French in Normandy?

Bonjour!

Je m’appelle Sonya, j’ai 25 ans et je viens de Russie. En ce moment, je fais un stage à «French in Normandy» en tant qu’assistante Marketing / Commercial. Aujourd’hui, je voudrais partager avec vous mes impressions sur Rouen et de mon travail à l’école – j’espère que ce sera utile pour ceux qui planifient un voyage en France pour apprendre la langue (pour voyager / pour suivre une formation / pour travailler / juste pour les vacances – souligner ce qui est approprié), mais n’ont pas encore choisi de destination.

Alors, pourquoi Rouen? Et pourquoi «French in Normandy»?

Commençons par le début….

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Pourquoi je suis en stage ici?

Je fais un stage pour valider mon Master à l’Université de Bretagne Occidentale où j’étudie Langues Etrangères appliquées et Management de projets internationaux. La sphère de l’éducation internationale m’a toujours attiré parce qu’elle combine plusieurs profils très intéressants pour moi : le tourisme, l’éducation et le travail avec des langues étrangères. C’est pourquoi j’ai décidé qu’un stage à une école de langue serait une option parfaite pour moi.

SonyaJ’ai trouvé l’école « French in Normandy » à l’aide du catalogue des centres linguistiques de l’agence Campus France. De toutes les écoles auxquelles j’ai envoyé mon CV c’était « French in Normandy » dont j’ai reçu la première réponse en moins d’un jour (ce qui n’est pas très habituel en France). De plus, les arguments « pour » importants comprenaient les témoignages des étudiants uniquement positifs sur Internet (je n’ai pas trouvé un seul avis négatif ou même neutre), un joli et informatif site web multilingue, les pages sur plusieurs réseaux sociaux. Je crois que tout cela montre que l’école pense vraiment à sa réputation, ainsi qu’à ses clients et employés potentiels et essaye d’être dans l’air du temps. Et en fait c’est à cause de la combinaison de tous ces éléments et du travail vraiment intéressant pour moi que j’ai été très contente de recevoir une offre de stage de « French in Normandy ».

Ah oui… Il y avait encore un argument « pour ». Rouen et la Normandie.

Pourquoi Rouen?

Pour la première fois, j’ai visité Rouen et quelques autres endroits en Normandie l’automne dernier ne sachant pas encore que je reviendrais bientôt pour 4.5 mois. Ma première impression de la ville était celle de l’impressionnante cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, et ce n’est pas étonnant : la cathédrale est si haute, qu’on croirait que ses pointes se perdent dans les nuages, et à y regarder de près, son architecture « dentellier » avec un grand nombre de détails est à couper le souffle (un peu plus tard j’ai appris que ce style architectural s’appelle « gothique flamboyant »). Je passe devant la cathédrale au moins une fois par semaine et chaque fois j’admire de nouveau sa beauté.

Le centre historique de la ville est remarquable par la combinaison du style gothique monumental et l’architecture médiévale de conte de fées avec ses maisons à colombage et le pavage en pierres cassées. Je pense que c’est inutile d’énumérer ici tous les monuments de Rouen – vous trouverez leur description dans de nombreux guides touristiques et sur beaucoup de sites internet. Je dirai seulement que c’est une ville vraiment remplie d’histoire – la ville de Jeanne d’Arc, Gustave Flaubert, Pierre Corneille et Claude Monet (à propos, le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen possède la deuxième plus grande collection de peinture impressionnistes de France après le célèbre musée d’Orsay de Paris).Dieppe port2

En général, la vie culturelle de Rouen est assez dynamique : il y a toujours des festivals, des expositions, des concerts… Je pense que cette ville peut être intéressante pour les gens de différents âges. D’un côté, elle est assez sûre et calme, de l’autre – Rouen est une ville des étudiants, car ici se trouvent plusieurs établissements scolaires, y compris l’Université de Rouen, une école de commerce, plusieurs écoles d’ingénieurs et d’autres. Beaucoup d’étudiants viennent dans le cadre du programme Erasmus et d’autres programmes d’échanges ou tout simplement pour apprendre le français. Je crois que les jeunes gens vont apprécier l’abondance de boîtes de nuit et de bars. A propos, dans un des bars, «La Taverne de Thor», vous pouvez essayer les rencontres hebdomadaires « Language exchange » – un moyen excellent de rencontrer de nouvelles personnes, si vous ne connaissez encore personne dans la ville, et de pratiquer le français, l’anglais et d’autres langues étrangères.

Et bien sûr, une question cruciale pour beaucoup de gens (surtout les filles) : qu’en est-il des magasins ? Rassurez-vous : le shopping à Rouen est en tous genres : des marques haut de gamme aux marchés aux puces, et des magasins d’antiquités aux célèbres marques de « mass market ». Personnellement, j’apprécie beaucoup une abondance de petits magasins des créateurs de mode locaux au centre-ville. Les prix ne sont pas très bas, bien sûr, mais pas excessifs non plus, de plus, on peut trouver des choses vraiment extraordinaires, et il est toujours intéressant de juste regarder les vitrines.

