French in Christchurch
New Zealand is widely regarded as being renowned for its natural beauty, culture, economic freedom, and high quality of life, and immigration has played an important part in achieving this reputation. One of the most populous expat groups today is the French community, who were are among the earliest of European settlers to arrive to the country: in the 19th century, they established a colony at Akaroa in the South Island, which continues to thrive today. One of the cities with the most French inhabitants today is Christchurch, with over 2,000 people claiming French origin, according to Ethnologue in 2016. Start learning the language today to take advantage of the many professional, cultural and social opportunities present in the city for bilingual speakers. Contact us today and we will design a tailor-made programme suitable to your needs and skills!
Why Study French in Christchurch
For Work: Learning French in the city will give you a competitive edge that will broaden your professional horizons. For example, you can contact the French-New Zealand Business Delegation, an institution that, in 2016, joined the French-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and launched the "NC-NZ Business Club" to help boost bilateral trade and economic exchanges. This club, which meets two to three times a year, is made up of 25 French entrepreneurs based in the city who have economic links to New Caledonia or wish to initiate exchanges in the near future. Don’t miss out on this opportunity; impress the attendees with your French skills and build long-lasting business partnerships with them! And if you are not actively job seeking but would like to study instead, you will be pleased to know that the University of Canterbury has plenty of French courses. For example, if you decide to take their BA in French studies, you will not only study the language, but also its influential culture and history, literature and even films. All these programmes require you to have at least a basic understanding of French, so contact us as soon as you make up your mind to enrol and we will help you get ready for university!
For Culture: Work aside, the French culture is also very prevalent in Christchurch. If you love film, for example, you cannot miss the annual French Film Festival, organised by the Alliance Francaise, an institution founded in 1959 with the aim of promoting cultural exchange between New Zealand and France. This festival is the second-largest one in New Zealand, and it features both classic and contemporary films of French origin in their original language every year. Say goodbye to subtitles and enjoy movies in French after taking some lessons with us at Language Trainers. Meanwhile, book lovers can test their French reading skills by joining the weekly book club, where members discover great pieces of French literature and discuss their feelings and opinions about them. Of course, all the discussions are held in French, so make sure to polish up your skills with us before attending!
For Social: You will also find plenty of opportunities in the city to make new friends using your new language skills. For example, you can join the Christchurch French Language Meetup, a group for francophiles who get together to speak in French while having a good time. Participate in their gatherings and take advantage of this great occasion to make friends while using the skills you learn in your classes with Language Trainers. Also, you can join the Alliance Francaise’s weekly gathering to play Scrabble with a group of like-minded people. Test the limits of the French vocabulary you learn in your language course to win the game!
Where to Learn French in and around Christchurch
So, why don’t you get started with French in Christchurch? It’s very easy and convenient, as we adapt all of our courses to your requirements and needs. Plus, our native-speaking instructors can come to your home or office, or a public place of your choosing. Some options where you can take your lessons around Christchurch are Portershed Specialty Cafe on Lincoln Road, C1 Espresso on High Street or the South Christchurch Library on Colombo Street.
And if you do not live in downtown Christchurch but still want to study French, reach out to us all the same. We have great instructors waiting for your call Rapaki, Lincoln, Lyttelton, Prebbleton and Merivale.
What are you waiting for? Let’s go, allons-y! And if you have studied the language before, please take our free Level Test, so we can understand your current skill ability and design a suitable programme for you!
On average, bilinguals pay differentials range between 5 to 20% more per hour than the base rate.
Bilinguals have higher educational success rates than monolingual students.
1 in 2 people speak 2 or more languages.
1-on-1 General French Course in Christchurch
Our general one-on-one courses in Christchurch will help students improve their French level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our French classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
1-on-1 Business French Course in Christchurch
Our French courses in Christchurch are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone French and email skills, as well as a level of survival French, granting them the ability to work in a country where French is the native tongue.
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French Courses in Christchurch (closed group)
Our French courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One French Course or In-Company Small Group French Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster French Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.
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