Immersion Program

Anne has been offering linguistic stays in France for over 25 years, helping her students to make progress in French in a fun, effective, and efficient way.

Over the years, she’s come to realize that people wanted more than just a classroom experience while staying in beautiful France. So, although Anne still offers her regular, fantastic program, she’s expanding IPF’s horizons. She’s now offering four types of programs: the regular IPF, focus IPFs, a VIP IPF and “À l’école”, two IPFs: one for schools and one for teachers. Check them out on this page.

— All of Anne’s IPFs – Immersion Programs in France – are conducted in French. —

Immersion Program in France – Description

Picture yourself studying French in the countryside in France, in a small quaint village. Nothing there to distract you from making progress. Yet, your field trips to the nearby, exciting city of Rennes make your studies fun, lively and rewarding.

FH’s well-rounded immersion program offers rigorous instruction, with vocabulary, grammar and culture insights in and out of the classroom. The program is taught by Anne, a highly trained, experienced teacher and an enthusiastic, native French guide.

Worry-free program – you just show up to learn, Anne takes care of your transportation, your lodging, your fantastic meals, and your classes and programs, of course. What more could you ask for?

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Practical Details

    • Program duration is from Sunday to Sunday
    • Set in rural France, next to Rennes, Brittany, in a quaint small village. You get to stay at Anne’s 19th century family farm with a beautiful garden
    • All levels, depending on the program you choose. If you have a question about your level or take the French Proficiency here or here or contact Anne.
    • The program features an ‘all included’ price- pick-up and drop-off at the Rennes train station, hours of French instruction, lodging (see accommodations at the farm here), full board (3 meals/day unless we’re out), visits.
    • See pictures from past IPFs here
    • Free access to all the courses on the site
    • Ask about Anne’s Risk-free – Satisfaction Guaranteed Policy
    • Price is set per person in Euros – check your currency with this converter (enter your currency in the window) to know how much to send Anne

Depending where you come from, make sure you have the proper visa to stay in France. Anne can assist you with your trip to Rennes, Brittany. She’s also here to answer any other question.

Immersion Program in FranceThree happy students during the immersion program, IPF

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All the IPFs

Going Native

Regular Linguistic IPF Program – This is Anne’s regular, popular program. When you register for this IPF, you’ll learn French, practice, evaluate your learning and make progress in a beautiful place, in a relaxed and fun environment.

  • any level – DELF A/Level 1, DELF B/Level 2 and DELF C/Level 3 – first to enroll determines the level of that week’s program
  • maximum 5 students
  • 60 hours of French instruction
  • full access to the web site courses
  • generally, classroom time in the morning and follow-up outings in the afternoon. However, it’s your program, and anything you want as a group goes
  • a visit on Saturday
  • optional cooking lessons every day
  • cost – €1,200
Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk in France

Nature Hikes and Day trips – This program is designed for people who would like to learn to speak French while walking around Thourie, hiking through the French countryside and eating delicious French food; Eat, Walk, Learn!

  • any level – DELF A/Level 1, DELF B/Level 2 and DELF C/Level 3 – first to enroll determines the level of that week’s program
  • maximum 5 students
  • full access to the web site courses
  • walk every day, at least half the day
  • hike a 10 K-path around Thourie
  • 7 days of nature and fitness in French, of course
  • visit Rennes, Nantes, 2 beautiful historic cities nearby
  • optional cooking lessons every day
  • cost – €1,200
What’s Cooking?

French Cooking and French speaking – In this program, we’ll speak and cook French family meals. Learn Anne’s secrets on making a mayonnaise, don’t even think twice about making a mousse au chocolat next time you have friends over, amaze your guests with a soufflé brunch. This IPF is for any level French speaker who is also a beginner or intermediate cook.

