French Courses and Activities

A combination of French courses in the morning and a choice of optional activity courses in the afternoon.

OPTIONAL COURSES

Payable to IS Aix-en-Provence (including 20% VAT) and to combine with General French (FG) course or with 20 lessons of Private lessons (CP) per week.

These optional French and activity courses are designed for adults of all levels from A1 who wish to complete their French course by an activity allowing them to put into practice their knowledge of the French language

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Payable directly to our partner and to combine with General French (FG) course or with 20 lessons of Private lessons (CP) per week.

IS Aix-en-Provence charges booking fees of 25€ (including 20% VAT)

 

French Courses and Activities

Optional Course: Discover Provence (DP)
Optional Course: Discovering the Provence Cooking (DCP)
Optional Course: Discover Provence on foot (DPP)
Optional Activity: Painting Workshop (AP)
Optional Activity: Horse Riding (E)
Optional Activity: Golf (G)
Optional Activity: Yoga (Y)

Optional Course: Discover Provence (DP)

This option allows you to practice French while discovering Provence, its products and its countryside through various activities.

Objectifs:

  • Discover Provence, its historical and cultural heritage, its food and its particularities
  • Visiting Aix-en-Provence and the city’s cultural offerings
  • Visiting selected sites of the region

Program:

  • A guided city tour
  • Introduction to the traditions and cultures of Provence
  • A visit to Cézanne’s painting studio
  • Two workshops to discover different local products
  • A half day’s excursion on the Mediterranean coast
  • One full day excursion in Provence
  • Organized by IS Aix-en-Provence to fully accommodate the French classes
  • Some afternoons and one day during the week-end
  • 2 week course on specific dates
  • About 20 hours total over the two weeks
  • Minimum 4 participants
  • 1 to 3 participants : the number of lessons and activities can be slightly modified, but the spirit of the option is maintained

On your first course day at IS Aix-en-Provence you will receive the schedule for the French course as well as the schedule for the optional course Discover Provence (DP) and all other information necessary for your stay at IS Aix-en-Provence

Optional Course: Discovering the Provence Cooking (DCP)

This option allows you to practice French and to introduce you to Provencal cooking while participating in cooking workshops and tasting local products.

Objectives:

  • Discover local products
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of Provencal cooking
  • Getting familiar with the culinary vocabulary

Program: 

  • A class of introduction and presentation of typical products of Provence
  • A class of presentation and tasting of Provencal cheeses
  • A presentation and tasting of Provencal wines
  • A discovery of a typical Provencal product: the “Calisson”
  • Two cooking workshops followed by a tasting
  • A discovery of the Provencal market followed by a cooking workshop
  • Organized by IS Aix-en-Provence to fully accommodate the French classes
  • Some afternoons and one half-day during the week-end
  • 2 week course on specific dates
  • About 16 hours over the two weeks
  • Minimum 4 participants
  • 1 to 3 participants : the number of lessons and activities can be slightly modified, but the spirit of the option is maintained)
  • On your first course day at IS Aix-en-Provence you will receive the schedule for the French course as well as the schedule for the optional course Discovering the Provence Cooking (DCP) and all other information necessary for your stay at IS Aix-en-Provence

Optional Course: Discover Provence on foot (DPP)

This option allows you to practice French while discovering on foot the countryside of Aix-en-Provence, its natural sites, its vegetation and its culture. Professionals in love with their region accompany the outings.

Objective: 

  • Discover the natural and cultural heritage of Provence on foot through hiking and walks with a professional guide

Program:

  • An afternoon walk following Cézanne’s footsteps to the Sainte-Victoire
  • An afternoon walk in the vineyard Domain de Beaulieu, situated on the unique volcano in Provence
  • An afternoon walk in the Vauvenargues area, where Picasso spent the last years of his life
  • A full day walk in the National Park of the “calanques”, the rocky creeks of the Mediterranean Sea allowing you to discover the typical vegetation of this area.
  • Hiking shoes (or equivalent) are highly recommended
  • Organized by IS Aix-en-Provence to fully accommodate the French classes
  • 3 afternoons and 1 full day during the week-end over the two weeks
  • 2 week course on specific dates
  • About 17 hours in total over the two weeks
  • Minimum 4 participants
  • 1 to 3 participants : the number of lessons and activities can be slightly modified, but the spirit of the option is maintained)
  • On your first course day at IS Aix-en-Provence you will receive the schedule for the French course as well as the schedule for the optional course Discover Provence on Foot (DPP) and all other information necessary for your stay at IS Aix-en-Provence

Optional Activity: Painting Workshop (AP)

This course is designed for adults who wish to practice French but also discover the art and pleasure of painting in Provence. This option gives you the possibility to create your own pieces of art.

