Teenagers, Learn French in France at our Language School in Antibes!

Summary Information

Ages:  14-18  
Location: Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, Cote d'Azur. 
Accommodation: Residential or host family, shared. 
Duration: Seasonal, minimum one week. 
Availability: April until October 
Now accepting applications for 2017! 

Supervision: Suitable for teenagers; some unsupervised free time included.

Le Chateau school in Antibes

Centre International d'Antibes Juniors

Our French language school in Antibes is beautifully located on the sunny French Riviera, in between Cannes and Nice. This trendy, sea-side resort town is small, friendly and safe, perfect for learning French. With 300 days of sun per year, Antibes is a great location to study abroad and enjoy the culture of this stunning French region. This new EIL programme is ideal for Transition Year students who want to study French during the school term, but might not want to go to Secondary School there, and also for students who want Leaving Certificate revision before the exam.

Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis; book today to avoid disappointment!

Call today to reserve your place on 021-4551535.

 

Now taking bookings for Easter Leaving Cert Preparation Course

9-22nd April 2017

Call Gillian today for more information

 

Learn French at le Chateau

Established in 1985 and hosting 5,000 students from around the world each year, our partner school is an established and reliable place to learn French in France. The school itself, called "le Chateau", is a magnificent Provencal building bordered by gardens with impressive views of Antibes town centre, which is just a short walk away.

On the school's site there are:

  • 13 classrooms.
  • Library.
  • Self-service restaurant and terrace with panoramic sea views.
  • Internet and computer facilities (pass €5 per week).
  • Vending machines.

Features of the school:

  • 800 meters from town centre and shops.
  • 1 km from Antibes railway station.
  • 1.5 km from beaches.
  • 1.2 km from the Junior Residence.
  • Reception is open with friendly staff during school hours.
  • Classrooms feature TVs, CD players, video recorders and video camera for teaching aids.

Students on our standard French Junior Courses can choose to stay either with a French host family or in the residence in the language school for the same price.

Stay with a French host family

Staying with a host family is the best type of accommodation to promote and enhance learning French. What better way to practice and improve the French that you are learning at school than to go home every night to native French speakers?

All host families are sourced and vetted by the school, who knows all of the families well and visits them regularly. All host families will be delighted to share their lives and cultures with their students and offer the comforts of their homes. Host families come in all shapes and sizes; single parents with children living in the house, nuclear families, older couples whose children are no longer at home, as well as young couples who may not have children, are all considered potential host families. Our main criteria is a warm, caring, and comfortable home environment for students to be nurtured and thrive in. Applicants cannot reject host family placements and must agree to accept them without prejudice and to go into the programme with an open mind.

Rooms available on the Junior course are double rooms shared with a student of another nationality. If sharing a room, students will be placed with other students of the same gender and of a similar age. Students will live in Antibes/Juan-les-Pins. Our partners try their best to place students within walking distance of the school, although some students may need to use local buses, particularly during busy times. All meals are taken with the family, except lunches Monday through Friday, which are provided at the school. For excursions at the weekend, packed lunches will be provided by host families.

Stay at the French language school's residence

The residence is located in a quiet, residential area of Antibes. It features its own fully supervised swimming pool and 30 sunny rooms fitted with showers and separate toilets. Students share in rooms of 2-5 students. Bed linen is provided and changed every week and rooms are cleaned weekly, with a quick clean done every day. Towels are not included. The rooms do not have air conditioning. Please note that the rooms in the residence are very basic, student rooms. Students should not expect hotel accommodation.

The residence, a converted chateau, is 600 meters from the beach and 450 meters from the centre of Juan les Pins. There is a TV lounge, terrace, cafe and a snack bar open April - October. A transport shuttle is provided in the mornings to take students to the school. Breakfast and dinner is taken at the residence, whereas lunches Monday - Friday are served at the school. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.

Regular French courses

For students aged 14-17, this French language programme is an all inclusive package (less the cost of flights) and is available outside of the busy summer months. This programme is ideal for Transition Year students, or for any student who would like to make better use out of school holidays by improving their French, rather than sitting at home. Included in the price are 20 lessons per week as standard, accommodation with full board, entertainment, excursions, supervision, shuttles to beaches and the town centre and return airport transfers via Nice Airport.

The Regular courses are presented in a Standard or Intensive format. The Standard course provides 20 lessons per week and the Intensive course provides 26 lessons per week. Lessons last 45 minutes each and they consist of all aspects of French for fluency: grammar, vocabulary, aural and oral conversation.

Please note, no lessons will be given on national holidays and are not rescheduled or refunded.

1 lesson = 45 minutes of teaching time.

French Leaving Certificate preparation course

Leaving Cert Prep from 5 -18th June is most popular! Call today to reserve your place on 021-4551535.

