The UNESCO-listed city of Bordeaux is the perfect backdrop to learning French with its historical centre, buzzing cultural calendar and, of course, highly-regarded Alliance Française school.
Bordeaux is easy to access too thanks to its airport and the high-speed TGV line linking the city to Paris in two hours. Take the leap and improve your French while in France. Here are 8 reasons why you should choose AF Bordeaux.
1. Dive into French life
What better location to learn French than in a vibrant and exciting city such as Bordeaux? Long nicknamed “Sleeping Beauty”, Bordeaux has revealed itself, in the last few years, as one of the most attractive and dynamic cities in France. As the wine capital of France, Bordeaux has also earned its place as the rising star of French culture and art de vivre. And to further the learning experience, students of the Alliance Française Bordeaux have the opportunity to stay with local host families!
2. Learn French at your own pace
There are courses for all levels (A1 to C1) and students are able to select the number of weeks they want. Varied options are available (group or individual lessons) and students can combine their lessons with workshops to focus on some skills and practical learning.
3. An accredited school with more than 40 years of experience
Created in 1982, the Alliance Française school of Bordeaux draws on decades of experience to teach its students French. It was awarded the Label FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) with 3 stars in all areas and the Label Qualiopi, two state-issued certifications recognising the high quality of the teachings in the courses and workshops provided by the school.
4. Native and qualified teachers, with a modern approach
The school’s teachers have an extensive experience teaching French as a foreign language and most of them are local to the area. Using interactive and technological material plus digital platforms, they offer resolutely modern courses, the better to integrate new knowledge and learn French in a rapid and qualitative way.
5. Meet international friends
Learning French at AF Bordeaux is the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded people. The school welcomes 3,000 students a year of around 110 nationalities and all ages. Get into the Bordeaux way of life by grabbing drinks with fellow students and practice the ever-important skills of ordering at a French café.
6. A rich program of cultural activities organized by the school
The AF Bordeaux strives to offer a different program of activities each month, mixing heritage, culture, sport, gastronomy, oenology and excursions. Forget language books and classrooms, you’ll be learning French while enjoying the packed calendar of events and exhibitions in Bordeaux and all at a preferential, discounted rate thanks to the school.
7. Tuck in to the local food and wine
As the city with the most restaurants per inhabitant in France, Bordeaux has a rich and mouth-watering food scene. Local specialities include canelés or oysters and the city’s buzzing food halls are not to be missed! Bordeaux and the immediate surrounding hilles are home to some of the world’s finest wines so, naturally, you’ll be able to sample delicious local vintages directly from the estates.
8. A wonderful region to discover
Beyond Bordeaux, the area is a treasure trove of hotspots to explore. Deepen your exploration of wine culture in Saint-Emilion and its world-renowned vineyards, get a taste of the sea in Arcachon and enjoy the waves crashing on the area’s long, sandy beaches.
For more information and course bookings, visit www.alliance-bordeaux.org
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