Lutece Langue, French language courses in Paris

Information about our French Language School

1. What are your facilities like?
2. Do you have air conditioning?
3. Do you have a language laboratory?
4. Does the school have WiFi?
5. Do you have a cafeteria?
6. I’ve heard that the students at LUTECE LANGUE can take French-English conversation workshops of “PARLER-PARLOR” for free. What’s the difference between LUTECE’s workshops and PARLER-PARLOR’s?

Student profiles

1. What is the average age of your students?
2. Do you have a minimum age requirement?
3. Which are the principal nationalities of your students?
4. How many students do you have?
5. What is the average length of enrollment?
6. I saw more than 40% of your students extend the course or come back years later to LUTECE. What attracts students to return?
7. How quickly should I expect to progress?

French Courses

1. When do new classes start? Do you have the starting dates?
2. How do the “on-going” classes work at LUTECE LANGUE?
3. I’m B2 in writing but A1 in speaking. In which level will you place me?
4. I’m wondering if I take just a weekly mini-group course such as INTENSIVE course, or it’s better to take a “COMBINED” course adding some workshops to INTENSIVE.
5. I used TAXI when I studied French in my country. Which methods do you use at LUTECE?
6. Do your teachers explain in English in the class?

Cancellation, Absence, Refund

1. If I can’t start my French course on the planned date, what happens? Can I postpone the course for free?
2. I have to cancel the French course I booked. Can I get a refund of tuition and registration fees fees that I already paid?
3. What happnes if I can’t attend the class due to sickness or an urgent business meeting? Can I have a replacement lesson?

Registration, School closing dates

1. When should I book my French course?
2. Is LUTECE LANGUE closed for any holidays
3. I took a French course at LUTECE LANGUE last year. I want to register again this year, do I need to pay the registration fee again?
4. What do I do the first day of class? What shall I bring?

French Placement Test

1. When do I take placement tests?
2. Can I take tests at the school?
3. I’m too busy (or too shy) to take level tests. What happens to my placement if I don’t take tests?
4. I’m B2 in writing but A1 in speaking. In which level will you place me?
5. How many class levels do you have at school? What’s CECR? 
6. When can you confirm my class schedule?
7. What do you mean that you place students on the “first come first served basis”?

Student VISA Application in France

1. When should I register for French course? I need to apply for a student VISA.
2. Which course should I choose at LUTECE LANGUE in order to apply for a student VISA?
3. If I fail to obtain VISA, will you refund the tuition paid?
4. Do I need to apply for student VISA to study French for 3 months, in France?
5. Where should I apply for a visa? Where can I find the information about the documents to supply for the visa application?


Accommodation

1. I am thinking of coming to Paris with my family. Can you arrange a homestay for us?
2. I want to stay with a French family located within walking distance from the school. Is it possible?
3. Do I need to arrive at my host family on Saturday or Sunday? Should I drop by the school at first and then go to the family?

 

 THE SCHOOL INFORMATION

1. What are your facilities like?

Our school is located in a typical Parisian building from the 1900s in the center of Paris. LUTECE LANGUE has 5 classrooms that overlook the Rue de Sebastopol just across from the Centre de Pompidou. And remember: the easy way of learning French is with LUTECE LANGUE.

2. Do you have air conditioning?

Yes. Even though the summer in Paris is not very hot and doesn’t last long, 3 of our classrooms are air-conditioned for your comfort.

3. Do you have a language laboratory?

No. At LUTECE LANGUE, we believe that direct interactive engagement with a teacher produces the best results.

4. Does the school have WiFi?

Yes. Please ask the school staff for the password.

5. Do you have a cafeteria?

No. We have, a small kitchen where students can make coffee and tea (provided free). What is more French than speaking French over a cup of coffee or tea?

6. I’ve heard that the students at LUTECE LANGUE can take French-English conversation workshops of “PARLER-PARLOR” for free. What’s the difference between LUTECE’s workshops and PARLER-PARLOR’s?

