OLALA ! French courses in Chamonix & Provence.
lLe Petit Montagnard - Olala French courses.
747 route des Gaillands 74400 Chamonix
siret 440 890 440 RCS Annecy
Enjoy an experience
and much more...
Happy to teach - Happy to learn . Chamonix since 2008 - Mirmande since 2020
Due to the situation .. all courses are now online
Teaching a language is
a great experience.
You share much more
than a linguistic knowledge.
Françoise Rey - founder and main teacher
Facing students who come from all continents,
the teacher must go far beyond words and grammar !
You are always learning from the others. Other cultures, other ways of life, other ways of thinking. I am passionate.
After having been a journalist in Paris, a meteorite hunter in Africa, a busy mother and a managing editor in Chamonix, I returned to University in Grenoble to learn the latest and best methods of teaching French to foreigners. Proof that there is no age barrier for learning ( actually, it's the best way to stay young ! ) and proof of my enthusiasm.
After some years of exciting studies, I graduated with a Master's degree in Language Sciences specialising in French as a foreign language. I am a "corrector/ examiner" for the DELF/DALF exams of the CIEP (Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques).
I am a published author and was the creator of Le Petit Montagnard, a magazine for teenagers. I have been living in Chamonix since 1993 moving here from Paris two years after the release of her first book Crash au mont Blanc les fantômes du Malabar Princess, which demanded extensive research and brought me into close contact with the local population of Chamonix valley. Since then, she have continued to work on the identity of the valley.
A very rich and fascinating story ... made by people coming from all over the world: mountaineers, scientists, businessmen, engineers, writers, painters, moviemakers, musicians... all inspired by the highest mountain in Europe. And since 2020, she open a new space in Mirmande, in the wonderful Drôme where I was born. Mountains and hills...nature, space. Beauty and activities
Running, hiking, biking, skiing…
Françoise Rey - founder & main teacher
Warning: another french author, who is also a teacher, hasthe same name...she writes erotic novels, sorry, it is not me. If you want a proof click
Happy to teach Happy to learn
You want to improve your french, prepare a examination, meet professional requirements, or simply enhance your personal life ? Whatever your reasons are, we all know that the pleasure in learning leads to greater retention and more success for everyone…
(and pleasure and fun in learning doesn't mean infantilization of students !)
In an informal and friendly atmosphere, providing an ideal learning environment, I really care about your well-being, your progression and your enjoyment. When you arrive you will instantly feel at home.
In private lessons or very small groups, we work together as a team .
Nothing is magic : active learning and interaction are the core !
"Communication skills ", of course it's the goal !
Good communication means good structure and good structure means... grammar !
Forget the myth that French grammar is very complicate ! It depends on the way it's explained.
it's funny to meet students who "just wanted to speak" - as if it was possible to avoid grammar - discovering how interesting it is !
Courses are tailor-made, based on your specific needs and wishes
Self confidence will drive you faster to independance...
We follow the recommendations of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for languages) which describes what a learner, at each level, is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing.
Olala ! is very committed to the development of intercultural skills which are more necessary than ever in an era where everything is happening internationally.
I can prepare you for the examinations of French DALF / DELF , which open doors to studies and work in France.
I also prepare young students in the British educational system to pass their French GCSE and A level.