NEW YEAR, NEW LAN­GUAGE

France - - LES NOUVELLES -

If you thought you left your lan­guage-learn­ing days be­hind at school, think again. France has plenty of im­mer­sive lan­guage cour­ses which won’t see you trapped in a class­room from dawn un­til dusk. You’ll strug­gle to find a more uniquely pic­turesque set­ting for a school than Crea-langues’ for­mer Provençal monastery in the heart of the Parc Ré­gional du Ver­don. The adults-only classes, with a max­i­mum of six learn­ers per group, are ideal for those who want to im­prove their speak­ing and lis­ten­ing skills; you can also take pri­vate les­sons. cre­alangues.com Morn­ings are for work and af­ter­noons for play at French in the Dor­dogne, in a beau­ti­ful manor house near Berg­erac. The cour­ses aren’t for com­plete be­gin­ners, but cater for those who can at least string a sim­ple French sen­tence to­gether. Be­fore lunch you’ll be brush­ing up on your French in the class­room, then you’ll put your new skills to good use on fun ex­cur­sions to nearby his­toric at­trac­tions – still con­ducted in French. frenchinthe­do­r­dogne.com Learn­ers of all ages are wel­come at this stately château in the Vendée coun­try­side, the base of Le Po­iron Bon­jour. You can even take part in a fam­ily course, which can be taken part-time to be com­bined with a hol­i­day. The classes are run by the château’s owner and na­tive French speaker Françoise, who lived in Eng­land for many years pre­vi­ously and is con­scious of the dif­fer­ences be­tween French and English. There are also plenty of chances to prac­tise French out­side of the class­room, with vis­its to tourist sites and cook­ing classes liven­ing up the pro­gramme. france4life.co.uk

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