French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s In Meilhards, Corrèze
€1200 Per Week
- 15 hours of French Tuition with me
- Private suite with double bed
- 2 meals a day (B+L or D) with active French conversations
- 3 excursions with guided French practice
- 1-2 guests (an extra single bed can be added for a child if needed)
1 double bed
Types of Courses Offered: Conversation. Professional French. Exam preparation : entrance, graduation exams...
Teacher Certifications: English Fluent (say my British neighbors) and I can manage in Japanese.
Extra Activities/Options: Yoga practice with me (not a lesson)
Meet Nicole - your French tutor, language buddy & host In France
My name is Nicole. I am a newcomer in French Today’s network but an experienced teacher of French as a Foreign Language : I’ve taught in universities in China (Beijng 2 years) and Japan (7 years) and also at Hong Kong’s Alliance Française (2 years). Back in France I’ve taught in various design schools, in charge of foreign students.
Meilhards is my hometown. I left Paris 2 years ago to develop this immersion program and complete the renovation of the family house. I’ll be 62 soon but people say I’m an energetic and lively person. I practice nordic walk and yoga. I’m curious about many fields and I’m sure we’ll find a lot to talk about. I’ll be the sole occupant (besides the cat) of the house with you. You have any question during the stay ? I live downstairs so contacting me is very easy.
Typical French Immersion Homestay Program
A Typical 1 Week (7 Days, 6 Night) Immersion Includes But Is Not Limited To:
Accomodations in a Double Suite, 15 Hours of Teaching, 3 Excursions, Half Board.
- Morning:French breakfast can be shared with me downstairs or taken in your suite. Then 3 hours French Class (9 -12) in the study room or 2 hours in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon : you decide.
- Lunch is taken together (good opportunity to practice !)
- Afternoon:3 accompanied excursions – eg. a tour of the medieval city of Uzerche, a walk by the countryside, a local market, a visit to Brive (very much south spirit) or Limoges (porcelaine museum but not only) – according to your interests. During these excursions, we will speak French together (except if you prefer to switch to English).
- Diner : you have acces to the fully equiped kitchen. I'll gladly give you tips if you want to experience some french cooking. And, if my meal suits you, you are welcome to pick in my dish...
- Evening : cultural activities if available. Or, if you prefer, you can join me watching some TV. (Remember : I live downstairs).
Regarding the excursions with French practice, before your arrival we’ll talk about your interests: therefore I can make reservations for a special spot (eg. if you are a wine lover and want to joint the guided visit of the famous distillerie in Brive, in summer, it’s better to make a reservation for groups are limited.)
Preferred arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday but I'm flexible.
The Price With These Options Is 1200 Euros For One Person (entry fees, if any, are not included).
For one additional guest (sharing the same room), the price per week is :
- € 250 in half board with shared excursions (entry fees, if any, are not included)
- € 700 for half board with shared lessons and excursions (entry fees, if any, are not included)
As the house is in a hamlet, renting a vehicle would keep you more independent. However, for those who don't dispose of a car, on days without excursions, I usually offer a ride to the railway station or the bus stop if they want to visit a particular place. Sometimes drop them off at nearby lake for swimming if they wish... Or by the end of the afternoon, you are welcome to join me shopping in a local market or have a drink on a terrasse of some "petit café".
My Teaching Approach :
Whatever your French level is, I dont’ teach following a textbook: you’ll benefit from tailor made lessons. I’m used to teach 100% in French - making probably a lot of faces ! - but I can explain grammar rules in English if necessary. (My British neighbors say I'm fluent in English.) And if you want a break from French at some point we can share meals or visit place in English. You tell me. Same for homework : according to me it is excellent to implement new notions but this immersion stay must stay a pleasant experience.
And I'd like to add that living abroad for years and having myself struggled with learning foreign languages made me a patient person.
As I grow my own vegetables, in summer many products come from my garden, the rest from local shops. I like cooking traditional dishes and my friends praise my desserts.
Getting To My House
If you are coming from Paris by train: you must leave from « Gare d’Austerlitz » and the arrival station is called « Uzerche ». There are direct trains every day. I'll pick you up from the station.
Learn French In France – Your French immersion Program in Meilhards, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
My region offers many possibilities to appreciate the arts but also nature. It is known for the quality of its products : "pommes de Corrèze", "Viande du Limousin" - you might have read these inscriptions in Parisian shops ? Corrèze and Limousin are proud to have kept their traditional know-how.
The most important city in the area is Limoges - 60km away from my house - one of the 4 cities in France which has joined the Unesco "Creative Cities" network (in 2017, Crafts section). You have certainly heard of Limoges porcelain? Bernardaud's fabric, Porcelain museums are worth a visit.
The town of Uzerche, closer to your accommodation, is a medieval town known for the beauty of its architecture. It is part of the national network of the 100 “most beautiful detours” in France. And of course there are many other interesting places: small markets, artisans workshops, artist's studios ... Not to mention sports centers: horse riding - the Chateau de Pompadour and its horse stable can be a part of the excursion program if you wish-, canoeing ... A child would also find a lot of fun activities here.
The blog on my website will give you more information - check the « immersion » section.
In addition to lessons, coming to Corrèze is definitely an opportunity to disconnect from urban lifestyle: walking in nature, painting, taking pictures. The house is located in "Pays de la Vézère" whose landscapes are renowned for being particularly varied.
Your French Immersion Homestay Accommodations in Meilhards, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
The house has been recently fully renovated and designed to suit the guests. In the ground level you'll have access to the kitchen and the living room (a large and sunny open floor) a yard and 2 terrasses. Lessons also take place here, in a dedicated room.
You will be the sole occupant of the first floor. The sunny suite includes an 20 square meters bedroom (double bed with confortable mattress), 2 wardrobes for storage, an armchair.
You also have a desk, a second armchair in your private lounge and a bookshelf full of recent cooking, gardening, fashion, art magazines. You have access to a small fridge to keep beverage or food + a personal coffee/tea maker, with of course a set of tea bags, cups...
If you come with a child, an extra bed (futon type) can be added here.
Your private shower room (including a WC of course) is located next to your room.
Pets are welcomed. I have a cat (Socquettes), who keeps away from the guests.
A final word about this immersion programme ?
Alongside the lessons given by an experienced French Teacher and the freshly renovated house, couples and guests who travel alone, will be welcome to socialise if they wish beyond the teaching hours. I consider my students as friends. Of course, your own suite on the first floor offers total privacy and the two garden terraces offer quality outdoor space to relax and unwind.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Contact Nicole - your French tutor, language buddy & host
French Immersion in Meilhards, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
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