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Study Abroad Program
My readers often ask me for to recommend a French school, and I usually respond Alliance française, as there are branches all over the world and the one in Toulouse is the only French school I’ve personally studied at. (It was excellent.)
While I don’t have personal experience with it, there’s another option that might be even better: a one-to-one homestay program where you live and study with a native family.
With the One-to-One Homestay Immersion experience, you benefit from both professional tutoring as well as informal interactions with your French host family around the dinner table. In addition, you’ll be in France and can therefore speak French around town, watch French TV and movies, and explore every aspect of French culture. It’s true immersion, for any level.
Doing homestay as an adult might sound unusual, but this program is aimed at anyone aged 16 to 75, so it obviously takes into account the different needs for all ages. The very detailed enrollment form asks not only about your language level and goals, but also things like dietary restrictions and whether you smoke, so that you’re placed in just the right home. There’s a significant discount for two people (e.g., spouses, parent/child, friends) following the same program.
Please note that I do not have any personal experience with the One-to-One Homestay Immersion Program – I’m passing it on "as is," so to speak. But living in France is wonderful on many levels, so you’d certainly have no regrets on that front. 🙂
To find out more directly from the company that organizes these homestays, please fill out this information request form:
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