Rouen streetA Rouen vous trouverez un grand nombre de cafés et de restaurants divers, comme la Normandie est justement connue pour sa cuisine et la haute qualité des produits alimentaires. Les spécialités régionales principales comprennent, tout d’abord, des fromages (Camembert, Neuchâtel, Pont-l’Evêque…), de délicieux produits laitiers (la crème fraîche, le beurre), des tartes aux pommes appétissantes, de frais fruits de mer, des boissons locales le cidre et le Calvados. Au fait, si vous voulez vous sentir un vrais français, achetez des produits non pas au supermarché, mais dans de petits magasins privés (des boulangeries, des épiceries, des boucheries ; au moins le pain – à la boulangerie !) ou aux marchés qui ont lieu au centre-ville le samedi et le dimanche matin, où le vendeur et le producteur sont d’habitude la même personne. Quant aux cuisines du monde, le choix est aussi très grand : je suis presque sûre que vous trouverez un café ou un restaurant avec la cuisine de votre pays (par exemple, j’ai trouvé un restaurant russe avec la vraie nourriture russe !).

On peut dire que Rouen possède tous les avantages d’une grande ville, mais en même temps, les déplacements ne prennent pas beaucoup de temps : toutes les attractions et tous les monuments principaux se trouvent à une petite distance de marche ou à quelques minutes de trajet en métro ou en bus. De plus, le coût de la vie est beaucoup plus bas que dans la capitale. Je pense que ce dernier fait sera particulièrement important pour les étudiants qui envisagent un assez long séjour en France.

D’ailleurs, ce n’est pas un secret que pour beaucoup de gens, la France – c’est d’abord Paris. Un avantage important de Rouen est le fait qu’un voyage à la capitale ne prend que 1 – 1.5 heures : de Rouen à Paris il y a de directs buses et trains de grande vitesse. En plus, on peut voyager facilement dans les autres pays : Rouen est situé à presque la même distance de Bruxelles et de Londres, et de l’aéroport de Beauvais qui est à mi-chemin entre Paris est Rouen il y a des vols low-cost dans beaucoup de pays d’Europe.

Finalement, Rouen est sans doute le point de départ idéal pour les voyages en Normandie, une des régions les plus jolies et pittoresques de la France. Je pense que ce n’est pas la peine d’énumérer tous les endroits qui méritent d’être vus – ils sont vraiment très nombreux. Voilà seulement quelques idées (à mon avis, ces destinations sont les plus intéressantes) :

  • Le Mont-Saint-Michel – une vraie merveille architecturale et naturelle ;
  • Honfleur – une des plus jolies petites villes de Normandie ;
  • Caen – la ville de Guillaume le Conquérant où se trouve un magnifique château ;
  • Etretat – l’endroit connu pour ces vues « de carte postale » des falaises que Claude Monet a immortalisées sur ses tableaux ;
  • Giverny – la maison de Claude Monet et les jardins pittoresques.

Je pense que si vous allez en France pour apprendre le français et vous avez rencontré le problème difficile du choix d’une bonne école, Rouen et la Normandie seront un argument important pour choisir « French in Normandy ». Pourtant, c’est clair que si votre but est avant tout les études, vous aurez besoin de plus de raisons. Alors…Etretat

Pourquoi «French in Normandy»?

Sur le site web de l’école et dans les brochures vous pouvez trouver beaucoup d’arguments pour choisir «French in Normandy». C’est pourquoi je n’écrirai peut-être rien de nouveau ici. Mais aujourd’hui, ayant passé 4 mois à l’école en tant qu’une stagiaire, voyant chaque jour la vie de l’école « de l’intérieur », parlant à mes collègues, je peux dire avec certitude que « French in Normandy » est, avant tout, une très haute qualité de l’enseignement de français et une équipe de formateurs professionnels et motivés.

Dans l’enseignement de langue, l’école utilise l’approche communicative visant à inciter les étudiants d’utiliser la langue, avant tout, pour la communication orale – pour parler autant que possible. De nombreuses activités extra-scolaires (des excursions, des sorties aux concerts, aux cafés…), ainsi que des ateliers après les cours qui sont gratuites pour les étudiants (le ciné-club, le club de lecture, le club du théâtre, etc.) et le logement en famille recommandé par l’école sont aussi destinés à atteindre cet objectif. Même pour la communication quotidienne à « French in Normandy » on utilise uniquement le français (l’anglais ou d’autres langues sont utilisées parfois exceptionnellement pour expliquer aux étudiants des modalités des démarches administratives).