  • any level – DELF A/Level 1, DELF B/Level 2 and DELF C/Level 3 – first to enroll determines the level of that week’s program
  • maximum 5 students
  • full access to the web site courses
  • learning French every day
  • cooking family French dishes
  • every student leaves the program with a complete e-book of recipes they can use later
  • cost – €1,500
Meeting the Saints

Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo – This “Meeting the Saints” IPF has an overnight trip to Le Mont Saint-Michel and to Saint-Malo, 2 historic gorgeous cities by the sea. We’ll get to see the beautiful view from the top of the abbey of Le Mont Saint-Michel. If your group is up for it that week and if the weather allows, we’ll take a walk on the quick sand that surrounds the Mont. I promise I’ll bring every one home safe! In Saint-Malo, we’ll walk on the ramparts to circle the whole city – about an hour’s walk and visit this beautiful intra-muros city.

  • any level – DELF A/Level 1, DELF B/Level 2 and DELF C/Level 3 – first to enroll determines the level of that week’s program
  • maximum 5 students
  • full access to the web site courses
  • 3 days of regular instruction and half-day outings
  • 2 days out to visit the Saints
  • single room in a starred hotel
  • meals in starred restaurants
  • optional cooking lessons on the days at the farm
  • cost – €1,800
Out West

Go to the Wild West of Brittany – This IPF features a 3-day trip to Vannes, Pont-Aven, Quimper, Douarnenez, and Crozon. In Pont-Aven, we’ll meet painters In Vannes, we’ll have lunch and walk around a beautifully well-preserved medieval town. In quaint Pont-Aven, we’ll follow Paul Gaugin’s path. We’ll sleep in Quimper and visit a faïencerie or just walk around this busy old quarters and shops. We’ll pass by Douarnenez and eat Kouign-amann. In Crozon, we’ll walk on the “sentiers des douaniers”, along the sea coast.

  • any level – DELF A/Level 1, DELF B/Level 2 and DELF C/Level 3 – first to enroll determines the level of that week’s program
  • maximum 5 students
  • 2 days of regular instruction and half-day outings
  • 3 days out to visit the West of Brittany
  • full access to the web site courses
  • single room in a starred hotel
  • meals in starred restaurants
  • optional cooking lessons on the days at the farm
  • cost – €2,350
Programme sur Mesure

Anything goes – In addition to her regular program, Anne is now offering a 100% VIP stay where she will create a custom program tailored to your individual tastes, needs and skills. This VIP program is generally for only one person. She’s also launching a semi-custom program where you get to pick and choose from several pre-prepared options Anne has concocted carefully to serve your French needs.

  • any level – DELF A/Level 1, DELF B/Level 2 and DELF C/Level 3 – first to enroll determines the level of that week’s program
  • full access to the web site courses
  • this VIP program is generally for 1 person. However, if you come with friends, who want to do exactly the same things, that’s even better. Come with a friend and get 5% discount, come with 2 friends and get 10% discount
  • examples of thing we can do together: we can study any topic in depth, we can visit castles – in Brittany, not in Spain – we can go over currents events and news, read French literature, knit in French, go to French gardens, you name it!
  • keep the seasons in mind when you choose your program
  • cost – TBD in Euros
College Course

Language IPF Program for College Students – In this IPF, Anne works closely with teachers and students alike to follow up on the curriculum and make your learning successful in a beautiful place, and a relaxed environment.

  • any level – DELF A/Level 1, DELF B/Level 2 and DELF C/Level 3 – first to enroll determines the level of that week’s program
  • maximum 5 students
  • 60 hours of French instruction
  • full access to the web site courses
  • generally, classroom time in the morning and follow-up outings in the afternoon
  • a visit on Saturday
  • optional cooking lessons every day
  • cost – €1,200
Teachers’ Week

Teaching Approaches and Methods for French Teachers – In this Teacher Training IPF, Anne works closely, in Brittany, with primarily non-native teachers of French as a Foreign Language – ACTFL and FLE, with the goal of improving the authenticity of the experience they provide in their French classrooms.

