French Immersion At Teacher’s In Provence, Avignon, France
Starting from €1650 Per Week
- 15 hours of formal classes
- Whole apartment (2 large bedrooms + 2 ensuite bathrooms + 1 living room + 1 kitchen)
- 2 per day (B + L ) with active French conversations
- 2 excursions (one in Avignon, one in Provence) with guided French practice
- 1 to 4 traveling together
1 queen bed
1 queen bed
1 sofa bed
Types of Courses Offered: French conversation, Exam preparation, French for cooking classes
Teacher Certifications: Graduated with a Master’s degree in French literature and sociology, I am a certified tester in official French exams (DELF, DALF and TCF)
Extra Activities/Options: French Cooking Class ; Pastry and Baking class with a professional (from Sept 2021 on); Horse riding in Camargue (among bulls and flamengos); Boat ride and scuba diving in Les Calanques;
Meet Julie - your French tutor, language buddy & host In France
Bonjour! My name is Julie, I am a certified, experienced professor of French as a foreign language, and I also hold degrees in French literature, in sociology and anthropology.
I speak English, German and Portuguese fluently, and I can tailor my classes to your needs, depending on your native language, your objectives and your interests.
The Charming City Of Avignon
Avignon is a gorgeous medieval city in the heart of Provence, known among others for its Palais des Papes and Pont d’Avignon (with the famous children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon”… ).
You will have a whole comfortable flat to yourself in the heart of Avignon and I reside myself 10 minutes away from it.
The city, which still has its ramparts of the Middle-Ages, is full of history and very comfortable and pleasant to stroll in with its cafés, flea markets, paved streets, charming boutiques, etc.
My Teaching Approach
Learning French in an informal fashion, in France, in the company of local people : isn't it the best way to learn the language?
During the classes, we will focus on improving your speaking skills, with conversation about your interests: your family, your travels, languages, movies, sports, food, books, geopolitics, philosophy, music, or whatever you care to discuss.
While you speak, I will not interrupt you, but will take notes on your progress, highlighting your recurrent mistakes, mentioning useful grammar points, or pointing out idiomatic ways of expressing what you mean. I will then use these notes to choose specific grammar games to overcome your mistakes, or narrative board games to make you practice and speak more fluently.
During your free time, I will encourage you to work with the progress evaluation notes and to do written work to strengthen your new knowledge.
After the class, I will encourage to speak in a more informal way : we can have an informal conversation in one of the many cafés around the area, walk around the city, or meet some of my friends in the evening.
During your French immersion stay, breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday through Friday.
I enjoy cooking local dishes with fresh produce from the daily market, lots of colorful vegetables but also meat and fish from the regional recipes. If you have special diet requirements, I can also adapt and provide meals suited to your personal dietary needs. I really do love cooking and sharing the art and pleasure of French cuisine.
And if you want to experience Avignon as a local, I’ll take you to the local fresh food daily market called Les Halles (or ‘covered market’). If you’re a food craver, there is a de-li-cious pastry shop just across the street that sells out pastries at the end of each day!
Twice a week, we will go together on an excursion, one inside Avignon, another in the Provence region. Excursions are indeed the perfect occasion to relax and speak more naturally.
Learn French In France – Your French immersion Program in Avignon
While Avignon is a human size and touristic city, it is also very close to nature.
There are many ways to explore Provence : walking its local open air markets, hiking around the picturesque villages of the Luberon region, paddling a canoe under the world-renowned Pont du Gard, following the footsteps of Van Gogh in Les Baux, contemplating lavender fields by the abbey at Sénanque, exploring legendary castles, taking up winetasting in the iconic Châteauneuf-du-Pape, horseback riding through the garrigue…
All this is within your reach while with me in Avignon: just design your own art-de-vivre à la française, or rather, à la provençale!
Your French Immersion Homestay Accommodations in Avignon
The apartment is located right in the heart of Avignon (‘intramuros’), which gives you easy access to all the tourist attractions, museums, shops —even fancy clothes boutiques, just a short walk away.