PARLER-PARLOR (www.parlerparlor.com) is our partner association. They organize French-English conversation workshops at the school premises on Tuesday 18:30-20:00 and Saturday 11:00-12:30. At LUTECE LANGUE, you have a qualified teacher who guides the conversation workshop, correcting the students’ errors in French, explaining and answering to questions, whereas there is no teacher in the group at PARLER-PARLOR. It is quite a good place to enjoy meeting people and having a casual conversation. There are French people coming to practice their English as well as foreign people from various countries coming to practice their French.

 FRENCH STUDENT PROFILES

1. What is the average age of your students?

Our students range from 18-75 and the average is around 30-35. We focus on self-motivated students, which tends to raise the average age.

2. Do you have a minimum age requirement?

Yes. Our mini-group French language courses are designed for adult students and we only accept students 18 and older. For younger students, we offer private lessons or semi-private lessons (2 young students registering together). If there are several young of similar French language skill registering together (group booking), we can arrange group lessons for them. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

3. Which are the principal nationalities of your students?

Our students come from all over the world. The major nationalities are American, British, German and other European countries, Australian, Chinese, and Japanese. We believe the diversity in culture and age of our students brings dynamism to our classes.

4. How many students do you have?

We have around 50-60 students on average throughout year, during the high summer season this will increase to 60-70.

5. What is the average length of enrollment?

Nearly half of our students come to Paris from abroad specifically to participate in our French classes. They spend on average 2-3 weeks at school. Other students are living and working in in the greater Paris region. Most start by registering for 1-2 weeks and then extending their time with us for several months or longer

6. I saw more than 40% of your students extend the course or come back years later to LUTECE. What attracts students to return?

Our small class size enables our teachers to pay personal attention to each student in class. Our teachers continually monitor students’ progress and satisfaction.

We know the importance of a warm atmosphere and a “trust relationship” in class. These are the keys elements to break the foreign language hesitance that many students have, allowing them to gain confidence in speaking French (even with errors) and to progress rapidly.

A lot of our students extend their courses at school and come back again years later, sometimes several times, whenever they visit Paris. Some of them bring their friends and family members to the school because our school is a unique place where the caring, friendly and professional school staff and students share valuable experiences about our easy way to learn French.

7. How quickly should I expect to progress?

There is no “typical progress speed” because each student has his/her a different capacity to learn French language and a different learning background, live in a different situation and have a different objectives. We know that students sometimes feel frustrated and discouraged, thinking they are making little progress in spite of their efforts, and that they are progressing more slowly than other students who seem to understand quickly and progress faster. Good news is that it’s OK, and it’s normal! That’s why we believe it so important to closely monitor the progress of each student and make appropriate placement choices every week. The teachers and school staff are always available to talk with the students, discuss their problems, find a solution together, and accompany their learning.

Mastering French language takes time. We are willing to build a long-term relationship with our students, work with them at school and at distance by E-Learning, support them and guide them to the goals that they aim to reach.

 FRENCH COURSES

1. When do new classes start? Do you have the starting dates?

You can start the French course on any Monday throughout year if you are not complete beginner. The starting dates for French for beginners:

 (2017): Jan 9, Fev 6, March 6, April 3, May 2, June 6, July 3, July 31, Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 6

2. How do the “on-going” classes work at LUTECE LANGUE?

We have an “on-going” class system, meaning there is no starting and ending date of class. We initially place you, based on our evaluation of your overall proficiency in French with a written and oral test, in one of the on-going classes from A1 to C1 (see FAQS “French level test”). Each class has certain objectives for grammar, comprehension and oral expression skills defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Some students show a rapid improvement and move quickly to the next level, while others progress more slowly and may stay in the same level class for more than one weak.

3. I’m B2 in writing but A1 in speaking. In which level will you place me?

When students are quite strong in grammar but very weak in oral, we generally put them in lower class level where they can relax and focus on practicing speaking. Even though there may be “nothing new in grammar”, they can concentrate on reinforcing their verbal skills by participating actively in class, remembering the once-learned-but-forgotten vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures. For such students, the objective should be placed on gaining confidence in speaking and improving the balance between their oral/comprehension skills and grammar understanding.

