French Language Homestay Program

The French Homestay at Provence-en-Famille

The French homestay immersion program allows a student to be totally immersed in the French language. It also provides for one-on-one French tutoring which is extremely effective for those who must learn French for professional or academic reasons as well as for those learning the language for pleasure. The french program will be tailored to your specific learning style and needs. Emphasis may by placed on conversation, writing, reading skills, vocabulary, or a special subject. You will hear French spoken properly all day long. You will not use valuable learning time that must be devoted in larger class settings to accomodate a variety of abilities. Participants become a part of our family's life during their stay and share in a cultural and learning experience that will develop both an understanding of the language and of the French people.

Instructional Time

French homestay tutor and studentThe homestay portion of this program begins on Sunday after 5pm and ends on Saturday after breakfast. Students may choose 10, 15, or 20 hours of one-on-one french instruction per week. Because instruction is made to fit each student's needs, the daily schedule will vary from student to student. The schedule will be determined during the first tutoring session on the first Monday of the stay. A typical weekday (Monday through Friday) begins with breakfast  followed by a tutoring session. Lunch is served between 1:00 or 1:30. In the afternoon students are free to read some of the French books available to them, study the lessons from the morning, visit the town and surrounding areas, or just relax in our apartment. Dinner is served around 8:30 which is the usual dining hour in France. The learning is not confined to the tutoring sessions. The whole day of a homestay is a learning experience.

French market in Aix-en-Provence

Elisabeth Dol


I have a master's degree in English and French (Comparative Litterature) and have been teaching French as a Foreign Language for 20 years. I truly enjoy teaching and helping my students achieve success. Care is taken with my explanations so that they are clear and concise.  I am careful to make any corrections in a manner that  has the most value for my students. The corrections are given in a respectful way so that their self-esteem remains intact.  

My Family

My family consists of my husband Roland, one daughter and one son, both of whom no longer live at our house. Roland is a retired consulting engineer. His interests include history, world economics, architecture (particularly Roman), and photography. I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, music, the cinema, and the theater. My family and I will be delighted to chat with you. Outside of your lessons or cultural activities, we will compare our ways of life, perhaps go see a film together and help you make good use of your spare time. Your welcome will be warm and you will leave with very fond memories of France. 

                                French immersion homestay tutor and husband