French Immersion Residential Program in France
Bonjour, my name is Suzanne – welcome to my home.
My aim is to increase students’ confidence so that they can go off and talk to other people.
You will be the only immersion student staying with us. I will establish a tailored program according to your needs, wishes and interests – a flexible program which we can modify as and when needed.
Our house is in the country just outside Jugon les Lacs, a ‘petite cité de caractère’ – a town with a colourful history going back to medieval times, situated in the north of Brittany, not far from Dinan, and within easy reach of the Emerald Coast, St Malo, and of course, Mont St Michel.
Trains from Paris arrive in nearby Lamballe, from where we can pick you up. Our nearest airports are Rennes and Dinard. Car hire is possible at all of these places if booked in advance.
During a week’s stay, I will take you out on a couple of visits, but if you are interested in seeing as much as possible while you are here, you should consider hiring a car during your visit. Public transport outside the main Breton towns is not well developed. Bike hire can possibly be arranged from the Jugon Sport and Leisure Centre.
My husband Peter and I are quite active in local village life (choir, Breton dancing, library, running bilingual quizzes in the local bar …), and will involve you in those activities if you like. Lunches are copious, and many of the vegetables and much of the fruit that we use come from our prize-winning organic garden.
We don’t smoke. We love receiving guests (we also run a ‘Bed and Breakfast’). The other permanent resident is our affectionate 4-legged friend ‘Monsieur X’ – our outdoors-only cat. I am very sorry, but we cannot accept your pets.
Your Room and Private Bathroom in Your Teacher’s House in France
Your bedroom is of moderate size, and is cosy and bright, with a table where you can study or read. There is a hot drinks corner, and you have your own shower room with sink and wc. Wi-fi is free.
Our rooms accommodate two people, so you can travel with a friend for the same price, having lessons together, or splitting the time between you. The second person does not have to take lessons!
Recent partners have happily spent time reading, sketching or walking while waiting for lessons to finish. I have a spacious dedicated classroom for lessons, and in our house, there’s a cosy sitting room where you can relax.
The Northern Brittany Region
Near our house, house, you’ll find the city of Dinan, le Cap Fréhel and Fort la Latte, la ferme d’Antan, le château de la Hunaudaye, and many gardens such as Herbarius à Planguenoual…
If you rent a car, you can easily get to St Malo, le Mont St Michel, Vitré, Fougères, Josselin, Paimpont, La Roche Jagu, la Côte de Granit Rose…
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course
Prices vary depending on what you select, but this example gives you an idea.
The Standard One Week Stay Includes:
- 15 hours tuition – usually 3 hours in the morning over 5 days.
- As much (or as little) homework as you want: listening activities, preparation for conversation/discussion, structured reading…
- Accommodation in your own room with private shower room.
- 2 meals a day: breakfast with me, and possibly with French-speaking B&B guests; lunch with me (and Peter, perhaps), or a prepared picnic lunch, for days when you prefer to go out sightseeing.
- 2 accompanied excursions or cultural activities – eg. a visit to Dinan, a walk along the coastal path, a visit to a local château or special garden, a local festival, preparing a French speciality dish together – according to your interests.
- Inclusion in my weekly local ‘duties’ is also possible (eg. Breton dance practice, officiating at the local library)
- If needed, the loan of a laptop for homework listening activities.
The price of this option is 1350 euros per week.
There are other options with more tuition / a longer excursion /no excursion… I am flexible, and can adapt to special requests.
My main objectives are in developing conversational and listening skills, but of course, grammar comes into it too. I encourage reading to build up vocabulary quickly, and many students find that writing helps them to remember things better.
I prefer to do all my teaching in French, with a large array of materials and activities to draw upon, but can explain tricky points quickly and simply in English if needed. I also speak Spanish, German and Italian.
I am very flexible, so don’t hesitate to let me know if you have suggestions. I could, for example, cater for a group of up to four friends of the same level.
Contact Suzanne Your French Immersion Homestay Teacher
Follow Suzanne’s Bilingual Posts On French Today, Where She Talks About Her Beautiful Region.
Suzanne also wrote some articles featured on About.com:
- Read here easy bilingual side by side story about Dinan.
- Read here esay bilingual French English story about Le Château de la Hunaudaye.
Reviews From French Today’s Students
Janet, 2017 – French Immersion in France Brittany
Je viens de passer une semaine avec Suzanne.
J’ai appris beaucoup et toutes les leçons étaient intéressantes et heureuses.
Nous avons fait deux excursions et j’ai appris quelques histoires de Bretagne.
Merci aussi à Peter qui prépare les bons déjeuners.
Merci Suzanne, merci Peter.
Mark, 2017 – French Immersion in France Brittany
For a long time I have loved visiting France and learning about its culture but have only recently started to learn the language. I have found it a struggle though to understand the spoken word and to speak with any fluency.
So, it was with some apprehension that I came to stay with Suzanne and Peter in their home in Brittany. I need not have worried, as I was made immediately welcome, Peter even offering to collect me and my bicycle from Saint Malo as the weather was not looking favourable.
As it turned out this was not necessary and I enjoyed making my way slowly to their house through the Bretagne countryside à vélo.
