Practical information

Organization

  • The Department of Français Langue Étrangère (French as a Foreign Language) offers three teaching terms each year:
      from 8 January to 29 March 2018 2,253.- Swiss francs
from 16 April to 22 June 2018 2,055.50​ Swiss francs

NB - the course price varies according to the number of weeks per course

  • The curriculum is based on 18 to 22 45-minute periods of intensive teaching per week, between 8.15 AM and 3.15 PM, Monday to Friday.
  • Each class consists of approximately fifteen students, led by two teachers, which correspond to levels A1 to B2 in the Common European Framework of Languages.
  • Integration modules of two weekly periods (writing, pronunciation, Swiss institutions, the world of work) are also offered as part of the course. These emphasize the links with society and the difficulties encountered by non-francophones.
  • Preparation for the DELF examination (Diplôme d'Etude en Langue Française) is part of the French courses. FLE students will be given preferential rates* for early registration. Detailed information can be found at www.delfdalf.ch where free online tests will determine the appropriate level (A2, B1 or B2).

Teaching, surroundings and integration

  • The courses aim to develop everyday spoken and written French.
  • Spoken language is very important, especially for beginners, so particular attention is given to pronunciation.
  • Priority is given to learning through immersion and communication.
  • The study of grammar and spelling is considered essential.
  • Vocabulary enrichment is a constant goal, developed systematically as well as contextually through texts dealing with current affairs issues.
  • Frequent essay writing practice allows students to put into context what they have learnt.
  • Students are also introduced to certain aspects of Francophone culture and civilization.
  • A multi-media language laboratory strengthens and personalizes learning.
  • A multi-media library is available to students, to borrow books, magazines and other information media. Computers are also available for school tasks.
  • Indoor and outdoor sports give students an opportunity to discover the countryside and typical activities in the area. These, together with the cultural outings that are offered as part of the course, allow for further contact.

Certificates and International diplomas

  • Each term ends with an internal examination. Students will receive a certificate of attendance as well as a report card with their results. 
  • The Lycée Jean-Piaget is an authorized centre for the DELF and DALF exams. The preparation, training and testing of these international exams can thus be done on site.

Admission requirements

  • Courses are open to students of all foreign languages, aged 17 and above.
  • They are aimed at students of all levels, from complete beginners to advanced. An entrance test will be given on the first day to determine the level and thus place the student in the correct course. The test consists of listening and reading comprehension as well as writing.

Registration, confirmation, payment and cancellation

  • There are two registration options. Download and print the ANG_Enrolment Form.pdf and either send directly to the Lycée Jean-Piaget office or email to secretariat.LJP@rpn.ch 
  • Registration is binding and payment validates registration.
  • Registrations will be processed in the order received. Space is limited.
  • An invitation to the course as well as the invoice will be sent out several days after receipt of registration.
  • Payment may be made by means of the payment slip attached to the invoice or via ebanking Coordonnées bancaires.pdf 
  • In case of cancellation prior to the start of the course, the Lycée Jean-Piaget reserves the right to charge a CHF 100.- cancellation fee.

General conditions 

  • No refunds will be given once the course has started. The full amount will be due.
  • Irregular course attendance may result in the student’s expulsion without refund.
  • Please note that the Lycée Jean-Piaget does not provide its students with health and accident insurance. In accordance with Swiss law, students must be insured individually against such risks. Consequently, concluding health and accident insurance is the student’s (or their legal guardian’s) responsibility

Boarding houses and rooms

A regularly updated list of families for boarding as well as other student housing student housing is availablePensions 2017.pdf to help students find accommodation. This list includes only boarding houses that agree to their contact details being shown on the Lycée Jean-Piaget website.

 

* Price for DELF certification

Type of certification Public price Preferential price FLE
A2​CHF 230.-​CHF 170.-
​B1​CHF 280.-CHF 200.-
​B2​CHF 370.-CHF 270.-