French Immersion Residential Program in Dordogne, France
Bonjour and welcome to our house.
My name is Chloé (it’s pronounced Klo é), I am 29 and I am a native French teacher.
I got my Master’s degree in “Teaching French as a Foreign Language” in 2011 from the University of Rouen.
I taught several years for the French governmental institutions: “Alliance Française” and “Institut Français” in France (Bordeaux), in Morocco and in Malta. I am passionate about linguistics, teaching and discovering new cultures. So this is the perfect job for me!
In addition, I am a « Yoga addict ». Since my twenties, I have never stopped practicing and learning this ancient art and philosophy with different teachers and methods. So if you are interested, we’ll practice Yoga together in French.
My husband, Laurent, our daughter Cassandre and I live on a large former walnut farm (walnuts from Dordogne are very famous in France).
Laurent oversees the renovations of the different farm buildings, maintains the land, and he sells walnuts and other locally grown products on organic markets. We do know many local growers and farmers and will be happy to introduce you to them if you’d like.
Our daughter is a happy little girl. When we work, she stays with her nanny.
Laurent and I are both fluent in English but we do not use it during your stay unless you ask us to. Since we lived ourselves in different countries, we understand how challenging it can be to speak in another language. We’ll gently encourage you to speak French with us during the lessons, but also our daily activities and excursions. We’ll adapt our French to your level: you’ll get plenty of practice in French!
Your Room and Private Bathroom in France
Laurent’s grandfather built our house. We have been renovating while keeping its unique character.
Our choice of home furnishings is simple, with no fuss but comfortable. There is Wifi throughout the house.
We can accommodate maximum 4 adults with 1 or 2 children.
The 2 students rooms are upstairs, they are quiet, spacious and bright :
Room 1 : one double bed with two bedside tables, a desk, a built-in wardrobe, a seat and a view over the meadow and the orchard
Room 2 : one double bed with two bedside tables, a sofa, a bunk bed (for a child), a desk, a view over the valley and the sunset
Your private bathroom and toilets are downstairs.
Laurent really enjoys cooking and the Dordogne region is famous for its incredible fresh produce such as portobello mushrooms and duck. Since we live on a farm, we grow many vegetables and fruits ourselves – and we have hens which provide fresh eggs.
Otherwise, we buy mostly locally grown and really fresh food at the local markets – Laurent sells our walnuts there, so he knows where to buy the freshest produce!
We will be happy to adapt our cooking to your diet – vegetarian, more (or less) healthy… Just tell us what you like to eat and we’ll do our best to please you.
We do not smoke but people can smoke outside. Except for the three hens who are in the meadow or the henhouse, we don’t have any pets. So we can accept small and well behaved pets.
When it is warm, we eat in the garden. Actually, we spend a lot of time outdoors, gardening, playing pétanque or having an aperitif :-)
The Dordogne Region
Our house is surrounded by vegetation and it is located in a small typical village. There is a bakery and a grocery within walking distance, and well labeled paths to go hiking in the countryside.
There are several beautiful towns around us: Le Lardin, Terrasson, Montignac, Collonges la Rouge, Sarlat… Where you’ll find plenty of fun shopping, lively markets, speciality stores, restaurants.
There is a huge diversity of architecture in our region! You’ll find grey, beige, yellow even red stones so the houses look quite different from Sarlat (built with yellow stones) to Collonges La Rouge (built with red and white stones).
Within one hour drive, you’ll go from flat countryside with crops, to hilly woods with medieval castles, to lakes and rivers where you can enjoy a kayak ride.
The « Vézère Valley » where we live is well known for its exceptional prehistoric sites and painting caves like « Lascaux ».
We like outdoor activities ; swimming in the rivers, canoeing, sailing on the Causse Lake, hiking in the beautiful forests… and will be happy to take you visit the natural and scenic sites, medieval castles, and gorgeous gardens that surround us.
If you are more adventurous we can arrange other activities like speleology, paragliding or hot-air balloon.
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 over 5 days) + 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
- Full board – three meals a day that we’ll be happy to share with you unless you’d rather take off on your own.
- Accommodation in one of the rooms above + your private bathroom.
- 2 activities or tours (extra fees such as museum entries are not included)
- Prefered arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday
The price with these options is 1300 euros per week for one person.
Since we have two guest rooms, we can accommodate up to 4 adults and two children, so you can come with your family or friends.
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.
We will be happy to pick you up at :
- Brive-la-Gaillarde railway station (trains from Paris)
- Périgueux railway station (trains from Bordeaux)
- Bordeaux Airport and Bergerac Airport (with a small additional fee).