Throughout my visit Suzanne and Peter have talked to me in slow French, Suzanne often repeating sentences or phrases using different words to explain or ensure that I understood. This has been invaluable. Her lessons have been excellent using a variety of methods and resources and giving me as much or a little homework to do in the evenings as I wanted.
She has been immensely patient, identifying problems that I had along the way and modifying lessons accordingly.
The meals provided by Peter were excellent and varied and his sense of humour much appreciated.
Suzanne took me on a wonderful and informative tour of Dinan, I joined in on the bilingual quiz night that she organised in the local bar and also enjoyed a lunch with her at the nearby relais routier restaurant.
J’en ai bien profité.
Brenda, 2017 – French Immersion in France Brittany
I came to Suzanne hoping to find a program tailored to my specific needs, focusing on verb usage, points of grammar and pronunciation on which I needed work.
Suzanne created a program using some of the many teaching/learning aids she herself has developed over the many years of teaching French.
The lessons were varied and engaging, never boring or unnecessarily repetitive.
I definitely made progress and came away with tools I can use to continue to improve my speaking, reading and writing, whether studying on my own or with a teacher.
The two excursions were the icing on the cake.
Suzanne and Peter, you have given me a most productive and most entertaining and enjoyable eight days.
Merci mille fois!
Michael, 2017 – French Immersion in France Brittany
Thank you for a great week.
It was a bit of a breakthrough because I have been worried about my pronunciation and ignored it. It feels better now I can tackle it.
Thank you also for the work you have sent (by email after my stay).
Paddy, 2016 – French Immersion in France Brittany
Je suis australienne. Je ne parlais pas 20 mots de français avant mon arrivée ici (j’exagère un peu !)
Cette semaine passée, je suis restée chez “le couple terrible” (référence au Petit Nicolas) Suzanne et Peter .
J’ai bien aimé cette semaine. En plus, mon mari Louis est venu aussi et il s’est amusé à faire du vélo, à boire de la bière française, à lire des livres et à se coucher quand le brouillard était épais.
Pour moi c’était un travail dur, mais aussi amusant et intéressant. C’est une occasion pour apprendre non seulement dans la salle de classe, mais aussi au petit déjeuner, au déjeuner, et ici et là pendant toute la journée.
Peter est un bonus ! Il nous parle en français aussi. Et il a cuisiné de la nourriture délicieuse.
Les excursions, trois, étaient de très bons moments pendant la semaine. Nous avons visité la côte (le cap Fréhel), la ville ancienne de Dinan, et le concert des chants de Noël de Peter : il était partout – au piano, à la direction de la chorale, et aussi pour amuser le public. La musique était superbe !
Ce matin-ci j’ai visité la bibliothèque et j’ai rencontré le Père Noël dans son manteau rouge ! Une expérience de la culture que je ne vais pas oublier.
Suzanne est une professeur superbe ! Elle est très organisée, très gentille et ses leçons sont très flexibles et jamais ennuyeuses. Elle parle lentement et clairement – j’aime ça ! Maintenant je connais mes mots et 20 verbes en plus !
Moira, 2016 – French Immersion in France Brittany
Grâce à vous, je pense que mon français s’est amélioré beaucoup cette semaine. Suzanne, tu es le meilleur professeur ! Il y avait beaucoup à faire.
J’ai aimé surtout la visite à Dinan pour voir les lumières de Noël, et les vitraux dans la cathédrale. Et aussi, j’ai bien apprécié le pub quiz, les répétitions de la chorale, les déjeuners au restaurant, et faire la cuisine.
La campagne est parfaite pour faire du vélo !
Peter, j’aime beaucoup vos repas, merci.
J’espère que je reviendrai l’année prochaine. Merci beaucoup.
John, 2016 – French Immersion in France Brittany
“My two weeks with Suzanne and Peter was a formidable learning experience.
Bretagne is a rich historical region quite distinct from other regions of France, emanating from its maritime roots, its linguistic heritage and distinct topography. Their village is a country property and a car was very useful.
Peter and Suzanne have designed and purpose built a spacious, comfortable, effective B&B. I enjoyed Peter’s culinary enthusiasm and skills. I have a strong involvement with music thus Peter’s career as a musician and choir director were a bonus for me.
Suzanne is a veteran adult educator: patient, creative but relentless. After 14 days, with no oral English my mind was numb, a great feeling. Suzanne has created an impressive broad range of teaching tools, visual and audio, over her many years of teaching and they are interesting, challenging and effective.
In summary, it was an engaging and rewarding experience.”
Candi, 2016 – French Immersion in France Brittany
Ma semaine chez Suzanne était informative, difficile, frustrante, amusante et beaucoup de travail.
Avec un autre professeur, cette semaine aurait été impossible. Mais Suzanne est bonne professeur et très gentille aussi. Les trois heures des leçons sont passées vite… généralement trop vite. Elle savait changer sa méthode d’enseignement pour me donner ce dont j’avais besoin.
Maintenant, je vais revenir chez moi et répéter les leçons. J’aimerais retourner et continuer mes études avec Suzanne un jour.
Bien sûr, Suzanne a un très bon mari qui s’appelle Peter. Il est super intéressant. Il fait la cuisine. On a mangé bien toute la semaine. La semaine ne serait pas la même sans lui.
