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FRENCH AND HISTORY

FRENCH AND HISTORY IN THE HEARTLAND OF FRANCE

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  • French course and history - Historical village of Le Croizet

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WEEK FROM €1.560

SHARED ROOM ON-SITE €1.560

You will notice that we include an option to share a room. If you are coming on your own and wish to make use of the shared room rate, we will make every effort to place you with a guest who has made a similar request. However, single room rates will apply if we are unable to pair you with another guest.

SINGLE ROOM ON-SITE €1.720

ROOM OFF-SITE €1.230

For a more economical option, you can stay with a host family in the neighborhood. This off-site accommodation is a short walk from the Villa Beaulieu (15mn on foot maximum). Breakfast is taken with the host family, while lunches and dinners are shared with other guests and instructors at the Villa Beaulieu.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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2024 PRICES FOR FRENCH AND HISTORY COURSE

Amounts in brackets represent the deposit required.
ROOM TYPE PRICE
Shared Room on-site €1.560 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.130
Single Room on-site €1.720 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.250
Room off-site €1.230 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.050

+ Extra Activities

Extra Activities with extra cost

PETITS FOURS WORKSHOP

with our in-house Chef

Tuesday 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 1.30pm – 2.30pm

GUIDED EXCURSION

with a teacher, 4 options available

Wednesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

MASSAGE

at David Grand Spa (website)

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DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE

Intermediate or Advanced French proficiency is recommended to successfully follow on-site descriptions.
This course is designed for those who want to strengthen their French but also explore the Loire’s heritage by touring historical monuments such as churches, castles, abbeys and museums.
This course is the perfect opportunity to beat the summer heat by spending time in the natural coolness of the region’s thick-walled stone buildings.
Additional purchases of regional products can be made on-site.
All language classes are taught by professional, native French speaking tutors and group classes have a maximum of 6 per class.
During the afternoon, participants will be taken to different architectural sites with a staff member for a tour led by professional guides. All visits will be held in French but we will organize a discreet translation if necessary.
Also included in the week, A Wine tasting at Domaine Jean-Marie VIAL in Saint-André d’Apchon!

Program

Mon-Fri 9:15am – 12:15pm (group French class) PLUS 4 afternoon visits on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday *

Monday: Visit of Pommiers Priory in Pommiers-en-Forez.
Visit a thousand-year-old priory and listen to its fascinating history.

Tuesday:
Boat Tour in Villerest Lake and Wine tasting at Domaine Jean Marie Vial in St André d’Apchon.
On board a sightseeing boat, discover the history of the Loire and the Villerest Lake.
Independent winemaker Jean Marie Vial grows, vinifies and sells a variety of wines: reds, whites, rosé, and sparkling. Jean Marie welcomes guests with open arms and is happy to share his passion for winemaking, inviting you to tempt your taste buds with the diversity of the local Gamay grape, as well as Chardonnay and Viognier bottlings.

Thursday: Visit of Le Crozet Folk Museum (Art and Popular Traditions) and Le Crozet medieval village.
Walk through this picturesque village with its winding alleys, lovely courtyards, medieval & Renaissance buildings and 12th century donjon tower.
Housed in a 16th century building, the museum features items found in the workshops of blacksmiths and cobblers, a typical interior of a townsperson’s home from yesteryear, old looms, and a regional & archeological library.

Friday : Visit of Château de la Roche.
Anchored on a rocky outcropping since the 13th century, the Château de la Roche is the emblematic monument of the Loire gorges because of its improbable and scenic location in the Loire River.

*Last minute changes can occur depending on opening hours and time of the year

TESTIMONIALS ABOUT FRENCH COURSE AND HISTORY

In the French and History course, we spent our mornings in helpful classroom instruction that was tailored to our level. Our afternoons were filled with excursions to chateaux, medieval villages, wineries, and other locations that allowed us to explore the rich history and culture of the region. These excursions demonstrated just how rich the history and culture are! What’s more, while listening to the guides and docents on our excursions, we were practicing our French comprehension skills and expanding our vocabulary. The guides knew that we were French language students, and so they spoke clearly (and perhaps a bit more slowly than normal) for our benefit and were happy to answer any questions that we asked. Overall, the French and History course was a fantastic experience, and I would highly recommend it.

