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French Immersion Homestay At Teacher's In Volvic, Auvergne
Eleanor

I was so lucky to have spent a week with Soline and her family! Before I even arrived, Soline went out of her way to tailor my immersion experience to my needs and interests. She and I spent our mornings conversing in French and honing my grammar skills. In the afternoon, we’d hike around one or the many gorgeous volcanoes close by. Soline and her family made me feel extremely welcome and comfortable. Their cooking was delicious. The gite was well designed, with a lovely porch from which I’d listen to the birds as I ate pastries from a bakery just a few steps away. My French skills improved enormously over the week. I would happily return!

Eleanor

French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s In Tayrac, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Reschar John 19 April/2 May 2022

Having just returned to the United States from my 2 weeks with Pierre, I wanted to post a most positive review of my experience. Pierre is excellent in the many roles he played during my stay; Tutor, teacher, historian, tour guide, cook, and hiking companion. He is an incredibly patient, experienced and well-informed teacher who is very generous with his time managing to integrate learning into everything we did during the week. Each day, Pierre spent almost 12 hours with me!

            Our daily routine consisted of breakfast, 3 hours of instruction, lunch and then an afternoon activity. 3 hours formal instruction every morning seemed at the beginning to be a lot but amazingly those 3 hours flew by. Then it was a homemade lunch usually cooked by Pierre and off for a great afternoon activity. For us, Pierre and I hiked almost every day, exploring the bastides and the surrounding countryside and of course speaking French the whole time. The hikes provided added learning of new vocabulary as we hiked through meadows, paths, water puddles etc. Just like a child learns, seeing, touching and associating those things with a new word makes the learning both fun and effective. At the end of the day we enjoyed a fantastic dinner, again cooked by Pierre and then off to a much needed evening relaxing and trying to absorb all that I had learned.

            One of the highlights of my stay, as if there could be more, was spending 2 weekends with Pierre’s family. His Mother and Father are extremely welcoming along with his 2 sons and his lovely 2 year old daughter. They made me feel like part of the family very quickly as they took me on a wine tasting adventure and a tour of an Abbey. Since their English was quite limited the interaction taxed my French to the limit, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

            My time with Pierre was outstanding and I look forward to doing another course with him in the future. This course was described as an immersion and those expectations were met and exceeded. I could not be more happy with my experience and my learning of both the language and the culture! I feel I have a new friend in my life which is so valuable to me.

Thank you Pierre!!

French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s In Meilhards, Corrèze
Nicole (living in Occitanie, France) Immersion stay

If you are serious about improving your french, spend at least one week with Nicole and it will exceed your expectations. The experience was fully immersive and it was a perfect mix of lessons and daily life living in France. Nicole will build on what you know already and incorporate your interests into everyday conversations as well as her lesson plans. Each day was custom made to me and my level.

The cherry on top is her wonderful home in a beautiful part of France. My bedroom was more like a suite and all the comforts of home were provided.

Learning a language as an adult should be an engaging process, with goals to aim for but as well enjoying a laugh and using the language naturally. You will find this with Nicole and I can not recommend the whole experience highly enough and I look forward to returning. 

French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s In Montpellier, France
Ruth and Andy - 10 days

We enjoyed very much everything about our stay with Anne-Elisabeth and her family ; the warm welcome, excellent conversation over special meals,being included in family events and just overall having so much fun. The lessons were top notch and tailored to our interests and circumstances. They included  everything : pronunciation, comprehension, grammar, dialog, idioms and special usages. We leave feeling so much more confident with our French than when we got here. Michel was a great tour guide in showing us some very special places such as Cirque de Navacelles, Mont St Baudille and St Guilhem Le Désert. It was really amazing to be able to speak with all the members of Anne-Elisabeth’s family. Every-one was so helpful and kind and so much fun to spend time with . Ruth H.
We were more challenging students than usual because my wife was intermediate level and I am a beginner. Anne-Elisabeth was able to simultaneously balance our lessons to maximize our progress. Exellent experience. Andy H.

