French Immersion Residential Program Near Nyon, in French Speaking Switzerland
Bonjour and welcome to my home.
My name is Raymonde and I have been living here for the last 24 years. I have 3 grown up sons: two live away and Vincent studies nearby and often comes back home. My partner Michel lives in Geneva. He will stay with us sometimes, and may also guide you to visit our gorgeous region.
At a very young age I had a passion for languages, and was fascinated with people from other cultures. I lived in London for a year to learn English, then in Zurich to learn German, so I’m fluent in French, English and German.
I started teaching languages 25 years ago, shortly after my first son was born, first setting up a clientele of friends, neighbours and expats. I then got my diploma in teaching French and started working in private language schools.
Soon, I realised students best benefited from combining grammar with real life experiences, in a more relaxed environment. So I started offering immersion stays in my own home.
I am excited to now join the French Today exclusive team of immersion stay teachers, and hope to welcome you soon for an immersion stay “chez moi”.
Your Room and Private Bathroom in French Speaking Switzerland
My home is a spacious three-story house set in a calm and safe Swiss country village.
Your room is large and comfortable. It was fully renovated in 2016.
There is a queen size bed, a TV, a large choice of DVDs in French, access to wifi, a nice comfortable armchair to read, a kettle to make yourself a cup of tea (plenty of cookies to go with it ;-) and a little “bureau”.
Your private bathroom is fully equipped with a shower, a toilet, and a sink.
I love my house – I’ve been living here for 24 years, and raised my sons here. So many memories… I had time to think over the details and make it as comfortable as I like it to be.
There is a large hearth/fireplace which really sets up a nice mood in the evening, as we crash on the sofas and read, chat or watch TV.
One of my student’s favorite place to relax is the lounge chair in the living room… so cozy!
My kitchen is an important part of the house: it’s an open kitchen and my guests and students like to sit by the counter (and enjoy a glass of wine) as I cook. I like to entertain and often have friends and family over – you’ll meet them too!
I love to cook and will happily adapt to any of your dietary requirement such as vegetarian or gluten free. I cook mostly with locally grown produce.
If you’d like, you can help me cook, and we can share some recipes: my speciality is “la Tarte Tatin” – who tries it never forgets it!
There is a nice garden with and a large terrace and a gorgeous view: on the other side of the yard, there is a little church and a castle. It’s all very quiet and safe here. You can borrow my bike and go play golf, pet horses, stroll the vineyards…
Nyon Region Near Geneva Lake in Switzerland
I am privileged to live in the area of “la Côte”, surrounded by the Lake Geneva (called “Lac Léman” in French), the Jura Mountains and the vineyards, not to mention the convenient access to Geneva and Lausanne (30min) and to Nyon (15min).
The coast of Lake Geneva is home to a number of beautiful towns:
- Montreux is globally known for it’s yearly jazz festival, hotel schools, and once home of Freddy Mercury.
- A train can easily take you to the Rocher de Naye – mountain peak with 360 degrees view of the mountain ranges, the lake and the towns around it: breathtaking and well worth the small trip.
- Vevey is hometown of Nestlé and has recently opened a new museum of Charlie Chaplin.
- Morges, another town at the lakeside, with its colourful old town street and promenade, was once home to Audrey Hepburn, and attracts thousands of visitors every year to its impressive tulip park in spring.
Jura is the top region for hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing – there is a little but very cozy ski resort nearby called St. Cergue.
The region also offers a number of well marked cycling routes, especially enjoyable in the spring when the air is still brisk.
And of course, there are many lake-side activities to enjoy in the summer.
In the fall, the nature all around this area is just amazing – it’s the time of wine harvest and there are many wine related events.
For historical site visits, one can explore the Nyon Castle, National Museum in the Castle of Prangins, the Castle of Chillon, the Castle of Coppet, the Castle of Morges, just to mention a few.
Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman, has daily cruises to France, where one can visit the medieval town of Yvoire and Evian with the publicly available Evian water spring, not to mention the SPA and a number of crêperies serving most delicious salty buckwheat crêpes.
Practical Info About Your French Immersion Residential Course
The town of Nyon is at a 35 min train ride from Geneva Airport. Then I’ll come and pick you up in my car!
Once you are home, there are frequent public transportations to take you wherever you may want to go. If you prefer, you can rent a car, but you don’t have to.
And I’ll be happy to lend you a bike it you wish to (I have a VTT and an electric bike).
Please note that I don’t allow smoking inside my house. You can smoke in the garden if you wish to.
I don’t have pets and unfortunately I cannot welcome them.
A typical 1 week (7 days, 6 nights) offer includes but is not limited to:
- 15 hours intense studying with me
- 2 organised unforgettable experiences/excursions of your choice*
- Accommodation in your own en-suite room with a double bed, TV, shower, sink and toilet.
- Copious breakfast, generous lunch with local products (dinner can be arrange for an additional cost).
- Prefered arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday
*Train tickets and museum entry fees not included
The Price With These Options Is 1600 Euros Per Week For One Person.
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.
The bed in the student’s bedroom is a queen size, so it’s suitable for a couple.
Depending whether my son Vincent is around or not, I may be able to accommodate more people.
Just contact me and we’ll go over all the details and fees.
My aim is to give you encouragement, support and help to gain an excellent understanding of the French language, allowing you to have the confidence to engage in conversation in the relaxed, peaceful, surroundings of my home.
You will also experience the local delicacies, and explore the many beautiful scenic places of interest the region has to offer.
All of this will give you yet another reason to come back !
Contact Raymonde – French Immersion Homestay Teacher
Read Raymonde’s Bilingual French English Stories About her Region on French Today’s blog.
Reviews From French Today’s Students
Stéphanie – 2018 – Immersion at Teacher’s in French Speaking Switzerland
I’ve been living in France for a few years but I have been frustrated at the level of my conversation and comprehension. I felt I had a good grasp of grammar and my writing was adequate. I decided a week living with a French family with daily lessons might improve the flow of my conversation.
