Intensive course for 2 weeks in October 2019
STUDY IN CARCASSONNE – DAYS FOREVER TO BE TREASURED!
It is such a pleasure to write about this small city in southern France which greets visitors with La Cite, an ancient fortified city and castle, and then, below, a 13th century town on a river. The lower town has many other things of which to boast, too. – several large historical churches, a fine Museum of Art, many interesting shops, as well as expansive parks and gardens along the river, plus many other things.
Another outstanding offering is the language school, Ludo Expression, for persons wishing to further their skills in the French language.
Equipped with a small number of excellent teachers, par none; superb both in their teaching techniques as well as their sympathetic care for the students and their progress, the school accepts only a limited number of students. Students quickly befriend one another in its small classes, and the school takes on a feeling of home, away from. home.
While I have felt stress in other language learning environments, I believe it does not exist in the Ludo Expression school. The unlimited generosity of the couple who have made the school what it is, are a guarantee that the time passed here will be pleasant and special for all!
Living in the ever present sense of ongoing history, while glimpsing the glory of the massive walled city above on the hill, has, in only 2 weeks passage, taken me from a tourist’s perception into almost a feeling of becoming a Carcassonne resident! My treasured memory – to which I hope to return!
Semi-intensive course for 4 weeks in September 2019
I spent four weeks working at lower intermediate level with Dominique in a group class with a few extra private lessons on top (September 2019). It was a fantastic experience. I came away with much greater knowledge of French and, even more important, more confidence in actually speaking the language. I was in a small group so it was quite intensive. Dominique does not let you get away with not speaking in class. Everything is in French but that is ok because she is good at non-verbal communication using her hands and facial expressions to get the point across when words fail. It was fun as well as useful and along the way I picked up some insight into French culture.
Dominique and her husband Luc were very welcoming and we had a couple of enjoyable social events. If you want to improve your language skills in a friendly, informal, supportive environment – and have a few laughs at the same time – you won’t find better than this. You will get more out of it the longer you stay but even a single week would be worthwhile. Good value for money and highly recommended.
Intensive course for 4 weeks in May 2019
I spent a month at Ludo Expression doing their intensive programme. This consisted of a 3 hour lesson in the morning and a 2 hour one on one lesson in the afternoon. My teachers were Dominique and Michele and they were fantastic! The lessons are very natural and tailored to suit everyones needs. The teachers are very patient and caring. Everything is in French which I think is a great way to learn and towards the end I found myself thinking in French! I improved enormously and would recommend this school, it is intimate and run by great people.
Luc, