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French for Teenagers: Biarritz 14 to 17 yrs

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If you’re looking for an immersion French course, staying with local French hosts. It’s perfect for older teenagers looking to work on their French, in a teenage only study environment (by the sea) with other language students from across Europe. Students really enjoy living on the Atlantic coast, in Biarritz.

French & Surfing

French classesMon/Fri AM
Surfing classesMon, Tues & Thurs, Fri PM
ActivitiesWed PM & Saturday
Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Age range14-17yrs
Course duration1 week+ 
Number of lessons20 lessons per week
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class14 students
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Includes 4 afternoons of surf instruction (surf lessons times dependent on the tides)

Surfing lessons take place in Anglet

Students are driven to the beach by language school staff

Wetsuits and boards provided

8 students per surfing group

Social activities, excursions and evening events are included

Host accommodation

1 wk2 wks3 wks
€ 900.00€ 1720.00€ 2485.00
CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person
Summer supplements: Not applicable
Gluten free diet: €45.00 per week
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French & Activities

French classesMon/Fri AM
ActivitiesWeekday PMs & Saturday
Levels offeredBeginner to Advanced
Age range14-17yrs
Course duration1 week+ 
Number of lessons20 lessons per week
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class14 students
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Includes 4 sporting activities selected from; surfing, rock climbing, rafting, hiking, sea-kayaking or golf

8/12 students per activity group

Social activities, excursions and evening events are included in the programme

Host accommodation

1 wk2 wks3 wks
€ 900.00€ 1720.00€ 2485.00
CESA Fee: € 60.00 per person
Summer supplements: Not applicable
Gluten free diet: €45.00 per week
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  • Please note: You can’t combined the Activities programme with the Surfing programme, in the same week

Course Dates 2019

11*, 17, 24
01, 08, 15, 22, 29
05, 12

Start Dates: Elementary/Advanced levels can begin on any start date. Dates in red: Open to beginners as well
Public holidays: 10 June & 15 August. No lessons will be held

Biarritz Teens Surfing

French Lessons

Prior to arrival students will be asked to complete a level test.
On the first Monday there is an Induction and Swimming assessment before French classes (10.10 hrs to 12.30 hrs)

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Tuesday to Friday classes are held 09.00 hrs to 12.30 hrs (with a 20 minutes break)
So there are 15 hours (or 20 lessons x 45 minutes) in total per week

The programme covers all the different elements of the French language. Students are taught a wide range of language learning tools; covering speaking, reading, writing and listening skills according to their current French language level. The main focus of the course is always oral communication and the teachers are all university educated, native speakers. Students are always encouraged to participate actively in class and to put their new found French skills into practice.

Biarritz Teens Volleyball

Social Programme

The school staff arrange a variety of additional activities after the official Activity or Surfing programme each week, depending on the time available, including; football matches,

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beach volley contests, quizzes, beach volleyball, board games, photo contests and treasure hunts. It’s a great way to get to know each other and of course to practise your French outside of the formal class sessions!
On Wednesday afternoon (half-day) and Saturday (full-day) excursions are offered as an inclusive part of the programme, to Bayonne, St Jean de Luz, St Jean Pied de Port, Espelette and La Rhune. Students are accompanied by school staff, to encourage a little more French conversation wherever possible…
One evening a week  (as a rule Friday night) the school arranges an activity to bring the students together so they can relax and chat. Popular events include a bowling night, a trip to the cinema or a night spent on the beach. Normally timetabled 8.30 to 11.00 pm. Otherwise students are expected to stay at home with their hosts, so they can practise their French, unless they have parental permission to go out in the evening.

Biarritz: Students in school

Language School

The Biarritz French college has an excellent academic record and operates as a language college each summer, catering for students aged 14 yrs+.

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In June the Teenage classes are held in the adult language centre, but in July and August the school teaches the Teenage classes on a separate site in Biarritz. The July/August Lycee used is located in a pretty residential area of Biarritz.
This charming villa based language school is just to the south east of the town centre, 8-10 minutes walking distance from the sea front, beaches and heart of the town. The school offers 10 bright and spacious classrooms, a computer room, a large courtyard garden shaded by trees with tables and chairs and there’s even room to play football and volleyball.


French hosts/ess based (private household)
Offered on a shared room basis (either with a friend or the college will find another student for you to share with) with full-board (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) arranged by the hosts. Hosts offer either one twin room or in some cases, two or three, twin rooms (so there will be several students staying in the same household).
French hosts live in and around Biarritz and Anglet – in houses just a walk or a short bus ride from the language school (30 minutes max by bus). Students are expected to keep their bedroom tidy and may be asked to clean the room. Hosts provide bed linen, but students should bring their own towel. The bedrooms have storage space, a workspace, a lamp and a window.

Hosts offer you the chance to share daily French life with native speakers. They will collect you from Biarrtiz airport/station by arrangement, free of charge (if at reasonable hour) and take you back at the end of the course. They will also show their students to college on the first Monday of their course (or explain the route in detail). Sundays are spent with your hosts, so that they can enjoy your company and may even take you out for the day or go to the beach with you (though this isn’t compulsory).

Going out Permission

Teenagers aged 14/17 yrs old will need signed parental permission to be able to go out in the evenings. CESA will forward details upon enrolment.

Parents must indicate that either:

1/ no permission to go out is given

2/ students are free to go out at a time set by their parents but in any case no later than 23.00 hrs in the week & 24.30 hrs on Friday/Saturday nights or the eve of public holidays (no later curfews can be accepted).

NB: Parents cannot set alternative curfews as the college is unable to police them.


Biarritz is situated on the Atlantic Coast, in the south west of France in the Basque Country. The area is a very attractive holiday destination. Biarritz, offers a wide range of daytime holiday activity possibilities and is also a surfers’ paradise and famed for its excellent beaches. Ideal for parental holidays, whilst the students are on a language course!


During the organised Activity and Surfing programmes students are supervised by state qualified instructors for all sporting activities and by a member of college staff for other Activities. Likewise students are supervised by school staff during excursions and evening events.
Students will have to get themselves to school and back to their hosts after the programme.


Arrive: Sunday PM
Depart: Saturday AM

Travel to Biarritz by plane (or train) and then take the host arranged two way transfer to your accommodation.

Course Plus Points

  • All teachers are fully qualified in teaching French as a foreign language
  • Only French will be spoken in class
  • Relaxed yet lively classroom atmosphere
  • Perfect for Beginners to GCSE, A’ level or Leaving Certificate levels
  • 20 French lessons per week format offered

Location Plus Points

  • Biarritz is a smart, lively Atlantic town; sunny & coastal
  • A small, friendly learning environment
  • A popular summertime location with teenage language learners
  • Combine your French studies with an Activities or Surfing course
  • Students love the easy access to golden beaches