French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s In La Livinière, Occitanie
Euros 1400. Arrival on Saturday, departure on Friday. The date of your arrival can be flexible. Per Week
- 3 Hours a day (Mornings), Monday to Friday, minimum 4 outings in the Afternoons
- 1 large Bedroom (possibility to have two separate spaces), 1 private bathroom, a private Kitchenette for your dinners/dining room/salon/private terrace and patio.
- Breakfasts, Lunches and a dinner the day of your arrival and the day before your departure for a stay of two weeks
- Minimum 4 outings a week
- Up to 3 (contact me for more guests)
1 queen bed 1 sofa bed
1 double bed
1 single bed
Types of Courses Offered: French conversation, Professional French, Exam preparation, French for children
Teacher Certifications: DAEFLE/Master in Histtory/English Fluent/German spoken
Extra Activities/Options: I will be your guide to discover the historical Languedoc. You will stay with me in my house (an old renovated house) which is located in the peaceful countryside of the South of France, with its rollings hills covered with vineyards, olive trees and the mediterranean scruband called garrigue. History have always been a passion and I love to share this passion with my students while visiting the villages, the numerous castles... I'm rather fond of Hiking too. If you wish it, I will be very delighted to explore with you the numerous footpaths in the surroundings. I can show you the varied display of fauna and flora. The discovery of the various quality wines of this area, Minervois, Cabardès,... can be another option (La Livinière is very famous for its wine, for its local olive oil). I also play tennis and I would be happy to play Tennis with you. We can also do some canyoning ! I will tailor my program of visit to your interests, your passions.
Meet Pierre - your French tutor, language buddy & host In France
Hi, my name is Pierre. I have lived in the Uk where I started to teach French and I never stopped since then ! I've been teaching French as a foreign language for 12 years now. I'm used to teach students for all levels and ages: my youngest student was 4 and my oldest was 89 years old! For me the diversity, the different profiles, backgrounds, ways of learning of my students are a real driving force. I'm learning while I'm teaching ! Each experience is unique. You will enjoy an authentic immersion in a quiet and peaceful spot, overlooking a picturesque valley, a place surrounded by gentle fields. I live on my own but I sometimes have my children with me. When you have spare time, you will enjoy studying, reading, on my lovely private terrace or on the patio by the pool !
My teaching is focused on the everyday life French, the Authentic French! A French immersion is a unique way to connect what you learn during the lessons with the real life. Each language has its own music, its own structure and my approach consists in giving you the essence of it. Practical situations, roleplays make sense and when you learn a new field in the language, it always has to be put in life in a real situation of communication. Learning a new language can be fun! Each student has a different level, a specific way of learning. This is essential to adjust the way of teaching to these differences and an immersion is the ideal context to get the best way of tailoring the teaching.
Learn French In France – Your French immersion Program in La Livinière, Occitanie
Learning French while discovering a fantastic region, so typical of the South of France! Far from the crowds, this part of France is packed with different traditions, cuisines and historical heritage. There are cute villages with their picturesque houses and abundance of restaurants. There are plenty of restaurants, cafés, located under on shady squares, typacal of the South of france where you can sit outside admiring the beauty of the village. I will be happy to take you to splendid castles, the four Cathares castles of Lastours, Arques, numerous cistercian abbeys and , obviously, Carcassonne... Well worth a visit if you like old castles and buildings. I will share with you my passion for History!
Your French Immersion Homestay Accommodations in La Livinière, Occitanie
You will stay in a very typical and traditional stone house. It is private and comfortable and I have kept the rustic French style of an old house. You will feel the atmosphere of an authentic French house, a combination of an old architecture, old furniture and a modern fitted kitchen. You will have a privaye bathroom.. If you enjoy watching French movies, I can recommend you some DVDs, a perfect way to improve your French while watching good movies! At the end of the day, after dinner , you can watch French movies if you want ! Winters are rarely very cold here and, the whole year long, it's possible to have our meals under the covered terrace when the sun shines or when the temperature is not too cold. I will prepare your meals, using fresh and local products. I will introduce you to the traditional French cuisine and you are welcome if you want to cook with me. I can show you how to cook some traditional French meals! I can pick you up at the nearest station which is or Lézignan Corbières or Carcassone. I can also pick you up at Carcassonne airport . There are direct flights from the UK.
Contact Pierre - your French tutor, language buddy & host
French Immersion in La Livinière, Occitanie
NOTE: All immersion teachers/hosts are completely independent of French Today. All communication, transactions and contracts will be exclusively done between you and the immersion teacher/host.
