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Your timetable

Your course runs for 20 hours per week from Monday through Friday, which equates to 26 lessons of 45 minutes, scheduled as shown in the table below.

Regular schedule from October to June :

  9:00 – 10:30 AM
10:30 – 10:45 AM Break Break Break Break Break
10:45 – 12:15 PM
  Lunch break
1:45 – 3:00 PM  Workshop  Workshop
3:00 – 3:15 PM Break Break
3:15 – 4:30 PM  Workshop  Workshop


Summer schedule from July to September :

 9:00 – 10:45 AM
10:45 – 11:00 AM Break Break Break Break Break
11:00 – 12:45 PM
 Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:15 PM  Workshop
3:15 – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 – 4:45 PM  Workshop


Together with 20 hours of course work each week, you should study a little on your own to consolidate what you have learned in the classroom, following the recommendations of your teachers. The schedule will also allow you enough free time to relax and discover the region.

If you want to increase your formal hours of study, you could choose our combined course (+ lien), which will give you 3 additional hours per week, (1 ½ hours on two afternoons).

If you want to relax, or consolidate what you have learned in class with audios, DVDs, Internet, books, you are welcome to stay at the school until 6:00 PM, the closing time of the school, Monday to Thursday. On Friday, the school closes at 5:00 PM.

Your first day at CLE

On the day of your arrival, you receive a welcome package containing information about your studies at CLE. Then, you visit the premises and discover the equipment available to study or have fun during your spare time.

Following that, you take a 90-minute written and oral test to allow us to seriously evaluate your knowledge and place you in a small homogeneous group corresponding to your level. We take the time to discuss your expectations, motivations and interests. If you are a beginner or almost a beginner, the test lasts only a short time and we start with a first lesson.

The morning ends with a visit to the neighbourhood where we will give you advice for your daily life in Tours.

In the afternoon: choose your workshops!

From October to June, you have two workshops called “savoirs” on Tuesday afternoons with two different teachers. The purpose of these workshops is to strengthen your oral comprehension and production, your pronunciation, and to develop your knowledge of French culture or your vocabulary. 

On Thursday afternoons you choose a longer and multilevel workshop, called “découverte”. You can discover the city by tramway, street art in Tours, cheeses from France, work on phonetics, attend a grammar remediation workshop, etc. For these workshops, a small fee may be required to buy your tramway ticket or cheeses.

In summer, from July to September, mornings last longer and you only have workshops on Wednesday afternoons.