Testimonials - Learning French

Hi Neva

The course was excellent. Adeline is an excellent, patient teacher. I learnt a lot and I feel my French improved. Michel is a wonderful hike leader, who explained so much about the area. I enjoyed all the afternoons.

Susan - Hawaii, USA (September 2015)

I would like to add my thanks to you all! We have all been so well looked after, catered for and inspired. I am looking forward to continuing my French learning journey with you. I have greatly appreciated Adeline's supportive, professional and enthusiastic teaching approach. Thank-you very much

Leah - Geneva, Switzerland (August 2015)

Dear Neva, Adeline and the team,

Once again, a most enjoyable and beneficial time for us, learning French while exploring the beautiful Swiss alps! THANKS VERY much to Adeline for her excellent instruction and for her attention to our learning process! We hope to return, and look forward to our Skype lessons.

Ian - Geneva, Switzerland (August 2015)

Thank-you so much for a wonderful course. Rosalind and I have really appreciated the content and very friendly atmosphere at the school. We loved the cultural activities. Many, many thanks!

Lyn and Rosalind - Perth, Australia (August 2015)

Dear Neva,

I’ve had the most amazing two weeks. Without you having any background information about me, you managed to organise cultural event that were perfect. I never would have thought that on the first day I would be milking a cow and discussing Swiss agricultural practices with a local farmer!

The Academy itself, and the quality of the facilities and especially the staff, totally exceeded my expectations and has further invigorated my enthusiasm for the language and for more visits in the future.
Merci beaucoup.

Andrew - Melbourne, Australia (June 2013)

Dear Neva,

This was a lovely two weeks and a great learning experience. Everyone associated with the program was friendly, helpful and very competent. I leave with very special memories the people I have met and of course le francais. I return home with inspiration and better skills with which to further my French study.

Cette experience etait super! Merci…

Naomi, Georgia, USA

Chère Neva,

Je tenais à vous remercier pour une belle semaine à l’Institut. J’ai beaucoup aimé les cours […] Merci beaucoup ! J’ai beaucoup appris. J’ai aussi aimé le golf, la randonnée, la dégustation.

Au revoir à l’Académie et encore merci à tous !

Gillian, USA

A heartfelt thank you for your many kindnesses; for all the wonderful excursions where Peter and I met interesting warm people and saw a part of Switzerland that we could not have seen on our own, and certainly, certainly, thank you for the French classes that were excellent. I have high standards when I use that word but the classes really were excellent. I know that my French is much better than it was just two weeks ago. Our days were filled with treats for the mind, body and soul from morning to night. We've never experienced anything like this before but found that we quickly adapted to life like this!  You are very special and I admire you tremendously.

It has been a delight to take lessons with you, Manuela. You are very kind and a very talented teacher. Your classes are excellent and I appreciate that they were adapted to how I learn. I have more confidence now when I speak French than I ever thought that I would. I looked forward to every minute with you - that's why I was never late! I do hope that we meet again. With my warmest wishes to you.

Yes, I improved my diction, and that is important to me, but I also started to stand a little taller, be a bit prouder, breath deeper, laugh longer and have wine with my lunch! Thank you for your warm and generous spirit. Cultivated, gracious, and a delicious sense of humour - well, I'm sure our Queen could learn a thing or two from you.  It has been a great pleasure to meet you. Peter and I will miss you and Julia very much.

I wasn't at all sure about signing up for grammar lessons ... grammar, me, well it just didn't seem like it could be a happy match ... but I am so glad that I did. I know that my French has improved with the help of your classes and will improve again once I start reviewing all the notes I took in your classes. I appreciate how organized and well prepared you are, how insightful you are and the clarity of your explanations. I don't know how you pull off making grammar such an enjoyable challenge but you do!

Catherine - Canada (October 2012)

As an Australian career educationalist, my experience as a student was quite a role reversal, at the “Académie de français”, Crans-Montana. The state-of-the-art technological facilities at the Academy are constantly incorporated into the daily lessons by the highly professional tutors. Their pedagogical skills were evident when they involved the students in many interactive experiences. The course was intensive with modulated and controlled content.

The afternoons were interspersed with excursions within the surrounding environs which provided real-life situations to compliment the formal lessons. It was wonderful to absorb the locality, culture, and history of Switzerland through visits to mayens, wineries, castles and much more- a great destination in itself.

“Académie de français” honestly reflects its website claims. The holistic learning practice, with first class accommodation, restaurants, tuition and excursions, provided an inclusive package of excellent value. From the very first contact with Neva and her expert staff, my two weeks was an absolute delight of learning. I feel honored to have participated in such a professionally conducted academy, and have no hesitation in recommending “Académie de français”.

Sandra - Australia (June 2012)

Thank you so much for teaching me Italian from the beginning and French. I can’t express and find words to describe how much I appreciate everything you have done. I have been here for a while now (one of the first students) and it has been utterly delightful. Everyone deserves to know the lengths you go to, to help them and to make everyone feel at home. Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness.

Hugs and kisses,

Emerald - UK (April 2012)

Merci beaucoup ! I have enjoyed learning with you so much, it’s like a haven of learning !!! I cannot express how much I have enjoyed learning here and I really hope to return!


