This era brought a prestigious clientèle to the town and hence considerably developed its architecture, elegant buildings, casinos and palaces that today form the towns’ reputation. In 1957, Biarritz welcomes its first surfers from the European continent and today has become a renowned "surfers paradise" thanks to its long sandy beaches and mild climate all year round.
Our prime objective is to work on the practice of the language using oral expression, enabling the person to rapidly communicate in everyday situations. The training follows the contents and progression of a manual (French as a foreign language) for adults, to which we add authentic material to help get a better understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the language. Our methods are above all interactive and communicative. The programs are carefully structured but sufficiently flexible to allow each person to progress according to their level and learning pace.
Our school offers the European Credit Transfer System, credits that certify the level of competence acquired in the French language. Also, all students receive our school's “certificate of attendance” indicating the level of French they have acquired at the end of their program.
We offer you courses at 6 levels, from complete beginners to advanced levels (officially defined by the Council of Europe). We teach in small groups of 10 to 12 adults maximum per class allowing individual attention and the opportunity for each person to actively participate during the lessons. Our courses duration is minimum 1 week for private and combined tuition and minimum 2 weeks for group courses. Each lesson lasts 45 minutes. Most programs can be started on any Monday, except for beginners and advanced levels.
- 20 Lessons Standard Course:
This is a general French group course that takes place entirely during the morning. Designed for all levels, starts every Monday and lasts from 2 weeks with no time limit. It also provides enough time to participate in the cultural activities organized by BLS and discover the region.
- 26 or 30 Lessons Intensive Course:
The same core program as our standard course in the morning and the 8 afternoon lessons are based on the discovery of France and the French through communicative and creative skills. 20 lessons + 6 or 10 lessons per week, from elementary to intermediate levels. Courses start every Monday and lasts minimum 2 weeks. Intensive course for those seeking to maximize the amount of French they can learn per week.
- Combined Course:
A personalized and flexible course which provides the opportunity, during the afternoon private lessons, to study a specific subject or focus on any given aspect of the French language that the person wishes to perfect (phonetics, grammar, written & oral expression). 20 lessons in a group + private lessons in the afternoon for all levels. Courses starts every Monday and lasts minimum 1 week. You can obtain both advantages of the interactivity of a group and personalized attention from the private tuition!
- Private Tuition:
Together with us, the participant will define his/her objectives to create an individual program adapted to his/her level and learning pace. This course has 10 to 30 lessons per week and it is designed for all levels. Starts every Monday and lasts minimum of 1 week. This is a extremely flexible course that caters perfectly to individual needs!
- Duo Course:
A customized, lively program for two people of the same level in French: work colleagues, friends, family members, couples. This course has 10 to 30 lessons per week for all levels and starts every Monday. This minimum 1 week course offers all the advantages of private instruction at a cost-effective price.
- Course at the Teacher's Home:
A totally different way of learning French, the person will be invited by the family to integrate their lifestyle while constantly speaking French. Consequently, the learning process is working not only during the private lessons but also during meals or participating in the family’s activities (leisure time is to be defined with the family). Its success is mostly due to its flexibility and the fact it adapts to such a wide range of people and requirements!
This course has 20, 25 or 30 lessons per week for all levels. Courses start every Monday and guarantees full immersion and an excellent way to gain an insight into the French lifestyle and culture! This is a minimum 1 week course. Prices of the accommodation for the course at the teacher's home including all meals: 35€ per day.
- Prolang: French Language course and Internship training placement:
This intensive program applies to all students who wish to improve their linguistic and cultural abilities, through a direct contact within a French company and a language course. This French language course enables the student to develop his knowledge and skills in communication, both oral and written. It consists of General French Courses at our school for a minimum of 4 weeks plus Intermediate to advanced levels and from 4 to 12 weeks of Internship training.
- Internship training placement in a French company:
Students have the potential of being placed in companies and sectors such as tourism, marketing, advertising... They are invited to integrate a French professional structure and to get involved with its daily running, to re-explore their own linguistic acquisitions and to be confronted with the realities of French companies. The internships are not paid.
