Avignon – French Immersion at Teacher’s in Provence (French Cuisine Option)

€1500 per week

  • Lessons: 15 hours
  • Excursions/Tours: 2
  • Meals: 2 per day (B + L or D)
  • Room: Private room and private bathroom
  • Max Guests: From one guest to up to four guests traveling together
  • Teaches Kids: Yes
  • Other: Gourmet Cooking Classes Optional. Pets welcome.
CONTACT TEACHER

If you haven’t crossed « Learning French in immersion under the sun of sweet Provence » off your bucket list yet, pack your bags and come to Avignon – only a 3h TGV ride from Paris! Julie, a certified and experienced French teacher, welcomes you – alone, with your family or friends – in her large, yet cozy apartment in the heart of Avignon. Fluent in French, English, German, and Portuguese, Julie loves meeting new people. Her teaching expertise and outgoing nature will surely make you feel comfortable as you progress in French and explore this amazing region of France.

Your French Immersion Residential Program in Provence

Bonjour ! My name is Julie, I’m 27 years old.

Before moving to Avignon, I worked for Alliance Française in Belgium and Brazil, where I also started my own language school. Graduated with a Master’s degree in French literature and sociology, I am a certified tester in official French exams (DELF, DALF and TCF), and have extensive experience in teaching all levels of French students.

My passion is traveling and meeting people from other cultures. I studied 2 years in Germany, worked 4 in Brazil, traveled to Australia… I met amazing people, who made me want to repay them in kind by welcoming foreigners in my region, teaching them my language and showing them the beauties of my home country.

I now live in the charming city of Avignon, a gorgeous medieval city in the heart of Provence, known among others for its Palais des Papes and Pont d’Avignon (with the famous children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon”… ).

The city, which still has its ramparts of the Middle-Ages, is full of history and very comfortable and pleasant to stroll in with its cafés, flea markets, paved streets, charming boutiques, cinemas…

Welcome to my Home in Provence

Our large flat is located in a classified 18th century building, in Avignon’s historical center, within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, daily markets and museums.

The 18th century apartment kept its original charm intact: terracotta tile floors, exposed beams and roofing frameworks, and original fireplaces. It has large windows and is very light. It’s truly a remarkable apartment.

Since I recently moved in, I am still in the process of decorating the place… These pictures actually show the previous tenant decoration: mine will actually be much more classical, still very comfortable and functional, but matching the style of the apartment.

Maybe you’ll enjoy going antiquing with me when you come over?

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Molière himself played his comedy L’Etourdi in our courtyard just before premiering it for Louis XIV in Paris!

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By the way, in July, the city welcomes one of the most famous theatre Festival in the world, le Festival d’Avignon. If you visit in July, the streets will be jammed, and you will be hearing French from all sides !

The kitchen is roomy and nicely equipped, which is good since cooking is one of my favorite hobbies! I enjoy cooking local dishes with fresh produce from the daily market, lots of colorful vegetables but also meat and fish from the regional recipes.

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I will provide 2 meals per day, including breakfast, and share them with you. For the remaining meal, you are welcome to use the kitchen, and there are plenty of places all around to eat out.

If you want, I can also give you gourmet cooking classes: I still have a lot to learn myself but I really do love cooking and sharing the art and pleasure of French cuisine.

Your Room in Your Immersion Teacher’s Own Apartment

You will have your own spacious room with ensuite private bathroom.

Your bedroom is truly comfortable, with high ceilings, and large French windows with traditional provençal shutters, overlooking a quiet street.

Of course, there is wifi in your room as well as throughout the apartment.

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The ensuite bathroom is modern and functional: a stand in shower, sink and toilets.

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Your Own Apartment in Avignon

Come with your friends or family!  My friend lives only a fifteen minute walk away, so it’s no problem at all for me to go there at night. I will meet you during the day for lessons, meals and excursions, and encourage you to practice your French, and you’ll be enjoying the place to yourself in the evening.

There are two big bedrooms with each their private bathroom, so the house can host four people total.

