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CLE - Centre Linguistique pour Étrangers

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7-9, place de Châteauneuf , Tours (view map)

About CLE - Centre Linguistique pour Étrangers

Since 1985 CLE helps to create a good learning atmosphere for our students. Our dedicated staff ensures that you study in the best possible conditions. Our classes are very small (never more than seven students per class) so much individual attention is guaranteed.


General French

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Complete beginners and Beginners level A1:

The objective for complete beginners is to reach beginners level A1. At this stage you are able to understand very simple phrases about daily life if someone speaks to you slowly and clearly. You know how to introduce yourself, to describe your work, to talk about your tastes and your hobbies and to describe your past. You can write a postcard. Your ability allows you to respond to simple and practical things.

Elementary level A2:

At this level, you are able to understand simple phrases dealing with familiar subjects that occur in daily life. You can pick up the key subject of a conversation and can participate in a simple exchange. In class, you work on written documents about everyday life (letters, guides, advertisements, instructions and announcements) and you can identify the key facts in a short article.
You are capable of speaking about your daily life, expressing your feelings and giving your opinions. You can manage in shops and at the station, for instance, and you can deal with basic administrative matters.
Writing is not neglected: you are able to write simple letters to say thank you, invitations, to reserve a hotel room, etc. You could equally write an article for a magazine describing your situation or your life history.

Intermediate level B1:

At this level, you understand the key points of a conversation, or a radio or television broadcast.
You are capable of expressing yourself about personal or professional subjects, or you can take part in a conversation on subjects that you are familiar with. You could, for example, talk about a film that you have seen and explain and justify your opinion of the film. You are able to tackle the majority of situations that you meet when making a journey.
You understand the basics of written text using everyday language: e-mails, brochures, articles and film reviews. You can write simple texts and make your self understood about familiar subjects.

Upper intermediate level B2 and advanced level C1:

These classes address those who can handle the French language spontaneously and with ease, being able to follow a complex argument and develop a point of view. At these levels you are capable of expressing yourself precisely and with clear meaning as much in your personal domain as professionally or academically. You are able to follow a radio or television broadcast and most films using standard French.
In class, you work on quite long documents about well-known subjects as well as text or recordings about specialized subjects. You are able to talk about complicated information that you have read or heard. Documents studied describe French society today, describing attitudes and behaviour.
You are able to write clear, structured text, making official reports or essays

French Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Location Type: Town/City

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate

Professional French

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Location Type: Town/City

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students

Tailor made French courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Each week, you may choose four workshops that best meet your needs per improving your pronunciation, the ease with which you speak, your oral comprehension, your vocabulary; or to enrich your knowledge of France, prepare for an exam, even learn how to cook a dish or two “à la française” !

Example workshops

- Understanding texting/SMS
- Phonetics: liaisons
- Exam preparation: le DALF C1
- Cuisine: make a chocolate mousse or crêpes
- Oral comprehension: radio journalism review
- How well do you know France and the French?
- Game: debate in French
- Dinner invitation: accept or turn it down, what to bring, table manners, -
saying thank you at the end
- Wine vocabulary



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