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OISE

About

OISE is a collection of high quality international language schools. We provide intensive language training for ambitious learners in small groups of 4 people maximum or individually.
OISE language training is about coaching the individual rather than the traditional concept of teaching. The key to language acquisition is confidence: once an individual has increased their own confidence in the language, the skills of fluency and accuracy will follow naturally. Participants are immersed in an environment conducive to serious, concentrated study.

With international ambitions, OISE students share the same aims and the same commitment to learning. This efficient combination of structured learning within the school and spontaneous language acquisition outside ensures that the participants achieve their language learning goals.

Website
www.oise.com
Founded
2000

Reviews

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Charm
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I took a one-week, intensive individual course and at the end of five days, I felt that I'd already made progress in comprehension, expression and grammar. The staff were friendly, welcoming and helpful. The housing situation was not as expected, due perhaps to a misunderstanding, but otherwise, I felt the program was well worth it. I've recommended OISE to my friends and one of them who attended earlier this year was very pleased with the results. Thank you OISE!

What would you improve about this program?
I don't feel that I can comment on this, having taken only a one-week course. That one week was very useful, but not enough time to leave me with a strong sense of what could be improved.
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One
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

OISE Paris is the amazing French language school in Paris. Their well-structured lessons, clean school campus, and very welcoming / helpful teachers make everyone's stay unforgettable for sure! I highly recommend this school.

What would you improve about this program?
Possibly more options in housing could help improve the school!
Response from OISE

Our dear cool bostonian! Thank you for your comment. We are happy that your immersion experience with OISE Paris was unforgettable . We are proud that now you can parler français and we hope that you continue learning this beautiful language!
Thank you for your suggestion regarding accommodation options, we really appreciate your opinion and always trying to improve our services.
We are looking forward to welcoming you again in OISE Paris!

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Teresa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Programme was basically tailor-made for me which means that the teachers chose lecture content according to my course objective and I left feeling with a richer vocabulary and understanding of French.

What would you improve about this program?
I think the management and lecturers are conscious of the needs of the 'students' and often make suggestions
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Hilary
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I attended OISE for two weeks in a morning course that had one other student. As a language teacher myself, I can say that the instruction in this program is excellent. The professors and staff were warm and welcoming, especially as I experienced a few personal crises during my stay. Their assistance, and just KNOWING they were there to help, made all the difference. The school is in a great neighborhood and was easy for me to get to on foot from my apartment near Notre Dame. I still need to work on speaking and writing, but my listening comprehension improved a lot in just two weeks. I listen to the JT on France 2 every night now. I really hope to return to OISE in the future to keep working on my French.

What would you improve about this program?
At times, there was a tiny bit of disorganization. But the extremely pleasant and welcoming staff more than made up for that.
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Michelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Two week program early in my French learning: Lots of grammar. Built an essential foundation for my learning.

One week program 7 years later: Corrected significant problems that were a stumbling block to my confidence in public speaking.

Been to many schools. OISE Paris is the best of them.

What would you improve about this program?
Honestly, I wouldn't change anything because the approach is highly effective.

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Alumni Interviews

Alumni interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Hilary Walker Miler

Hilary Walker Miller, age 61, lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky. After graduating from Brown University (BA) and Harvard University (MA), she moved from the Northeast to Lexington. Although not intending to take on a second career, she started volunteering as an ESL teacher in 2008 and eventually found paid employment as an ESL instructor at the University of Kentucky and as an online rater for the international TOEFL test. In May, 2014, Hilary and her younger son Laurence spent three weeks in Paris where Hilary attended an intensive French language class at Institut de Français OISE Formation. One semester away from completing her MA in TESOL, Hilary needed to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to at least four semesters of college.
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Why did you decide to go abroad with your provider?

Hilary: I actually choose OISE by surfing around on the Internet. I was looking for a program that offered short (two- to three-week) intensive French classes. I had little flexibility in timing my trip, with just four weeks between spring and summer terms at the University of Kentucky. I had very specific dates when I could arrive and leave Paris but I also knew I needed to make the most of that time to improve my fluency.

Cost was also a consideration. I’ve had to pay all my educational costs for the Master’s degree through my earnings and savings. However, I had this requirement to demonstrate my foreign language proficiency hanging over my head since I entered the graduate program in 2011, and I felt that if attending this program would satisfy my advisor, it would be well worth the time and expense as compared to attending university classes at UK or some other alternative. After much back-and-forth communication with OISE, they were able to offer me a two-week morning class for the dates I needed at a fairly reasonable cost.

What did your provider do for you and what did you need to do on your own?

Hilary: OISE offered to help me find housing, but I ended up locating an apartment through Airbnb. I had made multiple trips to Paris prior to this one, so I knew the city well. Had I been on my own, I would probably have chosen a much cheaper option through OISE, but I was traveling with my 20-year old son and needed a place that would give us both privacy and room to move around, as well as a kitchen and laundry facilities.

