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Program & Admission Information - Paris, France  



Courses start every Monday, for all levels. Students can transfer to the sister NRCSA Center in Nice during their stay. Maximum number of students per class is 12. The aim of each course is to achieve ease and fluency in the use of the language. Intensive courses focus on spoken language and conversation, as well as written language.

The methodology is based on situations described in the textbook or on the accompanying audio and video cassettes. Students are asked to hold discussions, express their opinions and give their comments. Systematic oral and written exercises are used to improve grammar knowledge.

Furthermore, students can benefit from the free media library after class. It includes, the use of video, language lab and exercises on computers. The media library is available at any time after class in order to practice French. 45 minutes of media library are included during the course with the teacher.

Five levels of French study are offered: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, and Proficiency. each level takes about 8 weeks to complete. Before beginning a course, the student must take a written placement test followed by an interview in order to determine the group most suited for his/her level. The student then progresses naturally from one level to the next.

NRCSA programs will held an Orientation session locally. The orientation designed to provide students with important information about immigration, law of the countries, and the services offered by the school. The orientation program also helps you to acquaint to the educational and cultural atmosphere and provide an opportunity to meet other students.

First Day:
With regards to the program, all levels of the language are accepted, from complete beginner to advanced, and your exact level is determined by a placement test to make sure we put you in the right class. One of the unique things about the NRSCA program is the ability to combine the language classes with an extensive choice of culture classes. In addition to the language classes, we also include our culture and social events program in the afternoons for students to interact with other student and learn about the culture.

Teachers use our own course book, developed by a team of our teachers, for about half of the class, while the other half of the class is devoted to special class needs and supplements, such as selected audios, videos, and current readings.

All of our teachers are native speakers with university educations and are very experienced teaching French to foreigners. Most have learned a second language themselves and understand the student's perspective. They are devoted to helping students best reach their goals and to keeping the classes enjoyable and entertaining.

Standard Group Program
Group 20 hours per week. This program, with a maximum of 12 participants per class, emphasizes oral study, though the written language is not neglected. On the basis of situations described in the textbook or the accompanying audio and video cassettes, students are asked to hold discussions and express their opinions. Systematic oral written exercises are used to learn and correct grammar. In addition, this program includes one lecture per week on various aspects of French civilization. Each lesson lasts 45 minutes in duration.

Intensive Group

Group 30 hours per week: 20 Group + 10 Mini-Group. This program combines the Intensive Group Program of 20 lessons per week with 10 lessons per week in a mini-group setting of a maximum of 6 students per class. The program also includes one lecture per week on various aspects of French civilization. Each lesson lasts 45 minutes in duration.

Business French
The course is open to advanced level students interested in economic issues - No prior knowledge of the subject is necessary. Subjects covered include banking, the stock exchanges, insurance, and French companies. This program prepares students for the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Diplome de Francais des Affaires 1st level (DFA 1).

Group + Tutorial
Includes 25 hours per week of French classes. This program combines 20 hours of the Group course with 5 hours of Tutor one-on-one instruction weekly. It is designed for those students who want maximum language learning and/or special vocabulary in French. Close attention is paid to the individual student's goals and needs. Students will have highly structured grammar lessons, interactive activities, conversation and written exercises. Specific homework assignments are given daily and every student is evaluated and tested on a weekly basis.

Private Classes
20 hours per week of private lessons. Courses take place Monday through Friday in the afternoon or early evening. Tutor lessons are required for complete beginners seeking study in group courses.

Super Intensive Group Program
Group 40 hours per week: 20 Group + 20 Mini-Group. This program is designed for those who wish to concentrate all their efforts on learning the language. It combines the Intensive Group Program of 20 lessons per week with twenty lessons per week in a mini-group setting of a maximum of 6 students per class. The program also includes one lecture per week on various aspects of French civilization. Each lesson lasts 45 minutes in duration. Very intensive.

* Paris - Available year-round.

Study & Internship Program
This Study & Internship program in Paris combines a minimum 4 week Standard Group French Study program followed up with a minimum 6 week Internship Work Experience placement in the community.

All internship opportunities will work in partnership with local people in a variety of community-based projects.

This unique program offers exciting hands-on work opportunities, meaningful cultural immersion, and an enriching language program.

Interviews and orientations take place during the 4 or more week of French study required prior to beginning internship.

Internship placements in businesses and organizations are available in the following fields:
- Automotive industry and other various industries
- Tourism
- Hotels and Restaurants
- Theatres and Museums
- Medicine
- Newspapers
- Translation agencies
- Service industries
- New technologies
- Real Estate
- Law
- Banking

Criteria for Placement

* The intern will be part of a team or working group.
* The intern will be given significant work duties, with the expectation of results.
* The intern will have access to a range of actors and sources of information in his or her chosen field. These resources will aid in the accomplishment of objectives set out in the beginning of the internship.

All placements are tailored to individual student background and desire. Students are placed according to their previous education and experience, and their expressed interests and goals.

For more information about this program, contact us!


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students 17 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of French is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

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Certificates & Exams

All participants will receive a certificate after successful completion of each level. Students must take an examination on written and oral comprehension and expression based on the course contents of each level.

Preparation for the following exams is available at an additional cost:

1. D.E.L.F (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française - Diploma of studies in the French language), awarded by the French Ministry of Education. Both intensive and extended courses prepare students for this examination, which comprises written and oral papers.

2. Practical Certificate in Commercial and Economic French, awarded by The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Preparation for this examination is open to advanced Level students, and is available in Paris only.

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Standard Group Program
Intensive Group
Business French
Super Intensive Group Program
Internship Program

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