Tricia (Dallas, TX)

If you want to get a better feel for the region I highly recommend the historical visits. During the week this included trips to two chateaux, a vineyard and a charming medieval town. Our teacher, Vincent, provided useful background information for each afternoon trip. The local guides were super-knowledgeable and happy to field our many questions.
In short —Great fun!

Leanna (Arlington, VA)

Les visites historiques sont un bon complément du programme de l’école. On visite non seulement des châteaux mais aussi des villages historiques de la région. Les visites sont guidées par des bénévoles locaux qui racontent vivement non seulement les dates historiques mais aussi les petites histoires de la vie quotidienne d’autrefois. Avant chaque visite, on recoit des informations par écrit préparées par Vincent.

Renate et Thomas (Düsseldorf, Germany)

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FRENCH AND WELLNESS

FRENCH AND WELLNESS

  • French and Wellness - Feel Good Attitude

  • French and Wellness - Healthy Fruits Drinks

  • French and Wellness Course in Ecole des 3 Ponts

  • French Course and Wellness : flow and suppleness

  • French Course and Wellness : eloquence and fluidness

  • French Course and Wellness : relaxation of both spirit and body

WEEK FROM €1.780

SHARED ROOM ON-SITE €1.780

You will notice that we include an option to share a room. If you are coming on your own and wish to make use of the shared room rate, we will make every effort to place you with a guest who has made a similar request. However, single room rates will apply if we are unable to pair you with another guest.

SINGLE ROOM ON-SITE €1.930

ROOM OFF-SITE €1.540

For a more economical option, you can stay with a host family in the neighborhood. This off-site accommodation is a short walk from the Villa Beaulieu (15mn on foot maximum). Breakfast is taken with the host family, while lunches and dinners are shared with other guests and instructors at the Villa Beaulieu.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

COURSES CALENDAR

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2024 Prices for French and Wellness Course

Amounts in brackets represent the deposit required.
ROOM TYPE PRICE
Shared Room on-site €1.780 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.180
Single Room on-site €1.930 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.350
Room off-site €1.540 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.050

+ Extra Activities

Extra Activities with extra cost

PETITS FOURS WORKSHOP

with our in-house Chef

Tuesday 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 1.30pm – 2.30pm

GUIDED EXCURSION

with a teacher, 4 options available

Wednesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

MASSAGE

at David Grand Spa (website)

BOOK YOUR STAY

DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE

This course is designed for those who want to strengthen their French but also enter in the wellness world at David Grand Spa (Le Paradis du Bien-Etre, Best French Hotel Spa award 2019 : https://www.leparadisdubienetre.fr) in the former farm of Château de Champlong property, 10 minutes from the school by car.

“As a yoga enthusiast who has an ongoing interest in well-being, I was very much drawn to the French and Wellness week offered by the school. David Grand is a very talented and engaging practitioner who offers so much as a teacher! I learned new French vocabulary that got put into practice right away with both yoga and massage sessions, and I especially enjoyed the fascinating look at Altearah organic essential oils and the science and theory behind their evolution.
Our discussions regarding finding balance between the body, heart and consciousness offered lessons that stay with me every day. This week is for anyone interested in wellness, and David and the Spa are so very welcoming. A big merci to them!”

Bob, Florida, USA

David Grand is a Spa practitioner. Three times French Champion in massage 2012, 2013, 2014, he also received 5th place at the 2019 World Championship.
Trainer and creator of wellness treatments, he has created his own brand DaviDgranDspa in the transmission of knowledge: “C’est dans le bien-faire que se crée le bien-être”.

David Grand will introduce you into the world of relaxation and will give you tips for selfcare to have a healthy mind in a healthy body! “Un esprit sain dans un corps sain”. All language classes are taught by professional, native French speaking tutors and group classes have a maximum of 6 per class. During the afternoon, participants will be taken to David Grand Spa for several workshops around relaxation, mindfulness practice and lectures about wellbeing. All workshops will be held in French but we will organize a discreet translation if necessary.

