French Immersion Residential Program Near Lyon, in the Beaujolais Region
My name is Marion and I’m a 28 years old native Frenchwoman.
Although I’m quite young, I’ve been teaching French for a while: I’ve worked for 3 years in the Alliance Française in Jersey (Channel Islands) and before that, the Alliance Française of Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania and I have a DAEFLE degree (diploma for teaching French as a second language).
Traveling is my passion: I’ve lived in Mexico, Portugal, Tanzania and Jersey, and therefore I’m fluent in English and Spanish.
I specialize in teaching French to adults of all level, focusing on oral skills as I think speaking and listening are the main objectives of most students. It is also important for me that you feel confident and that you take pleasure in the learning process.
The lessons will be tailored to your needs, often using games, fun activities, videos and radio/podcasts.
In my spare time, I do sports: I run in the countryside around my house and I sometimes go swimming. I also enjoy reading and gardening, hiking or any outside activities. And I love food and wine!
Your House in France’s Beaujolais Region
My house is located in the Beaujolais region, in a tinyl and peaceful village near Mâcon (on the Rhône valley, not far from Lyon).
It’s big L shape house, with a large garden and private swimming pool.
My mother – who is retired – and my brother also live in the house. It’s big enough that we all have our own independent living corners and lives, however my family loves having guests and when they are around, my Mom and brother will be happy to help you practice your French.
You’ll have your own flat in the courtyard of the house, on the garden level. It’s bright, quiet and very private and was renovated just 2 years ago.
You are welcome alone, or with your spouse, a friend, or your whole family! Your flat can accommodate 4 to 5 people: 2 in the master bedroom and 2 on the sofa bed in the lounge, and extra bed could be added for a child.
Here is how the entrance looks like: your flat is on the garden level.
There is a large bedroom with a king size bed.
The lounge has the afternoon sun and opens to the outdoors. It’s warm and cosy and has a sofa bed which sleeps two, and a nice dining table.
The kitchen is fully equipped and has a small table.
Of course, there is also a nice bathroom with a shower and a separate toilet.
This student apartment is part of our house, where you are also welcomed to hang-out.
In summer we eat on the terrace, it’s my favorite place of the house.
And of course, there is the garden, and the pool…
Over the student’s apartment, there is a large unfinished space we use as a game room in the summer, with a pool table, ping-pong, and table football – it’s a great space if you are traveling with kids!
Here is our living room / dining room – it’s quite large, so we can have many people over (and we often do!)
I love cooking, and will be happy to cook for you if you’d like. I can prepare traditional French food but I also like to take inspiration in exotic recipes that I’ve learnt during my travels. I’m happy to adapt my cooking to any specific diet, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc…
We have two cats and also have chicken which means fresh eggs every day! We also have an organic garden for fresh vegetables and fruits.
French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais Wine Country
Living in the heart of the Beaujolais vineyard, my family and I have a passion: natural wine and we’ll be delighted to share it with you if you’d like.
Vineyards are simply all around us, and wine tastings can easily be arranged with local winemakers.
Near our house is the medieval city of Pérouges, the “Solutré” rock, a geological and historical jewel,
and within an easy car ride, the beautiful city of Lyon among many others…
You may also like to visit the “Hameau du Duboeuf” the first theme park for viticulture and wine.
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course
Because my house is located in a tiny village in the countryside, I recommend you rent a car if you’d like to travel around.
The pool is open, there is no fence around it. Please understand that if you do come with children, it will be your responsibility to watch them carefully.
We love animals so you are welcome to come with a well-behaved, well groomed dog or cat (please note we already have two cats, and an open swimming pool).
There is Wifi connexion in the house.
I enjoy smoking a cigarette from time to time but only do so outside. Smoking is not allowed inside.
A Typical 1 Week (7 days, 6 nights) Offer Includes (But Is Not Limited To):
- 15 hours intense studying with me – usually 1.5h twice a day over 5 days
- 2 organised excursions of your choice in the region (entry fees not included)
- Accommodation in your own flat on the garden level of my family house.
- 2 meals a day: breakfast and dinner or breakfast and lunch – your choice :-)
- Prefered arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday
The Price With These Options Is 1300 Euros for one person.
For one additional guest in half board, the price per week is:
- Euros 210 without lessons or excursions,
- Euros 700 with shared lessons and excursions.
You are welcome to come alone, or with your spouse, a friend, or your whole family! Your flat can accommodate 4 to 5 people: 2 in the master bedroom and 2 on the sofa bed in the lounge, and extra bed could be added for a child.