Une haute qualité de l’enseignement de français à l’école est confirmée par le fait que « French in Normandy » est accréditée par le gouvernement français (ce qui facilite aussi l’obtention du visa pour les étudiants étrangers). De plus, l’école est gagnante de nombreux prix dans son secteur d’activité. Pendant 5 ans de suite, « French in Normandy » était reconnue la meilleure école de français par « Study Travel Magazine » (le seul magazine qui publie des classements des écoles de langue) et plusieurs fois – par le site Education stars.com (l’équivalent de Tripadvisor dans le domaine des séjours linguistiques) selon les opinions des étudiants.

french language franceJe peux aussi confirmer qu’une ambiance familiale chaleureuse et une attention personnelle à chaque étudiant ne sont pas seulement les mots des plaquettes publicitaires. Tout cela devient possible en grande partie grâce à une petite taille des classes (pas plus que 10 personnes par classe) et au fait que tous professeurs et les membres de l’équipe de l’école connaissent les notions de la psychologie et font tout leur possible pour que les étudiants se sentent à l’aise à l’école et après les cours. En effet, c’est clair que sans bonne humeur et pensée positive, une bonne communication et, par conséquent, le progrès dans l’apprentissage de langue est impossible.

A mon avis, les plus importants avantages de l’école sont les suivants :

  • La durée de chaque leçon est 60 minutes (pas 40, 45 ou 50 !) ;
  • Les cours commencent chaque lundi pour tous les niveaux et tous les types de programmes ;
  • A l’école on peut se préparer aux examens internationaux DELF/DALF et à l’entrée à l’université en France ;
  • « French in Normandy » offre à ses étudiants une large gamme d’options de logement : la famille d’accueil, la résidence étudiant, l’hôtel, l’auberge de jeunesse… ;
  • Un tour d’orientation de Rouen est organisé pour tous les nouveaux étudiants le premier jour de leurs cours ;
  • « French in Normandy » est ouverte toute l’année sauf 2 semaines des vacances de Noël, et les cours ne sont pas perdus pendant les jours fériés – ils sont rattrapés les jours suivants de la même semaine ;
  • L’école peut organiser pour vous un transfert d’un aéroport ou d’une gare à Paris ;
  • Lire et regarder des films en français peut vous aider à faire un progrès rapide dans l’apprentissage de la langue. L’école possède une petite bibliothèque avec des films, des livres et des bandes dessinées en français.

Qu’est-ce que je peux dire en conclusion ? Juste une chose.

Bienvenue à Rouen !

Et bienvenue à « French in Normandy » !

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Sortie à Giverny

giverny student tripSortie à Giverny le mercredi 19 août 2015

Quelle a été votre impression sur les jardins de Giverny et la maison de Claude Monet ?


“J’étais très contente parce que j’ai pu voir la magnifique maison et le merveilleux jardin de Claude Monet.” Fiona Price


“J’étais très heureuse d’être allée au jardin de Claude Monet avec Elisab, Fiona, Flavia… Ce qui était génial, ce n’est pas tant où nous sommes allés, mais plutôt avec qui ! Et mes camarades sont super!!!” Shen Mengue


giverny french in normandy“Je suis un cours d’histoire de l’art dans mon pays et, cette année, nous avons beaucoup parlé des impressionnistes. Alors, bien sûr, j’ai pu retrouver beaucoup de choses dont nous avions parlé en Allemagne… Mais, surtout, j’ai fait une trouvaille ! Un exemplaire d’un livre magnifique qui explique de manière très intéressante toute l’histoire de l’impressionnisme. En plus, comme c’était le dernier, je l’ai eu à moitié prix !” Gabriele Lichteuauer


“Le pont des peintures de Monet est parfaitement onirique, et le pont réel de son jardin l’est tout autant.” Elisabet Johansson


“Chez moi, nous aimons beaucoup la peinture. Mon mari adorait ça, ma fille a étudié les beaux-arts, et nous allons souvent voir des expositions à Sao Paulo. J’étais allée à une exposition de Monet au MAM de Sao Paulo en 2006 et c’était déjà magnifique. Nous avions acheté beaucoup de livres sur la peinture impressionniste de cette époque et d’autres. Depuis ce temps-là, je voulais voir le jardin de Monet, et des amis l’avaient visité. Moi, jusqu’à présent, je n’avais pas pu y aller. C’est pour ça que j’avais gardé le désir de le voir, et cette fois-ci, je suis venue à Rouen exprès pour faire cette visite. Ce fut une véritable émotion de voir ce jardin et cette maison pour de vrai.” Flavia Maria Schalch Ferreira
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Introduction to Jacques Tanguy – Rouen Historian

IMG_0040Découverte de Rouen par nos formateurs en formation avec M. Jacques Tanguy, écrivain et auteur.

Confession de l’un d’eux : « Je n’aurais jamais espéré avoir un jour un guide aussi savant ! » Saviez-vous en effet que le Cid, la célèbre pièce de théâtre de Corneille, trouve à Rouen l’origine des vers qui décrivent le port de Séville ? Faites la visite, nous vous en dirons plus.
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Jacques Tanguy Talks about the history of Rouen with French in Normandy studentsMonsieur Tanguy is a popular Rouen historian, a former professor and a good friend of French in Normandy. Students are guided through city tours and often have question and answer sessions with M. Tanguy as part of their language learning at French in Normandy. M. Tanguy is a professional tour guide in the city of Rouen.
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