French Speaking Switzerland Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s
Anna, Londres

I have just spent a few blissful days at Raymonde’s beautiful home in Switzerland. The opportunity to immerse myself in the French language and Swiss culture was an unforgettable experience. Raymonde is a wonderful host and teacher, and made me feel very welcome. My French has improved immensely in the short time I stayed with her and I am more aware of the areas I need to focus on. If you want to improve your French while also having fun and exploring beautiful Switzerland then the immersion homestay chez Raymonde is perfect.

French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s In Meilhards, Corrèze
Sheree (from California) : Immersion for DELF

J’ai fait l’immersion avec Nicole Mazerbourg la semaine passée, et je dois dire que l’expérience a dépassé mes attentes.

Nicole est une superbe enseignante, elle est gentille, attentive, et elle est aussi une bonne cuisinière.  Elle a fait de la recherche à propos d’alimentation végane seulement pour moi, et chaque jour elle a préparé quelque chose de nouveau et vraiment délicieux.  De plus, Nicole m’a emmenée dehors pour les balades et les excursions… on a assisté à une pièce de théâtre, on a acheté les vêtements et la nourriture, vu l’églises des autres siècles, et on a même voté pour le président !

La chambre pour les étudiants est belle, propre, et confortable…. J’ai bien dormi dans le lit même si le temps était froid.  Chez Nicole, on pourra préparer pour le DELF sans souci avec un chat sur les genoux !

Je vous encourage fortement à réserver un séjour avec Nicole si vous voulez une excellente expérience d’immersion.

Sheree.

French Immersion Homestay At Teacher's In Volvic, Auvergne
Bill & Cindy

            Volvic, France.  My wife, Cindy, and I drove into this small town, famous for its natural spring water, on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Although we have spent several months crisscrossing France over the years since retiring ten years ago, we had never spent any time in the Auvergne region.  We came here to fill this “hole” in our knowledge of France and to improve our French.  Thus began a wonderful week with Soline Sterbecq and her family as part of the France Today immersion program. 

             Volvic is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne and is located about 15 kilometers northwest of Clermont-Ferrand.  Like many small towns in this area, Volvic is nestled on a hillside. Behind it, the hills continue to rise and on the ridgeline overlooking it and the valley below is, of course, a castle, Château Tournoël.

            Cindy and I met Soline in the late afternoon that Sunday.  She showed us our apartment, which was next to her house.  As we later learned, her husband, Jérôme, and she had converted what was many, many years ago a barn into a very modern and well decorated 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment that also served as a “gite” when not housing her students. That night, we met Jérôme over an aperitif and learned that the couple’s two boys were spending their spring vacation at their grandparents’ farm near Chartres. 

            The next morning, and each morning through Friday, classes started at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  Soline came to our apartment where the classes were held around the dining room table and lasted until noon.  As both my wife and I have reached the intermediate level, Soline concentrated on improving our conversation skills.  We covered a range of topics, and, after each day, we received written notes reminding us of what we had covered and what we needed to work on. Towards the end of the week, we played some word games to improve our vocabulary.

            After the morning sessions, Soline (and Jérôme) prepared a scrumptious lunch that we shared with them either at their dining table or on their outdoor patio while continuing to speak French. On Monday evening, Soline invited us to her house for dinner, where we again were able to enjoy delicious French food and wine while practicing our French. 

            Besides daily morning classes during the week, we took two afternoon excursions with Soline and, on other afternoons, explored the region on our own.   In the way of background, in the months before traveling to France, we were able to select where we wanted to go for our two excursions.  We chose to visit Vichy and Clermont-Ferrand, two nearby but quite different cities.  In each case, Soline was able to find two excellent local tour guides.  In Vichy, one of the great spa towns of Europe, a retired French actor led us on an outstanding and entertaining walking tour of the art deco/art nouveau central downtown area, including its sparkling opera house.

