French Immersion Homestay At Teacher’s In Meilhards, Corrèze

With Nicole - your French tutor, language buddy & host

€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)
Contact Nicole
You've probably visited Paris and maybe some other major French cities. For your next trip why not try something different : an immersion in traditional, authentic France? My house is in a small hamlet in Nouvelle-Aquitaine : if you are looking for both studying French and days of calm, relaxation or taking walks in beautiful landscapes - not to mention reputed food - … Corrèze is an excellent choice. But don't misunderstand me : the area has also plenty of other experiences to offer! Fans of medieval cities with atmosphere, sports practitioners and art lovers (the city of Limoges and its world famous porcelaine is close) won’t be disappointed.

Amenities/Features

Private Bathroom
Wifi
Garden/Yard
Teaches Adults & Children
Pets Allowed
Free Parking
Vegan Option

Sleeping Arrangements

Student's Bedroom
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

Bonjour! 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 (Beijing 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 am 62 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.

You had to cancel your trip to France due to the Covid situation? You would like to prepare your immersion stay with some revision sessions? I also give online private classes. Why dont you have a try?

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 access 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).

Additional Guests:

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)

Transportation:

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 a 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. Last point: I'd like to add that living abroad for years and having myself struggled with learning foreign languages made me a patient person.

Diets

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? 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. And of course there are many other interesting places: small markets, artisans workshops, artist's studios... 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. Nicole.


Contact Nicole - your French tutor, language buddy & host

French Immersion in Meilhards, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Reviews (5)

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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.

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

Sandy and Phil (Canada): Online courses

My wife and I are learning French as we wish to spend part of our time in France when we retire.  We found Nicole when researching potential immersion home-stays, and decided to start video classes instead, while there are so many travel restrictions in place.

Nicole is an excellent teacher and we are really improving our French thanks to her lessons.  Initially she assessed our current level of French so she could tailor the lessons to match our level.  Although we had some high-school french from a long time ago, we were very much beginners. She uses the “Alter Ego” textbook, along with the companion workbook.  Then we each have a weekly one hour video session with Nicole to go over the lesson for the week.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to practice listening to spoken French and speaking French ourselves, as well as learning grammar and vocabulary.

The conversations with Nicole are really enjoyable.  She’s a very patient teacher and can clearly explain the concepts that cause us difficulty, as well as give us details on how French is spoken in real life as opposed to textbook French.  For both of us, our spoken French has improved tremendously in the few short months since we began working with Nicole. Although Nicole is fluent in English, we quickly found we could converse mostly in French, after just a few classes.  Being able to speak French in a ‘safe’ place has increased our confidence a lot – we are no longer hesitant to speak French, as we were before. We enjoy our weekly lessons, and having email discussions with Nicole in between – she is now a friend as well as our tutor. We are really looking forward to a stay at her place in the future so we can meet her in person!

Sarah (Australia) Online Classes

Bonjour à tous et à toutes.

Cette année 2021, j’ai eu le grand plaisir de faire la connaissance de Nicole par le biais de nos cours hebdomadaires sur Internet. Elle m’a énormément aidée à progresser dans mon apprentissage de français et nos cours ont vraiment été un point fort pendant le confinement. Merci Nicole du fond du cœur.

Nicole, c’est une prof douée et bien organisée qui vous met immédiatement à l’aise. Elle découvre rapidement vos points forts, vos points faibles et vos besoins pour qu’elle puisse vous aider à atteindre vos objectifs.  Nicole a individualisé  les cours selon mon gré et  après chaque cours elle fait le point par écrit. Parfois nos cours sont structurés et parfois je cherche plus de spontanéité pour me tester. Ça m’a beaucoup encouragée et, en même temps, ça m’a aidée à intégrer les cours et à rester motivée.

Nicole est généreuse avec son temps et elle rend les cours intéressants et bien adaptés à mon rythme. Elle est accompagnée de son chat « Socette » qui s’assoit sur ses genoux et qui ronronne. Mon but personnel est de parler avec plus de fluidité et de parler plus comme un francophone, tout en prenant du plaisir. J’ai déjà étudié avec tous les manuels et j’avais plutôt besoin d’une prof qui pourrait  me corriger sans me faire bloquer et qui m’enseignerait des expressions courantes et familières, c’est à dire, le français comme on le parle vraiment ! J’ai encore du chemin à faire mais j’ai progressé à grands pas grâce à Nicole. Elle m’a donné un aperçu de la culture française et un soif d’en découvrir plus.

J’ai réservé un séjour en immersion chez elle en 2022. Vivement que je sois là!

Connie (from San Diego): 2 weeks Immersion Stay

I have been trying to learn French for the past three years.  I knew something was missing as I hadn’t been able to speak and understand even simple phrases in French.  I had the pleasure of meeting friendly French people, some have become my friends.  I love traveling in France and hope I can speak the language while being in France. 

Nicole under-promised and over-delivered her French learning immersion program in her hometown, Meilhards in Corrèze region.  I had the great opportunity to learn from her for two weeks.  I wish I could stay longer.  She was well-prepared before my arrival including taking some time to record and write down an interview of a perfumer because I am passionate about perfumes and she also got perfumery books from her local library for me to read.

The name of her website is Le Français juste pour vous (French just for you) and she offers a unique bespoke learning experience. She understands each student is different, therefore, she prepares for the learning course for students individually.  I really appreciated what she does to help people like me to learn French.

Nicole is a highly educated professor with many years of teaching experience in Asia and her homeland France and she does it with an incomparable passion.   She answered my questions instantly and it’s so easy and clear for me to follow.  

A side note: It’s such a rejuvenating experience to stay in the countryside in France. The living/staying experience was much better than I expected with the home cooked (French) meals by her every day. The bedroom, bathroom and study room I had stayed in her house made me feel like staying in a 5 star hotel.  It’s an unforgettable experience!  

Merci beaucoup à Nicole!  Connie

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