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I decided to get some extra help with my French as I thought it was not up to scratch. I am studying French for A-level/Pre-U and Raymonde accommodated my student level. Staying a week with Raymonde was the best choice possible for me to improve French and gain in confidence in speaking and listening.

These were my main aims on the course and Raymonde tailored and adapted the experience to suit my aims. Raymonde and her partner Michel, and her son Julien were all very welcoming and made me feel at home instantly.

There were lessons in the morning in which we worked on newspaper articles, grammar and listening exercises. They were very helpful in aiding my comprehension as the week progressed.

We went on excursions to Geneva, Lausanne and the Jura mountains. We saw the festival ‘ L’escalade ’ on the day I arrived. People dressed up in costumes and there was a parade of different guilds with animals and music. It was so much fun! I visited the Olympic Museum in Lausanne which is exceptionally well presented and informative. We went on a lovely walk in the snow to a Chalet where I had my first fondue. It was a spectacular way to round off the trip.

The town of Nyon is only a twenty-minute bus ride away and includes attractions such as a castle, a roman museum and a wonderful and modern swimming pool (padlocks are obligatory). Raymonde conversed with me about a whole range of topics, some extended from the lessons in the morning, others involving specific scenarios, culture, and history.

She is as good a host as she is a teacher, with excellent meals, a great sense of humour and incredible patience.

This stay with Raymonde is really the best of both worlds. Being fully immersed in French is great for learning and the excursions and relaxed atmosphere make it a holiday as well. It truly was a marvellous experience all around and I will return home feeling much more confident and having learnt a great deal with Raymonde.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Raymonde as a terrific host and an inspirational teacher.

I hope I get the opportunity to return.

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