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Learn French in Montpellier, by David (Switzerland)

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Learn French in Montpellier, by David (Switzerland)

If you’re constantly in contact with French people, you will learn French much easier. Mont-pellier inhabitants are very open people, dominated by southern influence; they like to talk a lot. It is therefore easy to come in contact with them and to learn French by talking with them. Being in Montpellier offers the advantage of first-hand experiences. With various festivals (Festival de la Musique and the Estivals, a weekly wine festival including tasting) and activities around the main Square Place de la Comédie; Montpellier is a very lively city that has a lot to offer. There are many students in Montpellier, so your language immersion in Montpellier will be fun, and never boring.

Besides Montpellier there are other places nearby offering excellent destinations for day trips on weekends. The ILA French immersion school offers every Saturday full day trips to the nearby UNESCO sites. Highly recommended is the port city of Sète, which is about 30 minutes away. The old town is very beautiful and the beaches are very nice, like in Montpellier. I also visited Avignon. The Palais des Papes and the Pont d’Avignon are really worth seeing, and the narrow streets on the historic center are truelly beautiful.

Another plus point for Montpellier is the proximity to the sea. On Mondays and Fridays, the French immersion course at ILA ends at 12h15 and therefore you have enough time to go to the sea. There are several beaches and thus different ways to get there. Montpellier is very well-connected with a tram network, which brings you in the vicinity of the beach. Besides, there is also the possibility to go to the beach by bus. You can also take a bicycle, which can be rented cheaply in Montpellier.

Take a French Language Immersion Program at ILA

The ILA French immersion school offers different kind of residential accommodation or accommodation in a host family. My choice was the host family, because I was convinced that I can learn more French and have more contact with local people and learn therefore more about their culture. Of course, compared to rooms in a residence you have to adapt a bit more to the family life, but there are many benefits of this type of accommodation. My host family is very helpful and courteous and I feel more like in a hotel! I do not have to look after the cooking or cleaning, but can learn French with them or I just enjoy the beautiful city of Montpellier.

The French Classes at ILA are very varied. The teachers involve all students in the course and always encourage you to participate actively. Listening comprehension, reading com-prehension and developing the oral skills are part of the every-day work. These elements are repeated weekly with varied themes, which are often associated with the news. The aim is that students can improve by themselves. Moreover, the classes are divided into the international language levels from A1 to C2 according to the European Framework of language teaching. This allocation is based on a placement test, which all participants fill in prior to arrival.

In order to have a successful language immersion stay in France, it is important that you feel comfortable. Fellow students, who all have the same goal as you, to learn French and enjoy their time in Montpellier, will help you. At the ILA French immersion school you learn French while having fun. ILA offers many local activities so that you can meet a lot of people, even outside your class; such as: city tours, language exchange programs with locals, tapas eve-nings, wine tastings, cheese and local products, parties on a boat or in a bar, Pétanque af-ternoons, etc.

If you need any help or assistance locally, the ILA welfare team is great. You can always talk to them at the reception desk and they will answer you with a big smile. I can really recommend a French language immersion course at ILA in Montpellier. I am having a wonderful time here.

David, Switzerland (ILA student)