No products in the cart.

Small Town

Éliane – Northern France – Small French Town Immersion at Teacher’s

image: Éliane – French Homestay in the SommeEliane

€1300 per week

Lessons: 15 hours

Excursions/tours: 2

Meals: 2 per day (B + D)

Room: Private Bungalow

Max. guests: 1 to 6 traveling together

Teaches kids: Age 12 and up

Contact teacher
Experience an off-the-beaten-path French immersion in the Somme region of France, and enjoy its pristine landscapes, Gothic architecture and WW1 history. French teacher Eliane will welcome you and your family in her lovely house, which she shares with her partner Benjamin, and young dog Okami. You’ll be staying in a spacious private student’s bungalow conveniently located in their garden and discover the North of France while practicing your French with your charming hosts.

Learn French in France – Your Immersion Homestay Program Near Amiens

Your Teacher And Hosts

Bonjour et bienvenue chez nous !

My name is Eliane, and I live in a typical small French town located only one hour away from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

Since I was born to a French mother and a Dutch father, French is my mother tongue, but I’m also fluent in Dutch and English. Before I became an immersion teacher, I worked in a law firm, so I’m familiar with that world as well.

I love interacting with people and talk about French culture and history too, since my region “La Somme” is so famous for its key role during WW1 and WW2.

I often take my students to visit the war museum and the battlefields – now covered with peaceful grass, but still, a very touching site. I also love to paint and cook.

I live with my companion Benjamin: we have a cozy house in Roye, a picturesque and lively small town next to Amiens with plenty of shops, restaurants, an a huge and lovely park where I’ll take you for walks.

Let’s not forget our dog: Okami – meaning “loup” in Japanese (since he’s an akita, we gave him a Japanese name). He is super friendly and really sweet: my students love him and he’s always ready to help them practice there French.

Come visit us and experience a true immersion in French language and culture. We are casual people, live in a cozy house and love having guests over: our motto is: « faites comme chez vous ! » (Our home is your home).

Welcome to Our Home in The Somme Region, France

Our house is in the center of the small city of Roye:  there are plenty of lovely restaurants, a movie theater, and charming shops. Everything is conveniently located within a walking distance and there is also a gorgeous park where we often go for a walk or a jogging – you may even fish there!

We live in a typical “Amiens” style brick townhouse, which has been entirely renovated. It’s warm and cozy, very comfortable and carefully decorated.

On the ground floor, there is a living room and a large adjacent dining room, a toilet, and a small kitchen which leads to our private garden and the student’s bungalow.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and a bathroom.

Your Private Bungalow in Our Garden

Your private space has just been renovated. It’s sunny and comfortable and opens up to our enclosed yard.

The student bungalow features a large room, a kitchen area and a bathroom.

The room has a king size bed with bedside tables, plenty of storage space, a table with two chairs and a comfortable sitting area.

Your private bathroom has a standing shower, a sink and a toilet.

The kitchen area is small but functional – anyway, I do most of the cooking in the big house! But it’s nice for students to have a small kitchen for snacks and coffee.

Two Guest Bedrooms in My House

If you prefer, or if you came with a large family or friends, there is also a lot of space in my house.

We have two guest bedrooms with double beds and a large bathroom with a double sink and a large shower, and separated toilet.

Learn French in The Somme Region in France

Roye is a charming little town next to Amiens and the Imperial city of Compiègne, halfway between Lille and Paris, in the Somme region of France.

“La Somme” is a Department rich in many ways, especially for its WW1 history, castles, gorgeous and authentic villages, prehistoric archeology, Gothic architecture, and to the North, natural parks, and beaches…

We can visit Amiens, a beautiful city with, among other things, its impressive Cathedral, the medieval district Saint-Leu where there are good restaurants, bars and antique shops, and the unique floating gardens of Hortillonages.

If you are interested in history, I’ll take you to the heart of the Somme battlefields (now covered in grass) and visit Albert, a beautiful city where the museum « Somme 1916 » is located: you’ll discover the lives of soldiers during WW1.

For longer outings, we could drive to Paris, or Reims, or to the “Baie de Somme” region with its pristine landscape and beaches. Let me know what interests you: there is plenty to do around here.

