Intensive Courses

INTRODUCTION: KRU FRENCH COURSES

Are you tired of attending classes indefinitely in your free time to improve your French? Frustrated by a lack of improvement after spending weeks in the classroom, on Skype, or doing written exercises?

Generic language lessons can set you up for failure by:

  • not providing real-world practice scenarios
  • not emphasizing effective communication
  • not giving you enough speaking practice
  • concentrating too much on written work
  • not providing a definite timeline with clear and achievable goals.

If this sounds like the French instruction you’ve been experiencing, it’s time to try KRU.

Our courses are designed to be different. KRU is the only French program on the Riviera to combine Ph.D. experts in language learning with a method focused on active speaking and an intensive, fast-paced program schedule.

What this means for you:

  • Targeted, concrete goals and progression
  • Improvement within two to three weeks
  • Confidence in speaking French and putting yourself “out there”
  • Hearing a maximum of spoken French and speaking a maximum of French
  • Real-world usefulness of material
  • Functionality in the real world by the end of the class
  • No drop-ins – everyone begins and ends at the same time and studies the same material

Flexible options for busy professionals

We offer six courses, ranging from Beginner I (total beginner) to Intermediate III (high intermediate). Each course is two weeks (20-25 hours) long: Choose from fully online or blended (combination online and in-person). Designed for busy professionals or students, our intensive courses take place at various hours of the day, including evenings and/or Saturdays.

We also offer the option of taking a weeklong half course. See the Course Timetable section for details.

Classes are in small groups, with a maximum of 12 students per professor. They also include fun “bonuses,” such as guest speakers, excursions, or cultural activities.

Each course includes 20-25 hours of instruction. You will be expected to do a significant amount of independent learning a minimum of two weeks before the start of your course – don’t worry, we will provide everything you need to get started!

 

Don’t forget:

We’ve been there. We know what it’s like. We learned French as adults and became fluent. You can learn  French too. We understand it can be scary. Intimidating. You don’t want to make mistakes. But we also understand what’s possible. We believe in our ability to help you gain confidence and progress to new levels. And we believe in you. That’s why we offer a 100% money back guarantee.

But remember:

It’s a two-way street. You get out of any language course what you put into it. If you simply show up for an hour twice a week, go through the motions of doing some exercises, put them away and don’t think about them until the next lesson, you won’t go anywhere. There is no magic pill. Learning a language takes effort, energy, and dedication.

An intensive course is just that – intense! Our courses require a significant effort on your part, including independent study before the class, but if you’re motivated and willing to work hard, you can see concrete results in just two weeks of class time.

So ask yourself: Are you ready for the KRU challenge?

 

Online

Two weeks of two-hour sessions on weekdays only.

Various times may be proposed, from daytime to evening – check the Course Schedule to select the time that best suits you.

 
Sample online course schedule:

Monday-Friday (x2): Evening sessions from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

 

Blended

Two weeks of sessions M-Th (online) plus all day Saturday (in person). Saturday sessions include “bonus” fun cultural activities in addition to regular instruction.

 
Sample blended course schedule:

Monday-Thursday (x2): Evening sessions from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday (x2): Morning session from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and afternoon session from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

Half course

To add more flexibility, we also offer the option of taking a half course, with the choice of stopping there or taking the second half at a later date. 

Half courses correspond to one week of Mon.-Sat. sessions for blended courses and one week of Mon.-Fri. sessions for fully online courses.

KRU course series

Our course series covers six courses: Beginner I, II, and III, and Intermediate I, II, and III. Join the course that suits your level and background.

If you are not sure where to start, schedule a free evaluation with Kristen so we can place you in the course that’s right for you!

 

Premier Kru / Beginner Courses

Beginner I

This course is designed to take you from zero to basically functional (beginning A1). You will learn the basics of introductions and French cultural interactions, some of the most common verbs, and numbers to 100, and be able to present yourself and talk about your family and the office. You will be speaking French from Day 1.