Raymonde immediately welcomed me into her home and the room in her house is large and comfortable with a big bathroom. A very nice area to spend some down time.
From the moment I met Raymonde we were speaking French and the conversation flowed even while Raymonde was making small corrections.
As we talked about my sporting interests of biking and hiking, a plan started to form about how we might mix the study with outdoor activities. Our first morning was spent walking around the local area then several hours of grammar before lunch.
The weather was lovely and the following morning we set off for a bike ride to Nyon. It was a stunning ride through the countryside on quiet back roads past vineyards and small villages. After arriving in Nyon we visited the Chateau and the Roman columns. We headed down to the lake and found a little fishing village where the fishermen had just returned with a fresh catch. We decided to buy some fresh fish for lunch and then stopped for a coffee looking across the sparkling Lake Geneva to France. We returned to Raymonde’s home via fields of beautiful sunflowers. As we rode around, Raymonde helped me expand my vocabulary and corrected my grammar and tenses.
This was one of two bike riding excursions during the week – the other was to Divonne just across the border in France. We also did another beautiful hike into the bottom of the Jura Mountains.
Study time included watching television programs and listening to audio stories on topics I was interested in and then discussing the content. We also fine-tuned some grammar issues that I had been struggling with.
Spending the week with Raymonde and her partner Michel and son Julien was excellent for my French. The flow of my conversation had improved and both Michel and Julien were also very patient and helpful in correcting any mistakes I made.
I feel I have made a new friend after meeting Raymonde and I hope to see her again soon.
Rick – 2018 – Immersion at Teacher’s in French Speaking Switzerland
I am incredibly grateful for the week spent with Raymonde, her partner Michel and her son, Julien. Not only do I feel my French has drastically improved, but my understanding of the history and culture of Switzerland has been expanded.
Our days together began with breakfast from which our lessons started immediately after and ended just before lunch. While Raymonde focused our courses on the fundamentals of the language that she identified would help me, discussion arose organically that branched into a number of topics that tested and refined my French conversation skills.
Afternoons were free where I could use a motorized VTT—a first for me—for scenic yet strenuous rides in the Jura mountains. I also had the bus at hand to take me to centre ville Nyon for shopping & site seeing.
Part of the curriculum were two excursions that we finalized together based on my preferences. The first was visiting the historic chateau Prangin where I read the panels and listened to the recordings in French. Our second excursion involved touring the UNESCO recognized region of le Lavaux, the chic coast of Montreux and exploring Guyere with its chateau and museums.
For anyone looking for an organized and magical experience to build their confidence and skills in French, I would highly recommend Raymonde and her comprehensive experience, structured approach and generous spirit.
Steve – 2018 – Immersion at Teacher’s in French Speaking Switzerland
Judy – 2018 – Immersion at Teacher’s in French Speaking Switzerland
My week with Raymonde was excellent. She greeted me at the train and quickly worked to make me feel at ease, which was not an easy task. We stopped in at the birthday party of a close friend and I was able to talk a bit with some others. Then we went to a dance festival in a village close to Gingins.
The next morning was a bit difficult for a person who doesn’t like to talk in the morning, even in English, and who was definitely suffering from jet lag. She was just as warm and friendly at breakfast as she had been the night before and she had me speaking more as the morning wore on.
Our daily walks were excellent for me to relax and begin to make progress. Studying at the dining room table was awesome after she got me to laugh and breathe.
I really enjoyed reading and comprehension, although difficult at times, and was sorry that the time passed so quickly.
Cooking with Raymonde was another great experience. She is an excellent cook and great instructor in this area also. I learned to make and taste things that I had never experienced before.
Our adventure to Geneva was great, walking through the streets and seeing the old and new buildings, stores, churches and waterfront. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Olympic Museum.
While these excursions were great, my main focus was to gain confidence speaking and understanding French. I quickly realized that 1 week is not really enough to progress to a level that I would be happy with. She made me work hard during class, understanding that was what I wanted. She focused on my weak areas and did exercises to help strengthen them.
I truly enjoyed the week and would have loved to stay longer or come back again.
Antonia – 2018 – Immersion Homestay at Teacher’s in French Speaking Switzerland
I have have previous experiences with French immersion and this was by far the best.
I had a wonderful week with Raymonde.
She is an exceptionally generous host with a talent for engaging with people, as well as highly intelligent and a patient, experienced teacher. Her house is lovely and I felt very much at home. Raymonde’s joie de vivre is infectious which adds to the positive ambience of the experience.
Also, Raymonde is an exceptional cook who catered to my specific dietary requirements with ease . She showed me some lovely sights around the area as we talked together and I increased my confidence in my comprehension and speaking.
It was a marvellous experience and I hope to come again next year ( if she can fit me in!)
David – 2018 – French Immersion Homestay in Switzerland
It was definitely a far step out of my comfort zone to do a French immersion for a full week after only having taken French lessons sporadically at home for two years. I had not studied French when I was young so trying to learn a new language in my sixties is certainly a challenge. To put it plainly, I was excited but also a bit afraid.
Even before my visit Raymonde took the time to learn about me personally, what I liked to do, what I liked to eat and what my objectives were for the week. Then, on the morning after I arrived, we took an amazing walk through the countryside near her home. We spoke sometimes in French and sometimes in English, all the while she was assessing my level of competence so she could customize the week for me. Because of this she hit the right target. For the whole week I was always challenged but never so much so that I became discouraged. It was “parfait”!
Her house is neat and clean. Your private room and bath are as nice as a hotel. She is an amazing cook and each day I was treated to visual and gastronomic delights. Because Raymonde had taken the time to know who I was, she had planned both meals and excursions that suited my taste. The most extraordinary trip was a visit to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne because of my interested in sport. We spent the better part of a day there and had the most delightful lunch overlooking the Lac Leman.
