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alpha.b Institut Linguistique

Nice, France

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French Language School alpha.b : learning French in France

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Situated in the heart of Nice, the capital of the French Riviera, alpha.b French language school has chosen a lovely mansion from the early beginning of the century. This privileged site is the right place for your French language course.

Surrounded by its own garden, where you will be able to relax at break times, the modern, well-equipped Centre (10 computers with flat screens for free Internet access, e-mail, fax, free of charge wireless access, library, amenities for handicapped…) is right next to local shops, the beaches and the Nice old town.

You can buy cold and hot drinks in our school and have lunch in one of the small restaurants or snack bars near the school for less than 10 €.

Occasionally, your lessons can take place in “Le Forum”. Additonal spacious class rooms just across the street in a lovely decorated basement.

During high season, July and August, our second summer centre is situated in the Nice Cimiez district with proximity to the Roman Arenas and the Matisse and Chagall museums.  A charming, colourful place with similar facilities in the premises of a French art school.

The story of Alpha.b. Language School began when it opened its doors in 1993, the project of its directors Anja and Pascal. From its early beginnings as a small academy, they have known how to give an energy and style to Alpha.b. which has seen it become one of the best schools for French as a foreign language around today.
Since its foundation and now with an even greater dimension of importance, the same values spur on the administrative and teaching teams: the quality of the school’s services, the success achieved in teaching French and the satisfaction of every student.


Our approach to teaching and learning French as a foreign language.

At the alpha.b Institute, we believe it’s our responsibility to ensure that our students learn French as efficiently and quickly as possible, according to their abilities. To this end, what is fundamental is the presentation of clear teaching goals that all the students can find in the institute booklet, which will be given to them upon arrival.

At alpha.b, we dwell on a sound and clearly formulated pedagogic approach, the best use of time in class, the responsibility of each student concerning his/her own learning and a close and beneficial relation to the teaching staff.

The constant aim of the alpha.b Institute is to produce a dynamic and stimulating class environment that focuses on fluency, pronunciation and accuracy in language use. This work at school must be supported and expanded by regular homework, which will help to anchor and deepen the knowledge acquired.

Quality teaching and student progress can only be achieved through a coherent programme with clear and well-defined objectives.
Hence, alpha.b adopted the system of levels described in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and became a full member of EAQUALS (European Association for Quality Language Services), an association recognized by the Council of Europe, whose aim is to promote and guarantee quality education and modern language teaching. The EAQUALS accreditation of language schools follows a strict inspection scheme to verify the quality offered. It is the guaranty that we, as an EAQUALS institution, hold a rigorous set of criteria for teaching and administration.

At alpha.b, our students are aware that we cater to their individual needs and requirements, through our personal attention and support.
Our teachers, who are all highly qualified at teaching their own language, will make sure that steady progress is achieved thanks to weekly assessments and the personal contact they establish and maintain with each student.

At alpha.b, we focus on creating a friendly, relaxed and engaging class atmosphere and we use a wide range of up-to-date material to ensure the best learning environment.

Learning about French, France and Nice Côte d'Azur : a short history

Why learning French in Nice ? Prehistoric man already had the right idea ! He found the perfect place to set up camp: the site known as Terra Amata, at the foot of Mont Boron.

400.000 years later, it’s still attracting visitors!
Towards at the 4th century B.C., the Greeks arrived by sea and settled on the « Colline du château », intending to make Nikaïa a strategic trading centre…
Twenty-four centuries later, trading is still topical!

Then, just 100 years B.C., the Romans brought their stones here – not just any old stones, either: they build a complete town on the hill of Cimiez (Cemenelum) with all they needed for the baths and entertainment (arenas, spas, shops…).

The town’s expansion roused a lot of envy : over the next six centuries, Barbarian and Saracen invasions reduced this fine community to almost nothing.

The Counts of Provence then took over the site first created by the Greeks. In the 14th century, the people of Nice grew tired of continual political squabbling, and asked to be placed under the sovereignty of the House of Savoy. That situation continued until 1860, with two interruptions: from 1691 to 1731, when the County of Nice belonged to Luis XIV, and from 1792 to 1874, when it became part of the French Republic, then of the Empire, becoming for the very first time the « Département des Alpes-Maritimes ». In 1860, the city’s population enthusiastically welcomed the Treaty of Turin, signed by Napoleon III and King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia, which stipulated that Nice would again become part of France.

From then the little township was launched on the road to rapid development. It become a fashionable holiday centre, admirable served by the brand new railway. Today, Nice is the fifth largest town in France with a population of 400.000 ; the commune has opened wide its doors, not only to art and culture, but also to industry , science and high technology.

Thanks to ambitious projects such as Acropolis, « Palais des Congrès et des Expositions », an international airport ranking second after Paris, and an unequalled hotel structure, the city of Nice now enjoys the enviable reputation of being the international capital of tourism.

Our French Language Courses

Our method, called the direct method, allows you to apply your knowledge quickly and efficiently. It is based upon:

  • Team oral exercises. Role-playing, discussions, simulations, round tables, tape recordings, practical exercises in real life situations, video, games...
  • A "digestible" approach to learning grammar, developed from the student's book (that is given to you upon your arrival) and permanently updated authentic documents ... newspapers, narration, song lyrics, TV or radio broadcasts, exercises...

Our teachers, or rather pedagogues (all of whom are French and fully qualified) that are

  • Responsible for the harmony and dynamics of the group
  • Experienced in pedagogical objectives
  • Able to motivate and encourage you.

Accreditations and quality seals

alpha.b Institut Linguistique, Nice, France

2, rue d'Angelterre, 06000 Nice, France