The Leaving Certificate preparation Coucse was developed by EIL and our French partners in Antibes. It offers students travelling with EIL an intensive language and activity programme that is particulary effective for revision. Using the Leaving Cert syllabus, past exam papers, and consultations with Irish French teachers familiar with teaching French for the Leaving Certificate, we are confident that students will improve their French with this course. In just two weeks, students' abilities can significantly improve in both spoken and written form. The combination of French language classes adapted to the Irish Leaving Certificate and staying with a French host family offers dual language learning - ideal for revision and preparation! Students will also have a chance to relax and have some fun through educational tours, cultural activities and excursions. This is a closed group course; there are a limited number of places (maximum 12 students per group) and there will only be other Irish students taking part in the class. Irish students have been attending our Leaving Certificate preparation courses in three countries for over seven years and have improved their exam results immensely.

This course is suitable for students from Transition Year up to Leaving Certificate level, but please note that the classes are taught at a fifth year level. The course material is specifically geared towards preparation for the Irish Leaving Certificate Exam for French.

The course takes place over set dates. Programmes will not be confirmed until a minimum of 6 participants are secured for each session, which can be as little as one month before departure. In the event that 6 students do not sign up for any particular Leaving Certificate preparation course, a place on an alternative session can be arranged, or a place on one of the other courses (Standard or Intensive) for the same dates can be arranged, subject to additional fees. If neither of these options suits, deposits can be refunded.

Included in the French Leaving Certificate preparation course are:

  • 26 x 45minute lessons of French per week.
  • Double room, half board* accommodation with a host family only.
  • One half day and one full day excursion.
  • Books and materials.
  • A schedule of afternoon and weekly activities.
  • Transfer from Nice Airport or railway station.
  • CareMed medical travel insurance.

Please note that flights are not included with any of our programmes.

If students prefer to extend their programme to more than 2 weeks, it is possible to add on one of the other courses for any number of weeks either before of after the Leaving Certificate preparation course. Please enquire for more details and prices.

* Please note that for the Leaving Certificate preparation course, accommodation is provided with half board to keep the prices low. Students can purchase meals in the school's canteen or go into Antibes town for lunch. The most economical option, however, is to add weekly lunches in the canteen to the programme when applying. This costs €45 per week. Please enquire for full details.

1 lesson = 45 minutes of teaching time.

Regular French courses

Lessons will be given in the mornings and a programme of activities and excursions follow in the afternoons and on the weekends. All activities and excursions are supervised, as are the residences.

To download an example schedule timetable please click here (pdf).

French Leaving Certificate preparation course

Lessons will be given in the mornings and two afternoons per week.  A programme of activities and excursions follow in the afternoon, some of which will be with other Juniors from the General Courses, and on the weekends. All activities and excursions are supervised.

Learning French does not have to be all about classrooms

This programme features fully supervised activities and excursions, which helps to make learning French in France fun and hands-on. Every day there is a selection of games, contests, cabarets, casinos, Olympic games, shows and thematic activities organised. There is a barbecue evening every week.

In addition to activities, students are taken on educational excursions to see what this beautiful region in France has to offer. The following are some examples of such excursions, but the school is not limited to them:

  • Day at Lerins Island, Nice or a local water-park.
  • Half-day excursion to Monaco, Cannes or Marineland.
  • Afternoon of sailing, weather permitting.

Frequently asked questions about learning French in Antibes

Questions

Answers

  • How do I get to Antibes?

    Transfers from Nice Airport are included in the programme.  Flights are available with Aer Lingus, EasyJet and Ryanair from Dublin and Cork, or Belfast and Dublin respectively.  Students will be met at the arrivals area and returned to the airport once the course finishes.

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  • How many students will be in my class and how old will they be?

    General course classes are comprised of a maximum 15 students per class; for the Leaving Certificate Preparation course, there will bea  maximum of 12 students per class.  Every student is assessed on the first day and put into a class according to his or her level.  There are 5 different levels that correspond with the Common European Framework for Language Learning, ranging from Beginners to Advanced.  Because classes are sorted by ability and not age, maximum learning progression is achieved no matter how long the child has studied French.  Students are aged 14-17 and come from a wide variety of counties, not just Ireland and English-speaking countries.

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  • If staying with a host family, can I be placed really near the school?

    Our partners try their best to place students with host families as near to the school as possible.  During busy periods and depending on which families are available for hosting, this may not always be possible, so it can never be guaranteed.  Antibes/Juanles Pins is a very safe town and students' safety is always of top priority.

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  • Can I go with a friend?

    This French learning course is available to anyone who would like to book and genuinely has an interest in learning French in France and having fun, too.  If two friends would like to go together, this can be facilitated.  Please note, however, that two students of the same nationality will not be placed in the same room in the residence or with the same host family.  This is to ensure as much French immersion as possible and to maximize the learning experience for all participants.

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  • Are the teaching staff qualified?

    All of the French teachers are native speakers and are university qualified and trained to teach French to students.

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  • My child has allergies, can these be accommodated?

    We cannot accept children on the programme who have special medical needs that they cannot manage themselves.  If they have allergies, they must be capable of managing them independently and neither the school nor EIL can accept responsibility with regards to allergic reactions.  This also applies to food allergies.  While different food options are always available, special meals cannot be prepared for students with specific food allergies, such as lactose or gluten intolerance.  Students may bring their own supplies of specialty foods if necessary, but the purchase and management of these foods must be done independently.