Each day was a new adventure so that the process of learning was woven into the very fabric of life in French speaking Switzerland. The two french expressions, which Raymonde would use frequently and became the theme of my week, “Mon Dieu” and “J’adore”. Both summed up, not only the wonder, but the delight of a week well spent with a new friend.
I have forever been changed by the experience and hope to make another journey there sometime soon. My week with Raymonde and her family so far exceeded my expectations that I nearly cried when I had to say goodbye to this amazing woman who was “ma Professeure” but now I call one of my dearest friend.
Julie – 2018 – French Immersion Homestay in Switzerland
An immersion at Raymonde’s house is not only a great way to improve your French but so much more…….a time to relax and breathe fresh mountain air, to meet new people and to make friends, to immerse yourself in the Swiss/French culture and to experience the art of simple and healthy cooking.
I was welcomed by Raymonde and her partner, Michel, and immediately felt at ease. The comfortable house is nestled in a small village near Nyon, a quick and easy train journey from Geneva. My room was bright and welcoming with plenty of space and all the facilities one would need. After settling in, I enjoyed a healthy supper served on the terrace with a glass of wine and convivial chatter. Any apprehension I had about the week were quickly dismissed from my mind!
It was apparent from the start that Raymonde tailors the week to your specific needs and wishes. We agreed that a morning stroll in the countryside whilst practising conversational French was a good way to start each day. And so our week together began….
Breakfast was always chatty and the walks were delightful in the warm sunshine and provided a relaxed environment to practice speaking. Raymonde’s patience was unending in correcting my continuous errors and we soon found we had much in common and much to talk (and laugh!) about. More formal teaching followed but the topics were driven by my own needs and a variety of methods were used to make this time fun and interactive. The morning concluded with a wonderful lunch prepared by Raymonde, again tailored to my own preferences. The presentation of the food was outstanding and the food delicious and healthy.
The afternoons and evenings were spent exploring the local area; sometimes accompanied by Raymonde and sometimes alone. I found the transport easy and efficient and felt very safe travelling alone. I visited many places including a trip to France (just across the lake at Yvoire), and enjoyed different activities but it is hard to write about the highlights as I really enjoyed everything! Perhaps a special mention should go to the evening we spent with two of Raymonde’s adorable friends in a small nearby village called Ginvins, experiencing the local “soirée annuelle”. This consisted of the Men’s choir of Avenir followed by a theatrical group production of a comedy “Le Club des Poulettes”. Even with my limited French, I was able to participate in the frivolity of this piece and really enjoyed being part of local life. I cannot finish without a mention of the tulip festival at Morgues. The colours and displays were truly magnificent against the backdrop of the lake and the Alps.
I will leave the last words to Christopher Mae in the song, “Il est où le Bonheur”, a song we used to practice listening (and singing!) skills:
“Il est où le Bonheur, il est où?
Il est où?
Il est là le bonheur, il est là
Il est là »
Robbi and Steve – 2018 – French Immersion Homestay in Switzerland
My husband and I had a wonderful immersion experience in Raymonde’s lovely home in April. The lessons were instructive, level appropriate and always fun. We laughed and learned while cooking, dining and taking excursions throughout the extraordinary Swiss countryside.
Raymonde is an excellent and patient teacher, elegant hostess and terrific chef and someone who truly understands and enjoys people. Though my husband and I are at different levels she was able to provide us with private lessons precisely tailored to meet our goals, interests and learning styles.
Raymonde’s attention to not only our immersion experience but our personal comfort and needs created a truly memorable and fulfilling ‘sejour’. She was very generous in sharing her family and friends as part of our stay and we truly felt part of the community !
Helen – 2018 – French Immersion Homestay in Switzerland
First, it is easy to come to Raymonde, it takes only 25 mins by train from Geneva Airport to Nyon.
Second, Raymonde welcomes you and makes you immediately feel at home. She took me around, to see the scenery, to go jogging and she brought me to the very picturestique places like Vevey, Montreux. I breathed the very fresh air unique to Switzerland and I felt the warmth of the people, of the country.
Third, Raymonde is a teacher of high calibre, she puts in her wide experience, the expertise, the technique, the patience and the passion. She virtually tailor made the week according to your level and lifted you to another one.
The way she teaches is simple, clear and focused. Every morning after the lessons, I felt confident, happy and interested to learn more and practise speaking French with her during the whole day. In fact, I think I had spoken more French this week than in the past one year under the encouragement and guidance of her.
Last but not the least, Raymonde is a good cook and also a very generous host. She provides all the very fresh and seasonal fruits, vegetables, meat and fish as you like. Every meal is having good quality food together with good quality discussions and sharings.
It was really a unique experience and very worthy to come to Switzerland, to have the French immersion with Raymonde.
I look forward to coming again soon when possible.
Raymonde, je te remercie encore une fois et à bientôt !
Birgitta et Thorsten – 2018 – Immersion en Suisse
After almost 40 years of hibernating French skills from school, the two of us were eager to resume and develop our communication skills. As we are nature and outdoor guides for an European market we would love to be able to communicate a bit in French.
The choice of venue and teacher couldn’t have been better. From the very beginning we felt warmly welcomed in Raymonde’s home and life. With generosity she shared friends and family to give us as many opportunities as possible to get into the culture and language. Food was excellent and carefully chosen to suit what we liked.
Her home is situated in a nice little village with wonderful surroundings and views in all directions – Jura mountains, The Alpes with Mont Blanc and Lac Leman. A perfect starting point for all kind of excursions. Raymonde was very responsive for our desires/requests and guided us in different environments. When we were on our own she gave us a lot of suggestions of interesting activities. We can’t choose a highlight but listed are most of what we experienced.
Many walks in the environment, walk in Nyon, visit in chocolaterie, photo exhibition, car/train trip to Gruyère medieval town and cheese production, bike tour together to Divonne market in France, Jura mountains with a tiny bit of skiing, vignobles, Arboretum. All these experiences we documented with photos and together with Raymonde we wrote a travel story in French. It was possible to find the hidden language inside the brain. Thanks a lot Raymonde!
