French + Culture

Structured learning program

Structured, formal learning is a core component of all the Academy's French immersion courses. It is held in our stylish premises that include state-of the art interactive learning technologies.

The program includes interesting and varied methods such as the integrated aural-oral approach, vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, and most importantly, pronunciation and intonation.

Informal learning (Cultural program)

The cultural component contains a kaleidoscope of activities that immerse you in the history, culture and daily life of the Valais. These activities continue to place an emphasis on learning French and practicing your new skills in a relaxed and informal environment. No matter how many times you return, you will always be enticed by yet another unique experience and be amazed at the diversity of culture in the environs.

While interacting with your guide or host in French you will be escorted to a variety of locations such as the famous 13th century Tourbillon Castle in Sion, museums and other historical sites that date back several centuries. Other typical attractions include the lake of St-Léonard, which at 300 metres in length and 20 metres in width, is the largest underground lake in Europe. You'll also have the opportunity to reinvigorate yourself through immersion in one of Switzerland's famous thermal baths.

You will enjoy a tour of the picturesque vineyards in the Valais. The Valais is the principle wine-growing canton in Switzerland, showcasing 5,200 hectares of vineyards. A wine-tasting tour during the afternoon program will introduce you to the customs and practices  of viticulture in the Valais.

You'll gain an insight into the mysteries of winegrowing and winemaking and the 15 principal varieties of white and red grape wines that are integral to the region. In summer wine-lovers can stroll along the footpaths meandering though the vineyards.


Price includes:   

  • 3-star hotel accommodation
    (To learn more please [ Click Here ]);
  • buffet breakfast;
  • 3-course dinner;
  • four-or two-hour structured French lessons (Monday to Friday)
  • tea and coffee breaks;
  • course support material and folder;
  • lunch at a variety of interesting locations (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday); and
  • cultural/recreational activities (four times per week).

Price excludes:

  • beverages;                                               
  • flights and insurance.


Course Dates & Prices

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