My husband and I studied with Janet for 3 weeks in July 2017.
As beginner/intermediate students aiming to improve our conversational French and immerse ourselves in the French lifestyle, we found Janet to be the ideal teacher and guide.
Able to speak fluent English, but only when necessary, Janet is an extremely well qualified language teacher. She utilised a wide range of teaching tools which significantly contributed to the enjoyment of our lessons and outings.
With her husband Daniel (chef extraordinaire) they live in a beautiful part of SW rural France, between Toulouse and Biarritz, and a 10 minute walk from the local village.
We could not have wished for a more enjoyable and beneficial experience and would not hesitate to recommend it to those wishing to improve their language skills.
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In 2013 I went to France to improve my French for two weeks and again in 2014 for three weeks. I had lessons in the morning and then in the afternoon we visited places or I stayed with Janet or helped Daniel in the kitchen. I must say the food is fantastic. The experience was very good as I was always doing something, the surroundings are very good and I even got to see a deer. The third time I went was in June 2017 to prepare the B2 Delf exam which I passed successfully. All in all my experiences were very good as I learned a lot and my French improved massively. Alba
I came across the web site for Maison Broustiquet quite by chance when I was looking for a residential immersion experience in France. I was seeking a personalized experience in a rural location. I found that and more with Janet and Daniel at “Maison Broustiquet”. My only regret is that I did not find it sooner, or I would have spent more than one week there.
Janet offers personalized one-on-one instruction. I had three hours of formal instruction in the morning to brush up on the basics that consisted of grammar, oral comprehension, and conversation. French is the language of the house and the opportunity to hear it spoken everyday all the time, and to converse in it, is an invaluable experience whether it be around the table, in the living room, or playing a game. This is a true immersion experience.
You are welcomed into Maison Broustiquet as part of the family. My accommodation was very comfortable and spacious with a private entrance, separate sitting area, bedroom and en suite bathroom all found in a maison de caractère in the Béarnaise style from the 1300’s. The meals prepared by Daniel are exceptional. His love for cooking shines through in the meals he prepares.
The Béarn region is a very pretty area of France with rolling hills and views of the Pyrenees. In the heart of it all, just outside of the village of Bérenx, you’ll find the Maison Broustiquet, the perfect place for your séjour linguistique.
Attending Maison Broustiquet with Janet and Daniel in July 2017 was my second foray into language lessons in France. (the earlier one was in a classroom with about 12 others so there was little individual attention.)
Janet was most welcoming and tailored our 3 weeks to meet our objective of improved conversational French. Her request “seulement en francais, s’il te plait” was a little daunting at first but soon we eased into the discipline of attempting to speak only French. (Janet would sometimes break her own rule, and use fluent English to overcome a ‘roadblock’ so we could quickly understand and continue the lesson.)
In a class of 2 (my wife being the other) we had individual attention for our 3 hour lessons each morning. Janet used a variety of teaching tools to keep us interested, engaged and amused. She is clearly a very experienced, capable and diligent language teacher. She is very patient, warm and supportive. Each day we had up to an hour of homework that reinforced the morning lesson.
Janet and her husband Daniel (an extraordinary cook) took us on outings to see local sights and towns and places of interest. Cleverly, Janet would weave our experiences during these outings to exercises in the next day’s lesson.
We stayed in their gite and ate our meals with them. We were treated to insights into the local lifestyle and enjoyed wonderful meals from Daniel’s kitchen. At no time were they overbearing and we could opt in or opt out of their company depending on how much more or less our brains could absorb for the day!
We were very pleased that the classroom exercises translated so well that, at the end of our stay, we were able to chat with the locals at a ceremony for Juillet 14th. (ok, they may have been speaking a bit more slowly and clearly for us, but we were certainly chatting comfortably.)
I am very happy to recommend such a diligent, supportive professional teacher as Janet to anyone looking to lift their capability with the French language. Including accommodation with the lessons improved our conversational ability quickly and Janet and Daniel are the most considerate and charming of hosts.
Bernard Morris, Australia
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2013 - Emma, South Africa
The best investment I've ever made for my teenage daughter's French language skills. After only 4 weeks of tutoring with Janet, Emma came back home not only fluent in French, but backed up with good grammar too. What a pleasure!
Her lessons gave her more than enough aptitude to pass the internationally recognized DELF exams with flying colours and now she can gain entry to any French speaking university.
The French lessons were complemented by immersion in the French culture in a beautiful setting. I can highly recommend Janet for her professional teaching skills and her pleasant manner.
In addition to the French lessons, Janet's husband Daniel is the resident Chef. My daughter constantly raves about the food he prepared for her. All in all, a memorable and successful stay in SW France.
Julie Sweet (Emma’s mother)
Louise et Bernard MORRIS, Australia
Emma, South Africa