Marilouise – 2018 – French immersion in French Speaking Switzerland
I admit to butterflies in my stomach the first night of my French Immersion Experience. What had I gotten myself into? The family was conversing rapidly in French. I was understanding one word in ten! But soon Raymonde put me at ease with her kind and reassuring manner. I joined the family for a birthday celebration. It was a terrific way to start this adventure.
My attempt to learn French started after I retired. I had been taking courses for two years, but felt that I wasn’t keeping up with the rest of the class. Having a one-on-one instructor would be perfect for me. I became a challenge to Raymonde. My pronunciation was poor and my ability to understand the spoken word was quite limited. Raymonde was quite patient plus inventive with me. Her relaxed teaching approach and ability to change teaching approaches facilitated my learning curve. I was pleased to know that by the end my pronunciation had improved plus my understanding of the spoken word had increased.
I decided to write a story of each day’s activities. It forced me to utilize that day’s tools plus increase my vocabulary The following morning Raymonde would review with me the grammar and sentence construction. I feel that this activity applying what I had learned was invaluable.
I felt very at home in Raymonde’s house. I enjoyed having my own room to retreat. I looked forward to each breakfast and lunch. Raymonde loved to cook. I loved all that she made. In fact I learned a number of new dishes that I intend to try. Raymonde also tried to make meals with foods I preferred, which was appreciated.
Our activities were varied. We walked, snowshoed in the Jura mountains, ate a meal in local restaurant, and shopped at the markets. Shopping at the markets and eating in the local restaurant gave me another opportunity to apply what I had been learning: how to ask for an item plus how to pay. My favorite part was the shopping in the grocery store. I love looking at the different foods in a grocery store, no matter the country I am in. I think the type of foods, the arrangement of the store and the packaging reflects the culture of the country’s inhabitants.
My friends asked would I do this French Immersion again. I have responded without hesitation, Yes! It was a great experience with a terrific person. I have nothing but praise for Raymonde; her comfortable home, her teaching abilities, her cooking and her interest in my progress.
Most of all, I loved the collegiality.
Becca and Matt – 2018 – French immersion in French Speaking Switzerland
This was a priceless experience which we’ll never forget and would highly recommend to anyone looking for an immersive introduction into Swiss-French culture and savoir-vivre! Just as everyone else here says, Raymonde is a fantastic hostess, brilliant chef, patient teacher and a truly lovely person.
We spent a week immersion in January at only A2 beginner level French and over the week Raymonde built up our vocabulary, confidence in listening, reading, comprehending and speaking basic conversational French very well! We visited Lausanne, Geneva, local museums and went snow-shoeing in the mountains on a beautiful day, fully earning a delicious fondue lunch! Her home is clean, beautifully presented and very welcoming so we really felt comfortable and at home the whole time. It was great chatting with her, her partner Michel and son Julien, enjoying Swiss hospitality, sharing stories and laughing together.
Thanks so much! We cannot have wished for anything more and look forward to returning to see the delights of the region in the summer time!
Kylie – 2018 – French immersion in French Speaking Switzerland
What can I say that hasn’t already been said after a week of French immersion with Raymonde in Switzerland?
No two days were the same. All however, were filled with conversation, activities, laughter and learning. There is no magic potion to learning a language however Raymonde’s formula for tuition has to come close. She is a teacher who can quickly determine your learning style and adapt her own instruction to suit.
We did a variety of activities, chosen to suit my interests but also perfect for increasing my vocabulary and improving my confidence in participating in everyday conversations.
Raymonde has a zest for life that is contagious and you immediately feel welcome and at home amongst her family and friends.
Such a wonderful opportunity to take your conversation skills to the next level while enjoying the Swiss way of life.
You may even have the chance to snowshoe or ski in the mountains nearby!
Judith – 2017 – French Immersion Homestay in Switzerland
So many times I have thought about our wonderful week at your house!
I loved the pace and your gentle efforts to instil confidence in me. I now can fearlessly can charge into any bakery and buy whatever I want.
Your exemplary lifestyle is impressive and I am still inspired by the way you approach each day, consume healthy foods and exercise. One should never anticipate the outcome of an immersion course with you.
Sharon – 2017 – Learn French in immersion at Teacher’s Home in Switzerland
The week spent with Raymonde was just incredible!
Every morning, Raymonde gave me French lessons that suited me well. I wasn’t new to French but I really lack the confidence in it. Raymonde not only highly encouraged me but also inspired me to fall in love with this beautiful language without fear. One week was short but Raymonde made French no longer scary and difficult to me.
In the afternoon, we went out and explore the city of Nyon and Geneva. The castles, the old buildings and the beautiful lake of Geneva were just too good to be seen, and enjoying traditional Swiss specialties, cheese fondue and the raclette made the trip even better. What a difference from Taipei!
Raymonde is definitely the best hostess one can ever find in Switzerland. With her highly professional teaching skills and abundant experiences, she is able to make one learn French easily and naturally.
Her cooking is very enjoyable and healthy and she gives you suggestions that suited one’s preferences to explore the best of Geneva.
Sheridan – 2017 – French Residential Immersion in Switzerland
‘Ca vaut la peine!’ It’s a french saying that I learnt at Raymonde’s place which means it’s is really worth it and this very well describes how I feel about this immersion!
I started self studies in French 9mths ago and studied 3mths in AF Malaysia hence I had some basic but i couldn’t progress much as I lacked confidence in speaking French to strangers. With this immersion I managed to progress to have conversation slowly in French and also talk to strangers at the shop and finding my way around. Switzerland is a perfect place for beginners like me, as everyone speaks at a slow and precise pace.
