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French and Cookery

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If you’re looking to improve your French and explore the wonderful world of French food and culinary culture, the French & Cookery courses in Aix or Bordeaux offer the perfect solution. Both are beautiful French locations – allowing you to create, taste and consume some wonderful food and develop your French skills at the same time!

French & Cookery in Aix-en-Provence

Dates offered
March, June, September & November each year
  • Open to 18 yrs + age group on set start dates
  • 2 weeks language course duration
  • 20 French group lessons per week
  • Max. 10 people per group class
  • plus PM cookery workshop sessions
  • NB: No beginners accepted on these programmes
  • Min. 4 participants required for the full programme format
  • If there are 1 to 3 participants enrolled: the number of lessons and activities can be slightly modified, but the spirit of the course is maintained

Discover and experience wonderful local Provençal products, with theoretical and practical knowledge of Provençal cooking. Students follow the morning Standard Programme and in the afternoon enjoy a range of cookery workshops and tasting sessions. Students also try local wines and learn food/wine related vocabulary.

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Aix-en-Provence: Students

Activities offered:

Introduction and presentation of typical products from the Provençal region
2 cooking workshops followed by a food tasting
1 cooking workshop followed by a dinner held with a local host family
1 guided visit to a Provençal market and cooking session with a host family
1 wine tasting session
Presentation and tasting of France’s fabulous cheeses

French lessons

A1 to C1 language level (elementary to advanced)
Revision and study of the structure of the language
Study of the four key skills; oral and written comprehension and oral and written expression
Teaching based on everyday situations with the help of varied material
Systematic optimizing newly acquired linguistic skills
Discussions, debates and presentations
Work in smaller sized groups
Individual work outside class suggested on request

Timetable: 1st Monday 14.00 hrs to 15.30 hrs, then 09.00 to 1030 hrs and 11.00 to 12.30 hrs

Cookery sessions

Introduction and presentation of Provençal products
Provençal cooking workshops followed by a tasting
One cookery workshop followed by a dinner in a family
Visit to an olive oil and wine producer
Presentation and tasting of fabulous French cheeses

Timetable: afternoon or evening from 14.00 hrs to 21.30 hrs (varies)

Aix-en-Provence: Market

Cookery in Aix en Provence

French and Cookery in Bordeaux

Dates offered
June & August each year
  • Open to 18 yrs + age group
  • 1 week language course
  • Offered 2 x a year at high elementary (A2) + levels
  • 20 French group lessons (as Standard Course)
  • Max. 12 people per French class
  • + 4 dedicated cookery sessions

Combine your French language studies with a guided visit to some of the Bordeaux region’s wonderful vineyards! This 5 day course enables you to practise your French and hone your wine appreciation skills through lectures and tasting sessions.

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Bordeaux: French students in class

Monday / 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm
Visit to Bordeaux for a Happy Hour in a local pub

Tuesday / 3.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Cooking class + Buffet dinner
Prepare 5 recipes, or the equivalent of a full meal
Tasting session

Wednesday / 3.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Cooking class – Prepare 2 traditional French meals
Meat stew with a side
Fish dish with a side
Tasting session

Thursday / 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Baking class – French pastries
The traditional or chocolate croissant, the raisin bun, etc… learn how to prepare the dough, create the shapes, and bake them at the right temperature. A whole procedure to prepare typically French pastries, famous since Marie Antoinette!
Tasting session

Friday / 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Baking class – Choux pastries
Discover the treasures of French baking: eclairs, puff pastry etc.