The 18th century apartment kept its original charm intact: terracotta tile floors, exposed beams and roofing frameworks, and original fireplaces. It has large windows and is very light. It’s truly a remarkable apartment.
The kitchen is roomy and nicely equipped, which is good since cooking is one of my favorite hobbies!
There are two big bedrooms with each their private bathroom, and also a sofa bed, so the house can host four to six people in total.
The bedrooms are truly comfortable, with high ceilings, and large French windows with traditional provençal shutters..
Contact Julie - your French tutor, language buddy & host
French Immersion in Avignon
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I just spent a week of French immersion with Julie Gaudin.
All I can say is that “SHE IS THE BEST”.
Here is what I loved about my experience.
Julie is so easy to get along with.
Julie is remarkably good at what she does: understanding the needs of her student and then structuring her lessons in a manner that optimizes the end result.
Julie is an excellent host. The apartment has historical equity. The meals that she prepares are out of this world. Mon Dieu!
She is so knowledgeable about the area that you need not to do any research. She has it all.
I give her an A++
I have been to several language schools in France, but the groups there were usually too large and not adapted to my language level. Of course I learned a lot but it was far too little grammar and how to speak French.
A week of intensive language studies with Julie is the best choice I have ever made, when it comes to language courses in French.
She was able to listen and decide what weaknesses I had and with the help of various games and problems I got drilled into what I needed to learn.
Julie is a social and nice person. I liked and had fun during the lessons with her. When it ended, she always found a way forward.
Food and accommodation were included in the course cost and my wife and I lived in a spacious nice three-room apartment. During the XVII century this apartment belonged to Nicolas Mignard, court painter to Louis XIV and also a friend of Molière, who performed some of his plays in the courtyard of this house from 1655 to 1657.
Good French food was served prepared by Julie, who is an excellent cook. She was careful to find out what food I could not stand or could not eat.
At the lunch table we could sit for a long time and talk, which was a good language lesson.
The excursions were very interesting, because Julie has knowledge and is a good narrator.
One day was a whole day trip with lessons, food and mountain hiking in Provance. One day we went to the halls and she showed me ingredients and taught them what they are called in French.
So I really want to encourage you to get in touch with Julie.
Siv says :
My name is Siv. I’m from Sweden and I was a companion to my husband Lennart on his trip to France.
As I consider myself quite good in speaking French I didn’t take any language lessons.
So if you want to study French and your companionship won’t, but want to follow you to France, I can recommend you to be in contact with Julie.
I had a marvellous time in the beautiful apartment, where I lived with my husband and where we had our breakfast and lunch with Julie.
When my husband had his lessons I was on my own discovering Avignon, which I found was a nice city.
I have also been to France many times, but this week was absolutely the best one up until now without exaggerating.
So if you only had a covid-19 test negativ certificate you can easily go to France.
I’ve done a number of immersions in France, and my week in Avignon with Julie was number one. It was a superb week, time very well spent, working on improving my French, but it was oh, so incredibly enjoyable. Julie is generous with her time and instruction and genuine in her desire to help you improve in a short period. I liked her system of taking notes for you, so you can concentrate on listening and thinking. She’s multilingual, so that probably helps her understand the language learning process, and thus her explanations are clear and concise. I appreciated and benefitted from the amount of time she gives you to try to express yourself. And, she’s not afraid to point out repeated mistakes. By the end of the week, you won’t be making them. She’s immediately attune to strengths and weakness in French as well as your personal interests. She surprised me, a design lover, with a terrific excursion: a tour of a magnifient private residence. Through extended conversations, a few drills, some games, and a couple of homework sheets, I benefitted tremendously from my immersion with her and look forward to a repeat.
Julie also wants you to enjoy Avignon. From the moment I arrived at the train station, she was ready to share the city, its history, and culture. Breakfasts and lunches together, which she prepared on site, always included something to present the regional cuisine as well as other specialties of France. Her beautiful, spacious apartment in the center of the city is your private home for the week. Imagine studying in a grand, richly detailed apartment in a historic building dating back centuries. How could you not want to be more proficient in French?