A one hour access to the balneotherapy area (hammam, sauna, jacuzzi, outdoor pool, ice fountain,bucket of cold water, tea room*. Additional purchases of wellness treatments and products can be made on site.
* Possible contraindications to be seen on site.

Mon-Fri 9:15am – 12:15pm (group French class) PLUS 4 workshops on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday *

Monday : Workshop « Relaxation, breathing, balance and stretching directed by David Grand

  • Introduction + body awakening
  • Yoga simple postures & Prana yoga (through breathing techniques)
  • Herbal tea infusions (depending on the season) + lecture on the virtues of plants
  • Stretching 

Tuesday : Workshop “Calm & let go of the mind” directed by David Grand

  • Active walk around Champlong golf course
  • Teaching of Indian face, head and upper chest massage in groups of two 
  • Seasonal Vitamin juice preparation   + lecture on fruits / vegetable and their importance in wellbeing for a healthy mind and body
  • Teaching of Indian face, head and upper chest massage in groups of two

Thursday : Workshop Amma “Calming with the hands massage” led by David Grand

It is a series of movements combining the use of pressure, percussive stretching and sweeping motions,aimed at relieving tension and relaxing the back, shoulders, arms, hands,head and neck. This technique can be performed while clothed and either seated on a chair or lying down.
Very effective for reducing stress and encouraging relaxation, this massage is intended for everyone. AMMA massage achieves both a deep body relaxation and an invigorating revitalization in a minimum amount of time.Designed to manage stress, AMMA can be put into practice for numerous applications. In addition, it’s an original and beneficially useful activity.

  • 14h Worshop presentation by David
  • 15h45 Tea break FBKT (la Fabrique à Thé in Pouilly les Nonains) & tasting of  Praluline of Maison Pralus
  • 16h15 Resumé the Amma worshop
  • 17h : Access to l’espace balnéothérapie & introduction to the benefits of spa therapies :
    • Sauna : Dry, warm heat of the Sauna of Scandinavian origin, eliminate toxins from the body and skin, leaving you relaxed and calm.
    • Hammam : From the orient, experience Hammam, a steam room to dilate the pores and give a deep cleanse to the skin and pores.
    • Fontaine à glace : Ice fountain. Perfect to relieve the feeling the heavy legs, to refresh the skin and eliminate toxins through the power of ice and cold water.
    • Piscine : An outdoor space complete with pool, relaxation areas for tranquility and inside the spa a private tea room is at your disposal.
    • Spa : Spa and wellness area, to relieve stress and fatigue, to improve the quality of your sleep, through the healing properties of Spa.
  • 18h : conclusion of the program

Friday : Altearah Emotive Cosmetics for Women and Men

Altearah develops and manufactures a line of personal care organic cosmetics made from 100% natural and organic essential oils. Altearah is headquartered in Bellegarde, in the south of France between Nîmes et Arles.
What facet of your life do you want to change today? Feel the emotion…. What color do you need?

  • 14h Worshop presentation
  • 15h15 Seasonal juice preparation to enhance the purity of the skin Seasonal fresh Juice preparation for skin purity 
  • Make up workshop Maria Galland Paris + introduction to Maria Galland Paris range
  • 16h Presentation of the Altearah line of cosmetics
  • 17h Conclusion of the program

Important for your week: A swim suit, flip-flops, flexible and comfortable clothing and sneakers / trainers to walk.

* Last minute changes can occur depending on availability and time of the year

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FRENCH AND COUNTRYSIDE WALKS

FRENCH AND COUNTRYSIDE WALKS

  • French and Countryside Walks - Mist in a Forest

  • French and Countryside Walks - Path around Roanne

  • French Course and Countryside Walks : a united group

  • French Course and Countryside Walks : a green path

  • French and Countryside Walks - An Unexpected Journey

  • French and Countryside Walks - A Sunny Day, walking...

  • French Course and Countryside Walks : a joyful group

WEEK FROM €1.560

SHARED ROOM ON-SITE €1.560

You will notice that we include an option to share a room. If you are coming on your own and wish to make use of the shared room rate, we will make every effort to place you with a guest who has made a similar request. However, single room rates will apply if we are unable to pair you with another guest.

