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May 10th

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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 a Franco-FANATIQUE member means 12-months membership and includes:

4 step-by-step modules:

Module 1: Mindset Mastery (Value: 300€)

The key aspect that so many people overlook and then pay the price for later so we start here. By making sure you have a bulletproof mindset from the beginning you’ll save so much time in the long run. Because yes French is a marathon but it doesn’t have to be an ultra marathon.

Also, by developing the right mindset for challenging times the techniques in the later modules become 10x more effective, so we’ll start by addressing the exact issues you’re facing right now. And, if your mindset is already pretty good, this will reinforce it.

Module 2: Speak with Confidence (Value: 300€)

At your stage RIGHT NOW, confidence comes much more from the 20% of French you use and the French situations that you are in 80% of the time than it does from those text books or grammar courses.

You don’t need to put more grammar and vocab into your head. You need to fix the mistakes and master what you already have so you can generate confidence in conversations. In this module we get very pragmatic and address the most common conversational difficulties.

Module 3: Rock that Routine (Value: 300€)

Whether you work a busy 9-5, run your own business, or are retired, you will build a French routine that breeds success and removes the guesswork for you. We’ll build you the skills to allow you to develop a rock solid routine that suits your way of learning and lifestyle so you can see results week in week out.

Whether you’re a stickler for daily routine or prefer to be more flexible, it’s the ability to build consistency in your actions that is absolutely key to long term success in French.

Module 4: Continuous Comprehension (Value: 300€)

Finally understand natives in TV shows and real life through immersion!

This module is in development… Listening comprehension is a focus of live workshops and the Discord community and will soon have its own permanent module.


12 months in the best community (Value: 300€)

The soul of the CFSC lives in our wonderful community of members. We help each other make French a completely natural part of us, our identity. This way, it becomes second nature.

Regular speaking opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere, practise your writing, get your questions answered, and participate in fun activities.

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.


Club de Conversation every 2 weeks (Value: 360€)

Every 2 weeks you get the chance to participate in a 75 minute group Club de Conversation session 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 or Joania. Choose a time-slot that suits you. More information here.


Comme Un Natif: Shadowing Workshops (Value: 300€)

Written French and Spoken French are like 2 different languages. Through the powerful technique of shadowing, you can master the latter. Expert teacher Marion gives a monthly workshop to show you the ropes and further what you learn in your solo practice!


For the Love of Film: Ciné Club (Value: 500€)

Marion is a pro whose whole approach revolves around helping people learn French through talking about films and TV, tout en français bien sûr.

You’ll amaze yourself at how fun speaking in a foreign language can be when you focus on the film and not the words.

Monthly Ciné Club meetings.

PLUS the following bonuses:

Twelve "Déclic !" group coaching sessions (Value: 1920€)

To accompany your progress throughout the year with the core modules, Alex will be hosting a group coaching call every month as part of the CFSC on themes related to mindset, speaking challenges, and routine. These sessions are hosted mostly in English so that we can connect and learn from each other without the language barrier. Sessions vary between interactive workshops and Q&A sessions. Replays provided.

Also, New in 2024:

Mystery events (Value: 1200€+)

Listening comprehension for fast spoken French, pronunciation training, grammar, and guest experts are just a few of the exciting events that we have planned for 2024 to give you the absolute maximum value as part of the CFSC.

Totalling 5480€ value.

But you pay just 997€.

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. Learn to make French an integral part of your day, with our without motivation. The key is progress, not perfection.”

Alex Barron Founder, Head Coach, and French Learner


Only 25 places
  • 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: 2,73€ 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 teachers questions (Alex and Joania) 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-FANATIQUE 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

Club de Conversation times

Times subject to change but these times are the most common.

Students book the session of their choice the week before a club week. First come first served. You are not locked into one time forever. Book a different time each week if needed.


5.45 pm

7.15 pm


9 am

6 pm


9 am

5.45 pm


5.30 pm

7 pm

All times are in France time.

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

The CFSC is for you if:

But not if:


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

AND have free monthly workshops to put everything into practice!

Alors, are you ready to join us?

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

🎶 « Ce qui compte, c’est pas l’arrivée, c’est la quête. » – French artist Orelsan

🛠 Succeed at grammar / Réussir en grammaire

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