We are a very laid-back family. We enjoy hanging around the pool or on the terrace, reading a nice book, gardening or playing some games in the game room. We are good hearted people and our lifestyle reflects it.
The house being very large, there is really enough room for everybody and you could be more or less independent or involved in our everyday lives, according to your own life-style.
You’ll love this region for sure – there is so much to do and see around here. Not not mention the fresh produce and French culinary delights, and of course… the wine!
I am looking forward to welcoming you in our house, and introducing you to my family: we’ll gently encourage you to speak French and help you discover everything the Beaujolais has to offer.
Contact Marion – French Immersion Homestay Teacher
Click here to read the articles Marion wrote about her region for the French Today blog.
Reviews From French Immersion Students
Craig et Natalie – 2018 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
My daughter and I spent a week at Marion’s, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The quality of instruction provided by Marion was simply outstanding. Marion and her mother were so very hospitable and welcoming throughout. The conversations we had together over coffee and meals were extremely pleasant, relaxed and informative. The excursions we took together were absolutely delightful.
Marion’s enthusiasm for teaching others the French language and about French culture was truly infectious, and we benefitted greatly from Marion’s considerable teaching experience. Ever patient, she discerned exactly what our respective areas for improvement were, and our French speaking abilities improved markedly as a result. She also has an innate ability to offer simple explanations in clarifying complicated points of French grammar. In our case, Marion’s command of multiple other Romance languages enabled her to bridge gaps between French and other languages we speak.
This was a fabulous opportunity for a father and daughter to reconnect. I’d like to return to study French with Marion and intend to bring my wife on my next trip. I can’t say enough about Marion’s overall professionalism and pleasantness. We had a blast!
Louise and Allan – 2018 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
My wife, Denise, and I spent the last week in March with Marion and her Mom, Nicole.
We had decided that we needed help with our French; I much more than Denise. We looked at many different immersion course options but decided that the course offered by Marion in a quiet village in the heart of Beaujolais would meet our needs most closely, and it did.
Marion managed our two very different capabilities very well and with the help of her charming mother, Nicole, not only improved our French but gave us an excellent taste of French country living.
The village is small and quiet but very centrally placed and nearby the A6 autoroute as well as the TGV line connecting Paris with the south. All the world famous Beaujolais villages are within single figure kilomètres, and Lyon is well less than an hour’s drive away.
The accommodation is very comfortable and how many hotels offer rooms where chickens deliver fresh eggs outside the door each morning.
Altogether a very useful and a very enjoyable experience.
Louise and Allan – 2017 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
Maureen and Bill – 2017 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
My husband and I had a fantastic week with Marion and her mother Nicole.
My French was not strong when I arrived and I was a bit nervous about managing for a week. It had been three years since I took formal lessons and I had only worked my way through Levels 1 and 2 of French Today audio books course.
I need not have worried – Marion was the perfect teacher for my level and I was amazed at how much we managed to converse and the wide variety of topics discussed during our morning walks (which I loved). This was such a wonderful way to improve my French.
Marion and Nicole were also very flexible, including my husband at meal times and on excursions by speaking English, so that he also enjoyed the week.
I have already booked in to return next year and feel much more committed to practising each day. We loved having our own apartment and being able to join the family for breakfast and lunch (always delicious with fresh produce from the garden), visiting the local market and shopping for our dinner supplies.
Lesson time in the morning flew and was an excellent balance of conversation, expanding vocabulary and improving understanding of grammar.
My priority goal was to improve in speaking and understanding and this was achieved, though of course I still have a long way to go.
We left feeling like we had made new friends and loaded up with Nicole’s fabulous confitures and biscuits.
Merci, Marion, tu es vraiment formidable!!
Rebecca – 2017 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
I would highly recommend Marion for a French Immersion Course. I am at a very, very basic level and having done approximately 30 hours of lessons prior to staying with Marion I was not really able to put more than a few words together.
My teacher from home had concentrated a lot on grammar, which I understand we need to know however it didn’t really help with speaking to people. Marion has a very relaxed approach and easy way of teaching. She had me speaking in sentences before I knew what I was doing which helped me get my confidence up a lot. I have since felt comfortable to order at restaurants, shop at the markets and make reservations on the phone. I am sure that I am not always completely accurate but it is enough that people understand and I have even found them responding back to me in French when they used to revert to English after my French attempts!
You will be made to feel incredibly welcome at Marion’s home by her and her Mum (her brother was away for my stay). The conversation is free flowing, the food delicious and there are many things to do around the area if you choose not to have too much homework. The accommodation is exactly as described and fully self contained.
Overall it was a fabulous experience and one I hope to have again as soon as I can manage to get back and visit again.
