Language holidays with your private teacher

This is the most effective way to make rapid progress. You live with your teacher, who gives you one-to-one lessons tailored to your objectives and needs. You share his or her daily life and activities, and experience language immersion 24 hours a day.

You can take general language courses, courses focusing on a specific subject or exam preparation, or combine your course with options (activities, sport or culture).

  • Brittany
  • French Riviera
  • Loire Valley
  • Provence
  • Rhône-Alpes
  • Paris

Teachers are rarely located in the city centre. The quality of the welcome and the skills of the teachers are given priority over central location. We ask you to select three regions of your choice when you register.

A personalised formula to achieve your objectives

This personalised formula ensures rapid progress and the achievement of your objectives. It is suitable for all profiles and all ages – young people, students, adults or retired people – and for all objectives – personal, academic or professional (preparing for an exam, catching up on school work, getting ahead, going on a trip, taking part in an international conference, etc.). Your teacher will adapt his or her lessons to your needs, help you to work on your weak points and help you to achieve your goals quickly.

As you arethe only student with your teacher, you will have no contact with other foreign students and will never have the opportunity to speak your mother tongue. The intensity of the courses and the total immersion in a different culture mean that participants have to be highly committed and motivated.

Experienced and qualified teachers

All our teachers are experienced and have the necessary university qualifications. They have undergone specific training and are selected for the quality and friendliness of their welcome. In addition, they are supported by a network of teaching directors who establish teaching methods and organise ongoing training courses. They can be contacted during the stay if necessary.

An excellent quality of welcome

The family offers excellent reception conditions and is carefully selected to meet your expectations. If you are on a special diet or have certain requirements (smokers or non-smokers, children or not, etc.), it is important to let us know when you register. There is always a teacher to suit your profile: whether you are young, professional, adult or retired. The high social calibre of the host families is a guarantee of enriching and interesting contacts, and of course of progress in your chosen language.

Supervision for the very young

Many children and teenagers take part in this type of stay, as it guarantees that they will be looked after by experienced and serious families. The young person’s commitment is fundamental to the success of the holiday. We offer a ‘Cocooning’ option, which is compulsory for under-15s and highly recommended for all minors. This option guarantees the presence of an adult 24 hours a day.

English courses: general information

  • Length of lesson: 60 minutes
  • Timetable: flexible, depending on the teacher’s availability and your wishes. You can choose to have your lessons spread evenly over the week, or you can arrange days without lessons so that you can explore the region. This can be arranged with your teacher
  • Level test: on the day of your arrival. It is also possible to assess your level online beforehand
  • Levels accepted: all levels
  • Location: teachers are rarely located in the centre of town. The quality of the welcome and the skills of the teachers are prioritised over central location. We ask you to select three regions of your choice when you enrol
  • Certificate of attendance at the end of the course and progress report (on request)
  • Options: Specialised vocabulary, Cocooning (compulsory supervision for under 15s) (see “options” tab)
  • Qualifications: teachers have a university degree (or equivalent) and/or the agrégation (higher education diploma)
  • Maximum number of students per family: you will be the only participant in the programme hosted by the teacher. In very rare cases, however, one or two other students of a different nationality may also be staying with your teacher.

You can follow a standard language course programme or improve your language level in a fun way by adding activities.

French

You can choose between a programme of 15, 20, 25 or 30 hours of private lessons per week.

Additional options:

  • Specialised vocabulary / Exam preparation
  • Cocooning

French Activities

A choice of 10, 15, 20 or 25 hours of private French lessons 5 , 10, 15 or 20 hours of general activities per week

You draw up the programme of activities on site with the teacher, according to your interests and local possibilities. These activities are a good way of putting your skills into practice. All costs associated with the activities are included (travel, entrance fees, etc.). This option is available for all destinations.

Examples of activities: local visits, Bus Tour, picnic, cinema, swimming pool, mini-golf, restaurant, pubs (if 18), etc.

We recommend that younger children book this option. The activities allow them to put into practice what they have learnt in class and to practise their conversation skills while having fun.

A choice of 15, 20 or 25 hours of private French lessons 3 sports sessions per week.

Entrance fees and transport to the sports centre are included in the price.

Sessions are individual and last approximately 1 hour. If the sessions are with a group of a similar level to your own, they may last longer. Professional sportspeople, a member of the host family or the local organiser provide these activities.

It is important that you tell us your sporting ability when you register.

  • Horse riding: all regions

Includes: all equipment needed to practise this sport.

  • Golf: all regions

Includes: hire of golf clubs and balls, green fees, practice, travel to and from the golf course.

  • Tennis: all regions

Includes: all equipment needed to play the sport.

  • Surfing

Includes: all equipment required for this sport.

  • Windsurfing

Includes: all equipment required for this sport.

A choice of 15, 20 or 25 hours of private French lessons 3 , 4 or 5 cultural visits of your choice from the options below per week.

Entrance fees and transport to the activities for you and your accompanying adult are included in the price.

The cultural visits generally take place with your language teacher, but may involve another member of your host family.

