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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.

Regular Schedule – October to June:

  9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break Break Break Break Break
10:45 – 12:15 p.m.
  Lunch break
1:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Workshop  Workshop
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break Break
3:15 – 4:30 p.m.  Workshop  Workshop


Summer Schedule – July to September:

 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break Break Break Break Break
11:00 – 12:45 p.m.
 Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Workshop
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.  Workshop


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!

From October to June you have two workshops, called “savoirs,” available each Tuesday afternoon. These are two separate 1.5-hour sessions with two seperate teachers, each with their own topic and structure. The purpose of these workshops is to strengthen your oral production and comprehension, pronunciation, vocabulary and to develop your familiarity of French culture.

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…

In summer months of July to September, morning classes last longer and you’ll have only one workshop each Wednesday afternoon.