Actilangue was established in 1977 by Paul Ceccaldi, the Executive Director. He is responsible for all aspects of the program, and is on hand to assist and advise students.Michel Durand is the Director of Studies. The school building is located in the heart of Nice, near the Hotel Negresco. The beach and the famous Promenade des Anglais are only a two minute walk away.
The Actilangue language courses are conducted solely in French by experienced instructors. All teachers are University graduates and have post-graduate qualifications and experience in teachingFrench as a foreign language. Most also have other areas of expertise (literature, art, history, etc.). In addition to their academic credentials, teachers are selected for their ability to stimulate students in their studies of French.
LANGUAGE TEACHING METHODS
The latest direct teaching methods are applied in a friendly, relaxed atmosphereguaranteeing optimum intensity andmaximum individuality. It will help the students to develop every aspect of the language skills that they will use both insideand outside the classroom. All students use materials developed by Actilangue, including textbooks FRANÇAIS LANGUE ETRANGERE 1, 2 and 3. Materials are periodically reviewedto ensure that students have the most suitable and up-to-date books.
A special feature of the Actilangue programme is the emphasis on conversational French. Students in the intensive courses have either one or two lessons in small conversation groups. Students are grouped byage and mutual interests in addition to their knowledge of French. Being grouped by age and mutual interest means that conversations focus on topics of interest to all.
Students develop their oral fluency, converting passive knowledge into active andconfident command through a variety of exercises. Advanced students practice their French in discussions and debates.
Actilangue is registered as a private institute of higher education by the Ministry of National Education.