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Ditch those generic, unpersonalised French classes.

SPEAK FRENCH WITH CONFIDENCE
FOR YOUR LIFE IN FRANCE

  • Learn a proven system made for learners living in francophone countries.
  • Build connections with people without relying on English.
  • Transform your French speaking ability alongside other expats.

Ditch those generic, unpersonalised French classes.

SPEAK FRENCH WITH CONFIDENCE
FOR YOUR LIFE IN FRANCE

  • Learn a proven system made for learners living in francophone countries.
  • Build connections with people without relying on English.
  • Transform your French speaking ability alongside other expats.

The doors are now ouvertes.
Starting 31st May 2021.
To apply for one of the 10 places available, book your free 30-minute assessment call with me during which we'll talk about your goals, your journey, and speak a little French.

At last, a course that actually understands why your French isn't getting better, shows you how to speak to people, and make progress whenever you open your mouth. One step at a time.

  • EEven if you don't have a lot of time.
  • EEven if you make tons of mistakes.
  • EEven if you think "I'm just not good at French."
  • EEspecially if you like my style of teaching from YouTube.

10

places / spots

8

semaines / weeks

1

nouve·au·lle toi / new you

LEARN ONE KEY SKILL AT A TIME

Here's a week-by-week overview

  • 1: Look inside and face what’s keeping you stuck 12.5% 12.5%
  • 2: Learn how to approach your French interactions for maximum progress 25% 25%
  • 3: Learn essential phrases all expat learners need to know by heart 37.5% 37.5%
  • 4: Simplify your French: Describe your way out of trouble 50% 50%
  • 5: No new theme. Consolidate weeks 1-4 62.5% 62.5%
  • 6: Simply your French 2: Verbs and expressions 75% 75%
  • 7: Set S.M.A.R.T. goals to take control of your learning 87.5% 87.5%
  • 8: Prepare for life after the course 100% 100%

Your coach: Alex Barron

Bonjour, je m'appelle Alex. I'm English but I live in Montpellier in the sunny south of France.

I made France my home in 2016 in order fulfill a personal ambition: to speak French fluently.

You and I as English-speakers in the francophone world face a unique set of challenges compared to French learners elsewhere.

You see, it takes a lot of guts to do what you and I are doing: learning French in the pressure-cooker environment of a francophone country. I don't think that gets appreciated enough in the French-learning community.

Conquering this language is more than just learning thousands of words off by heart.

It's about having the courage to make mistakes again and again.

It's about being consistent and perservering.

It's about having the right mindset that will keep you progressing when you have "one of those bad French days".

It can be draining and frustrating but also fantastic and fulfilling.

I'm here to teach you and guide you to see more of the latter, less of former, so you can speak French with confidence and keep your sanity while you're at it!

I absolutely love working closely together with one team of motivated French learners and I can't wait to meet you.

She changed her reality. Toi, tu le peux aussi.

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[Before the program] I kept taking classes and used my husband as a crutch and would rely on him at the first instance a conversation didn't go as planned.

Now if I get stuck in interactions, I am able to use tools provided over the course to handle it alone.

C'était une expérience géniale. Je recommande fortement !

Jessica J, American

Vivant au Luxembourg

ALORS, COMMENT ÇA MARCHE ?

So, how does this intensive course work?

Week-by-week, you're introduced to a new theme (see higher up). Along with fellow expats we get our heads into French mode for 60 days and give the language our full attention.

Here's a breakdown of what's involved.

ONCE per week

Speaking challenge

New lessons, homework, and a speaking challenge will be released each weekend for you to work on in your own time throughout the week.

Speaking practice w/ the group

I put you all into pairs to practice your French in this weekly bonus class. We can rotate partners or stick with it. I moderate.

Your own dedicated tutor

1 hour w/ a native French-speaking tutor of your choice.
A safe space in which to test out your new skills and get corrections.

ONCE every 2 weeks

Group coaching calls

We talk in English about mindset, habits, and positivity on these calls. Ask me your questions you can’t get answered in the group, share your wins and losses, and exchange with the group face-to-face.

ONCE every 4 weeks

1:1 Strategy Calls with me

Book a time for a 1:1 strategy call with me to evaluate how things are going and how you can continue to make the most of the activities. One of these is provided per half of the course.

All the time

Supportive community

We live these 60 days together (albeit virtually)! The online community space is always available for you to share your favourite resources and ask questions in between group calls.

Lots of bonuses

  • A copy of my guide to conversation practice success.
  • My secrets to efficient vocabulary memorisation.
  • A guide on how to type accented characters.
  • A guide on how to speak more French with your partner.
  • A lesson on how to get French speakers to speak more French to you.

Lifetime access to all course material

Keep access to all the:

  • Resources
  • Lessons
  • Replays of our group calls

Forever!

YOUR INVESTMENT

649€

LISTEN TO PATRICK’S EXPERIENCE

WHO IS IT FOR AND NOT FOR?

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Prerequisites to join the program

  • You are living in a French-speaking country (Québec if Canada).
  • You are stuck with your speaking confidence and French progress and are highly motivated to learn new skills to change that.

OR

  • You’ve plateaued and you need direction to kick start your progress.

AND

  • You have a foundation in the language. If you’re
    familiar with the official CEFR levels, you must have at least A2 knowledge.
  • You are motivated by the idea of a group-based course and imagine yourself contributing to the community side of things.
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In addition, it isn't for you if:

  • You are looking for a course to teach you the language.
  • You are only casually learning French.
  • You aren’t willing to step out of your comfort zone.
  • You don’t see the benefit in self-reflection.
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Jusqu'à 10 personnes maximum !

Only 10 spots available!

I am committed to giving you the best experience possible and so places are extremely limited (there’s only one of me!).

