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Post by Sus » Thu 12 Nov 2015 16:51

Hi,
I was wondering whether anybody has done courses with Alfmed, either in Perpignan or Ceret and could share their experiences? I am thinking about attending a 2 or 4 week intensive but wanted to make sure it was a worthwhile investment.
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Post by Zen » Fri 13 Nov 2015 00:27

I'm planning on doing a course with them next April, 2 weeks intensive then 4 weeks conversation classes. Unfortunately though I can't answer your query until next year but would also be interested in hearing from anyone who's been.
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Post by Helen » Fri 13 Nov 2015 01:04

I did a week-long course at ALFMED in January this year and certainly don't regret it. But there were definitely plus/minus aspects. I think it really depends what you're hoping to get out of the course

The morning 3-hour teaching session in a group of four, was the best part for me. The teacher was excellent, handling our different levels - and the time with her just flew past.

The disappointment was the 'language lab' - the technology was old and temperamental and I gave up using it because of the frustration (as did the others on my course). They may well have updated the equipment since January - it certainly needed to be; but my advice would be to ask about it, in advance.

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Post by Quintus » Fri 13 Nov 2015 01:41

Hi Susanne,
I did a course in Alfmed two years ago for three months. It was ok but not what I expected for that sort of price. The organisational part was not great. Too long breaks making each lesson lasting 45 min rather than an hour. At the beginning I specifically asked for a focus on conversations but it was just a general course.

Since Alfmed, I have found a private tutor who comes to my house and also does lessons by Skype for similar sort of price like in Alfmed. I can see such a difference in my level of French and really find it a good investment and time well spent. Highly recommended.

If you want, please send me a private message and I will be happy to share my tutor contact details with you.

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Post by Sus » Wed 18 Nov 2015 16:58

Hi all,

Thanks for everyone's reply, very helpful. I am still looking at options and might combine the intensive course with conversation or private lessons.

Zen, I will probably do the course before you, so will drop you a note sometime in Feb to let you know my thoughts.

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Post by Zen » Thu 19 Nov 2015 14:04

Hi Sus, that's great thanks
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Post by Sus » Wed 01 Jun 2016 12:02

Hi,

Thanks for everyone's comments again. I wanted to share that I spoke with Alfmed and apparently the equipment in the language lab has been renewed and there is a 15min break once a day.

However, I have decided against taking a course with them as I am hoping to take the DELF/DALF exams and despite what it says on their website, they don't actually offer the prep for those examens.

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Post by Kate » Wed 01 Jun 2016 12:27

I would recommend Laura MClellan for French lessons. Very dynamic.
http://anglophone-direct.com/listing/franglais-66/

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