FRENCH CLasses and activities

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French classes

Arles à la carte offers two different types of classes: Inside the Classroom and Outside the Classroom.
For those who want the best of both options, we also offer a combination class: In & Out.

trois élèves sont en cours de français avec leur formatrice

Inside classes

Want to bring your French grammar up to par? Would you like to develop your French cultural knowledge while working on grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions? A total beginner? This option is for you!

Groupe d'étudiants en visite aux Baux de Provence

Outside classes

Want to make the most of what Arles has to offer and be able to put your French to good use, with the guidance of a language instructor? This option is for you!


Possible activities accompanied by your French teacher:

Discover the Arles Market

Explore the market, find and purchase a certain number of items, and if desired, return to the language center to prepare and enjoy a market-bought lunch !

Walk “In Van Gogh’s footsteps”

A walking tour around Arles to discover the most famous sites painted by Van Gogh.

Wander around the Roman monuments

Le Théâtre Antique
Les Alyscamps
Les Thermes
Les Cryptoportiques

Language lunches

To keep speaking in French and to enjoy local cuisine, language lunches are held throughout the program with your language instructor(s) at different Arlesian cafés, restaurants or bistros.
Language lunches include a main course (dish of the day, hearty mixed salad, etc) and a drink or tea / coffee as well as over an hour of French conversation !
Arles à la carte highly recommends combining classes with language lunches as it’s one of the best ways to put your French to good use, while living life “à la française” !

Deux étudiantes mangent au restaurant
deux dames discutent et rient lors d'une soirée conversation

Soirées conversation

Let’s meet other students !!
Join us for a relaxing moment in a bar and just chat or play a game with other people speaking and learning many different languages!
A great opportunity to practice your « casual » French… and maybe meet new friends!

Staying longer?

For longer stays, it’s also possible to join small group classes.

You will find more information on the French side of our site.

General information on our classes

Arles à la carte‘s personalized French Language classes are perfect for students of all ages and levels who wish to come to Arles for an intensive language immersion experience…
Courses are taught in an Individual, Duo (2 people)* or Small group (3-8 people)* setting by Français Langue Etrangère (FLE) language instructors with extensive experience teaching students of all ages and levels and have considerable cultural and historical knowledge of the area.
Students take an initial language placement test before arriving in Arles in order to set the language level and curriculum according to the student’s individual needs and language goals. Whether students are preparing for a language exam, improving their French for professional reasons, or simply wanting to feel more comfortable, the Arles à la carte language instructors will adapt to each student’s objectives.
* To sign up for Duo or Small group (3-8 people) classes, the participants must sign up together and have the same language level, as proven by the language placement test.

For our individual students, we propose six hours of individual French instruction per week (four 1h30m sessions) to which we can add language lunches and / or additional class hours. The class sessions can take place both “inside” and “outside” of the classroom.