The same thing can happen to a student with strong verbal skills but with weak understanding of grammar. For example, there are students who have lived in France for a while but with little or no formal French Language education. They can speak (roughly) and understand quite well. For them, it is important to acquire the basic rules of grammar in French so that they understand if what they are saying is grammatically correct or not. This will give them a confidence in their French proficiency.

Thanks to our small class format, we can constantly monitor your progress and make adjustments of your class level if necessary. Our goal is to help you master French efficiently, by an easy way to learn the language.  We are always trying to provide you an ideal learning environment that most encourages your progress.

4. I’m wondering if I take just a weekly mini-group course such as INTENSIVE course, or it’s better to take a “COMBINED” course adding some workshops to INTENSIVE.

When you decide the choice of your French course, the first thing you should do is to analyze your objectives in mastering French. You might need to improve your French immediately for your current job. You might have a project for the near future to find a job, create a job, develop your career and business, etc. Or, you just want to improve your French to be able to communicate more with people and understand more about the French culture.

Next step is to be strategic and choose the courses which strengthen the competences you need:

  • Weekly Mini-group French Course (INTENSIVE 15h, STANDARD 7,5h, EXTENSIVE Evening, and Saturday 3 h): build a foundation of general French language.
  • COMBINED Course “Mini-group French Course + WORKSHOPS”: build a foundation of general French language as well as reinforce your French by focusing on your needs and difficulties (conversation, writing, pronunciation, business French, preparation French exams, etc.)
  • COMBINED Course “Mini-group French Course + PRIVATE LESSONS”: build a foundation of general French language as well as reinforce your week points (conversation, grammar, etc.) or develop the technical vocabularies and expressions of French language in your specialization (law, specific business French, tourism, cooking, music, fashion, etc.) by taking perfectly personalized private lessons.
  • Thematic WORKSHOPS: focus on reinforcing your French by focusing on your needs and difficulties (conversation, writing, pronunciation, etc.)
  • PRIVATE FRENCH LESSONS: focus on reinforcing your week points (conversation, grammar, etc.) or developing the technical vocabularies and expressions of French language that you need for your job/study (law, specific business French, tourism, cooking, music, fashion, etc.)

From our experience, the most efficient format is the “COMBINED” courses. You can “attack” your weak points by taking workshops/private lessons while developing a solid overall foundation by taking general French course. Workshops and private lessons are very flexible format and you can even add lessons once you are at school.

5. I used TAXI when I studied French in my country. Which methods do you use at LUTECE?

In weekly mini-group lessons, we use an interactive teaching approach, emphasizing on oral practice. There is no text book that the teachers are required to use at class. We know that every text book has strong and weak points – and is not always effective to all types of students. The teachers choose and combine methods and materials according to the needs of students. They provide handouts during class so you do not need to buy text books.

6. Do your teachers explain in English in the class?

No. At LUTECE LANGUE, the teachers teach French only in French—”French immersion”—except in rare exceptions. We believe that immersive learning is the most efficient method to learn French. Our experiences show that the habit of translation hinders progress. By translating every vocabulary and every explanation into their own language in order to understand “perfectly”, students delay their ability to integrate easily French skills.

Another reason for which we don’t use translation is that English is often not the common language in the classroom. Because we serve many nationalities not all of the students are strong English speakers.

 CANCELLATION, ABSENCE, REFUND

 1. If I can’t start my French course on the planned date, what happens? Can I postpone the course for free?

Yes, but only on the condition that you send us a written request by no later than 1 week prior to your course starting date. Handling fee 30 EUR is charged

2. I have to cancel the French course I booked. Can I get a refund of the course fee and accommodation handling fees that I already paid?

Our school’s cancellation policy is 1 week notice. If a written request is received in time, we refund the tuition fee by bank transfer or check. The registration fee, accommodation handling fee and the certificate fee are NOT refundable. Refund handling fee 40 EUR is charged.

3. What happnes if I can’t attend the class due to sickness or an urgent business meeting? Can I have a replacement lesson?

