If improving your French language skills is your desire, especially where the spoken aspect is concerned, then doing a week-long immersion course with Pierre is for you. Pierre is not only a consummate teacher but a perfect host and guide.
My week in a “gîte” outside Montricoux proved to be a very pleasant experience, not only because it was educational, but it had a strong
cultural component as well. Mornings were devoted to the more formal approach to grammar, syntax, vocabulary, idioms, etc., the building blocks of all languages, but all in a very laid-back and easy approach – nothing like the way I learned French at school in Australia. It was challenging but fun and being “one-on-one” was very reassuring.
The rest of the days were devoted to excursions to local villages and cultural sights where discussions about what was being observed and experienced as well as just “being there” aided in the appreciation of what “French” constitutes – not just a language but a state of mind and a philosophy to be truly admired.
Pierre is not only competent but patient – he was able to read my level of expertise with the language very early and structured the rest of the week accordingly. It was indeed “immersion” but not so deep that I thought I was drowning. I have come home much more confident with what is undoubtedly a beautiful and passionate language and encouraged to continue with my quest to master its intricacies. Another visit in the years to come to renew this experience may show Pierre how far I have progressed and how valuable his
part in the process has been this past week.
And by the way, Pierre is a good cook, so be prepared to help in the kitchen and your experience will be “complet”.