By this time of the year, most New Year’s resolutions are a distant memory – exercise more, do dry January, eat less sugar and an important one for many expats living in the region – learn French! Being able to communicate in French is not only a gateway to seamless integration but also a key to unlocking the cultural nuances and making a connection with the vibrant community of this Swiss region.
Changes to the rules means that in order to apply for or renew a Permit B or C, or to pursue naturalisation, candidates must have a certain level of French and are required to undergo the FIDE language test as part of the application process – vital for securing long-term residency or citizenship.
Isabelle Nicolas is the founder of language school Prêt à Parler (ready to talk). Having run all classes online, the school is adding a face-to-face proposition in the form of group lessons. Quite frankly some of us really need this in-person connection after the explosion of online learning from pandemic times.
I sat down with Isabelle to talk about why she thinks it’s so important to learn the language of the country you are staying in. It can be a tough and daunting experience, learning a new language later on in life but Isabelle’s goal is to help her students tackle it head on, with a joyful and determined approach.
Read on for an exciting offer for all of our readers – the chance to win a French Learning Bundle!
From Canada to Switzerland
Club de Conversation is 750 CHF per participant for 15 sessions which will run from 19 February to 18 June 2024, with a minimum of 5 participants. The total price paid per participant will decrease with each extra participant, with a maximum of 12 participants. If you would like to join the group classes you can reserve your spot here.
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