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The best way to learn French fast?  Enroll in a French immersion program!

French immersion program from basic to proficient level in French

Learning with students having the same level

Before your arrival in France, you will take an initial placement test to determine your level in French and be placed in the appropriate class. To make sure you are in a class in which students have the same level, Alliance Française Lyon offers 6 different levels from A1 to C2. In your class, you will be with international students from all over the world (we welcome students from 130 different nationalities every year), and French will soon become your common language!

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Enjoy learning opportunities beyond your French lessons

Being enrolled in a French language school also allows you to enjoy many (free) activities after your classes. At Alliance Française de Lyon, we offer:

  • Individual tutoring services
  • A library where you can study or borrow French books and manuals
  • Weekly activities around French (dictation, reading sessions, games)
  • A Film Club to discover and discuss about French movies
  • Walking tours of the city with French native speakers

Speak French with French people

Speak with French people

You’ll also learn French faster on a language immersion program in France because you’ll get lots of practice opportunities to use your new French skills. The easiest way to improve your French is to use all daily situations to speak with native French speakers: going to the bakery, shopping at a local market…  This is part of the “learning French in France” experience and this also allows you to learn more about the French culture and lifestyle. To help you meet French native speakers, we recommend you to:

  • Choose the host family option to experience a complete immersion in the French language and culture. Dining daily with a French family is a unique opportunity to learn French and experience the true taste of French culture. As number of places are limited, it is important to book at least 45 days in advance. It is best to book your accommodation together with your course: you can select the option during the online check-out process. If you plan to register for 2 weeks, you can even book a course + host family package
  • Visit Lyon with a local, who will be delighted to share with you his love of the city. All you need to do is to book in advance with Lyon City Greeters. You can choose your preferred date and neighborhood of Lyon.
  • Register on the Buddy system platform (managed by the student organization ESN Cosmo Lyon) to meet a French student who will offer you support during your stay in Lyon

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