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The Region of Provence in France

The city is surrounded by lavender fields, vineyards – like the iconic Châteauneuf-du-Pape – mountains – the Mont Ventoux whose climb is a tradition of the Tour de France – and picturesque villages: Uzès, Sault, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, Vénasque, Lourmarin, L’île sur la Sorgue, Fontaine de Vaucluse or Roussillon and Gordes in the Luberon région  …

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Provence is known for being one of the most beautiful regions of France, with small villages perched high up on cliffs, ancient, narrow winding streets, fine produce: wine, olives, truffles, lavender fields and incredible fruits : cherries, strawberries, melons, pears, grapes…

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Practical Info About Your French Immersion Course Homestay

Avignon can easily be reached by train. There is also a small airport in Avignon, although the largest airport of the area is in Marseille.

Since I live in Avignon itself, there is a lot of public transportation available to take you almost everywhere! However should you like to be more independent, I suggest you rent a car.

I don’t have a pet but you are welcome to come with your pet as far as s/he is very friendly, quiet and well-behaved.

I don’t smoke and smoking isn’t possible in the apartment.

A One Week (7 Days, 6 nights) Residential French Course Includes:

  • 15 hours of tuition – usually 3 hours in the morning over 5 days.
  • Accommodation in your room with a queen-size bed, and private ensuite bathroom.
  • 2 meals a day with me, including breakfast.
    I’ll be happy to go with you to the market to select the fresh produce you’d like to eat. You’re welcome to cook with me: we’ll share our recipes in French!
  • 2 accompanied excursions or cultural activities during the afternoon
  • Prefered arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday

The price with these options is 1500 Euros per week for one person.

Don’t hesitate to come with your spouse, a friend, or your whole family! My flat can accommodate up to 4 guests and I have extensive experience and enjoy teaching all levels, and will be happy to teach adults and (accompanying) kids alike.

For one additional guest, the price per week is:

  • Euros 210 in half board, without lessons or excursions,
  • Euros 700 in half board with shared lessons and excursions.

There are other options with more classes, a longer excursion with me, or no excursion, more or less meals… I am flexible, and will do my best to adapt to any requests. Just let me know.

Gourmet Cooking Option

As I mentioned above, I love to cook. I am not a trained chef, but cooking is my hobby and I’d be happy to share what I know with you.

For an additional fee, we can explore the world of French gourmet cuisine: you and I can work on a menu according to the season and your own taste, then go buy fresh produce in the local shops/daily markets and then cook together. It will be fun and a great French practice opportunity.

I could also arrange for wine tastings in local vineyards such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Rasteau, or speciality producer tours… With such a wonderful food culture all around us, there are plenty of things to do! So if you are a foodie, let me know, and I’ll make suggestions.

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Caramelized peaches, roasted fresh figs and toasted pine nut salad.

My French Immersion Program

My program includes formal classes, lots of guided conversations, clear grammatical explanations, but also, more natural interactions about culture, art, food, society, media, current affairs… The key is to make you talk as much as possible in French about anythings you enjoy, so you feel relaxed and build your confidence in the language.

I use comprehensive books and I also like to teach French through games, videos and mostly everyday, real-life activities, such as strolling the local markets and stores, walking through Avignon, exploring the small villages, hiking in the hills, going for a wine tasting, meeting up with friends for a café, try a new restaurant…

I am also a certified tester in official French exams (DELF, DALF and TCF), so I can help you prepare for one of those if you’d like. I have taught all levels and ages, and truly enjoy teaching all kinds of students, so no matter your level, I’m confident I can help you out.

I’m looking forward to your visit!

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Contact Julie

  • Please write a detailed message for the teacher including:
    1. Whether you’ll be traveling by yourself or with friends/family (and if applicable the number of people just staying at the teacher or also taking classes and a bit more about them)
    2. The duration of your desired immersion stay and whether you are flexible about the immersion dates
    3. A few details about yourself: your hobbies, your French learning goal, the kind of immersion you'd like (little/lots of homework, outdoor or more indoor activities), any food allergies or other problems you may have. The teachers will be opening their own home to you and although they’ll ask you more questions if they are able to fit you in, knowing a bit about you from the start would be really helpful and a huge gain of time.

Follow Julie’s Bilingual Articles On French Today, Where She Talks About Her Beautiful Region.

Reviews From  Students

John & Yvonne – 2018 – French Immersion Homestay in Provence

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Julie is an extremely friendly person and went out of her way to make us feel welcome and comfortable.

