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Say "au revoir" to the frustration and despair of the intermediate plateau and speak French with confidence with the best community on the Internet.

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La question :

How do you bring back the fun of regular wins, smash through the exhausting intermediate plateau, and feel like a fully grown person in French?

La solution :

Join forces with others learning French at your level, led by someone who’s been in your shoes!

Are you somewhere in the intermediate stage?

Use the following broad indicators to self-evaluate whether or not you’re at the right stage for the community!

If you’re still not sure afterwards, then apply anyway (it’s free) and I’ll be able to tell you on a call together.

Do you feel like your French progress has stalled?

Welcome to the challenge of getting really good at French…

Here’s the secret: all intermediate French speakers feel their progress slowing down.

The words you need aren’t in the textbooks…​

You feel frustrated, inadequate, and guilty for not working harder.

But I know you can do this. Because I’ve done it. And I’ve shown plenty of my students how to do it, too.

And I’m going to introduce you to an incredible community who will help you smash through those limiting beliefs.
Tu veux progresser, non ? Alors…

My biggest secret to improving your French:
seeking perfection is not the answer

The truth about le plateau intermédiaire is that only real-life practice, alongside a practical, pragmatic and goal-oriented study approach, will get your progress back on track.

You need new tricks, new tools, and new speaking partners…


The Confident French Speaker Community

Being in the CFSC means 12-month membership and includes:

3 step-by-step modules:

Module 1: Mindset Mastery

You’re struggling with confidence and feel like your French is stagnating. This module will teach you to understand what’s keeping you stuck and how to approach the challenge of overcoming the intermediate plateau.

Module 2: Speak with Confidence

When your mindset is set up for success, the speaking techniques in this module will propel your speaking ability towards new heights whether you’re on the your own, with one person, or many people.

Module 3: Rock that Routine

Now it’s time to put it all together regularly and repeatedly in order to build on all that momentum and, like a rockstar, rock your way to ultimate speaking confidence.


12 months in the best French community for intermediates

Just some of the benefits cited by our members:

Great to connect with others on the same journey, accountability for staying motivated, daily activities for your French, student-led speaking activities, and much more.


Small group conversation classes every 2 weeks

Every 2 weeks you get the chance to participate in a 60-75 minute group conversation class for extra, guided speaking practice. Get corrections, connect with your new friends, and test yourself in a safe space. A maximum of 8 people ensures everyone gets enough attention from Alex. Choose a time-slot that suits you.

PLUS an Exclusive Free bonus if you sign up now

3 LIVE monthly group coaching calls (value: 480€)

To accompany your progress through each module, Alex will be hosting 3 group coaching calls as part of the CFSC. Get your questions answered and connect with your fellow members on a deeper level as these sessions will be hosted in English.

Ça fonctionne ! But don't just take my word for it:


The CFSC is led by a native English speaker who took his own French to the next level (just like you will…)

Qui est Alex ?

I’m a French language coach, YouTube video creator and native-English speaker with a passion for helping intermediate French-learners up their game.

I learned to speak fluent French as an adult (i.e. I’ve been where you are!)

Pourquoi créer la CFSC ?

I know first-hand what it’s like to feel like your French progress is slowing down in the intermediate stage…

New level, new devil, as the saying goes.

Or, to put it another way, your style of learning, as well as how you track and notice your own progress, has to change if you want to stay motivated. And to keep learning, motivation is key!

I wanted to offer my 3-pillared  approach to getting through the intermediate plateau to a dedicated group of French learners, in a new kind of setting.

I’ve learned through teaching hundreds of driven students that nothing beats time with other committed French learners to turbo-charge your progress.

Frankly, I wish I had this when I was at a lower level!

Photo of Alex smiling at a café with a French flag pin on his shirt.

“Motivation comes and goes and as a result progress can stop for weeks or months. With daily support and guidance, you can consistently move forward month after month.”