            Likewise in Clermont-Ferrand our guide was top-notch, and the tour of the city center very informative.  Especially striking was the majestic Cathedrale Notre Dame de l’Assomption, which was built entirely in black lava stone making it highly distinctive and visible from a great distance.

            On two of our ”free” afternoons, Cindy and I hiked in the hills overlooking Volvic, on one day visiting the place where the Volvic water originates and on the other day climbing up to the Château Tournoël (though the castle was not yet open for the season). 

            And on a third afternoon, Wednesday, we drove about 20 kilometers south to the visitor’s center below Le Puy de Dôme, an extinct volcanic mountain that along with other volcanic mountain peaks in the area dominate the landscape in this central region of France.

            From the visitor’s center we took the tourist train to the lava “dome” on top of the mountain.  There, we could see for miles in all directions since the day was clear and crisp.  Besides those of us enjoying the 360- degree views, there were many locals parasailing –- taking advantage of the brisk winds and the many easy jump-off points atop the domed mountain.

            On Thursday night, Soline invited us to join her at one of her favorite local restaurants for a “farewell” dinner.  Again, the evening was quite enjoyable and provided ample opportunity to practice our French, ordering our meals and discussing the world’s problems over excellent regional French food and wine!

            All in all, it was a memorable week, well-worth the time and expense of the trip.  Thank you to Soline for the detailed planning in advance and outstanding execution during our week in Volvic and to both Soline and Jérôme for your wonderful hospitality throughout our stay.  Quelles merveilleuses vacances!

French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s In Tayrac, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Catherine/Louis Eaton United Kingdom

I first made a booking with Pierre for Easter 2020. I was looking for language immersion for my son, ahead of his GCSE French exams, and to refresh my own spoken French by joining in the afternoon activities and chatting over meals. We were hugely disappointed that Covid lead to that original trip being cancelled, but thrilled that Pierre was able to allow us to rebook for this year – this time just ahead of my son’s A-level French exams. As he wants to study French at university it was all the more important now than 2 years ago that Pierre, as his teacher, was able to quickly tune in to my son’s level and requirements and encourage him to develop his fluency – a challenge for all students of a foreign language who have been unable to travel to practise their target language due to lockdown. Pierre’s calm and considered teaching style, along with his commitment not to resort to English at any time, had a hugely positive impact on my son’s French. He was also very patient in correcting my frequent mistakes so that I too came home with a renewed confidence in speaking French. The activities that Pierre suggested for the afternoons were always both educational and fun. We became students and then full converts to the French card game Tarot, and came home with several packs which we bought in the local town so that we can attempt to teach it to family and friends here. I would not hesitate to recommend Pierre as a teacher. Wishing all his future students a wonderful experience.

French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s In Montpellier, France
Brian

The week flew by so quickly and I can’t believe that it’s already time to say goodbye!
Thank you for being such a kind, patient effective instructor as a knowledgeable fun-loving guide to this beautiful region.
More than all, however, thank you for giving me added confidence with my French. I have fallen in love with Montpellier and made such great friends here that I will definitely return to you !

Beaujolais Wine Country French Immersion At Teacher's In France
Harry

I had the most fantastic week with Marion, I could not recommend her intensive course more. I have lived in Geneva for a couple of years and have had trouble building my confidence in French conversation. From not being sure how to even have the most basic conversation, by the end of the week I felt like I had improved unrecognizably. As a teacher, Marion is patient and knowledgeable. She is extremely good at teaching you what you need to know to progress, without making it feel like a class. 
The house and the region are also beautiful, and a pleasure to stay in. Marion and Mélie are very hospitable, and made me feel at ease in their home from the first day. I should add that the wine is top notch and it is definitely worth taking up the wine option!

French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s In Meilhards, Corrèze
Suomi (New York / Tokyo) : Immersion Stay

J’ai passé deux semaine fabuleuses à Meilhards avec Nicole. Mais pourquoi ” fabuleux ” :

En premier lieu, la maison était très charmante avec une salle de séjour invitante et un beau jardin. Mon espace privé était énorme mais très joliment décoré et bien équipé. J’ai apprécié les douches chaudes dans une salle de bain moderne et comfortable. L’accès à une machine à laver était un bonus.

