French course Dialogue Testimonial Tata Liz





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Published on Mar 31, 2012

Liz speaks about her experience of french course in complete immersion at DialoguE. http://french-immersion.com
One of my longstanding goals in life has been to learn to speak another language. After several French courses and having remarkably passed all tests with high marks, spoken communication has always been a major block for me. My reasons for wanting to learn French are for personal, not professional goals; I live in Canada, on the doorstep to French Quebec, my daughter speaks French from her Canadian French immersion schooling, I have friends in France whom I want to visit and communicate with in their language, I want to travel in French speaking countries and I am fascinated with the neurological challenge of training my brain, now in its 60s, to think and communicate in another language. Browsing websites for French immersion courses, I instantly recognized DialoguE as being different from all others with its one-on-one student centred approach. As adults, the learning of language has always seemed to me to be the wrong way round. Children learn a language first by hearing and listening, then experimenting with sounds, words and sentences before reading and grammar. As adults the focus is often on grammar with limited opportunities for listening, hearing and speaking and there is a reluctance to make verbal mistakes so though reading French may be achieved, understanding spoken French and communicating verbally does not happen.
My week at DialoguE in Spa was the absolute best French experience I have had. Jean-Luc and Claudine, perfect hosts and expert teachers, welcomed me to their lovely home, a friendly retreat in beautiful surroundings. This was true immersion. Teachers Stephanie and Raphael assessed my level, focussed on my own goals and tailored the morning and afternoon lessons to my needs. All teachers, including Gerdemie, are patient and expert language educators, giving positive feedback and training in hearing, listening and pronunciation. The strength of the DialoguE approach and its teachers is the ability to teach comfortably and without prejudice at any level, and to people from all professional fields and interests.
My room doubled as a comfortable retreat and a classroom. Dining was a delicious delight with Claudine's superb cuisine and Jean-Luc's wine and stories. Every minute of the week was well spent, an indulgence entirely in French. Spa itself is a lovely and interesting town and, as a walker, I enjoyed exploring the town and its surrounding area and practicing my French in the shops and with people on the street. By the end of the week I had made significant gains in my ability to discern sounds and phrases and confidence in speaking and being understood. I sincerely thank Jean-Luc, Claudine, Stephanie and Gerdemie. Yes, I would love to come again and yes, I recommend DialoguE for anyone looking to improve their French for personal or professional reasons.

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