French Immersion Residential Program in Paris, France
Bonjour et bienvenue chez moi !
(The picture above is taken two blocks away from my street!)
My name is Françoise, I’m a native Frenchwoman but I’ve traveled to many places in my life. In 1978, I lived in New Orleans (and taught French there), and in 1982 I lived in Indonesia and then travelled throughout Asia.
In 1985, I came back to Paris and received a teaching degree from La Sorbonne (Master in Teaching French as a Foreign Language). I’m fluent in English.
Ever since, I have been teaching French to students of all ages, levels and nationalities.
I love Paris, and am still discovering hidden places I will be happy to show you: The city of light has a lot to offer to people willing to explore it!
My Parisian flat can only accommodate one guest: so only you will share my everyday life.
We’ll go to the market and cook together, I’ll show you how to shop like a Parisian… if you want I’ll take you to the flea market and teach how to bargain, and many other things in French.
Before the outings we’ll study the specific vocabulary and grammar, and role play the situation so you’ll have the confidence you need when you interact with French people in the streets of Paris.
The Batignolles Neighborhood in Paris, France
I live in the heart of the Batignolles, in the 17th “arrondissement” (district) of Paris.
Located between “Montmartre” and “Les Champs Elysées”, this “quartier” (neighborhood) is perfect to visit Paris.
The Batignolles neighborhood has changed a lot since I moved in 25 years ago! It’s now very trendy, much younger than before, full of restaurants, cafés, shops and boutiques.
The square des Batignolles is two blocks away, and the peaceful Parc Monceau is also within walking distance. La Place de Clichy is a 10 minute walk away, and if you keep going, then there is Pigalle, “Le Moulin Rouge” and “le chaud Paris”… but it’s quite far from us.
As a matter of fact “mon quartier” is like a small village, with lots of bakeries with fresh breads and beautiful pastries, traiteurs, groceries stores and small supermarkets; there’s also a market open six days a week with all the fresh food you can dream of.
It’s a very safe neighborhood, because it’s residential, however, it’s not very well-known to tourists: so you’ll be surrounded by real Parisians. I promise you will experience daily life like true Parisians live it.
Which takes us to my apartment and your accommodation in Paris
Your Room in Paris
My apartment is a typical Parisian flat: located in a traditional Haussmanian style Parisian building with a balcony, it’s not very big but it’s perfect for two people: you and me!
Now, like many flat in Paris, there’s no elevator. And my flat is on the French “fifth” floor : 5 floors up from the street level. So, it involves a bit of exercise (which will be a good thing after all the fantastic French food you’ll eat!).
Because it’s high up, there is a nice view of the Parisians rooftops, and it’s full of light.
As you can see, there are wooden floors throughout the apartment, big French windows and each room is furnished with a mix of antiques and modern furniture for comfort.
There is a small kitchen and I enjoy cooking, mostly traditional French foods. I like to cook with fresh produce which I buy in the neighborhood boutiques or the market.
There are so many affordable restaurants around my house so you can easily eat out. When you are in Paris, you can really enjoy all kinds of foods!
And now, let’s look at your room in Paris :-)
Your room is small but comfortable and has a desk to study, a full size (one person) bed with a bedside table, a large drawer case and an armoire.
The plus is the balcony and the view – you can’t get more Parisian than that!
As in most Parisian flats, there is only one bathroom. So you and I will share it.
There is WiFi throughout the apartment, and a big TV in the living-room.
I don’t have pets and unfortunately cannot welcome them.
I don’t smoke and smoking is not allowed in my apartment.
Practice Your French In Paris
There is just too much to say about Paris. So many places to visit. And you’ll be living in the heart of it all.
The closest métro stop is on line 2, and it’s direct to Champs Elysées or Montmartre!
Paris is just there, at your fingertips.
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course
A typical 1 week (7 days, 6 night) offer includes (but is not limited to):
- Fifteen hours of French lessons – usually 3 hours in the morning or afternoon over 5 days
- Two organised excursions of your choice- visit of different neighborhoods, museums, parks… (tickets and museum entry fees not included)
- Accommodation in your own room with a full size bed
- Two meals a day: breakfast (continental) + lunch or dinner
- Preferred arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday
The Price With These Options Is 1500 Euros Per Week For One Person
There are so many things to do in Paris: you will also have your own agenda and use your free time to explore this gorgeous city.