I was welcome by Raymonde together with the snow! She is very charming and humble. I felt close to her immediately. She was so excited to show me around the snow, we went straight to the mountain to have a hot chocolate! I met Michel who just finished skiing there, we had a little get to know each other session everything happened so naturally and they made me feel comfortable immediately! I was lucky as the day I arrived there was an important local festival called ‘L’escalade’ , where people dress up with costume in the 1600’s. Michel took me to Geneva to experience the culture. It was incredible to see the medieval town like in the movies.
It’s a true homestay as Raymonde had some of her neighbors over for dinner, her neighbors too were very nice as well, they were all trying to make efforts to speak to me in French. The next day we had her sons that came home for dinner, we went for groceries shopping together and prepared a signature dish from my country ‘Satay’ and we had night of random chitchat all in French.
Usually we would have 3 hours in the morning after breakfast to run through grammars and workbook, but as she very soon realized that I’m not much of literature and work book type of person, she quickly adapted to focus more on conversation. She will observe and take note on where I need to improve. For instance I always get mixed up with some English / French words ‘Les Faux Amis’ , she quickly copied a list for me to look through and explained the words with humorous example so that I can remember them properly.
On top of the great atmosphere at her home, we also went on some excursions. One day, we went to Montreux and Vevey for sightseeing and the next day we went for a very nice snowy hike to St.Cergue. We had an extremely delicious cheese fondue pairing with some white wines.
Overall, this immersion “Chez Raymonde” really exceeded my expectations, I got to know her and her beautiful family better during my short 7 days stay and made a friend for life with Raymonde. I will definitely make a trip back to her place again.
Merci beaucoup Raymonde pour votre accueil chaleureux!
A très bientôt j’espère!
Rosemary – 2017 – French Immersion in Switzerland
Christine – 2017 – French Immersion in Switzerland
I had an excellent learning experience during my week with the vivacious and charming Raymonde. As a student at the B1 level, I wanted just to consolidate my knowledge of French and to become more confident with speaking. And that’s exactly what happened.
Each morning, Raymonde and I chatted in French over breakfast and then took an hour’s walk through the fields and villages in the beautiful foothills of the Jura mountains. After that, it was two hours of structured lessons, based on the areas that she identified as needing to be enhanced. We used a variety of interesting and contemporary texts.
We conversed again over lunch and then I was free to go exploring during the afternoons. I enjoyed catching the local buses into Nyon and Prangins, visiting the museums in the chateaux, and walking along the banks of Lake Leman. Each evening we chatted again over dinner.
In all, I spoke for around six or seven hours a day and I felt that my comprehension and spoken French improved enormously. My last day with Raymonde was probably the highlight because we took a trip together to the stunning town of Montreaux and then to Gruyères (yes, that’s where the cheese comes from) where I wandered about the medieval hillside town and enjoyed amazing views.
That evening, Raymonde laid on a little dinner party when I was stunned to discover that not only could I understand most of the conversation but I could also participate. Quel succès!
Raymonde is a most delightful, interesting person and an encouraging teacher. Her accommodation is spacious, clean and comfortable. In all, my week was not only a success but also really good fun; it was a most memorable cultural, scenic and linguistic experience.
Suzanne & Géraldine – 2017 – Learn French in Switzerland
Robyn – 2017 – Immersion Homestay in French Speaking Switzerland
Priscilla – 2017 – Immersion Homestay in French Speaking Switzerland
Luis – 2017 – Learn French in Immersion in Switzerland
My immersion in Switzerland was amazing !
Raymonde is a wonderful teacher. She is easily capable of detecting what needs improvement and is very enthusiastic about teaching.
We focused on oral comprehension and speaking – we addressed several aspects of the Swiss and French cultures – but, in the end, we ended talking about all sort of things.
I really feel I’ve learned a lot during this week and I also loved her cooking ! Raymonde is a great guide. She showed me some of the most beautiful sights of French speaking Switzerland.
Kristen and Nicolas – 2017 – Learn French in Immersion in Switzerland
We are a couple of a certain age, both studying French and now at an intermediate level. We greatly enjoyed our immersion course with Raymonde for 2 weeks in late August 2017. It fully met our hopes and expectations.
Raymonde is an excellent teacher and a lovely person. She facilitated the improvement of our French, both in the formal course hours and throughout the days, be it over breakfast, lunch or dinner, or on excursions and hikes in the Jura mountains.
The course was very flexible and Raymonde adapted it to suit our needs and interests.
Our room was comfortable with a private bathroom. We shared the kitchen, living room and terrace as residents of the house. We often cooked our own dinners and shared them with Raymonde and her partner Michel.
We can warmly recommend the immersion course with Raymonde, particularly for student of intermediate level.
Hannah – 2017 – Learn French in Immersion in Switzerland
In September 2017, I spent one week with Raymonde and it was a wonderful experience!
It had been many years since I had studied French, but Raymonde made me feel comfortable from the very beginning. She is very generous with her time, patience, and hospitality and I benefited immensely.
The town of Gingins and the surrounding areas are absolutely gorgeous. Raymonde provided me with many interesting excursions and opportunities to practice French, not to mention many delicious meals! I had so much fun spending time with Raymonde’s friends and family.
It was a trip I will never forget and a great jump start to my French language learning.
I definitely recommend an immersion stay with Raymonde, but suggest staying at least 10 days as one week went by entirely too quickly!
Raymond – 2017 – Learn French in Immersion in Switzerland
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Raymonde and her family in Nyon, Switzerland.
Her home is located in Gingins which is surrounded by beautiful countryside; making it perfect for evening walks or runs. The ensuite room was very comfortable and all amenities such as WiFi were provided. Meals were very tasty, healthy and filling.
Residing in Nyon throughout my vacation gave me plenty of opportunity to practice my French and allowed me to attend local events such as the Swiss national day celebrations; thus providing a unique immersive Swiss cultural experience.
The regular private French tuition was excellent and consisted of lessons in grammar, comprehension and vocabulary.
Thanks for a great time!
