I am a mature aged person and like my independence but I strongly believe that the homestay is a key, integral part of any linguistic stay or immersion programme experience.
|Homestay in Rouen|
If circumstances do not allow you to do a homestay then you will need to actively maximise your regular contacts with the locals rather than hiding away in your studio, dorm or hotel room. Spending every afternoon in a French museum, café or supermarket will help improve your language but it will do so in a different and possibly more limited way. Varying your activities will increase the breadth of exposure to the language but you also need to consider the depth of interactions as well.
|My Rouen bedroom|
|Rouen homestay family and moi|
|Rouen homestay garden|
|Prawns al fresco|
|Homestay families get together for meal in Noumea, New Caledonia|
I have done homestays in Toulouse, Noumea and 3 in Rouen. Each of these have been coordinated by the language school where I have been studying. To get the most out of the wonderful opportunity that a homestay presents, communicate as much as possible, at every occasion with the family and actively involve yourself in family life. Be open to new experiences that extend beyond the realm of learning the language and remain positive and I am confident that you will benefit and enjoy your homestays as much as I have.
|View from homestay family's beach house in New Caledonia|
Further reading with Femme Francophile:
- Learning French: New Caledonia - August 2012
- Learning French: Starting over again (Part 1)
- Learning French: Cours de cuisine gratuits sur les marchés parisiens
- Learning French: Starting over again (Part 2)
- Learning French: Immersion Programmes
- Learning French: Immersion Programme with the Alliance française de Rouen
- Learning French: Starting over again (Part 3)