The secret of our French language camps in France are this: French classes in the morning, a team of experienced professional leaders on-hand 24/7, cultural or sporting activities in the afternoons, entertainment in the evenings and new friends from all around the world so that you leave with a new, broader outlook on the world.
We know through experience those attending our French summer camps also learn little life lessons.
Students are looked after from their arrival at the airport or campus reception, right up until the time they leave. In fact, the “all-inclusive” language camp includes French classes, full board, entertainment, excursions, activities as well as 24/7 security and transfers from and to the airport. In addition, in July/August, teenagers and kids can opt for a summer camp without accommodation.
Learning French in France and spending time with new friends from all cultures are positive experiences that our kids and teens rave about year after year.
That’s why our campuses accommodate 150 to 300 teens and bring together enough nationalities to offer everyone a round-the-world trip in one stay.
For 38 years the Centre International d’Antibes has been organizing language camps in the south of France and more specifically in Antibes and Juan-les-Pins.
New destinations including French summer camps in Nice, Biarritz and Paris have been regrouped under the name CIA Juniors which embodies the idea of the French village. Here, kids and teens learn to speak French in a natural, intuitive way.
8 - 17 years old
6 - 17 years old
12 - 17 years old
12 - 17 years old
12 - 17 years old
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The sandy beach and cafés of Juan-les-Pins, on the outskirts of Antibes, are a paradise for teens.
As such, this French summer camp for a select group of students offers a Premium French immersion camp for kids and teens. French classes in small groups, accommodation and a program of exclusive activities make this camp the perfect way to learn French in a prestigious environment.
A small town of 70,000 inhabitants, with a long sandy beach, 6 miles from Cannes and 7 miles from Nice.
Open from Easter to October, this original program, launched in 1985, has become the most popular immersion camp in France. In addition, summer camps in Antibes offer the option of taking the Classic, Dance and Fitness or Intensive Sailing modules.
The sophisticated city of cinema, Cannes is built along a very long sandy beach and plays host to our summer French immersion program.
This program is primarily aimed at teens aged 16-17 and allows them a certain degree of freedom during their stay. As such, with this program, autonomy and opportunities to communicate are guaranteed.
400,000 inhabitants, Nice is a typical large Mediterranean city and the capital of the French Riviera - Partner school.
In summer, teens come on language camps in Nice for a top-class program on a stylish campus. In addition, in Nice teens are exposed to the somewhat frenzied energy of the south of France, where there is always something going on.
Paris needs no introduction and teens will no doubt take home memories to last a lifetime.
Our summer language camp in Paris is a traditional summer camp on a superb campus, 6 miles from the Eiffel Tower. To top it all off, teens will be under close supervision on trips that are every school kid's dream, not to mention the unmissable and very popular Disneyland!
With 30,000 inhabitants, Biarritz is the capital of the French Basque Country and a surfers’ paradise.
Our summer French immersion program is hosted on a campus in this Atlantic setting on the French Basque coast. Students are drawn to the ocean climate, the big waves and, of course, one of Europe's best surfing spots.
Find out what our international students thought of their language stay at our school!
The French government has awarded the Centre International d’Antibes its “Qualité FLE” label in recognition of its quality. Our centers have also been awarded the Swiss label EAQUALS and subscribe to the SOUFFLE collective of quality.
To date, tens of thousands of parents have placed their trust in us and 4,000 kids and teens attend language immersion camps with us each year. Moreover, almost 40 nationalities are brought together in one place.
Everything is included from your arrival at the station, airport or Campus. As such, French courses, activities, full board, accommodation, supervision, 24/7 security and transport are all included in the stay.
Since 1985, our teaching methods have evolved with the world and technological advances. Today, language immersion for young people has become a means of promoting communication, creativity and personal autonomy.
In summer, on the Antibes campus, we wanted to create an English holiday camp, an “English village” in which kids communicate and learn English by taking classes and having a good time. This program is available for both residential and day students.
The concept of language stays for teens took hold in France in the 1970s when the craze for learning English was in full swing.
