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Isabelle – Arcachon City – Immersion at French Teacher’s By The Ocean (Yoga Option)

image: Isabelle - French Immersion Homestay in ArcachonIsabelle L

€1300 per week

Lessons: 15 hours

Excursions/tours: 2

Meals: 3 per day

Room: Private bedroom & shared bathroom

Max. guests: 1 guest to one couple

Teaches kids: Age 6 and up

Other: Pets welcome. Free group yoga session. Options: yoga, kayak, paddle-board...

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Discover the exquisite region of Arcachon with this unique French immersion homestay by the beach. French teacher Isabelle and her son Théotim (14) will welcome you in their modern flat, near all public transportations. Walk everywhere, or bike, or even rent a car to go visit the coast or the nearby vineyards of Bordeaux. With its warm microclimate, Arcachon is a great destination year round: it’s a sportive’s paradise, a nature-lover heaven, a food gourmet wonderland! Discover this unique region of France while improving your French under Isabelle’s kind guidance and company.

Your French Immersion Homestay in France, by the Ocean

Meet Your French Teacher and Family

Bonjour and welcome to my home.

My name is Isabelle, I am in my late forties and a native French teacher with solid experience in teaching French in international schools abroad and tutoring. I am also a certified Yoga teacher.

I started teaching French in Houston, USA about 10 years ago and after moving to Malaysia, I taught at the “Alliance Française” + international schools in Kuala Lumpur.
I was lucky to live 11 years abroad in 5 different countries, (The Congo, South Africa, Scotland, USA and Malaysia) and enjoyed lots of travelling all around the globe, both for work and leisure.

My son Théotim (16) lives with me part time, and although French is his native language, he is also fluent in English. Since we lived in different countries, we understand how challenging it can be to speak in another language, and we will gently encourage you to speak French and adapt our French to your level.

When you come to stay with us, you’ll get plenty of practice in French: on top of the structured French lessons, I will include you in my everyday activities as much as possible and offer to share a relaxing time with Yoga.

And last but not least, you’ll get plenty of French practice with my miniature dachshund Malta: she’s a patient listener, and will agree with everything you say.

See you soon in Le Bassin d’Arcachon !

Welcome to Our Flat in Arcachon, France

“La Teste-de-Buch” is a safe neighborhood of Arcachon city. Shops, restaurants, public transportation to go downtown Arcachon or explore the region, bike paths, the beaches and the sea: everything is at hand.

We live in a very quiet modern building ensemble, with a large private park, beautiful trees and a playground. Lots of people who live in my neighborhood work at a nearby military base, so I’m lucky to live among really good, polite, friendly neighbors, in a very safe area.

There is a bakery and a small grocery shop, buses services, all across the street, and the train station is at a walking distance.

My flat is located on the French 1st floor (US 2nd floor) without elevator. As it’s the case for many flats in French cities, the rooms are not very large, but it’s very sunny, and quiet.

There is a balcony, three bedrooms, one bathroom with a bathtub and a shower, a large and sunny living room / dining room with a big TV, a small eat-in kitchen and a separate toilet.

Your Bedroom in my Apartment

Your private room is quiet and sunny since there is a big double window. There is a queen size bed, a desk and a built-in wardrobe. Please note that the bathroom is shared with us.

The City of Arcachon in France

Arcachon is a lovely seaside French town. It’s known for its 1900 architecture, amazing parks and beaches,  and super fresh seafood. French people are not stressed here: we live by the sea and enjoy nature to its fullest.

If you want, I’ll be happy to lend you a bike to explore.

La Dune du Pilat (highest sand dune in Europe, named 2nd world most beautiful beach) is accessible by bike on a dedicated and secure path. The Bird Park in “Le Teich” is amazing too.

« L’île aux oiseaux » et « Le Banc d’Arguin », « Cap Ferret » , are only a boat ride away; Bordeaux, its nearby castles, exquisite wines and authentic vineyards is at a 45 minute drive.

I’m quite sporty myself: if you like horseback riding or simply the company of beautiful horses and the countryside, I’ll take you to my riding club. We can also play tennis together, my club is at a walking distance from my flat.

We love the sea and enjoy practicing pretty much all the sea related sports!

If you are even more adventurous we can arrange other activities like paragliding, kite-surfing…

Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course

Getting To My House

You can reach my house by taking the train to Arcachon. The nearest airport is Bordeaux, and I pick-up at Bordeaux Airport can easily be arranged for Euros 50.

Car Rental

HoIf you want to be more independent and discover the area on your own, I suggest you rent a car: there is so much to see around here!


Wifi is reliable throughout the house.


We do not smoke, but smoking is possible outside.


My region is famous for its incredible fresh produce such as oysters, fish and seafood, fruits & vegetables, chicken, cheese and duck…

I usually like to cook gluten free meals and personally I don’t eat meat, so it can be all vegetarian as well. But I do cook meat for my son and my friends, so I’ll be happy to prepare whatever pleases you: I understand students also want to enjoy the local French food!


We have a friendly female dachshund who would love welcome your pet companion, granted s/he is as friendly and obedient as she is (hum…)

A typical 1 week (7 days, 6 night) immersion includes but is not limited to:

  • 15 hours of french courses (usually 3 hours in the morning, but can be flexible)
  • 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) that we’ll be happy to share with you unless you’d rather take off on your own.
  • Accommodation in a nice and sunny guest room in my quiet apartment. We will share the bathroom.
  • 2 accompanied excursions or cultural activities*

At the end of the stay, I will give you a report of your French courses + advice to go on improving your French with some references of useful websites and books.