Julie worked out on our first evening just where we were in our French development, and by Monday morning was stretching us from that point with clear lessons reinforced with enjoyable activities. She was also sensitive to what was too difficult for us, and so kept us in an excellent learning zone.

We loved the way Julie wrote down vocabulary and grammatical points as they came up during instruction time, used them as teaching points, and left the notes for us to go over, and then tested our memories as we started the next session. We really valued her continual correcting of our errors, and appreciation of us showing our learning in the way we spoke.

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The excursions in Avignon and beyond were really enjoyable, gave us ample opportunity to talk French as we discovered some of the special sights of this part of the country.

We both greatly appreciated the huge effort Julie made to help us develop our French, and we feel we gained as a result.

Of course we loved Julie’s home in Avignon, and were very comfortable, as well as very well fed, in her Hôtel Particulier.

Bob & Pat – 2018 – French Immersion Homestay in Provence

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I wish to express to you my deepest thanks in alerting me and my wife to Julie Gaudin. 

The accommodations were excellent and the location was perfect.

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She was both a fabulous hostess and a terrific French teacher.

I have already recommended her to all of my friends.

Heloise – 2018 – French Immersion Homestay in Provence

(For English speakers: she loved it!)

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A minha avaliação geral da semana que passei com Julie em Avignon foi excelente, tanto do ponto de vista de aprendizado da língua quanto de interação pessoal.
Considerando o lado do aprendizado, logo na primeira tarde, Julie aproveitou dos momentos de passeio juntas para me deixar bem à vontade para falar o que fosse possível em francês sem constrangimentos, podendo avaliar o nível do meu francês e identificar quais os principais erros, falhas e pontos a serem trabalhados durante a semana. A cada manhã ela chegava com atividades organizadas para abordar esses pontos, estruturando a aula para abordar as questões de gramática, mas utilizando vários recursos como jogos, vídeos, perguntas e exercícios variados para sedimentar o aprendizado sem que fosse repetitivo. Em todos os momentos foi trabalhado ao mesmo tempo o vocabulário, e ela incentivava e parabenizava cada novo avanço. Ela é muito atenta e perspicaz como professora, e identifica a maneira do aluno aprender e seus interesses rapidamente. Para quem fala português ainda há um bônus. Como ela é bem fluente em português consegue identificar o motivo pelo qual cometemos certos erros, facilitando a explicação e correção.
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Quanto à recepção, atendimento e hospedagem, não poderia ser melhor. Já logo após a inscrição me mandou um questionário sobre meu nível de francês, preferências alimentares, interesses, etc para estar preparada para me receber. Todo dia chegava com um croissant fresquinho para o café da manhã, e estava sempre preocupada com o que eu pudesse gostar. preparava o almoço com carinho e foram ótimas refeições, sempre deixou frutas, café, chá, à disposição e realmente fez tudo para que eu me sentisse em casa. O apartamento é espaçoso, iluminado e silencioso, muito confortável, com banheiro moderno e cozinha bem funcional. Muito bem localizado também. Além dos passeios mais distantes com Julie, que foram ótimos, é bem fácil passear pela cidade, ir a museus e bistrôs, tudo é perto, inclusive dois mercados, o que é bem prático. O turismo em Avignon é sem dúvida um dos pontos fortes também, além da cidade ser linda, encantadora e de um tamanho ótimo pra se andar a pé, nos arredores há muito o que fazer para os mais diversos interesses, seja arte, vinho, gastronomia, natureza ou história.
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Tenho certeza que avancei bastante no meu francês, e tenho vontade de continuar estudando. O aprendizado nessa semana valeu por mais do que um ano estudando em um curso regular de línguas. A imersão realmente acelera muito o processo, mas tenho certeza que o diferencial para o sucesso dessa experiência foi a personalidade de Julie, sua didática, gosto por ensinar, conhecimento da língua e da região, simpatia e disposição.
Recomendo muito, sem hesitação!

Tony – 2018 – French Immersion Homestay in Avignon Provence

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Having just finished 2 weeks with Julie Gaudin, this short report is a way of both thanking her for both her professional and personal capacities and also a tribute to the wonderful city of Avignon.

