3 Step Learning to increase your confidence in French conversation
The course programme is designed to maximise French conversation while allowing time to relax and enjoy the region.
We use a total immersion method based on structured lessons and informal practice during cultural excursions and meals.
Courses require a basic knowledge of French and there are two levels : elementary and intermediate.
There is a maximum of 4-6 participants in each group and as we only run one course at a time, during meals and activities everybody will have a similar level of French as possible.
Step 1: Classes
Lessons are given by myself, Magali.
I have taught around the world over the last 15 years and in Provence since 2002.
I will encourage and help you speak French during the course and am always available to answer your questions about French language and culture.
I graduated university with a degree in English before training as a French teacher, specialising in pronunciation.
Before 'Parlons en Provence', I gave total immersion courses for staff at the European Space Agency in Holland and also taught in Japan.
The lessons are structured, but given in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Emphasis is placed on speaking to help build confidence.
Grammatical points are practised using oral exercises and discussions. Special attention is given to the particularities of French pronunciation to help you speak more clearly and understand native speakers more easily in french.
Vocabulary is worked on through daily life situations and centered as much as possible on everybody's own experience and interests.
Step 2: Informal practice through guided visits
The learning experience continues in the afternoon during our guided visits and activities.
We have been working with local guides since 2002 and they are always happy to share their time and knowledge with visitors to the region.
Visits vary from week to week and include a tour of a château with Vincent and the life of a Provençal poet with Joanna. They provide opportunities to learn more about the Provençal culture and history.
The central position of Saint Rémy means that that you won't be spending long hours in the car, but making the most of your visit.
Mealtime discussion is an important and enjoyable part of Provençal culture.
It is a chance for free conversation and to share your experiences with other people in the group.
Lunches are taken together and once a week there is also an 'apéritif dînatoire' on Wednesday evening.
Meals taken at the Mas are homemade using ingredients from organic farms and local small-scale producers.
A typical day
9.30am - 12.30pm : Class
1.00pm - 2.00pm : 'Conversation' lunch
2.00pm - 4.30pm : Guided visit
Each week begins with a welcome 'aperitif' on Sunday evening and finishes on Friday after the morning lesson.
On Wednesday there is a typical French 'apéritif dînatoire'.
For a lot of people an intensive course has always been a dream and you may be apprehensive about the course. I often give Skype lessons before the course to get to know participants, or after the course to continue to the learning and stay in contact.
I’m also delivering Skype lessons as a standalone option during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Each lesson last 40 to 45 minutes and I usually send activities every week depending on your interests. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.