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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

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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.

We also enjoy a large private garden in which is located the student’s bungalow. There are actually 2 gardens: a smaller one separating our house from the student’s bungalow with a nice outside sofa area: very comfortable to read with a coffee or a glass of wine, and the backyard with a dinning table and another sitting area.

Your Private Bungalow in Our Garden

Your private bungalow is sunny and really comfortable and opens up to our back yard through a large sliding door. You’ll enjoy a large bedroom with a king size bed, a comfortable sitting area, a table with two chairs, a small kitchen and a bathroom with 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 our house.

We have two guest bedrooms with double beds and a large bathroom with a double sink and a large shower, and separated toilet, a dinning room, living room and of course our fully equipped kitchen.

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.

Wifi

There is good Wifi and cell reception throughout the house.

Smoking

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.

Diets

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.

Pets

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!

Eliane

Contact Eliane

French Immersion Teacher in the Somme

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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.

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Stayed in September 2019

Shirley

I really enjoyed my stay with Eliane and Benjamin. They were both very friendly and accommodating.

As a teacher Eliane is very supportive and patient. She picked up right away on my learning style. My goal is to be more conversational. As a beginner and shy person, she was quick to gently … Read more

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Stayed in September 2019

Stephanie

Thank you so much Eliane and Benjamin !

You were wonderful hosts relaxed and giving. I really appreciated that. I enjoyed having my own place too. Merci !

Thank you for your delicious meals and it was so nice to share the meals we did.

I was very happy to meet Okami and be ab… Read more

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Stayed in September 2019

André & Christina

Merci beaucoup pour ce séjour agréable à Roye. Votre générosité et votre hospitalité ont dépassé toutes nos attentes.

The classes and the format was excellent. My vocabulary and my pronunciation was improved and it is exactly what I needed. Knowing that my pronunciation and my voc… Read more

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Stayed in August 2019

Lesley

I cannot recommend Eliane highly enough. She really understood that I needed to understand the structure of the language in order to develop my speaking skills. Her way of teaching is the most logical and simple that I have experienced and things that had confused me in the past started to make s… Read more

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Stayed in August 2019

Tracy

I want to thank you for a wonderful week! You were a great host and a wonderful teacher.

This experience was exactly what I was looking for. I truly enjoyed spending time getting to know you and your family while improving my French! It was also great that you took the time to show me arou… Read more

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Stayed in August 2019

Johnny

As the train pulled into Amiens, my mind wandered, and my nerves slightly rattled. I had no idea what to expect for the next few weeks. I was scared and excited all at once until Eliane greeted me at the town square just outside the station. Her warm welcome calmed my nerves, and a lovely convers… Read more

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Stayed in July 2019

Julia, Brian & Hart

Our recent stay with Eliane was the highlight of our time in France. She is such an accomplished hostess and energetic teacher!

The main objective for our week of immersion was to introduce our 11 year old son to French for his new school. Eliane provided instruction at a completely beginn… Read more

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Stayed in August 2019

Steve

I could not be happier with my choice for the week I spent in northern France with Eliane and Benjamin. My interests are history and learning how to speak French. . So visiting northern France with all the history of World War I and World War II was a perfect pick for my French immersion experien… Read more

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