Beginner II

This course builds on the basics of Beginner I and takes you to a higher level. You will learn how to conjugate all regular French verbs in the present, plus all of the most common irregular verbs, and reflexive verbs. You will be able to talk about your daily routine, professional life, and describe the physical appearance and character of people (roughly A1.1 level)

Beginner III

If would like to order in a restaurant, ask for help in the grocery store, or book a trip, this is the course for you. This course covers leisure activities, restaurants and shopping, and clothing. It introduces past tenses and less common irregular verbs (roughly A1.1-.2 level).

 

Deuxième Kru / Intermediate Courses

Intermediate I

This course builds on everything in the beginner courses and covers travel, international experiences, weather and seasons, the future tense, multiple past tenses, and various forms of politeness (roughly A1.2 level).

Intermediate II

Students in this course are learn how to speak about their personal life and relationships and their emotions. The course also covers health and wellness. The subjunctive mood is introduced (roughly A2.1 level).

Intermediate III

This course covers more in-depth topics such as arts and culture, politics, the environment, and current events. The subjunctive is reinforced and all of the principal past, present and future tenses are covered and reviewed (roughly A2.1-.2 level).

LIMITED TIME INTRODUCTORY PRICE FOR INDIVIDUALS*:

€500 full course | €350 half course 

*Normal price: €689 full course | €400 half course

COMPANIES

20% discount  (full course only, minimum six students)

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Kru Supérieur / Advanced Course

Outside of our normal course series, we offer a course for more advanced students who need to develop professional or academic proficiency in French. 

It is for clients who would like to speak more like a native (roughly B2-C1 level). It is reinforces and builds on the grammar of beginner and intermediate courses, while introducing more complex tenses such as the plus-que-parfait and introduces students to long-form and basic literary texts. It is appropriate for those who need to conduct business, write, or achieve professional-level fluency in French. 

This is course is scheduled on demand.

Summer Course Series

 
Beginner I

Fully online

June 14-25, 2021

Monday- Friday, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

Deadline to register: June 1, 2021

No minimum number of students

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Beginner II

Fully online

July 12-23, 2021

Monday- Friday, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

Deadline to register: June 28, 2021

No minimum number of students

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Beginner III

Fully online

August 9-20, 2021

Monday- Friday, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

Deadline to register: July 26, 2021

No minimum number of students

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Intermediate I

Fully online

June 14-25, 2021

Monday- Friday, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

Deadline to register: June 1, 2021

No minimum number of students

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Intermediate II

Fully online

July 12-23, 2021

Monday- Friday, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

Deadline to register: June 28, 2021

No minimum number of students

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Intermediate III

Fully online

August 9-20, 2021

Monday- Friday, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 

Deadline to register: July 26, 2021

No minimum number of students

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Previous courses

Beginner I

February 15-March 5, 2021: Monday- Friday, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Deadline to register: February 1, 2021

No minimum number of students

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Intermediate I

January 18-February 5, 2021: Monday-Friday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Deadline to register: January 4, 2021

No minimum number of students

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Intermediate I

November 30-December 18, 2020: Monday-Friday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Deadline to register: November 16, 2020

No minimum number of students

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More reasons to choose kru

A History of Success

Kristen receives consistently positive ratings from her university students and has helped them to obtain posts in their second language all over the world

Highly Qualified Teachers

Kristen has a doctorate in French language and culture instruction and a decade of experience in adult language teaching.

A Communicative Approach

KRU concentrates on speaking instead of writing and communicating ideas rather than correcting mistakes. This creates a positive learning environment that gets students speaking quickly - and many students talk about how much fun they have doing it!

Value for money

Our courses include 20-25 hours of language instruction, with sessions of 2-3 hours. Many other intensive courses propose 30-45 minute sessions and a fewer number of total lessons. In its original format as a series of university course in the United States in 2014, tuition for each course cost more than $2000.