Outside the French courses, we offer a wide program of cultural and social activities. We are also happy to help in organizing sports activities such as tennis, golf, swimming etc.
We work with trustworthy partners – associations, professionals and private individuals – to provide our students with a diversity of activities. They all offer a cultural interest, an opportunity to practice your French and a chance to get to know the other students better.
A sample of activities programmed :
Guided town tour
Cooking classes in cooperation with "l’Atelier des Chefs" or in a private home.
Wine-tasting in cooperation with "la Cave du Félibrige"
Guided tour of the market
Writing workshop and other language workshops
Pétanque contest with aperitif
Hiking in cooperation with Evana
Sailing (mainly summer-time but possible year round on request)
Excursions to places of interest (Arles, les Baux, la Camargue, Avignon, Pont du Gard, le Luberon, Cassis & the calanques, Marseille, Saint Tropez, Monaco, the carnaval in Nice, the Cannes film festival, les Gorges du Verdon…
In addition to the activity programme we give our students ongoing information about current events in Aix; it’s a very lively town with always something on. In summer there are several music festivals, such as the International Festival of Lyric Art in July and “Aix in Music” in June. Throughout the year there are numerous dance events, mainly thanks to the Ballet Preljocaj.
To read more : http://www.aixenprovencetourism.com/en/
The importance of student activities:
• Why is organising student activities important?
It’s important for the students to see another side of the city of Aix-en-Provence, not just take the classes, and experience what we, who live in Aix-en-Provence enjoy doing. Learn something new, discover something new, try something new – all in French. A good selection of activities offers all students the possibility to interact and thrive outside of the classroom.
• What is the impact of student activities on the overall student experience?
The student will meet a “real” French person, not just the school’s teachers and staff and will get to practise speaking French doing something outside the classroom. Just like homestay, it’s an excellent complement to their learning experience.
• How do student activities contribute to adding a personal touch?
It gives us an opportunity to get closer to our students, to learn what they like, what they are looking for, what they appreciate and don’t appreciate. Good contact with the students means getting more information from them and improving our offer.
• What are the key challenges when organising student activities?
Having every week a wide variety of activities for all tastes, levels, ages and budgets; cultural, sports, gastronomical, literature, games, outside, indoors etc. Something for everyone so that everyone is tempted to participate and interact in French.
• What are the most popular activities and why?
Excursions to discover our beautiful region (Luberon, Arles, Avignon, Pont du Gard, Cassis, St Tropez, Gorges du Verdon etc) as well as activities with a gastronomical theme close to the heart of the French : winetasting, cooking classes, pétanque tournament. The younger students appreciate “accorobranche” for the thrill.