Emma - UK (April 2012)

Vous m’avez donné des vacances extraordinaires. J’ai amélioré mon français, j’ai bien mangé, j’ai fait plusieurs randonnées. Merci pour votre attention et générosité.

Rena - Melbourne, Australia (2011)

C’était vraiment un plaisir de prendre des leçons chez toi. La façon dont tu as préparé les leçons et choisi les thèmes à enrichi ma vie.

Roger – USA (2011)

Le temps que j’ai passé ici était magnifique! Les leçons de français étaient très utiles et en même temps très agréables. Également, le logement, les repas et surtout la compagnie ont beaucoup contribué à un séjour inoubliable! Merci mille fois

Juliette – The Netherlands (2010)

A la plus merveilleuse prof d’anglais que j’ai recontrée.

Michel – Belgium (2010)

Many thanks for such a fabulous tailor made program. I loved the range of cultural activities that complemented my French classes. I have experienced so much and had so much fun with so many people.

Melanie– Hong Kong (2011)

Your Academy has been an unexpected surprise and the highlight of our vacations. Great teachers, excellent atmosphere and new friends. Thank you.

Elena et Julia – Russia (2011)

Excellent course! Enjoyed it all. Good organization, brilliant teachers etc. I’ll be back!

Peter– UK (2011)

Ce cours a été une expérience que je n’aurais jamais imaginée. Merci à tout le monde à l’Académie. Je vous aime beaucoup.

Jack – Australia (2011)

"Learn French in Paradise" is what the brochures say and I can say for me it was just that!

Crans-Montana is a very special place in the magnificient mountains of Switzerland and a perfect location to improve one's French. I was not disappointed! I found the teachers excellent, encouraging and extremely friendly, the accommodation and meals superb and the organisation of the Academy faultless. The cultural activities were particularly different and interesting and my two weeks passed much too quickly.

A huge thank you to Neva, her staff and the wonderful, friendly people whom I met during my stay. The experience was unforgettable and I highly recommend a visit to anyone who loves the French language and its culture. I would dearly love to return one day to do the French+Hiking course "et retrouver mes amis là-bas! Merci mille-fois à tous!

Ann – Australia (April 2009)

We had a truly wonderful time right from the first sunny day. It will be a memory the kids will always cherish – and may never experience again.

The hotel was excellent with respect to décor, facilities, food, staff, cleanliness, service, position etc. We enjoyed experiencing the different restaurants around the village and mountain too. The towns of Crans Montana are gorgeous and well serviced with shops and facilities.

Yves was a wonderful and patient teacher. He was interesting, funny and well prepared. I actually wish I was doing another week straight away because I feel, in addition to new information, I refreshed things I had learned before I took this past 12 months off speaking and learning. Now, I feel ready to practice or continue learning….pity I couldn’t stay.

Thank you again for all your minute attention to detail…

Kim and Co - Paris, France

J’ai passé de magnifiques vacances à Crans.

J’ai aimé les leçons de français, le ski et les restaurants.

Merci beaucoup Académie de français.

All my very best for the Académie.

Bev - Australia (2008)

J’ai adoré séjourner à Crans-Montana.

J’ai aimé la neige, le ski, les repas et la culture.

Les conditions pour apprendre le français étaient optimales.

Many thanks for everything.

Kiara - Australia (2008)

Je dis merci à l’Académie de français. Mes deux semaines à Crans-Montana étaient inoubliables ! J’ai pu pratiquer mon français en me mettant dans une culture différente.

I have enjoyed this experience beyond belief. Everyday has been perfect and certainly a dream comes true for me!
Thank you to everyone, especially Neva and Virginia.

C’était parfait les amis !

Bonne chance !

Gros bisous

Geneviève - Australia (2008)

What an amazing time the past two weeks have been! I’ve really enjoyed brushing up on my French in such a beautiful environment here at Crans-Montana.

Thank you again, all the very best for the future.


Sophia - Australia (2009)

Thank You So Much For Everything Neva.

I Got Everything I Expected And So Much More!

Pat - Ireland (2009)

I was never a great one at school with languages, but this was something so different. I was surprised how enjoyable learning a language can be, and how much I learnt. It’s great to be able to read a menu and know what you’ve ordered.

I thought I was a great skier until I joined the advanced class. My instructor was an absolute legend and took me to areas I would never have ventured.



9 June 2008

I warmly recommend to you the Académie de français, as an ideal location to learn and improve your French.

If you're a hiker, a golfer, a skier or just want to enjoy one of Switzerland's famous thermal baths and some culture, then you will find a suitable course at the Académie de français, in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Crans-Montana is truly spectacular - the landscape, the friendliness of the inhabitants, the magic surroundings, the vistas - what a wonderful way to learn French!

It would be wonderful if you were able to take advantage of the Académie de français' unique courses. It's a memory to cherish. Just ask one of the students who have attended. They all testify to the personal service, the dedicated teachers, the excellent 4-star accommodation and just express one desire - to return.

Christian Mühlethaler