  • first to enroll determines the focus and level of that week’s program
  • maximum 5 teachers
  • 60 hours of French practical teaching tips, brainstorming teaching approaches, fixing possible classroom issues, going over modern French expressions, current events, and politics
  • full access to the web site courses
  • generally, classroom time in the morning and follow-up outings in the afternoon
  • a visit on Saturday
  • optional cooking lessons every day
  • cost – €1,600

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Dates

2016 DatesRegular IPFIPF With A ThemeVIP IPF'À l'école' IPF
November 13 to 20------------------------------FULL---------------
December 4 to 11------------------------------ FULL---------------

2017 DatesRegular IPFIPF With A ThemeVIP IPF'À l'école' IPF
March 26 to April 2AvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable
April 2 to 9AvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable
August 27 to September 3AvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable
September 3 to 10AvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable
September 10 to 17AvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable
More dates TBA____________________________________

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What Do Past Students Say?

In the following video, Colin describes his recent stay in Brittany, France.

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Check out past IPF’s pictures

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Comment from Kathy – Solo IPF Immersion week – December 2016

It was a lovely stay with Anne, again,  in the Breton countryside surrounded by rolling hills of green in December.  This was my second IPF with Anne, and I enjoyed it as much as my first.  The accommodations were very comfortable, and the food was delicious and plentiful.  Most importantly, we spoke French every day, and Anne patiently helped me to constantly improve.  I look forward to returning soon for a third immersion stay!

Comment from Pam – Solo IPF Immersion week – November 2016

What a week Anne and I had on my IPF-VIP! Anne planned an itinerary that somehow managed to include all of the places I had said I would like to see.

 

We started with a visit to Anne’s small village of Thourie and the nearby bustling capital city of Rennes. The next day, we hopped into her hardy little car and headed west. We savored galettes, a traditional Breton dish, in the picturesque village of Rochefort-en-Terre. Further down the road, we took a stroll along narrow cobbled streets in the walled city of Vannes.

 

We stayed overnight in medieval Quimper, with its magical square, soaring cathedral and flower-bedecked quays. We paid a visit to the Henriot-Quimper faïencerie, which, for centuries, has made colorful hand-painted pottery.

 

We then headed out to Crozon, on the western tip of France. Along the way, we stopped at the village of Douarnenez, where a small bakery makes the best Kouign-amann in the country. (The sweet and buttery pastry is shipped daily to Paris). In Crozon, we came across just the sort of small bookstore I had hoped to find. The cozy shop had the latest French publications, calendars and magazines.

 

As we drove back to Thourie, we stopped at Pont-Aven, a 19th-century haven and inspiration for Paul Gauguin and other artists of the impressionist school. As you can imagine, the town’s museum is a little gem.

 

After a night in my comfortable quarters at Les Burons, Anne’s family farm, we headed to the seaside city of Saint-Malo, once home to privateers. I walked the granite ramparts that enclose the historic section of the city, which is known as Intra-Muros. It was rebuilt stone by stone after its complete destruction during World War II. Today, it is a shopping paradise, where I found gifts from placemats to classic striped Breton tops, for family and friends. Later, Anne and I took advantage of low tide and trekked out to the tidal island of Grand Bé to visit the tomb of François-René de Chateaubriand, a 19th-century writer, historian and diplomat.

 

Anne chose three charming French hotels. Our accommodations in Crozon and Saint-Malo offered breathtaking ocean views, and their restaurants served superb gourmet meals. One evening, Anne put together an equally delicious French picnic.

 

The Bretons are friendly and relaxed. They have truly preserved a way of life, from their architecture and rolling countryside to the patisseries, art galleries, bistros and small shops lining historic squares and lanes.

 

Of course, an important goal of my visit was to gain more fluency in French. Anne made certain that would happen. We spoke only in French, and she employed her inventive and effective teaching methods to make me comfortable speaking with the many people we encountered. She has a great gift for setting up her students to succeed.