Alex Barron Founder, Head Coach, and French Learner


Places are limited
  • 12 months membership
  • No payment until after application call
  • Pay up front or spread payments over 2, or 4 months.
  • 30-day money back guarantee

Cost Comparison

Learning French can be expensive. But choosing the wrong path and wasting time costs far more.

  • Language School 7,000€+ per year
  • Private Lessons 2,600 - 4680€ per year
  • The CFSC is just: 2,36€ per day

New Pay-In-Installments Option Added

Spread payment over 2 or 4 months. Membership for 1 year. Ask about it on your application call.

30-day Money Back Guarantee

We believe that you will absolutely get results from being a member and applying all the techniques in the course.
The truest way to get a sense of whether or not the CFSC is the right program for you is to try it out. If you're not satisfied for any reason in the first 30 days, we'll refund you 100%, no questions asked. (Ok, we may ask you why just so we can continue to improve things in the future, but you can still get your money back.)

CFSC membership brings you…

A proven framework for turning frustration and fear into confidence

Community support from other learners at your level

Regular conversation opportunities in groups and one-to-one

Accountability from having a schedule to adhere to

📙 The lessons will help you improve:

  • Your speaking skills so you can hop from topic to topic without fear or embarrassment, using a few key phrases and a fresh attitude to learning. (You can join in, even when you don’t have the vocabulary you think you need)
  • Your study success so you’re making the most of the time you put in to learning and improving your French, and tracking your intermediate progress (hint: it looks very different to beginner progress and requires a completely different approach)
  • Your attitudevia the mental hacks every linguist needs to know to keep making progress.
    I explain how to fine-tune your approach for maximum results, because confidence and self-belief is the key to seeing progress at the intermediate stage.
  • Your grammar, so you can get to grips with the slippery technicalities of where to put le, lui, leur, y, en etc in sentences, the subjunctive, the major past tenses, relative pronouns que, qui, dont, lequel…

🔑 The community will be where:

  • You’ll connect with highly-driven intermediate French learners of different ages and from different countries who share your challenges. Available 24/7.
  • You’ll reinforce what you learn by sharing your reflections, wins, experiences, and test your language skills in written and spoken form.
  • You’ll get access to regular (every 2 weeks) Zoom calls to practise in real time, reinforce vocab and grammar, and socialise in French.
  • You’ll be able to ask Alex questions and take part in exercises designed to keep everyone speaking and progressing.
  • You’ll get confidence boosts whenever you share something positive or negative, because our members are amazing!

En bref. In short.

As a Franco-PHONE member you get:


🗣 Speak better / Mieux parler

Practical, pragmatic tips for improving your spoken French.

📚 Study better / Mieux apprendre

🤩 Gain self-belief / Gagner confiance en toi

Alors, ready to join the Confident French Speaker Community?

The first step is a free, relaxed chat to assess your suitability for the course.

Here's what my students have to say:

Learn real French, not textbook French

"I don’t want to learn textbook French, I want to learn to speak the language French people actually speak. The whole point is to talk to people! And that’s what Alex is teaching.
He got me to use new language in a way that was personal to me, and that meant I was using the French I needed, to talk about my own life."

Group learning = maximum results…

"Having a one-hour conversation with other people speaking French at my level has seriously helped with my confidence."
Alim Bolar
"I love having a group to practise French with, but with the ability to bust out the English when necessary and say, I just can't seem to get this, can anyone help? And then sure enough, somebody else has thought of it in a different way, and something will click. That's why I love the group chat…

Also, Alex sets fantastic exercises on the live calls, and crowdsources the answers. You get everyone’s different thoughts, different ways of approaching the answers, and it helps so much with my learning. "
Claudine Dugan

…from a teacher-coach who remembers what it’s like to learn

"Alex remembers the hurdles for a native English-speaker learning French."
Vicky Popa
"Alex has patience, he doesn’t push, but he lets you think about it - even when I’m making big mistakes, he doesn’t make me feel stupid. And it helps that I can revert to English when I need to."
John Welsh
“He's very insightful. He is able to grasp what is confusing me and untangle it really quickly.”
Julie Plumbley
"When Alex is teaching he can tell why I’ve made a mistake, and where that mistake came from - so he addresses the English-speaking root of my mistake. I’ve never had a French teacher understand where I’m going wrong so well."
Franklin VanVolkinburg

D'accord, but is it the right thing pour moi ?