Susan – 2017 – Learn French in Immersion in Switzerland
I really wanted to write and say what a fantastic week I had. My goal had been to push my base level up to B2 and I’m really confident with the things I’ve learnt through Raymonde I am almost there.
She was an expert teacher, patient, experienced and insightful and living with her was a real privilege. I spoke nothing but French for six days and my confidence skyrocketed under her support.
I really cannot rate my trip with her highly enough and it’s left me very inspired to keep going on my journey to fluency – which genuinely feels a lot more achievable since my time with Raymonde and her family.
I will definitely be booking another stay with her in 2018 – if she has space!
Robinetta – 2017 – Learn French in Immersion in Switzerland
From the moment my reservation was confirmed, Raymonde made me feel welcome.
She took the time to get to know me, my goals for learning French and my other interests. As a result, I saw unique museums, toured medieval towns and learned French each day. This was my first visit to Switzerland and she helped me to see the beauty and to feel the ambiance of the country.
Her family was welcoming as well and we had many engaging conversations. As she said in her description: My aim is to give you encouragement, support and help to gain an excellent understanding of the French language, allowing you to have the confidence to engage in conversation in the relaxed, peaceful, surroundings of my home.” She does that and more!
I definitely want to return and for 10 days next time.
Alice, Henry and Nicholas – 2017 – French Immersion at Teacher’s House in Switzerland
In July 2017, my husband and I took our ten-year-old son Nicholas to Raymonde’s house in the French speaking part of Switzerland to learn French. We had an AMAZING time!!! We stayed in Raymonde’s spacious and comfortable home for a week in Gingins (near Nyon), which is conveniently located 15 minutes from Geneva’s city center by train. The Swiss village of Gingins is peaceful, relaxing and safe. Raymonde is kind, friendly, loving, and gracious so my family thoroughly enjoyed our stay in her home.
In the mornings, our son Nicholas took a 3-hour French lesson daily with Raymonde. He read books and passages, wrote sentences, made conversations, and engaged in an assortment of listening activities with Raymonde. As an experienced French teacher, Raymonde was able to identify my son’s language needs and gave him activities and practices on concepts he needed to further develop his French skills. Raymonde also guided Nicholas to keep a journal of new French vocabulary or sentences he came across in the activities or conversations so he can expand his vocabulary during his stay. Raymonde encouraged Nicholas to speak French as much as possible in a supportive and relaxed environment.
At mealtimes, Raymonde invited Nicholas to cook a variety of dishes with her as she continued speaking French to him. My family enjoyed the delicious meals Raymonde has prepared for us…from Swiss raclette (melted cheese) with potatoes, to traditional rosti, to BBQ lamb & chicken skewers, baked wild salmon fillets, prawns with rice, and homemade waffles with fresh fruits. All the scrumptious dishes were prepared with fresh, local ingredients! Yummy!
In the afternoons, we had fabulous excursions to gorgeous towns and cities such as Gruyère, Geneva, Montreux, and Nyon with Raymonde and her partner Michel. Michel is super fun to be with and my son adored spending time with him on our day trips and during meal times. Michel spoke solely in French to us so it gave us a lot of practices in the language. During our stay, my family even got to visit the beautiful medieval town in Yvoire and the tree-top adventure playground in Divonne-les-Bains in France as Gingins is only 25 minutes away by boat or by car to the French border.
Overall, we are grateful for the wonderful stay with Raymonde and Michel. We enjoyed the French lessons, the sight-seeings, the delicious local delicacies, and the warm friendship! We felt like visiting a close friend in Switzerland! My family already told Raymonde that we will return to her French program in the very near future. We highly recommend Raymonde’s home-immersion program to anyone who would like to learn French and experience the Swiss culture. Merci beaucoup, Raymonde et Michel! We had a truly enjoyable and memorable time with you! We will return!
Below is our son Nicholas’s review in French:
Ce juillet, je suis allé chez Raymonde pour des leçons de français à Gingins en Suisse. Là, j’ai appris beaucoup de français fantastique. J’ai vécu dans une grande maison confortable, reçu des leçons de français pour trois heures par jour, aidé dans la cuisine avec Raymonde, et j’ai vu beaucoup de beaux monuments dans l’après midi. Raymonde est très gentille. Ma nourriture préférée dans la maison de Raymonde était les rösti et la raclette. Je suis allé à Gruyère, Montreux, Genève, Divonne-les-Bains et Nyon avec Raymonde, Michel et mes parents. J’ai beaucoup aimé mon séjour chez Raymonde. L’air était frais, la nourriture était délicieuse, tout le monde était gentil, et la Suisse est un très beau pays.
Stéphany and Danny – 2017 – French Immersion at Teacher’s House in Switzerland
My husband and I are complete beginners in French, and by that I mean we had used Duolingo and a few other apps to work on some of the very basics. We pretty much had zero experience actually speaking French.
I was nervous about it, but we signed up with Raymonde for a one week immersion program to kick off our 3 week vacation in Switzerland and France. I didn’t know what to expect, but she immediately put my mind at ease upon meeting her. Raymonde has a lot of experience teaching students of all levels and is so skilled at assessing what a student needs to focus time on and what will make a student feel more comfortable and confident. She has a fabulous sense of humour and is extremely patient and kind, all valuable attributes in an instructor.
Everyday, we had 3-4 hours of instruction, each lesson had a theme. We learned how to order at a bakery, make our selections at a restaurant, send a package at the post office, make a trip to the market, buy tickets at the train station, make a reservation at a hotel and more.
The week includes an excursion or two to see the sites and give you a chance to practice speaking with her support. I sprained my ankle in Geneva prior to going to Raymonde’s. She went above and beyond to tailor our excursions to include several options shorter than normal in duration with this limitation in mind.
We went to a the Barillette restaurant at the top of the Juras near her home. Magnificent view of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc from there! We went to Nyon for a lovely lunch and off to Lausanne for a tour of the cathedral. My husband was able to take some beautiful bike rides. There is so much to do in the area, and she has many recommendations for what to do for fun.