If you want to be more independant and to discover the area on your own, we suggest rent a car.
My program is very flexible. I will be happy to adapt to whatever kind of immersion stay best fits your personality and need: give more or less structured lessons, provide more tours or outside activities, less meals, be more or less present. Together, we’ll design the very best immersion stay for you.
Learn French and 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 with the « Fédération Viniyoga Internationale ».
There is a dedicated room in our house where I practice everyday and provide one-to-one or small group classes. You will not only work strength and flexibility but also focus and peace of mind, while developing your French listening skills !
In the summer we can practice outside, in the meadow while enjoying the birdsong and a wonderful sunset.
The price for one yoga class is 25 euros per hour for you and/or your friends/family.
My Approach to Teaching French
I will design a French courses that suit your individual needs and interests – oral and written skills, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. I want to make the course both relevant and enjoyable, so I like to use interactive educational tools – quizzes, boardgames, playlet, flashcards, movies, and 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 us will help you gain the French knowledge you need to get over your fear of speaking, and give you plenty of opportunity to practice your French with us and our friends, no matter your level.
We will do everything we can to make sure you will spend a excellent, relaxing and enriching stay.
See you soon in Dordogne !
Contact Chloé – French Immersion Homestay Teachers
PLEASE NOTE CHLOE ONLY HOSTS STUDENTS IN APRIL, JULY & AUGUST, OCTOBER & NOVEMBER
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Reviews From French Immersion Students
Marc & Sheryl – 2018 – Learn French in Immersion in France Dordogne
What a wonderful week we spent with Chloe and her family in the Dordogne!
My husband and I are at slightly different levels in our learning of French but every morning Chloe managed to design and deliver lessons that engaged and developed both of us. I particularly valued the time she spent at my request trying to correct my pronunciation – communication is so much easier if I can speak intelligibly! The emphasis on everyday spoken French is so much more useful when it comes to actually conversing with French people in France, than the written French that schools teach).
Our official lessons were just a part of our learning, though. Being immersed in the daily life of the family gave us many opportunities throughout each day to listen and take part in the family conversations about daily life. I found it particularly valuable to be conversing with several different people – in a school environment, one gets used to the teacher’s voice and s/he gets used to your own peculiarities, but in real life it is necessary to talk to all kinds of people.
We were very lucky to be there when both Chloe’s mother (Marie-Paule) and Laurent’s mother (Jaqueline) were staying with the family. Everyone was so welcoming and inclusive, and willingly to take the time to chat with us about all kinds of topics. Laurent was so patient and kind, making sure we understood and were happy with everything, and even little Cassandre taught me what a ‘bourdon’ is.
Living with the family gave us opportunities to learn about French culture and society as well as language, both from watching the family and by asking our questions. We enjoyed walks in the area, a visit to Chateau Hautefort, a morning at the market in Terrasson, swimming in the river, and a visit to Montignac. My husband was absolutely thrilled to be able to enter a local petanque competition with Laurent as team-mate – a dream come true for him.
The meals were tasty and nourishing, and it was a delight to share them with the family. We even got to enjoy Marie-Paule’s famous clafouti.
The week we spent with Chloe was early in our six-week touring holiday in France and the experience there gave us some extra skills plus the confidence to make the most of opportunities that came our way for conversations with other French people we met along our way.
We absolutely recommend this to everyone of all levels of French language abilities.
Andrea – 2018 – Learn French in Immersion in France Dordogne
This immersion course exceeded my expectations. The professionalism of Chloé was extraordinary. She was able to recognize my weaknesses and help me concentrate on those areas.
She kept the lessons very interesting by using several different types of media, including flashcards, picture cards, video, games, fill-in-the- blank answers and numerous other techniques which kept my interest and desire for more. Needless to say, class was very interesting and never boring!
She and her husband have renovated century-old buildings including a spectacular yoga studio and an open-air kitchen and dining area where meals were served day and night. Family and friends joined the table for meals where french conversation continued till the sun went down. There were always small children speaking french and playing together (so cute!) ; the atmosphere was always happy ;-)
My private room and bath was more than spacious with a sumptuous bath tub and huge windows in both rooms that welcomed cool evening breezes and countryside fresh air. It was lovely.
On several occasions we went into town; once to the open air market with hundreds of food vendors, once to have a cool drink next to the river and once to experience excellent pizza! They also took me to a beautiful cool river place to swim but I’m a bit squeamish in swimming areas, so I did not go int he water.
Her husband supports Chloe in her work and they share a very special relationship of love and respect. Their little 4-year-old daughter is too precious for words!
I highly recommend Chloe and this experience in one of the most beautiful areas in Dordogne.
