More Reviews for Eliane
Carl – 2018 – Immersion en Français dans la Somme
Les cours avec Eliane étaient géniaux. Elle est une bonne prof (et très sympa). J’ai appris beaucoup de nouvelles choses que je n’aurais jamais apprises dans mes classes au Royaume – Uni.
L ‘hébergement est parfait : complètement autonome et entièrement équipé.
Roye est une base idéale pour explorer d’autres lieux. Les villes d’Arras, d’Amiens, de Noyon et de Compiègne plus les champs de bataille de la Somme sont proches et peuvent être rejoints en moins d’une heure.
Je recommande complètement son cours.
David + Daughter – 2018 – French Immersion in the Somme
Our one-week stay with Éliane was simply magnificent, surpassing all expectations.
My daughter (age 16) and I (age 47) both came to improve our intermediate (B2/C1) French language skills. Éliane was enormously generous with her time and her home.
She spent 35+ hours with us during the stay, including lessons, meals, tourist outings, and recreational activities. She is highly professional and also highly personable, full of friendly enthusiasm.
The instruction was very effective. I could see the leap in my daughter’s speaking ability, and could feel myself thinking more and more in French as the visit went on.
Towards the end of the week, we played host and took Éliane and her partner Benjamin out to one of Roye’s multiple high-end “restaurant gastronomique” for a 7-course tasting menu. We all got dressed up and had a lovely evening talking (in french, of course) at a more personal level and getting to know each other better. It was delightful.
Éliane taught using a variety of techniques. We read comedy sketches aloud to work on pronunciation and vocabulary. We played word-games like Taboo and Hangman to work on vocabulary and description. We watched and discussed television broadcasts (news and sketch comedy) to work on oral comprehension, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions. We did crossword puzzles together for grammar and verb conjugation.
We conversed about our surrounding while walking the neighborhood to work on oral production and vocabulary. We visited the public market and talked with some of the local residents. Throughout, we used small notebooks to jot down unfamiliar words and expressions that came up and to reinforce what we learned.
Éliane is a creative teacher and generous host, who did everything imaginable to make sure my daughter and I had a memorable stay. She did a great job accommodating our different interests, different areas of strength and weakness with the language, and different levels of stamina.
Daniel – 2018 – French Immersion in the Somme
I was able to spend a week in Picardie, learning French with Éliane and her partner Benjamin. They have a beautiful little home, and I had a separate apartment in the back in my own little separate building. My place was excellent! It was brand new, private, and had everything I needed. I was able to come and go as I pleased, which was good because in the afternoons and evenings I enjoyed getting out to wander the countryside and look at sites of interest without bothering Elaine and Benjamin with my coming and going. They were wonderful hosts. Very engaging, and we shared some great breakfasts and lunches. Very good company!
I had been working on French only through self study, and with Éliane’s patient teaching I believe I added significantly to my skill set. It was exactly what I needed, though I wish I had had more time. I believe I improved dramatically in one week, and two weeks would have made an even bigger difference. Éliane has a gift for teaching French… patience, positivity and a sense of humor made it a wonderful experience.
The Picardie region is beautiful. I toured several important WWI battlefields, including the beautiful Aisne-Marne American cemetery and the nearby Belleau Wood battlefield (hallowed ground for the US Marine Corps). I also got to visit several cathedrals, including the Amiens cathedral, which is one of the most beautiful in France (and in the world).
It was a wonderful and worthwhile experience all around, and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their French skills and enjoy the beautiful region of Picardie.
Evelyn – 2018 – French Immersion in the Somme
I have just spent 2 weeks with Eliane – the first with lessons and the second focussing on speaking and speaking street french!
It was a perfect combination for me and I am now much more confident participating in conversation and using it while I’m shopping! This is all thanks to Eliane’s patience and encouragement.
Eliane is also a super friendly, easy going and has a lovely sense of humour. Her partner Benjamin is equally nice!
My accommodation is a new self contained studio, modern, very comfortable and bright.
My meals are always delicious, varied, fresh and healthy! Eliane is good cook!
La Somme is a very interesting and historical region. From chateaus to WW1 battlefields, Jules Verne’s Mansion to underground museums and of course beautiful french countrysides, there are still much more to discover and do! I have enjoyed my outings – – such as visiting landmarks and activities – such as running with Eliane. Along the way, we always have good laughs!
What a rewarding 2 weeks for me!
I’m planning to come back!
Rafe – 2018 – French Immersion in the Somme
I had the very good fortune to spend a week with Eliane at the beginning of July 2018. From the start, Eliane and her partner Benjamin welcomed me enthusiastically into their charming home.
I stayed in their comfortable new studio but was also welcomed to make use of the living room in their house for relaxing and watching television.
