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French language classes: group tuition, individual tuition, in-house training, examination centre, French in primary and secondary schools, specialist French (tourism, business, law, etc.).
French translation services.
Year-long cultural programme: annual Cork French Film Festival, monthly exhibitions in our gallery, talks, conferences, and other events throughout the year many of which are free of charge.
Resource centre: large DVD collection of French films/animation, French periodicals, children’s corner, books.
We cater for all ages from 2 years onwards.
We cater for all levels – preschool, primary, secondary, third level, beginners to proficiency.
Primary school children, doing French for the first time, join our Children Year 1 programme and then progress to other class levels.
Second level students choose the level appropriate to the one they are doing at school, e.g. Junior Cert students join our Junior Cert programme.
Adults, starting our classes for the first time, are advised to do a brief informal assessment through our online written assessment (click here to do the written assessment) and/or oral assessment if you have studied French before. If, however, you are a complete beginner, you do not need a level assessment.
Yes, within the first two weeks of term. However, once this period has lapsed, for the comfort of all participants, it is not possible to change levels/classes.
Yes, we take enrolments for the first two weeks of our courses. However, once this period has lapsed, for the comfort of all participants, it is not possible to join a course.
We have 4 terms every year: Winter, Autumn, Spring and Summer
We offer a selection of morning and evening times for adult group tuition.
afternoon and Saturday times for 2nd level and children.
Individual tuition can be arranged at any time during the office hours, subject to tutor availability.
Yes, all our tutors are native speakers, qualified to teach French as a foreign language and experienced in preparing students for second level, third level and other exams.
All our Irish tutors are native speakers qualified and experienced to prepare students for Junior and Leaving Cert Exams.
Read more about our staff here
If you are an adult and a total beginner, CEFR (Common European Framework for Languages) recommends between 100-120 hours of French to attain an A1 level (a pre-Intermediate level on our scale). If you want to become a totally independent speaker the European standard is B2 level (Advanced on AFCork scale), amounting to around 500-600 hours of French.
We have many students who have progressed from being a total beginner to Higher advanced level of AFCork scale, have taken DELF/DALF exams and are now fluent and confident in using French in professional as well as everyday situations.
Each adult student receives a Passport de langue, which is signed and stamped at the completion of each level, which allows you to keep track of you progress.
We also provide attendance certificates on request.
We are a certified centre for a variety of different diplomas and certificates, which students can avail of if they wish to have an internationally recognised certification of their level.
We provide specialist and general tuition and can cater for a variety of learning objectives.