Institut de Francais, Villefranche sur Mer

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Many newspapers and magazines in the international press have written articles about our French language school.

For extracts from such articles, click where desired. Click on the article links underneath:
The Globe And Mail
Toronto, Canada

"Innocent abroad : learn a new language and feel more alive"
The New York Times
"Sink-or-Swim French Can Be
"Chambre de Torture",
but Also Fun"
Time Magazine
"French Lessons"
Boston Globe
" Stay for a month, learn French for a lifetime"

Business Review
"The Fast Track to French"
Sky Magazine
(Delta Airlines)
"Don't Pardon My French"
Dominion Post
New Zealand
"Bon jewer Villefranche"
Chicago Sun Times
"Studying in France
can be winner"

The Globe and Mali, Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada

"Innocent abroad : learn a new language and feel more alive"
by Michele Landsberg

"... The Institut de Français, here on the Côte d'Azur, has a reputation as one of the world's most intensive year-round schools in spoken French. Friends chortled knowingly when I told them that I was going to brush up my French on the Riviera, little did they or I guess that eight hours a day, in the CÈte d'Azur's worst heat wave in years, we 70 students would toil in the midst of paradise.

The Institut, uses a method that, in its inception, was positively Cartesian: language snoops placed microphones in French subways, offices and stores, pored over the result, and came up with a "fundamental vocabulary" of words most in use in everyday conversation. The Institut potboiled the list to an even more basic 1.200 words. The teachers speak in this rigorously selective prose, musically, clearly and rapidly. And almost from the first day, with a strange sensation of having fallen through the looking glass, you understand perfectly.

I had worried about my student stamina. But the Institut's varied curriculum made it easy to stay alert. We whisked from grammar to films to lab to French songs; and even - sheepish but dutiful - played parlor games during the sacred postprandial "hour of digestion."

Our teachers were dazzling. Good-humored, tactful, radiantly clear an gifted with celestial patience, they could remorselessly insist on le mot juste and the non nasal or take 10 minutes, if necessary to extract the correct verb from a floundering student, and yet never deflate our ever-growing confidence.

A miracle did happen, after all. Classmates became friends, met and known only in French. It was as though we had each discovered, exhilaratingly, a fresh persona. Racing ahead, we forgot the helplessness of the early days. So much of our sense of self is bound up in language : acquire a new language and you feel more powerful, more alive. After the exciting intensity of effort, we felt - and almost were - triumphantly bilingual..."

SIOC AS, Boks 806, N-5404 Stord, Norway
Telefon: +47 53 41 15 75, Telefaks: +47 53 41 78 66, Mobil: +47 975 63 700
Kontakt personer: Birger Reinhardt Larsen og Morten A. Larsen