After many years of not speaking French, I decided that I wanted to start learning again. I had always been afraid of speaking the language, but found it so beautiful. My aim was/is to slowly start again, to build up confidence.
I came across Julie’s profile and liked the idea of not having a typical classroom setting and having a comfortable solution that would let me combine a week of vacation with a learning experience. I had been to Avignon once before, but only for one day and found the city and region beautiful. Am truly happy that I made the choice to visit Julie in Avignon.
Julie is a delightful & very thoughtful host. I felt very comfortable with her from the very first minute onwards. This gave me the confidence to overcome my fear of speaking and that was the key for me to be able to open up to the language again. She assessed my skills very quickly and tailored my week to meet my goals whilst giving me a glimpse into the French way of life.
Our excursions to the covered market of Les Halles and to Châteauneuf-du-Pape topped off the experience. The apartment is located in the center of Avignon, just steps away from all of the city’s wonders that I was able to encounter during my free time. Our joint excursions to the covered market of Les Halles and to Châteauneuf-du-Pape were very enjoyable.
I truly recommend Julie’s French Immersion Class. It was a wonderful experience!
Julie, thank you very much for showing me the beauty of the French language & culture. It is a week I fondly remember. Hope to be able to come back soon!
In early March, 2020, I spent a wonderful week in Avignon with Julie Gaudin for intensive French language learning. My wife was along for the ride but not learning French. It all started when Julie met us at the train station and we walked the short distance to the apartment. Each day, Julie made us a very nice breakfast after which we dove right in to the daily French lessons. I was an intermediate learner and the thing I liked the best was that I had A LOT of opportunity to just practice talking, which is what I wanted and needed. But Julie also did some guided learning as well. This was at the beginning of our time in France so it was perfect for getting my confidence up. Our two outings with Julie were nothing short of spectacular. She drove us to Chateau de Villeneuve les Avignon and on another day, Pont du Gard. And on the way back from the Chateau, she dropped us at the Musée Calvet, which was very nice. We also did an afternoon trip to nearby Nimes by ourselves, which was really good. And of course we had plenty of time to visit the sights in Avignon, of which there are many. The apartment was very nice, quiet, and secure. If you are wanting a really unique French learning experience, in a great city, with a really nice person, I encourage you to contact Julie.
I am an “advanced beginner” French speaker, having returned to it 50 years after my last studies in high school. My immersion experience with Julie was excellent.
Julie is an energetic and challenging teacher. She immediately detected what kind of learner I am, and adapted her teaching accordingly. The lessons were full of new material, difficult but not overwhelming. While it remained a struggle for me to converse comfortably in French, we had many interesting conversations on a range of topics and I learned a lot about contemporary France.
Julie’s apartment is charming and comfortable, with a historic feel. The location is great, and my husband and I easily visited all parts of Avignon on foot after morning lessons were over.
I had a wonderful week in Avignon with Julie in early December 2019.
She is a delightful young lady and an outstanding teacher and I was made very welcome.
I am not young, but she was patient and understanding, extremely good company and a good cook.
My French has improved enormously and I have gained confidence in speaking.
I couldn’t recommend a course with Julie more highly. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
I just spent an extremely enjoyable and profitable week with Julie. We only spoke French throughout my stay so this enabled Julie to hear and correct the countless little mistakes I still make after so many years.
I’m afraid I will continue to make some of them, but certainly not all since Julie greatly heightened my awareness of some of my “favorite” errors. And she wrote them all down so I can always refresh my memory of our work together! Altogether I would say she pushed me out of my comfort zone, especially with her little games! Beware when she gets out those boxes!
She also gave me many links with exercises as well as tips for good French TV series and films, with enough material on a USB stick to keep me occupied all winter. In short, I received so many “takeaways” that I feel the week didn’t really end when it was over.
One morning we went to Uzès, a delightful village I had never visited. The market was very busy, but the little streets where we walked were quiet with only a few other tourists. It was perfect!!
I stayed with Julie for a week at the end of October.
