When it comes to French, homestay immersion courses in France present a really effective way to learn – and they’re fun!
Devoting several days to focussing on French, listening to it spoken and picking up on the nuances of everyday French without distractions is a great way to really fast forward your French language skills. And for truly exceptional immersion courses, SL Immersion are the leading company for homestay immersion in the French language. They offer outstanding teachers and locations range from Paris to Provence, via Normandy, Burgundy, Brittany and Bordeaux, the French Alps and heaps more fabulous places throughout France.
Stay with a French teacher in their home
Staying with a French teacher in their home gives you the opportunity to live the French lifestyle in one of these legendary places like a local – and learn French at the same time. SL Immersion was founded by Celtina Masardo, a woman with a passion for teaching French and her company is composed of teachers who love to help foreign students learn French.
All the courses are officially certified by the French Government Tourism agency Atout France to ensure quality and security of the stays – and that’s not something that all immersion courses offer.
Learning French at your pace
“I taught French for foreigners for more than 10 years in schools in Lyon and Switzerland. But I was frustrated by the fact the students were just learning French for a few hours during classes, and after that nothing, or almost nothing. They reverted to speaking in their maternal language simply because it’s easier when visiting tourist sites and when not in class. I just knew there had to be a better way to help people learn French”.
So in 2012 Celtina set up SL Immersion with the help of local teachers and their families in Provence where she lives. Over the years the popularity of the courses, the news of their success and testimonials from happy students spread. And there are now dozens of homestay locations right across France.
As a student, you stay with the teacher and family in their home. You still take classes because that’s an important part of learning. But you get to practice your French in a real-life environment.
“We offer a high-quality stay with total immersion. Students often return to carry on learning in a unique and authentic environment” says Celtina. “Our teachers provide personalized lessons that are adapted to each individual’s need and aim. All our teachers are professionally qualified and highly experienced in teaching French as a foreign language.” Whether you’re learning for fun, want to pass exams, speak French for a job or for moving to France and want to learn fast or even want to teach French – there are teachers to suit all needs.
“Learning French with an immersion homestay chez the teacher is the most effective way to learn and to discover the authentic culture. The locals open their homes and share the secrets of their village, gastronomy, and heritage. It is a wonderful exchange. We share a lot. And the student is immersed in the language 24h/7, there are even guided conversations at mealtimes!”
And it’s fun!
There are loads of opportunities to discover the most beautiful villages and historic cities. Visit the legendary markets, museums and vineyards. Enjoy great French gastronomy, go wine tasting and discover real France. But this time it’s with the help of a local, someone who knows the area, its people and its culture. You’ll get to know France in a way you never thought possible as a visitor.
Every stay is adapted to suit the needs of the visitor. Every stay is tailor-made, and students can choose how many formal lessons to undertake (from 5-30 a week) on an individual or group basis (usually no more than 4 people). The teachers can adjust the pace of learning as you go through the days. And they will focus on areas that need improvement and be specific where you need help.
Go as an individual, with your family and friends or as a group! At the end of your stay, you’ll be amazed at the incredible difference it makes to your French!
Find out more and book your French immersion stay at: slimmersion-france.com