Learn French and gastronomy course

Rhone-Alpes, Lyon, France

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Whatever your level from elementary to advanced; learning French in Lyon is the best way to accelerate your language learning experience. Immerse yourself in the local French culture and progress rapidly practising your new found skills in your free time.

Combine your French course with learning about Lyon's rich gastronomic culture on this French and Gastronomy course in the UNESCO city of Lyon.

You will be taught to speak French by highly qualified native French speakers who have a passion for teaching and use proven language teaching techniques.

In the afternoons, you will take part in many cultural activities centred around the history of cuisine and culture in Lyon. Activities include guided tours of fascinating museums and areas of Lyon and one evening you will enjoy an intimate cooking demonstration chez Janine followed by a tasting of the delicious food. Immerse yourself in the delicious cuisine as well as fantastic cookery themed activities while practicing and perfecting your French language skills.

Get more from your holiday, learn French and gastronomy, have fun, meet new people and take home two new skills that will stay with you forever.

- Suitable for all levels from elementary to advanced French learners
- This course is NOT suitable for beginner French learners
- Minimum age 18

Who are our guests?
- People come from all over the world and you’ll never be placed in a class with just English speakers so that you use the language you are learning rather than resorting to chatting in English
- Ages vary, but the typical language learner falls in to the 20-60 age bracket though we have no age limit and we’ve had guests in their 70s and 80s studying languages with us
- During the summer and in university holiday times the average age typically drops and there are many guests in their 20s
- Over 90% of our language learners travel solo and every school organises social and cultural activities to help you get to know others at the school outside of class
- Of course, everyone shares a passion or interest in discovering a new language and culture

French and gastronomy course start days
- The school is open year round with a break for Christmas
- French and gastronomy courses start on selected Mondays throughout the year
- If you book the optional accommodation with this learning holiday, you’ll check-in on Sunday before the course starts

How will I learn French?
- Lessons are focused on having fun and classes are highly interactive
- You will focus on the four main language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening
- There will be individual and group work such as role plays and conversation practice
- You’ll also work on developing your grammar in practical contexts
- You will learn with a wide range of teaching aids; language text books, French press, audio/video, French songs or games and each week your linguistic skills are assessed to ensure you are always in the right group for your level
- All lessons are given in French for all levels as this is a proven teaching method that ensures you rapidly progress

What will I learn during the gastronomy course?
- Lyon is famous for its wines and gastronomy so this course is perfect for discovering Lyon’s cuisine and traditions
- During the week you will take part in a cooking demonstration and gastronomy guided tours around Lyon where you will discover Lyon’s food specialities and history and learn about French cooking traditions
- On Monday you will have a guided orientation tour of Lyon where your guide will point out and tell you about the history of the city's bistrots, chocolatiers, patissiers and many more
- On Tuesday there is an open top bus tour of Lyon to learn about the city's history and culture
- On Wednesday you will join sommelier, Laurent, for a wine tasting where you will sample some delicious French wines
- On Thursday there is a guided tour of one of Lyon's famous 'quartiers' so you can get to know the city from the eyes of a local
- On Friday afternoon there is a guided tour of the Musee des Canuts 
- The week finishes with a cooking demonstration held chez Janine who will show you how to prepare typical Lyonnais dishes followed by a tasting of the delicious food in good company
- Learn lots of new French vocabulary related to food and cooking
- All the extra activities will be in French so this is a perfect way to practise and development your French language skills

Sample French dishes
Please note these dishes are examples of what may be included on the cookery demonstration:
Mousse au chocolat
Beef Bourguignon
Salad dressings
Different kinds of dough that can be used for quiches and pies
Tomatoes provençales
Criques (Potato crêpes, a speciality from Lyon)
Lentil salad (another speciality from Lyon)

French course schedule
- Classes start at 9am each day depending on your language level
- Please note that classes start at 9.45am on Monday
- Classes run daily Monday through to Friday each week
- You will have 3 group classes per day lasting 45 minutes each

Gastronomy course schedule
- Gastronomy activities take place at various time throughout the week in the afternoon or evening and you will be given a full timetable on arrival

Free time in Lyon
Many people on these holiday courses travel solo as they make perfect singles holidays so the language school organises a host of social and cultural activities each week to help you to get to know your fellow classmates and to integrate you into the French way of life, some activities are free and others have a small charge and may include:
- Guided tours of the historical town centre of Lyon and its museums and galleries
- Tastings of local products, such as, wine, cheese, chocolate and much more
- Excursions to the Alps to ski in the winter months 
- Parties and picnics
- Afternoon trips on the Rhône
- Cinema visits
- Theatre workshops
- You will have plenty of free time to explore the local area and practice your new found language skills or just kick back and relax on this language learning holiday

French language level test
- Please arrive at the school by 8am on your first day for a short oral level test
- You will also be required to complete an online written level test before you arrive at the school
- This test will assess your understanding of the language and will help the course organisers to place you in the right group class for your level

Other information
- We recommend that you take a small French dictionary, pens and paper with you

Optional accommodation
- This language school offers optional accommodation staying with a local French family to immerse yourself in the French culture and practice your French
- More information and prices can be found under the 'Optional accommodation' tab

Compulsory extras
- Please note that this school charges a compulsory course enrolment fee, this is not included in the price and will be charged as an extra during the booking process, prices can be found under the 'Costings & extras' tab

Go learn to speak French in Lyon and combine with a French gastronomy course on this learning holiday with a difference.