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France Cooking Holiday and Language Course

At Accent Francais, you will be delighted with the peacefulness of the biggest pedestrian area existing in France, its green squares and gardens, and of course the inimitable colors and smells of French typical markets. The surrounding area is perfect for more sporting activities, the city being just 15 minutes away from the Mediterranean beaches and near to rivers and mountains. Join Accent Francais for a fun French language and cooking holiday in Montpellier!

Meet the instructors

Accent Français Teaching Team
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Highlights

  • 24 cooking workshops
  • 60 French language lessons
  • Quality FLE recognition by the French Ministry
  • Awarded SuperStar French Language School (2017) by the Study Travel Magazine
  • Each lesson and workshop for 45 minutes
  • Ideal location in the heart of Montpellier
  • School certificate of attendance
  • 20 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


15 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (Fréjorgues Airport) (US$71 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Kitchen

Room at a French host

Carefully selected hosts living five to 45 minutes away from school. Transfer upon arrival in Montpellier and departure from Montpellier are ensured by the hosts for free with a one-week notice. The kitchen and bathroom are to be shared.

You will be greeted upon your arrival in Montpellier by your hosts and will enjoy a rich intercultural, linguistic, and human experience. You will practice French at home in a warm and secure atmosphere, your hosts will assist and guide you throughout this great cultural bath! ​​​​​​​Accent Français selects your host according to "YOUR" requirements: family structure, age, interests, location, living style, single or double bed, pets, smoking or not, diet, allergies, and any other request.

Tourist residence

The tourist residences, also known as Appart'Hotel, offer flats of a superior standard (air conditioning, TV, etc.) with bathroom and equipped kitchen. You will also benefit from a hotel service with a 24-hour reception, a breakfast room, as well as a bar, and a business corner (meals and drinks at your discretion). They are located within walking distance of the school.

The residences offer studios (1 or 2 persons) and 2 or 3 room flats. As these accommodations are in high demand, we advise you to think about booking well in advance.

Tourist residence - Marianne

This option is at a good location, only 15 minutes away by tramway or 25 minutes by walking. A private flat with bath facilities, kitchenette, A/C, TV, internet, and swimming pool on the roof (June to September).

  • Classic furnished studio: Good for 1 to 2 pax; equipped with a double bed or twin beds.

Tourist residence - Odalys Les Occitanes

This option is at an ideal location, only five minutes away from the school by walking. A private flat with bath facilities, kitchenette, A/C, TV, and internet.

  • Classic furnished studio (20 - 25 meters squared): Equipped with a double bed or twin beds.
  • Superior furnished studio (30 - 34 meters squared): Equipped with a double bed or twin beds.

Student residence - Private studio

This option is at an ideal location, only 10-20 minutes walk from the school. Great for individuals, the room is a 15-meter squared studio with a private bath, fully equipped kitchen, internet, and a single bed.

Program

Thanks to the French and cooking program. You will discover the joys of gourmet cuisine and French gastronomy in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Chef Armand Layachi is a renowned and star chef! He has one star in the Bottin Gourmand and one "Toque Rouge” under his belt. He was also listed among the "100 Best Chefs in the World" from 1986 to 1993. He will teach you the secret of a successful dinner by sharing his tips and tricks with you!

You will discover the pleasures of a language stay and of French gastronomy in a welcoming atmosphere. In addition to the standard course, you will have eight cooking lessons per week, including tasting. The cooking classes are designed around a different theme each week: a product, a type of meal, or a technique!

You will have the opportunity to discover local and seasonal products that you will cook according to French traditions with the techniques that the chef will teach you. In three hours, you will discover the fresh products he has purchased for the recipes, you will learn how to cook them and make the most of them! The cooking class will be followed by a tasting/meal accompanied by a wine chosen by the chef. Enjoy your meal!

Cooking program goals

The cooking classes are conducted in French, the participants can be foreigners or French and the chef does not translate into English but you can take these classes even if you have a very low level of French as you cook with the chef, which allows you to learn French by practicing it.

Learning French in France, thanks to this formula, will allow you to enjoy your language stay while enjoying a friendly activity in French, the opportunity to share your passion and meet foreigners and French people who share the same interests as yours.