There is no replacement lesson in case of absence for any reasons unless the school received a min. 1 week absence notice or a medical certificate justifying absence.

 REGISTRATION, SCHOOL CLOSING

1. When should I book my French language course?

There is no dead line for application as long as spaces are available. However, we advise you to reserve your French course at least 2 weeks in advance (4 weeks in case you need accommodations) because you need to take the placement tests no later than 2 weeks prior to the starting date. For our mini-group lessons limited to 7 students, we allocate places to students on the “first come (and take tests) first served” basis.

2. Is LUTECE LANGUE closed for any holidays?

Our school is open throughout year except on bank holidays. There is no class on the following holidays and replacement lessons will be organized during the same week. The details will be explained on the first day of class.

(2017)  20 Mars, 17 April, 1, 8 & 25 May, 5 June, 14 July, 15 August, 1 November, 25 December

3. I took a French course at LUTECE LANGUE last year. I want to register again this year, do I need to pay the registration fee again?

No. Registration fees need to be paid only for the first time. When you book online, don’t forget to

1) Note when you took our French course the last time

2) Click “I’m former student – no registration fee”.

Your LUTECE LANGUE membership is valid for life and you can take our French courses without additional registration fees whenever you come to Paris!

4. What do I do on the first day of class? What shall I bring?

You are requested to arrive at school 15 minutes before the class begins so as to check your placement and finalize administration. You just need to bring pens and notebooks to the class. The lesson starts on the first day.

 STUDENT VISA APPLICATION

1. When should I register for French course? I need to apply for a Student VISA.

We advise you to register for the French course at least 2 months prior to the planning course starting date. Once deposit payment  is made by bank transfer, LUTECE LANGUE will prepare the Certificate of Registration and send the original by the post.

2. Which course should I choose at LUTECE LANGUE in order to apply for a Student VISA?

You need to take INTENSIVE PLUS (Intensive course and Workshops) during the period of your visa. You must take the following number of weeks of course at LUTECE LANGUE for you visa application:

  • 1 year Student VISA: min. 40 week course, deposit 3688 EUR, total tuition 10280 EUR (+ 90 EUR registration & Certificate fees)
  • 6 month Student VISA: min. 20 week course, deposit 1903 EUR, total tuition 5180 EUR (+90 EUR registration & Certificate fees)

3. If I fail to obtain visa, will you refund the tuition paid?

Yes. You must inform the school of the cancellation of your booking by no later than 1 week before the starting date. We refund the tuition fee by bank transfer or check. The registration fee, accommodation handling fee and the certificate fee are NOT refundable. Refund fee 40 EUR is charged.

4. Do I need to apply for student VISA to study French for 3 months?

A. No need for VISA if you are EU national:  Germany, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Rumania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Swede or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Monaco or Andorra

B. No VISA for a short-term stay in France (less than 3 months) if you are from the following countries : Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, Darussalam, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Malaya, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Nicaragua, New-Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Saint-Marin, Serbia, Holy See, Seychelles, Singapore, Uruguay and Venezuela 

C. If You are a national from another countries:
You must imperatively obtain a student visa before arriving in France. The request must be made at the French consulate in your country.

5. Where should I apply for a VISA? Where can I find the information about the documents to supply for the visa application?

– Contact Campus France if you are from : Algeria, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Congo, South Korea, United States, Gabon, Guinea, India, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, Syria, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey or Vietnam:
– Contact the Consulate or Embassy of France of your country.If You live in another country.

 FRENCH LEVEL TEST

1. When do I take placement the French tests?

When your enrollment is complete, we will send you a WRITTEN placement test as well as a confirmation form by email. The French test needs to be completed without dictionary and returned to us 2 weeks prior to your starting date. Once you submit the written test, please call for an ORAL placement evaluation (2 min.) at +33 1 73 70 17 69, during 15:00-16:00 French time.

On the first day, you are already placed in an appropriate class according to the result of your French level tests and the class starts immediately. At LUTECE LANGUE, you don’t waste the first day for placement tests. 