Merci beaucoup Suzanne et Peter.
Jan, 2016 – French Immersion in France Brittany
My two-week stay with you was well worth the stress and effort of leaving my family behind in Australia and traveling halfway around the world !
- wonderful hospitality
- great food (thanks Peter !)
- and lots of great experiences
Suzanne, I would be very surprised if there was a better teacher of French anywhere!
Thank you and kind regards.
Clint and Loraine, 2016 – French Immersion in France Brittany
Thank you for a wonderful week.
The accommodation and food have been excellent.
We have enjoyed your company and many laughs.
You have helped create many special memories.
Merci et au revoir.
Hope to keep in touch.
Christine & Declan, 2016, French Immersion in France Brittany
We truly enjoyed our French immersion week in ‘La Croix Julot’. Suzanne and Peter, thank you so much for your warm welcome. Peter, you looked after us really well. We had expected to be joining you in a light lunch each midday. Instead, we found ourselves enjoying a delicious three-course meal every day. Thank you Peter, you are a wonderful chef.
We feel we have made great progress in our understanding and use of the French language. Thank you Suzanne, you are a wonderful teacher – very patient and highly organised. You adjusted your approach to suit our needs, and we found that the variety of activities you used held our interest for the duration of each three-hour session – no mean feat! The recordings of our work in class, and the additional materials you have provided will keep us busy for months ahead.
Thank you also for our cultural trips to the ‘Ferme d’antan’ and Dinan – we thoroughly enjoyed them. Christine will have fond memories of her night at the ‘répétition de danse bretonne’ – thanks to your dance group for including her. Suzanne, we both enjoyed seeing you and your group perform at the ‘Fête Folklorique’. We hope to come back again for another week at some stage. We will be recommending your program to our friends.
Go raibh mile maith agaibh – Thank you both very much.
Janine, 2 weeks, 2016, French Immersion in France Brittany
Suzanne and Peter, thank you so much for two amazing weeks. I have been in France, not just as a tourist but as an honored guest and student.
Suzanne, thank you for your patience and understanding while working with me to improve my French, and for sharing your love and knowledge of the dance and music of Bretagne with me.
Peter, thank you for your many, many wonderful meals, your sense of humor and your willingness to help me learn as well.
My stay was perfect in every way and I will be sending many of my friends your way.
Barbara, 2 weeks, July 2016, French Immersion in France Brittany
Merci Suzanne et Peter pour une bonne expérience.
Suzanne is an excellent teacher, very patient and encouraging. I came to La Croix Julot to improve my pronunciation and French conversation, a challenge when learning any new language. Now, after two weeks, my new friends are ‘accueil’, ‘feuille’, ‘seule’, ‘on’, ‘en’, ‘ans’ and ‘incroyable’, just to mention a few.
The resources Suzanne has provided will ensure my learning continues when I return home.
Et aussi, merci beaucoup Peter, ‘chef de cuisine incroyable’.
A bientôt !
(Wow – Barbara was even in the newspaper with Suzanne! It’s true that an Australian in this tiny village of Brittany is quite a buzz – everybody wanted to speak with her!)
Valerie, July 2016, French Immersion in France Brittany
I spent one week with Suzanne for an immersion program that was far beyond what I had expected. Suzanne is a master teacher who readily adapts to any learning style or need. I, myself, am a teacher and came here to renew my confidence level in French, but gained so much more than that. Suzanne reminded me of the joy and importance of the basics and consequently had a profound effect on me. I set very high standards for myself and Suzanne’s teachings matched and even exceeded what I would expect from a teacher to a teacher.
Peter bent over backwards to accommodate me by installing wireless headphones and a system to watch movies in French with French subtitles. His kindness was contagious, his cooking scrumptious.
Suzanne, Peter, thank you. From the bottom of my heart. You two have taught this teacher many, many things..both concrete and intangible.
Jo, June 2016, French Immersion in France Brittany
Merci beaucoup Suzanne et Peter. J’ai passé une bonne semaine dans une école cinq étoiles, avec un restaurant trois étoiles !
Suzanne, vous êtes une prof étonnante. Or, if I can pronounce it correctly, vous êtes incroyable, comme le vin ! (Editor’s note: le vin is a very useful word which can help greatly with pronunciation!)
Jeanie, June 2016 – French Immersion in France Brittany
My week with Suzanne and Peter has been excellent. Suzanne is a very good and patient teacher. Importantly, she adapts her teaching to suit individual needs and wishes, and provides plenty of interesting and varied activities for learning. Suzanne has been extremely helpful in helping me to identify ways in which I can improve my French and continue my learning.
Suzanne and Peter provided me with the warmest of welcomes. They are both wonderfully hospitable and generous with their time and help. Lunches provided by Peter are excellent. Very many thanks to you both.
Amanda, June 2016 – French Immersion in France in Brittany
I have spent a lovely few days at La Croix Julot. I arrived in France 8 months ago with barely any French at all. It has been a bit of a struggle to understand what is going on around me most of the time.
Suzanne has been great at identifying the gaps in my knowledge and following them up with fun and simple exercises. Of course there have been ones that I find more challenging, but I came here to learn and I feel that I will continue to learn in the coming weeks and months with the tools I acquired in this short intensive stay.