Martin – 2018 – Immersion en Dordogne
•The teacher being engaging & keeping me focused.
•In the beginning, she knew what I needed to work on by asking me and by giving me a quiz.
•I requested a focus on written French, which was handled with excellence and professionalism.
•The teacher was prepared.
•Learned how to write in French
•Did Worksheets that the teacher reviewed and corrected, then discussed with me so I could understand any errors
•Completed homework assignments based on course syllabus, and then the teacher corrected them before the next lesson
People I met:
•Teacher’s Grandfather, who is a wonderful guy; and his lovely wife.
•Teacher’s very personable mother-in-law stayed with the family during the week and was very nice.
She took care of the teacher’s daughter during the lessons so there were no distractions.
• In addition to the above, talked extensively with the teacher’s marvelous husband and their adorable child.
Mealtimes were especially conversational!
I would recommend this, because I learned a lot about how to write in French. The home stay experience was good. I liked my room. The food was very good. The family was very welcoming and accommodating.
Paul & Jeanne – 2018 – Learn French in Immersion in France Dordogne
Classes are in a dedicated room. Chloé’s whiteboard board is effective for writing as necessary. Each day involved a number of exercises and the time passed quickly. Brief conversation starters were effective at getting me talking so Chloé could identify areas needing work. Overall lessons were challenging, but very well pitched to move me along, with just enough challenge to balance progress.
We revised a number of things I had previously learned, but which just eluded me when i needed to speak: passé composé, future proche, réflexive verbes and négative expressions
We practiced pronunciation: nasal sounds an, on, in, [ i ] [ y] [u] the difference betwen [y] and [oe], mute ‘e’ and ‘ss’. I learned about Enchainement, and revised Liaison. I read simple phrases then Chloé dictated phrases so i could practice picking out the words.
Over the week I listened to 3 different audios which helped me realise how important it is in future to listen and relisten to audios to pick up words, before i read the text.
We studied temporal words pendant, depuis, dans, en, il y a… que and ça fait… que
I learned vocabulary. Words that came up in class conversations but also nouns for the house and adjectives. The little picture cards imprinted the words immediately on my brain. SO effective.
I thoroughly enjoyed my classes with Chloé. She is professional and encouraging.
Fortunately for me both Chloé and Laurent’s mothers were staying on holiday so I got to speak to them at meals and at other times when we just happened to be sitting around the outdoor dining area. Chloé’s mum, Marie-Paul was particulary supportive and spoke clearly to me, gently corrected errors or providing missing words for me.
Laurent is especially good at explaining a wide variety of situations and expressing his views simply. He did this often, both on outings to the swimming hole and Abbey and also about the house. I appreciate that this requires a huge amount of patience, so I am very greatful to him. By the end of the week I felt I could understand alot of what was said directly to me, which was a big improvement from my arrival.
I got to listen to 4 year old Cassandra alot. Her speech wasn’t as clear as adults but her interactions with family and a kitten were often repeated, and i could understand her better as the week progressed.
I had brief conversations with several people in Beauregard when my husband and I went for walks – the shop keeper and several people chatting over their front fence. We also briefly met Laurent’s dad and a family friend was at breakfast one morning.
I would definitely recommend this kind of stay. Apart from learning language we learned quite a bit about living and eating in this part of France. My one regret was that i didn’t have access to Chloé, Marie-Paul, Laurent (all sympathetic listeners) for another week to just converse with as I feel I had just go to the stage where I could think and talk in simple sentences at the end of the week.
Di and Graeme – 2018 – Learn French in Immersion in France Dordogne
If you wish to experience the real rural life of France then here in Beauregard de Terrasson with Chloe, Laurent and gorgeous 3 year old Cassandra, this is just the place to be. We were here in late April and virtually overnight spring was here. We sat outside for meals in beautiful sunshine in the field around their house which was covered with wildflowers.
This was a full immersion course where we were part of the family speaking only French. Chloe is an excellent and patient teacher understanding where we were at and able to customise learning to suit our needs and give us the tools and structure to help, particularly in pronunciation.
Both Chloe & Laurent gave us an excellent insight into how French is spoken on a daily basis.
There is so much to explore in Dordogne and we enjoyed spending time exploring the beautiful villages. We loved being here and felt almost French. “Living the dream”.
Carol and Angharad – 2018 – Dordogne French Immersion
Laurent and Cassandra met us at the airport, and with Laurent’s easy down to earth personality we both felt comfortable and at ease.
After arriving at their lovely house, Chloe showed as around her delightful village. The village, which is very peaceful and charming, has a grocers, butchers and bakery.