Therefore, I will hand select the 10 most suitable people for the program from a short Zoom call during which I will ask you a few screening questions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will the outcome of the 8 weeks be?

No two people are the same. At the start, with my help, you will set your own goal for the 8 weeks, and every action you take throughout the course will be inspired by that goal.

Whatever the goal, if you commit to the material, you WILL be more confident in your spoken French and your ability to regularly improve.

What times do I need to be available?

The course follows a do-it-yourself style as you integrate the skills you learn into your weekly life. That said, there are specific timings attached to certain aspects of the program:

  • For the video lessons, which mark the start of a new week, you are free to watch them in your own time. They are released at the same time every week. This will either be on Sundays or Mondays of each week.
  • For the Zoom calls with myself and group we will agree together before the start of the program a timeslot that suits the majority.
  • For the classes with your tutor you will be contacted by them before the start of the 8 weeks to organise your first lessons. After that you are free to plan them between the two of you and depending on both your schedules the times may change from week to week.
How much time do I need each week?

A typical week:

Roughly 3 hours per week for the essential parts, broken down as follows:

  • Watch a lesson and complete a worksheet – ~1 hr or less.
  • Your class of the week with the tutor – 1 hr.
  • French speaking practice with the group – 1 hr.

Outside of these you will be completing challenges. Often they won’t involve you finding time outside of your existing schedule. It’s more about integrating the skills in your existing routine. But the more proactive you are, the more you’ll progress.

For example, one challenge might be: make an excuse to use the essential phrase “Je n’ai pas compris.” in a meeting.

The time spent on this will vary depending on you and the challenge in question.

Then if you would like to attend the English calls every 2 weeks, that’s another 30 mins – 1 hr, and your 1:1 calls with me can be booked at your convenience and are 30 mins once every 4 weeks.

What's the price?

Only 649€

When does it start?

End of May/beginning of June 2021. The waiting list is the best place to be to hear when it’s confirmed. Go add your name now.

What type of course is it?

It’s an intensive course. New lessons are released each week that you are free to watch according to your schedule although you are expected to have completed them within a day or so of release.

So you need to be able to commit to your French for 8 weeks.

It might sound like a lot but when you do that, you’ll transform your relationship with French and get results very quickly.

The time flies by!

Is the course in French or English?

The video lessons are taught in English so that you fully understand the concepts: I do however, in my own identifiable style you have seen from me in my videos and posts, throw in plenty of French and Franglais along the way.

The lessons with your tutor are in French as much as possible, bien sûr. But they do speak English too if needed.

Our Zoom calls are in French and English. If you challenge yourself to ask me a question in French, I will challenge myself to answer you in French. Fair’s fair!

The online community area is in both languages. There are dedicated areas for conversation in either language. So you can either push yourself to practice your writing skills in French or just share a joke with the rest of the group in English after a long day of le français.

A snippet of the separation of themes in the community area.

A snippet of the separation of themes in the community area.

Does the course teach me French?

No, in a nutshell.

You should already be capable of having at least basic conversations. It’s ok, and even normal, to have more in your head that you’re currently able to say out loud.

With your tutor you are more than welcome to have them teach you specific parts of the language, but since this is a speaking-focussed program, that is what your lessons will primarily target.

If the course is the right fit for you then that means that you want to be able to use what you have learned and know that you’re constantly progressing. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve hit a plateau.

A problem many people face is that they don’t feel like they are moving forward, despite regularly working on their French.

This course shows you how to determine what’s most important in order to regularly improve, and focuses on the power of a positive, objective mindset to reduce frustration and disappointment felt on the French-learning journey.

I don't live in a francophone country. Can I sign up?

Sorry, but at this time the course is exclusively for those living in a French-speaking country. It is designed to meet the specific challenges they face being amongst the language every day.

Sign up to the mailing list to be the first to hear about any courses in the future that cater for your needs.

What level of French do I need to take part?

If you can imperfectly introduce yourself, talk about your family, use a bit of past and future tense, then that’s a great start.

You likely have learned more French than you can use.

If you get a score between A2 and B2 on this free test then you have the grammar level required.

If you want more guidance go to the last FAQ below and submit your question.

Is the course in-person or online?

100% online.

Have I not answered your question? Ask it here and I'll respond personally!

(If the video doesn’t show, change your browser, or send me an email.)

STAR CLIENT CASE STUDY: OLIVIA

Olivia is English, living and working in La Grande Motte in the south of France.

She lives with her French partner and they work in the boating and hospitality industry, taking guests on cruises on board their bosses' yacht. Everyone on board speaks French. Talk about a pressure-cooker environment!

Olivia had been in France for 5 years and had fallen out of love with French. Her reliance on English and her partner put pressure on the relationship.

She recognised that her attitude was an issue, and despite taking some classes with private teachers and having a good streak on Duolingo she was frustrated that she wasn't getting anywhere with speaking.

She resonated with the idea of my program because of its focus on mindset, structure, accountability, and the fact that I as an expat in France had walked a similar path to hers.

Listen to her experience (in French!) after just 4 weeks ⬇️.

Want results like Olivia?

What you get

Programme of events:

  • Every week a new lesson and speaking challenge to complete in the real-world.
  • Group activities:
    • Once per week: 1 hour of themed French speaking practice with Alex and the group.
    • Once per 2 weeks: 30 mins to 1 hour of group coaching/progress check-in/Q&A.
  • Once per week (from week 2): 1 hour 1:1 classes with a native tutor you choose.
  • One 30-minute 1:1 call with me per 4 weeks (2 in total).
  • 24/7 access to the community to share tips, ask questions, and more.
  • Bonus lessons and resources accessible at any time.
  • Lifetime access to the material.

649€