After breakfast (at a very civilised 9AM!), each day we spent the mornings going through chapters and exercises from a grammar textbook and looking at a few video-clips to practise comprehension. Eliane carefully and patiently explained whenever I had difficulties and set some homework to help reinforce my learning.
Eliane provided wonderfully delicious lunches every day and our afternoon visits were tailored to my interests (in particular World War One history). These outings provided a valuable opportunity to practise chatting in French, and by the end of the week I’m sure my modest abilities had improved significantly.
I would like to thank Eliane and Benjamin very much for a splendid week and for all their hospitality and kindness!
My confidence in French has improved and I hope to take the learning forward. Above all, it was great fun!
Richard – 2018- French Immersion in the Somme
I have just returned from a week and a half stay with Eliane Paauwen in Roye, Picardie.
It is hard to fully describe what a wonderful experience it was.
Eliane is a wonderful hostess who welcomes you into her home and makes you instantly feel not only an honored guest, but also a friend.
Eliane is an excellent French teacher. She is patient, encouraging, and has a killer sense of humor. Although she is fluent in English, she knows when to help fill-in the gaps versus letting you remember the details from a prior conversation. Eliane and her partenaire Benjamin have just finished the guest apartment in the backyard. This is a new, well-appointed studio with an ensuite bathroom with shower, and a kitchenette. The setting is very comfortable and peaceful with glorious birdsong in the mornings.
The conversation and learning never stops from the typical French breakfasts, through the didactic session, to the afternoon excursions to the surrounding towns and sites and on into the delicious evening dinners.
We toured Amiens, Compiègne, the Chateaux of Chantilly and Pierrefonds, Albert with the WWI trenches, museum, cemeteries and War Memorials, and just the beautiful Picardie countryside.
Eliane is not only a great cook, but she is an excellent historian. Eliane and Benjamin are two delightful people who warmly share their corner of France with you while your French language skills greatly improve.
I highly recommend an immersion homestay with Eliane Paauwen in Roye. I am looking forward to returning to Roye and Eliane’s and Benjamin’s home to continue my ongoing mastering of the French language and to further explore this beautiful region of France.
Je me suis vraiment bien amusé !
Jane & Jim – 2018 – French Immersion in the Somme
Eliane & her husband Benjamin are a hip young couple who live in a big renovated brick house near the center of Roye. After a long overnight flight it was such a pleasant relief to see the friendly face of Eliane when she picked us up at CDG airport.
As their guest home in the back yard is still being finished, we were given a spacious bedroom on their top floor. It is quiet, bright and confortable. The two are very accomodating. We never felt like we were intruding. More than once we heard « servez-vous, faites comme chez vous ! ».
Both Eliane & her husband are confortable with occasional English, helping you retrieve the right word or phrase. This makes all types of conversation easier and more educational, be it at mealtime, in the car or going for a walk.
Do not miss meals as there are delicious and afford more opportunity for conversation.
Excursions with Eliane & Benjamin were fun and interesting. Eliane also advises on your choice of places to visit or avoid, and she was never wrong. The countryside is beautiful, and the villages and towns are lovely – alive with history and art is every where, down to the buildings and homes with their sculptures and gardens.
Eliane provides engaging, structured classes with energy and enthousiasm. Although only one of us was student, this was a fun experience for both.
We are sad to be leaving our new friends !
Silvia – 2018 – French Immersion in the Somme With Lessons
I decided to try French Today following the advice of a friend who stayed with Eliane’s mother, Chantal, previously. And what experience it was for me!
After many hours in a plane and considering the different time zone, I was grateful for the possibility of arriving at Eliane’s town quickly and I immediately felt at home. I even had the opportunity to experience a true French family Sunday brunch, what a luxury when learning the language. I am very thankful to all of them for welcoming me on such occasion.
I spent a wonderful week with Eliane and my only regret was that I hadn’t booked two weeks. My confidence in speaking French increased significantly and I’m sure all my “bad habits” would have been eradicated within a two-week stint.
The house was warm and comfortable despite it being the beginning of March. Elaine “disappeared” briefly at lunch time to prepare a delicious meal effortlessly for the two of us. I guess I was a challenge for her as I am lactose intolerant: what a situation to have in the country of cheese, cream and cakes! Elaine did not show any sign of stress while offering such meals and I enjoyed every breakfast and lunch with her, dairy-free!
I enjoyed the class structure and she adapted to my request: focus on conversation. At the end of the day, Elaine had the grammar and the books to correct my mistakes of the day. That was brilliant as I was able to understand my weak points and consolidate the right use of French, written and spoken.
When I absentmindedly used an English word, she politely repeated in French which encouraged me to try harder with mine.
I enjoyed spending time with Eliane and her partner during my week very much! I felt at home and I left with the confidence of speaking a better level of French, especially when alone in Paris.
Thanks, Eliane for a wonderful time! I definitely will do it again!