French Club 50+ courses, Montpellier
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French Club 50+ courses, Montpellier

Our French Club 50+ courses in Montpellier take place at our Premium language school in the heart of the city. This beautiful city in southern France, with its medieval streets and marvellous historic buildings, has a lovely year-round climate and is close to the wonderful beaches of the Côte d’Azur. Our Premium language school here covers two facilities within a few minutes’ walk of one another; together they have 23 air-conditioned classrooms and 22 modern computers. The main building has a library with a selection of multi-media resources designed to supplement your classroom tuition. There are vending machines serving hot and cold drinks on-site, though there are lots of cafés and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the school if you’d like something more substantial. Please note that the location of study will depend on classroom availability; we cannot guarantee any particular facility.

Both schools are close to the iconic Place de la Comédie, with its classic Rococo-style architecture and central fountain, The Three Graces. Also known as ‘The Egg’ for its oval shape, the square is the central hub of the city and is packed with shops and eateries; usually you’ll also see street artists and musicians, helping to create the vibrant atmosphere for which this part of the city is famous. The imposing opera house dominates the square, which is one of the largest pedestrianised areas in Europe. Near here is the Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle, a lovely park containing l’Espace Dominique Bagouet, an art gallery, and the Pavillon Populaire, an interesting museum with regularly changing exhibits.

This school has Label Qualité FLE accreditation from the French Ministry of Education. It is also a member of Eaquals and the International Association of Language Centres (IALC), two organisations committed to maintaining high standards of language tuition worldwide. These credentials demonstrate the high quality of tuition provided here. With a wealth of public transport links within a few minutes’ walk of the facility, you’re able to explore all of this fantastic southern city.

Courses in Montpellier

The Club 50+ package offered by this school consists of 20 French lessons each week (4 classes per weekday) in groups of no more than 10. Lessons take place between 09:00 and 12:15 and are followed by a selection of social/cultural activities designed with mature students in mind. Tuition is suitable for A2- to C1-level students, so is not appropriate for complete beginners or very advanced learners. Classes follow the same format as the standard Intensive programme, with the exception that students must be over the age of 50 to be eligible.

The Club 50+ course can be taken for 2 weeks at a time and has specific start dates throughout the year.

Please note: this school requires a minimum number of students for this programme to proceed. If too few students enrol on the Club 50+ course on any given date, students who have booked this programme will be swapped to standard tuition in mixed-age classes. Enrolled students will still take part in Club 50+ activities in restricted-age groups.

Programme includes

  • 20 French lessons per week
  • Small class sizes that benefit mature students
  • Free course materials
  • Daily activities (excludes Sundays)
  • A full-day excursion to a local town or city
  • An airport transfer service on arrival and departure (if selecting homestay lodging)

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the Club 50+ programme as standard but can be added to your tuition package.

For maximum immersion, we recommend selecting homestay lodging so you can stay with native French people. You’ll be able to practice your language skills outside the classroom and therefore get a well-rounded immersive experience. Hosts live up to 30 minutes’ travel from the school and all offer a safe and comfortable living environment. You’ll have a private single or twin* bedroom and 1 or 2 meals per day as part of your accommodation package (breakfast or breakfast and dinner). You will share the living and bathroom facilities with your host(s) and any other students in the home. Bed linens, towels, and a weekly laundry service are included in the accommodation package. You will have your own key to come and go as you please, but you must respect house rules and schedules. Your host(s) will provide a transfer service on arrival and departure for you; please see the Travel section for more details.

You can also book a no-meals homestay option and have access to the kitchen to cook your daily meals; however, please note that homestay lodging without meals offers much fewer opportunities for language immersion and French practice than the packages with meals. Transfers on arrival and departure are still included with no-meals homestay lodging.

For more independence and privacy, you can choose a private studio in the school’s aparthotel, which is located around 10 minutes from the school by tram. The benefit of this type of lodging is that you’ll have all the independence of an apartment with the extra amenities offered by a hotel, such as a swimming pool (available June - October), Wi-Fi and air-con, parking, and an optional breakfast service (paid for on-site). Each studio has its own fully equipped kitchenette, a private bathroom, and a lounge area with a television and telephone. Bed linens and towels are provided as standard and a laundry service is available on request. Studios are offered on a self-catering basis, giving you the freedom to cook for yourself during your time in Montpellier.

Alternatively, the school’s student residence has several studio apartments available. These are located closer to the language centre, at just 10 minutes’ walk away, and are offered on a completely self-catering basis. Studios include a fully equipped kitchenette, a work space, and a private bathroom. Bed linens and towels are included; coin-operated washing machines are available in the building for doing laundry. A security deposit of €150 is required on arrival, to be paid in cash; this will be returned to you upon departure providing your key is returned and your studio is left in a suitable condition.

*Twin rooms and double-occupancy studios are only available to students travelling together.

Accommodation is available from the Sunday before the start of your course until the Saturday after your course finishes. Check-in and check-out times are usually very flexible.

Activities

The Club 50+ package includes a selection of social and cultural activities designed to complement your French tuition and give you the best possible experience in Montpellier. You’re guaranteed to have 4 activities per week, though others may also be available.

Possible activities may include:
- Guided walking tours of the city centre
- Visits to local museums and/or art galleries
- French film screenings
- Dinner with your teachers and classmates
- Food- and wine-tasting workshops
- Half- and full-day excursions to locations such as Nimes, Avignon, and Sète

You are also welcome to attend the sessions offered to all students on the general activity programme if you wish.

Suitability

This course is ideal for mature students wanting to study French with other international learners of a similar age. Tuition is suitable for A2- to C1-level students, so is not appropriate for complete beginners or very advanced learners.

Please contact us if you are unsure if this programme would be suitable for you; we will be happy to advise you.

How to get there

Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport is around 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre and is easily accessible from many European cities. From here, you can take public transport to your accommodation.

If you select homestay lodging (with or without meals), your hosts will collect you from the airport on arrival and bring you back on departure in time for your flight - this service is offered for free. If you select any other type of accommodation, you will need to make your own way to your lodging on arrival and back to the airport on departure.

You should arrange to arrive in Montpellier on the Sunday before the course starts and depart on the Saturday after the course finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.


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Prices for Montpellier

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* Start dates suitable for complete beginners