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Where are there camps with French courses in France for children and young people?
Apart from the French camps in France described below in Normandy and on the Côte d’Azur, we can advise you on other programs in the following French cities:
Camps to learn French in Normandy
The school is located in Normandy, 120 km west of Paris. It was inspired by the British education system and created in 1899. For more than a century it has attracted thousands of students, from France and also from more than 100 other countries throughout the world. The institute is based on the dual concept of improving and strengthening students. In this way it promotes intelligence, culture, a sense of responsibility and self-overuperation. Its educational philosophy is innovative but faithful to its founder and its ethics. So it accepts all foreign children and adolescents with their own personalities.
The campus has 60 hectares of green spaces in which are dispersed the infrastructures for lodging (12 residences), classes (36 classrooms, laboratories, multimedia center, computer room), sports (stadium, gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, football, rugby, basketball, handball, etc.) and the arts (workshops for visual arts, dance and kitchen, two music rooms, theatre). It is a safe, prosperous space that encourages study, physical activity and creativity.
Throughout the year the boarding school welcomes foreign children and adolescents from 6 to 18 years of age. Everyone is accepted, whatever your level of French, your academic project or the length of your stay. French students value this cohabitation because it allows them to develop their tolerance, enrich their culture and make international friendships.
French language immersion programs for foreign children in Normandy:
During the summer, the school offers camps with French courses in France for foreign children and teenagers who want to learn the language. You can participate in the summer camps for 2 to 9 weeks, from June to August. These French camps in France are specially designed for international young people from 8 to 18 years old.
And the same academy also offers a winter camp, during the month of January. The winter program with French courses in France for foreign children is designed for teenagers from 12 to 18 years of age. And, unlike summer camps, it has a predefined duration of 4 weeks.
Programs include 20 French lessons per week*, various sports, cultural and social activities. And there are also 2 weekly excursions.
*Except for the aviation program which includes 15 French lessons per week.
And during the regular school year, the institute offers the following 2 options(contact us for more details):
- Long-term stay (academic year). The objective is to access the baccalaureate (“Baccalauréat”) and to pursue higher education in France. It can be validated this year in your home country.
- Short or intermediate stay (2 weeks up to 5 months). The goal is to have an immersive experience with French people, discover their culture and customs.
French classes for foreign children and young people:
French courses for foreigners are by level, in groups of 10 to 15 students. And the teachers are native and specialized in teaching French as a foreign language. A certificate and a pedagogical report are delivered at the end of the course.
French camp in France with multi-activities (summer and winter):
This program accepts youth ages 8 to 18 during the summer and teens ages 12 to 18 during the winter.
After French lessons and during the weekends a variety of sports activities are offered. For example, campers can participate in golf, soccer, tennis, swimming, aquagym, badminton, gangbol, dance, fitness, basketball, ping pong. It is also possible to take riding lessons for an additional cost. In addition, the institute proposes several thematic activities. For example, you can participate in cooking workshops, role-playing games, board games, contests, grills, discos, Olympics…
Excursions are organized two days a week. These will give students the opportunity to discover historical places and sites of French heritage. There are excursions to Paris, Versailles, Deauville, the castles of the Loire. Campers can also be taken to Mont Saint-Michel, Le Mans, and D-Day beaches.
In addition to the French camps in France with multi-activities, the institute also offers themed French camps. These programs combine the learning of the French language with the intensive practice of a sports or cultural activity.
Summer camp to learn French and practice tennis:
This program accepts young people from 12 to 18 years old who have an intermediate to advanced level of tennis.
The objective is to consolidate the bases and improve the technique, in small groups (2 to 4 people) defined by level. In addition, matches are organized with other French and international youth. The supervisor is an official tennis teacher with a state diploma.
The program lasts 2 weeks and consists of 25 hours of tennis, divided between training and matches.
French camp in France with aviation for teenagers:
This 4-week camp accepts young people from 15 to 18 years old and it is a requirement to measure 1.65m minimum.
It is a special program that allows you to discover aviation and learn to fly tourist aircraft.
After the French classes for children and teenagers in the mornings (15 hours per week), campers go to a nearby aeroclub. There 3 to 4 half days a week are dedicated to theoretical lessons, discovery and handling of small planes.
At the end of the course an aerobatic session is offered. And you will also have the opportunity to pilot a 4-seater light aircraft (long flight).
French program in France with “étiquette” for teenagers:
This program accepts young people from 12 to 18 years old and lasts 2 weeks. It is a camp for those who are interested in learning the codes of language, behavior and culture in French society. During the 2 weeks theory is combined with private workshops.
