You may have tried the rest, now try the absolute best! This language school has everything: superb teachers who personalise your learning and adapt to your ability (beginners need have no fear - you will learn to speak French!!), comfortable and tranquil surroundings in which to stay, fantastic food each day - what is not to like?! If you like walking, you can be out in the countryside very easily and if you have a car you can get to the Auvergne & Beaujolais regions nearby. I have been several times and not only love every minute, I also learn stacks each time. Book now!!
Helen, from UK
I first went to the school in June/July of this year, and liked it so much I went back in September/October for 2 weeks. This is an excellent venue for learning French. It is total immersion, even during mealtime only French is spoken. Students are serious about learning, we even spoke French during our walks or shopping excursions. It is centrally located in a lovely town with plenty of good restaurants and shopping nearby ( within walking distance ). All of the instructors are excellent.
I just left Ecole des trois points, saturated with French and chocolate. I absolutely loved my stay there! I was a little nervous about going to an immersion program by myself but now I regret that I did not sign up for a longer stay.
All the instructors and other students were very friendly and helpful. My instructor, Valerie, who is also the director, is a great teacher. I learned more in one week than I have learned in 2 semesters at my class at home.
It was challenging to be surrounded from morning to night with French, but by the last day, I felt I could understand and communicate pretty effectively. There were two women in the group who were complete beginners and planning to stay for a month. The other students had some background in French with several repeat students ( one who was there for her 14th stay)
The accommodations are very comfortable and the food was excellent. We had daily creative and delicious meals prepared by our very talented ( and handsome) chef.
I also took 4 afternoons of chocolate classes with Laurice, a very talented and sweet pâtissière. We learned how to make a variety of chocolates- hand dipped, molded, scuptures. One day, we made marshmallows(yum), meringues, fruit jellies.
It was great fun and I learned some things that I'm eager to try out at home.
I can't wait to go back! Meanwhile, I am inspired to continue my French studies.
I have just spent a week speaking French and making chocolates and sweets. I have learnt so much French in such a pleasant atmosphere. We have laughed all the time. My French was learnt 50 years ago, at school, but that didn't matter. I was in a group with others of similar ability. This was the most enjoyable way of learning. It's not easy but well worth the effort. In the afternoon I took the chocolate course with Laurice, a professional chocolatiere and patissiere from a local restaurant. We learnt how to make individual chocolates, fruit jellies using fresh fruit, meringues, marshmallows and a chocolate sculpture of our own design. Next year I want to take her patisserie course.
I spent a week at Ecole des Trois Ponts doing the cooking and language courses. The whole week was amazing. All the staff were lovely and the food was incredible. Valerie is a brilliant teacher (as are the others) and Lilian the chef is very talented! If you want to be totally immersed in french with like-minded adults it is the place for you. Everyone was very kind and keen to help improve our french. I can't believe how much I learnt in a week. My only disappointment is not staying longer. If you can stay at least 2 weeks.
I have just spent a superb week at Ecole des Trois Points. I never realised learning involved so much laughter. One of the highlights of my year. The people I met, the food I ate and the lessons I participated in were all superb and have left a deep impression on me.
Je viens de passer une semaine exceptionnelle à l’Ecole des Trois Ponts. Je me suis inscrite dans un cours particulier de 19h. Mon enseignante, Christelle, m’a préparé un programme d’instruction individuel basé sur mes besoins particuliers. Les leçons étaient non seulement d’un standard excellent mais aussi bien intéressantes et amusantes.
J’ai trouvé bien agréable l’ambiance de l’école, surtout à la table de dîner, où les étudiants se réunissent pour se détendre et profiter de la cuisine du Chef de l’Ecole (qu’est-ce que c’est bon cette tarte au chocolat !), tout en pratiquant le français.
L’emplacement de l’Ecole, située à vingt minutes à pied de la ville accueillante et peu touristique de Roanne, m’a beaucoup plu. Les après-midi, on peut flâner dans les rues piétonnes de Roanne, explorer le parc Beaulieu tout près de l’Ecole, ou profiter du cinéma de 9 salles de Roanne pour regarder des films français en version originale. De plus, l’Ecole offre des excursions « sur mesure » aux sites locaux intéressants, par exemple à la magnifique Abbaye de la Bénisson-Dieu.
Je recommande l’Ecole des Trois Ponts à ceux qui cherchent une expérience d’immersion totale en France, quel que soit leur niveau de compétence dans la langue française.
I would highly recommend the Ecole des Trois Ponts, particularly with the additional patisserie course. One week of immersive language in a beautiful setting with helpful staff and delicious French food was great - I only wish I had planned to stay for longer as I enjoyed it so much!
The staff were so welcoming and kind, and their energy set a perfect tone for the group, as did the picturesque setting.
The patisserie course was amazing also, covering so much content including croissants, brioche, pithivier, macarons and lemon tarts to name just a few - and Laurent was a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient teacher. My French is very basic but with Laurent's clear instructions, the helpfully translated recipes in the booklet and a few discreet translations from teacher Laetitia, this didn't pose a problem to learning patisserie in French, and enjoying it immensely! It was extra-rewarding to share the fruits of our labours with the group for dessert in the evenings, and to hear their happy exclamations - I now can't wait to practise my new skills on family and friends at home! A big thank you to Ecole des Trois Ponts for such a fantastic experience!