En deuxième lieu, j’ai trouvé une région chargée d’histoire, fondée sur agriculture et l’industrie créative culturelle. Nicole était une excellente guide de sa region natale. J’ai découvert cette region fascinante en apprenant le français écrit et oral.

Enfin, Nicole est une professeur formidable. A la fin du premier jour elle a saisi dont j’avais besoin pour que je puisse améliorer mon français. Nous avons formulé nos objectifs et les avons écrits sur une feuille de papier qui a restée devant nous, ce qui était très utile pour mon apprentissage. Elle a vraiment personnalisé les leçons pour moi. A la fin de mon séjour, je pouvait partir pas seulement avec des bons souvenirs mais aussi un plan d’étude pour progresser davantage.

Suomi Sakai

French Immersion Program At Teacher’s In Montpellier's Outskirts
FRENCH LANGUAGE HOMESTAYS FOR STUDENTS NEAR MONTPELLIER / if wanted : Preparation DELF B1 or B2

                   Cours de français à Montpellier/Castelnau- le- Lez     

 

 

                                                                               Language Homestays in Montpellier for students ( 15 to 25 years old )

                                                                                                 Preparation for examinations DELF B1 B2

 

 

 

                                French Language homestays for students :

 

One week : Full board and 15 hours of individual tuition plus visits and activities in French for complete immersion : 1250 euros per person                                                           

Included : Pick up at the train station or airport, transport for visits and  cultural activities.

 

 

 

Welcome to my personalised French immersion program (for one or two students) in a quiet suburb of Montpellier. Tuition in the mornings and discovery of Montpellier and its nearby amazing sites around in the afternoons fully supervised by an experienced and qualified teacher (15 years of experience in schools and  exam examinator).

The students will be homelike and will eat French traditional dishes.

The student’s room has a private bathroom and one or two beds (if wanted we have another room). We also have a tennis-table table, a basketball hoop, a swimming pool to relax.

Odile, William and Diva the cat will be very pleased to meet you !

 

Feel free to contact us for any further information.

French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s In Tayrac, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Slocombe Gill Taunton UK

I have just had a most enjoyable time doing an immersion homestay with Pierre. He is an incredibly patient, experienced and well informed teacher who is very generous with his time managing to integrate learning into everything we did during the week.

 

A whole morning of a french lesson sounds intense but in reality the time flies by.  Pierre constantly adapted his teaching to my needs and questions and I absolutely know that I’m much more fluent than I was before and that I can understand spoken french better as a result of my stay. I can’t recommend an immersion homestay with Pierre too much!

 

In the afternoons we went on some beautiful treks into the stunning countryside near Pierre’s home.  He was always full of interesting facts and of course it was another opportunity to learn new vocabulary not to mention see some lovely places.  I also spent an afternoon in Agen, the county town.

Pierre and his lovely partner Sonia only moved to Tayrac 2 months ago and I believe I am the 1st student to have stayed in this particular house with them.  The house is spacious and I had a very comfortable bedroom with TV and DVD player to watch french films in the evening if I could stay awake to do so!  It’s a very rural spot and I didn’t have transport which I didn’t mind but I can imagine that this might be helpful for some students to have.

 Thank you Pierre, Sonia and girls for making my stay so enjoyable and I hope we keep in touch and that I may be able to come back again sometime soon.

French Immersion Program At Teacher’s Family In Lyon, France
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French Speaking Switzerland Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s
Elizna, Lausanne & Capetown

I recently had a weekend immersion with Raymonde and it was absolutely wonderful. I felt very welcome in her home which makes for an excellent learning environment.My primary goal was conversation practice and I definitely felt that I had improved by the end of the weekend.Raymonde has a real passion for what she does and for people, therefore I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to improve their French and experience a little bit of Swiss life.

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