One of the main frustration met by many young or adult students learning French is the capacity to use the language on a daily basis with a level that allows them to be understood. It requires a method that makes it intuitive, fun and that makes you feel the progress you have made. The core of learning French is about listening and speaking, this why we focus on immersion into the language and using the language.
Being able to speak French, with a correct level of grammar and vocabulary is a challenge for many people that engage into this endeavor of taking French courses.
After years learning French at school, you hoped that on your first trip to France you would be able to manage to get around the country with a certain ease. Sure, you knew it wouldn’t be perfect, but right enough to understand the people, and make yourself understood by them.
But it didn’t go quite as expected: the accents you met, how fast people were talking back to you, the vocabulary that didn’t match what you learned in school, this was not what you thought speaking French was like.
There is a good reason for this. You were learning French in a very specific environment that is the exact opposite of what using a language every day in a real life situation is supposed to be like. Learning any language is a complex process, especially the French language that requires the use of more words than English to make sure your sentence is correct.
This is why at L'École des Trois Ponts, we thought the entire learning process with one idea and concept in mind: how to use what you just learned in a real life situation, with real French people, in a real French environment. In this process, there is a key element that is the ground base for learning French: building self-confidence by not being intimidated by speaking in front of French native speakers.
First, there is the immersion into France. The reason for this is to put you in a place that is surrounded by the French language. Unlike a school where the use of French is limited to the size of the classroom, by being immersed in France, the classroom is literally the entire country. To emphasize this aspect, L'École des Trois Ponts is located far away from Paris, the most English-speaking friendly city in France, in the countryside, where it will be difficult avoiding speaking French.
Second, the cooking courses. Sure, L'École des Trois Ponts is a French learning school in France, but still, it needs to be fun. And if there is one fun activity to do in France, it is cooking. Our cooking classes also serve a purpose: it is the perfect moment to use what you learned during the French courses.
Thus, our method is simple, making sure that you enjoy speaking French by putting you in a context that will make you want using it. It has worked for all of our students.