WHY DO A FRENCH IMMERSION IN FRANCE ?
You will be speaking French all day
In a classroom setting, many times, you only have a few, short opportunities to practice French orally. With Julie, you won't have a choice! During your French immersion, you will spend 6–9 hours a day speaking French with her. Even if you are a beginner, Julie will encourage you to jump in, and start making easy sentences in order to communicate –and make progress!
You will gain proficiency, increase your vocabulary, and get rid of bad habits
Learning French at a teacher's house, you will practice French all day, and therefore, you will improve fluency little by little, and will increase your vocabulary. Julie will be taking notes all day during your conversations, so if you keep making recurrent mistakes, she will point them out to you and remind you when they come up again, so that you will eventually get rid of them. Practice makes perfect!
You will have your own personal French instructor
As Julie is an experienced teacher, she can anticipate your needs, find a way for you to work on your weak points using board games, flashcards or pictures.
Julie also speaks fluent English, German, Portuguese and some Spanish, so she can always resort to using a language you’re familiar with if necessary –to prepare your trip, to explain a tricky grammar point, or to translate a word in your language if you feel the need.
You will start understanding spoken French better
In order to make you better understand conversations between French native speakers, Julie will also get your ear used to spoken French, so for example, you’ll be able to make out "je ne mange pas de bananes" (I don't eat bananas) when she actually pronounces "J'mange pas d'bananes", or "Je ne sais pas", when she literally utters "chais pas"!
You will enjoy an extra-ordinary vacation time in the South of France...
Avignon and surrounding Provence are known for being sunny all year (because our famous wind called Mistral –a cold north wind blowing along the Rhone river keeps chasing the clouds away, making way for our deep blue skies). This plus the history, the laid back lifestyle, the gorgeous landscapes, and local gastronomy make this region probably one of the most popular among the French themselves for vacationing.
You will meet French people and start interacting with them in French.
Isn't this just the reason why you are learning French? Learning French in an informal way at a street café or having a drink with French people.
You will learn more authentic French
During your French classes in Avignon, or during the meals or excursions, you will learn idiomatic expressions in context that you would not in a classroom context : "On se met dans le bain" (let's get into the swing of things) or "J'en ai pas pour longtemps" (Won't be long), etc.
You will get off the beaten track
You may have heard French people say that "Paris is not France". And in fact, it is a good thing to come out of Paris to see how culturally rich the different regions of France are. The city of Avignon, in particular, which has kept its medieval ramparts, is full of history!
Avignon indeed served as the capital of the papacy from 1309 to 1376, and the City was part of the papal States up until the French Revolution. The old papal residence still exists today and is known as the Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace).
The whole region is filled with history. Julie will also tell you about the Huguenots fighting the Dragonnades (Louis XIV's persecution of Protestants) or why the plague hit in Marseille and Provence in the XVIIth century, or about Van Gogh living in Saint Rémy and Arles.
You will be staying in a former Hôtel Particulier
While you learn French in residence, you will be staying a former Hôtel Particulier with original moldings, high ceilings, old fireplaces and authentic tiles. The apartment belonged to Nicolas Mignard, court painter to Louis XIV and a friend of Molière, who performed himself some of his plays in my courtyard from 1655 to 1657. In 1658, Nicolas Mignard painted his famous portrait, which can be found in Musée Carnavalet in Paris.
You will taste local food, and cook some French specialties with me –if you wish
Do you know la fougasse? It’s a specialty from the region that is just delicious for the "apero time" (l'apéritif) –and one that you won’t find in Paris! While you learn French at the teacher's house in Avignon, you will also taste the best ratatouille, tapenade or aïolade, many tasty cheeses and renowned wines –just for the asking!