Pierre is a gifted language teacher and a wonderful host. During my week of French language study and cultural immersion, Pierre thoughtfully and continuously engaged me in language learning, as well as in the culture and history of his region of France. He assessed my linguistic strengths and weaknesses well, then adjusted his instruction accordingly. I appreciated his unrushed exploration of important language concepts, with detailed attention to common usage as well as grammar. The excursions Pierre planned (according to my interests) were unforgettable walks through the history and nature of the region. Pierre (and his parents as well) were perfect hosts–generous with their time and very thoughtful of my wishes. I have wonderful memories of long, delicious lunches and dinners in their garden! I would highly recommend a French immersion stay with Pierre, and look forward to returning again one day.
I found a week with Pierre and his family did more in improving my verbal communication skills than any other emersion program I have done in France. Discussions at the dinner table in conjunction with Pierre’s lessons showed me the real French spoken language and expressions – far more useful in everyday communications than all the text book exercises I have done. Also, I was treated like royalty – great food and family activities, and Pierre showed me hiking and cultural attractions, all while speaking French!
Elizabeth, Virginia, USA – July 2023
I spent a perfect week of immersion with Pierre in July, in the countryside south of Toulouse. I just wish
it could have been longer. I chose immersion because I wanted a one-on-one experience that could be
adapted to my specific needs. I was not disappointed!
Pierre has a real knack for customizing his teaching so that his students’ goals can be achieved. For me it
was all about speaking French 100% of the time for a week, updating my out-of-date colloquial
expressions learned decades ago at university and refreshing my memory on all the finer points of
grammar I had managed to forget over the years and correcting my mistakes. I also was keen to
broaden my vocabulary on all kinds of topics – something that is only possible when you are totally
surrounded by French in every aspect of your day.
Pierre is probably the most hard-working, dedicated and conscientious teacher I have ever met. He goes
above and beyond to give 110% to his students. Frankly, I have no idea how he manages it, but he does.
Not only are the study sessions engaging and fascinating but the excursions are outstanding experiences
in and of themselves. We walked, hiked, visited castles and Bastide villages. Never a dull moment and
always speaking French! I was fortunate to visit at a time when the sunflowers were at their peak and
have the most stunning photographs imaginable. What great memories.
When you go, make sure you pitch in and help Pierre with preparing his delicious meals, cleaning up,
shopping etc. You’ll be amazed how much additional French you can learn during these simple everyday
A couple of weeks after my immersion week I returned to France and received so many compliments on
my fluency and pronunciation from everyone I interacted with. Thank you Pierre for making all this
possible!! À la prochaine.
We have just completed an excellent week’s immersion with Pierre in Toulouse
His depth of knowledge of the French language, meant, that our lessons were always highly informative and rich. Pierre was an attentive host; the excursions he took us on, exploring nearby villages, and French monuments added to our experience, as did in his warmth and dry sense of humour. We would unreservedly recommend Pierre.
M and M
« I spent a week of immersion with Pierre in May 2023 and it was all worth it. Pierre is a very patient teacher and with his relaxed method of teaching, he made me feel very comfortable in speaking French. Pierre adapts to your level and we touched on many subjects. He is very approachable. Apart from our 3 hour lesson everyday, Pierre also took us to many excursions like Carcassonne, Gaillac, Saissac, Montholieu just to name a few. I even got a chance to pick cherries from his cherry trees in his garden. After a week of total immersion, I felt very confident in speaking with the natives and my French friends have even commented on my fluency in French. I would recommend Pierre anytime. If you don’t believe me, give him a try. You will not be disappointed.
I have just come back from my third immersion experience with Pierre. The fact that it was my third trip speaks volumes. As on my previous visits, I was hugely impressed by the warmth of Pierre’s welcome and his attention to detail when it comes to all things French. As well as being a natural teacher, he’s a kind and generous host who will cook you great meals, pour you whatever you want to drink, and bring you on fascinating excursions to beautiful country towns (or whatever else you want to do). I’ve learnt an enormous amount during these trips, most obviously about the French language, but also about culture, history, cinema, gardening, food – the list goes on and on. Thanks again, Pierre!
Ed and Shirley, his wife, went to Brittany. My parents kindly offered them their house since they wanted to visit this part of France that they didn’t know.
Our trip to Brittany to do immersion French with Pierre was nothing short of fabulous. First, Pierre is a scholar of language and has a way of teaching that provides a student with an understanding and insight into both French and English, not just the grammar and expressions but why the language is the way it is. He is very good at tailoring the lessons to a student’s level, making them fun and informative but also challenging.