If you plan a trip outside of Paris and would like to move lessons around, I’ll be happy to adapt my program according to both our availabilities: I can also give you more or less homework: you’re the boss.
There are also many good and affordable restaurants all around my place: another perk of living in Paris – and Parisians do go out quite a bit!
Being inside Paris itself means you can enjoy all the public and private transportation options: the métro is just nearby, so is the bus stop. You can rent a velib (bike) if you are feeling adventurous, or simply get an Uber. In any case, do pack some good walking shoes: one always end-up walking quite a lot in Paris!
I’m looking forward to meeting you and sharing a typical Parisian routine with you.
Contact Françoise – French Immersion Homestay Teacher
Reviews From Students
Elizabeth – 2017 – Residential French Immersion in Paris
I enjoyed two wonderful, exciting, amazing and jam-packed weeks with Francoise in Paris. Her apartment is open, sunny and beautiful, and very clean. My little bedroom had plenty of storage and a comfortable bed (and 2 down pillows!). I loved the panoramic view from the 5th floor!
Francoise prepared delicious French meals with traditio
nal seasonings and spices. If you enjoy cooking, you will learn from her. The dishes were substantial and satisfying, and kept me going all day.
Francoise is an excellent teacher. She quickly ascertained my levels in all aspects of spoken and written French. She adapted her instruction to incorporate my learning style. She also knew how to push me just enough so I learned as much as possible but was not overly frustrated. I was nervous at first, but did relax into the routine of the lessons. Francoise is relaxed and positive, and the 3- hour lessons actually flew by.
Most importantly, we had FUN! Excursions with her were entertaining as well as educational. Taking refuge in a cafe for a few hours during a downpour with a wonderful waiter who was soooo French; concerts, cemeteries, markets, shops, non-tourist areas, rappers and street art–so many fantastic experiences. We had dinner with her friends, talked and laughed, great times.
I learned to navigate the subways independently (thank you Moovit!). I organized extra excursions for myself, and completed them successfully. I enjoyed getting around much of Paris as well as discovering Francoise’s beautiful neighborhood.
All of my French skills improved during my 2-week immersion program with Francoise. Expressing myself verbally was the most challenging, but even that became less frustrating. Now it is up to me to continue studying when I return home to absorb and use what I have learned. I would definitely recommend Francoise’s immersion program to anyone who wants an educational, local experience in Paris!
Pamela – 2017 – Residential French Immersion in Paris
My immersion stay with Françoise in her lovely Paris apartment both fulfilled my expectations and provided some pleasant surprises.
The two weeks were punctuated by visits to parks, museums and, per Francoise’s suggestion, a couple of great movies. I enjoyed the shops and restaurants in her neighborhood and was delighted to have her point out the many hidden gems on our excursions to other areas like Belleville with which I was unfamiliar.
The one-on-one speaking time with Françoise was definitely the highlight of my trip. Conversing non-stop in french with her was exactly what I was hoping for. It was really these daily conversations that I found especially satisfying. She quickly identified patterns of errors in my speech. Some habits are hard to break but her explanations were clear and helpful. A terrific teacher. After two days of journaling in English, I found myself writing in French without thinking about it.
Beyond these learning moments, Françoise took the extra time to research and find tickets to some very special concerts as well as a cooking class for me en français. I also had the unique opportunity of accompanying her to cast her vote at the first round of the presidential election. Later that evening we watched and discussed the results. Génial!
Practically speaking, the apartment is just like the photos – light-filled and comfortable, with great wifi.
Did I mention what a wonderful cook Françoise was? She seemed to prepare an ongoing variety of delicious meals with such ease, but I do know that she put a great deal of thought and effort into all that she did . She introduced me to the dish called “boudin” and pointed out the strawberry “gariguette” at the Marché Batignolles which were ridiculously good. What pleasant surprises. And, I especially enjoyed the evening when two of her friends joined us for a great meal and wine. Talking, laughing and eating with Françoise and her friends. What could be better?!