Lachlan et Sarah – 2017 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
Paul – 2017 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
Sharon – 2017 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
My stay with Marion was perfect. In the beginning, I wrote to Marion telling her that I mainly wanted to be with a French person/family in order to experience French culture, food, wine, etc. – the total living experience – but not too much of the French lessons and studying. I told her that I was not a serious French student and didn’t like to do homework. And I was on vacation and retired after all!!
Marion was ok with what I wrote her, saying that the immersion course is custom made for each person as was the starting time in the morning! The immersion course should be enjoyable she said.
I went from wanting just the minimum amount of lesson time a day to wanting as much French lesson time that was offered. Marion made learning French and speaking so fun and enjoyable – besides getting in beautiful walks around the area along the river or overlooking the vineyards at the top of the hills. I loved playing Taboo and walking, speaking and learning French with Marion. She makes you feel so comfortable and at ease.
The food and meals were wonderful. I liked that Marion serves mostly local, organic food and every morning you can have her chickens’ freshly laid eggs as part of the generous breakfast besides miscellaneous home made confiture. I enjoyed learning about and drinking natural wines that Marion had for us to drink. I’m sorry I left the day before her friends and family bottled their barrel of wine.
Marion has a bike available for anyone who likes to bike ride. I was able to go on a couple of bikes rides around the vineyards and to Fleurie, the next village above Marion’s village.
There was a lot to see on the various excursions available nearby. There are two of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France” nearby – Pérouges and Oingt. We went to a few local marchés where we bought some cheese and bought more local produce besides what Marion was growing in her large garden.
I had wanted to see a little part of the northern part of the Côtes du Rhône (Côte-Rôtie) vineyard area since I love the white wines grown there and the vineyards are on steep hillsides with rock wall terraces. Marion was very nice to drive such a long distance to satisfy my wish.
One day I walked to the Hameau du Duboeuf and enjoyed the wine museum/theme park. Like the brochure says – for the novice or expert.
Marion’s mom was so nice to me when it was time to leave. She drove me to the TGV train station on her way to buy some famous chickens from Bourg-en-Bresse (where Marion’s mom was born too). My train was late and she insisted on parking the car, walking me to the train platform and waiting until the train arrived. This is the kind of hospitality Marion and her family give to their language students.
I also enjoyed seeing the two cats, Tarzan and Lillie, every morning during my stay.
Stuart – 2017 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
For me learning should be fun and in particular learning a language. I currently have a French teacher back home who is fun and casual in her approach with me; Marion was exactly the same for me which was fantastic.
The moment I arrived I had some reservations about my ability to be completely immersed in French, but how wrong could one be. Marion and her Mum Nicole made me feel at ease from the beginning, such that as the days went by I was completely relaxed about the experience.
The week exceeded my expectations by far, as well as the fun lessons, most of which were spent walking through the most beautiful countryside whilst exercising my brain with words games and conversation: I had total immersion from breakfast through to bedtime. My ability to understand spoken French improved immensely with the help of Marion recognising my ability and developing my ears and confidence.
On the last evening I even attended a local amateur dramatics production of Little Red Riding Hood! Admittedly I did not understand all, but a fair amount. This is something I would not have imagined doing before.
One excursion I would highly recommend is the trip I made to the medieval city of Perouges. We had beautiful weather so we could walk around the city and really take in its charm. Marion and I even stopped in a quaint bar for a refreshing artisanal beer, another part of Marion’s relaxed approach that I loved.
I was sad to leave because Marion and Nicole made me feel like part of the family and I knew I would miss the conversations in French.
To summarise, I now feel I am to more confident and realise that I can communicate in French! It made me realise that this is such the best way to learn French, so much so I will doing further immersions, perhaps with Marion and Nicole again to hopefully demonstrate my progress and to learn more.
If you want to improve your French and experience the culture and beauty of Beaujolais, then I highly recommend this week.
Thank you Marion and Nicole.
Charlotte (and her dog Matty) – 2017 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
Thank you for a wonderful 2 weeks’ French immersion, Marion. You made me feel so welcome and really introduced me to life in your beautiful village surrounded by vineyards.
I loved chatting in French over our breakfasts and dinners on the terrace and when the weather was really hot, our French lessons in the swimming pool were just perfect!
And Matty loved our walks along the Saone and pottering through the vineyards. Here’s a pic of her in the garden with your football.
We both felt like part of the family while we were with you – thank you for everything!
Gary – 2017 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
I’ve been determined to perfect my French since visiting Paris last summer for the first time in many years. Since then, I’ve been working steadily on my own and speaking regularly with native speakers on Skype.
