Yesterday, I wrote about the Centre International d’Antibes. Another language school I really like is the Accord Language School in Paris. I attended as a student to check it out and last spring, I took a group of 18 students there for a week. My biggest criticism of Accord is their testing process for new arrivals. I thought the form I was given was of limited value – all the questions were about recycling. A lot of time seemed to be lost sorting through arrivals and waiting for an oral interview with a teacher. When I brought my students, I had them take the written test in advance and sent them before we arrived, but we still lost most of the first morning.
Once the testing was out of the way, however, I was really pleased with my experience at Accord, as were my students. The teachers prepared interesting activities each day. My favorite day was when they rented a small local theatre and we prepared and performed impromptu skits. The school is on one of the main boulevards of Paris and one of Accord’s strengths is the way they incorporate the city into the program.
Today’s expression, d’un commun accord (duhn commuhn akord), means of one accord, or unanimously. My students were of one accord that their experience at Accord was a tremendously valuable learning experience.