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However, once I was in Paris, the OISE staff proved invaluable. Unfortunately, our trip seemed to be cursed with a succession of minor calamities. First, our credit card number was stolen within a day of arriving, and we ended up spending the next three weeks living off the 1200 Euros I was able to withdraw from an ATM before our credit card company canceled my number. Second, my son managed to spill a coffee maker full of water on top of my laptop, rendering the screen inoperable.Finally, we discovered that we were in an illegal sublet and when our upstairs neighbor had plumbing problems and half the plaster in our kitchen fell down, we had to deal with landlords who might have kicked us out had they had known we were renting through Airbnb.

The staff at OISE couldn’t have been kinder or more sympathetic in our various difficulties. For the most part, my son and I were able to solve our various problems successfully on our own, but it made a world of difference to know that we had “friends” at the school who could help out if needed.

Describe your program socially and academically.

Hilary: Although I was enrolled in a quattorial which was supposed to have three other students, I ended up being paired with just one other student each of the two weeks I attended class. I was enrolled in the morning course, which started about 8:30 AM and ended about 1:00 PM, at which point I was just about brain-dead. My fellow students, a fairly young German-speaking Swiss banker the first week and a very young Italian graduate student the second week, stayed on for the afternoon classes, but I went back to the apartment and had a very late lunch with my son.

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There were usually late afternoon or evening activities offered (guided trips to the Louvre or to different neighborhoods). My fellow students said these were excellent, and I know it would have been valuable for me to further practice my French, but my son was not interested in attending them and I felt I needed to spend time with him. The OISE staff understood that he had some psychological difficulties and never pressed me to attend.

As a language teacher myself, I was especially interested in how OISE conducted its classes. Working two-on-one with different professors was ideal, in my opinion. We got individual attention but having a partner lessened the strain of constant interaction in a foreign language. I was also impressed with how well-rounded the program was … in many ways, similar to the intensive English program that I work for.

As my fellow students and I were considered “advanced,” we studied challenging points of grammar such as the subjunctive and conditional tenses, read newspaper articles and discussed the topics in relation to our own experiences (for example, French political parties as compared to those in the U.S. and Italy), watched various video clips (electronic cigarettes, Yves St. Laurent, etc.) and discussed them, and spent a portion of each day preparing a PowerPoint presentation that we shared with the staff at the end of the week (with my Swiss partner, we talked about the pilgrimage to St. Jacques de Compostello, and with my Italian partner, the history and a day-tour of the Montmartre neighborhood).

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Do you think your program changed you as a person?

Hilary: At my age, I’m not expecting great changes, but it definitely helped me in my professional development as a teacher. For the first time, I could really empathize with how my students feel as they gape open-mouthed at their teacher, trying to absorb every word in a less-than-familiar language and struggling to express their teaming thoughts into coherent words.

I have taught three terms since my arrival back in the United States, and I don’t think a class has gone by when I haven’t used “… when I was in French school” to illustrate some point I was making to the students. I think it helps my students to know that I have experienced situations similar to theirs and I know it has made me more sympathetic but also a bit tougher (because I know how much effort I had to put into my schoolwork!).

The best thing about attending my program is that at the end of it, OISE issued me a detailed evaluation of my fluency that satisfied my graduate school advisor as to my degree of language proficiency. I was able to start my last semester of graduate school with the satisfaction of knowing that I no longer had the foreign-language hurdle to overcome.

Not only that, but I felt I had crossed a psychological hurdle as well … from feeling that my French was less than adequate, I now believe that I’m on the road to perfectionnement. My professors gave me more confidence in my abilities, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to continue my progress by attending OISE again in the future.

Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Mohammed Mekkaoui

Job Title
Manager
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Mohammed works at OISE Paris school as a manager and is involved in commercial and logistical management. His main goal is to ensure a good quality of service and communication in order to make sure clients are satisfied. He is happy to welcome students from all over the world, as he is also a very international person.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Two months ago, I traveled with four of my French friends to the Atlas Mountains where I grew up. We went camping and caught fish that I prepared and cooked for the group, met with locals, and were constantly in contact with nature. It was an unforgettable experience.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have been working for OISE Formation for 2 years now. I had no professional experience at all when I started working at the school. Today, I feel much more self-confident, I know much more about French culture and cultural differences between people of different nationalities.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Sam (from Ethiopia) spent two weeks with us at OISE Paris in 2016. He started from scratch, his level of French was close to 0. He could only say "oui" and "bonjour".

At the end of the first week, he was able to present in French in front of a small audience. When he was about to go back home he wrote me an email to tell me how proud he was -- he had to express himself only in French with the airport staff when he got stuck with excess baggage.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose the "Learn French and Horseriding ", program. This program offers students an intensive course in French and the opportunity to put their language skills to use while practicing equestrianism.

It is a good chance to learn, practice & have fun. I warmly recommend this program to all students who have the spirit of adventure and for those who want to try something special. Or to people who definitely want to improve their French equestrian skills.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

What makes our company unique are the many common values we share, our respect for cultural differences, teamwork, and goodwill.

One day, last summer, a young student (9 years old) was especially tired and nervous during the class. He had to leave the room one some point in order not to disturb the rest of the group. One of my staff members suggested that I take this young guy up to the top of the Tour Montparnasse just to have fun with him, to let him have a panoramic view of Paris and to calm down.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The biggest factors in being successful company are the quality of your product, having a good relationship with your customer and a deep respect for them.

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