The CFSC is for you if:

But maybe not if:


Classes occur between 9 am and 12 pm and between 4 pm and 7 pm (France time), Monday to Friday. Exact times depend on the day of the week and times are subject to change from one week to the next.

Every 2 weeks a new round of classes is announced and you are invited to book a spot in one of them. You don’t have to attend the same one every time.

Pas de soucis ! All calls are recorded and you will have access to the replays for as long as you are a member.

Every 2 weeks a new round of classes is announced and you are invited to book a spot in one of them. You don’t have to attend the same one every time.

If you’ve read everything above and you’re not sure, then hit the apply button anyway and come and meet me. I will tell you if the course is the right level for you.

You need to resonate with the problems and goals mentioned on this page and, ultimately, you need a minimum level of speaking and comprehension for the conversation classes to be of any benefit to you.

Once the course starts we recommend you follow each section, 1 week at a time. So, you would finish the material in 12 weeks.

However, you are free to go through each module as fast or as slow as you like.

In total you have 12 months access to everything.

French takes much repetition and reinforcement, and so you will likely go back and review lessons more than once.

The community is here to support you every steps of the way.

Yes, all members will be highly encouraged to follow the 12-week step-by-step curriculum. There are 3 modules (see higher up the page) and members will get access to each module one at a time.

Each week you will have one or more lesson to watch with an exercise to complete. Each builds on top of the last.

Each person defines what “improve” means to them.

In this course, we try to primarily “improve” our practical speaking skills and confidence.

Members find that by speaking to each in French, with or without guidance from Alex, they connect and feel understood on a deeper level than if they spoke with a native.

By speaking with other learners you can also exorcise key skills such as figuring out how to deal with potentially awkward situations like not understanding or getting stuck on a word. Both of which are common with natives but with more pressure!

Finally, our speaking classes are just a good activity to supplement the other speaking activities that you will develop during the program. So, you’ll have a nice mix of speaking partners, natives of French and English!

No problem! Apart from the group conversation calls every 2 weeks, module 2 gives you a variety of ways to find and stick to extra speaking practice.
Also: the Confidence French Speaker Community is an excellent way to connect with other intermediate speakers at your level, who will make ideal speaking practice partners. Extra-curricular practice is highly encouraged!

Your membership gives you access to a whole group of other French-speakers helping each other (i.e. offering corrections, and answering questions) in a constructive way, which is highly encouraged.

If you’re looking for feedback from me, Alex, there are three ways:

  • Via the community discussions areas: I’ll be an active member of the group and participate in answering questions and offering help every day. While I can’t guarantee I’ll answer every single question, my students are well aware that I drop into the conversation on Discord most days and will always try to help members of CFSC when they’re stuck on something
  • Via the group classes: questions, chat, thoughts and feedback from me will be on offer for everyone who attends the 60-75 minute group call each fortnight. There will be time for questions and feedback on these calls.
  • Via direct message or email. However, since this is a group-based course I cannot promise to give detailed personalised help via this channel.

We offer a 30-day money back guarantee. If you aren’t satisfied for whatever reason just send us a message before the end of the first 30 days and you’ll receive a full refund.

For the people who scroll to the end…

En bref :

The Confident French Speaker Community is a community of driven, intermediate francophones

PLUS you get a library of proven educational content to target the four key areas keeping you stuck at the plateau intermediaire

Alors, are you ready to join us?

The first step is a free, relaxed chat to assess your suitability for the course.

🛠 Succeed at grammar / Réussir en grammaire

Use the in-depth grammar lessons and accompanying exercises to step your grammar up a level, including: