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Irish Leaving Certificate Preparation Course – Nice
If you’re getting ready to sit your Leaving Certificate exams, our preparatory course offers the best way to ensure success. Provided by our partner school in Nice, this programme combines immersive French tuition with focused exam preparation sessions and exciting cultural activities. The skills you’ll gain by attending this course will help you to strengthen your existing French skills and thus to pass your exams with flying colours.
Nice is an ideal place for young students to study thanks to its medium size, its many attractions, and its placement on the stunning Côte D’Azur. With 10 classrooms our language school is also medium-sized, making it easy for teenagers to make friends and find their feet. The facility has a library with a range of French learning resources, a selection of student computers, and vending machines serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. There is also a small private garden offering the perfect place to complete homework or simply relax after class under the Mediterranean sun!
The language school is particularly perfect for teenagers thanks to its great location within the city. It’s surrounded by shops and cafes, the beach is just 10 minutes’ walk away, and the old town can be reached in under 20 minutes. You and your classmates can enjoy all Nice has to offer right after class and can put your newly developed language skills into practice with the locals - is there any better way to get ready for a language test?
Courses in Nice
This specialist package consists of 26 group language classes per week, which are scheduled Monday - Friday.
It combines the Intensive course - where you can improve your general language knowledge and skills - with focused preparatory sessions designed to give you best chance of success in your exams.
You’ll have 4 group French classes per weekday on the Intensive course; these usually take place between 09:00 and 12:20 but may be scheduled in the afternoon during high season. Your 6 exam preparation sessions are arranged around the general French lessons and are usually timetabled 16:15 - 19:30 Tuesday - Thursday, though this may vary in high season. The exam preparation sessions focus on the skills needed for and the topics covered in the Irish Leaving Certificate paper.
Max. 10 students on the Intensive course; max. 6 students in the exam preparation sessions
This course is designed for Irish teenagers with 5-6 years’ experience learning French at school (level A2/B1).
This course offers intensive French-language revision for the Irish Leaving Cert exam. It is suitable for students who are taking Transition Year as well as students who are going straight into their exams.
Our school accepts students aged 16 and above on its year-round courses. This means that students booking this course are treated as mature young adults. If you select this programme, you will be studying in mixed-age groups on the Intensive programme, will need to abide by a curfew, and will be expected to be mature enough to handle the responsibility of attending an ‘adult’ course. Our team, the staff at the school, and your hosts are all on-hand to provide support during your studies should you need it. If you prefer a fully supervised junior/teenage programme, please see our French Summer Course in Nice option for further details.
In your Intensive classes you’ll develop your general French language proficiency in all areas: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar. Only French is spoken in class and students are grouped according to their starting ability level; this methodology allows all students to progress appropriately under the careful guidance of our school’s native French teachers. Dynamic activities and games will also help you to improve your spoken confidence and listening skills.
In the extra sessions you’ll cover the specific topics that are likely to come up in your Leaving Cert test and work through past papers to help you master the techniques needed to ace your exams. Through engaging study materials and authentic texts, you’ll also get extra exposure to and practice with French, upping your chances of getting an amazing score!
The language lessons are complimented by a range of socio-cultural activities throughout the week. As well as being great fun, these activities are all provided in French. Since being immersed in a language is the best way to learn it, these activities will cement your classroom learning and help you to enhance your French knowledge without even realising it.
This course is available during the summer between June and August. Please see our pricing tool for available start dates, or contact us for more information.
Teenagers attending classes at this school can book accommodation with a local homestay host. Hosts are all native French speakers and thus offer an added level of immersion to your language experience. They also offer a welcoming environment in which to stay and 2 meals per day as part of the accommodation package.
This lodging option allows you to truly experience authentic life in the French Riviera. In the home you’ll have exposure to French television, French books and magazines, and French radio, as well as general conversation in the home - all of which complement your classroom tuition. Our hosts welcome students of all ages and nationalities into their homes and know how to help you to feel at home during your time in Nice. If you’re travelling with a friend or relative, simply note their name at the time of booking and we’ll make sure you can stay together.
Rooms are available from the Sunday before the course starts until the Saturday after it finishes, though extra nights can be booked to fit in with available flights if required. Hosts also provide a transfer service on arrival at Nice Airport.
It’s not just all work and no play! As well as its high-quality language tuition, our school offers a range of fun and educational activities to all students. These usually take place in the afternoon or evening; there is often an excursion planned on a Saturday as well, so we recommend booking for at least 2 weeks so you can attend one of these.
All activities are given in French, giving you the full benefit of an immersive language experience. Many activities are available free of charge, though some may incur an additional fee to cover entrance and/or transportation costs. The exact schedule changes throughout the year but may include:
- Walking tours through the city
- Afternoons at the beach
- Visits to local attractions
- Group games and sports
- French film screenings
- Cookery workshops
- Theatre afternoons
- Tasting local produce
- Half- and full-day excursions to nearby locations such as Eze-Village, Monaco, and Cannes
- Plus seasonal activities available in the city
How to get there
Your hosts will collect you from Nice Airport on arrival for no extra charge. Flights must arrive between 08:00 and 22:00 at weekends.
Students need to make their own way to the airport on departure; staff at the school can help arrange this if needed.
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