I was surprised actually by how much I was able to understand while here with Peter and Suzanne.
The garden is gorgeous and the food delicious. Je vous remercie pour votre hospitalité.
Katy & Solly, June 2016 – French Immersion in France Brittany
We have had a wonderful week at La Croix Julot, and only ever felt welcome and accepted by our two very creative and interesting hosts.
Suzanne created a flexible, fun and absorbing course for us: myself and my 15 y.o. son. She has seamlessly increased the complexity of conversation and teaching, truly according to our (different) levels so we felt motivated but not overwhelmed. I have begun to delight in the French language!
The hospitality and Peter’s cooking, the comfort and conviviality has been without parallel.
A really great experience. Thank you so much.
Julie & Noel, and Peter May 2016 – French Immersion in France
Learning anything new as an adult is hard, especially another language. We worry if we don’t get it right the first time; it’s disheartening and frustrating. In our case, having learnt French at school then re-matriculating as adults, we’ve got by pretty well during our yearly 6 weeks in France, but we wanted more.
A friend found Suzanne’s site, and we’ll be forever grateful. She and her husband are a powerful combination – good humour and an enjoyment of people. Suzanne made sure she met the outcomes we’d expressed, and at no stage during the lessons did we feel other than comfortable. Stretched, yes, but also engaged, and never foolish or ‘dumb’. Clearly she has a sensitive recognition of non-verbal cues, and her exquisite pronunciation and clarity of speech made explanations easy to understand, plus the lessons went by in a flash. She understands that brains need to be ‘entertained’ in that too much of one thing can become tiring, and the visual, aural and written aids she uses are nothing short of brilliant.
Peter, her husband, is a wonderful cook, a beautiful piano player – his lunches were delicious and healthy, with vegies and herbs from the organic garden. Mr X, the outside cat, was a beautiful extra.
The bottom line is that if ever you thought a live-in course would be too intensive and too demoralising, then you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a wonderful experience and we’ll be back.
Suzanne and Peter
Je vous remercie pour mon séjour très agréable.
J’ai été vraiment ravi de vos leçons – efficaces, intéressantes et remplis de bonne humeur.
La cerise sur le gâteau était la campagne tranquille, l’accueil chaleureux à votre maison et la cuisine de chef Peter (je lui accorde un chapeau). Et ne pas oublier le plaisir d’explorer la Bretagne.
A la prochaine, Amitiés, Peter
Mary Lee & Allen, 1 week, April 2016 – French Immersion in France
We have really enjoyed our week with you. We have learned a lot: the language of French as well as customs and food. We have enjoyed getting to know you and appreciate your patience with our attempts to speak French. We both feel we have learned a lot and leave with the confidence that we can continue to work with our French. Suzanne, you are a great teacher and have given us much to continue with on our journey to speak French. The resources to continue to use are great! Thanks for such a wonderful adventure.
Mary Jo & Bob, 1 week, April 2016 – French Immersion in France
Our experience in your home was wonderful. Thanks you both so very much. Peter, you are such a friendly and welcoming host and your meals were delicious. Suzanne, having taught in a middle school in the US for nine years, I know how very demanding and difficult it is. You are a superior teacher by every standard. Your enthusiasm and energy is ever-present and contagious. I’m in awe of your organizational skills and the many systems you have developed to help your students. I have learned an incredible amount and hope to keep progressing! Merci beaucoup! Mary Jo
Enjoyed our visit and learning sessions immensely. Your hospitality and friendliness made our stay most enjoyable. Merci beaucoup! Bob
Janis & Tim, 5 days, March 2016 – French Immersion in France
Thank you Suzanne and Peter for your wonderful welcome and the pleasant stay.
We have learnt so much from our lessons, not just the French language… culture, customs, and building tips. Suzanne, you are an excellent teacher, so patient with my stumbling pronunciation. I have improved, and my confidence in my ability to learn French is giving me hope.
Peter is a “chef de cuisine par excellence” and coped well with our dietary requirements. He introduced us to some wonderful local dishes. Many thanks.
Farrah, 2 weeks, February/March 2016 – French Immersion in France
A home away from home.
I am delighted that I made the choice of coming to this little gem of a ‘chambres d’hôtes’. I came here to learn French and stayed for 2 weeks. I was truly a beginner and Suzanne’s professionalism, patience and experience helped me in understanding and speaking French. Suzanne creatively uses different methods to suit the student’s needs. Plus, the love of French language is ignited in my heart.
After one week and at the age of 58 I was able to speak it a little. The second week of learning was very productive as I started to understand and follow conversations.
If you want to improve your French or start learning like me, this is a place for it.
Merci Suzanne et Peter pour votre patience et remerciements à Peter pour la nourriture délicieuse.
Hilaire, 1 week, March 2016 – French Immersion in France
I am trying to make arrangements for a second visit to La Croix Julot, so I obviously found my first visit so useful, and enjoyable – and good value for money – that I want to repeat it.
Suzanne is not only a very experienced teacher, she is also a good, patient, thorough, empathetic and generous one. I very quickly lost my trepidation and self-consciousness about speaking French, and I never feared feeling incompetent or a fool, as I usually do.