 

My French fluency was truly tested when I arrived at Charles DeGaulle Airport to fly back to Boston. The lines everywhere were long and tempers were short. Many people had very little time to make their flights, including a shy woman just behind me. She spoke no English and was very worried. I urged her – in French – to inquire if she could be put into a much shorter line that was dedicated to business class passengers. She succeeded, and, as she disappeared through a gate, she turned, smiled and waved.  Un bon moment pour moi!

 

 

 

Anne is a warm and friendly companion who is full of good humor and fun. I will savor the memories of a week in Brittany with Anne.

Comment from Colin – Regular IPF Immersion week – May 2016

Which French Hour products did you use?
French Immersion Program
How Would You Rate Our Lessons?
Excellent
How Would You Rate Anne’s Teaching?
Excellent
Testimony
A really first class week in and around Thourie under Anne’s excellent guidance. Due to all the difficulties in France, the strikes, lack of petrol, Anne had to really redo the IPF program from scratch. This involved walks and biking around the area and meeting plenty of local people- what a delight!
Anne put so much energy and passion into the revised programme but was also incredibly patient in correcting my mistakes and helping to develop my spoken French. She also got a non- cooking guy into the kitchen and we had some excellent food and wine.
Top marks for a great teacher and a great hostess- wish I could do it all over again!

Comment from Yvonne – Regular IPF Immersion week – October 2014

French immersion with Anne in Thourie was great! The activities were varied, challenging and enjoyable. I loved the excursions with little tests along the way. Anne has boundless energy and a passion for the language and culture that comes through in her teaching. She is thorough, well prepared and adjusts her teaching methods to the needs of the students. With her patience and encouragement I achieved my goal of gaining confidence in speaking French. Anne’s group management skills are formidable! I admired the way she organized all our class activities, cooking sessions and excursions. She was able to get us all working together in a very short time. I met some lovely people and learned a lot of French. Thank you Anne for taking care of us and thank you for working so hard to make our time in Thourie so much fun.

Comment from Kathy – Regular IPF Immersion week – October 2014

This is a fun, stress-free, convivial week of learning French with Anne at her family home of Les Burons in the beautiful Breton countryside; classes are always small, only three to five students. Unlimited opportunities to speak in French abound, and one is always gently encouraged to ask questions and participate in everything. Anne’s teaching methods make learning fun all day. During the breaks, one can use the wifi, relax, or take a walk to see the neighboring farms, which are inhabited by cows, horses, and ponies. Then, after a delicious lunch prepared by Anne with the help of one or two of the students, Anne takes everyone to explore the quaint villages, see sites, or visit the nearby historical towns. Even on the afternoon tours, all are encouraged to continue learning, usually immersed in a project that Anne has suggested. Evenings at Les Burons are comfortable and friendly with lots of laughter during l’Apero, as those who wish help Anne prepare the meal. All become acquainted with many French as well as Breton customs, foods and drinks. After a long, happy day, students finally retire to their private rooms for a welcome rest, while listening to the owls hoot in the woods nearby.

Comment from Katie – Regular IPF Immersion week – September 2014

I just attended a full week immersion program with Anne at the farm in Thourie. It was am amazing experience. Not only is Anne an exceptional teacher, she is a wonderful guide for all of Bretagne. She put her heart and soul into the program and her love for the culture and language is profound and infectious. I came away with a renewed desire to improve my French language skills as well as a wonderful memories of the trip. Her patient and flexible approach to the course made it easy for all. Her sense of fun and enthusiasm are a natural gift and I strongly recommend this program to anyone with an interest in a unique and very personal approach to French language and cultural immersion.

Merci Anne!!

Comment from Jeana – Regular IPF Immersion week – September 2014

Just got back from Anne’s immersion class. I completely agree with Katie’s quote above. The classes were well thought out and we made significant progress. The accommodations at the beautiful farm were very comfortable, the meals were fun to cook and delicious, and the excursions to surrounding villages of Brittany were very interesting. Check out Anne’s Pinterest board to see our group in action.

Thanks!

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