A three-way agreement setting out the rules of the internal training will be signed between the Director of our school, the company and the trainee. We need to receive the enrollment form at least 2 months prior to the beginning of the internal training.
- The French & Surf program:
The French & Surf Program consists of 20 morning French lessons at our school plus 10 lessons of surf in the afternoon at "La Côte des Basques". Courses last from Monday to Friday.
This course takes place over a minimum of two weeks, with one and a half hours of training per day from Monday to Friday (only in the afternoons after the French morning class). Our aim is to introduce you or to improve your surfing technique in a unique setting. The surfing training course is organized from late March till end of October.
Our Surfing Program takes place mostly at the “Plage des Basques” which offers several types of high quality “beach breakers” but also waves more adapted to surfers at the initial learning level. We limit the lessons to 8 participants and our teacher is Pol Plantec, a highly skilled surfer who created the HASTEA surfing school, other state qualified teachers may also replace him. You will receive a training adapted to your aptitudes and objectives.
All materials are furnished by the school (wet suits or shorts, boards). Should weather conditions force us to use other beaches, the school will organize transport.
- The French & Golf Program:
The French & Golf program consists of 20 morning French lessons at our school + 10 lessons of golf in the afternoon at "Golf d'Ilbarritz". Our aim is to improve your style and technique in a unique setting. Courses last from Monday to Friday.
This course takes place over a minimum of two weeks, with two hours of golf training per day from Monday to Friday (only in the afternoons after the morning French tuition at our school). The golf training course is organized throughout the year at set dates: 3 January, 31 January, 28 February, 29 March, 25 April, 23 May, 20 June, 18 July, 16 August, 12 September, 10 October, 7 November, 5 December.
Our Golf Program takes place at the Golf of Ilbaritz, a magnificent 9 hole course situated in an exceptional setting between sea and mountain. We limit the lessons to 4 participants and our teacher is Michael Magher (ex-professional), who created and runs the “American Golf School”, another qualified teacher may also replace him. Your training program is personalized and takes into account your ability and objectives. It is aimed at people of all golfing levels.
- The French & Thallaso Program:
The French & Thalasso program consists of 20 morning French lessons at our school + 3 afternoon Thalasso sessions + 1 meal at the Sofitel Miramar Restaurant.
This course takes place over a minimum of 1 week, in the beautiful premises of Accor Thalassa Center. Thalasso is a uniquely French seaside treatment that has become one of Biarritz's classic experiences. Based on the healing benefits of the ocean, it uses a variety of saltwater, mud and seaweed treatments to clear the pores and the mind. You will leave Biarritz with your sens of wellbeing fully restrored.
- Host family accommodation in Biarritz and area: Our accommodation officer rigorously selects each of our families and spends a great deal of time matching the person to the right family, which is why we appreciate as much information as possible regarding: personality, likes and dislikes. We have host families of all ages and social backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common, their hospitality and friendliness! The host families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and all meals on weekends, with an individual, comfortable bedroom.
Generally, there are one or two students of different nationalities per family, except during the summer period when this cannot be guaranteed. Accommodation is from Sunday prior to starting date of the course until Saturday or Sunday after the end of the course. Please do not forget to send us full travel arrangements at least 2 weeks before arrival. Please note that in July and August, host family accommodation is sometimes subject to availability. Host family accommodation (breakfast & dinner on week days & all meals on weekends): 32 € per day.
Students aged 16 till 19 are hosted on a full board basis (packed lunch in the week) in twin rooms only!
Apartment renting (studio for 1 to 2 persons): from September to June, 150 € to 315 € per week or 480 € to 840 € per month. In July and August, 370 € to 680 € per week or 1050 € to 1850 € per month. Apartment for 3 to 4 persons: from September to June, 210 € to 420 € per week or 640 € to 1470 € per month. In July and August, 470 € to 780 € per week or 1580 € to 2600 € per month. Daily tax 0,5 €/person/day. The price for the sheets is from 5 to 10 €.
Accommodation sharing is an ideal compromise for those who do not wish to stay with a host family or find themselves alone in a residence-apartment. The accommodation is shared with a French person and possibly one other foreign student. Price: between 300€ and 450€ per month.
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