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Learn French in Burgundy at Semur en Auxois at La Petite Classe

In the idyllic setting of the Armançon valley looking up to the towering citadel of Semur, Maryse Planel (right) offers residential French courses in part of the ancient Convent Minimes (below left) where she lives. Here she hosts one, two or three week courses. French is spoken throughout in a homely atmosphere; the bedrooms are simple, and the food, good. ‘I like the students to see French life, how the people live, their culture, and enjoy it all together,’ she says

La Petite Classe French Course, BurgundyIn the morning there are classes, 22 hours per week in all. After classes, it is a short walk up to the centre of the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois where further language immersion can continue with the locals in the cafes. Twice a week Maryse takes the students on a trip to local places of interest such as Fontenay Abbey. Each course has a maximum of two students so individual attention is assured. ‘A student needs to have studied the very basics before coming, such as the common verbs, in order to make the most of the course when here and be able to communicate a little’ she adds. Over three weeks great progress can usually be achieved.

Maryse, ‘your prof’, has been teaching French for over 20 years, not only in France but also in Helsinki and Tokyo. She loves meeting people and is keen to pass on her knowledge. ‘I take care to arrange the courses so that like-minded students come at the same time – this is important for the harmony in the house.’

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Looking up to the citadel Study or relax in the garden

The Convent provides an ideal backdrop to learning. This building, partly constructed in the 12thC and partly in the 17thC, lies in an idyllic position in the river valley. There is a terraced garden for students to work and relax in, and a friendly town on the doorstep to explore with glorious riverside walks.

the programme

The one, two and three week course includes: 22 hours teaching per week, accommodation, breakfast and lunch, (dinner can be prepared in Maryse’s kitchen, or eaten out), and two excursions per week.

Weekend Away

If you would like to test the water and see if this course is for you, weekends are also available to help improve your French. You will speak only French, go on an excursion and all meals are provided. If you just fancy a weekend break at the Convent for a holiday, Maryse will also welcome you.

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