Julie is a really good teacher, she used different tools to keep the learning fun. I was not ready for immersion type of learning but Julie was very patient with me even though she had to repeat same thing over and over again.
Meal time was always fun. Julie is a very good cook, we enjoyed all her cooked meals and conversation.
We also enjoyed our stay at Julie’s apartment. It’s very spacious and perfectly situated in the middle of the town, walking distance to everywhere. We really loved Avignon, beautiful city.
I would very much like to go back and stayed with Julie when my conversational French is better.
My week with Julie was amazing. I am a serious comparison shopper and have tried all kinds of classes/tutors/immersion programs, and this was by far the best experience.
First of all, you can’t go wrong by being in the charming Avignon, with the history, the wine, the sunshine, and a direct TGV from Paris Charles de Gaulle.
The lessons: Julie tailored to my level of French quickly. We made a plan for each day at the beginning of the week, according to my goal, and everyday was different. We had natural conversations, and some times, used games to work on specific skills.
As we spoke, Julie took notes for me (yes SHE’s the one taking notes), so my mistakes/quirks were properly and thoroughly noted. This was a new thing in my French learning experience and it saved so much time, so I can focus on learning. By day two, I was forgetting English.
Julie planned an outing to a winery and an outing to a local farmers market. She also showed me around the city, pointing me to the local places not typically for tourists, like yoga studios and cat cafe. :)
When it was not the ”official” class time, Julie continued to correct me, and gave me tips. Since we spent breakfast and lunch together everyday, the lessons are actually 5 hours long.
Not only is Julie an amazing teacher, she’s also a wonderful cook. I thoroughly enjoyed her home-made yogurt, jam, tomato sauce – the list goes on.
Julie was a wonderful host and excellent french teacher.
I’m closer to beginner and my spouse is closer to intermediate. She was very patient and flexible to our differing needs.
She gave us her whole apartment to ourselves which is conveniently located in the middle of old Avignon. It’s a bright, airy space with high ceilings and a fully equipped kitchen.
Julie took us on some fabulous outings to some medieval villages and to Chateau Neuf de Pape for a very memorable wine tasting in an ancient cellar. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
Julie is also a gourmet cook and made us many delightful meals with foods from the local area. Every morning we would have chocolate croissants, coffee, her homemade yogurt, and fruit. She was also very accommodating to our dietary requests.
She is an extremely warm and engaging personality and we immediately felt at home with her. We stayed for two weeks and were glad we did as our language skills improved and she was so enjoyable to be around.
This experience prepared us for the rest of our month long vacation in France. We couldn’t have made a better choice.
We cannot recommend Julie too highly!
We spent a week with her in September 2019. Our goals were to improve our French, and to have fun. We succeeded in both goals.
Julie is a terrific teacher. She is patient, clear, organised, and encouraging.
Our days started with breakfast, prepared by Julie. The mornings were taken up with our lessons – the three hours flew by. She emphasises fluency in French as it is spoken today. She gently corrects pronounciation. And she is keen for her pupils to expand their vocabulary.
After lunch – prepared by Julie – we were free to explore Avignon. On one afternoon she took us to Arles, and on another afternoon we visited some heritage buildings in Avignon which are normally closed to the public but which were open during the annual Heritage Days which co-incided with our stay in Avignon.
Julie’s apartment is delightful and is located within the medieval centre of Avignon, close to shops, restaurants, museums, and the famous Palace of the Popes.
Avignon is a charming city – the perfect location for a week of study, and full of history, art and fine architecture. And it is close to Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and the vineyards of the Southern Rhône.
We enjoyed our experience with Julie so much that we plan to return for a further intensive course in the summer of 2020.
My husband Richard and I spent 6 days in Avignon with Julie to study and improve our French. We loved working with Julie and spending time with her in Avignon and on special excursions.
Her apartment in Avignon is lovely and is located right in the heart of the action in Avignon. Although we had very warm temperatures the when we visited June 30 – July 6, 2019, with the apartment’s large windows open at night, the sleeping temperature were fine. Julie is very organized in how she presents the French lessons, and she easily assessed the material we needed to study.