Both Laurent and Chloe produced delicious and varied meals each day that were healthy and extremely enjoyable. It would be hard to choose a favourite but the flans, soups and spaghetti bolognaise were extremely tasty as was the wonderful selection of French cheese and the delicious French bread.
Chloe’s lessons focused on areas we needed assistance with. Chloé used a variety of resources that were customised for our individual needs. Chloé would pose questions, to encourage the use of pronunciations and language skills. She was always patient and reassuring. We now realise the areas we need to focus on.
We went on wonderful outings organised by Chloe and Laurent, walking in a beautiful wood admiring the nearby chateau, visiting the Lascaux caves, the town of Perigueux, a visit to the market and abbey at Salat. All were a real treat. Their knowledge of the surrounding area was always informative and very interesting. We visited many places which were all unique, and gave us a great introduction to the Dordogne.
During our stay we had a very enjoyable meal with Laurent’s father and Aunty who were both charming and welcoming. We felt very privileged to be a part of their family gathering. We were also included in a visit to some family friends who live on a farm a short walk away, the Robson family, who were extremely hospitable to us. We met their new puppy Nada and were shown a baby lamb which was very special.
I would highly recommend the French Immersion Programme, we felt the whole experience was extremely rewarding, we felt privileged to be part of a French family, as that is how we felt during our stay with Chloe, Laurent and their adorable daughter Cassandra, who was an absolute delight during our visit.
James – 2018 – Learn French in Immersion in France Dordogne
The biggest strength was having a true immersion experience and the hospitality from Chloe and Laurant. Chloe and Laurant were very accommodating to adjust their schedule of the classes due to my last-minute work schedule changes and this was very appreciated. The food was excellent. Thanks very much for all the hospitality!
Eunhi – 2017 – Immersion in France Dordogne
Although I have learnt French for a long time in Australia, I have had limited practice in real life situations. As I wanted to learn more practical, everyday French and improve some areas that I am not strong at, I decided to stay in someone’s home for a week.
After researching on the Net, I got in touch with Chloé and made arrangements to travel to France. Chloé’s husband, Laurent, who came to pick me up from my hotel in Brive la Gaillarde, is a very easy, down-to-earth person and I straight away felt comfortable with him. He took me to meet Chloé and their adorable little girl, Cassandra, at their country home. Their house is in a small, very quiet village. Sometimes I did not see a single person in the area when I went out walking for exercise but the place is very tranquil and peaceful.
Everyday I had 3 hours of lessons with Chloe, revising grammar that I had already learnt but forgotten, refreshing other areas, and in particular improving my listening skills. Chloé was very ﬂexible in accommodating my choice of time for my lessons. She was very good at ﬁnding my strong and weak points and adjusted her teaching to help me improve speciﬁc areas, particularly in understanding spoken French.
Usually after each lesson, I was able to interact with the whole family, particularly Laurent who was easy with conversation. He and Chloé were both very good hosts and invited me to join them in whatever they were doing during the day—picking tasty walnuts from the ground in their yard, going out for walks, visiting relatives and friends, joining Chloé in her yoga class or playing with Cassandra. I was treated like one of the family during my stay.
In addition to my lessons I had many opportunities to practice my French, talking with Chloé, Laurent, their family and friends, it was pretty much a total immersion course for me.
During my stay, I wasn’t interested in visiting many popular places in the Dordogne as I had seen some of them a few years ago. Instead, one day we went to Salat—which is beautiful—and other days we just soaked up the vibe in local areas and had lunch out with the family.
On two occasions I met Chloé’s friends when she invited them to her home. They were very nice people who showed a genuine interest in me learning French and spent a lot of time talking with me. This was a good opportunity for me to learn more about the way of life of French people and how they interact with foreigners. Chloé, Laurent, their family and friends were all very warm, kind and understanding people and I enjoyed my time with them immensely.
At Chloé’s home, they eat and drink lightly which suited me well. In the morning, Laurent would prepare a nice breakfast consisting of fresh croissant, baguette, yoghurt and their home made jams. He would cook a light lunch and for dinner we would have a snack. On one occasion when they had their friends over, Laurent cooked spaghetti Bolognaise which was superb, the tastiest spaghetti I have ever had. He is a good cook.
A couple of times we went for lunch to local restaurants where I tasted specialties of the region such as duck conﬁt and foie gras, which was my favourite. At one local restaurant popular with workers the service and hospitality was particularly good.
I recommend Chloe and Laurent to anyone who would appreciate the simple, warm and friendly country lifestyle that they offer. For me, staying with them was a very pleasant, memorable and rewarding experience.