I wanted to have homework, and Suzanne was able to provide as much as I wanted, there and to do at home, from the bountiful resources she has at her fingertips.
The purpose of my visit was to improve my French, not to have a holiday, but I did have a good time and the fact that I was learning seemed a bonus.
La Croix Julot is a team effort with husband Peter making a valuable contribution. Among other things, he does the cooking and took the need to adapt his repertoire of dishes to meet my dietary requirements in his stride, with great success. I welcomed his conversations at lunch as they were a great aid with my listening and comprehension – and speaking.
Very many thanks to both of you.
Peter & daughter Heather Tralaggan, March 2016 – French Immersion in France
“one of the best French teachers I have ever been taught by”
From Peter: Both Heather and I want to thank you for such a marvellous week at La Croix Julot. We really appreciated the warmth of your welcome.
Suzanne, you are one of the best French teachers I have ever been taught by. Your professionalism, experience and enthusiasm made it a joyous learning experience. You have the ability to appreciate where I was ‘at’ with language progress, and seamlessly built on my language skills. I still have much more to learn, but I leave here tomorrow knowing I have definitely made progress, and with an enthusiasm to study further.
La Croix Julot is a great place to stay. Its location in Bretagne makes it the ideal place to launch off and see all the tourist sites such as St Malo, Dinan, the Pink Granite Coast, Cap Fréhel, Mont St Michel, which we did with ease (Editor’s note: some as accompanied excursions, some in the hire car).
Peter, your meals were something we always looked forward to. We both enjoyed the inclusiveness of our stay, especially the Jugon les Lacs choir experience under your guidance, meeting your friends, and the visit to the pub!
From Heather: Thank you both for your generous welcome of me as an ‘add-on’. I really appreciated the lessons, Suzanne, and the tourist advice, Peter.
Michael, 4 days, February 2016 – French Immersion in France
“My French has improved measurably!”
Suzanne, thank you for a very intensive few days in which my French has improved measurably!
The lessons have been both instructive and full of interest, which makes the learning much easier and pleasant. The food and accommodation has been excellent. Thank you to Peter.
I would recommend this course without hesitation. Thanks again.
Pamela, 5 days, January 2016 – French Immersion in France
“I wish I had discovered this method of boosting my French language skills years ago”
I have just enjoyed a week’s stay at La Croix Julot to focus on my French. Suzanne’s incredible teaching methods were so professional (and with plenty of humour), that my weaknesses never surfaced as something for me to worry about.
I came to re-learn many things, and left with an amazing tool box, which is very useful to me. The quality of the teaching was excellent, and I can’t wait to come again to really progress.
Thanks to Peter’s culinary balancing act, we ate beautiful food, which of course is so appreciated when ravenous- by study and fresh country air!
I loved the sociable flow of guests and day students, and of course the lovely strains of music from any of Peter’s menagerie of beautiful instruments. Grosses bises à Monsieur X (the cat) !
Alison, 9 days, November 2015 – French Immersion in France
“An absolutely amazing experience, a tutor ‘par excellence’.”
Every weakness noted and returned to for in-depth coaching, amazing resources, learning tools so imaginative it’s hard not to learn.
Suzanne’s explanations and knowledge, both of the French language and the difficulties experienced by learners, is beyond any teaching I have previously experienced.
I feel that in 9 days I have covered and understood more than my previous 5+ years. Yes! It’s intensive, but so many ‘seeds’ have been sown and I can easily refer back to Suzanne’s notes and dictations for revision.
I can recommend Suzanne as a teacher without hesitation. The stay at La Croix Julot must include a mention of Peter, who makes sure the chambre d’hôte runs smoothly. Food amazingly prepared and delicious to eat.
In short, wonderful hosts and an experience to remember.
Jacqui, 10 days, November 2015 – French Immersion in France
“I could not have chosen better”
I have lived in France a short time and want to learn more about all things French – the culture, the language, and above all, how to converse better in French. I looked at a lot of schools and finally decided to stay 10 days at La Croix Julot. I could not have chosen better. Suzanne is a rare combination of many years of teaching experience and insight into each student’s needs. There is no “cookie-cutter” approach. Equally important was being welcomed into their home – a relaxing informality and lots of good eating. Thank you Peter.
Adrian, 1 week, 2015 – French Immersion in France
“Excellent teaching focussed on my needs and ability”
Does what it says on the tin… and more!! I asked for intensive and got it, but at a pace I could follow. Excellent teaching focussed on my needs and ability, coupled with great food and advice on day/afternoon trip… If you want to learn French, this is a place to start!!!
Thank you both very much for a truly memorable experience.
Paddy and Mark, 1 week 2015 – French Immersion in France
“Suzanne and Peter, are warm, friendly and generous”
This was a wonderful week of French teaching, and a wonderful stay in France.
I am writing this in English because it may be useful to other readers. Our hosts, Suzanne and Peter, are warm, friendly and generous. In the mornings, I had instruction with Suzanne – and I couldn’t ask for a better teacher – while my husband borrowed maps and other gear, and went hiking around this beautiful region.
Suzanne took us on two excursions which were very interesting and informative.
On the teaching side, Suzanne has masses of really interesting materials, many of which helped me to learn about Brittany.
