Continuing Education

Continuing Education

You’re a job seeker, salaried employee or individual applicant and you’d like to learn French in St. Etienne?


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Whom is it for?

Men and women over 18
High school diploma (baccalaureate type) recommended
Minimum A1 level, with DELF or TECF certificate

Beginner not accepted

What is it for?

  • To enhance your written and spoken skills. The curriculum (PDF - 165Ko) is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages(CECRL).
  • To learn the ins and outs of contemporary French society.

What is it?

There are 3 options to choose from, for 12 weeks of courses

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The advantages?

Enrolling in CILEC French classes allows you to obtain the status of “Continuing Professional Education Intern”. This status is compatible with a request for the training costs to be funded by the employer or Pôle Emploi for salaried employees and job seekers.

And what’s more, our center gives you access, free of charge, to:

  • a media library open every afternoon (assistance by an archivist/teacher)
  • an activities office regularly organizing outings, cultural visits and lots of other fun things to do

How many hours?


Training periods
(out of school holidays)


Third party

Intensive courses
12 weeks
216h of french courses 

Fall semester:

Level test on 5th September 2022

Training from 12th September

to 12th December 2022


Spring semester :

Level test on 16th January 2023

Training from 23rd Janaury to

9th May 2023



Semi-intensive courses
25 weeks
180h of french courses 



Courses for «Jeunes au-pair»
12 weeks
144h of french courses 



* The training is paid by Pôle Emploi or your employer.

The CILEC is a DELF DALF exam center and offers two sessions a year (December and May).

How to enroll?

You are paying for your training yourself

Download the individual registration file 2022-2023 Spring semester (Word - 1,000Ko) and send it filed, signed and including the requested documents to cilec @ (cilec @ before:

  • 15th July 2022 for fall semester,
  • 9th December 2022 for spring semester.

A level test will be carried on the dates shown in the table above.

Methods of payment for individuals or bank transfer
Payment will be made by credit card: 30% on the day of the level test and 70% in the middle of the course. The payment schedule will be specified in the individual training contract.

Debit and withdrawal
In the event of early termination or abandonment of the course by the trainee, a letter must be sent to the Continuing Education Department, by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt. The contract is terminated according to the following financial terms and conditions:
- termination by the organisation: the training organisation will invoice the trainee on a pro rata basis for the hours completed
- termination by the trainee within one month of the start of the training course: the training organisation will invoice the trainee on a pro rata basis for the hours completed, plus a fixed sum of €60 for management costs, as well as any university registration fees in the case of registration for a diploma course
- termination due to the trainee after one month: the totality of the training fees is due to the training organisation
The trainee who invokes a case of force majeure must also notify the Continuing Education Department by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt, enclosing all useful supporting documents. If the force majeure is recognised, payment will be due in proportion to the hours of training provided until receipt of the letter.

You are requesting your employer or Pôle Emploi to finance your training

Download the FC registration form 2022-2023 Spring semester (Word - 1,069Ko) and return it completed before:

  • 8th July 2021 for fall semester,
  • 25th November 2022 for spring semester.

An online test will be sent and a date for an oral interview will be proposed to you. Then, a quote or an agreement will be sent to your employer or Pôle Emploi.

Due to the health crisis linked to the COVID-19 epidemic, on-site teaching modalities could change to online courses to ensure the safety of the teachers and students. The CILEC keeps also the possibility to close a level group if there are not enough participants.