Thank you, Françoise, for all your extra efforts. You are truly a gifted host and teacher.
Katrina – 2017 – Residential French Immersion in Paris
Quand je me préparais à partir, j’étais extrêmement nerveuse à l’idée de voyager dans une ville étrangère pour rester avec quelqu’un que je ne connaissais pas. Je n’ai pas besoin de m’inquiéter. Françoise était très sympa et elle m’a accueilli chez elle comme une amie.
Le premier soir elle m’a montré son quartier « les Batignolles ». Ensuite, nous avons parlé de la semaine à venir avec un délicieux repas et un verre de vin.
Françoise a conçu le cours autour de ma capacité et, chaque leçon était amusante et stimulante.
Pendant la semaine je pouvais voir Paris comme une parisienne, parfois avec Françoise et parfois seule. Françoise a suggéré des lieux de visite que les touristes manquent souvent, comme le musée Jacquemart-André, le cimetière de Montmartre et les hôtels particuliers du Marais. Je lui avais dit qui j’apprécie la musique et elle a trouvé un concert gratuit de basson et piano au Petit Palais. C’était chouette !
Françoise est une très bonne cuisinière et j’ai maintenant plusieurs nouvelles recettes. J’ai également pu rencontrer certaines de ses amies et de pratiquer mon français dans une cadre social pendant le dîner.
C’était une très bonne semaine et j’ai appris beaucoup. Merci beaucoup Françoise.
Moira – 2017 – Residential French Immersion in Paris
Rebecca – 2017 – French Immersion Stay at Teacher’s Home in Paris Batignolles
I had a wonderful experience staying with Françoise. Her apartment is very well situated, in a safe area with plenty of shops and restaurants, directly beside the bus stop and close to the nearest metro station.
As a teacher she was friendly and encouraging, tailoring the classes to my level and pushing me while ensuring that the lessons were always relaxed and enjoyable. She provided lovely vegetarian meals, even inviting her friends to dine with us to allow me to speak and hear as much French as possible, so that by the end of the week my confidence was greatly improved. The one on one lessons made for quick progress, as they were focused to my personal weaknesses.
The excursions were the highlights of the week, as being introduced to Paris by a local allowed me to discover the city in much more depth than I could have on my own, and she tailored these excursions to complement my university studies, which made them all the more engaging. These excursions also allowed me to implement the new vocabulary and grammar structures that we had learnt, enabling me to see my progress straight away.
The location of her apartment gave me complete freedom when I had time to myself and I visited many beautiful areas of Paris by myself, including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Although these trips were unaccompanied, Françoise made suggestions of places to visit that might interest me, so I could explore museums and areas that I wouldn’t otherwise have found, meaning that I was able to experience Paris beyond the typical tourist areas.
All in all, this experience improved both my ability and confidence with French speaking and introduced me to the beautiful city of Paris from an inside perspective. The immersion aspect made it much more effective and fun than regular French language classes and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to learn about the culture alongside the language!
Alison – 2017 – French Immersion Stay in Paris Batignolles
Francoise was very welcoming and relaxed. Over a glass of wine and a lovely supper we found out a little about each other and what sort of shape the week would take.
Francoise very kindly had taken on providing vegetarian meals for me; we would have structured classes every day followed, some of the days, by an excursion and other times I would be left to my own devices to explore this amazing city.
Although, as warned in advance, Francoise’s apartment is on the 5th floor, it is a beautifully appointed space, with light streaming in from all sides. It is very quiet and I was barely aware of the neighborhood noises humming away beneath me. My bedroom was small, but entirely adequate and I slept incredibly well in the lovely comfortable bed.
I felt as though I was eased in gently as Francoise found out exactly how bad I was and adapted accordingly. Lessons were always interesting and tailored to my level. Everything was done in a relaxed manner and Francoise had lots of different exercises to push me along and to ensure that I understood a concept.
Our excursions were such a great way to find out more about Paris. Francoise lives in a residential neighborhood with lots of little shops and restaurants with a lovely lively ambiance. I was taken to the local market where we chose items for our meals and to various other shops for whatever else was needed.