Learning path

  • Writing test before arrival
  • Oral test on-site
  • Evaluations and feedback of your teachers every week
  • Final test at the end of the program
  • Official certification of your level TCF exam (optional)

Schedules

  • Classes from 10:00 to 13:15 on Monday, then from 09:00 to 12:15 from Tuesday to Friday
  • During peak periods, standard courses can also take place from 16:15 to 19:30
  • Cooking classes are held twice a week in the afternoon or in the evening

Tools for learning

  • Native French-speaking teachers who graduated from the French University in French as a Foreign Language (FLE)
  • An application that provides you with a personalized pedagogical follow-up with your lessons, your notes, etc.
  • Video and audio support used in class/interactive whiteboards/Accent Français e-learning exercise platform
  • The team of teachers creates their own resources to adapt the content to the needs of the students and to work on the vocabulary in an authentic context.
  • Courses are prepared according to the CEFR, working on the four skills in each class: listening, writing, speaking, and writing.

Services

  • Resource center with workspace, computers, methods, books, and DVDs at your disposal
  • Pedagogical tutoring offered to guide you in your learning
  • Free 24-hour access to the online business platform
  • Complimentary activities program: Events, social outings, cultural activities, sports meetings, conferences, tastings, language exchanges, etc.
  • TCF, DFP, and DELF/DALF exam center and registration for the DELF/DALF is possible at the institute

Quality and certification

  • 98% of Accent Français' students recommend them
  • Institute labeled "FLE Quality" with 15 stars
  • Elected "SuperStar" French language school
  • 22 years of experience and pedagogical innovation
  • More than 2000 students and more than 80 nationalities per year

Instructors

Accent Français Teaching Team

Location

With the Mediterranean beaches just 15 minutes by bus and the old Cevennes mountains nearby, Montpellier is the sunny place to visit, famous for its historical richness as well as its cultural and technological dynamism. The city is full of culture, while the cost of living remains lower than in most big French cities.

A place for students, Montpellier is home to 60,000 university students from all parts of France and of the world. The University of Montpellier is well known for its medical school, the most ancient in Europe, and its numerous faculties can welcome students in all fields of studies such as law, sciences, art and literature, and business.

A place in the south, Montpellier, with a population of 260,000, benefits from 300 days of sunshine a year perfect for enjoying the many cafes, the pedestrians-only city center, the street musicians who populate its squares and medieval streets, the daily markets with typical Provence colors, and the relaxed pace of Mediterranean life.

A place for culture and leisure, festivals and cultural events are held all year round in Montpellier such as theater, dance, rock, and classical music festivals. Meeting friends outside, sitting on a sunny terrace, or dancing under the stars: bars, restaurants, museums, opera theaters, there is no lack of opportunities to amuse yourself.

Things to do (optional)

A full activity program will be offered on-site, you can sign in at school reception. Accent Français will also keep you posted about the local events.

What's included

  • 8 cooking lessons per week spread over 2 afternoons with the chef in his cooking school (Cooking classes are held in a school located near the French language school. The chef will reveal the secrets of a successful dish by sharing his recipes, tips, and tricks. You will have the opportunity to taste your creation in the company of the chef and the other participants!)
  • 20 lessons per week of the standard French course (The standard French course focuses on learning the fundamental linguistic aspects: reading, writing, comprehension, with special attention to oral expression and phonetics)
  • Teaching materials
  • A welcome pack
  • Full access to the resource center with an individual teaching counselor and to the online exercise book
  • Orientation and integration meetings
  • City tour and pedagogical animations according to the calendar
  • A smartphone app to access the class 24/7
  • Regular assessment
  • Final certificate
  • 20 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional activities
  • All meals and drinks

How to get there

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Arrival by bus

Montpellier is a bus stop of many coach companies such as Eurolines and Flixbus which cover more than 25 countries.

Arrival by train

The train station Gare St Roch is located in the city center, a 2-minute walk from the Accent Francais school, and is connected to main public transportation. The train station Montpellier Sud de France is located outside the city center, within easy reach by shuttle and tramway (about 20 minutes away from school).

Airport: Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (Fréjorgues Airport) Airport transfer available: Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (Fréjorgues Airport) (US$71 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
21 days / 20 nights
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Availability

Starting dates of the course are every Monday, except for complete beginners (the first Monday of the month). Arrivals are on Sunday and departures are on Saturday. (Extra night possible upon request)

According to the French calendar, the school will be closed on bank holidays. There will be no class on those days. Accent Francais offers a full-day excursion to replace the course. Please see the bank holidays below:

  • April 18
  • May 26
  • June 6
  • July 14
  • August 15
  • November 1
  • November 11

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