First, her teaching. I am a 74 year old Australian at B2 level, occasionally C1, but with some ingrained bad A1 type habits which take a lot of undoing. Six months ago, when I made my booking with Julie, I told her that I was worried that my level might be too low for comfort, to which she made the perfect response “There is no such thing as a bad level for me”. Much encouraged, I discovered during my stay that she has two qualities, (in addition to her quick intelligence and comprehensive knowledge) not always present in teachers. One is infinite patience. The other quality, more rare still, is the ability to see into the student’s mind and understand not just what one is thinking but why one is thinking a certain way. The consequence is that one not only learns but also learns how to learn, a gift that will keep on giving long after the course has finished. She works really, really hard.

Academically therefore, the course was a complete success, hard work for me also but so painless that I was always asking for extra homework. No higher praise is possible! My grammatical skills and fluency have improved dramatically, motivating me to keep up the progress in the months ahead.

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Julie’s diligence extends to the social side of a visit. Her apartment, in a historical area intra mures, is magnificent with 20 foot ceilings and molded panelled walls. Completely quiet and comfortable.

I was not only well fed by Julie but also entertained to a much greater extent than was required by the “contract”. Our many pleasurable excursions together, ranging from a bicycle ride in the surrounding countryside to trips to the Camargue, Aigues-Mortes, Arles, Fontaine de Vaucluse, Isle de la Sorgue and Villeneuve were all enhanced by Julie’s warm and enthusiastic personality and broad knowledge.

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This local knowledge, by the way, is supplemented by her international experience, broad beyond her 27 years, which provides both additional points of contact with the student and also many talking points.

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Finally there is of course the grand city itself, endlessly fascinating.

My advice – to myself – is “come again”. To others – if you are serious about improving your French and having a great time, don’t hesitate to visit Julie in Avignon.

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February 2018 – Please note Julie has moved from a flat in a large house in a small village of Provence (Carpentras) to a large flat in a gorgeous historical building in the heart of the city of Avignon in Provence. The comments below come from students who stayed with Julie in her flat in the countryside.

Lina – 2018 – French Immersion Homestay in Provence

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Julie is one of best teacher  I ever come across ! She is quick to assess my areas of weakness and  designed my daily lessons to tackle those weakness.
She is very resourceful and uses games, written and listening exercises, worksheets  to help me better understand French grammar. She is also extremely encouraging when I made small improvement and this really helped built my confidence in learning French. I looked  forward to the daily French lessons with Julie. We covered a lot during the lessons. As the lessons were tailored to my needs, I learnt a lot. Time flew by very quickly as I was  making progress and having fun learning too!  Everyday, we did a lot of repetitive exercises to help me remember new vocabulary and French grammar.
Julie is a good cook too! She uses a lot of fresh local ingredients  to prepare our meals. Very delicious home made French cuisine  !
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Outings with Julie was great fun and we laughed a lot ! We visited Avignon and  explored the open market in Carpentras together.
The outings also gave me a great opportunity to practice my French conversation skill with Julie!
Thank you Julie for an amazing week. I have learnt a lot in just one week . I  wish I could have stayed longer.

Vernon – 2018 – French Immersion Homestay in Provence

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I can’t say enough good things about Julie and how good a teacher she is.  She was excellent at tailoring lessons for me and was patient as I tried to grasp new ideas.  When I didn’t understand a topic, she approached it in multiple ways to help move me forward.  She used all types of things, like worksheets, games, and videos so that I could understand and use the language.  I thoroughly enjoyed my week learning with her.  All and all we covered a great deal, and that’s exactly what I wanted.  My French improved a lot, and even better, I now know more ways to keep learning and practicing on my own.

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In addition to lessons, I also appreciated the excursions.  Julie took me on a tour of Avignon to see the Palais des Papes and the city center.  Since she’s very knowledgeable about the city and its history the tour was very interesting.  She took time to point out things and answered all my questions.  I enjoyed myself greatly and even the drive to and from the apartment was amusing.

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Another day we toured Abbaye Saint-André and its gardens.  I can’t thank her enough for allowing me to take a lot of time to just sit, relax and enjoy the gorgeous view.  The view and discussion we had was a highlight of my trip.

The week with Julie seemed to go very quickly and unfortunately all good things must come to an end.   Without hesitation I would highly recommend her to anyone considering a French immersion experience.

Nina – 2017 – Learn French in Immersion in Provence

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A week of French immersion with Julie near Carpentras was a most enjoyable and constructive week.