Last fall, I came across the French immersion opportunities on the French Today site and thought this would be a great way to get to the next level while experiencing another part of France and a taste of life with a French family. I wasted no time booking my stay with Marion and was very much looking forward to the experience. It did not disappoint.
I felt at ease with Marion from the moment we met at the train station. As a teacher, she is very knowledgeable and supportive. Her explanations of various points and responses to my questions were very clear and helpful. I enjoyed our morning walks in the beautiful countryside, during which we discussed a wide range of interesting topics. I had fun learning new vocabulary while we played the French version of the game Taboo, among other games.
I plan to take the DALF C1 exam just for the challenge, so we worked on some exam exercises and Marion gave me numerous tips on how to succeed.
The accommodations were excellent and the atmosphere was very relaxed. Marion’s mother Nicole and her brother Lambert were very friendly and welcoming. The town and surrounding area are beautiful and I enjoyed our visits to Lyon and the “Solutré” rock.
The week went by much too fast and I was very sad to leave. I even offered to move in with the chickens if they would let me stay! I hope to go back for another stay in the future.
Sue and Don – 2017 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
“Marion was an excellent guide: With Marion we toured some of the subtleties of “français pour les nuls” and of Beaujolais appellations. Nul is the French for not knowing a lot about something. So it is safe and not impolite to say, “Sue et Donald sont nuls en français.”
What Marion did quite brilliantly was take us forward in not feeling too self-conscious about speaking French out loud to others; in other words, not just to her as our teacher. Learning a language from the A1 level takes guts and Marion helped us feel more comfortable in the world of French speakers.
Marion stresses the audio of learning French. She is keen to make your ears (or hearing aides, in our case) more sensitive to the sound of spoken French, i.e., recognizing what is being said, especially what is being said to you on the street.
Added to her keen pedagogy is a skill to turn the learning into fun. Marion and her mother Nicole love board games, card games and word games. Who knew that you could strengthen your French by playing battleship?
Marion is able to establish a good rapport and solid understanding of the individual student’s strengths and abilities and plays to them. But she does not sacrifice, in the fun of things, the primacy of striving to understand the spoken word.
Julie – 2017 – French Immersion in France’s Beaujolais
For me French language is first of all the pleasure of communication. If you feel the same way than you really should go for Marion’s course.
I have spent two weeks at her hospitable home with her family. Also her friends were visiting, bringing their wonderful stories.
French lessons were interesting, various, we played a lot of cool games that make the brain work. Now I’m a fan of “Taboo” and “Debates”. Also every day we’ve spent part of lesson time in open air walking in vineyards and other beautiful places (there a lot of those!).
I felt as a part of a family and it was amazing.
I am very grateful to Marion, Nicole and Lambert. I would come back with pleasure.
Christine, 2017 – French Immersion Stay in France’s Beaujolais
La vie est trop courte…. Life is too short
Therefore, if you want to do something what better time than now? That is how I ended up booking a one week stay with Marion and her wonderful family in Beaujolais to improve my french speaking: and what a fantastic week it was.
All of the other reviews describe beautifully what you would expect to experience in Beaujolais but a written review can not do adequate justice in conveying just how warm and welcoming the family are to a stranger keen to master a new language.
My confidence in speaking increased 10-fold and if i could, I would return every year. If possible, book to go in the spring or summer to benefit from the lovely countryside walks through the vineyards, by far my favourite part of the stay.
I have become a firm francophile. Great praise indeed from a born and bred London resident.
Thomas – 2017 – French Immersion Stay in France’s Beaujolais
I highly recommend doing a period of immersion with Marion. In addition to being a skilled and patient teacher, Marion’s supportive approach makes it easy to work at speaking even at a beginning level. She adapted her lessons quickly to focus on the aspects I was most struggling with, and varied the class time with exercises, videos, and games.
Of course, the meal times and excursions are very important aspects of the learning experience, and a key reason an immersion approach is so effective.
She and her family are extremely welcoming, making the entire experience very comfortable and fun. The whole family was very patient and forgiving as I struggled to express myself in a new language, and by the end of my time things were moving much more fluidly.
I not only learned a great deal of French, but also a great deal about the Beaujolais, cooking, and of course wine. Outings to Lyon, to vineyards, and to see the countryside rounded out a great experience.
My time absolutely flew by, and I look forward to continuing my language-learning adventure.
Merci pour tout!
Dan – 2016 – French Immersion Stay in France’s Beaujolais
How could I describe to you, potential future student, the time I spent with Marion?