2. Can I take tests at the school?

Yes. You can take the tests between 15-16h, Monday to Friday. Please call +33 1 73 70 17 69 or email us to make an appointment and ask the door code.

3. I’m too busy (or too shy) to take level tests. What happens to my placement if I don’t take tests?

Both written and oral tests are mandatory for all students, including “complete beginners”. There is absolutely NO problem even if you can’t answer a single question on the written test, or can’t hold conversation during the oral test. The purpose is just to check your “current” French level. Without tests, we can’t guarantee an appropriate placement. Relax and enjoy the tests!

4. I’m B2 in writing but A1 in speaking. In which level will you place me? 

When students are quite strong in grammar but very weak in oral, we generally put them in lower class level where they can relax and focus on practicing speaking. Even though there may be “nothing new in grammar”, they can concentrate on reinforcing their verbal skills by participating actively in class, remembering the once-learned-but-forgotten vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures. For such students, the objective should be placed on gaining confidence in speaking and improving the balance between their oral/comprehension skills and grammar understanding.

The same thing can happen to a student with strong verbal skills but with weak understanding of grammar. For example, there are students who have lived in France for a while but with little or no formal French Language education. They can speak (roughly) and understand quite well. For them, it is important to acquire the basic rules of grammar in French so that they understand if what they are saying is grammatically correct or not. This will give them a confidence in their French proficiency.

Thanks to our small class format, we can constantly monitor your progress and make adjustments of your class level if necessary. Our goal is to help you master French efficiently, by an easy way to learn the language.  We are always trying to provide you an ideal learning environment that most encourages your progress.

5. How many class levels do you have at school? What’s CECRL?

We have 4-6 class levels throughout year, adopting the CECRL (Common Reference of European Frameworks of Language) to define the class levels. IMPORTANT: the number of hours mentioned is just indicative and doesn’t always correspond to your current French level. For example, some students might take 700h to attain B1 wherease others just 100h. Indeed, the progress speed varies a lot from student to student. 

A1.0: Complete beginner/beginner  (about 50 hours of study)

– have never learned French, or
– know only a few words and expressions in French and can barely make a sentence

A1: Advanced beginner/Elementary  (about 100 hours of study)

– Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
– Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
– Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2: Elementary/Intermediate 1 (about 200 h of study)

– Can understand easily French sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
– Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
– Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1: Intermediate 1  (about 300-400 h of study)

– Can understand easily using French the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
– Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
– Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
– Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2: Intermediate 2 /Advanced (about 500-600 h of study)

– Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
– Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
– Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1/C2: Advanced / Proficiency  (700-1000 h of study)

– Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
– Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
– Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
– Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

6. What do you mean that you place students on the “first come first served basis”?

At LUTECE LANGUE, we limit class sizes to 7. If more than 7 students of same French level and request the morning classes, we give the priority to the student who took the tests first. If there are too many students in the morning class, another class will be opened in the afternoon and the students evaluated late or not evaluated will be placed in the afternoon class.

7. When can you confirm my class schedule? 

LUTECE LANGUE provides weekly French courses, meaning there are students arriving and leaving every week. We finalise “the planning” for the coming week at the latest on Thursday.  Students who have taken both WRITTEN and ORAL tests in time (2 weeks before the starting date) will receive a confirmation of class schedule by Thursday.

Please note that the school might have a problem finalising “the planning” when there are new students not taking tests. 

 

 ACCOMMODATION in Paris

1. I am thinking of coming to Paris with my family. Can you arrange a homestay for us?

Yes. We have several host families where your family can stay together. Please contact us for your accommodation in Paris.

2. I want to stay with a French family located within walking distance from the school. Is it possible?

LUTECE LANGUE is situated in the very center of Paris, which is touristic and commercial and not very residential. All of our host families are located in residential areas, within 30 min. from the school. If you need an accommodation very close to the school, an hotel could be a good option.

3. Do I need to arrive at my host family on Saturday or Sunday? Should I drop by the school at first and then go to the family?

You can choose the arrival date. The school will inform the host family of your flight information so that there is someone waiting for you on your arrival at the family. When you arrive in Paris, you can directly go to your accommodations.

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