We learned so much from Raymonde and gained a lot of momentum to keep learning. Of course I still struggle to understand many of the questions that are asked of me in French, and I have a very limited vocabulary. But by the end of the week with Raymonde, I was amazed at what I was able to understand!
I highly recommend you come and do this immersion course with Raymonde. You will not regret it!
Jennie – 2017 – French Immersion at Teacher’s House in Switzerland
My home stay with Raymonde was superb and very personally rewarding. The weather was amazing and the beauty of the local region so stunning, that it was hard not to be highly motivated to make the most of my time in her “little corner of paradise”.
Having felt my motivation towards achieving language proficiency had taken a dive recently, I was keen to experience a 1:1 intensive language experience during my week in Switzerland. My correspondence with Raymonde prior to my arrival had already laid the groundwork for a relaxed initial meeting, not to mention a delicious apple tart once we reached her lovely house. Raymonde is a delightful person with many interests and a great sense of humour who somehow manages to fit everything in and make it all work.
A morning schedule of lessons was quickly established after some amazing “petit-dejeuners”, with Raymonde soon zoning in on my weaker areas, but also challenging me towards my next level of proficiency (B2). She is very skilled at highlighting the tiny errors that become habitual and that are often not corrected when you speak to others, but for the sake of progressing and becoming more eloquent are very important to eliminate. A variety of teaching methods was utilised and I soon found my confidence to speak on all manner of subjects was increasing daily as my errors diminished.
Mealtimes were not only a delight as Raymonde is a very creative cook of deliciously healthy food, but we could touch on many interests that we had in common and I met nearly all of her immediate family who made me feel most welcome.
Free time to explore the many beautiful nearby towns such as Nyon & Lausanne with their mediaeval history was beneficial as were the lunches and excursions to Morges for the Hubert de Givenchy exhibition of clothing he designed for Audrey Hepburn.
My week went too quickly, but I am already working on a return visit and for a longer period next year and highly recommend Raymonde and her homestay immersion course to anyone wishing to make true progress.
Thank you so much Raymonde!
Rowena – 2017 – French Immersion at Teacher’s House in Switzerland
I had quite an enjoyable time, albeit short, during my immersion lesson with Raymonde. Although I had booked only one week, Raymonde’s instruction exceeded my expectations. Her method of teaching helped expand my rather limited vocabulary. Whenever I had difficulty finding the right words, she would suggest another way to phrase a sentence. I’d forgotten much of my two-year beginner’s lessons from over twelve years ago, so the written and oral exercises were a great way to remember what I had learned from school, particularly the use of pronouns, past tenses, and indefinite articles.
I liked that, for the excursions, she would always give at least two options and let me choose where we will go and what we will do. As part of the immersion, one is encouraged to venture on one’s own, so I went to the nearest mall and to Geneva all by myself, taking the bus and train, and communicate en français.
I very much appreciated being included in her meeting with her sister and nephews for dinner as well as visiting her mother. It was wonderful to see and hear the family interact with each other – of course it’s one of the best method of immersion.
Merci beaucoup, Raymonde. Je reviendrai!
Bonnie – 2017 – French Immersion at Teacher’s House in Switzerland
I spent 2 weeks with Raymonde in May 2017. She is a remarkable teacher, as well as a gracious hostess. Her home is lovely, and my room was large and comfortable.
Raymonde is also an excellent cook. She was more than willing to show me how she cooks and what she uses, so that I could bring some of the ideas home with me.
The area where she lives is beautiful, and many afternoons we ventured out to visit the towns nearby.
But the most important thing is that my French proficiency increased considerably in the 2 weeks that I was there. I could not recommend her more highly, as a teacher and as a friend.
hope to return one day and work with her again.
Nadine et Senata – 2017 – French Immersion at Teacher’s House in Switzerland
My daughter Nadine, 14, has never been particularly keen on studying. Spending one week of her “well-deserved” holidays “doing French” was not really her idea of fun, even less so since her friends went to a sports camp. But because she needs to pass an important exam, she agreed to an immersion stay with Raymonde.
When after a week of family holidays in Provence our two men were about to drop us off at Raymonde’s, we were all warmly welcomed and treated to a delicious apple tart. That was an excellent start and we became friends immediately. This was very important, since studying with someone you like is easier and more enjoyable.
Nadine liked her French lessons with Raymonde so much, that she did not want to split them with me, as she had intended. With Raymonde’s help she has made up a good part of what she had missed at school and now feels more at ease when using French.
I, on the other hand, had hoped that with one lesson of French per day I might reactivate a bit of my long forgotten vocabulary and structures. My hopes were exceeded – and that without even taking lessons. Raymonde spent so much time talking to us and making us speak that even I got a lot of practice. And she was quick to correct – often with explanations – when we made mistakes. Before she started her lessons with Nadine in the morning, she gave me a grammar book and told me which chapters I needed to revise. So now I feel quite comfortable speaking French again.
On our way home, Nadine said that she had really enjoyed this girls’ holiday and that we should do this more often.
Thank you, Raymonde, for making studying feel like holidays!
Sue and Donald – 2017 – French Immersion at Teacher’s House in Switzerland
On y va. Let’s go.
Let’s go shopping. Let’s prepare lunch. Let’s take a walk. Let’s speak French.
We wanted to dive into French and their first chance came with our booking for two weeks with Raymonde at her place in the country outside of Geneva just at the time the tulips came out and the fields had turned a rich yellow from the colza.
Raymonde, remarkable in many ways, is a teacher first and foremost. She is a thoroughly conscientious professional, easily adaptable to various learning styles. We know firsthand, as each approaches the challenge of acquiring French differently.
Raymonde’s pride and skill in her work comes through with each individualized session. Raymonde is patient and has a great sense of humor. We tested her patience while sharing many laughs together.
At the end of their stay, we were disappointed our time with Raymonde had ended so quickly.