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  • How many students per session will be on the Junior programme?

    Generally there are approximately 60 students per session.  There are 30 rooms in the Junior residence, with 5 students per room being maximum capacity.

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  • What supervision is there?

    Each student is assigned his or her own animateur.  This is the contact person or leader for the duration of his or her stay.  Theanimateursmanage the activities and the accommodation supervision during the stay. 

    All students are allowed to go out in pairs or small groups from the end of lunch until the beginning of dinner - 1:30pm to 7:30pm. Evening permission varies according to age and which type of accommodation chosen.  All students must check with a leader before leaving the residence.  All organised activities are supervised.

  • For students 16 and up staying in the residence, there are two levels of evening permission that parents may choose.  Parents must choose either one or the other; there is no in between.

    • Option 1: No evening permission: From Sunday to Saturday. 

    • Option 2: One evening per week (Tuesday or Wednesday) until 11:00pm. Fridays, Saturdays and days prior to a bank holiday students may stay stay out until 1:00am.

    For students who are 16 and up and staying with a host family:

    • Automatic 2 evenings per week, Monday and Wednesday until 11:00pm

    • Fridays, Saturdays and days prior to a bank holiday until 1:00am

    Please note that students aged 14-15 automatically have NO EVENING GOING-OUT PERMISSION, regardless of the accommodation chosen.  During evenings in the residence when students are not allowed to go out by themselves, accompanied excursions and thematic events are proposed by the animateur leaders on site. For those staying with host families, the evenings are spent with the host family, supervised.

    The school reserves the right to exclude students in the case of abuse of the school rules and/or unacceptable behaviour. We will inform parents if students break curfew. We reserve the right to suspend the going-out permission if deemed necessary.

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Supervision by qualified professionals

This course is suitable for the age profile to which it is offered. All students have their own contact person called an animateur. These staff members work as group leaders controlling activities and are responsible for students' supervision. They stay in the residence and supervise the students, as well as lead activities off site. All are trained and qualified to act as animateurs as part of a degree programme in university.All students are allowed to go out in pairs or small groups from the end of lunch until the beginning of dinner - 1:30pm to 7:30pm. Evening permission varies according to age and which type of accommodation chosen. All students must check with a leader before leaving the residence. All organised activities are supervised.

For students 16 and up staying in the residence, there are two levels of evening permission that parents may choose. Parents must choose either one or the other; there is no in between.

  • Option 1: No evening permission: From Sunday to Saturday.

  • Option 2: One evening per week (Tuesday or Wednesday) until 11:00pm. Fridays, Saturdays and days prior to a bank holiday students may stay stay out until 1:00am.

For students who are 16 and up and staying with a host family:

  • Automatic 2 evenings per week, Monday and Wednesday until 11:00pm

  • Fridays, Saturdays and days prior to a bank holiday until 1:00am

Please note that students aged 14-15 automatically have NO EVENING GOING-OUT PERMISSION, regardless of the accommodation chosen. During evenings in the residence when students are not allowed to go out by themselves, accompanied excursions and thematic events are proposed by the animateur leaders on site. For those staying with host families, the evenings are spent with the host family, supervised.

The school reserves the right to exclude students in the case of abuse of the school rules and/or unacceptable behaviour. We will inform parents if students break curfew. We reserve the right to suspend the going-out permission if deemed necessary.

2017 Regular course dates

  • 2 April to 28 October, with a weekly intake of students. 

2017 Leaving Cert Preparation Dates

  • 9 - 22nd April*
  • 4 - 17th June*

* a minimum of 6 participants are needed to run the program. Alternative dates may be arranged if 6 participants cannot be found

Arrivals are on Sundays, departures on Saturdays.

We encourage you to compare our costs with other organisations and a careful comparison of what is included and what is not included is always advisable.

What Is Included

  • Pre-departure information and support
  • Accommodation and board *(some programmes are half board)
  • Pick up at airport on arrival
  • Medical, liability and travel insurance
  • Orientation 
  • Ongoing support from local coordinator

What Is Not Included

  • Cost of flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Uniforms (if required)
  • Books 
  • Local transport to school

Costs

Leaving Cert Preparation: €1570

NOTE: Prices are subject to change and are reviewed annually in November.

Apply for your French language programme abroad today!

In order to apply to the camp, please post the following back to our office:

  •  Application form completed in full. Please note that the application is not 100% complete until you fill out an online application form also. This will be sent to you after the initial application has been made.
  • €350 non-refundable deposit.  Cheque, bank draft or postal order is to be made out to "EIL Intercultural Learning".
  • 1 passport photo

Please DO NOT book flights until you receive written notification from EIL that your course and dates are confirmed.

N.B. All signatures by parents and student must be present.  Incomplete applications will delay your booking and can result in not obtaining a place on your desired course or dates.