Stephen – 2017 – French Immersion Homestay in France
I stayed with Chloe and her wonderful family in October 2017. I spent the most time with Chloe and Laurent and of course their amazing three year old, Cassandre. From the arrival, I was treated like family and had many conversations on a range of subjects – from world politics to the adventures of Peppa Pig! – I also got to meet both Laurent’s father and Chloe’s mother – they were both charming and I enjoyed chatting to them. All were very understanding and patient with my stumbling French.
Chloe is a great teacher, she has a full range of resources that she customizes for each student. We covered many different areas, the key being actual conversations where Chloe would pose a question, we’d discuss and then we’d review language usage, pronunciation etc. It was a great way to learn and improve.
The house is in a very quiet area, ideal for a distraction-free learning environment. A highlight was the food – simple, fresh and light – Laurent is a great cook – I really enjoyed the soups. We did a couple of excursions; to Lascaux and one great hike in the woods.
All in all, this was a great experience – highly recommended.
Carla and Katie – 2017 – French Immersion in France in Dordogne
Chloé and Laurent were amazing hosts! They were focused on making our stay a productive one. I would say their biggest strength was their ability to “adopt” us into their family for a week. I’m sure we interrupted their family routines, but we never knew that we did, for they had an amazing way of working everything out so that we just felt like we belonged.
I honestly don’t know that I can give any weaknesses of the trip! It was such an incredible opportunity, and I feel blessed to have experienced it with Chloé and Laurent.
I felt as if we truly became part of Chloé’s family for the week. We were invited to participate in their family activities: breakfast, lunch, and dinner times were special, as was playing with their adorable 3-year-old daughter Cassandre.
We went on a long walk with the three of them the morning after we arrived, and they showed us around their beautiful village Beauregard-de-Terrasson. Cassandre looked for escargot and flowers, while we looked at the beautiful chateau that sits within view of their forest. I felt like we were in a Disney movie as we walked around their home, village, and nearby forest.
We were also privileged to meet Chloé’s mom, Marie-Paule, and Laurent’s mom Jacqueline. Interacting with Marie-Paule and Jacqueline allowed us a peek into grandparent-grandchild relationships and adult parent-adult child relationships.
Chloé is an excellent teacher! Each day she structured our class to focus on one grammatical structure, one pronunciation problem, new vocabulary specific to reading or listening comprehension activities, and of course, lots of dialogue. I especially liked her choice of topics for us to explore throughout the week. The big ideas included the internet, French food, travel, the new French president, and driving in France. She used the listening comprehension to help sharpen our listening and communication skills, but she also used it to expose us to current events in France.
We also met some neighbors (Thomas’ family) who had a farm right down the road. Laurent had been friends since he was a boy with Thomas and his family; Laurent’s father and Thomas’ father grew up as friends; and, Laurent’s grandfather and Thomas’ grandfather had been friends. We toured Thomas’ family’s farm on which they raised cows for beef, apples, walnuts, and trees for finding truffles. We had no idea that we would learn how to identify areas under trees that produce the best truffles in Périgord, but Sylvie (Thomas’ mom) showed us how. What a fun tour!
We ate well every day with Chloé and Laurent. The main cook in the family is Laurent, although he had help from his mother-in-law Marie-Paul, his mom Jacqueline, and Chloé. I don’t know if I could name a favorite dish, but we were served delicious quiche Lorraine, ratatouille, duck confit, rillettes de canard (or d’oie), baked pork chops, green beans and potatoes, egg omelette, tomato tarte, baked fish, chicken in pineapple curry sauce, vegetable soup, sweet potato soup, carrot salad, green salad, cucumber salad, all kinds of delicious cheeses, apple cake, cookies from Breton, walnut cake.We could not have asked for fresher, tastier, or more appealing meals. Every one of them was delicious!
I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to improve his or her language skills. I especially liked doing it with a colleague because it helped diminish the anxiety and intimidation of spending a week in a stranger’s home. I’m seriously trying to return next year to do a similar experience, and I believe that can be achieved because there are so many places and sites that we didn’t get to visit, and of course, there is a lot more language to learn.
It was truly a wonderful experience!
Suzanne and Géraldine – 2017 – French Immersion in France in Dordogne
We are two Australian sisters who are travelling in France for a year and wanted to improve our French language skills.
We had a wonderful ten days stay with Chloe and her family on their walnut farm in the beautiful Dordogne region in France.
Our lessons were with Chloe each morning during which Chloe focused on the areas in which we needed assistance. We practiced spoken French and listening skills which helped us enormously. Each day we had the chance to practice what we had learned in class with Chloe, Laurent and their daughter Cassandre. Their extended family and friends were also there to help us practice our French.
