Weekly Group Courses

You live in the area or visit for long periods of time, Weekly Group Courses run over 5 or 10 weeks.

Key Facts

15 hour courses over 5 or 10 weeks

Great for locals or long-stayers

 Focused on speaking, listening & pronunciation skills

 Same level small groups

 Available from beginner level to advanced

Eligible for funding


Regular practice is key to language learning, that’s why we’ve designed the Avancée Weekly Courses.

Avancée Weekly Courses are designed to help students engage with the language weekly, thereby keeping regular momentum. For the rest of the week, students will be assigned homework to reinforce class time learnings. Of course, practising outside the classroom while enjoying our beautiful Vallée du Giffre is also constructive!

Weekly group Courses work just as well for local residents who work and have limited time in the week as for long stayers.

The contents vary for each course and Avancée Teachers break down the 15 hours by mixing speaking tasks with listenings, readings, pronunciation tips and writing – when requested. We keeps things fresh!

How Does it Work?
  • Year round courses
    Typically 10 week courses (90min/week) run in Spring & Autumn, 5 week courses (2x90min/week) in Summer & Winter. See the schedule.
  • Lessons to meet your needs
    The 1st lesson typically focusses on getting to know each other and fixing a common objective. The teacher then creates the course programme.
  • Varied lesson topics
    We work hard to make learning fun, that means using a wide range of subjects to study and discuss. Contents are constantly updated.
  • Small same level groups
    Each Avancée student completes a language assessment prior to the course. We ensure our students are placed in the right group so that the pace is right.
  • Avancée Weekly Courses and Training Budgets
    You may be able to finance your course via a government training scheme if you work for a French company, or run your own French registered business, including micro/auto-entrepeneurs. Find out about training budgets.
  • 310€ per person for the 15 hour course over 5 or 10 weeks.
Why choose Avancée Formation?

Avancée Formation is an established language school in the Vallée du Giffre. We believe in making learning languages approachable and enjoyable. Our team is qualified, experienced, and passionate, and we love meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Everyone at Avancée Formation has learned another language, so we understand the challenges our students face and our school’s mission is to help them overcome those challenges.

Our school is modern, bright, and centrally located for the whole Giffre Valley, we have an honesty bar for coffee and tea and car parking is available.


Na BaumgartenNa Baumgarten
16:04 09 Feb 24
Great coworking, quiet and with a very good wifi connection!
James BentleyJames Bentley
10:30 07 Feb 24
Just finished six weeks of French lessons for myself and my three kids with Avancee Formation and could not be more pleased with the professionalism, quality of instruction, and kindness of our instructor, Chloe. Avancee Formation tailored the curriculum to our specific needs, and it shows in the enthusiasm my teenagers now have for French language and culture. As a result, we have decided to return to the area in March for four more weeks of lessons!
Margot SimondMargot Simond
08:31 28 Oct 23
Very useful training with friendly and attentive people. Very good experience!
Julian ArcherJulian Archer
06:19 26 Sep 23
Very helpful all the way from applying for course funding to exam preparation. Professional & personable.
Robert StevensRobert Stevens
14:32 31 Jul 23
Great experience. Great teacher. I really enjoyed the experience and will be back!
kathryn tysonkathryn tyson
08:18 24 Jul 23
A really fun and informative course, with the lovely Elise, well-judged for our standard, and with very many stimulating exercises to make us think and chat in French. Highly recommended.
T TapperT Tapper
17:04 26 Jun 23
I had online lessons with Elise and she was fantastic. The whole experience was supportive, lively and I learnt a huge amount in only 6 short lessons. Highly recommend.
Jean-Claude BELBARBEJean-Claude BELBARBE
16:34 28 Apr 23
I am very satisfied with this training meeting perfectly to my request.Bonnie was able to understand and document herself to make the training concrete on my theme.
17:36 03 Feb 23
Many thanks to the team of Alpine French School of Samoëns for their professionalism. Good understanding of the need and courses adapted accordingly. And especially top teachers, Thank you Bonnie 🙂
Julie DanielJulie Daniel
09:22 22 Aug 22
Yet another year of French lessons through Alpine French School which teaching me new things all the time. The lessons are very well thought out and the teachers are very supportive helping you through any difficulties you encounter whilst also pushing you to keep on improving. I would highly recommend using the Alpine French School if you want to learn French from complete beginners getting to know their first words or phrases to the more advanced that just want to sound more authentic, they offer it all. Hopefully see you again for a group session at the end of the year or back again for my 1:1 lessons next year. Keep up the good work.
Ben NicholsonBen Nicholson
08:57 19 Aug 22
Highly recommended! I've benefited from both the private lessons (excellent for making good progress, tailored to specific needs) and group classes (which have been small class sizes, relaxed and fun atmosphere). Both of my teachers (Jenny and Chloe) have been fantastic - encouraging, engaged and constructive.In addition, the school has done the majority of the paperwork to enable the classes to be fully funded through a URSSAF training grant - amazing!
Veryan YoungVeryan Young
13:59 15 Aug 22
I took a long term course at the school which was covered by my Autoentrepeneur URSSAF training grant - you pay upfront and on course completion your fees get refunded. The school helped me set this up with URSSAF and also helped me sort the refund at the end. It was a fairly simple process and they are well versed with it.Onto the lessons themselves - I was lucky to have a good teacher and engaged class so I felt I progressed really well. The teacher encouraged interaction and so it felt more like a discussion than too much "chalk and talk". I also did some 1:1s which put me a little out of my comfort zone but allowed me to work on elements I specifically needed. I am now confident that I am working towards the level needed to work in French which was the aim of the sessions. Thank you Alpine French School for your lessons!
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