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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FRENCH IMMERSION

  1. What kind of progress can I expect to make at Dialogue ?

  2. How many people will there be in my group at Dialogue ?

  3. Private lessons and ultra-rapid progress sound perfect, but this must be expensive ?

  4. Group study must be more interesting and motivating than private lessons ?

  5. What I need most is to understand better what other people are saying. Can you help me to rapidly improve my listening comprehension ?

  6. How can you summarize the ways in which Dialogue is truly different ?

  7. You have mentioned a natural approach. What do you mean by that ?

  8. All language schools talk about the benefits of total French immersion. How does Dialogue view this ?

  9. When can I start a course at Dialogue ?

  10. What length of stay and what programme would you recommend ?

  11. I am a beginner. However, I need to learn a language for business or professional reasons. Do your programmes suit me ?

  12. I am an advanced-level speaker and I am having trouble finding training at a high-enough level. Do your programmes suit me ?

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Q.--- What kind of progress can I expect to make at Dialogue French immersion ?

A.--- Our students tell us that they make as much progress at Dialogue in two weeks as they would have made in four full semesters at university. However, we would prefer to be modest about this: We guarantee twice the rate of progress as in other schools that specialize in intensive French courses. Dialogue is particularly suitable for people who have little time to spend on French study and who are looking for a highly efficient language training programme. You will receive a report at the end of your stay that evaluates your progress and recommend strategies for consolidating your progress after your stay.

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Q.--- How many people will there be in my group at Dialogue ?

A.--- Just one. You, and no one else. The core of Dialogue's philosophy is total personalization. Unlike in other schools, you will not be expected to adapt to a general and impersonal teaching method. Instead, we will adapt to the way you learn best. As in other schools, you will make progress in general language and communication skills. However, you will also focus on and achieve your own communication objectives. Every moment of instruction at Dialogue is 'a la Carte', designed according to your learning style, and the specialized vocabulary or subject matter you need to know in French. If you need to, you can solely work with the material that you bring with you.

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Q.--- Private lessons and ultra-rapid progress sound perfect, but this must be expensive ?

A.--- Our prices are competitive and similar to those charged by other top quality language schools. However, there is a difference : most other schools will put you into a small group of 4 or 5 people with a big surcharge for private lessons. The groups are even larger outside of lessons (mealtimes and breaks). Dialogue is strictly one-to-one, and we only accept a limited number of participants per week to ensure personalization also outside the lessons. Therefore, for the same investment of money and time, you can obtain at least twice the results you could obtain elsewhere. 

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Q.--- Group study must be more interesting and motivating than private lessons ?

A.--- Yes and no. At Dialogue, you'll have all the advantages of a group with none of the inconveniences. It's always pleasant to be in good company of course. During breaks, meals, the evening hours, our students appreciate their opportunities to interact with one another. But during lessons, the presence of others is usually an obstacle rather than an advantage. Others will rarely share your objectives, your style, your level, your reactions, your needs. In groups, the slower student can be maddening, and the faster one can be just as maddening. Group training is, more often than not, group plodding. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In a group, it's easy to become confused and disoriented by the mistakes others make. It's just as easy to become apprehensive about making mistakes in front of others. In language learning, group dynamics aren't always beneficial.

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Q.--- What I need most is to understand better what other people are saying. Can you help me to rapidly improve my listening comprehension ?

A.--- Yes, we certainly can. It is difficult to communicate if you can hardly understand what other people are saying. To achieve quick, tangible results in this area, we have developed a unique method to rapidly improve your French listening comprehension. Your ear, despite every effort on your part, does not naturally hear all the sounds of the French language. If you cannot even hear the sounds in the first place, you cannot be expected to reproduce them. The fact is that you have already had a lifetime of ear training in your own language that affects your ability to hear in the French language. We can open your ears to the sounds of French in just one week. Your open ears can once again have the child's ability to distinguish between words such as, le vin, le vent, and levons, that may sound identical to your ears, but that have obvious differences to the trained ear or to the native speaker.

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Q.--- How can you summarize the ways in which Dialogue is truly different ?

A.--- Most schools attempt to instill linguistic confidence in their students. This is an admirable goal. However, it is just not enough if you need to learn the true 'ins and outs' of the French language. Every Dialogue session simultaneously works on four essential goals: Developing listening comprehension and pronunciation skills (the listening threshold), learning to speak without making mistakes (the linguistic threshold), practicing appropriate means of expression (the cultural threshold), and finally, gaining pleasure in speaking the target language (the psychological threshold).

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Q.--- You've mentioned a natural approach. What do you mean by that ?

A.--- The Greek philosopher Socrates said that hidden inside every human is a philosopher. We, at Dialogue, believe that virtually everyone has the resources to be a master of 'multiple' languages. We follow the Socratic Method of eliciting our students’ unconscious knowledge and latent skills, and correcting mistakes through a natural and communicative system of dialogue building. The European Commission is very interested in our de-schooling approach. Our students do not attend a ‘school’ or have ‘lessons’ with a ‘teacher’. Instead, they join a ‘family’, and participate in a ‘learning experience’ with their personal ‘coach’.

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Q.--- All language schools talk about the benefits of total French immersion. How does Dialogue view this ? ?

A.--- Total immersion sounds great, but the question remains, total immersion in what ? Hearing French for a week instead of your own is a fine idea, but true immersion, the Dialogue way, is so much more. To ensure true immersion, Dialogue accepts only a handful of participants (our term of choice) each week, who immediately become part of the family, all in the French environment. At meals, during breaks, after dinner, native speakers always predominate at Dialogue. At many other schools the ratio is just the reverse, with a single instructor for up to ten students. Dialogue dinner-table conversation is the real thing, not student or tourist talk. On weekends, participants aren't left to their own devices; Dialogue people are always there to show them around and to satisfy their curiosity as tourists.

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Q.--- When can I start a course at Dialogue ?

A.--- Whenever you wish. Whether you are a beginner or almost bilingual, you can begin on any day of the week, and for as many days or weeks as you wish. You can give yourself a break during weekends or work through them.

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Q.--- What length of stay and what programme would you recommend ?

A.--- It all depends on your objectives and the length of time you have at your disposal. The best way is to contact us to discuss your needs. Our advice is free and without any obligation on your part. In any case, you will achieve your objectives more easily and rapidly than you can imagine at Dialogue.

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Q.--- I am a beginner. However, I need to learn a language for business or professional reasons. Do your programmes suit me ?

A.--- Absolutely. Whatever your level is, our personalized method enables us to start working on your target professional vocabulary from the first session.

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Q.--- I am an advanced-level speaker and I am having trouble finding training at a high-enough level. Do your programmes suit me ?

A.--- Dialogue trainers recognize the special needs of very advanced language students. They know how to structure advanced training so that the advanced student makes just as much progress as students at any other level.

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