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Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

Hi everybody,

I have been in Geneva for 9 months now and my French has not been improving. Looking around this forum I found recommendation to Ecole Club Migros, and I also found very intense French language courses given by the Universite de Geneve. I know very little about their courses' quality, the ECM is supposedly rather slow pace, but they have a large choice of courses in terms of number of sessions per week, what hours during the day you want to come etc. The UniGe courses I found are just Summer courses and take up up 4-6 hours every week day! This is something to suit students on vacations but not me, a working man.

Can anybody chip in with their experience with French-language schools in Geneva area? I have found bits and pieces of this sort of information across this forum, but nothing comprehensive and Geneva-specific at the same time. Hence, I'd like to make this thread a little resource center, so it would be great if you included a link or some school contact info in your replies.

Thank you!
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Re: Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

Hi,
You did not say whether you were paying, or your company
is paying.

Are you with a UN organisation? If so, most UN organisations pay
for French courses.

If your company is paying, I would go to Berlitz.

Migros also has intensive courses from time-to-time.

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Re: Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

ECM have jumpstart intensive ab-initio language classes in summer. Four days a week two hours a day (after the working hours) for two months if I am not mistaken. This gives you a good base to build upon subsequently, and is tremendous in terms of self-confidence when using the language eventually on a daily basis.
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A close of friend of mine is taking a French course at ECM and I usually go through the homework. Two 2 hour sessions a week plus plenty of homework exercises. It is a slower pace but it focusses on getting the basics right and builds knowledge up gradually. After six months I've noticed a real difference in my friend's French. It's not what you would call intensive but it is "immersion" in the sense that the teaching is French which is not a bad thing as it gets you communicating in French from day one. Value for money wise it's one of the best options around with times to suit the working person. As a supplement you might want to buy the Michel Thomas CDs - there is a Basic French series and an Advanced French series. I think they are excellent for getting the basics across and for revision:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Miche.../dp/0340780630
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Hi,
You did not say whether you were paying, or your company
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Are you with a UN organisation? If so, most UN organisations pay
for French courses.
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Cheers,
Grant
Hi all,
I work as a postdoc at the Universite de Geneve and whether or not my boss can pay for the course is not clear at the moment. They should be allowed to, but my boss said he has to check first before making any promises.
Thanks for all the tips and contributions!
Daniel
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Re: Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

In that case, I would go to the French department at the University of
Geneva and ask if they have someone that will tutor French.

My ex was a student there, and many students tutored French for extra money.
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Re: Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

Hi!

I also tried to find classes to improve my French, I checked different courses (Geneva and Lausanne universities`summer courses, Berlitz, Active Languages...), but 2 weeks ago I started at Ecole-club Migros and I do not regret: schedule is flexible, price is not very high and teacher is extremely nice.
By the way, they have good books, also CDs included.
For summer semi-intensive, intensive and conversation classes are opened.

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Re: Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

Hey guys,
do you know anything about ELFi school? I emailed a lot of schools here in Geneva to have information about French classes and this looks one of the cheapest (for private lessons!!) cause it's 85 CH for 60 minutes class (instead of 90 or 95 or even 120 for less minutes!). Do you know if it's a good school?
If i have to pay so much i need to know it's worth it...
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Re: Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

Uh, i forgot to say i need an evening course cause during the day i work, that's why i can't attend a lot of other cheaper courses.
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Re: Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

Raffaella- I was at ELFI for about 9 months. I was happy with the classes and the profs. The lessons can be a bit slow, but they are quite intense. It also depends on the teachers you have. I recommend Hilde and Chloe. Hope this was helpful.
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Hi!

I also tried to find classes to improve my French, I checked different courses (Geneva and Lausanne universities`summer courses, Berlitz, Active Languages...), but 2 weeks ago I started at Ecole-club Migros and I do not regret: schedule is flexible, price is not very high and teacher is extremely nice.
By the way, they have good books, also CDs included.
For summer semi-intensive, intensive and conversation classes are opened.

B
Hello Bubbbel, thanks for writing us this. Can you say, who your teacher is? I had a word with someone, who was not that excited with her teacher... But of course this could have been due to the fact that the student was a not-a-complete-novice in a beginners' class, so she was focusing on some details in pronunciation that don't matter to most beginners.

Oh yes, and it may be fair to say that ECM's books and CDs cost something in addition to the course price. It was about 60 CHF for our A1 debutant level, which is quite a good deal I think.

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French language course

Hi everyone,

I'm planning to study in Geneva. What's the most affordable French language course or eligible school out there?

Thanks!
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Re: Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

Samuel: I wouldn't put your number on a public forum.

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Re: Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

Hi everyone!
Another approach that I found very interesting and very efficient was to have phone\skype classes. To be honest, in the beginning I was reluctant to try it because there was no face to face contact, but finally it worked much better than the other methods and fits perfectly with the crazy hours at work. I've seen a couple of companies that do it and exchanged it with other students, but for now the one that worked better for me was this one http://www.francaisatwork.com/Franca...k/Home_EN.html.

Hope it helps!
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Re: Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

Does anyone have experience with the Swiss French School in Geneva, and would you recommend their program?
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Re: Can you recommend French classes in Geneva area?

Migros offers affordable french courses in case your still looking.

http://www.ecole-club.ch/Offres/Lang...rs-de-francais
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