The INSTITUT DE FRANÇAIS in Villefranche, offers a 2- to 4- week French immersion language course for professional adults and mature students who want to acquire rapidly fluency in French. Founded in 1969, its aim is to develop a natural speaking ability by using a unique concept, the “Total Approach”, which combines the most effective audio-visual methods with practice and real-life sessions in a “French-only” speaking environment.
In this renowned French language school, by diversifying the students’ activities throughout the day, all possible approaches to learning to speak French are explored. Thus, the students are constantly stimulated and able to apply themselves to learning the language both analytically and instinctively.
Nothing can equal or compare with this intensive “Total Approach” to French, especially when applied in an all-day immersion and under the incentive of small group interaction.
Indeed, in this world-famous setting, providing innumerable cultural and sport activities, all ingredients exist, at the Institut de Français, to make learning French in France a rich and memorable experience.
The method used by this French language school can be aptly called Diversified French Immersion.
French immersion per se means that from the outset the student is plunged into the French language without recourse to his or her mother tongue.
In Diversified French Immersion, the student goes through a variety of linguistic activities throughout the day so as to approach spoken French from all angles and in all types of situation ranging from audio-visual class, language lab, games, films, songs, to making up a TV commercial, role playing in everyday or professional situations, the discussion-lunch with a teacher, evening outings with teachers, etc.
So that at the end of this intensive, all-encompassing French language course, the student will be able to speak correct French and be readily understood in everyday conversation. Total beginners will be able to say much of what they want to say, simply and correctly.
The key to this fluency is talk and more talk – ONLY IN FRENCH – in varied situations, using and re-using the fundamental vocabulary one needs for everyday conversation. Although the written language is also developed, oral expression is stressed at all times during the day in constant and spontaneous exchanges with the teachers, eliminating translation into the mother tongue. Thus, little by little, the student is able to acquire an instinctive fluency and familiarity with the French language, which is often impossible with the formal and impersonal character of traditional or “just classroom” teaching.