Practical Info About Your French Immersion Homestay

Getting To Our House

Roye is only at one our drive from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport, and I can arrange to have you pick up if needed. If you take the train, I recommend TGV Haute Picardie, Noyon, Compiegne or Amiens. All these train stations are close to Roye and I will be at the station waiting for you.

Car Rental

Since our house is located in a city, you don’t need to rent a car although we recommend you do if you wish to be more independent and enjoy all there is to do in this beautiful region of France. Many public transportation options are also available.

Should you not rent a car, I’ll be happy to drive you around, but I will have to ask for a 75 Euros gas fee (a full tank), maybe more should we decide on doing several longer excursions. Pick up at Charles-de-Gaulle airport can also be arranged.


There is good Wifi and cell reception throughout the house.


Benjamin and I occasionally smoke electronic cigarettes, and smoking e-cigarettes is possible inside the house. You are welcome to smoke regular cigarettes outside should you wish to, but please don’t smoke in the student bungalow.


I love to cook and I cook all sorts of food: typical French cuisine of course, but also gourmet ethnic food. I enjoy picking up fresh produce at the farm in season. With your guidance, I will also be happy to adapt my cooking to your specific diet: I’m always eager to learn new recipes.


Because we have a dog, unfortunately, we cannot accept your pet.

A One week (7 Days, 6 Nights) residential french course includes but is not limited to:

  1. Fifteen (15) hours tuition – usually 3h in the morning x 5 days
  2. Accommodation in a bedroom in our house with shared bathroom, or in the private bungalow
  3. Two meals a day: breakfast and lunch with me
    Roye is considered as a gastronomic city because there are many restaurants, and you are welcome to use our fridge and kitchen too for your dinner.
  4. Two outings a week of cultural/touristic tours, or activities (like painting, cooking, shopping, cinema… anything according to your preferences) during which you’ll practice your French with me
  5. Preferred arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday

Please note that entries to museums are not included.

The fee for one person for one week is 1300 Euros.

Additional Guests

You could come alone or we could host up to 6 family members/friends, staying in our house and/or in the student’s bungalow. We have a total of three double beds available for guests.

For one additional guest, the price per week is:

  • Euros 210 in half board, without lessons or excursions.
  • Euros 700 in half board with shared lessons and excursions.

My program is really flexible: I can offer more or less lessons, go for longer excursions, cook three meals a day… Contact me, and we’ll put together a program to best fit your French goals, interests and make the most of your immersion stay with us!


Contact Eliane

French Immersion Teacher in the Somme

  • Date Format: DD slash MM slash YYYY
  • Date Format: DD slash MM slash YYYY
  • Please write a detailed message for the teacher including:
    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.

Jackson french residential immersion in france at teacher's 1Jackson french residential immersion in france at teacher's 1Jackson french residential immersion in france at teacher's 1Jackson french residential immersion in france at teacher's 1Jackson french residential immersion in france at teacher's 1
Stayed in June 2019

Jackson & Jennifer

A Wonderful Host, with a Great Partner, and an Adorable Dog.

My wife recently completed her French Immersion stay with Eliane.  I too enjoyed my experience tremendously even though I was not one of her “students”.

Prior to the trip, I had concerns with how I was going … Read more

cary french immersion sommecary french immersion sommecary french immersion sommecary french immersion sommecary french immersion somme
Stayed in June 2019


A wonderful experience! I spent a week with Eliane in June of 2019 and could not have been more satisfied.

Eliane is one of the most intelligent, patient, and caring people I have ever met. From the enrolment process to the final goodbye at her house, Eliane made everything easy and enjoya… Read more

Don - immersion in franceDon - immersion in franceDon - immersion in franceDon - immersion in france
Stayed in May 2019


I want to thank you again for my stay with you during the latter two weeks of May in the FrenchToday immersion program.

