Your French Immersion Residential Program in Arcachon
Bonjour and welcome to my home.
My name is Isabelle, I am 47 and a native French teacher with solid experience 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 for leisure.
I am passionate about linguistics, teaching and discovering new cultures. So now that I moved back home, being a French immersion teacher and host is the perfect job for me! I returned to France with my family 4 years ago.
My son Théotim (14) and I are fluent in English. Since we lived ourselves in different countries, we understand how challenging it can be to speak in another language. We will gently encourage you to speak French as much as possible.
We’ll adapt our French to your level: 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 group session or classes « à la carte ».
My partner Abdel is a kayak and paddle board instructor – he and his 13 year-old daughter Emma – are lots of fun to be around and they too are excited about meeting people from around the globe and welcoming them into our lives.
See you soon in Le Bassin d’Arcachon !
Welcome to Our Home in Arcachon
“La Teste-de-Buche” is a safe neighborhood of Arcachon. 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. 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 toilet.
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, 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!
Your Room in my Appartment in France
It’s not very easy to take a picture of a bedroom in a modern flat! Your room is not very big (it’s not tiny either – it’s a standard bedroom size) , but it’s quiet and sunny, with a big window.
There is a double bed, two bedside tables, a chest, and a built-in wardrobe. Please note that the bathroom is shared with us.
If you wanted to come with your kid(s) or friends, I could bunk bed with my son and make my room available. Anyway, my son being at his dad’s part time, his bedroom may be empty, so it’s no problem at all.
If you came with your family, the flat may be a bit crowded, but we’ll be fine, especially if you plan to take off in the afternoons and enjoy the region. With the beach being so close by, there is very little need to stay inside!
Wifi is reliable throughout the house.
We do not smoke but smoking is possible outside.
When it is warm, we love to eat outside, enjoying a delicious picnic and sunset by the sea. Actually, we spend a lot of time outdoors since we are lucky to live in a region with a mild microclimate which allows us to enjoy the outdoors year-round!
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.
My partner Abel being a kayak/ paddle board instructor, he loves the sea! Actually, my hole family does and we 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
One standard week (7 days – 6 nights) for one person includes :
- 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 fee for one person is 1300 Euros per week.
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.
Pick-up at Bordeaux Airport can easily be arranged for Euros 50. You could also take a train (it’s a 45 minute ride), however, if 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!
Learn French + Optional 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.
How about a SUP yoga session, combining sport and relaxing time on a Paddle board?
You will not only work strength and flexibility but also focus, and peace of mind, while developing your French listening skills!
Since your immersion stay will take place in a city, there is plenty of services around! I personally recommend these providers who will be happy to speak French with you and take you kayaking, give you surf or sailing lessons, or offer a relaxing Ayurvedic massage!
My Approach to Teaching French
As a certified and experienced French teacher, I’ve taught (and enjoy teaching) all levels and age of students. Whether you need help brushing up on your French or preparing an exam, I’ll be able to help you.
I will design a French course that suits your individual needs and interests – spoken and written skills, pronunciation, conjugation, vocabulary and grammar. I want to make the course both relevant and enjoyable, so I like to use interactive educational tools – quizzes, text and exercise books, videos, flashcards, movies, authentic documents…
It’s important for me to teach the “real” French language: French like people speak it in everyday situations, and the modern glided pronunciation.
An immersion with me will help you get over your fear of speaking: you will get plenty of opportunity to practice your French with me, my son, and my friends, no matter your level. We are all excited to welcome you in Arcachon, encourage you to speak French and take you around to discover this unique part of France.
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Reviews From Students
Stuart – 2018 – Immersion en Français à Arcachon
C’était une bonne semaine à Arcachon. Isabelle est une prof patiente et très sympa. J’ai vraiment apprécié son professionnalisme. L’association des leçons et des activités ont été une jolie expérience.
Je ne peux pas dire que, bien évidemment, mon niveau de Français est parfait maintenant, cependant il s’est très certainement amélioré. Je n’ai jamais autant parlé en français que cette semaine et c’est ce que je recherchais vraiment ! Il me faudra encore travailler la prononciation et approfondir la conjugaison (dont le subjonctif qui reste difficile pour moi, mais j’ai « survécu” à la leçon avec brio ;-)
Helen – French Immersion in Arcachon
I loved my immersion week at Isabelle’s. Discovering this beautiful area of the Bassin d’Arcachon was truly a great experience and I made a lot of progress in French thanks to Isabelle’s structured lessons and the practice I got everyday.
I enjoyed French gastronomy and trying local products. It was great to shop at the market and climb the Dune of Pilat: what a view!!
I hope to return as soon as possible.
John & Lynne – French Immersion in Arcachon
I am an American man living in France, trying to learn to speak French.
Isabelle was the perfect tutor for me. She provided excellent, well organized lessons and was very patient as I struggled with grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. T
he afternoon cultural visits were a more casual way for me to practice understanding and speaking French.
Isabelle immediately made my wife & me feel at home, and she treated us more like family or friends than clients.
I highly recommend her and I hope to return for another class in the future.
Ardrik – French Immersion in Arcachon
Our 14 year old son spent 2 weeks with Isabelle this summer.
He thoroughly enjoyed the time, studying French with Isabelle in the morning and going surfing in the afternoon. He made significant progress with his French (and the surfing).
I highly recommend isabelle and would like to thank her again for hosting our son and for giving him such a great experience and fun time.
Aiden – French Immersion in Arcachon
I feel lucky and grateful for my two weeks stay at isabelle’s, studying French.
I thank her for this great experience. The one to one lessons in the morning were a perfect match for me to work on my oral and written skills, it helped me tremendously to prepare for my French exam. I enjoyed as much the hours dedicated to the discovery of the Bay of Arcachon and Bordeaux, and its culture. It was really fun to join Isabelle’s yoga classes and play tennis with her. Abel’s water activities are a gem too.
I find that the immersion program in a foreign country is an excellent way to progress quickly in learning a foreign language, so I would highly recommend it and isabelle!