Comments from satisfied customers


 

MOST RECENT:

Andrzej, Polish interpreter with European Commission in Brussels - repeat student

How French? Sooo French! I had the honour and the pleasure to visit Carole and Mick twice: first in Perpignan where this private French school operated before and in Arcachon, the new place. Both times I was delighted by the way the French course was organised: informal, very friendly, intensive but flexible (tailor-made), with many "extra-curricular activities" like visiting interesting places and people. Having lunches and dinners together with this lovely couple or with their family and friends - priceless! As to the costs of the course - it offers great value for money (one-to-one lessons), be it while exploring the mysteries of French grammar (like subjonctive...) or discussing any subject to enrich the vocabulary and fluency of active and passive use of the language. The surroundings are truly magical - Bassin d'Arcachon (few hundred yards to the beach in the bay) has so much to offer! Visiting Bordeaux - together with the hosts - is a cultural and historical adventure (not only for wine lovers). 

I only can warmly recommend you this language course, a place with its unique family atmosphere (a nice cat if you are a cat lover purrs in French as well)... and great (working and leisure) spirit. A truly immersion into French language and culture! For those who are musicians - a secret hint: did you know that Mick plays saxophone and it is possible to play with him? 

 ... and for Polish-speakers:

Trudno o bardziej francuski kurs języka francuskiego: dwa razy miałem zaszczyt i przyjemność przebywać w gościnnym domu Carole i Micka, najpierw w Perpignan, następnie w okolicy Bordeaux - Zatoka Arcachon, dokąd się przeprowadzili. Kursy u Carole są bardzo dobrze zorganizowane, intensywne, choć elastycznie prowadzone. Wiele jest zajęć poza kursem - wycieczki w piękne miejsca, spotkania z ciekawymi ludźmi, obiady i kolacje z gospodarzami, rodziną czy przyjaciółmi - po prostu bezcenne! 

Co do opłaty za kurs - stosunek ceny do jakości jest bardzo dobry, szczególnie, jeśli są to lekcje indywidualne, przykrojone do indywidualnych potrzeb, jak w moim przypadku. Czy to zgłębianie tajemnic gramatyki (subjonctive), czy dyskusje na każdy temat, treść kursu bardzo wspomaga czynną i bierną znajomość języka, wzbogaca słownictwo. Okolica jest magiczna, Z zatoka Arcachon ma tak wiele do zaoferowania (do plaży w zatoce jest kilkaset metrów)! Zwiedzanie Bordeaux to także piękna przygoda - nie tylko dla miłośników wina, lecz również od strony geograficznej, historycznej i kulturoznawczej. Mogę tylko gorąco polecić ten kurs, na którym można się cieszyć domową atmosferą (nawet kot mruczy po francusku...) - panuje to dobry duch do pracy i odpoczynku. Tu naprawdę można zanurzyć się w języku i kulturze Francji - jak w wodach pobliskiej zatoki. Wskazówka dla kursantów muzykujących - Mick gra na saksofonie I można z nim pojamować... 


Jilly from Perth in Australia, summer 2018:
“I haven't learnt French formally since year 10 but have always loved the language. I started to learn again on retirement, just for pleasure. I took a two-week residential course with Carole in the Summer of 2018. The course was tailored to my needs, hard work and well worth it; Carole is an excellent teacher. I was also able to experience some of the culture and sights of the Arcachon Basin, visit Bordeaux and enjoy French cuisine. The accommodation was comfortable and private. French was spoken at all times with Carole and/or Mick on hand for guidance. My confidence has grown immensely as has my enjoyment of spoken and written French. I would thoroughly recommend Howfrench and hope to take another course sometime.”

 

 Karin, Management trainer from Germany, autumn 2018

Ich habe zwei Wochen zum Französisch Intensivkurs in Taussat bei Carole und Mick verbracht. Ich spreche bereits halbwegs Französisch, wollte aber flüssiger werden und meine Grammatik verbessern, da wir planen, uns ein Haus in Frankreich zu kaufen. Der Kurs bei Carole war super. Carole ist sehr kompetent und hat sich auf mein Niveau und auch individuelle Wünsche und Bedürfnisse gut eingestellt. Beim Essen haben wir Französisch gesprochen, was das Gelernte im "Alltag" weiter vertieft hat. Ich habe in dem getrennten Appartment im Haus gewohnt. So war ich nah dran und doch für mich  Wenn es mal kompliziert wird, sprechen Mick (ist Engländer) und Carole auch Englisch.
Die Gegend ist sehr hübsch und macht den Aufenthalt total angenehm, 5 Min und zum Strand und genug Ziele für Ausflüge am Nachmittag.

Arthur (17-yr old American student and entrepreneur)

" Whatever numbers of hours you imagine yourself speaking French, at Carole's, that number will be doubled. Spending 2 weeks speaking French non-stop with 2 excellent teachers will propell your French, at any level, forward, forward, forward"

 

Hans-Jürgen (teacher from Germany):

"I needed to prepare for my French Exam (University Master Course) and I came two times for two weeks on a one-to-one course: I passed the exam with flying colors...Total immersion also meant French cuisine of the original kind: wholesome and excellent without being too fancy. I miss it."

Karen (archivist from New York):

"Mme Howarth ... is extremely organized and disciplined, integrates a student's personal interests within an individualized lesson plan and applies a thoughtful strategy to a student's learning experience. ... If you want to increase your French language proficiency, then register with Mme Howarth, roll up your sleeves and prepare to learn!"

Mike (A-level student from London - NB: we later learnt he got an A in his oral)

"I did a 3 day intensive course in preparation for my A-level French speaking in April, which comprised of seemingly impossible translation texts which over some time I managed to conquer. I would say the experience was invaluable and I would urge everyone to do it."


Eva (university teacher from Sweden):

"Me and my husband spent one week at Carol Howarths language course as internals. We had lessons 3 hours each morning, free afternoons and dinner with conversation in French.Taking into consideration that my husband is a beginner in French and my skills are better, both of us learnt a lot. Besides excellent language course, Carole and Mike created a friendly atmosphere which made us feel relaxed and comfortable. The food was very good. I can recommend Carol Howarths language course to people who want to know not only the language but also the culture and atmosphere of France."


 
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