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 small 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.
There is Wifi connexion in the house.
I enjoy smoking a cigarette from time to time but only do so outside.
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 of course 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
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 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).
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
Reviews From Students
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