My conversational French is much better, and I have learnt more about the best way for me to learn when I get home.
I hoped this experience would be a success – but it has been far better than I realised it could be. Many thanks.
Jack & Carol, 1 week September 2015 – French Immersion in France
“The hosts are so gracious and every detail gets attention”
What a pleasure to stay in such an original farmhouse in Bretagne – totally and so beautifully redone!
The hosts are so gracious and every detail gets attention. Jack so enjoyed the fantastic teaching of Suzanne and he was sorry to have the lessons come to an end.
Peter cooks such delicious meals from their garden. In addition, you get to hear lovely music from Peter, as he prepares for his work. I enjoyed the beauty of the surroundings, and being led through the beautiful gardens by Monsieur X (editor’s note: the cat!). We thank you for all you did to make us feel comfortable and for taking the time to help me understand the French being spoken. The whole week was… très joyeuse! Merci.
Carolyn, 5 days 2015 – French Immersion in France
“Suzanne is probably the best teacher I have ever had”
What an experience ! The area is so quiet and peaceful with long stretches of farmland. Suzanne’s gardens are beautiful and she grows the vegetables we eat. Peter is an excellent chef. His meals are delicious and last for at least 1 ½ hours. In addition to preparing our meals, Peter teaches music and is an outstanding musician.
Suzanne is probably the best teacher I have ever had. Her constant enthusiasm, depth of knowledge and her extreme compassion made this a truly memorable experience for me. We speak French all the time. Suzanne speaks slowly and repeats what I don’t understand. My whole experience here has been fantastic and is one I will remember forever. I have already made plans to return next year.
Dianna, 1 week 2015 – French Immersion in France
“Suzanne is so enthusiastic, such an intuitive teacher, and such a genuinely nice person”
My week at Suzanne and Peter’s is one I’ll always remember with great fondness. Suzanne is a French teacher par excellence. She has mountains of material from which to select items of interest to engage you in your learning endeavors – notebooks full of exercices and practice dictations; short recordings from various sources covering news, history, science, etc. for listening practice; photographs for discussion and formulating questions – and this is only what I experienced. I would often sit bemused watching Suzanne deftly search through her thick notebooks and long list of files for just the right topics to pique my interest and make learning fun. Suzanne would take copious notes during a lesson, then record these notes to give to the student. And she did this reading the notes upside down so that you could follow them right side up across the table. She also can write upside down, again so you can read it across the table — amazing. Suzanne is so enthusiastic, such an intuitive teacher, and such a genuinely nice person.
And then there is Peter, Suzanne husband. Peter was the culinary master who whipped up delicious food in gargantuan proportions. The first part of dinner conversation often involved quizzing Peter on his inspiration for the current culinary masterpiece and sometimes searching for a worthy name to give it. Peter is a musician and I loved hearing his piano playing wafting up the stairs to my second floor room. He is affable, easy to talk to, and quick to accommodate your needs. He speaks French in addition to his native English and will keep to French to continue your learning throughout your stay. For my train ride when leaving at the end of the week, he made sure I had a little to-go lunch to take with me — sweet.
Amy & Len, 2 weeks 2015 – French Immersion in France
“Now, I don’t feel ‘lost’ with the French language”
Many many thanks for everything! These two weeks have been wonderful, thanks to your generosity, humor, Peter’s excellent meals, Suzanne’s patience and fantastic lessons, the beautiful home and peaceful setting… The time flew by, and I can’t believe it’s time to go. We will think of you often (each time we speak French!)…
… As usual, Amy has said everything. But I can’t express how significant these two weeks have been for me. Now, I don’t feel ‘lost’ with the French language. The food was superb, and the conversation was excellent. Merci, merci, merci!
and later… Without reservation, I would recommend you as a tutor for anyone. Your knowledge, your approach to teaching, and your genuine hospitality during our stay truly made our time with you one of the highlights of our French experience.
Jess 2 weeks, 2015 – French Immersion in France
“Suzanne – a simple “merci beaucoup” is not nearly enough to express my gratitude!”
A few thoughts from a “more than satisfied” customer!
Prior to my arrival at La Croix Julot, I was heartened by all the glowing reviews I read here about Suzanne and Peter, and, I must say, I was definitely not disappointed! So, what can I add here that others have not already mentioned? I find myself in total agreement with them all (yes! really!), so, if you are wondering about taking an immersion course with Suzanne, I do encourage you to read all these reviews, as they contain many details about what you can expect!
For myself, I just want to say that Suzanne is a truly gifted teacher, and working with her has helped me take my fairly basic understanding of French to a new level. I feel inspired (and well prepared) to keep going. I was so impressed by her teaching – always clear, and with a bounteous supply of materials that are well laid out and easy to understand. Suzanne – a simple “merci beaucoup” is not nearly enough to express my gratitude!
And Peter? A creative “chef de cuisine” for sure, but he also has a twinkle in his eye and a roguish sense of humour :) Furthermore, he is a gifted musician, as evidenced by the glorious music I heard emitting from his keyboard on an occasional afternoon…
Another thing, which doesn’t have a lot to do with teaching, but more with ambience – this couple love the life they have created, and they happily share it with everyone around them. A gift, for sure!