After a couple of days I really relaxed into my new life. I was taking buses here and metros there – all guided by Francoise. I went to museums, art galleries, beautiful squares and gardens – every day had a different challenge and was always absorbing.
On a personal level I became completely immersed into life in Paris. I felt as though I was staying in a friend’s apartment. I was included in whatever Francoise had to do on a particular day; I met some of her friends and had a thoroughly enjoyable week.
From an improvement level it’s hard to judge – how bad were you before – how good are you now?? What I do know is where I need to work harder to understand various concepts. I have all my notes and written work to revise and make sure I don’t forget what I learnt.
I also felt so much more confident after my week. Whereas before I worried that no one would understand what I was saying, I was eased out of my comfort zone and made to read and talk and answer questions all of which helped build my confidence outside the cocoon that was Francoise’s apartment.
I am now much more aware of what I need to do and why I need to do it. I feel much more motivated to build French study into my weekly life. I am hoping to return again next year and to have completely incorporated all that I have learned and to continue learning with French Today.
I can completely recommend this method of learning for anyone seeking to improve their French. I can also completely recommend this method for taking you out of your comfort zone and embracing a completely different life in a different language – I feel completely invigorated by the experience and am looking forward to understanding more.
Thank you Francoise.
Caroline – 2017 – French Immersion Stay in Paris Batignolles
I had a fantastic stay with Francoise!
Francoise was excellent – and I am so very grateful to her for her warm hospitality and great teaching. It really was such a great week.
I thoroughly enjoyed my course and I would highly recommend Francoise.
Shas – 2017 – French immersion Stay in Paris Batignolles
I spent just four days with Francoise, in her really very nice French apartment.
I wanted to kick-start my drive to improve my French in the intermediate rut it has been in for years – Francoise certainly helped me to do that.
She was very good at gauging my level and tailoring our daily lessons to fit. I learnt plenty of new vocabulary and revisited forgotten grammar.
I was well-fed with good, nutritious food, in a warm and comfortable with good wifi connection.
The trips to the fish market, a meal in a restaurant, the Montmartre cemetery and a general exploration around the back streets of Montmartre were fascinating.
All in all a very good experience – shame I couldn’t stay longer.
Eugenia – French Immersion Stay in Paris Batignolles
Early this year, I spent two weeks with Francoise for an immersive course in French, a really intensive course, before settling in Paris with my family.
Thanks to Francoise, I discovered Paris as a really Parisian.
She is an excellent teacher and quickly she helped me grasp with certain structural aspects of the language, mainly with my terrible French phonetics!. She really tailored the course to my needs.
About my accommodations I loved her centrally located and gorgeous apartment close to Montmartre and the Lafayette Galleries. My light-filled bedroom overlooked the rooftops of Paris.
She prepared two meals a day for me, I learnt a lot about French cuisine with her, enjoying sometimes a glass of Bordeaux red wine on her balcony. So lovely!
I spent usually my late-afternoons walking around Paris. Francoise took me on very funny and exciting tours around the city!.
A couple of months ago, Francoise, encouraged me to develop my language skills and now, I live in Paris with my family…. But the most important thing of my first French immersion is that I found an excellent teacher, an incredibly cultured and generous woman and a new friend in the “City of Light”.
Joan – French Immersion Stay in Paris Batignolles
Thank you so much for allowing me to live a Parisian life.
It was such a delight to stay at your wonderful apartment and to speak in French from morning until evening.
I must admit that when I learned that your apartment was on the 5th Floor, it gave me pause. Well, it turned out to be a blessing. I loved the exercise and felt so strong bringing our grocery treasures up the stairs after our adventures in the markets and the specialty stores. And of course, after the ascent, I felt that I could truly indulge in the dinner we prepared with the accompanying wine. In addition to being a wonderful teacher of the French language and culture, you are an excellent cook – simple and elegant.
By the end of the week, I felt so comfortable food shopping and bargaining and discussing the produce in French! I find that I miss the shops and the routine of your little neighborhood that I was able to experience so authentically.
I can’t thank you enough for all that I learned and a unique experience.
Until the next visit,