Successful integration through language learning

Are you planning a move to France in order to settle or work there? Have you been sent by your employer on a multi-month mission? Once there you will need to adapt to local culture, customs and politics. If you wish to fit in rapidly, having a good command of the local language is key.

Successful integration through language learning

Moving to a new country implies changes and it is quite normal to wonder whether you will be able to integrate successfully.

Even though many people in France speak English, most of them interact in French with one another. Speaking the language means you will be able to make yourself understood and have interesting conversations with your colleagues and acquaintances.

The best way to gain a solid command of a language is to immerse yourself in the country by taking classes at one of our partner schools.

Voted Europe’s best agency in 2010 and 2011, ESL – Language studies abroad specialises in arranging language study trips abroad. ESL provides courses in more than 20 languages in 200 destinations on all five continents.

In order to ease your integration, we offer French courses at all levels throughout the country. If you need to develop specific language skills for your work, we also provide language courses adapted to your professional needs. Whatever the type of course you are looking for, we will find a solution to meet your objectives.

Finally, if you wish to perfect your children’s education, take advantage of our summer camps in Paris and Valbonne s/CannesCombining French classes with sports and cultural activities, they provide the ideal setting for learning a foreign language.

Find out more about the language programs offers by ESL – Séjours linguistiques online and do not hesitate to contact us for further information. We will be happy to answer your questions in English.

ESL – Language Studies Abroad (Head Office)
Grand-Rue 50 
Case postale 1204
1820 Montreux 1
Tel: +41 (0) 21 962 8880
Email : [email protected]

ESL Schools Lyon
6, quai Jules Courmont
69002 Lyon
Tel: +33 (0) 4 72 41 98 06 
Email: [email protected]


Schools to close as French teachers strike over Covid rules

Around three-quarters of French teachers plan to go on strike onThursday to protest the government's shifting rules on Covid testing for students, forcing the closure of half the country's primary schools, a union said Tuesday.

Schools to close as French teachers strike over Covid rules
Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP

The strike led by the Snuipp-FSU union, the largest among primary school teachers, comes after the latest of several changes on testing and isolation requirements for potential Covid cases announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex late Monday.

After seeing long lines of parents outside pharmacies and labs in recent days to test children in classes where a case was detected, Castex said home tests could now be used to determine if a student could return to school.

But teachers say class disruptions have become unmanageable with the spread of the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant.

“Students cannot learn properly because attendance varies wildly, and a hybrid of in-house and distance learning is impossible to put in place,” the Snuipp-FSU said, adding that absent teachers are not being replaced.

It is also demanding the government provide facemasks for staff, including the more protective FFP2 masks, and CO2 monitors to check if classrooms are sufficiently ventilated.

“Not only does the current protocol not protect students, staff or their families, it has completely disorganised schools,” the union said, claiming that classes have effectively been turned into “daycare centres.”

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has said the government is doing everything possible to avoid outright school closures that could cause havoc for parents and jeopardise learning for thousands, especially those in low-income families.

“I know there is a lot of fatigue, of anxiety… but you don’t go on strike against a virus,” Blanquer told BFM television on Tuesday.

As of Monday some 10,000 classes had been shut nationwide because of Covid cases, representing around two percent of all primary school classes, Blanquer said.