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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 came back to France in 1985 to create CLE in Tours. They wanted to ensure students would be able to study in the most favourable conditions.

That is why, to accelerate your learning, there are never more than 7 students per class, the average being 4 (during winter) to 6 (during summer). Each student benefits from a caring environment which offers much individual attention. At CLE, you will rapidly feel at home and you will benefit from a positive working atmosphere.

Today, the school is run by Isabelle, who is assisted by Marlene. Both of them make sure that your stay is as pleasant as possible. They are in charge of your registration, courses, possibly your accommodation and your stay in general. They are always available to help you and Isabelle will be a valuable guide to accompany your outings and advise you on activities in the region.

You are making the effort to come and learn our language, we do our best to make sure that you have the best possible stay.

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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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

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.).