Second, he toured us around in the afternoon to see ports and landscapes around Brittany, and on the weekend we went to Quimper’s outdoor market, which was also amazing – like so many French markets on market day. We enjoyed typical foods such as andouille and traditional Kouign Amann – “Butter Cake” in Breton. Even the weather was almost perfect even though it was a little early in the Spring – the beginning of April. Pierre’s parents were fabulous hosts and went all out to teach us about Brittany and to feed us like kings – Cathy is an accomplished cook – not to mention that they added to the experience of immersion French by conversing in French with us. Everything, as they say, exceeded expectations. Bravo Pierre!
I’ve considered doing an immersion homestay with a French Today teacher for several years but they’re very popular and I previously didn’t plan far enough in advance. After booking two weeks with Pierre, I definitely wish I would have done this a lot earlier, even if it meant booking a year in advance! No matter your level, Pierre customizes his approach and you’ll make amazing progress!
My level of French has historically made studying difficult and it turned out an immersion homestay was the answer. I initially studied for three years in high school, but that was a very long time ago. For the past several years, I’ve worked on and off with tutors online, used apps such as Duolingo, and practiced in person on a few trips to France. Most resources available are geared for beginners or advanced learners and I found it difficult (as someone at B1-B2) to find resources that could customize to my level.
One of the most useful things I learned from Pierre is what I need to study and how I need to study to make it to the next level. I learned that I need to ask my tutors to correct me more often (I had several habits that were not correct French that tutors let slip because they could still make out what I was trying to say, even if it was very clumsy.) I appreciated that Pierre provided correction but did it in a patient and simple way. I also learned that I can’t avoid some of the trickier grammar and still make the progress I want.
Most days, our schedule was as follows: breakfast, 3 hours of highly customized instruction, lunch, break, an evening excursion, a break, dinner, and watching a French movie. Pierre devotes a significant amount of time to his students and each moment provides an opportunity to practice what we reviewed earlier in the day. If you want to make the most progress, I’d recommend using the breaks to review your notes, study further, and be prepared to practice what you learned during meals and excursions. If I gave advice to my former self, I’d also show up to the study time with questions and be more courageous in my conversation attempts. If I made errors, it simply provided learning opportunities, it was always a safe space.
I really enjoyed Pierre’s cooking. He’ll deflect your compliments saying it’s simple food but I found it to be really delicious and wholesome. Watching my resting heart rate on my Fitbit, I found out I was a lot healthier there and I tasted foods there i enjoyed enough that I’ve tried to replicate them at home.
Pierre spends more time than average with his students and I appreciated the thought and attention he put into the evening excursions. We went on some hikes, we visited some Christmas markets, we saw a number of picturesque towns, and I felt like I really got to know the area. Pierre has a lot of knowledge to share and it was a great experience to learn about a variety of topics.
I can’t recommend Pierre enough! I look forward to booking again in the future and using what I learned to advance my level in between!
Pierre — Deuxieme fois!
In my comments last year, I noted that Pierre was not only a great tutor and resource, but a
This proved true again during my second opportunity to be with him in Tayrac. During the year
in between, we have stayed in touch with a series of Zoom conversations, all targeted at
building on the foundation for language learning that he established with me in three weeks of
lessons last year.
At the beginning, we identified and focused on the areas where I was weakest, and during our
time together, Pierre zeroed in on ways I could dig deeper and find ways to be more fluid in
daily conversations. The learning didn’t end with the three-hour sit-down sessions. It started
with petit dejeuner, continued with lunch and always grew at dinner conversations, and after a
selected number of films we watched in the evenings.
And another jewel was the daily excursions in the countryside of Lot-Garonne. There were
countless villages where Pierre explained the history, the geology, the culture, and the beauty
of the unique agricultural region. Tayrac is located within two hours of Bordeaux, St. Emilion,
and a number of other potential weekend excursions that I experienced.
Another of Pierre’s assets is his ability to support Sue’s experience, “en anglais” in the time she
was able to join in during my second week.
It was fun, and very stimulating. I recommend Pierre highly!
I cannot recommend Pierre highly enough!! An immersion in France was a dream of mine for a long time and with the Pandemic this dream had been delayed a few years. Of course I was a little nervous coming from Australia to stay in the French countryside with a tutor for a week of intensive French. From the moment my husband dropped me off at Pierre’s house I felt at ease.
I never felt embarrassed or ashamed to make conversation and he was very patient with my repeated mistakes. We spoke French from the time I got up to the time I went to bed, even watching French movies with me after dinner which he must have seen many times over.!!
The walks in the countryside were fantastic as each day Pierre would take me to a different village and we would walk on tracks for a couple of hours without ever getting lost! This is such a beautiful part of France with so much history and agriculture which he relayed to me in French.
