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Relaxing and working

The course starts on Saturday evening at our house in the rue St Martin . . .

rue St Martin
. . . with a welcoming aperitif and dinner . . .

Saturday night dinner in the garden of our house in rue St Martin

. . . . and so to work!

Outside the school

Photograph © Rob Taylor
La salle de classe
Photograph © Monique Meager

We have lunch in our garden under the vines.

Lunch under the vines

Photograph © Monique Meager

The courses

Immersion France's exciting program of French courses has been designed and tailor-made by experienced University lecturers in French in order enable adult students with an established or developing interest in French language to practise and improve their spoken and written French at the appropriate linguistic level (post-O level/GCSE to degree level) in a totally French environment.

The teachers and the teaching

Our teachers are very experienced university lecturers in French and local French teachers. You will find more information about the teachers by clicking the link in the menu.

There are never normally more than six to a class, and although classes may vary in detail according to individual wishes, they will include pronunciation, listening exercises, grammar, spoken and written expression, topical discussion and presentation of themes relating to French life, society, literature and history.

At the start of the course, we ask you to identify what exactly you want to gain from the week's work and where you most need help from us. We monitor your progress closely to ensure that you receive the individual attention that is the hallmark of our courses. The families with whom you will be staying will provide ample opportunities for extended conversation.

French Cookery Class

For those of you opting to do a French Cookery course, the afternoon will be spent preparing the meal, which we will then eat together in the evening. The classes usually take place on Sundays for an additional cost of 40 euros.

A typical timetable

What does a typical week's timetable look like? Obviously, it may vary according to individuals' wishes, and there is always time for relaxation. Your week could look like the sample given below, but may not be identical due to changes we sometimes have to make.

Saturday
Students should aim to arrive between 3 and 6 pm. If you are not coming by car, we will meet you at Mer Station, a five minute drive from Suèvres. You will be given a map and taken to your family where you will have time to unpack and settle in.

At 7pm we will give you a guided tour of the village, including some of its hidden gems. Then there will be a welcoming aperitif and meal in our garden, where invited French guests will give everyone an opportunity to take a deep breath, calm their nerves and try out their French in a relaxed social setting.

Sunday
09.00 Meet in the church car-park and on to the Immersion France classrooms for first lessons
10.30 to 11.00 Pause-café at the local café-bar
11.00 to 12.30 Classes
12.30 to 14.00 Working lunch at the rue St Martin
14.00 to 15.00 Tutorials/classes
15.00 to 19.00 Time for relaxation, or private study
19.00 onwards - dinner with host family

Monday
09.00 to 15.00 as for Sunday
15.00 to 19.00 Excursion to a local château
19.00 onwards - dinner with host family

Tuesday
09.00 to 19.00 as for Sunday
19.00 onwards - dinner with host family

Wednesday
09.00 to 19.00 as for Sunday with the addition of
18.00 to 19.00 optional Café Philo, in English, with Nick. Come along and have fun learning about French philosophy - no prior knowledge assumed!
19.00 onwards - dinner with host family

Thursday
09.00 to 13.00 as for Sunday
14.00 to 19.00 Visit to Blois
19.30 end of course communal dinner

Friday
09.00 to 10.30 Classes
10.30 Liberation! And departure for the station for those who need to catch trains.