  • Annecy (Rhône-Alpes): Old town & castle, Talloires lakeside walk, cheese farm, cycle tour around the lake, Glières & museum, typical chalet, Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard
  • Côte d’Azur: Fragonard Parfumerie, Archaeological Museum, Matisse Museum, Biot Glassworks, Shopping centres (Polygone, Cap 3000, etc.), Phoenix Park, Picturesque old towns (such as Gourdon, St Paul de Vence, Vieux Nice, etc.)
  • Paris: Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Bateaux Mouche, Quartier du Marais, Notre Dame & île Saint-Louis, Sainte Chapelle & Quartier Latin, Champs Élysées, Panthéon, Quartier Mouffetard, Jardin du Luxembourg, Cité des Sciences, Palais de la Découverte, Les Invalides, Musée Rodin, Musée du Quai Branly, Centre Pompidou, Sacré Coeur & Montmartre
  • Bordeaux: Cité du Vin, Cathédrale St Andre & Place Pey Berland, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée d’Aquitaine, Place de la Bourse, Second World War submarine base, Quartier St Michel & its church, Marché des Capucins, Musée Maritime
  • Nantes : Musée d’Art, Les Machines de l’île de Nantes, Château des Ducs de Bretagne, Musée Jules Verne, Jardin Botanique, Cathédrale St Pierre & St Paul, Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, Le Lieu Unique, Quartier Bouffay, Mémorial pour l’Abolition de l’Esclavage, Île Versailles
  • Carcassonne: Medieval City, Bastide St Louis, Fine Arts Museum, Basilica of Saints Nazaire & Celse, Château Comtal, Lac de la Cavayère, School Museum, Inquisition Museum, Boat Tour, Medieval Village of Caune Minervois, Lastour Castles, Cathar Castles, Mirepoix
  • Perpignan: Palace of the Kings of Majorca, Loge de la Mer, Le Castillet, Collioure, Fort de Salses, Castelnou, Orgues d’Ille Sur Têt, Musée Hyacinthe Rigaud, Châteaux Cathares, Lac de Montbel
  • Toulouse: Boat trip on the Garonne, Basilique St Sernin, Couvent des Jacobins, Place du Capitole, Musée des Augustins, Musée d’Archéologie St Raymond
  • Brest: Château de Brest & Musée Naval, Musée d’Art, Port de Brest, Océanopolis, Atelier des Capucins, Jardin Botanique, Rue St Malo, Pont de Recouvrance, Perros-Guirec coastal path, Fort de Montbarey, Ville Close de Concarneau
  • Rennes (Brittany): Historic Centre & Cathedral, Place des Lices Market, Place de la Mairie, Parliament of Brittany, Parc Thabor, Musée de Bretagne, Science Centre & Planetarium, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Saint-Malo, Brocéliande Forest, Fougères or Vitré, La Roche aux Fées
  • Lille: Place du Général de Gaulle, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Quartier Historique, Musée du Louvre-Lens, Musée Métropole de Lille, Musée Charles de Gaulle, Rang du Beauregard, Braderie de Lille, Zoo, Musée d’Art Moderne, Stade Pierre Mauroy
  • Martinique: Street Art Tour, Distillerie la Favorite, Cathédrale St Louis, Marché aux poissons, Grand Marché, Jardin de Balata, Bibliothèque Schoelcher, Fort Saint-Louis, Fontaine Didier, Musée Départemental, Palais de Justice, La Savane, Musée Père Pinchon, Musée de l’Espace, Musée d’Histoire, L’Atelier, Parc Culturel Aimé Césaire, Parc Régional de Martinique

A choice of 15, 20 or 25 hours of private French lessons 1 of the activities listed below per week.

Entrance fees and transport to the activities for you and your accompanying adult are included in the price.

Sessions are one-to-one and last approximately 1 hour, unless otherwise stated. Your teacher, a member of the host family or a professional organises these activities.

  • Disneyland Paris: Paris

A full day is planned in this park.

  • Château de Versailles: Paris

There will be a half-day visit to this castle.

  • Wine tasting: Nouvelle Aquitaine
  • Châteaux from the Loire Valley
  • Guérande & Salt Marshes from Pays de la Loire

Exam Preparation/Specialised Vocabulary” option

Your teacher will design a course to prepare you for an exam (such as Cambridge First Certificate, Proficiency, TOEIC, TOEFL) or a course to enable you to acquire specialist vocabulary relating to school subjects (maths, geography, literature) or technical terms in fields such as medicine, engineering, law, IT, architecture, tourism, etc. Note that the carefully selected teachers are not necessarily engineers, doctors, lawyers, etc. themselves.

Please note: the programme only offers preparation for an exam, not the opportunity to sit it. Teaching material will be provided for the above examinations. For all other exams, you will need to bring your own material (books, copies of previous exams or other documents needed to prepare for your exam).

Supplement: see “Dates & Fees” tab.

10 online lessons” option

These lessons take place on Zoom and can be added to your programme of lessons with the teacher. This option includes a minimum of 10 45-minute sessions, 5 before your stay and 5 after your stay. Get to know your teacher, prepare your lessons, revise and finalise everything you have learnt on your return

Supplement: see “Dates & Prices” tab.

