Amira Language School:
Amira language school in Brussels is a large, friendly, government recognised school for adults. We're highly professional and specialised in courses for the international community in Brussels. Established in 1983, Amira is one of the most experienced language schools in the city and holds Q*For quality certification, a quality label for the school's private classes and small group lessons.
Located in Brussels on rue du Trône, in the European quarter, just by Trône metro and the bus stops in rue du Luxembourg. Free underground bicycle parking: the garage entrance is around the corner at 8 rue du Commerce. Trains from / to Gare du Luxembourg (7 mins walk) Public Car Parking at Arts-Loi and Toison d’Or (5 mins walk). Late afternoon and evening parking on the street is relatively easy around Sq de Meeûs. Some free underground car parking for current students particularly if you are registered long-term. In the area you will find: Sq de Meeûs / European Parliament / shops / cafés / restaurants /cinemas / parks…
Caring, friendly and creative with an emphasis on oral communication. The programmes are built around 12 progressive modules in accord with the common framework of levels for language teaching established by the Council of Europe. In particular, Amira has a Step by Step method which allows you to start the lessons at any moment in the year at the exact appropriate level and make consistent progress with students of a similar level in a motivated group. Amira offers small, lively groups of maximum 8 students.
Emphasis is on oral communication with culturally stimulating courses entirely in the language of study; balance between structure and spontaneous expression; range of activities from the avant-garde to the traditional.
We offer Beginners French (European Reference Level A1), Intermediate French (A2), Higher - Advanced French (B1 - B2), French Proficiency (C1 - C2), Intensive French Courses, Individual French Immersion Courses intended for one or two students, Twice Weekly French Groups, Business French, Private Lessons and In-Company Courses.
AMIRA’S FRENCH COURSES run all year round with many groups and levels in parallel. This means that you can start a programme of any duration whenever you want. From the moment of decision, you are on the way to learn French. At Amira, it is very practical and flexible. In each short group cycle you cover half a Council of Europe level.
Amira's French Group Formats:
• Each DAILY INTENSIVE group cycle is 40 hours over 3 weeks (July-August over 2 weeks). Lower levels are in the mornings, higher levels are in the afternoons. Six to seven group cycles will take around 5 months.
• Each TWICE WEEKLY EVENING group cycle of 7 weeks is 31h30m in 14 sessions of 2h15m, from 7 pm to 9.15 pm on Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays. There are 6 consecutive group cycles in a year for all levels.
• Each TWICE WEEKLY MORNING group cycle of 5 weeks is 40 hours in 10 sessions of 4 hours, from 9.30 am to 1 pm on Mondays & Thursdays or Tuesdays & Fridays. There are 7 consecutive group cycles in a year for lower levels.
• Each TWICE WEEKLY AFTERNOON group cycle of 10 weeks is 30 hours in 20 sessions of 1h30m, from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays. There are 3 consecutive group cycles in a year for higher levels.
The quality report by independent external auditors and the consequent Q*For certificate are part of the required elements for the school’s recognition by the Belgian government. Our government recognition means, among other advantages, that students working in Belgium can use government subsidised training cheques (opleidingscheques) to pay for their courses. The essential certification requirement is that at least 80% of the professional clients interviewed are satisfied with the service they received. Amira’s score is over 90%.
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Our Approach / Our Teachers:
Since 1983, Amira has helped thousands of newcomers to Brussels enter a new language world. Whatever is the language and your present knowledge, the important point is that you are here with all your vigour and motivation. At Amira, you will enjoy an exploration which is uniquely you in new words, while you acquire the clear and elegant patterns of the best speakers.
At Amira, the words ‘lively’ and ‘non-academic’ fit easily with ‘step by step’ and ‘structure’. This is the art and the science of professional language teaching. It is this skill with which we respond to your practical and educational needs, interweaving a natural approach to culture. The language opens the door to a new country. You step through, engage with the people, see their way of doing business, listen to the songs and meet the culture face on.
Our experienced and enthusiastic teachers will give you confidence as you develop your own natural feel for the new idioms. With such top teachers, super methods and in comfortable classrooms, you will be using the language all through your course. Immersions can be the most profitable experience. Teachers love them. Students have an immediate sense of progress and results. They are the best.
Students at Amira give their feedback as keywords. Here is a selection (as it came) of what people have written at the end of their courses at Amira this year:
agréable, amicale, bien organisé, outile, tranquille, prof sympa, professionnel, ambiance, familier, amical, convivial, amical, flexible, amicale, efficace, amicale, professionnel, proche, amicaux, pratique, bien dispensé, bonne ambiance, bon marché, bien enseigné, amusant, bon, amaible, intéressant, bonne ambiance, bonne atmosphere, petit groupe, bonne école, bonne école, bonne qualité des profs, challenging, intense, agréable, chouette, complete, amazing, cool, fantastique, détendu, aimable, difficult, dynamique, humaine, dynamique, organisé, préparé, efficace, efficient et pratique, efficient, amusant et tranquille, efficient, good stuff, effective, confortable, helpful, enseignement de qualité, amicale, enthousiastic teacher, school has a cosy atmosphere, environnement agréable, excellent classes, nice atmosphere, excellent teachers, excellent time for classes, flexibility, facile, relax but interesting and professionnal, agréable, intéressante, fantastic, fantastique, chouette, sympar, fast learning, friendly envronment, flexible, formidable pour les débutants, friendly, prepared, friendly atmosphere, professionnal teachers, friendly, good access, friendly, good atmosphere, good size of group, good location, good atmosphere, good teacher, good knowledge, friendly atmosphere, good teacher and teaching method, good teacher, small group, good teachers, small group, good teachers, well located, good, clean, agréable, le professeur est très gentil, la place est bien et propre, les profs sont très patientes et claires, magnifique, géniale, maria et lamia are excellent, motivating, helpful, nice atmosphere, nice size of class, organisé, amical, organisé, dynamique, petit groupe, organized, organized, approchable, organized, friendly, pas de stress, relaxed but efficient.