You and Benjamin are truly welcoming and I enjoyed my time in Roye. My accommodations were comfortable and as you know I had no trouble sleeping. Your lunches were wonder… Read more

Joanne - immersion francejoanne - french residential immersion in France at teacher's
Stayed in May 2019


I have just finished a wonderful Immersion week in Roye at Chez Éliane, Éliane and her partner Benjamin were very natural and welcoming from the start. We had a lovely dinner (she is great cook!) and relaxed first evening getting to know each other. I had wanted to do a French Immersion Course … Read more

Lily - learn french residential immersion franceLily - learn french residential immersion franceLily - learn french residential immersion franceLily - learn french residential immersion franceLily - learn french residential immersion france
Stayed in April 2019


I had an amazing week with Eliane and Benjamin at their home in the Somme region of northern France.

I was a bit worried before hand about how it would go as I am 15 and this was my first french immersion but they were so welcoming and patient that I felt at home straight away.

For … Read more

debra french immersion student francedebra student french immersion in francedebra student french immersion in france
Stayed in April 2019


Eliane Paauwen was my French Today teacher last week in the lovely village of Roye.

Eliane was superb! In fact it is difficult for me to write this in English because my first thought now is in French, after only one week. The lessons were interesting, not repetitive, and we talked about m… Read more

Linda french immersion homestay adult france sommeLinda french immersion homestay adult france sommeLinda french immersion homestay adult france somme
Stayed in April 2019


I have just finished a two week French immersion with these objectives in mind:  to speak French more fluently and to improve my listening skills, as well as to work on my grammar weaknesses and pronunciation.

Eliane works very hard to give her students a worthwhile immersion.  She used … Read more

Suomi - immersion student FranceSuomi - immersion student FranceSuomi - immersion student FranceSuomi - immersion student FranceSuomi - immersion student France
Stayed in March 2019


I spent a memorable week with Eliane in March during which I not only studied French but also visited a fascinating region of France and was included in activities of an extended family.

On the French language front, we read a book written by a French journalist about his life with two chi… Read more

student jacqueline Immersion in the Sommestudent jacqueline Immersion in the Sommefrench immersion history war
Stayed in March 2019


I have just returned from a lovely week studying French with Eliane in the Somme region of northern France. Eliane and her partner Benjamin could not have been friendlier or more welcoming.

Communication prior to the course was excellent and from our first emails Eliane was reassuring and … Read more

french adult immersion france historic homestay
Stayed in 2018


My time with Eliane was too short! I would have liked an extra week.

In just one week, I learned so much and was shocked to find out how much I actually knew. Eliane managed to get me to a level of confidence in speaking that I had not anticipated, and this really helped with my work the f… Read more

immersion etudiants adultes francefantastic immersion in francefrench immersion student on WW1 beach France
Stayed in 2018

Jennifer, Helen and Barbara

Jennifer I fancied a week away in October and when a friend suggested a French Immersion stay I was sold. I’ve always loved the French language and couldn’t wait to start talking it again.

We chose Eliane because what she offered was perfect for what we wanted to get from the week.… Read more

amazing immersion in France - ww1 historycastle france immersionlearn french immersion france ww1 battle fields
Stayed in 2018


After studying French on the internet I wanted an opportunity to practice what I had learnt and get past that barrier of not being sure what to say at that moment when it’s needed or understanding the response.

The immersion course with Eliane and her family, Benjamin and Okami was just … Read more

Immersion in the Somme francefrench Immersion in the Sommefrench Immersion in the Somme
Stayed in 2018


I had the wonderful opportunity to meet a beautiful French couple and take a week of French immersion in the Somme this fall. Although I had traveled around much of France before I had never been to this part of the country.

After picking me up from the train station, Eliane and Benjamin w… Read more

learn french in immersionlearn french in immersionlearn french in immersion
Stayed in 2018


I stayed 2 weeks at Eliane’s house and I’m very happy of having done this experience.Now I feel more confident of speaking in France since I started as a A1.

Eliane and his fiancé made me feel like I was at home and they were extremely flexible.

Now I’m going to s… Read more

Your first French Audiobook is on us! 😉

No email nor registration needed. Just download our 2.5-hour audiobook and see how different and efficient our method is. Available for iOS and Android as well as Mac and Windows.

Get Started for Free 2.5-hour audiobook recorded at 3 different speeds with full transcript