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Your timetable

Courses are 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday. This equates to 26, 45-minute lessons per week, scheduled as shown in the table below.

 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break Break Break Break Break
11:00 – 12:45 p.m.
12:15 p.m. on Monday
 Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Along with 20 hours of weekly lessons it is highly recommended to study on your own as well. This helps consolidate and reinforce what you’ve learned in the classroom. Your courses will keep you busy, but you’ll find the schedule still allows plenty of free time to relax and discover the region.

If you want to increase your formal hours of study at CLE you can try our combined courses, which offer 3 additional hours of private tutoring each week. You’ll be enrolled in two, extra, 1.5-hour  one-on-one classes taking place after normally scheduled classes during the week.

CLE’s doors are open from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. If you feel like studying your day’s lessons in the library, computer lab or comfortable lobby, you’re free and encouraged to use any of our DVDs, books or computers for your benefit.

Your First day at CLE

On the day of your arrival, you’ll receive a “welcome package” containing information about your studies at CLE. After a short introduction to the school, you’ll visit our grounds and discover the multiple offerings available through the school for enriching your French studies or enjoying your stay in Tours.

After the tour of CLE’s campus, there will be a 90-minute written and oral test, allowing us to professionally evaluate your knowledge of the French language. During the oral portion of the exam, we take time to discuss your interests, expectations, and motivations for learning French. The results of the exam will help us determine which group and level corresponds best to your needs. If you’re inexperienced or just beginning your journey with the French language, the exam time is adjusted, and we begin the first lesson quickly after.

The morning ends with a visit of the neighborhood where we offer advice for your daily life and stay in Tours.


Afternoons at CLE: Choose Your Workshop!

On Tuesday afternoons, you have one  workshop, called “en action with a different teacher. The purpose of these weekly workshops is to strengthen your oral production and comprehension, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.

On Thursday afternoons you choose one, longer, multileveled workshop called “découverte.”  You’ll have options to discover the city by tramway, the street art of Tours, or cheeses of France. Or, for those who want to be a bit more studious, you’ll be able to work on phonetics or attend a grammar workshop. For these workshops, a small fee may be required for purchase of a tramway ticket, wines, cheeses, etc…


Life at CLE seen by Zoe

I recently attended a two-week course at the CLE in Tours and just loved my time there. There was a test on the first morning that ensured that I was placed with other students who were of a similar level. All the teachers were full of vitality and had obviously done a lot of preparation for each class. There was a mixture of written and oral work and we covered lots of different topics during the week. Although the students were all motivated to learn, you could choose whether to do the homework or not. Most importantly, the lessons were fun and we had lots of laughs in all of our lessons. Morning coffee was taken as a group which helped people to get to know each other and many of the students met up and had lunch together. In addition to the afternoon lessons and visits, there were groups that met for dinner and other social or sightseeing activities. The school had a wonderful atmosphere. Almost everyone was really enthusiastic to improve their skills and even on these social gatherings, they continued to speak in French. Being 67, I assumed that I would be the oldest person on the course, but to my surprise, there were people of all ages – all enjoying their time at the CLE. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their written or spoken French. I can understand why people return year after year!
Zoe is a student from Australia who attended CLE twice