Our daily activities included meals with the family, shopping, going for walks and generally having a great time. All in French!
Chloe and Laurent organized some wonderful outings for us. We went to the incredible Lascaux caves, the beautiful town of Hautefort, hot air ballooning and horse riding. We loved the weekly market at Terrason where we felt immersed in the life of the town.
The food each day was always so fresh, wholesome and very delicious. Our accommodation was very comfortable, private and spotlessly clean. We were welcomed into the warmth of this family as we celebrated birthdays and friends visiting. We truly felt welcomed and cared for with this wonderful family.
For an amazing and authentic French experience where you can improve your French skills come to Dordogne and visit Chloe and Laurent.
Robin – 2017 – French Immersion in France in Dordogne
My stay was filled with activities that were fun and interesting. Whether it was walking around Beauregard with Chloé and Cassandre or hiking through the forest with Laurent, I was constantly intrigued by the beautiful surroundings and energetic company.
During my two week stay I got to : go to Lascaux and Château de Hautefort, watch the Tour de France in Montignac and fireworks in Terrasson for the 14th of July, go canoeing on the Dordogne with Laurent and on the Vézère with Chloé and her mother and go swimming four times in different lake, rivers and pools.
I just started taking French classes this year so I am at a beginning level of comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. That being said that Chloé was able to tailor my classes to my specific needs and gradually submerge me into the language so that I never felt overwhelmed.
Because I am such a beginner when I was speaking with Chloé or Laurent outside of my lessons I had to use English often. Both Chloé and Laurent are fluent in English and were happy to explain things to me if they saw that I was having difficulties understanding.
Even though I could not speak much French, I was able to listen to it constantly. When Chloé, her mother, Laurent talked during meals it was all in French and I could practice my listening skills. Also, a couple of friends, neighbors and family members stopped by which was nice because I got to hear different voices speaking. Everyone I encountered during my stay was welcoming and understanding.
Not only were the activities, lessons and company enjoyable, but the food that Laurent cooked was absolutely delicious. Every night we had something different, made with fresh ingredients from the garden or market.
I would highly recommend this program because of Chloé’s patient teaching style, the amazing food and beautiful surroundings. Chloé and Laurent make you feel at home right away, and their positive energy makes the learning environment and cultural experience even more phenomenal.
Marion – 2017 – French Immersion in France in Dordogne
I spent a lovely week with Chloé, her husband and their daughter Cassandre.
Having meals and going on walks with Chloe and her family was wonderful to experience life in a French household. We not only visited many of the towns and villages in the surrounding Dordogne region, but we also strolled into the local village and chatted at the dinner table about various topics ranging from politics to children. The food was always plentiful and delicious – even catering to my dietary needs.
Laurent and Chloe provided a lot of interesting information about their local area. We visited many different places in the area, each town/village had its own unique quality. Chloe and Laurent were very accommodating and keen to create an itinerary that would meet my needs and interests.
Chloe’s lessons included plenty of opportunity to converse in French and learn more about the language using current affairs, songs etc. The lessons were very engaging as she made sure that the topics selected to deliver course content were suitable for my level of French. She was always very positive and constructive in her approach. Chloe also suggested websites/resouces that would be useful to me in future. Even though I was there just under a week, every effort was made to ensure that the number of tuition hours I received still met the terms of my contract which was commendable.
I would highly recommend this French immersion homestay experience as a unique way to learn about France, its language and its culture.
John – 2017 – French Immersion in France in Dordogne
At Chloe’s I could speak French all day and spend my time with a super friendly and welcoming French family. The teaching was fantastic and Chloé really put in a lot of effort to prepare lessons that helped me progress.
I really enjoyed going on hikes with the family and going into the town where they lived. I was introduced to their friends who were also very warm and welcoming. These people were very patient with my French.
We visited some beautiful towns in the region and also we visited a cave that I found fascinating.
Chloé was very flexible about the curriculum. I have been studying French for almost 30 years and was not interested in doing a lot of grammar. She and I both teach yoga so she designed lessons for me to teach yoga in French. It went very well and I feel fairly confident about doing so. Actually, I taught a private class today in Boston to a woman who is francophone and it went fairly well.
I met friends and neighbors as well as shopkeepers that Chloé and Laurent know.
The food was quite good. I appreciated the freshness of the food and I especially like to clafoutis and omelettes aux cèpes. Oh the bread was also irresistible. So much for my low carb obsession!. All good!
I was speaking French all day long. I went on a hike with some neighbors and had some great conversations with them.
I think that this type of stay is excellent. You speak from morning until night and your brain just absorbs incredible about even if you are an older learner like myself.