Julie is a relaxed teacher and has a skill of pitching lessons at an appropriate level but by the end of the week, she was extending my knowledge of French. Julie uses a mix of engaging and imaginative games to stimulate conversation, along with paper-based and digital presentations. She was able to provide daily support for the revision of errors as well as repetition of new vocabulary and grammatical constructions.

Not only did Julie prove to be an engaging and thoughtful teacher during our formal lessons, but she provided dvds, online and video emissions to support extra learning during the informal periods of the immersion week.

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We enjoyed several excursions together. We cycled to Saint Didier for a nougat dégustation, and to one of France’s “beau” villages, the medieval village of Venasque. On Friday we visited Carpentras to experience the markets, and buy cheeses for a meal.

Julie provided an easy lifestyle during the week with excellent French meals during breakfast and lunch. These occasions were great opportunities to continue our discussions which ranged from same sex marriage to IVF, and from historical events and figures such as Napoleon to modern day politics!

Thank you Julie for a wonderful opportunity to combine learning more about France with immersion in the French language.

Geoff – 2017 – Learn French in Provence

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I have just spent a week with Julie in Provence. It was a week I will never forget.

The “en mas” accommodation, food, visits and location were all excellent.

But most of all Julie herself. She is a superb teacher, an incredibly interesting person who has achieved so much in her young life.

As a student you need the lighter moments, she is great fun and we laughed so much.

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I am unique amongst her students in that I taught her a language, ‘Yorkshire’. She no longer says, “je vais acheter du pain”, but “am gunna get a loaf”.

Cannot recommend Julie highly enough.

Anthony – 2017 – French Immersion in Provence

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My week with Julie was both very enjoyable and extremely useful for improving my French

Julie’s apartment, situated near the town of Carpentras in rural Provence, was very spacious and comfortable.

The picturesque surroundings providing a charming and relaxing backdrop to the excellent meals that Julie cooked and served on the balcony. These meals were a highlight of my visit, not only because of the fresh, traditional and tasty ingredients, but because it also gave a great opportunity to improve my French conversation skills with Julie.

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Upon our first meeting Julie was able to effectively assess my level of French and identify weaknesses that needed to be worked on and improved. My French level and lesson needs proved to be slightly different to that which I’d specified on the initial contact form, but Julie was able to efficiently adapt the course to my needs and design lessons that were both fun and extremely effective.

Our excursions: A cycle ride up to a very picturesque medieval village, and a trip to the superb historic city of Avignon were really enjoyable and gave a true experience and flavour of the region of Provence.

Megan – 2017 – French Immersion Homestay in Provence

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I was very nervous being a lone female traveler to a country where I spoke none of the language but it was, and is, my desire to learn the French language in a way that was meaningful to me.  Julie delivered that and more!

As a host, she was warm and friendly and this made me feel quite comfortable in her home. As a teacher she provided rigorous classes allowing me to get the most out of the time, however, she was also sensitive to needing tea, or stretching breaks as well.

Our excursions were memorable taking a ferry cruise out to the islands of the port of Marseille with a packed picnic, touring a nougat factory, having lunch in the city after touring the Friday Market.  During these excursions, she gave me history and culture lessons which brought the whole area to life even more than just seeing it.

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In the evenings we would unwind with a French TV series where I got lost in the drama of the show.  In addition to all this, she fed me so well!  Initially, she shooed me out of the kitchen when she was preparing or cleaning up from meals but this felt awkward to me and I had to just jump in and contribute.  Eventually, she did task me with helping to prepare dessert and it was another learning opportunity to follow the recipes in French.

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She took such great care of me and it was obvious that she enjoys cooking and providing a meal experience for her guests.

The location was an easy train ride from the main airport in Paris, however, it is several miles from the city. Julie has bicycles but I would recommend renting a car for any extra excursions you might want to make.

This part of the countryside is a perfect place to spend a week immersed in the language and culture.

Stacey – 2017-  Learn French in Immersion in Provence

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I do not want to write this review.  Why? Because if it’s time to write this review, then it means it’s time to say goodbye to one of the most incredible people whom I have met.

Wow!  Where do I begin?

When I first met Julie over Skype I thought she was very nice and professional.  Now that I have lived with her for a week, I know she is a very intelligent, dedicated, talented and quite an interesting person.

