Émilie – Pyrénées Mountains – Scenic French Immersion at Teacher’s & Family
€1400 per week
Lessons: 15 hours
Meals: 3 per day
Room: Private bedroom & bathroom
Max. guests: 1 or 1 couple + 1 kid
Teaches kids: Age 5 and up
Other: Options gourmet cooking, yoga, singing, paragliding.Contact teacher
Learn French in France – Your Immersion Homestay Program in The Pyrénées Mountains
Meet Your French Teacher and Family
Bonjour! My name is Emilie, welcome to our home.
I am a native French woman born of German and Belgian parents. I speak German, English, and Spanish and always dreamt to be an “ambassador”.
I am a certified French teacher from l’Alliance Française and I have a DAEFLE degree in teaching French as a Second Language.
For the last six years, I have been teaching children and adults of all ages from beginners to advanced level. I also give language lessons to our local refugee group, which has been a rich and rewarding experience.
Being very fond of wildlife and open spaces, my husband David and I decided to bring up our two children in the marvelous countryside of the “little Pyrenees” between Toulouse and the Pyrenees mountains.
Our two children, Aristide 18 years and Myrtille, 12 years old, both love having foreign guests around. Myrtille is eager to be a “little French teacher”: she is patient and lots of fun to be around and will enjoy playing French board games with you if you are so inclined.
Finally, we have a cat called Eustache – a very old-fashioned French name: it’s our little nod to all that is retro!
Life here combines calm and quiet with convivial social gatherings. My immersion style is to really include my students in our everyday life, take them to meet our local friends, enjoy with them the local events happening all around us: it’s a real opportunity to see another side of French contemporary life!
“Emilie recognized exactly what I needed to improve my French and we worked on that during the week. She is an outstanding teacher.”
Welcome to Our Home in The Pyrénées, France
Our former farmhouse has just been totally renovated: wood, stone, and metal offer a sleek and simple décor combining modernity and tradition with space.
The house is large enough to have both shared and private areas, and I have a dedicated classroom available for teaching, however I do like to get out of the classroom; we have plenty of other places to choose from, and the garden can be lovely too.
Almost all year round we use the deck as an extended living space for everything from a morning coffee to an alfresco teaching space. It is also the best place to watch wild deer and the really wonderful birds of prey who are regular visitors.
Your Suite and Private Bathroom
Your private suite is furnished with one double bed and two side tables, a desk, and a chair, and has an adjacent dressing room.
Your modern private bathroom has a shower and double-sink, and there is a separate toilet just next door.
The suite accommodates either a single person or a couple. It can be adapted to welcome a family with one child – we’d then bring in an extra bed.
The house was built to achieve maximum light in the day throughout the living areas, and of course the deck. Bedrooms are dedicated to rest and are more intimate with smaller windows: a private, cozy and relaxing atmosphere.
Learn French in The Region of Petites Pyrénées in France
From the view of our house, you have the impression that we are in the heart of the countryside, with just fields, woodland, and wildlife…
In reality, we are only 8km from the nearest village, called Aurignac. It’s a pretty and vibrant medieval village, with lots of history, local shops, two restaurants, a museum, as well as a cinema, open-air pool in the summer and tennis courts.
Further afield we can also visit Toulouse “the rose city”, the regional capital of Occitanie, with its charming city center of rose pink brick buildings, museums and café life, great for shopping and all things cultural.
In winter, skiing is also an option with several choices of resort, including Superbagnères and Peyragudes, and for the very daring among you there are paragliding and via ferrata opportunities. Walking, hiking, cycling etc… are readily available around hour house.
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course
Getting to our house
Our nearest international airport is Toulouse. Trains from Toulouse arrive in nearby Boussens, from where we can easily pick you up. Other regional airports are smaller but worth looking at, such as Lourdes and Carcassonne.
To really make the most of your stay I recommend that you rent a car, but it’s absolutely no problem if you would prefer to be picked up at the train station, not bother with a car, and take things at a slower pace.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the house (although a bit slow).
Inside the house is non-smoking. You may smoke in the garden if you wish.
