Continuing Education

Continuing Education

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

Download the brochure 2024 - 2025 (PDF - 2 642Ko)

Browse the brochure 2024 - 2025

Whom is it for?

Men and women over 18

High school diploma (baccalaureate type) is 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 is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages(CECRL) (PDF - 165 Ko).

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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what are 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:

  • An activities office regularly organizing outings, cultural visits and lots of other fun things to do

when and How much?


Training periods
(out of school holidays)


Third party

Intensive courses
12 weeks
216h of french courses 

Fall semester:

Level test on 2nd September 2024

Training from 9th September

to 6th December 2024


Spring semester :

Level test on 20th January 2025

Training from 27th Janaury to

9th May 2025



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).

Dedication and abandonment

In case of early termination or abandonment of training by the trainee, a letter must be sent to the Continuing Education Service, by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt.

The contract is terminated on the following financial terms:

- break-up of the organisation: the training organisation will charge the trainee in proportion to the time worked.

- termination by the trainee within one month of the start of the training: the training organisation will invoice the trainee on the prorara temporis of the hours worked plus a lump sum of 60€ of management fees.

- termination by the trainee after one month: all training costs are due to the training organisation.

The trainee who invokes a case of force majeure must also report it to the Continuing Training Service by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt, enclosing all relevant supporting documents. If force majeure is recognized, the payment will be due in proportion to the training hours provided up to the date of receipt of the letter.

How to enroll?

You are paying for your training yourself

Download the individual registration file 2024 - 2025 Autumn semester (Word - 2 044 Ko) and send it filed, signed and including the requested documents to cilec @ (cilec @ before 5th July 2024 for Autumn 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.


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

Download the Continuing Education Funding (FC) registration form 2024 - 2025 Autumn semester (Word - 2 028 Ko) and return it completed before 28th June 2024 for Autumn 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.