Best options to learn French to advance level
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Word_Wise  Identity Verified
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Jul 2, 2009

Dear All,

First of all, thank you for taking time to read this!

I am Romanian with English and Russian as my second languages.

At present, I am looking to improve my French to an advanced level which would enable me to use French professionally and especially to enable me to enroll in teaching French in the UK.

I have studied French for many years in school, I liked it and I was good at it. But at University I chose English and my French fell behind. I have teaching qualification gained Romania, but it does not include French.

Since I am in the UK, I don't see myself teaching English to native English speakers. It's rather the opposite, one always has still a lot to take on board. But I would like to specialize in French, for my own "ambition" and I need advice on what short course - 1-2 years, if any, of advanced French will enable me to improve my level for the purposes of teaching it in school to children aged from 6 years.
I don't feel like doing another BA.
Are there courses to include Teaching+another foreign language in the UK?
I would also like to hear about courses provided in France which would be recognised in UK for teaching purposes.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.


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well the easiest would be Jul 2, 2009

To accept a job in France,... it's amazing how quick you'll pick up the language...


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Alliance française Jul 2, 2009

They offer various courses and qualification to teach French as a foreign language (DAEFLE)


They have offices in London too


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Thank you! Jul 2, 2009

Thank you Nordiste, this is really helpfull !


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several suggestions Jul 16, 2009

I don't know what the Alliance Française is like in England, but make sure you verify how advanced their courses are. If you were good in French in school, even though I can't know how good you were, perhaps the Alliance has little to offer.

Another suggestion would be to take some courses (if allowed) at university, even without getting a BA degree. I would definitely look into English to French translation courses or French literature (in French).

e-learning is also growing in France. Although most course offerings are more technical, there are other subjects where you would be intensely using the French language in an advanced level. Some providers allow students from abroad to register and take the courses.


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famous language institute in the Netherlands Jan 1, 2010

I suggest you have a look at the site of the famous language institute in the Netherlands, called Regina Coeli.

This is one of the very few institutes in Europe where you can improve or learn a language in a very short time, during a week of full immersion.

The institute was founded by French nuns, but today the lessons are given by highly professional teachers, who are all native speakers. For more information:


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Regina Coeli Jan 1, 2010

Thank you Jacqbroek for your reply.
I am impressed, the Institute, the options and the organisation are really impressing and professionally very appealing. I am going to include this option in my 2010 plan!
A Happy New Year to all!

That's truth!! Jan 28, 2010

Hi Alla,

Regina Coeli has an amazing method!!
Also the building is really relax and motivational to learn a language!!

Check this out


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Lots of good stuff at this site Jan 28, 2010


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