French Lessons
I did not know what to expect in terms of “lessons.”  I enjoy taking all type of classes and i love to learn but I tend to be very creative and it’s hard for me to sit in one place for a long time. I don’t know if Julie sensed my need to mix-it-up or not but she seemed fine with starting our lessons at the large kitchen table in a more formal format and then migrating to the sofas for a more casual dialogue and deeper discussion.

In terms of understanding my French speaking level, Julie quickly assessed my strengths (vocabulary and my willingness to talk a lot and talk about anything) and my weaknesses (use of proper tenses and prepositions).   She prepared customized worksheets to address my weaknesses.  And she seamlessly and deliberately wove my new learning into daily conversations, pointing out my proper use and/or improper use of new knowledge.  This was a very helpful because there is a very big difference between static lessons and worksheets vs real life conversation and situations which require real world application.

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Conversation
Perhaps this is a stereotype but Americans presume the French have frequent deep conversations about life, politics…subjects necessitating sitting face to face and digging deep into one’s soul. After all, if we also believe the French daily spend hours sitting in cafes, what else could they be doing all of that time? (Lol) Americans also have the notion that overall the French are more reserved and private than we are, and possibly not so interested in making small talk with strangers.  I happen to be very extroverted (measuring 99% on an extroversion/introversion scale!). Julie told me she is very outgoing and we quickly engaged in very interesting conversations our first night together; topics such as world peace, different education systems, life, love, raising children, parent/child relationships and more.  Although, Julie is only 27 years old, she is wise beyond her years and I immediately felt very comfortable to talk to her and share personal stories.  Sometimes I shared stories about my past to help me practice using various French past tenses. And inevitably past tense conversational lessons turned into deep long dialogues.

Accommodations
Accommodations can be tricky depending upon the comfort level one is accustomed to at home and the comfort level one expects while on vacation. I will be honest.  From the photos I saw online, I was not sure the accommodations would be very comfortable. I knew they would be practical but not sure of the comfort level. The pictures conveyed simple comforts but nothing luxurious nor plush. The photos depict a spacious flat typical of Europe. I personally did not need plush accommodations nor did I expect 4 or 5 star quality hotel style.

But Julie’s flat is very comfortable, spacious, airy and clean.  In her flat, I had my own large bedroom with a queen (or maybe even king) sized bed.  The bedding was very comfortable and i had plenty of room to unpack.  She cleverly provided me with a wicker basket for my toiletries and while there was only one full bathroom, it was large, clean and the water pressure was perfect.  And given the limited counter space in the kitchen, the specialties Julie prepared were absolutely amazing.

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Excursions
When Americans dream of spending time in the south of France we think of fields of lavender and sunflowers, biking around little villages, browsing outdoor markets, tasting wine and exploring historical sites transporting us back a few centuries.  Julie’s lifestyle and excursions did not disappoint!  Julie had spoken about and was eager for me to see the lavender fields near her home. I assume she knows American’s love to see this.  Unfortunately, the lavender fields were not in full bloom, however the aroma was enough to fill my all of my senses.  (I’m not sure who was more disappointed seeing the freshly cut lavender fields…me or Julie.).

The village of Carpentras is very charming and has much to offer.  Being Jewish, I was happy to discover Carpentras is home to France’s oldest synagogue and enjoyed learning about its rich history.  And Carpentras’ Friday market did not disappoint.  We tasted wine in Chateau du Pape and it seems Julie has developed a lovely rapport with the gentleman operating one of the wineries which made for lively discussion not about wine!  When I asked if it was possible to visit  an additional winery while in the area, it was not a problem at all.

Another excursion included canoeing on la Sorgue and then exploring L’isle sur la Sorgue. Wow. What a perfect day.  The weather was perfect. The canoeing was invigorating and the scenery was like paddling through a fairy tale. Walking around L’isle sur la Sorgue was picture-perfect and quintessential France.  The sites and sounds and smells were exactly as I had hoped.

