Learn french by total immersion at your teacher's home.
FRENCH HOMESTAY IMMERSION COURSE
Laurence will be most happy to welcome you in her charming house in the very heart of Provence. Typically decorated, « la Belle Etoile » is located in a unique setting, surrounded by vineyards, fruit tree orchards and olive groves, close to the village of Entrechaux and only minutes away from the famous Vaison-la-Romaine town with its antique and medieval heritage, and its famous provençal market. The mont Ventoux summit, legendary with bikers worldwide, offers great hikes, as do the landscapes of the dentelles de Montmirail nearby.This authentic experience of the true provençal lifestyle will not only delight you with the beauties of nature but also enable you to discover, share and enjoy a wide range of cultural, gastronomic and leisure ressources year-round.
Laurence, a native and certified teacher with a fifteen-year long experience in teaching French to foreigners, will deliver one-to-one French courses tailored to your level, profile and personal goals, whether you wish to build up your knowledge and/or focus on communication, in order to improve your comprehension and expression skills. She offers full-board accommodation, and will be happy to introduce you to the « gastronomie du terroir » with tours to the markets, local producers, including organic labels, winetasting tours to the famous « crus », and give you some tips to her best receipes. Her house is both quiet and charming, yet close to all amenities and numerous local events. She will design a program of activities to best suit your tastes, and guide you to numerous places of interest on foot, by bike or by car.
Practical information about your immersion stay + French courses
One week immersion Homestay + courses includes:
Welcome at your teacher’s home
Assess a placement test
Improve your French with courses tailor made to reach your aims
Practice French conversation and enjoy typical cuisine with your teacher
Discover the area with your teacher as a guide
Explore the real vie à la française
Gain confidence speaking French
Get your certificate of French language
Your stay can be very flexible, according to your tastes and expectations. You benefit from a tailor-made stay. Laurence is happy to answer your requests, for example by sharing her recipes with you (at no extra cost).
Your stay in total immersion near Mont Ventoux
In the beautiful Vaucluse region, just a stone’s throw from the village centre with its authentic shops, restaurants and cafés, as well as close to the hiking trails and the legendary Mont Ventoux for cyclists. Enjoy an unforgettable stay!
Bonjour my name is Laurence. I am French and a French teacher. As my husband is Russian-Armenian, I have extensive experience in teaching French to foreigners and I am passionate about intercultural matters. I spent my childhood in the United States, later I lived in Russia. We have been living in the Vaucluse for over four years, where we have run a guest house that now hosts receptions and weddings.
You will have a pleasant single room with a double bed, and a shared bathroom with a bathtub. If you want to come with friends or family, they can be welcomed in a nearby guest house, and meet you during the day. In the summer, you will enjoy eating in the sun outside while enjoying the view of the Provençal countryside. I prepare a generous homemade cuisine, mainly based on fresh produce purchased at the markets from local producers. I have a cat at home and do not smoke, but you can smoke on the terrace.
Learn French in France
As a teacher for several years, I can teach at all levels, from beginner to advanced. All my courses are tailor-made. I build a program to help you achieve your objectives, based on the communicative approach, but also with exercises to reinforce the points that deserve to be reinforced. For me, a homestay immersion is the best way to improve your French in a natural way, combining conversation and culture. The courses are always in French but as I am bilingual in English, Russian and speak a little German, if you are a beginner, I will be able to help you communicate and understand our grammar.
The courses are held in French, but being bilingual in English (and also in Russian) I can always provide more precise explanations if necessary.
We will have as many conversations as possible during our lessons, but also by sharing meals and excursions with me as a guide.
I will put all my experience and know-how at your service to help you progress quickly. Guaranteed results!
French lessons can take place in the lounge or outdoors, usually in the morning, depending on the season; the activities are mainly in the afternoon or evening, as desired.
Because the French love food, you will also enjoy
Discover amazing French sites, your teacher as a guide
According to your leisure time, there are many activities to do
Your stay is also discovering French culture while relaxing
Welcome to Provence. It is possible to walk from home, whether you are sporty or not. You will discover the magnificent panorama of the dentelles de Montmirail, Mont Ventoux and Monts de Vaucluse with plunging views of the hills, olive groves, lavender and vineyards. It is a paradise for cyclists. We will also visit Vaison la Romaine, which is one of the most beautiful villages in France, as well as the other perched villages in the area. In Malaucène, you will discover the typical streets and the Provençal way of life. We will go to the market and I will be happy to teach you some recipes. During your stay, you will discover a lot of things while enjoying the best of life.
« En général, je suis content de tout mon séjour. »
Laurence a fait de son mieux. Le lieu Mas de Cocagne est vraiment un havre de tranquilité qui protège un peu contre les grandes chaleurs. Seulement la salle de bai était un peu trop petite. Elle m’a offert un programme culturel excellent et hors du commun. Aussi les excursions étaient de première categorie touristique dans cette région. Seulement la grande chaleur même exceptionnelle pour la Provence nous a empêché de faire tout ce qui a été prévu ou pendant n’importe qu’elle heure pendant la journée. Elle possède un grand sens d’improvisation. J’aurais seulement préféré si elle s’étiez préparé plus pour le cours. Malheureusement, il y avait un malentendu au sujet de la transmission de mon plan d’études de manière qu’elle n’a pu l’imprimer que pendant mon séjour. Cependant, j’ai énormement profité de ses connaissances profondes du domaine juridique. Malgré les murs épais du Mas, la chaleur a afecté notre concentration, particulièrement pendant l’après-midi. Le séjour aurait été parfait, si Laurence avait eu du soutien de quelqu’un d’autre qui aurait pu s’occuper des affaires de l’organisation des chambres d’hôte et du maintien du Mas en géneral. Pendant les premiers jours, le cours a dû etre interrompu plus d’une fois pour de telles choses. Les conversations en francais en dehors des cours étaient d’un niveau très elévé du point de vue de richesse culturelle et historique qui m’ont permis de me “plonger” vraiment dans ce “bain linguistique”. Je pense qu’on pourrait la prochaine fois perfectionner un tel cours avec peut-être plus de traductions orales ad hoc, une meilleur préparation et avec un peu plus de chance avec le temps et tout serait imbattable dans tous les sens. Concernant le reste, elle a comblé tous mes désirs.
« Many thanks for your hospitality ! »
“Laurence, you are the ultimate teacher, and you helped me to continue to learn and understand French. My favorite day, although the last one, was the climb to Mont Ventoux; and also the picnic at the lake, and all our conversations. Thanks again for everything, I will come back!”