SINGLE ROOM ON-SITE €1.720

ROOM OFF-SITE €1.230

For a more economical option, you can stay with a host family in the neighborhood. This off-site accommodation is a short walk from the Villa Beaulieu (15mn on foot maximum). Breakfast is taken with the host family, while lunches and dinners are shared with other guests and instructors at the Villa Beaulieu.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

COURSES CALENDAR

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2024 Prices for French and Countryside Walks Course

Amounts in brackets represent the deposit required.
ROOM TYPE PRICE
Shared Room on-site €1.560 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.130
Single Room on-site €1.720 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.250
Room off-site €1.230 (€150) / Special offer : Extra week of General French €1.050

+ Extra Activities

Extra Activities with extra cost

PETITS FOURS WORKSHOP

with our in-house Chef

Tuesday 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 1.30pm – 2.30pm

GUIDED EXCURSION

with a teacher, 4 options available

Wednesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

MASSAGE

at David Grand Spa (website)

BOOK YOUR STAY

DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE

Learn French while you walk!This course is designed for those who want to strengthen their French but also explore the local countryside with walks from 5 kms to a maximum of 15 kms. Walks are adapted for people with a moderate fitness level, with stops to take pictures and relax.
Côte Roannaise region, Forez region, Pays d’Urfé and Brionnais region are not flat but hilly. Be ready to climb a moderate inclination (maximum 300 m) and to walk between 2 and 3 hours a day. Walks are still held on rainy days except in case of storm.
All the routes are marked-out and go back to the starting point.
Different routes possible if you want to repeat the experience.

Walking appropriate equipment :

  • Walking boots or good walking shoes (tennis shoes/sneakers are not adapted)
  • Small backpack
  • Cap or hat
  • Raincoat
  • Water bottle
  • According to the time of the year : sun glasses, sun cream, mosquito spray

Walking poles available at the school.

All classes are taught by professional, native French speaking tutors and group classes have a maximum of 6 per class. During the afternoon, participants will be taken to different destinations with a staff member to discover the magnificence of the Loire countryside, speaking French as they walk.

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STUDY FRENCH IN FRANCE – IMMERSION PROGRAM IN FRANCE

STUDY FRENCH IN FRANCE – IMMERSION PROGRAM IN FRANCE

GENERAL FRENCH COURSE

  • A Warm Welcome to our French Courses School

  • Immersion Program in France - A Group of Students

Build on your existing knowledge of French to improve and extend your conversational skills. Study French in France with our professional, native French-speaking tutors who teach you formal and informal French, with an emphasis on conversational skills.

Our group classes consist of a maximum of 6 per class and all candidates need to score 8 or more points on our French Test in order to qualify for these classes. In addition to our online test, all our students have a one-to-one oral test on the first day, before any classes start. This allows our teachers to assess each student before placing them in an appropriate group.

This course to study French in France is available for all levels. In this way, classes are as balanced as possible, helping you to keep pace with your fellow students. And group classes are a great way to develop your knowledge by learning from your own mistakes as well as those of others! If your partner is a complete beginner, he or she may start the course on the same date as you (see above).

19 hours : Monday to Friday 9.15am-12.15pm PLUS two evenings from 5pm – 7pm

2024 Prices for General French Course
Amounts in brackets represent the deposit required.
Room Type 1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks Consult us from 4 weeks
Shared Room on-site €1.360 (€150) €2.580 (€200) €3.870 (€250)
Single Room on-site €1.510 (€150) €2.870 (€250) €4.300 (€250)
Room off-site €1.100 (€150) €2.090 (€150) €3.130 (€150)

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INTENSIVE FRENCH COURSE

  • Immersion Program in France - A One to One Course

  • Immersion Program in France - Single Room at the School

Our intensive course is designed for those who have an urgent need to communicate rapidly and effectively in French. Our Immersion Program in France combines the group course above with private one-to-one lessons. All classes are taught by professional, native French-speaking tutors and group classes have a maxium of 6 per class. During the 6 hours of private classes you and your tutor will decide the content of the class. Your tutor will help you overcome your particular difficulties and look at vocabulary or grammar that concern you.