Pierre cooked amazing meals for us. I am amazed at how organised he was to fit this all into our schedule!
After initial conversations with Pierre on my arrival, he was able to assess my level and adapted his teaching accordingly. I never felt like I was a pupil receiving lessons which had been preprogrammed.
I felt very empowered after my week and was able to converse at the wedding of my friends south of Toulouse and over the course of the next weeks holiday in France.
I highly recommend Pierre’s professionalism and his knowledge of the origins and structure of the French language. He made the lessons very interesting and varied.
Thankyou Pierre for an awesome week!! I am very inspired to continue with learning and speaking French!
First of all I want to assure you that my week in Tayrac was a wonderful experience is many, many ways. Learning more French and hopefully improving a bit were of course important.
In addition was learning about and gaining an understanding of the history of that region of France. The afternoon hikes and excursions were so special for me.
I learned a lot about myself and came to understand more and more those things that are challenging in one’s life.
My week with you was a perfect preparation for the remaining weeks that I spent in my travels. I have so much to think about and for which I can be very thankful.
Thanks again and again for the wonderful week you gave to me.
I’ve ordered Farine de Sarrasin and I plan to master making the Galette. Like all of you meals, that was great. I cannot remember feeling so comfortable and healthy as I did having three well balanced meals, plenty of water and good exercise in the afternoon for an entire week.
You’re the best, Pierre, and stay in touch.
We spent one week in a French immersion course with Pierre in his lovely home in Tayrac. We felt at ease straight away with his calm and patient demeanor. My husband and I are at different levels of French but Pierre figured a way to help us both progress. We thoroughly enjoyed the lessons, the hiking trips and the home cooked food ! We felt that we both made progress with our French and felt more confident in conversing in French. Many thanks Pierre !
I had been thinking of doing an in-home immersion for several
years. For over twenty years I have done French classes at
various schools, online tutors, and even a week of intense
private lessons at a boarding school. What I was missing was a
more organic experience. I contacted Pierre and he was kind
enough to accept a last minute booking and squeeze me in.
Initially hesitant about sharing personal space with somebody
that I did not know, plus having to communicate in French, I
was surprised how quickly I felt at ease.
Every day I was blown away at the beauty of the countryside
and history of the surrounding villages that we visited. For me it
was a nice balance of structured learning followed by visiting a
chateau and tasting wine, a miellerie and tasting honey, hiking
Pierre has crafted an environment that allows one to focus on
French 100% without any distractions. With the amazing meals
he prepared and planned activities I felt well taken care of. We
spent over 12 hours each day together and his patience never
To top things off and give Pierre a break from all of the cooking,
on my last evening we enjoyed dinner at a restaurant led by a
Michelin starred chef.
This homestay exceeded my expectations and I am already
making plans for another immersion with Pierre. An experience
of a lifetime!
French Immersion Course with Pierre May 2022
Martin Forth – Pattaya, Thailand
After a couple of years of French self-study, exclusively online, I decided to take a French immersion
course, with Pierre, however the Covid pandemic got in the way. I finally got to spend two weeks with
Pierre for my immersion course earlier this year. Never having done anything like this before and not
having had any formal French tuition since high school, I’m 71, I was a little bit nervous and
apprehensive how it would go. I shouldn’t have worried, Pierre and his family made me feel at home
from the first day and I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks with him.
I arrived on a Saturday, and quickly settled in. From the first dinner I really enjoyed all the home cooked
food together with lots of cheeses and a variety of wines. The first Sunday I joined his father and some
of his friends for a three-hour hike. The formal training started on Monday morning and each weekday
we started with three hours of formal classes, tailored to my level of French, a little daunting at first but
the time passed quickly, Pierre carefully correcting me as we progressed. After lunch and a short rest,
we spent each weekday afternoon visiting local villages and the countryside where we generally went on
a hike for a couple of hours. I wasn’t aware before my trip of the very extensive and well-maintained
network of hiking trails in France. The small towns and villages gave me a taste of everyday French life
away from the big cities. Before returning home for dinner, we often stopped at a local cafe for a drink
and a chat about the day and the world in general. In the evening after dinner, we watched several
episodes of a French TV series about a French village during the second world war. That was challenging
to follow but with the sub-titles in French I was able to follow most of it.
Throughout the two weeks we spoke almost exclusively in French, but Pierre would always help and
encourage me when I got stuck for a word, phrase, or conjugation. My brain was tired at the end of each
day but encouraged to learn more the next day.
For me a very worthwhile experience and I think my French improved greatly especially my
comprehension and being able to follow everyday French conversation. Thanks to Pierre and his family I
would certainly recommend it to students to improve your French and experience French culture.
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!!