Why Learn French?

The culture

France has a rich history and is well known for its artists, writers and musicians. One of France's major writers, Victor Hugo, created a novel called Les Misérables, for example.

It is also the country of conviviality, of national and regional cuisines, from the croque-monsieur to the tarte Tatin.

Also there are many French products well known in the whole world, such as Champagne, Bordeaux, Chablis, etc.

The geography

As you know, the Hexagone borders Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. And its coast stretches from the English Channel along the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

Moreover, France is home to some of the highest and some of the oldest mountain ranges in Europe.

With such a diversity of landscape, and therefore of climates, it is little wonder that the country has so much variety to show to its visitors.

Things to do

In every season, France offers a multitude of activities whether you like festivals, skiing, cycling, sea and lake bathing, canoeing or climbing. Have you ever played "pétanque"? Your French language will prove very useful when debating who is nearest to the "cochonnet".

Or you can just choose to relax and soak up the atmosphere on the terrasse of a café, at the campsite or on the beach.

Other parts of the world

What better way to make the most of all this than to converse with the people? French is the official language of France but also a major language in many other countries and regions such as Senegal, Quebec, Morocco, Switzerland, Tunisia or Luxembourg, to name but a few.

In many regions of the world, the inhabitants will truly appreciate your efforts to speak their language.

Learning French

Some people say French sounds romantic, intelligent or sexy. But we will let you make up your mind about this.

All we can say is that you will enjoy learning it at the Modern Language School and that you will make friends in the process.

Meet the teachers

Nina

Salut

My name is Nina, originally from Southwest Germany, not too far from the French border, where I grew up.

My qualifications

I have a degree in Education with Psychology and English from the Technical University in Darmstadt.

My experience

I have been in the United Kingdom for over a decade and have always taught Beginners and Elementary French alongside German because I simply love the French language.

When I arrived in the UK in 2006 I first worked as a German FLA (Foreign Language Assistant) in two schools in Doncaster and subsequently qualified to teach in secondary schools in 2008. But have since had two children and a career change.

So I now work as a self-employed languages tutor and spend more time with my family.

I joined the Modern Language School in autumn 2013 and really enjoy teaching and learning here.

My interests

Now I’m still studying advanced French with Dom and also Italian. This is great fun and a useful reminder of what it is like to sit on the other side of the classroom in the student’s role.

Gwen

Bonjour.

My name is Gwen Lejeune. I come from Lille in Northern France and have been living in Britain for about 20 years  now.

My qualifications

I obtained my degree in English at the University of Lille, and my Masters in French for Foreigners in Strasbourg, while doing my PGCE at Saint Martin College.

My experience

I worked as a French assistant in a secondary school in Doncaster  and I have been teaching in secondary schools mainly . I have been teaching at the Modern Language School since 2017.

My interests

What I enjoy most:  teaching, languages, holidays to visit my relatives or to travel and see new places. I also enjoy  spending time with my family and friends.

Dom

Bonjour

My name is Dom(inique) Rebout. I grew up in the beautiful Poitou-Charentes region of France and have been living in Britain for many (many) years now.

My qualifications

Then I got my degree in French literature and language, medieval French and linguistics at the University of Poitiers.

My experience

Later, I came over to Britain as an “assistante” in 2 high schools near Leeds. After that, I started working for a workers’ co-operative where I learnt a lot about business.
Twenty five years later, I decided to start teaching French to adults.
After my Post-Graduate Certificate in Education with Huddersfield University, I taught French at Kirklees College (conversation, GCSE, Business French) for 9 years.

During my last 2 years at the college, I was also an Advanced Teaching and a Learning Coach, supporting my colleagues across the Adult Education provision.

On the 4th July 2011, I created, with Vicky and Lynne, the Modern Language School.

Our school now teaches French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish to many adults in the region.

My interests

I love learning, teaching, languages, pilates, play acting, walking, cinema, eating, listening to French radio, holidays (in Britain, France and abroad) and humour.

Which Class Is For You?

Terms & Conditions

The school will not be held responsible for any loss or damage of property. The student must be responsible for their own property.

Fees must be paid in full to secure a booking. Places are offered on a first-come first-serve basis. No student will be permitted to start a course until fees have been paid in full.

Courses can only be cancelled by sending written notice to The Modern Language School. If this notice is received 14 days or more before the course is due to start, a refund of all monies paid will be made. If a student chooses to leave their course early for any reason (or cancel within 14 days of the course start date) then no refund will be made.

The Modern Language School reserves the right to modify a course if numbers are insufficient.

If The Modern Language School is obliged to cancel a course, The Modern Language School will notify students immediately, and offer an alternative course or a refund of all monies paid.

The Modern Language School shall not be liable for any loss, damage, injury, expense, delay or inconvenience suffered or incurred as a result of any circumstance outside the control of The Modern Language School. This includes lessons cancelled as a result of adverse weather conditions, or any other circumstances out of our control.

The Modern Language School liability in respect of any claims made shall not exceed the amount paid for tuition fees.

This agreement shall be governed by English Law and the parties hereto irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts in respect of any dispute or matter arising out of this agreement.