On y reviendra ! We will come again!!
Janet – 2017 – French Immersion at Teacher’s House in Switzerland
Raymonde is very good at fitting in everything to make a visit to her home memorable and worthwhile.
I benefited from the immediate feedback she gave me during our conversations which were almost entirely in French. If I spoke in error, I was corrected right then. Soon I made fewer errors.
In our conversations, I learned a great deal about life in French speaking Switzerland.
Getting out in the countryside was also a big benefit, and Raymonde made sure I had every opportunity to see the places, both natural and manmade in the area. Luckily it was a gorgeous week weather-wise.
On my return, when people asked me about my trip, I replied, “it was everything I had hoped for!”
Thomas – 2017 – French Immersion at Teacher’s House in Switzerland
I believe a successful immersion experience, after the enthusiasm of the student, requires a skilled teacher focused on the individual needs of the student and a warm, welcoming environment that encourages practicing what is learned.
Based on those criteria, my week with Raymonde was highly successful. She responded immediately to my initial request, and I was quickly able to book a time in beautiful Gingins. I was warmly welcome and shown to the lovely room with attached bathroom.
We started discussing the areas I felt had highest priority, and as the week progressed Raymonde also made numerous helpful suggestions of topics for focus or additional work.
Her interest in people and good humor made both the formal instruction as well as the discussion during the excellent meals comfortable and fun. In addition to formal rules of grammar, Raymonde was also quick to point out how people speak “in real life”.
The excursion opportunities were numerous, and I chose to visit Geneva’s old town as well as a lovely local museum.
I am very pleased with my decision to go to Gingins and feel I exceeded my goals for the immersion.
Jessica – 2017 – French Immersion at Teacher’s House in Switzerland
Before my visit with Raymonde, I completed the A1 basic learning of french. After learning the basics in French, it was recommended to me to live in a french environment. I then discovered french today, and I thought I would pick Switzerland to see the beautiful scenery. Switzerland is truly under rated, and is a must see place for sure !
During my two week stay I was able to bring my french to the next level. Raymonde was a marvelous teacher and not only did she save me time and money by attending classes in a language school for weeks upon end but I also got to see Switzerland and have my own private tour of the country. It was so significant to experience language learning from actually living it.
It was a pleasure to meet and stay with Raymonde, it was like living in a fairy tale for two weeks. The village that Raymonde resides in is sincerely tranquil, if you are looking to get out of the huzzle and buzzle of your busy life then this is the place for you. With only being minutes away from Nyon, and two train stations that take you anywhere, it truly was a paradise.
Raymonde has encouraged me to continue with my french studies as she has made it so much easier to understand the structure of the french language. Now it is time for practice, practice, practice !
Sarah – 2016 – French Immersion Stay in Switzerland
My daughter Sarah, who is 18 years old, spent a very enjoyable week with Raymonde and her family in Switzerland.
Raymonde spent three hours each morning tutoring Sarah and helping her to improve her oral and written French for her Leaving Cert exams in June 2017.
Sarah enjoyed the relaxed and warm atmosphere chez Raymonde and was made to feel a part of her family from her arrival. Her bedroom was comfortable, warm and spacious.
They visited Geneva, Lausanne and took several hiking and cycling trips together. This was very much to the appeal of Sarah who is a fitness fanatic.
Raymonde prepared many wonderful, healthy meals for Sarah and included her in sharing meals at home and while they went on their many excursions. It is a holiday that Sarah will never forget.
Thank you to French Today for recommending Raymonde to us.
Nora – 2016 -French Immersion Stay in Switzerland
It has been a most wonderful experience to learn the language in a warm and charming place. The village of Gingins, located at the heart of the la Côte, offers an authentic Swiss atmosphere with a beautiful view on the Mont-Blanc.
I was warmly welcomed and immediately felt at home. My room was spacious, had its own bathroom and was tastefully furnished. Furthermore, I could benefit of all the amenities of the house.
My days were filled with great activities in the generous surrounding nature and often ended with lovely talks around the chimney with a cup of tea.
Raymonde is a skilled and passionate teacher who is supportive, patient and has a great understanding for people. She taught me a living language by going to cultural place and shopping in nearby organic market, among others. We then spent time cooking French dishes together, such as her famous “tarte tatin”.
Since, I use the French language on a daily basis in my working environment and often get reminded of her teachings that helped me a lot to become fluent.
I highly recommend her to any person who would like to learn or improve a Language.
Edit – French Immersion Stay in Switzerland
Raymonde is an extremely efficient and accommodating person.
She has a natural talent in detecting and applying early in the process the teaching style that is most effective with her students.
She is passionate about her job, therefore her lessons are filled with knowledge and enthusiasm. She is intelligent, humorous and at the same time focused on structure and progress.
I am confident that one day my dream, to speak French fluently and correctly, will come true and for that I will be thankful to Raymonde.
Ava – French Immersion Stay in Switzerland
French is a difficult language but Raymonde knows how to teach it in an efficient and pleasant way.
I have significantly advanced my French skills in a short period of time and feel confident when communicating in French in private and professional environment alike.
Raymonde is a dynamic, well informed and emotionally highly intellectual person, which is why classes with her have been a very enriching experience.
I would recommend Raymonde to anyone seeking to enhance French and to enrich their day-to-day life!
Steven – French Immersion Stay in Switzerland
Coming from South Africa and only working in International companies in Switzerland, French was never easy for me and I never grasped the language. Raymonde was a great teacher who made it interesting to learn, she created a great interactive experience which kept concentration levels up which helped the learning process a lot.
Raymonde has a great character and is a very interesting person herself, and the way she mixes life experiences and conventional learning makes it a pleasure to learn from her, the three hour lessons seemed a lot shorter due to the interest she created.
I now have a great level of confidence and am way more willing to interact socially in French.
I can tell how her love of people and social interaction lead her to this profession and I would recommend her as one of the best teachers I have ever had.