Anna – 2017 – French Immersion in France in Dordogne
I spent one week at Chloé and Laurent’s house, and it was a wonderful vacation.
I went with my boyfriend, who is a native French speaker, and we really enjoyed my immersion experience!
The week was packed with activities. We went with the whole family to swim in rivers twice because it was hot, we visited the Jardins de l’Imaginaire in Terrasson with Laurent, and we visited Sarlat and Roque-Gageac with the family. The Fête de la St-Jean was during our stay, and we went to a party with the family for that as well.
We decided to rent a car, and on our own we were able to visit the Lascaux 4 museum, the town of Montignac, the cave (grotte) de Tourtoirac, and the Chocolaterie Bovetti. We would highly recommend all of these activities! There is so much to do in the area and there is hardly time to do everything. For that reason, we are very happy that we rented a car.
I took one yoga class with Chloé at the very end of my stay, and I also recommend this.
Chloé is a dedicated, organised, and gifted teacher. She evaluated my level during the first dinner, when we arrived, and immediately prepared my class for the next morning. I was never bored during her classes as she had a variety of activities for us, and she was able to focus on the areas where I needed the most help. I live in Montréal, and she even went out of her way to find listening examples of people who had Québec accents!
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed getting to know Chloé, Laurent, and their daughter Cassandre! Cassandre is extremely charming and this made our stay even more fun. We enjoyed the meals both for the food and for the company.
Chloé and Laurent have lived and traveled all over, so there is a lot to talk about. Chloé, Laurent, and of course Cassandre, spoke French with me the whole week. This is what I need, so I was very happy, and sometimes tired!
My classes were specifically catered towards my needs, and the experience was a true French immersion.Thank you Chloé, Laurent, and Cassandre for a wonderful immersion week and introduction to Dordogne!
Lynn – 2017 – French Immersion in France in Dordogne
Chloé and Laurent’s house in the country is a perfect place to study French.
They provided comfortable accommodations and you have access to them most all the time.
I went on a hike with both of them at separate times, which was a great way to practice French.
We also went to a farmer’s market and to the caves of Lascaux.
Although it is in the country, there is a lot to explore !
I enjoyed talking with them while making lunch and/or dinner, then long discussions during our meals. And their young daughter is adorable and fun to play with (another good way to practice!)
You really can engage as much as you want. I also spent time studying in my room.
I highly recommend Chloé, she is an excellent instructor.
Erin – 2017 – French Immersion Homestay in France in Dordogne
My stay with Chloé and her family was excellent. It was a great mix: from the one-on-one French lessons to general conversation in French while enjoying delicious meals to Yoga lessons in French. I genuinely enjoyed my stay and getting to know her and her lovely family. I learned so much.
Chloé was always respectful, patient, and helpful. Her husband, Laurent, was very patient and kind as well. He always spoke clearly and slowly for me, so I could understand.
We had lunch and dinner together each day where we engaged in conversation in French. They always spoke to me clearly and slowly. They were so respectful, kind, and supportive no matter how poor my speaking was.
I visited the famous Lascaux caves during my stay. Instead of doing a second excursion, I decided to do a yoga lesson with Chloé each day. While the lessons were in French, it was a great change from the formal lessons. I found it very helpful in recharging in order to tackle the afternoon French lessons.
We spoke French during my entire stay. Chloé, Laurent, and the adorable Cassandre and I interacted during the meals. I was able to learn about their walnut business, where they lived before, etc. during our conversations. It was great to learn more about them. Of course, I also spoke with Chloé in French during my lessons as well.
Laurent did a great job preparing all the food, and it was excellent. It was healthy but tasty. There were lots of fresh vegetables and fruits which was great. It was wonderful to experience some of the local dishes and products.
Laurent’s mother came to visit for a few days during my stay, so I was able to interact with her as well. I also met some other friends that stopped by one afternoon. We all enjoyed some delicious cake and went for a walk around the village.
Chloé prepared various different activities to do during my lessons. She was very receptive to that I wanted my main focus to be on improving my speaking. We did some exercises in workbooks, played some games, listened to audio/watched videos, etc. I usually had 2 hours of lessons in the morning and then 1 hour in the afternoon. I liked that split as it allowed me to have a bit of a break and recharge for the afternoon session.
Emily – 2017 – French Immersion in France in Dordogne
The family was very welcoming and made me feel at home immediately. Chloé kept the lessons interesting and amusing. She taught using different techniques that helped me learn quickly and easily. She was very knowledgeable and explained to me much about the French life.