Objectives:

  • Learning the different painting techniques
  • Practicing French vocabulary related to Art
  • Discovering the famous Provence of our painters
  • Enjoying the pleasure to create
  • Leaving Aix-en-Provence with a souvenir: your personal piece of art

Program:

  • Our painting partner will share their passion of painting “in the light of Cézanne”
  • The lessons are taught in French
  • You will work in small groups or alone, either inside or outside if the weather allows it
  • Choosing this optional activity allows you to discover Provence and the Provençal painters, colors and light
  • You will use different pictorial techniques (acrylic, oil, watercolor) according to the selected subject and according to its sensitivity
  • A break in your stay to learn to watch, create and exchange.
  • 6 afternoons total over two weeks (2 hours per session) between 13:30 and 16:30
  • 2 weeks course on the dates of your choice
  • 12 hours in the afternoon over the two weeks
  • Minimum 1 participant
  • Private or group lessons depending on the level and the number of participants
  • Level of French: A1 to C2*
  • Level of painting: all levels

*All levels according to CECR

  • On your first course day at IS Aix-en-Provence you will receive the schedule for the French course and this optional course as well as all other necessary information for your stay
  • 15 minutes walking distance from IS Aix-en-Provence
  • To be paid directly to the painting partner
  • Booking fee to be paid upon reception of the invoice from IS Aix-en-Provence or your agency
  • Cancellation rules: in case of cancellation 7 days or less before the course start, the cancellation fee is 100 €

Optional Activity: Horse Riding (E)

This option is designed for adults with any level of horse riding who wish to combine a French course with horse riding at a horse-riding club in Aix-en-Provence.

Objectives:

  • Getting familiar with the vocabulary of horse riding
  • Practicing the different paces
  • Improving in the different disciplines or in a chosen one (dressage, jumping…)
  • Discovering a local Riding Club, its horses and habits

Program: 

  • Improvement of several disciplines or of one chosen discipline
  • The horse riding club and its team will transmit their passion for horse riding on their 12 hectares stud farm.
  • 6 afternoons total over two weeks (2 hours per session) between 14:00 and 18:00
  • 2 weeks course on the dates of your choice
  • 12 hours total in the afternoon over the two weeks
  • Minimum 1 participant
  • Private or group lessons depending on the level and the number of participants
  • Level of French: A1 to C2*
  • Riding level: all levels

*All levels according to CEFR

  • No equipment is required
  • We recommend good shoes and long trousers
  • On your first course day at IS Aix-en-Provence you will receive the schedule for the French course as well as the schedule for this optional course and all other information necessary for your stay
  • 30 minutes by foot from the city-center
  • Possibility to take a bus
  • To be paid directly to the riding club upon reception of the invoice
  • Booking fee to be paid upon reception of the invoice from IS Aix-en-Provence or your agency
  • Cancellation rules: in case of cancellation 8 days or less before the course start, the cancellation fee is 85 €

Optional Activity: Golf (G)

This option is designed for adults with any level of golf who wish to practice their French while improving their golf skills.

Objectives: 

  • Learning different techniques of golf during workshops with a private teacher
  • Working on the game’s structure
  • Improving on every level of the game
  • Having access to the field and the practice
  • Knowing the particularities of golf in France

Program:

  • Whether you are a novice or an experienced player, our partner’s goal is simple: to make you a good golf player on the course. Indeed playing golf is not just about making a good swing on the field! The courses will allow you to optimize your performances in each sector of the game, on four magnificent and vast training grounds
  • 5 afternoons total over two weeks
  • 2 hours per session between 14:00 and 19:00
  • 2 weeks course on the dates of your choice
  • 10 hours total in the afternoon over the two weeks
  • 1 participant
  • Level of French: A1 to C2 *
  • Level of Golf: all levels

*All levels according to CEFR

On your first course day at IS Aix-en Provence you will receive the schedule for the French course as well as the schedule for this optional course and all other information necessary for your stay

  • 20 minutes by bus from the city-center
  • Possibility to book a taxi
  • To be paid directly to the golf partner upon reception of the invoice
  • Booking fee to be paid upon reception of the invoice from IS Aix-en-Provence or your agency
  • Cancellation rules : in case of cancellation 7 days or less before the course start, the cancellation fee is 130 €

Optional activity: Yoga (Y)