So – merci beaucoup to the power of 1000 to you both!!
Louis – 2015 – French Immersion in France
“Suzanne has a marvelous talent for adjusting her use of vocabulary and speed of speaking”
Our 9 -year-old son, Louis, attends a language immersion school where he has been since he was 2 years old. We wanted to get a better idea of how much French he was actually learning in school, boost his confidence with speaking, and introduce him to a part of the world where everyone speaks French (not just his teachers). I searched and searched for a French vacation that would allow us to have fun as a family of 5 but also provide structured French instruction for my 9-year-old. When I found French Today’s Immersion program, I was hopeful. When I found Suzanne’s post, my search was over.
I read on a review that staying in their home feels like visiting a good friend. That is exactly how I would describe our experience with Suzanne and Peter. Their kindness, patience, and generosity were beyond compare. Suzanne and our son Louis worked together (en français) every day on something that really interested him. They read a Tintin comic book together, created artwork, and best of all worked together to make crepes (Louis’s favorite part of the entire trip). I was amazed to listen in on a stool in their kitchen as my son conversed entirely in French with Suzanne as they measured out the flour and added the eggs. Although my husband and I speak minimal French, we noticed our French improving in leaps and bounds as Suzanne and Peter spoke to us at mealtimes (and as much as possible when Louis was around) in slow, remarkably easy to understand French. I realized then that Suzanne has a marvelous talent for adjusting her use of vocabulary and speed of speaking to meet a student where they are—and then push them a little further along.
Suzanne teaches English as well as Spanish to several local children and we were very fortunate to have the chance to introduce our children to Suzanne’s young students. It was incredible to watch them play in the beautiful gardens that surround her home, practicing their newly acquired language skills with one another.
I can not describe to you how charming La Croix Julot is, nor can I adequately describe how exceptional a teacher, person, gardener, and hostess Suzanne is (with the help of her equally wonderful husband). You will have to find out for yourself!
Sayoko – 2015 – French Immersion in France
“j’ai parlé beaucoup le français. J’étais très contente”
Pendant mon séjour chez Suzanne, elle m’a donné les cours de qualité.
Avant de commencer les cours, nous avons beaucoup discuté au sujet du plan, et puis elle a fait un plan efficace pour moi.
Le plan qu’elle m’a suggéré était très intéressant, bien plus. C’était un plan équilibré. Un jour, j’ai fait un cours ‘Atelier de cuisine’ chez elle. C’était très amusant. Donc, j’ai bien passé mon séjour chez elle. Sa façon d’enseigner était très bonne, c’est pour cela que j’ai bien compris ce qu’elle m’a expliqué.
De plus, il y avait beaucoup d’occasions pendant lesquelles j’ai parlé beaucoup le français. J’étais très contente. Elle m’a emmenée à plusieurs réunions auxquelles elle participait, si je voulais, là où j’ai rencontré beaucoup de gens et j’ai beaucoup parlé avec eux.
Son mari Peter est aussi très gentil. Comme il est simple, j’ai beaucoup parlé avec lui.
J’ai eu beaucoup de belles expériences chez eux en Bretagne. Ça deviendra mon bon souvenir de Bretagne.
Merci, Suzanne et Peter.
Cynthia & Valerie – 2015 – French Immersion in France
“We are in awe of your dedication to all that you do.”
It’s hard to know where to begin. Our week at La Croix Julot has been an experience that neither of us will ever forget.
Suzanne, your passion for everything French is infectious. We came here hoping to improve our French language skills; we leave with renewed enthusiasm for the language and a deep appreciation of French culture. We are in awe of your dedication to all that you do.
Peter, we cannot thank you enough for making us so comfortable and for preparing such wonderful French meals for us.
We particularly enjoyed the activities that we participated in – they added a special Breton flavour to our experience.
Merci infiniment, Suzanne, pour votre encouragement constant. On en a profité énormément. C’était une expérience inoubliable.
Et finalement, faire un stage de ce genre est quelque chose que nous recommandons sans hésitation.
Barry – 2015 – French Immersion in France
“she and Peter will continue to speak to you in French during the excursions, other activities, breakfast and meal times”
When I attended the course with Suzanne I was very impressed with the overall structure and also that I felt fully immersed in the French language during my stay there.
I would recommend this course because, apart from the time spent in lessons with Suzanne, she and Peter will continue to speak to you in French during the excursions, other activities, breakfast and meal times. Furthermore, she is fully able to cater for the individual needs and abilities of the pupil when conversing with them in French.
The lessons themselves were at all times highly instructive and Suzanne is attentive towards concentrating on weak points and writing down very useful contemporaneous notes which are then transported onto memory stick for the pupil’s own use. She has clearly taken a lot of time and effort in setting up systems to enable the pupil to gain a better overall understanding of grammar, vocabulary and, most importantly, speaking the language itself which is vital to somebody like me who intends to spend more time in France in the future.
The food and accommodation provided were also very good and the area around the house is rural and very pleasant for walking and other types of activity when you are not hard at it studying!
Christine and Ian – 2015 – French Immersion in France
“Suzanne is an excellent teacher: she is generous, patient, encouraging, creative, adaptive and extremely well organised”
We recently spent 10 days with Suzanne at the start of our holiday in France. The aim was to brush up on our basic French in order to better engage with local people during our travels.
