Learn French in France
5 tips for a successful stay in language immersion
As we all know, France is able to boast a fascinating history, vibrant culture and great regional variety. As an Francophile and enthusiast about all things French you may want to spend several weeks or months in France, for professional or personal reasons. Maybe you have a house or business there? Or maybe you just ove the French way of life. Regardless of your reasons for spending time in France, you will want to make the most of your time and understand French life and culture better. Taking French courses in-country is the best way to acclimatise yourself, to familiarize yourself with the local culture, to build links with people in your neighborhood, and to understand French culture better.
Here are ESL’s 5 top tips to make the most of your language learning experience there!
Tip 1 – Know your motivations and objectives
You should identify your objectives and be sure that learning French through a language immersion stay is going to fulfil your specific needs. Consider your trip as an opportunity to progress in French and to share a linguistic and human experience with new acquaintances from all over the World.
While in total immersion within a French speaking culture, you will learn local expressions and sayings, learn to express yourself with other French speakers in any situation, but you will also get leisure opportunities to practice your favourite sport or try out a new activity popular in the area in which you are based.
Tip 2 – Choose a destination that fits your personality
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Learning French is possible in many exciting and beautiful places. It is down to you to choose the destination that best suits your mood and personality. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, opportunities to move around, cultural enrichment or making new friends, choose a destination that appeals to you. Consider for example the potential of the local culture the local climate, and the activities provided in your chosen destination.
If you want to find out for yourself how famously romantic French people are, we can only recommend a language course in Paris the gastronomic, cultural and cosmopolitan City of Lights.
If you’re your thing is art, culture and history, you will love studying in Lyon, the city on the move. Capital of contemporary dance, it is driven by positive energies, which will certainly make your nights unforgettable
If you’re more into literature and writing, think about Learning French in Rouen – the muse of some great writers and artists, Rouen’s sincerity and authenticity will definitely inspire you.
Tip 3 – Go for high quality but fun courses, taught by experienced teachers
Ask yourself first what are the goals you want to achieve in term of French language practice. Do you want to practice the language a lot, prepare for official exams, get opportunities to practice in specific sets of business situations? Do you want to attend courses taught in groups for the dynamism of the learning experience or rather sit down with a teacher dedicated to make you progress?
Remember that a language trip is your opportunity to improve your language skills; we believe the best way for that to happen is in a fun and stimulating environment.
Tip 4 – Pick a type of accommodation that suits your lifestyle
The choice of accommodation is a critical step in the planning of your French language travel programme. Indeed, it is essential that it feels comfortable, in order to help you learn the language in the best conditions. Think about how much independence or contact you need, and choose the option that is most suited to your lifestyle.
A host family is the ideal solution if you want to have close contact with French-speaking family members. It’s a real opportunity to learn useful expressions and discover the local customs.
Residential accommodation and campus are the option generally preferred by students who want to meet a lot of people from all around the world. Residential accommodations are real places of exchange, and a good opportunity to improve your French, as it is the “lingua franca” of the residence.
Hotels and private apartments are good for those who want more independence, or are planning to travel with friends or family. This type of accommodation is available for all budgets and guarantees a quiet workspace for the most studious.
Tip 5 – Make the most of free advice services with no obligation
Free advice service with no obligation is a must if you have never experienced a language immersion course. Make sure that the agency you go for gives you enough information about administration matters and accommodation options, courses and schools, and all other things to sort before your trip.
If you want more information about the organisation of your French language trip, take a look at this language travel guide. It provides a lot of information, which is designed to help you plan for an unforgettable language learning experience.
We hope you have a terrific language trip to France!
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