And I will not forget Avignon. It is very difficult if not impossible to find a city or village in the USA untouched by modern hands. While walking on the cobblestoned streets in Avignon, I felt as if I was travelling in another time.  And of course sitting for a few hours at a cafe drinking cappuccino and learning French was priceless.  Les Halles was an unbelievable feast for my eyes and stomach.  And walking on the Pont St. Bénézet was incredible.  The real treat was when Julie suggested we rent bikes and go across a bridge to an island where i had seen the fields of sunflowers while driving from Carpentras to Avignon. Biking along the Rhône, passing by people picnicking and observing the Pont St. Bénézet from its incomplete side was beautiful.  Most importantly, we were able to walk into the sunflower field and take some beautiful keepsake photos.

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Food
Julie is a fantastic host and cook.  She made regional dishes most Americans feel are difficult to make but she prepared each dish ease and everything tasted delicious.  Additionally, she made sure I was never hungry and when i tried to help clean up she preferred I relax and enjoy my stay. Of course l’apéro is now my favorite “meal” and I look forward to embracing this tradition when I get home.

I could go on and on about the food.  After all, I was in France.  I don’t know if I have the writing skills of a restaurant critic to convey how delicious everything was.  But I can share some of my favorite foods Julie prepared.  She made the following dishes from scratch: ratatouille, cold zucchini soup, Provençal chicken, chocolate mousse, salads, simple but delicious eggs, fish, potatoes and even homemade dips and spreads for our daily l’apero. Who knew bread, cheese, olives and specialty spreads could pass for a meal in itself? Julie even garnished her dishes with mint and basil she grows on a charming window sill next to her cooking area.  What a nice touch!

I could go on and on about Julie, French Today, Carpentras and more. Writing this review has been cathartic for me especially since I feel I made a dear friend last week but I am not sure if or when I will see her again.

Victoria – 2017 – Learn French in Immersion in Provence

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My week in Provence (June 4 – June 9) was above and beyond my expectations! I had always wanted to be an exchange student in order to have some kind of home stay when I was younger, but as an adult I gave up on the idea which is why I was so curious when I saw your blog publish that ADULTS could do homestay for a week with a teacher in France! I thought, ” Wow, the opportunity is not gone.”
Now, I didn’t think it would happen as fast as it did. I was so nervous to send the first email, which I did to the teacher in Paris, and she wrote back by the next day that she was full for the summer, but she let me know who still had availability. It took me two days to reach out again, and I am so glad that I did! Julie credentials are fantastic and she is such a lovely young woman.
Going to a foreign country to study a language is exciting but also daunting. Julie made such a comfortable and valuable experience for me. I can seriously say that I had a blast.
I have studied French off and on for decades, so I made the decision that I would really try not to speak any English and Julie was so supportive. Julie’s warmth and genuinely positive disposition made it easy for me to abandon my inhibitions – so hard to do with languages. (I just want to get it right) Her corrections and verbal “pop-quizzes” when we were out and about were perfect for me! She didn’t seem to mind my desire to try and correct my errors – over and over again…Poor Julie.
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We started each day in French over breakfast and she gave me grammar lessons that were completely on target with my mistakes. In the afternoons I was able to enjoy the pool or go out and visit the nearby attractions of Provence; the market, lavender fields, Varnasque and Carpentras.
Julie gave me such an authentic week and my French fluency improved dramatically. I even bought the series she introduced me to, Un Village Français,  at the FNAC in Paris.
I wish I could have stayed longer.  Thank you for doing this service! I found it the most valuable of all my French studies ever!

Jeff – 2017 –  Learn French in Immersion in Provence

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Je suis resté chez Julie dans le sud de la France pendant une semaine. Elle a été une très bonne prof – très aimable, gentille, drôle et patiente

Un jour, nous sommes allés à un domaine viticole pour voir le processus de fabrication du vin avec un groupe dont les membres venaient du monde entier. Il y avait une chatte qui s’appelait Harvest. D’abord j’ai dit qu’elle était « minable », mais je me suis trompé, elle était « mignonne ».

Tout le monde a dégusté plusieurs types de vin du Ventoux – blanc, rouge et rosé.

J’ai demandé à la dame (la propriétaire) si les oiseaux et les insctes étaient un problème pour le raisin. Elle a répondu que oui : ce n’est pas possible de les empêcher de le manger, mais ils n’en mangent pas beaucoup.

Quand nous sommes rentrés, nous avons vu le coucher de soleil.

