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  • A 30-year experience
  • Qualified and competent staff
  • Motivated mature students
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Ideal location in the city

Our history: a private school founded in 1985

After several years of teaching abroad, Isabelle and Hervé Aubert returned to France in 1985 to create CLE Tours. They wanted to create an environment ensuring students would have the most favorable conditions to achieve their goal of learning French.

They succeeded in creating a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere with their attention to each student’s specific needs. To accelerate the learning process there are never more than 7 students per class – an average of 4 during winter and 6 during summer. Each student benefits from the intimate environment which encourages specific individual growth.  CLE will quickly feel like home and create a positive working atmosphere for your needs.

Today, CLE is operated and directed by Isabelle who is assisted by Marlene. It is their goal to make sure your stay is as pleasant as possible. They oversee your registration, courses, and your accommodations in Tours (if you use accommodation options available). They are always available to help with any issues you may come across, plus Isabelle is an excellent guide for your outings and can advise you on countless activities throughout the region!

While you study a new language in a foreign country, we pledge to do everything possible to ensure your stay is comfortable, educational and entertaining.

Our teaching staff

Our courses are taught by qualified teachers, specialized in the teaching of French to foreigners. Students appreciate their competence, dynamism and enthusiasm that helps make learning a pleasure. They also value their professionalism.

You have one teacher in the morning, two from july to september and other teachers in the afternoon. They will all advise you and guide you  towards your objectives

Meet our team!

Anne-Sophie

She started at CLE in 1989. She likes culture and literature. Her fields of specialisation are French Wine and Business French.

Ludivine

She started at CLE in 2011. She likes music and comic books. Her fields of specialisation are French for Foreign Affairs and Medical French.

Gaëlle

She started at CLE in 1999. She likes history and talking about the news. Her fields of specialisation are Medical French and French for Foreign Affairs.

David

He started at CLE in 2015. He likes history and architecture. His fields of specialisation are French for Gastronomy and Tourism and Business French.

Emmanuelle

She started at CLE in 1997. She likes the cinema and biking in the region. Her fields of specialisation are French for Gastronomy and Business French.

Louise

She started at CLE in 2015. She likes talking about the news and traveling. Her fields of specialisation are French for Foreign Affairs and French for Gastronomy and Tourism.

More instructors join our team during the high season or when our permanent teachers are on holiday.

Our premises

The school overlooks a very beautiful pedestrian square. From the windows of CLE, you can admire the Charlemagne tower, an 11th and 14th century monument and the Basilica of Saint Martin. The school is located in the most picturesque and lively area of the city where you can find many restaurants and cafés with their terraces in the shade of medieval houses.

CLE occupies a magnificently renovated late 18th century building. It even has a 15th century cellar. From your classroom window, you can admire the Charlemagne tower, one of the town’s oldest monuments. You will study in one of the nine spacious, comfortable classrooms, and during the summer months you can relax on our rooftop terrace. A warm, multicultural atmosphere will encourage your participation in all aspects of the school’s life.

To complement your studies, you have free access to:

  • several libraries where you can find magazines, novels, reference books, books in basic French, self-correcting grammar and vocabulary exercises, etc.
  • a computer lab to improve your understanding of spoken French and your pronunciation,
  • a room where you can watch numerous films or documentaries about France,
  • several computer terminals so that you can access the Internet and your e-mails,
  • Internet access and wireless Internet connection.


Our certification

French as a Foreign Language Quality label

After a 2 and a half day audit in July 2015, CLE has obtained « le label qualité FLE » (French as a Foreign Language Quality certification) given by 4 ministries (the Ministry for Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

We are proud to have been awarded 3 stars, the highest rating for each of the areas covered:

  • Training, teaching
  • Teachers
  • Reception, support
  • Premises, security, facilities
  • Management

CLE is a member of the Groupement FLE, an association of French language schools that meet quality requirements based on criteria, concrete commitments and controls defined in a reference system to which the member schools of the group adhere. The Groupement FLE is the first professional organisation in France which, in 1999, established a code of ethics for member schools of French as a foreign language (F.L.E.).