From the beginning I felt very comfortable with her. She encouraged me to speak in French as much as I could (my level was very low when I arrived) and thanks to her patience, my confidence and ability improved a lot during the week.
Learning French was not the only activity I enjoyed during my immersion week with Marion. Being located in the world renowned Beaujolais wine growing region I had the opportunity to tour the vineyards, to meet the “vignerons” who are passionate about their work and tasted some really good wine, even if I’m not a connoisseur, it was very interesting.
We also had the opportunity to visit Lyon together; my favorite part was la Confluence with its new modern neighborhood.
Something I was not aware of until I arrived is that Marion is a keen runner, and as I also enjoy running – we went out for an hour each day running amongst the vineyards – with the autumn leaves on the vines and fresh morning air it was just fabulous.
I spent the week learning, talking, laughing, exploring – such a wonderful experience.
In a word, don’t hesitate!
Suzanne – French Immersion Stay in France’s Beaujolais
I have just had the most incredible immersion into French family life after spending an amazing week in the home of Marion and her family.
The “Gite” is more like an apartment; it is modern, light, bright and very spacious. There is an eat-in kitchen with everything you need to prepare your own meals if you choose, a lounge/dining room which opens to the outdoors, a very spacious bedroom and lovely modern bathroom.
Marion and her family were welcoming from the minute I arrived and I soon felt part of their family life. Knowing I wanted a full French immersion Marion and the family spoke in French the whole time, at a pace that was easy for me to follow and using vocab I could understand. Knowing how nervous I was to actually speak in French Marion was always gently encouraging, insisting I speak French as much as possible.
Marion is a wonderful teacher, she quickly determines areas which require revision and her lessons to reinforce learning are always fun and interactive – including playing dice and card games during “l’apéro” to enable me practice using French numbers and counting.
I really enjoyed the excursions to local sights – the countryside is just spectacular and Marion knew the best places for seeing the countryside at it’s best.
The week passed too quickly, I had an incredible week eating the most amazing meals, sampling the fantastic local wines and meeting wonderful people.
I can highly recommend this opportunity for a complete French immersion – no matter what your level of French, Marion will tailor the week to suit your requirements.
Merci Beaucoup Marion, c’était une semaine incroyable – je vais revenir bientôt!
Lisa – French Immersion Stay in France’s Beaujolais
I spent one week at Marion’s house last month with my family and we all had an amazing time. Each morning I had a 2 hour one-to one lesson with Marion. The lessons had a mix of grammar, pronunciation exercises, videos and games that helped me to improve my confidence and my ability to converse. I made huge improvements during the week.
In addition to my lessons, my daughters also had a one hour beginners french lesson each day. They discovered French stories and songs and could say basic sentences by the end of the week. The girls really enjoyed their lessons with Marion and couldn’t wait for their lesson each day.
While I was having my lessons, Marion’s mother Nicole, took the girls to find eggs in the chicken coop or to pick fresh tomatoes from the garden. Or they just enjoyed spending time in the pool with my husband. We had one rainy day and they spent the whole time in the “salle de jeux”, playing together. There is so much space, and so much to do at Marion’s house, it’s unbelievable.
We had a couple walks in the vineyards and we spent a beautiful day in Lyon. Nicole came with us, and she told us many anecdotes about the city. We all loved it, even the girls who are only 8 and 11 years old.
In addition to being a great teacher, Marion is a wonderful cook. She provided delicious meals which were always made with fresh produce from the garden or the local farmers market.
As Marion’s program is very flexible, it was perfect for me and my family. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn French in a relaxed atmosphere.
Jenny & Peter – French Immersion Stay in France’s Beaujolais
My husband and I have just spent a wonderful week with Marion in the Beaujolais region of France.
Having just retired we have decided to spend a few months touring around France, and felt our “school years” French could do with some updating before heading off on our adventure.
I was impressed from the first communications with Marion – she was always very prompt to reply and was very helpful with my endless queries before we arrived in France.
We were wanting to brush up on essential French to help us survive our trip through rural France – and Marion was the perfect teacher.
Our lessons were based around what you could expect to hear in shops, restaurants and at local markets. How to ask questions, to order at a restaurant and order at the local market/boulangerie. Marion then took us into the local village, where with her support, we managed to shop at the local farmers market, boulangerie and order lunch at the local restaurant. This experience was exactly what we needed to boost our French language skills and to give us the confidence for our trip.
Marion was so patient during our lessons and encouraging when we were using our French in real life.
We can highly recommend this immersion to anyone in our position who has very limited French and wanting to gain some confidence for a holiday through France.
Merci Marion and a bientot.
Jenny and Peter, Australia