There are 7 modules taught by intercultural communication professionals. These deal with topics such as courtesy, fashion, gastronomy, gallantry, etc.
To put into perspective what has been taught, an excursion to a prestigious restaurant or hotel in Paris or Deauville is organized.
Summer camp to study French and learn to cook:
Young people will learn to cook some of the most reputable dishes and desserts in French cuisine.
Workshops include a full multi-course menu, a buffet dinner, and a French-style dessert. Campers will also have the opportunity to learn the basics of cakes, quiches, and puff pastry and streams.
At the end of the camp there will be a surprise departure to some historical landmark of French gastronomy. This will give campers the opportunity to experience a formal food tasting.
During their free time, participants in these themed camps have access to the same facilities as the campers in the multi-activity program.
Camps with French courses for children and teenagers in the south of France (Côte d’Azur)
The language school we work with on the Côte d’Azur offers camps with French courses for foreign children in the cities of Antibes and Cannes.
With 25 km of beaches, located between Nice and Cannes, the city of Antibes/Juan-les-Pins is an ideal holiday spot for young foreigners. Indeed, it has a temperate and very sunny climate. In addition, thanks to its location on the Mediterranean coast, it is excellent for water sports. And it also offers a wide variety of day and night activities.
For teens ages 13 to 17, the program is available from late March to late October.
And for children from 8 to 12 years old during the summer from the end of June to the end of August. The minimum duration to register is one week.
Accommodation during the French camp in France:
As for the accommodation, the options are:
- In shared room in the house of a French host family (possibility of single room for an additional cost). All families live within the city limits of Antibes/Juan-les-Pins.
- In shared room in residence (the school works with 3 different residences).
- Own accommodation (with parents or relatives).
Supervision during French camps in France:
There is continuous supervision (24/7), except during certain periods under parental authorization (this option is not available for 8-12 years). Employees are always available to answer questions, organize games, join during meals, and assist students in any way.
Activities in addition to French courses in France for foreign children:
Weekly activities include:
- A day trip to the island of Lérins, nice or a nautical theme park.
- A half-day excursion to Monaco, Cannes, or the dolphin park “Marineland”.
During the afternoons several activities are organized:
- Sailing (for 13-17) once a week.
- Sports tournaments, games, themed activities, French movies, etc.
- A shuttle bus is available to go to the beach or downtown Antibes (for students staying on campus)
Evening activities include:
- A roast once a week
- A theme or disco night (for students staying on campus)
- Fun nights (for students staying on campus): the monitors organize games and fun activities such as cabaret, casino, Olympics, shows, etc. You can also book extra activities (for an additional cost) such as: water skiing, mini-golf, tubing, bowling, laser quest, horse riding, paragliding, etc. Packages include a shuttle service to and from Nice Airport or Antibes or Cannes railway stations.
As for Cannes, with its small and friendly size, it is the third largest city on the French Riviera, located between Nice and Saint Tropez. It’s clean and safe, and behind the luxury of the Croisette is an abundance of beaches and cheaper places to eat and have fun.
It’s basically the same program as Antibes, but only for teenagers ages 13 to 17. And the program is offered from the end of June to the end of August.
Organization of French camps in the south of France
French courses for children and teenagers are organized by age, with a camp for those from 8 to 11 years old, and camps for those from 12 to 17 years old:
French courses in France for foreign children from 8 to 11 years old, in Antibes:
French classes for foreign children from 8 to 11 years old are from 9:00am to 12:20pm from Monday to Friday. They are a combination of lessons and games that encourage the development of oral communication skills. The goal is to familiarize children with the French language and allow them to meet their daily needs. This same program is available for children aged 6 and 7 who travel and stay with their parents or relatives.
The program is very flexible, it is possible to participate in the full program (with accommodation), or the day program (French classes + activities), or only the French lessons.
French classes in France for foreign teenagers from 12 to 17 years old, in Antibes and Cannes:
There are different alternatives of French courses for young foreigners from 12 to 17 years old:
- Standard course: 20 lessons of 45 minutes per week, Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 12:20pm (with a break of 20 minutes), with a maximum of 15 students per class. The emphasis is on grammar and the development of speaking and writing skills.
- Intensive course: 26 lessons of 45 minutes per week, Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 12:20pm (with a 20-minute break) and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, with a maximum of 15 students per class in the mornings and 8 in the afternoons. Afternoon mini groups focus on conversation.
- DELF Course (only in Antibes on specific dates): 26 lessons of 45 minutes per week, Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 12:20pm (with a break of 20 minutes) and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, with a maximum of 15 students per class in the mornings and 8 in the afternoons. The afternoon mini groups concentrate on preparing students for the DELF oral and written exams.
- Individual lessons.
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