As part of the total “Language Experience” offered by French à la Carte, there are several opportunities for our adult students to attend full immersion days or weeks, in Australia or overseas, particularly in France.
French à la Carte has been offering these immersions for many years. There have been several trips to CREA-Langues, a language school based in a former monastery in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie in Provence, including the most recent one in June 2019.
In 2017, French à la Carte organised a total immersion week in the Dordogne region of South West France, and in 2018 we took a group to Nouméa for a French immersion in paradise!
We have also organised several 2 to 4 day immersion trips within NSW to places such as Bowral, Bungendore (with our partner Le Très Bon restaurant) or in the Hunter Valley.
What is a French immersion like?
The purpose of our immersions is to create an environment where only French is spoken. No English is allowed during the whole stay! It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it very quickly becomes easier and easier, and you are guaranteed to make significant progress in your understanding and speaking in a very short time.
During an immersion, students typically attend classes in the morning and participate in activities during the afternoon, whilst continuing to speak French. Students are taught by French à la Carte teachers or qualified native speaker teachers from overseas service providers. We take all our meals together, and optional activities are offered in the evenings, such as playing games, or chatting around the fireplace. The last evening, there is usually a dress up party where we all have a lot of fun!
Accommodation is organised in hotels, in individual rooms or shared rooms for those who would like to travel with a friend or partner. Please note however that everyone participating in the immersion, including partners, must adhere to the rule of speaking only French during the entire stay.
Our immersions are usually split into two groups of different levels: Intermediate and Advanced. Each group can take up to 20 participants, with one or two French à la Carte teacher(s) accompanying the group.
Can everyone enrol in your immersions?
Yes, provided your level of French is good enough.
Everyone is welcome to join our immersions, whether they have been students with us or not. For non French à la Carte students, we’ll assess if your level of French is sufficient to participate in the immersion before confirming your booking.
Our next immersions
- A 4-day local immersion in the Hunter Valley in February 2022 (see dates and more information below)
- A 10-day overseas immersion in the Basque Country in France, late 2021 or early 2022 (originally planned in October 2021, but postponed due to COVID-19).
- A 7-day overseas immersion in Noumea, New Caledonia, in late 2022 or early 2023 (originally planned in June 2020, but cancelled due to COVID-19).