With our leaving certificate programme, you will improve your french language skills while enjoying your summer in the european surf capital.
Biarritz is well known for its great surfing conditions all year round and its long sandy beaches, ideal for relaxing with your friends after your french classes. There is lots to see and do. The town is rich in culture and history with a combination of French, Basque and Spanish lifestyles, evident in its mix of cuisine, architecture and local customs.
Our programme is specifically designed to improve your marks for your Leaving Certificate French exam. It includes general french courses in the morning and two afternoon workshops dedicated to the preparation of the Leaving Certificate exam.
Outside of class, you will have 4 afternoons of activities a week (cultural and sport) and one full day excursion at the weekend (or 4 x 1.5 hours surfing lessons for an extra €100).
You will stay with a carefully selected host family and benefit from being in an immersive French family environment.
Dates for 2020
Every Monday from 1st March to 30th July, 2020
2 – 6 weeks
Programme with activities and accommodation: €770 / week
4 surfing lessons: + €100 / week
Administrative fees: €50
Our partner school in Biarritz has more than 30 years of experience and is accredited by the French Ministry of Education. The teachers are all native speakers and are experienced in teaching French as a foreign language.
This programme is specifically designed to improve your Leaving Certificate exam result.
Students will study past exam papers and teachers will provide constructive advice about exam preparation techniques including stress management and memory aids.
You will attend 27 lessons per week.
Classes take place Monday to Friday, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.
There are 15 hours of general french lessons taking place Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. These classes are divided into different modules made up of listening, spoken, grammar, reading, writing and comprehension.
Plus 10 Leaving Certificate focused classes covering past exam papers, communication, expression, listening activities, essay planning, grammar and vocabulary, maximum 6 students in a group. As well, you will have 2 exam workshops per week, to receive exam preparation techniques and to prepare for the french oral in front of one of our teachers.
An online assessment on your level of french is taken before your arrival, so you will be in the suitable group for your level. You will receive a certificate at the end of your course.
We encourage you to join in some organised activities to have fun whilst practicing your French. You have the choice between 4 sessions of 1.5 hours per week of surfing or a multi-activities pack (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon).
The beaches used for the surf lessons offer a variety of high-quality beach breakers and waves more suitable to beginners. All the surf instructors hold a diploma from the “Federation de Surf” to prove their competence to teach surfing. All the wet-suits and boards are provided by the surf school.
Multi-activities pack: According to the season and week, our partner school designs activities programme such as hiking, rafting, rock climbing, paddle boarding, kayaking, oceanographic museum, etc.
On Saturday, you will be able to take part in a full-day excursion (Bayonne, Saint-Jean de Luz, Saint-Jean Pied de Port, etc.).
Before or after the activities, social activities as beach volleyball or quizzes are organised for students to make friends and practice their french.
Each activity is supervised by a qualified professional.
You will stay with a local host family, in a twin room. Through living with a family, you will be fully immersed in the country’s lifestyle and culture.
Our local host families are vetted and chosen rigorously by our language school partner. Most of them have been hosting for years. The location of their homes is not further than 20 minutes on foot or by bus from the school.
Your accommodation is full board. You will have breakfast and dinner with your host family as well as lunch on the weekends and a picnic lunch during the weekdays (special diets are cathered for).
Accommodation is from the Sunday prior to the course start date until the Saturday after the end of the course (you can book an extra-night).
Parents can sign a parental permission to go out in the evenings. The latest you can be out is 11pm during the week and 1am at the weekend.
Note that our partner school offers a 24/7 support.
Tips for your trip from Ireland:
Our prices do not include transport from Ireland. Once you have received your confirmation of your stay, you will be able to purchase your ticket and provide us with your travel information.
There are direct flights from Dublin to Biarritz airport.
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