French Immersion Program FAQ
Tips and FAQ to choose the right French teacher/host for your French immersion residential stay
Thank you for considering a French immersion residential homestay with French Today.
This FAQ will help you sort out our teachers/hosts’ specifications.
If you have a preferred destination, please look at our interactive map.
Then I suggest you carefully read your selected teachers/hosts’ immersion program to see how many outings they offer, how many hours of French lessons, their guest accommodation description, their students’ reviews and the authentic pictures which illustrate them.
When you contact the teachers/hosts, they will provide additional information – however, don’t hesitate to ask them precise questions in the immersion request form: you’re always talking to a person, not an automatic reply system.
All the teachers we recommend are hand-picked and offer an exceptional immersion experience and the program enjoys many returning students, staying with the same teacher each year, or enjoying the diversity of our team, or arranging for several stays in a row at different locations.
The teachers/hosts are flexible, and at your service: their ultimate goal is to help you enjoy an unforgettable learning vacation.
1. Who lives in the countryside/small town/large City
2. Will I be the only student?
Yes, you will. Unless you travel with your own partner, friends or family, you will be the only immersion student there.
This is not a group lesson / school type experience.
3. Will I choose and contact the teacher/host directly?
Yes, at French Today, we believe you have the right to choose the best course for you, and won’t randomly pair you with teachers according to their availability like most immersion programs typically do.
Once you’ve selected the right teachers/hosts, you will be able to contact them directly through the contact form on each teacher/host page. They will typically respond within 2 working days.
4. Why should I trust these teachers/hosts?
700+ reviews don’t lie! I personally hand picked these teachers/hosts and although they are not French Today’s employees, I would only associate my name with the best.
As a policy, the teachers/hosts ask for feedback from their students: so far, the program features over 700+ returns. You can read the returns at the bottom of each teacher’s page.
Your guarantee of excellence lies within these numbers. We are the only French immersion program on the market with this level of transparency and excellency.
5. How long in advance should I book my trip?
As much as you can! Because of the success and excellent reputation of our immersion program, teachers get booked six months to one year ahead of time (or more, especially during the summer months!)
6. Do the teachers/hosts speak English?
Yes, most of them are really fluent in English, some are just conversant, but they all speak enough English to help you arrange your trip, explain a grammar rule in English if need be to beginner students, and be a good host to your accompanying non-francophone friends / family members.
7. Do you have a calendar of availability?
We do have a calendar, but we’ve decided to prioritize a first contact, to give the teacher(s)/host(s) a chance to offer other dates, and establish a connexion with their prospective students.
Once you’ve contacted a teacher, you will first get an automatic confirmation email which includes a link to our calendar of availability. The teacher will then personally answer you, usually within 2 working days.
8. Will the teachers/hosts cook for me?
Yes. Cooking and sharing meals together are great opportunities to get to know a person and practice your French!
The teachers/hosts are often great cooks – some even offer cooking classes – and typically offer 2 meals per day and access to a kitchen for the 3rd meal.
Many teachers/hosts would be flexible on this point and could cook more or less depending on your needs. Please talk to them directly to discuss your options.
Some teachers typically provide 3 meals a day – please go to #8 in the teachers/hosts specification section.
9. What if I need to postpone or cancel my trip?
All teachers/hosts we recommend are independent workers. You will sign with them an agreement which will clearly explain their postponing and cancelation policy.
1. Will I need to rent a car?
Teachers can typically arrange to pick you up at the nearest train station, and take you wherever you really need to go in their own car if there is no public transportation available.
However, if you select a countryside location, renting a car will give you much more freedom and flexibility to explore the region.
2. Can the teachers/hosts cook specific diets?
As I said above, enjoying great home cooked meals will be an important part of your immersion experience!
All the teachers/hosts can provide a vegetarian diet with guidance. Some of them are vegetarian or flexitarian themselves.
For more precise diets such as vegan, gluten or dairy-free, or special food allergies, please ask the teacher/host directly.
Cooking and planning the meals is a big part of the teachers/hosts routine. Please always let them know if you have any kind of special diet requirement or food allergy prior to booking with them.
Teachers/hosts who are not comfortable cooking special diets (except vegetarian – all the teachers would adapt to a vegetarian diet with guidance):
Isabelle (except gluten free which is a diet she often cooks at home)
3. Who doesn’t teach every level of student
Some teachers/hosts are more comfortable and adapted to hosting students above a certain French level:
4. Who can host a large family / group of friends traveling together?
All teachers (except Françoise) can welcome a couple traveling together.
Here is the list of teachers who can accommodate more than two people traveling together (including the maximum of people).
If you are traveling with a young child, please contact the teacher – s/he may be able to accommodate a small child traveling with his/her parents.
When in doubt, always contact the teachers/hosts. You will be talking to a real person, not an automatic answering system… So ask away!
5. Will the teachers teach children and teens?
Most teachers are trained to teach children and teens, and will provide a safe and wonderful immersion experience to them.
The teachers/hosts will welcome young children and young teens accompanied by an adult – who may not take lessons but still enjoy the vacation part of the immersion!
Please briefly talk about your child/teen and his/her French level and goals when you submit your immersion request.
6. Who has children living with them at home?
Some teachers/hosts live with their family. Please refer to each teacher/host page for more information.
7. Who has and/or welcomes pets?
As you’ll see in many comments, students usually love the company of a French pet! Pets are such good company at the end of a productive day of immersion.
Please consult each program for more information and always let your teacher/host know if you plan on traveling with your pet since they will need to know more about him/her before making the decision to welcome him/her into their own home.
Should you be allergic to pets, this info could come handy:
8. Who usually offers 3 meals per day?
The teachers/hosts typically provide 2 meals per day, but most would be flexible on this point and could cook more or less depending on your needs. Please talk to them directly to discuss your options.
Here are the teachers who offer three meals per day: please see the program descriptions for details.
9. Who has a separate student’s bungalow/studio/etc?
All teachers/hosts are eager to provide their guests with cozy and private accommodation.
Some guests prefer living totally immersed within the family, and will favor a program with a guest bedroom (usually with a private bathroom) inside a teacher’s house/flat.
If you’d enjoy a bit more privacy, some teachers have built a private bungalow in their own garden, or have a dedicated studio for their immersion students.
No matter the style of accommodation you choose, you are sure to enjoy a comfortable stay and experience a true French immersion experience since you’ll be sharing meals and spending a lot of time with your teacher/host.
Please refer to each teacher/host program description for pictures and precise information about accommodation.
Below is the list of teachers/hosts who have a private bungalow, studio, etc… for their guests:
10. Who has a pool?
In many locations, you’ll have access to a city pool, or refreshing water holes in a nearby river, or even the sea. However these teachers enjoy a private swimming pool.
I hope this Q&A will help you choose the very best candidate for your immersion stay. If you need additional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact me, Camille, founder of French Today.
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