- 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.
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.
- Even if you don't have a lot of time.
- Even if you make tons of mistakes.
- Even if you think "I'm just not good at French."
- Especially if you like my style of teaching from YouTube.
places / spots
semaines / weeks
nouve·au·lle toi / new you
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.
[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 !
ALORS, COMMENT ÇA MARCHE ?
So, how does it work?
Along with fellow expats like yourself, we get our heads into French mode for 60 days and reap the rewards a new perspective on the language brings to our speaking confidence.
New lessons with homework will be delivered for you to watch and complete in your own time.
Halfway through the week hop on a Zoom call with me and the other students to ask questions, share your wins and struggles.
Your own dedicated tutor
Lessons 2x per week w/ a native French-speaking tutor.
A safe space in which to test out your new skills and get corrections.
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.
Each week you will have a challenge to accomplish and share with the group. Designed for your ability, and intended to put you outside your comfort zone.
Your numéro un cheerleaders are myself and your fellow students. An online community space is open 24/7 for you to share your highs and lows.
Lots of bonuses
- A copy of my guide to conversation practice success.
- My effective goal-setting workbook.
- A course completion certificate.
- The expat French learner’s action checklist.
- Lots more.
Lifetime access to all course material
Keep access to all the:
- Replays of our group calls
Prerequisites to join the program
- You are stuck with your speaking confidence and French progress and are highly motivated to learn new skills to change that.
- You’ve plateaued and you need direction to kick start your progress.
- You are living in a French-speaking country.
- 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 committed to helping other learners by sharing something to the community at least once a week.
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.
OLIVIASTAR CLIENT CASE STUDY:
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?
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!).
Once I open the doors, you will go through an application process, and I will select the 10 most suitable people for the program.
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 intermediate plateau?! 😉
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?
3-4 hours per week for the organised parts, broken down as follows:
- Watch a complete a lesson – ~1 hr.
- Your first class of the week with the tutor – 30 mins.
- Group coaching call – 1 hr.
- Your second class of the week with the tutor – 30 mins.
- Optional: French speaking practice with the group – 1 hr.
Outside of these you will be applying your new skills to your everyday life such as speaking to new people, studying the language, doing some homework for your tutor (if given).
The time spent on this will vary depending on you and the week in question.
When does it start?
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.
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.
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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?
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She avoided French. Now she willingly practises with anyone.
Before working with Alex, I was frustrated with myself for not focusing on French more. I was also switching to English whenever possible as it was easier.
His programme is completely tailored to your needs and how your life works. He helped me try more often and to focus more.
Now, I feel much more confident about putting myself into situations now where I will have to speak French and not automatically switching to English when the chance comes.