After wonderful breakfasts which included fabulous French croissants, eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt and coffee or tea, we spent 1 ½ to 2 hours on the French lessons. We felt that she did an excellent job of helping us with the verbs, from present regular to irregular conjugations to the passé compose and the imparfait. We had work books to do homework in and then went over these lessons together. She was very helpful with pronunciation and there were times we played some games which required us to use our new found skills in French. She always had us progress at our own pace and comfort level.
We enjoyed shopping with her for lunch or dinner foods in the shops near her apartment. She introduced us to the Bio (organic) foods in the local farmers’ market.
She was good at being willing to accommodate our wishes to travel some during the day, and we would have French lessons sometimes in the late afternoon before dinner. We always spent a total of 3 hours on our French lessons.
We took two special excursions with her during our week. The first one was to one of the wineries in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region. We had a private wine tasting which was great and drove around the area to see some of the other sights.
Our second excursion was to canoe on the Gard River to go under the spectacular Roman aqueduct the Pont du Gard. We enjoyed the canoeing and had a wonderful sighting of a beaver as well as cooling breezes and temperatures. On a small island in the river with a picturesque view of the Pont du Gard, we had a picnic dinner with wine that Julie prepared and packed for us. Then as it was getting dark, we paddled under the Pont du Gard and noticed people gathered up in a viewing area near the Pont du Gard. Then we were surprised by a sound and light show on the Pont! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience!
Julie was always a wonderful hostess and especially a very dedicated teacher. She was always engaging and enthusiastic! I was excited because she made me feel that I could really learn to speak French with a little more work on my part.
It was encouraging for both Richard and me, and we have decided to continue our French lessons in St. Louis.
My two-week class with Julie was a complete success, in fact, it way surpassed my expectations.
Julie is an intelligent, responsible, enthusiastic, and friendly teacher. Within a couple of days, she discovered my learning deficiency and difficulties.
Then for the rest of two weeks, she put in her utmost effort to derive special techniques that helped to overcome these difficulties one by one. In the meantime, these techniques improved my fluency in speaking and continued to help me after I returned home.
Julie employed various teaching methods that brought fun to learning French.
Julie went out off her way to prepare delicious breakfast and lunch that satisfied my strict diet – gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. She attended to my sensitivity to pesticides and made sure all food she served or I bought were pesticide free. I was very touched because I know it was not easy to do.
In our exploration of the region, there was always full of excitement and new discovery. I was too early for the lavender, but Julie tried her best for me to see the beautiful fields of poppy and genet, and the interesting medieval towns.
My two-week adventure with Julie was not only in learning the French language but also in discovering French culture and history. It was truly an immersion class.
Avignon was our third séjour linguistique in the last five years. Each has been remarkably pleasant in its own way. And each of our profs has been helpful, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. But there was something special about Julie Gaudin and Avignon.
First, Avignon is a charming city that benefits from a “taille humaine” and, second, Julie is a charming prof with an infectious eagerness and the energy of youth.
Debbie and I had been to Avignon for 48 hours about two years ago prior to touring Provence on a group bicycle trip. We therefore knew some of the city’s charms. Our plan was to study with Julie for a week and then tour the city and the region on our own for ten days. This worked out well.
Julie sent us a questionnaire in advance of our arrival asking us about dietary issues and requests, activities of interest (she supplied a list of suggestions and excursions), and language skill goals. She followed through on that exercise.
An adept cook, Julie whipped up some of my favorite French dishes including sweet breads (ris de veau). She took Debbie to a Pilates class. And, one of our favorite excursions included a kayak trip under the Pont du Gard.
Debbie and I are at two different language skill levels and Julie adjusted accordingly. She also served as a graciously effective umpire when our competitive juices were flowing. Her classes were efficient and fun. She has a pleasant way of drawing people out into challenging conversations.
Finally, her accommodations were excellent. They are spacious, appealing, and well located in town.
Debbie and I are already plotting a return trip.