Cocooning” option

The “Cocooning” option guarantees that the teacher or an adult family member will be present at home at all times during the student’s stay. This option does not include any activities and only provides supervision. This supplement is compulsory for under-15s and strongly recommended for 16-17s.

Supplement: see “Dates & Prices” tab.

Special diet” option

If you have a special diet, it is important to let us know in advance so that the teacher can adapt. If this diet involves a great deal of effort on the part of the host family, such as a gluten-free or halal diet, a supplement will be charged.

Extra charge: please contact us.

Special needs” option

Some teachers are able to accommodate students with physical disabilities (such as visual or hearing impairments), emotional or behavioural difficulties (such as hyperactivity) or learning difficulties (such as dyslexia), provided they are informed in advance. This option allows us to offer suitable accommodation and extra attention from the teacher. This supplement does not cover any care that may be required.

Supplement: see “Dates & Prices” tab.

Five Star” option: Luxury services

This programme is specially designed for business and professional women and men and their families who are used to a high standard of living and who want more comfort. The “Five Star” programme includes a private bathroom, superior accommodation and meals, and greater attention paid to the student.

Supplement: 100% of the price of the chosen stay.

Shared stay

It is possible to take lessons in twos, threes or fours with another participant(s) of your choice, as long as it is on the same dates and for the same language level.

Discount: 20% will be given to each student if you take lessons with two people, and 25% if you take lessons with 3 or 4 people.

Senior

Students aged 60 and over receive a discount for all stays starting and finishing between October and May.

5% discount

Christmas and New Year breaks

It is possible to follow this programme during the Christmas holidays. A supplement will be applied for all stays including 24, 25, 26 or 31 December or 1 January. If your stay includes both Christmas and New Year, this supplement will apply twice. This supplement includes activities such as a New Year’s meal, a countdown to the New Year, fireworks, a visit to the city’s decorations and shopping.

Supplement: see “Dates & prices” tab.

Travel

Day of arrival: Sunday
Day of departure: Saturday

IMPORTANT: medical and civil liability insurance is required to take part in the programme

Arrival station or airport: Transfer available on request (fee payable, see “Dates & Fees” tab)

When you receive your teacher’s profile, the nearest station, airport or port to your host family’s home will be indicated. Transfers are made by the host family, the local organiser or a private driver (usually by car, occasionally by public transport). If you do not arrive at the airport indicated or if you arrive/depart before 8am or after 9pm, prices will be increased. Students under the age of 16 must book return transfers, unless we are informed that they are accompanied by their parents.

Note: do not book your transport ticket until we have confirmed your stay and allocated you a teacher (approximately 8 days after payment of your deposit).

Visa information

Do you need a visa to follow this programme? For more information, please see our Visa Information page.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email or telephone if you require any further information.


Dates & Fees 2023 – 2024

Start dates: every week throughout the year.

Prices 2023 – 2024

Registration fee included

WPCS 42.0.3
Standard programme - Price per week
Destination15H20H25H30H
France: Paris 1.390 1.590 1.790 1.990
France: other areas 1.190 1.390 1.590 1.790
Combined programme - Price per week
Programme French & ActivitiesFrance - ParisFrance - Autres régions
10h of lessons + 5h of activities 1.490 1.290
15h of lessons + 5h of activities 1.690 1.490
20h of lessons + 5h of activities 1.890 1.690
25h of lessons + 5h of activities 2.090 1.890
Programme French & sport
Extra per weekHorse ridingGolfTennis
All regions 300 260 210
Programme French & culture3 visits4 visits5 visits
Extra for 3 cultural visits per week 290 370 450
Extra for 3 cultural visits per week for the 10h lessons programme
Programme French & LeisureDisneyland ParisChâteau de VersaillesWine tasting
Extra activity per week 350 200-
Paris---
French Riviera---
Provence-- 110
Optional extras - per week
Extra night 120
Airport transfer (per trip)* 90
Exam Preparation Courses/Business and Specialized vocabulary 130
Closer supervision "Cocooning" (compulsory for under-15s) 150
Christmas and/or New Year extra 150
Private bathroom 190
Special dietPlease consult us
Special needs - Disability, Dyslexia, ADHD 150
10 On-line French lessons 400

*Return ticket compulsory for those aged 16 and under.

The above prices include:

  • The chosen course programme
  • Books and use of all teaching materials
  • Accommodation in a single room with your teacher
  • Full board
  • All taxes and registration fees
  • Assistance from the regional coordinator
  • Placement test, certificate of attendance and course report (on request)

Not included:

  • Travel and transfers
  • Any supplements (“Exam preparation/Specialised vocabulary”, “Cocooning”, “Five Star” accommodation)
  • New Year’s Eve supplement for all stays including 24, 25, 26 or 31 December, or 1 January
  • Any extra nights
  • Any visa fees
  • Optional insurance

Notes

  • If 2 students of the same level wish to stay and take the course together, each participant receives a 20% discount.
  • If one person chooses to accompany a participant and share a room and meals without taking a course, they will receive a 20% discount.