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Where to learn French in Paris?

A wide range of French language training courses is available in Paris. It is aimed at both beginners and more experienced learners, and offers adapted teaching methods.

Learning French is essential to the integration of everyone, regardless of origin or nationality. Each person must be able to find the training that will lead them to a greater knowledge of the language and therefore greater autonomy in the city.

Would you like to learn French or improve your language skills?

Various courses and training opportunities, supported or implemented by the City, are available to suit your needs.

To strengthen your social and civic integration

At the Student House

With the association La 1011, which offers French as a Foreign Language (FLE) classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9pm at the ME Bastille(50 rue des Tournelles, Paris 3)

To find out more and/or register:
Aymeric LABADIE
+336 71 94 12 59
aymeric.labadie@gmail.com

The associative offer

Socio-linguistic workshopsWhat are the workshops? Ateliers Socio Linguistiques (ASL) offer French language training based on the concrete needs of participants. The aim is to help participants learn to communicate independently in everyday situations related to their immediate environment, and, for some ASLs, to promote their social and professional integration. They run throughout the school year, with approximately 6 hours of learning per week.

Who are they for? These workshops are aimed at all audiences, whatever their level of oral and written proficiency and previous schooling: Alpha (Literacy) for people who have not attended school in their country of origin, Français Langue Étrangère (FLE) for people who have already attended school in their country of origin.

Where and when? On the association's premises. Enrolment takes place in September, with integration possible during the year depending on available places.
Courses offered by associationsWhat is a French course? Associations in Paris offer French language courses with different objectives, depending on the level of the participants and their previous schooling: reinforcement of oral skills, introduction to the written language or reinforcement of written skills. These courses generally run throughout the school year.

Who are they for? These courses are aimed at everyone, whatever their level of oral and written proficiency and previous schooling: Alpha (Literacy) for people who have not attended school in their country of origin, Français Langue Étrangère (FLE) for people who have already attended school in their country of origin.

Where and when? On the association's premises. Enrolment takes place in September, with integration possible during the year depending on available places.
REFUG - French language training for Parisian refugees living in sheltersWhat is REFUG? REFUG offers short, semi-intensive French-language training courses set up by associations and players in the social economy. The aim is to provide basic French language skills, elementary knowledge of daily life in France, and basic information on social and professional integration.

Who is it for? These courses are aimed at all refugees residing in Parisian accommodation centers or on reception platforms, regardless of their administrative status, with priority given to asylum seekers still in the process of applying for asylum.

Where and when? Courses are held throughout Paris, mainly on the premises of training organizations. The first training sessions start at the beginning of each school year. Other sessions are launched throughout the year.

Services offered by City of Paris operators

City of Paris Adult Courses (CAP)What is it? ? Around a third of the CAP offer is devoted to learning French, in modules lasting between 20 and 180 hours, and adapted to the needs and objectives of each target group.

Who are they for?
They are designed for adults over 18, French-speaking people with little or no schooling in their country of origin or in France, and non-French-speaking people with or without schooling in their country of origin.

Where and when?
Classes are held in some forty schools (elementary and high schools) throughout Paris. They take place at different times of the year (half-yearly: from September to February and from February to June; annually; or during specific sessions, notably in July or during school vacations).

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Paris Anim centersWhat are these courses? Some Paris'Anim centers offer language training courses (Literacy, French as a Foreign Language...) in the form of weekly classes or courses lasting a few days.

Who are they for?
These courses are open to all, whatever their level of oral or written proficiency or previous schooling.

Where and when?
Courses take place throughout the school year in some 20 Paris'Anim centers.

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Library conversation workshopsWhat are conversation workshops? Conversation workshops are led by library staff or volunteers, and last between 1h and 1h30.

Who are they for?
Anyone wishing to improve their spoken French.

Where and when?
These workshops take place in some fifteen municipal libraries, as well as at the BPI and BNF , and are organized on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Map of municipal library workshops

The government's offer

Open Schools to Parents for Children's Success (OEPRE)What is it? It's a scheme run by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research and the French Ministry of the Interior, designed to help parents integrate into their children's education and help them succeed at school.

Who is it for? It enables parents of foreign children at school to take 120 hours of training over the course of the year, i.e. 4 hours a week, to improve their French and gain a better understanding of the school system.

Where and when? Classes take place in schools. Nearly 40 middle schools and elementary schools in Paris are partners in the program.

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To help you enter the job market

The City of Paris offer

Professional Language CoursesWhat does it mean? These programs are run by Parisian associations and combine learning French with professional integration. The "Parcours Linguistiques à Visée Professionnelle"(PLVP) can be a continuation of a sociolinguistic workshop, with the aim of accessing training leading to qualifications, a return to employment or professional advancement. The content of these courses varies in terms of pedagogy, timetable and duration, and covers a wide range of business sectors. The scheme is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) 2015-2020.

Who is it for? These programs are designed primarily for residents of working-class neighborhoods who are experiencing difficulties in finding employment due to their poor command of French.

Where and when? Programs run all year round, with enrolment often taking place at the start of the school year.

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What the Ile-de-France region has to offer

Several of the Ile-de-France region's vocational training programs include French language modules for people with language difficulties.

Avenir JeunesWhat is the PEE? The Parcours Entrée dans l'Emploi (PEE) is one of the components of Avenir Jeunes. It enables target groups to build or confirm a professional project, with the aim of accessing apprenticeships, training leading to qualifications or employment. The aim of the program is to develop basic skills and language proficiency in a professional situation.

Who is it for? The PEE is aimed at young people aged 16-25 with few or no qualifications, or with social and/or professional integration difficulties (registered with Pôle Emploi or jobseekers), or adults receiving RSA benefits, with at least level A1.1 in oral or written CEFR.

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Professional core competenciesWhat is the program? The aim is to promote the learning of French and basic skills, in a professional context, in order to encourage access to employment and pre-qualifying or qualifying training.

3 courses are available:

Course 1 - "Skills and professional project"
Construction and validation of professional project and reinforcement of basic and linguistic skills in a professional situation.

Course 2 - "Access to employment-training"
Preparation for employment and pre-qualifying or qualifying training. Consolidation of professional project, reinforcement of basic and linguistic skills and preparation for the cléa and its certification.

Course 3 - "Professional qualifications"
Enables access to employment by obtaining a level 3 professional qualification in the personal assistance and cleaning sectors. Reinforces language skills related to both sectors.

Who is it for? People who need to learn French, jobseekers, including RSA beneficiaries. Track 1 is open to people with a level of A1.1 or below.

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The government's offer

Training courses offered by the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII)