French lessons

  • Which types of courses do you suggest?

    We offer general French classes as a mini-group and private lessons in many specialist sectors: French terms in medicine, tourism  and the hotel trade, but also in fashion, diplomacy, banking and insurance, law, etc.

  • How many students are there in the groups?

    French lessons are taught in small groups of seven people maximum.

  • Is accommodation included in the price of the courses?

    No, accommodation is optional. We can organise for you to stay with a host family, in hotels,  hotel-flat residences or private flats.

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  • When can one start the courses?

    Classes start each Monday for students who already have some knowledge of French. On the other hand, beginner classes start on the first Monday of each month.

  • Which method of teaching do you use?

    We rely on a communicative learning method adapted to all levels, active and stimulating learning, supplemented by high-quality cultural activities.

  • What are the cultural activities proposed in the French courses?

    We offer workshops (phonetics, conversation, French civilisation), cookery classes with a chef as well as tastings at our Workshop for Chefs, classes in oenology with a wine waiter, excursions in Paris with a teacher as well as dinners with our Parisian hosts.

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  • Do you make people take a test to assess their level before the start of the courses?

    In order to assess your level in French, you must complete a test in written French which will be sent to you by email and to be returned to us before the start of your classes. On the first day of classes, you will take an oral test with our head teacher.

  • How many levels are there for French as a foreign language?

    According to the  Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL), there are six qualification levels in modern foreign languages:

    • A1:  Elementary (use of simple sentences, understanding of common words)
    •  A2:  Elementary advanced (communication at the time of simple and routine tasks on familiar topics and activities)
    •  B1:  Intermediary (effective but still limited command of language in a situation of usual communication)
    •  B2:  Advanced intermediary (general command of language in a social context)
    •  C1:  Advanced (good command of language allowing a well-structured use of language socially and professionally)
    •  C2:  Advanced higher (excellent command of language allowing a structured and coherent use of language in any situation)
  • How many hours are required to reach each level?

    Beginner at A1:  60 hours

    •   A1 to A2:  120 hours
    •   A2 to B1:  150 hours
    •   B1 to B2:  200 hours
    •   B2 to C1:  250 hours
    •  C1 to C2:  requires language training with a flexible hourly amount
  • What is the necessary level to apply for a French university?

    A minimum knowledge of French is necessary to apply for a university in France (level B2 of the Council of Europe). According to the branch that you wish to apply for, the required French level may differ.

  • Is your school a testing centre for the TCF or the DELF/DALF?


    Elf is approved by the International Centre for Educational Studies (CIEP) for taking the General Knowledge Test in French (TCF) in its various forms:  studies in France, access to French nationality or immigration to Quebec.

    Our school is a preparatory centre for all official examinations in French (DELF, DALF, TCF). 

  • What are your accreditations?

    • Elf holds the official label ” French as a Foreign Language Quality”.  This governmental accreditation guarantees the quality and seriousness of its teaching, its premises, its administrative and accommodation services.  The school recently joined the Campus France network, official agency in charge of promoting French higher education internationally.
    • Elf is a founder member of the International Association of Language Centres (IALC) which combines more than 100 international language centres sharing the same principle:  ” To learn a language where it is spoken “.  It is also a member of SOUFFLE, an association which brings together the best language centres in France specialized in the teaching of French as a foreign language.  Our school is accredited by the qualified institutions of several German Länder German for the ” Bildungsurlaub ” training leave.
  • Can my training apply within the framework of the Individual Right to Training (DIF) or of the Individual Training Leave (CIF)?

    Yes, because we are recognized as an ongoing training organization by the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue.


  • What is the necessary level to apply for a Bachelor Degree?

    Baccalaureate STD2A or general Baccalaureate with arts as an option.
    Preparatory year or MANAA.

  • Are Bachelors recognized by the State?

    Yes, it refers to a certified diploma Level II ” Designer – Creator of Textiles and Fashion ” recognized by the State (level bac + 3 or 3 years post-secondary)

  • How long does a Bachelor Degree last?

    A Bachelor is held over three academic years (six six-month periods).

    Possibility of being directly admitted to the second year for those who have studied the arts.

    28 hours of classes per week.

  • Which are main differences between Bachelor Degree in textile design and fashion design?

  • What is " L’Atelier Fleuri Delaporte "?

    It is one of the oldest types of training in design in Paris which develops a methodology centred on a technical training of a high level and experimentation.  Genuine fashion workshop, the Fleuri Delaporte workshop offers creative laboratory space that favours contact, sharing, motivation and communication around fashion.  Our students who follow the bachelor course” Fashion Design” thus receive quality training in the field of design, as the Fleuri-Delaporte school has always done, while also benefiting from the textile know-how of the Ecole Françoise Conte, for a very comprehensive training.

  • What are the differences between the preparatory workshops for art and architecture?