The idea of a residential programme where we would be immersed in the French language for long periods, on a daily basis, was particularly attractive for us.
In addition to the language lessons (see below), we were made to feel very welcome by Suzanne and her husband, Peter. Our cosy and inviting accommodation was more than adequate and Peter’s meals were superb, as was Suzanne and Peter’s hospitality.
Suzanne is an excellent teacher: she is generous, patient, encouraging, creative, adaptive and extremely well organised. As well as extensive class notes and teaching aids, she provides audio files and written exercises for private study (ie, homework), should you choose to do any. Suzanne was able to expertly tailor lessons to meet our ongoing needs and requests and to provide a good balance between informal and formal structures within the lessons. Vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, as well as formal and informal conversations and scenarios, were covered. Lessons were reinforced and enhanced through conversations at breakfast and lunch, homework, accompanied field trips to locations of our choosing, and the opportunity to join Suzanne on some of her regular activities (eg, work at the local library, traditional Breton dancing and choir practice).
Suzanne’s approach, together with the opportunity to stay in her home and be immersed in her daily life and the local culture, made our time with her enjoyable, as well as instructive. We thoroughly recommend Suzanne as a teacher, and also the experience that she and Peter provide. The experience certainly exceeded our (high) expectations, and we would definitely return for more, on a regular basis, if only Australia was not so far away! Our holiday experience has certainly benefitted from the time spent with Suzanne. Merci beaucoup, Suzanne!
Annette Love, 2015 – French Immersion in France
“Suzanne was incredibly patient, always encouraging and knew exactly which areas of the language I needed to develop”.
Where do I begin…..
This experience has been amazing from the very first minute I made contact with Suzanne, her replies to my many emails were prompt, full of helpful advice on how to prepare for the visit, how to find her home and a questionnaire to complete so she could prepare lessons at the appropriate level.
Suzanne and her husband Peter are welcoming from the very first “Faites comme chez vous”! Peter is an amazing cook and makes the most amazing meals with ingredients that are freshly picked from Suzanne’s glorious garden.
I have been learning French for 12 months – and although I can understand some spoken and written French, I have been very reluctant to speak the language because I had no confidence in my ability to construct a sentence, and was afraid of making mistakes…. So I avoided it as much as possible. Knowing this, Suzanne was well prepared for my visit, from the minute I walked in the door of her beautiful home she spoke only in French and gently insisted that I speak French in reply. Suzanne was incredibly patient, always encouraging and knew exactly which areas of the language I needed to develop.
The lessons are a fantastic variety of grammar, conversation, pronounciation and listening exercises. The homework that Suzanne provides supports the lesson given and is a variety of different tasks you can chose to do in your room. There is enough for you to be able to spend many hours of self study or choose just one exercise you want to practice.
Learning does not end in the classroom with Suzanne, but continues throughout the day as you converse during meals. Suzanne encourages French conversation during meals, patiently waiting while I constructed a question or response in French and gently correcting any mistakes in my grammar – which is invaluable experience to boost my confidence in making general French conversation.
This French immersion stay has been exactly what I needed in my French learning journey, and Suzanne has been the most amazingly perfect teacher and host for my journey this week. It has been an intensive week of lessons, homework and French conversation – and I have learnt a huge amount in the short time I have been here. It is an invaluable opportunity for anyone wanting to improve their French. I have already booked to return for my next visit and hope this is the beginning of many future immersion visits.
Merci beaucoup Suzanne and Peter.
Carol, 2015 – French Immersion in France
“This has been a really exciting, confidence-building experience for me.”
I had heard what a wonderful teacher Suzanne was from a friend, so I thought this time I would really try to learn to speak and understand French well enough to enjoy holidays and perhaps be able to live a dream of coming to France permanently, bearing in mind that I might not enjoy the experience, and could always do something else.
Well, expectations and hopes have been surpassed. I have had lesson after lesson tailored to my ability and interests as the natural and pleasant conversations flowed. Suzanne is a really intuitive teacher with huge knowledge and enthusiasm.
I have been given useful, useable notes about what was talked about in each lesson to help me practice when I am at home. There are understandable, simple and appropriate grammar explanations to help me remember words, as well as a memory stick to listen to pronunciation.
In five short days I have become enthusiastic and found that learning French is fun and that I really could enjoy being able to speak and listen with understanding. So much so, that a dream may well come true!
I am already booked in for another session! This has been a really exciting, confidence-building experience for me.
Thank you Suzanne!
Annie, 2015 – French Immersion in France
“Her lessons are always fun and her enthusiasm is so infectious”
To describe lessons with Suzanne in one word, easy: inspirational.
She is relaxed, encouraging and so patient. She believes in using visual aids wherever possible with flash cards for example which have been ingeniously made up to suit any difficulty. Even a jar of Marmite has come into play at the breakfast table, talking with French guests. It is obvious Suzanne not only loves the language but also loves to teach.
Her lessons are always fun and her enthusiasm is so infectious. You cannot help leave the lesson not only feeling more confident but also realizing how much you enjoyed learning the lingo. Truly inspirational.