LINGUISTIC HOLIDAY

Accommodation :

  • Our families and the accommodation have been carefully selected by our local coordinator, who will be in constant contact with the student throughout the holiday.
  • You will be staying with the host family, with your own private room.
  • It may be possible to accept two students with the same family (depending on availability).

Location of your holiday :

  • You will be staying in Béziers.

Dates :

  • We can accept bookings all year round, with the exception of the festive period between 20th December and 5th January.

How to book :

  • Return the completed booking form (available from the Hobson Centre) and make a deposit by bank transfer of 400 €. (The account number is attached to the booking form).

The Lessons :

  • Students will be placed in mini-groups according to their language level.
  • Individual tuition can be made available on request.
  • A computer and a multi-lingual library are available to the student in the Language Centre.
  • All of our tutors are native French speaking, and teach the language along with French etiquette and customs for a total immersion in the language and culture.
  • Lessons are from 09.00 to 13.00 every day, with a tea of coffee break at 11.00.
  • Afternoons are reserved for discovering the Languedoc Roussillon, its culture, cuisine, along with its sports and pastimes.

Programme :

The chef, Pierre Augé was the winner of the televised competition “Top Chef 2014”, (A menu of 23 € is included in the package price). Take a look for yourself at www.lamaisondepetitpierre.fr

EXCURSIONS :

  • Visit to the centre of Béziers and the 9 locks at Fonsérane, built by Pierre Paul Riquet :

Béziers was established by the Greeks in the VI century BC, and according to some archaeologists is one of the oldest towns in France. It is situated in the Languedoc Roussillon overlooking the River Orb and the Canal du Midi, in what is considered to be the largest vineyard in the world. Béziers is only 5km from the beach and 50 km from the mountains. As you will see during your holiday, Béziers is a charming town, full of both history and character.

  • Visit to Narbonne and its Roman remains :

Narbonne was founded in 118 BC, and was the first Roman colony outside Italy. To walk through the city centre streets is to discover over 2000 years of history. The former port of Narbonne was considered to be the 2nd largest in the North West Mediterranean after Ostia in Rome. Narbonne has many museums which reflect its rich history, which we will have the pleasure of sharing with you.

  • Visit to the port of Sète, known as “Little Venice”, and the Etang de Thau :

Sète is one of the largest ports on the French Mediterranean. A major tourist attraction in summer, it is nestled between the Etang de Thau on one side and the Mediterranean on the other. The town stretches up The Mont Saint Clair, which provides a magnificent panoramic view of the town and the surrounding countryside.

  • Visit to Carcassonne and its medieval citadel :

This fortified medieval citadel, called “La Cité” dates back to Gallo-Roman times, and is one of the most impressive sights in the Languedoc Roussillon. It was the largest fortress in Europe and also includes a chateau and a basilica within its walls. Its system of defence is notable for both its size and complexity, and includes 52 towers and double defensive walls which stretch nearly 3km around the citadel. It is also remarkably well preserved, and dominates both the Aude valley and the adjacent new town of Carcassonne.

Today, the citadel is a major tourist attraction and includes several hotels, restaurants and shops, which attract tourists from all over the world. Its system of defence is notable for both its size and complexity, and includes 52 towers and double defensive walls which stretch nearly 3km around the citadel. It is also remarkably well preserved, and dominates both the Aude valley and the adjacent new town of Carcassonne. Today, the citadel is a major tourist attraction and includes several hotels, restaurants and shops, which attract tourists from all over the world.

  • Visit to Montpellier, the capital of the regional :

Close to the Mediterranean, Montpellier is the 8th largest town in France, is 1,000 years old is renowned for its thirst for culture and its sense of revelry. It is a modern 21st century city but retains the feel of another time, with its historic centre still the centre of the city, and having one the oldest medical university in the world still in operation. Today, Montpellier is a vibrant city with a flavour of times gone by.

  • Visit to Nimes and The Pont du Gard :

Nimes has a rich history dating back to ancient times. Today it retains many of its remarkable monuments from the Roman period, such as the amphitheatre and La Tour Magne, at the foot of which is the splendid Sanctuaire de la Fontaine.

The Pont du Gard is one of the most spectacular monuments in France. Built by the Romans in the 1st Century AD, it is comprised of 3 tiers of arches and was part of a 50km long aqueduct constructed to transport water from La Fontaine d’Eure, a collection of sources near Uzès, to the Roman town of Nemausus, which today we call Nimes.

  • Discover Valras Plage :

With the town centre right next to more than 4km of fine sandy beaches, Valras Plage is one of the most popular resorts in the Hérault. The town centre contains all you could possible need with a large variety of shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants. For people who prefer nature and wide open spaces, the wild beach to the east of the River Orb is where you can find “Les Orpillières”, a protected zone containing the highest dunes in the French Mediterranean

  • Discover Cap d'Agde :

Cap d’Agde, situated at the foot of an extinct volcano, the Mont Saint-Loop, is one of the largest leisure resorts on the French Mediterranean, and includes a pleasure port, marina, and many beaches where you can enjoy the sun and swim in the crystal clear sea. Away from the beach, in the town there is something for everybody, including the amusement park, water park, casino, bars, restaurants and night clubs.

  • Home Tuition

An alternative approach to traditional language learning ! Students study the French language while travelling and sightesseing in the Languedoc Roussillon. We offer a travelling teacher to accompany students on a sightseeing trip and the effect is full immersion into French language and culture. Couple and family programmes are becoming more popular as students swap their annual family holidays for a language learning experience. If they have specific objectives, or want to make the maximum progress in the shortest limited time, the flexibility of a home tuition course may be what they are looking for ; they live and learn in their tutor’s home or the tutor comes everyday to their rented accommodation. The course is designed for individual students who study what they need and they build confidence by speaking French all day. At any language school, extra activities can often prove a strong attraction. New options, apart from excursions, include cycling along the Canal du Midi and to the Mediterranean sea, golf, tennis and horse-riding or sailing. Tutors at home also meet very specific needs, such as exam preparation, business communication and job interview skills. Sudents willing to book individual courses know the progress they make in a week is very good !

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