A few words from students on our residential courses . . .
We were delighted to return to Gourdon for a third French course to take advantage of the excellent teaching set up with Giles and Thierry. They make a great team and a lot of thought went into each lesson. Learning French with a soupçon of humour thrown in is tops! We also enjoyed the company of the other students on the course.
Each day after lunch with Giles and Thierry we had outings to such places as the beautiful Jardins d’Eyrignac, un Rallye in Sarlat and the village of La Roque-Gageac where we had an excursion on the river Dordogne “en gabare”, a boat formerly used for transporting goods.
It is a really lovely environment in which to learn the language. Gourdon is an interesting hill top town where one can explore "les petites ruelles" and take in the history of the place.
Pamela, Oxfordshire, UK
Paul & Ann, Herts, UK
I had a great week and would summarise by saying that I have come away with a lot in my learning toolbox. Obviously I am at the start of the journey but am enthused now, not just at the prospect of reaching the destination, but also about the journey itself.
Many thanks to you and to Thierry for a great week. I’m sure you have heard this before but if I had been lucky enough to have that kind of teaching 30 years ago, I would be writing this thank you email to you now in French…
I will return (and, yes this is a threat).
Matt, Surrey, UK
I really enjoyed every aspect of my time in Gourdon. The course was excellent; I felt it was well geared to meet my needs and the teaching was spot on. I enjoyed the 'two teacher' approach and I think you are fortunate to have someone with Thierry's qualities working at the school. The balance of teaching, lunch and activities worked extremely well. My fellow course members were good companions and the chemistry between us worked well. My hosts were great; they made me very welcome and their hospitality was extremely generous. Gourdon itself is a terrific location, with so much to offer. Thanks for an excellent course!
Peter, Derby, UK
My husband and I, together with two close friends, attended a course in July 2017. It was thoroughly enjoyable, just 8 students of various abilities divided
into 2 classes. The teaching was excellent and classes very relaxed and great fun. Tuition was just during the morning with 2 sessions and an enjoyable coffee and croissant break
in between. Afterwards we all enjoyed lunch together in a local restaurant, sometimes in Gourdon itself or a pretty village not far away. Then we all piled into our 'professeurs'
cars and set off for one of the many tourist attractions nearby such as a boat trip on the Dordogne at La Roque Gageac, another day a trip to the Grottes de Cougnac, with commentaries in
French of course!
We all got on extremely well, a great bunch (from Australia, NZ and America).
This is a particularly beautiful part of France - and a lovely setting for a memorable holiday and a chance to considerably improve one's French in just a week.
Anne & Huw, Savoie, France
The course was exactly what I’d been looking for – a combination of great quality teaching with a fun approach to immersion in the local culture. I came away feeling so much more confident about speaking and the guided tours were particularly good for improving listening skills. The long lunches in carefully selected restaurants were a joy and, to complete the experience, I’d strongly recommend staying with a host family. My hosts were so warm and welcoming and they adapted their language perfectly to the two different levels of their guests – the long evenings of good food, wine and conversation will long be remembered!
Tania, Gillingham, Kent, UK
We had a marvelous and educational week. Giles, you are a truly gifted teacher. We enjoyed every minute of our lessons with you. Your insights into language and culture were wonderful and your enthusiasm for French language and culture was infectious. Thank you so much. We have many rich memories of our week here to take home with us. Merci!
Mark, Gillian and Kate, Ontario, Canada
An enjoyable and challenging experience with interactive and engaging tuition from Giles and Thierry. I could never have imagined that I would laugh so much during a week of immersive French. Gourdon and the surrounding area is beautiful and I really valued the time with my warm and gracious host. Would highly recommend.
Rachel, Welwyn, UK
Sherry, Portland, Oregon, USA
I thought that the course was fantastic and will be a holiday up there as one of my favorites. To say that attending a French school was a holiday seems a little contradictory but you and Thierry manage to bring a charm and lightness of touch which is inspiring and a learning environment which is relaxed and enjoyable. We almost felt part of the community after spending one week there with our hosts and meeting all of your acquaintances! The key lesson for me was the modal verbs; it's opened up so many little every day sentences which I couldn't form before. I've already recommended the course to colleagues in the office; hopefully you'll meet them soon.
Katie and Simon, Aberdeen, UK
I am now at my sister's in England, and was sorry to leave France. By the end of my time there, I felt an enormous improvement in my ability to sustain prolonged conversations, and I have you and Marie to thank for giving me greater confidence and skill in using the language. Once again, it was a magic time for me, and I thank you for giving me that wonderful opportunity. I will certainly recommend your course to others.
Joanne, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
I thought that the course was very well structured and the content was also excellent. Each day was themed and timed very well to provide a manageable amount of information. Thierry was an
excellent instructor and made adjustments to the course content to suit my abilities. I would also rate Thierry excellent in terms of explanation, teaching of different tenses, creating
appropriate exercises, encouragement, and creating an easy going ambiance for the classes. The course has provided me with the capability to use past and future tenses, and also significantly
increased my conversational vocabulary. I would highly recommend the course for anyone wanting to take their basic French to the next level or beyond.
Danny, Witney, Oxfordshire, UK
Thank you for all the touches that make visiting and staying in a new place so welcoming. The French course has been extending and exciting and the associated visits very interesting and linguistically challenging. The lunches were very expanding!
Lesley, Auckland, NZ