Le Verger (The Orchard) is a comfortable stone house set in the rolling Dordogne countryside of South-West France. Join us for a total immersion revision course geared to addressing your specific needs, getting you speaking fluently, and giving you confidence to succeed at A level!
15 hours tuition at the kitchen table (10 AM-1PM) includes:
Reading comprehension (newspaper articles).
Listening (recorded and live material)
Individual fluency improvement
Writing and Grammar
Work on the Set Text/Film
At all other times (at mealtimes, on walks, etc) you are encouraged to take every opportunity to speak with your teachers and classmates in French.Interaction in real situations with native French speakers will boost your language confidence. We guarantee you'll learn 30-40 new words per day.
The Michel Thomas French Language Builder mp3 and CD is available for you to listen to in free study time. Improve your listening skills and knowledge of France watching French TV in the evenings.
We encourage you to spend free study time reviewing what we’ve seen in lessons and to keep a daily French diary (un journal intime) of what you have done, seen, experienced. (There will be time for your own revision of other A-level subjects).
Your Hosts & Tutors
David and Michèle Lambert have degrees in French from Cambridge and Manchester Universities. We’re both fluent users of French and each has 30+ years language teaching experience. We’ve taught various subjects at l'Université de Lille, le Lycée Perrier (Marseille), Cambridge Regional College, The Open University, Cambridge Arts and Sciences (CATS), Hills Road Sixth Form College and Anglia Ruskin University. In our tenth year of welcoming students to our home Le Verger, we’re committed to addressing your individual needs to help you actually enjoy preparation for A Level French — and get the grade you need!
£395 Full board, tuition, visits, airport transfers in France
(£50 own room supplement)
Prices do not include Ryanair flights Stansted – Limoges
Possible outside visits
A prepared visit to the mayor’s parlour in our village to hear a talk on le développement durable or local tourism (sustainable development).
Une visite guidée of the St Yrieix library and its 12th century illuminated bible, by Mme Lamy.
Une ballade (a walk) in the Perigord countryside with Mme Duteil from the village (she will converse with you in French).
Visit to a French market (Excideuil or Objat) and street questionnaire.
(with parental agreement, you’re free to go off in small groups to walk in your free time. There’s a café bar in the village 1.5 km away…)
We may have lunch in a restaurant (plat du jour + dessert 12’50 euro).
Bring spending money for a coffee in a café and your own shopping (no more than 50 euro)
Let us know in confidence of any dietary, medical or other needs (we stop at a supermarché on arrival where you can buy specific foods ie gluten/sugar free products).
It is important you are all on the same outward and return Ryanair flight to Limoges to facilitate transfers to and from Le Verger. NB. Wait for us to let you know when you can go ahead and book your flight, and from which airport. Travellers by train can be picked up / dropped off at Limoges-Benedictins rail station at a time which coincides within an hour or so with airport collection/drop offs. We charge £12 per person each way for group airport pick ups and £15 each way for rail station pick ups. If you require a separate pick up or drop off, a local taxi costs 140-160 euros and we charge £80.
What to bring
(Towels and Wifi are provided )
very warm jumper (it can get cold at 410 m altitude!)
slippers /warm socks
trainers for walks
small notepad for visits
exercise book for classes
European adapter plugs
EU health card
Medicines you need (hay fever, travel sickness)