There is central air throughout the house.
We both really enjoy cooking with organic vegetables from our local producer, salads with edible wild plants, or local classic dishes such as confit de canard, fresh porcini mushrooms…
We welcome vegetarians and could adapt to other diets with your kind guidance.
As we have a shy cat, I’m sorry but we cannot welcome your pet.
A typical 1 week (7 days, 6 night) immersion includes but is not limited to:
- 15 hours tuition – usually 3 hours in the morning over 5 days.
- As much (or as little) homework as you want: listening activities, preparation for conversation/discussion, extending your vocabulary, writing a diary etc…
- Comfortable suite with private bathroom.
- 3 meals a day: breakfast with myself and my daughter Myrtille, a lunch with myself or a prepared picnic lunch for days when you prefer to go out sightseeing and a family dinner with Myrtille, David and me: Aristide will join us over most weekends.
- 2 accompanied excursions or cultural activities – eg. a visit to Aurignac, Saint-Bertrand de Comminges, Toulouse, a walk through fields and woods or in the mountains, a visit to a local château or special garden, a local festival, preparing a French specialty dish together – according to your interests.
- Inclusion in my hobbies and activities (yoga, singing rehearsal for local events, cashier at the cinema, coordinating French classes for asylum seekers)
For this program, the fee for one person is 1400 Euros.
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.
There are other options for more tuition or excursions further afield… I am flexible, and will happily adapt to special requests.
Train tickets and activity fees not included (museum, concert, paragliding, etc…)
There are so many things to do around here, and so many interesting French people to meet. I personally contacted these reliable professionals who are eager to meet French immersion students, and help them practice their French. Should you have other interests, please let me know: I can probably arrange something for you!
- Gourmet cooking class, gathering and using wild plants, with Anna Lisa or Vanda.
- Baking bread with a family of French farmers.
- Kundalini Yoga focusing on breathing with Laurence.
- Paragliding with Philippe who is a certified paraglider
- Personal sport trainer with Chloé.
My family & I really look forward to helping you progress in French and have a truly unique stay in this stunning part of France.
“If you are looking to learn or improve your French but also to have a very special and wonderful experience, we highly recommend doing an immersion program with Emilie.”
Jilian & Jonas
French Immersion Teacher in the Pyrénées Mountains
Stayed in January 2020
A spectacular learning vacation!! I spent the first week of January improving my french with Emilie and her friends and family. The experience surpassed my every expectation.
My language skills improved noticeably, I learned specialized vocabulary in real-world situations each day, I spent… Read more
Stayed in December 2019
I am extremely lucky to be able to spend a week during Christmas with Emilie’s family. It is THE best French immersion experience.
Emilie and her family all have a generous heart and love to share whatever they have with friends and families. Even though I am here for only a week, they c… Read more
Stayed in December 2019
When I came to see Emilie for a week in early December I was in need of help to rebuild both my competence and confidence in speaking French with friends and family.
Over the years I have done some random class based courses but found they were not targeted to my many weaknesses and I knew… Read more
Stayed in November 2019
For a person who speaks almost no French, I was quite apprehensive about taking an immersion class in preparation for retiring to France.
The moment I met Emilie, I knew I had made the right choice. She was very patient and structured her classes to meet my beginners’ needs.
The… Read more
Stayed in November 2019
My immersion stay with Emilie was absolutely wonderful !
She is a charming hostess and her home is beautiful and warm and comforting for both body and spirit. There are plenty of things to do in this region, and natural beauty everywhere you look.
Best of all, Emilie is an excellent… Read more
Stayed in October 2019
When I arrived at Emilie’s house I was made to feel extremely welcome by everyone present. Even though I was leaving my family for the week, they made sure that I wasn’t homesick and I soon bonded with Myrtille over our love of manga and ‘bande dessinée’. This led to a daily ritual of re… Read more
Stayed in October 2019
My visit with Emilie and her family and her family started with a warm welcome at the train station from Emilie, David and Myrtille. Aristide was living away from home during my stay.
The very same afternoon that I arrived, I was treated to a traditional French guinguette at the country ho… Read more