Best French COurses in Brisbane
Starting a brand-new hobby, or returning to a long-dormant one, can be a really exciting time. You’re motivated, you’re keen to start and now there’s just one thing standing in your way: where to find the best French course in Brisbane?
Of course, ‘best French course’ means different things to different people. Do you mean the most convenient, the cheapest, the most effective or the most fun? Perhaps you have another idea entirely of what ‘best’ means.
Here below, just a few things to consider when choosing the best French course for you:
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Ask around. If you’re keen to learn French, you likely have friends or colleagues who are already learning. They are your best sources of information.
Bouche-à-oreille* is a time-honoured and extremely effective way of finding out valuable information. Just be sure that the colleague or friend you ask has a similar idea of what ‘best French course’ means, otherwise you could be talking at cross purposes. Simply ask them what they appreciate the most about their French school and you’ll be well on your way to knowing if you share similar ideas.
Be sure to ask them too whether the school offers the opportunity to make up for missed classes. Life is busy and even with the best intentions it is likely you’ll miss a class here or there, so the opportunity to attend a class of the same or a similar level is a real bonus.
There are many individuals, organisations and businesses that offer French courses in Brisbane, so you’ll find you have quite a choice available to you. Bear in mind that price is not always an indicator of quality, although sometimes the ‘too-good-to-be-true’ maxim can apply.
For example, you may find someone advertising private French lessons at extremely low prices on a social media site, for example. They may be a great teacher, and you may strike up a really good rapport, but just bear in mind they may not be in the country for long, and soon enough you’ll find yourself looking for a new tutor. This can be disappointing as well as time consuming, and worst, it could mean your lessons go out the window when the search proves too difficult.
If you’re after a short-term solution (perhaps you’re preparing for an imminent trip) these tutors can be just the ticket. But if you’re serious about your French, perhaps look for a more established business.
Much like going to a therapist, the relationship between you and your teacher is often more of a determining factor of success than the actual material being taught. That’s not to say you shouldn’t look for a course with a clear plan and a logical progression, you definitely should, but make sure you actually like your tutor and enjoy being taught by him or her as this will play an important role in your desire to continue your classes.
If you don’t quite take to your first teacher, but enjoy the school, speak to the manager. They are experienced, and will know that not all personality types ‘gel’. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater as the saying goes. Make sure there’s not the perfect tutor for you at that business before you try another. Again, it will save you time and will reduce the risk of you giving up on your new hobby.
She has been teaching French at Lingua Franca for seven years!
Deborah teaches both group and private French lessons here at Lingua Franca. Listen to her talk about her experience as a French teacher, and what she thinks is the best environment to learn in.
Private or Group lessons?
Not sure about which approach to take? Read our advice on group versus private lessons to learn more about how to make the most out of your French course.
A phone call away
Of course the very best way to know if a school or organisation is for you is to give it a trial run. Email to ask for information and see if they respond in a timely manner and with the information your requested. It’s always a good idea to pick up the phone and give them a call with any further questions you may have. Not only will you receive quick answers to your questions, but you’ll be able to get an idea of the ‘feel’ of the school, too.
Even better is to be able to try out the school before committing to a course or lessons. Some schools do offer this, and here at Lingua Franca we offer them on a quarterly basis.
Watch the video to get a feel for what our lessons are like.
What is Lingua Franca?
We’ve created a warm and convivial atmosphere so you can learn in a relaxed, engaged way. Keeping the classes small helps, too.
Classes are held at our 'nid' (nest) in Newstead and you can choose from day or evening classes.
Watch the video to find out more about Lingua Franca and how we can help you on your way to learning French.