    The preparatory workshop for art is intended for admission to an art school in Paris (Arts décos, Beaux-Arts, etc), or elsewhere.  The preparatory workshop for architecture itself is intended for the national schools of architecture such as La Villette, Malaquais, Val de Seine or even Belleville, Val de Marne. In both cases, the difficulty in competitions requires thorough preparation.  The method developed by Francoise Conte over more than thirty years helps you find your way and gain access to the prescribed job.

  • How long do these preparatory classes last

    One academic year.
    28 hours of classes per week.

  • What is the art orientation course?

    The Francoise Conte Preparatory Workshop offers to high-school alumni who want to follow an artistic line to test their motiBacion.  One-week training courses are organized during the school holidays to become acquainted with the various techniques of expression and to acquire the basics in drawing and painting.  At the end of the training course, an assessment is given to each participant, as well as information on the types of jobs and the schools of art and architecture.

  • What is the " MI Management in fashion and Luxury Goods "?

    The MI ” Management in Fashion and Luxury Goods ” is the first program which supplements the management lessons with design and drawing classes.  Thus the alumni acquire not only a thorough knowledge of the sector and the types of jobs, but also genuine creative expertise.  The courses take place within the Francoise Conte Workshop.

  • What is the necessary level to apply for the MS?

    BA degree or equivalent or other qualification of Level II

    This program is available to alumni qualified from a business school, an artistic branch, with a university qualification. BA or BSc equivalent or Master, or of a Bachelor of International commerce.

  • How long does it last?

    18 months:  two six-month periods of classes + one six-month period doing an internship.
    Part-time:  10 hours of classes per week (Thursday afternoon and Friday).


  • What is the necessary level to apply for a Bachelor Degree?

    To be the holder of a validated undergraduate qualification (BTS (advanced vocational certificate), DUT (two-year technical college degree), Licence II (BA degree equivalent)…)


    An exception for the bachelor degree of ” International Commerce”:  to hold a diploma Bac + 3 (3 years’ post-secondary studies) or Bac + 2 with two years of work experience.

  • Are bachelor degree course recognized by the State?

    Bachelor of ” International Commerce” led to obtaining the qualification of ” In charge of development for marketing and Import/Export Trade “, Level II

    Bachelor degrees in ” Management”, ” Human Resources ” and ” Marketing/Sales ” are accredited by the European Schools Federation Schools and are recognized throughout the European Union.

  • How long does a Bachelor degree last?

    A bachelor degree course last one year.  The courses begin in October.


  • Which are the possible jobs after taking one of the different bachelor courses?

    After the Bachelor « Marketing » :

    • Head of commercial and  marketing development
    • Head of  marketing-communication
    • Head of sales
    • Shop manager
    • Directeur d’agence
    • Department manager


    Après le Bachelor « Commerce international » :

    • Responsable import-export
    • Chef de projets internationaux
    • Acheteur international
    • Responsable marketing international
    • Chargé de projet


    Après le Bachelor « Management » :

    • Responsable de centre de profit
    • Adjoint de direction
    • Responsable administratif et financier de PME
    • Gestionnaire et manager de PME


    After a Bachelor Degree in ” Human Ressources “: 

    • Deputy Head of Human Resources
    •  Person in charge of corporate training
    • Technician in staff management
    • Deputy to Project Manager in Human Resources
    •  Responsible for recruitment for a company or a practice
  • What is an MS?

    The Ms is a training specialization lasting one to two years leading to a qualification recognized as a level Bac + 5.

  • Which is the necessary level to apply for am MS?

    One must be holder of a validated Master 1 or a Bac + 2 and three years workl experience in the prepared sector.

  • How long does an MS last?

    Two academic years with a Bac + 3.
    One academic year after a Bac + 4.

  • Is the MS recognized by the State?

    The MS ” Management and Strategy of company ” are accredited by the European Federation of the Schools.  The diploma is recognized in all the European Union.

    The MS ” Human Resources Management ” leads to obtaining the qualification ” Manager for Human Resources ” certified by the State – Level I (Bac + 5).

    The MS “E- Business Marketing Insurance Banking Finance ” is a diploma of the ISE accredited by MIIR and by the competitiveness centre Finance Innovation.

  • Are the training course open to international students?

    All the training courses are accessible to international students subject to having the level of necessary studies on entrance and to have an advanced French level.  The Collège de Paris offers courses including a preliminary refresher course in the French language.


  • How the lesson are built?

    Our courses in ” Food & Wine ” are designed with the support of the best professionals to come out from the leading Parisian stores. They associate management teaching applied to practical workshops which bring a sensory experience to the wine and gastronomy trades

  • Are the programmes open to international students?

    All the training courses are accessible to international students subject to having the level of studies necessary for admission and to having an advanced French level.  The Collège de Paris offers courses including a preliminary refresher course in French language.

  • Do the programs make it possible to come into contact with the players in the sector?

    Professional course  par excellence, the MS includes two study trips, on in the Champagne and Bordeaux region for the 2014-2015 session, an in-house training session and the creation of a personal project to be presented before experts. The MBA « Luxury Food and Wine » includes a company workshos, a professional project and a six month training period with a company in the food, wine and spirits or luxury brand sector.