Montpellier is an incredibly elegant city in the south of France and is a beautiful location for your French course. The city is not quite as old as some others, having been established in the 10th Century, but there is still plenty of history and culture to discover here. Young students love Montpellier because of the vibrant, youthful atmosphere, which is perhaps due to the large population of university students. Montpellier has a reputation as a centre of learning and the city’s university is, in fact, one of the oldest in Europe.
This area is known for its fantastic weather, experiencing as much as 300 days of sunshine per year! Although Montpellier is inland, it is not far from the coast and students taking this programme can expect to visit the beach during their stay.
Our French course for young students in Montpellier takes place in a private school close to the centre of Montpellier, just 15 minutes’ walk from Place de la Comédie.
On arrival at the school you will take a level test to determine which group you are placed in. Your group will be small, with a maximum of 15 students per class, all of whom will be of a similar level to yourself. You will cover all aspects of the language so that you may improve your overall level, although there will be an emphasis on the everyday, practical usage of the language. In real terms, this means that there will be lots of speaking and listening.
From the very beginning of your course, your lessons will be in French, so that you are totally immersed in the language. This is by far the best way to learn. Your teachers will be native French speakers who will be fully qualified to teach French as a foreign language. In addition, they will be very experienced in teaching students of your age group and will know how to keep you engaged during lessons. You will be given some homework and your activities will also be in French, so as to give you plenty of practice!
If you are aged 11-14 years, you will need to stay with a carefully selected host family during your course. If you are aged 14-17 years, you can choose between host family and student residence accommodation, although please note that these accommodations offer different going out permissions (please see the ‘Supervision’ section below). Both options are offered on a full board basis.
Host family accommodation is the best option in terms of maximising the amount of progression you will be able to make during the time you have available. This is because your hosts will be native French speakers, who will welcome you into their home and encourage you to practice speaking French with them. Our colleagues at the school will have visited your hosts before they started working with them, to assess whether the accommodation they offer is suitable for students, and they will continue to visit them regularly to ensure that the standard of accommodation is maintained. Host families do live in various areas and whilst some may live within walking distance of the school, you should anticipate that you may need to take public transport to the school (maximum 35 minutes). You will share your room with another student from the school with whom you should be able to travel.
Student residence accommodation is suitable for students aged 14-16 years. You will have a single studio with a fully-equipped kitchenette and an en-suite bathroom. The residence also offers a common room, study area and a lovely patio. You will be provided with all your meals, which you will take at the school which is located just a few minutes’ walk from the residence, or in local cafes or restaurants. A packed lunch is provided at weekends. Members of staff stay in the residence to provide 24 hour supervision and support. The residence is located just 15 minutes’ walk from the Place de la Comédie, Montpellier’s central square.
Activities are included in the course price and will not only keep you entertained, but, as they will be conducted in French, will also give you extra speaking and listening practice! The exact activities will vary from week to week, but some examples of typical activities include: guided tour of the city; beach volleyball and other beach games/sports; quizzes; discos; karaoke; swimming; cinema; bowling; and sports such as basketball, football and tennis.
Excursions will also be organised regularly (usually one half-day and one full-day excursion per week) to places such as Nîmes, Avignon, the Camargue and Sète.
Full supervision will be provided whilst you are in lessons, on activities and in your accommodation. You will need to make your own way to and from the school each day and you will also have some free time
If you are staying with a host family, you must return to your accommodation as soon as evening activities finish and, on days where no evening activity is scheduled you must stay in your accommodation (this is a great time to practice speaking French with your hosts!).
If you stay in the student residence, you will be permitted some limited free time in the evenings, which you are permitted to spend in the city centre. However, a member of staff will accompany students to and from the city centre and you will be expected to return to your accommodation by 23.30 during the week and by midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
Airport transfers are not included in the course price, but can be arranged from Montpellier, Nîmes or Marseille Airports, or from the train/bus station in Montpellier. Please contact us for details.