Discover the delight of learning French with dynamic lessons that get you speaking French right away. You’ll be fully engaged in a safe and supportive environment, where you can also embrace challenges with confidence. Our interactive activities will get you speaking right away and help you achieve your French language learning goals.

French Language Lessons at ILI

At ILI, you have many options for learning French. You have the opportunity to study the French language through personalized one-on-one lessons or join small group sessions online or in-person in Northampton. If you are looking for an experience to learn French abroad, we can also help you with that! Our goal is to make your language learning journey an unforgettable adventure.

French Course Options

Private French Lessons

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Our Private French lessons online or in-person allow you to shape your learning around your busy life. You choose the times, days and topics, we’ll do the rest!

Study French Abroad

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For the ultimate French language learning experience, head to a French-speaking country! We can assist in finding a program and location to fit your needs.

Online French courses

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Our online French courses are always live and face-to-face with an ILI teacher, in very small groups, meaning you can attend from anywhere you like.

Our French Teachers

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Sabine teaching French to her level 8, upper intermediate students.

ILI’s French instructors are skilled in creating engaging and student-centered lessons, drawing inspiration from student input and objectives as well as their many years of experience.

“During a recent vacation trip to France, I had an opportunity to chat with the proprietor of a small local restaurant. After a bit he asked me, ‘I actually want to know: HOW is it that you speak French so well?’ At that point I had easy answer: ILI!”

Ted studied French in person and online at ILI

“It has been life changing for me at 62 years old to be learning French with such an exceptional teacher and loving it so much I can’t wait for the next class!”

Susan Roach Registered Nurse

Check Your French Level

Unsure of the level you are at in the language you want to learn? Don’t worry, we are here to help.

Ask Samira for an assessment in the language you are interested in. She will arrange an appropriate instructor to assess you in a 10 to 15-minute conversation, and then when you register for a course, we can place you in the class that will be best for you.

If you are a zero-level beginner, you’ll start in our Level 1 class, so no need for an assessment.

Or if you are unsure about anything…

Got a Question?

See if our frequently asked questions answer what’s on your mind…

Selected FAQs

Private tutorials can be scheduled for online or in-person at ILI in Northampton.

We do not allow this as we have found that it is disruptive to the class as they build a trusting community that enables students to take risks in learning. It’s also difficult for teachers to have students come and go.

Some of our teachers are native speakers and others have native and near native fluency.

Yes! ILI is an approved provider of Professional Development Points for Massachusetts.

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What to do next

  1. Explore our French program options and choose the one that suits you best
  2. Get a language level assessment if you need to
  3. Register for your chosen course!

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The ILI Promise

At ILI, we believe that all our actions should stem from grace and loving kindness.

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  • We operate as an equal opportunity organization.
  • We nurture relationships beyond the classroom.
  • We are committed to providing the highest quality language instruction and teacher training.
  • We promote intercultural understanding and celebrate the diversity in our local communities.
  • We work collaboratively to build and sustain the communities we serve.
  • We believe in life-changing teaching and learning.