25 hours : Mon-Fri 9.15am-12.15pm (group class) PLUS two evenings from 5pm – 7pm (group class) PLUS two afternoons of 3 hours each (private one-to-one)

2024 Prices for Intensive French Course
Amounts in brackets represent the deposit required.
Room Type 1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks Consult us from 4 weeks
Shared Room on-site €1.730 (€150) €3.280 (€250) 4.930 (€250)
Single Room on-site €1.900 (€150) €3.600 (€250) €5.400 (€250)
Room off-site €1.470 (€150) €2.790 (€250) €4.180 (€250)

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PRIVATE FRENCH COURSE

  • French School in France - Private Class

  • French School in France - View of the Frontage

For a perfect knowledge of French language, we will suggest the Private French course in our well-known French School in France. This course is available throughout the year. Choose from 15, 19 or 25 hours of private, one-to-one classes for an effective, rapid mean of developing your language skills. Entirely planned around your particular needs, it is ideal for those who need to learn French quicky or who prefer the privacy of a one-to-one class. And of course it’s perfect for those with a professional need for French or if you’re planning to move to France. Our qualified, native French-speaking tutors will prepare lessons to suit your individual needs and help you to develop your French as quickly as possible.

Please note that guests attending private classes between November and February inclusive, will be accommodated and taught at our villa, but lunch and dinner will usually be off-site at local restaurants. This is a great way to practice the French you’ve learned by talking to local people on a daily basis. The course fees (which include accommodation and meals) remain the same throughout the year.

2024 Prices for PRIVATE FRENCH COURSE

15 hours : MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9.15AM-12.15PM

Amounts in brackets represent the deposit required.
Room Type Per Week
Single Room on-site €1.940 (€250)

19 hours : Monday to Friday 9.15am-12.15pm PLUS Mon and Thurs 5-7pm

Amounts in brackets represent the deposit required.
Room Type Per Week
Single Room on-site €2.230 (€250)

25 hours : Monday to Friday 9.15am-12.15pm PLUS Mon and Thurs 5-7pm PLUS Tue and Fri 3-6pm

Amounts in brackets represent the deposit required.
Room Type Per Week
Single Room on-site €2.610 (€250)

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HOLIDAY FRENCH COURSE

  • Holiday French Course - Visiting Village of Croizet sur Gand

  • Holiday French Course - Discovering the roof of a Church

  • Holiday French Course - French Bread on a french Market

If your priority is to have a great holiday and learn how to speak French along the way, then this is the course for you. You’ll be attending group classes in the mornings, leaving you free to explore the French countryside and way of life in the afternoons.
The French are serious about two things : their food and their language. When it comes to one of these two aspects of french culture, things can start to become intimidating when you want to learn the French language.
There aren’t many countries that have an institution, founded in 1634 and dedicated to its language, like “L’Académie Française”. Its members are made up of famous contemporary French writers. The “Académie” publishes its very own dictionary and only eight editions have been published in the last 400 years. They take their time to examine every aspect of a word that is included. The present edition has been worked on since the 1980’s and is not yet finished !
France is so passionate about its language that any word that is added to the dictionary makes headlines every year when published and any spelling reform can turn into a national debate.
No wonder this monument called “La Langue Française” can be intimidating for any beginner who is eager to learn how to speak French.
Rather than a monument, French is more like a maze. With 21 verb tenses, a need to know the exact time-frame of events, when to use the conditional and subjunctive and which words are feminine or masculine.
Before going any further, here are five tips to help you if you plan to study French in France.

15 hours : Mon-Fri 9.15am-12.15pm (group class)

2024 Prices for HOLIDAY FRENCH COURSE
Amounts in brackets represent the deposit required.
Room Type 1 Week 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks
Shared Room on-site €1.240 (€150) €2.350 (€200) €3.340 (250) Consult us
Single Room on-site €1.410 (€150) €2.670 (€250) €3.800 (250) Consult us
Room off-site €990 (€150) €1.880 (€150) €2.670 (250) Consult us

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Extra Activities with extra cost

PETITS FOURS WORKSHOP

with our in-house Chef

Tuesday 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Wednesday 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 1.30pm – 2.30pm

GUIDED EXCURSION

with a teacher, 4 options available

Wednesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

MASSAGE

at David Grand Spa (website)

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