AN increasingly popular way of learning French is to spend some time in the country on a course.
Gone are the days of splashing through puddles on the way to a night class at the local comprehensive school.
Now the way to learn French is to head off to Bordeaux or Nice and experience both the language and culture of a region.
One of the most popular ways to do this is to sign up to a course run by a language school that is able to provide a range of classes for different abilities.
For example CESA Languages provide the chance to learn French in six different towns and cities and even the opportunity to stay with a family in their home, a great way to learn a language.
Other schools such as EF Languages arrange French lessons followed by an internship with a local company in Nice, which are very popular among gap-year students and those approaching their final exams.
Naturally such a course is much more expensive that you local college, but if you are willing to make the effort you could come away with better language skills and true experience of French life.