We went grocery shopping together : the whole family with cousins and I spent an afternoon at the pool in Brive ; we dropped by to visit their friends on a farm and were warmly welcomed with drinks and a walk to visit the animals.
I went to Le Bournat with Chloé. I learned a lot about the French life during the 19th century while enjoying the rides and games at the Fête Foraine. I also visited Lascaux which is impressive to see.
The food was delicious. Chloé being mostly vegetarian, meals were filled with scrumptious legumes catering nicely to my vegetarian diet.
I met cousins, aunts, mothers, fathers, the neighbors… Everyone was very friendly and kindly paid attention when talking to me.
Evelyn – 2017 – French Immersion Homestay in France In Dordogne
Chloé is a superb teacher. She very quickly identified my needs and weaknesses and tailor-made a course to help me. She is always organised, motivational, cheerful, helpful, speaks clearly and slowly. I have made enormous progress and gained a lot of confidence in speaking French. She has given me a lot of tips to help me to continue improving, especially in speaking and pronunciation.
Chloé and her husband Laurent are a great team. Together, they have ensured I enjoyed my stay with them. The meals I have had with them are healthy and delicious and always fresh.
Dordogne is a beautiful region. The added bonuses of my 2 weeks immersion course are :
- visiting some historical sites such as Lascaux Caves and Gouffre de Padirac.
- attending a concert in a church
- playing in their garden with little Cassandre and learning some kid language in French
- running and discovering some beautiful landscapes in the area
I have achieved more than I ever imagined. I have made some new friends. Thank you Chloé and Laurent
Margaret – 2017 – French Immersion in France In Dordogne
The lessons with Chloé were very helpful and focused on my interests and « special needs », grammar and pronunciation. Her recommendations for further study will be useful.
My room was very nice and quiet with a great view, lots of light and comfortable bed.
The best point was the family interaction especially with the adorable Cassandre. I really liked meeting the neighbors – so friendly.
Laurent is very funny and smart. I liked our long walk and our political and historical discussions.
Julie – 2017 – French Immersion in France at Teacher’s Home
Madeline – 2016 – French Immersion in France at Chloé’s
I really enjoyed my week with Chloé and her family. I became much more comfortable in speaking French, and left feeling confident and motivated to continue learning.
I was very impressed with Chloé’s knowledge and experience in teaching French. She used several approaches and a range of different materials to cover pronunciation, vocabulary, and conjugations and to practice speaking, listening and reading skills.
As well as the lessons, living with a French family allowed me to pick up on other aspects… I now watch Peppa Pig en français!
During meal times, everyone was very attentive to use simpler phrases that I could understand.
When I was not in class, I enjoyed driving around the Dordogne area and visiting some of the beautiful sites and practicing my French as well. With a GPS, it was very easy to get around and many villages offer a tourist information centre, along with a boulangerie and pâtisserie for when you get hungry!
I would definitely recommend this course for anyone interested in learning or improving their French. »
Barry – 2016 – French Immersion Homestay in France
I was made very welcome by Chloe and Lauren and enjoyed my stay throughout.
They live in a beautiful little village with lovely surrounding countryside but within easy access also of Sarlat, Brive and Perigueux.
My stay was very relaxing and would say that French language lessons with Chloe were also very useful.
I Particularly enjoyed Chloe’s home cooking and ‘sympa’ ambience.
Stefan – 2016 – French Immersion in France in Dordogne
It was very nice to always speak French with you, your family and the other people staying at the house. Even though we never spoke English, I feel like we learned a lot about each other’s lives.
The lessons were very good, and I use the handouts that you gave me. Now I listen to myself (after recording) and practice the pronunciation. I appreciate very much the Program (that you wrote up for me) and I bought the vocabulary book that you recommended
The most important thing for me was that I gained confidence in speaking French, and I know what I have to do to improve.
Marlies – 2016 – French Immersion in France in Dordogne
I spent one week at Chloé and Laurent’s and I wish I could stay longer! My French improved a lot.
First because Chloé’s classes are very efficient — she can propose a lot of different ways to learn and understand one specific point and is always very engaging.
And second because I could practice what I had just learnt in real situation, when having lunch or small talks, with Chloé and Laurent who are so kind and smiling, but also with their wonderful daughter Cassandre.
With them, you can also go visit Lascaux Cave or Eyzie de Taillac or Hautefort Castle. These amazing sites are very close to their house which, by the way, is very nice and has a beautiful view on the valley.
I took a few yoga lessons because I wanted to discover it and it was great. And that was a good occasion to build my French anatomy vocabulary!
One week in the beautiful Dordogne region, learning a beautiful language, practising my mind and my body with fine people… I am already waiting to come back last year!
A très bientôt j’espère !