For teens of all nationalities, going to England, then Ireland provided opportunities for endless new experiences. We have all held on to lasting memories of these moments that helped to make us who we are and offered a multitude of new experiences, when we were seen as strange foreigners by our British and Irish hosts and vice versa. As for our parents, what mattered most to them was the convenience of keeping their kids busy and engaged in a safe environment whilst introducing them to the new language immersion camps during the summer vacation.
By the time French, a language studied in schools worldwide, began to be offered in the form of language camps for kids, the concept was already well established.
All that remained was to adapt it to the specificities of France. Teaching French as a foreign language became a specialism in its own right with curricula and qualifications offered by universities in France. French summer camps for foreign kids and teens became more professional with text books by major school publishers, specially produced for young learners along with the emergence of new teaching methods.
Today, French courses for kids are taught by qualified teachers.
They are experts in using a range of resources including ICT to inject fun, creativity and stimulation into the basics of any language learning and thus developing motivational teaching methods aimed at young people centered on encouraging them to want to learn.
The language camp for kids expanded its provision after developing its own specific teaching methods in France.
By incorporating cultural aspects, including an entire strand dedicated to extracurricular activities, the language camp for kids expanded its provision after developing its own specific teaching methods in France. Thus, in French language schools in France, specific recreational programs were created with sporting activities, excursions and cultural trips offering participants the opportunity to check out unmissable historic sites and tourist attractions whilst studying French in France.
Today, sport and exploring heritage are part of the experience of learning French in France and are overseen by trained leaders.
The safety of the kids is their top priority. These leaders are young French adults, often students, who to some extent play the role of big brothers and sisters to the kids as shown by the fact they are on first-name terms with them. As such, by being close at-hand and having regular chats with the teens, these supervisors help to create an “everything in French” environment before and after class which now typifies the French immersion camp in France.
French language schools in France quickly put in place a service dedicated to offering accommodation with French host families
Indeed, it is with this in mind, and to facilitate and build on this concept of immersion in the teaching plans of French schools that these host families must be able to offer good quality meals and support but must also demonstrate specific interpersonal skills when interacting with the teens. This takes the form of an ability to share and discuss and, above all, put foreign teens at ease since, although they have an interest in France and the language, they may sometimes feel intimidated since they are unfamiliar with French customs.
However, this type of accommodation requires a degree of adaptation.
This type of accommodation is not suitable for all foreign teens which is why many of them opt for accommodation on the campus itself. In their student residences, in summer French language schools offer teens the opportunity to hang out together and take part in activities in the evening overseen by leaders with close supervision. Staying on-campus also offers the opportunity for extensive interaction between teens and the various members of staff at the school: These include administrative staff, leaders and kitchen staff who, alongside the teaching team, are adults responsible for creating an environment of linguistic immersion beyond the French classes themselves.
There is a component of the language camp that offers a benefit beyond merely studying French in France and is worth highlighting:
We are talking about the formative experience for teens of traveling far from home alone, often for the first time. This departure gives rise to situations, conflicts and experiences that will help to develop their personality, as captured so well by the French saying, “les voyages forment la jeunesse” (“travel broadens the mind”) coined by enlightenment thinkers who were already well aware of the educational benefits of experiencing other cultures and other ways of seeing the world.
A French language camp should trigger a shift in mindset in teens
It should allow them to see that French classes are not just a school subject and source of good or bad grades, but a real tool for interacting with different people in a foreign land: French people in France.
Teachers will strive to facilitate this shift in mindset by taking their students out of the classroom environment. They will encourage interaction with retailers, passers-by, professionals etc. They will have prepared their students in advance by giving them the language tools required for these extracurricular interactions.
The combination of French classes and the French-speaking environment results in a shift in mindset in teens.
As such they will be able to demonstrate an ability to deal with real-world situations in daily life. As such, steered by the teacher who, rather than trying to trip them up, seeks to give them confidence, students gradually see their autonomy increase.
The stay in France will always be an interlude
In the grand scheme of things, the time spent learning French overseas will be a moment suspended in another place, where the young person will have experienced something different, challenged their assumptions, lost their bearings, will have had to make an effort to adapt to a new, international environment with young people of their own age from all around the world. They will have become more mature, learned a bit more about themselves, gained a degree of confidence and ultimately had a good time whilst perhaps making new friends for life.
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