*extra fees are not included (museums, kayak/canoe tours or rentals, surf sessions, sailing, etc…)

For this program, the price for one person is 1300 Euros.

Additional Guest

For one additional guest, the price per week is:

  • Euros 315 in full board, without lessons or excursions,
  • Euros 805 in full board with shared lessons and excursions.

Learn French + Yoga

Yoga is more than a passion, it is a way of life. As I love teaching, it was only natural for me to share my yoga experience as well, so I became a certified yoga instructor in 2014.

I give small group classes near my place and you are welcome to attend, at no extra cost.

I give one to one sessions as well, totally suitable to individual needs, so if you are interested, I’ll be delighted to discuss that option with you.

When the weather permits, we can practice outside, on the beach, while enjoying the soothing sound of the waves, or at the park with birds’ songs.

Additional Services

Since your immersion stay will take place in a city, there is plenty of services around! I have many contacts in the area and could give you names of professionals who would be happy to speak French with you and take you kayaking, or give you surf or sailing lessons, or offer a relaxing Ayurvedic massage! Let me know if there is anything else you’d like to do, and I’ll look into it.

Isabelle L

Contact Isabelle

French Immersion Teacher in Arcachon

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    1. Whether you’ll be traveling by yourself or with friends/family (and if applicable the number of people just staying at the teacher or also taking classes and a bit more about them)
    2. The duration of your desired immersion stay and whether you are flexible about the immersion dates
    3. A few details about yourself: your hobbies, your French learning goal, the kind of immersion you'd like (little/lots of homework, outdoor or more indoor activities), any food allergies or other problems you may have. The teachers will be opening their own home to you and although they’ll ask you more questions if they are able to fit you in, knowing a bit about you from the start would be really helpful and a huge gain of time.

Stayed in June 2019


Recently I completed a week of French immersion with Isabelle. It was an amazing experience.

Her apartment was very sunny, comfortable and quiet. Theotim, her son, was fun and delightful to be around. Her cooking was delicious and she introduced me to the wines and specialities of the regi… Read more

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Stayed in May 2019


My stay with Isabelle was everything one can hope for with an immersion stay. From the time she and her partner, Abel, met me at the airport to my departure, I felt comfortable and welcome.

The formal lessons were varied but still structured. I particularly liked a few of the methods that … Read more

Stayed in April 2019


I had such a great time with Isabelle! The highlight of my week was when we went on a hiking trip and did some birdwatching with a group of other people, the views were breathtaking and the people were all lovely and being immersed in so much French conversation was very useful.

For me the… Read more

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Stayed in March 2019


In March I had a wonderful week in an immersion program with Isabelle. In thinking about how to describe my stay, I realized that most of what I was thinking of saying has already been said by many others. That just goes to show what a consistently great experience Isabelle provides! She is… Read more

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Stayed in March 2019


I have been learning French for a very long time but had hit a plateau. Despite putting in the time, I felt that progress was limited. My French-American girlfriend wouldn’t even speak to me in her native tongue because, while my reading and writing were OK, the slowness and clumsiness of m… Read more

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Stayed in March 2019


My week with Isabelle flew by! Despite my nervous and limited French, she made me feel comfortable right away.

The whole apartment is clean and well put together, with the wonderful character bonus of her two lovely dogs, Max and Malta!

Her lessons are put together with thought, tai… Read more

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Stayed in 2018


Having completed only a week for my Immersion with Isabelle in Arcachon, I can say it was well worth the effort.

I was a proper immersion: becoming part of the family of Isabelle and her son doing things together frequently.

The teacher is so important: here, always on time, cheerfu… Read more

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Stayed in 2018

Mary Tess

My week with Isabelle was just as I had hoped.At the end of September the weather was just right and I was able to do lots of exploring of the beautiful Arcachon basin.

Isabelle, her family and her friends couldn’t have been more gracious and welcoming – and patient with my very basic … Read more

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Stayed in 2018


This summer I decided to have a true language immersion experience while exploring different regions of France. I have always been amazed by the diversity of the country.

The network of French Today teachers allowed me to combine my two objectives – to improve my French and to visit … Read more

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Stayed in 2018


I have been working on my French for a while on my own. French is my passion and when I came across the French immersion programs I thought that I should give it a try. I chose Isabelle by chance and I am glad I did.

She welcomed me into her life, she took me with her in many places and ma… Read more

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Stayed in 2018


I just spent a fabulous week with Isabelle improving my French listening skills, pronunciation, and grammar. It was truly an extraordinary time!

She is a generous hostess, an extremely competent teacher, and a very gracious person with her time– inviting me into her world to really a… Read more

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Stayed in 2018


It was way beyond my expectations for the a week of French Immersion with Isabelle.

I’ve long forgotten most of my basic French grammar, but Isabelle was so patient and kind in coaching me back during the 3hr of lessons every morning.

Outside the lessons, Isabelle took me along to… Read more

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Stayed in 2018


I had a really pleasant week with Isabelle and Theotim and the dogs, Malta and Max, and Abel.Isabelle is a great teacher, making the lessons fun and varied whilst getting to grips with the many gaps in my knowledge of both written and spoken French.

We spoke in French all the time except t… Read more

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