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Nous avons passé une autre journée dans un petit village qui s’appelle Saint Didier, où nous avons vu le processus de fabrication du nougat composé d’amandes et de miel. Nous en avons goûté et aussi des biscuits. C’est comme cela que j’ai appris l’expression : « c’est une tuerie ! ». Après nous avons vu un petit film.

Un autre jour, on a mangé des glaces à Carpentras. Ca c’était très bon !

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Un autre jour avec deux des amis de Julie nous sommes allés à Vénasque, un petit village sur une montagne, pour visiter un château et une église très vieille.

Il y avait une belle vue du balcon du restaurant où nous sommes allés. Nous y avons bu du café – sauf Julie, qui a mangé une glace sans partager avec les autres:) (c’est pas vrai! Haha)

J’ai été très heureux de rester ici et d’apprendre le français avec Julie pendant une semaine. C’est une très belle région et j’espère y retourner une autre année

Elaine & Maciel – Learn French in Immersion in Provence

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The week we spent with Julie was wonderful. Besides being very intelligent and a great teacher, she’s a very happy and fun person to be with !!! Her method is easy and fun, and she teaches always with joy and laughter.

The walks were great, fun, full of beautiful sceneries, great laughs and great learning of the French and local culture.

The food was wonderful: apart from learning French naturally while cooking with her, we enjoyed excellent home made French cuisine, cooked with love and incredibly fresh produce.

Julie is always high-spirited, willing to help and teach. She has had a great life with many cultural experiences, not only in France but also of several countries in the world where she has lived or visited.

We can say that it was one of the best weeks of our lives. We went in search of a course and we gained a great friend for our whole life.

Julie, thank you so much for everything!

Sandra – Learning French in Immersion In Provence

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I spent one week at Julie’s and I wish I could stay longer! My French improved a lot.

First because Julie’s classes are very efficient — she uses many different teaching tools and the lessons are always very engaging.

And second because I could practice what I had just learned in real-life situations, when having lunch or small talks, with Julie (who is so encouraging, kind and smiling), but also with the other families who live on “Le Mas”.

It was easy to chat with them, especially with the kids who loved teaching me new words… I’d point and say “Comment ça s’appelle ?”… The playground was full of words I didn’t know!!

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There are so many things to do around Carpentras. The city has lots of history and is very close to her house which, by the way, has a gorgeous garden and a beautiful view out to the mountain “Mont Ventoux”, and plenty of little places to relax and read a book.

One week in beautiful Provence, learning a beautiful language, gardening (my passion) and eating nice things with fine people… I am already looking forward to spending another week next year!

Sam, Isabelle and William – Learn French at Your Teacher’s Home in Provence

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We stayed for two weeks in Carpentras with Julie. She’s is a fantastic teacher and we felt that we made more progress with her than we had ever made in an intensive group class for months before this.

Julie is very patient, but also very keen for you to really improve, and to get your pronunciation and grammar right!

Our son had also a great week, playing with other kids in the large estate, and we all really enjoyed the swimming pool.

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Julie took us on several trips around her place. We went to see a play in Avignon, which is very famous for theater, and we took a great (and sporty!) hike on “Les Dentelles de Montmirail”: amazing views from up there!

All in all, if you want to improve your French and immerse your family in French culture, go to Julie!

Laura – French Immersion at Teacher’s Home in Provence

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As an American woman traveling by myself, this trip to France was a big deal for me! But it was so easy. After landing in Paris and spending a few days there, I took the TGV (high speed train) to Avignon, and then another train to Carpentras. All very convenient. Julie came to pick me up at the station. And put me right at ease with a large smile.

Since I was there for just a week and I was there to study, I didn’t feel the need to rent a car. I spent most of my days studying with Julie, or by myself while enjoying the sun in the garden, or in the living room on cloudy days.

I’m accustomed to AC, but it’s not so common in France, apparently. It was, like, warm for my taste, but it’s part of the experience I guess. The pool was just right to cool off after a hot day in town!

I was also able to talk with the other people who live in the large house, and that helped me get over my fear of speaking. Then, French kids are not shy, so I was less shy around them as well.

Julie and I took lots of walks and hikes in the neighboring campagne. There are many beautiful villages and panoramic views not far from her house. This region is really beautiful and now that I know the place, I hope to arrange to come back with a friend, rent a car and do a bit more exploring on my own.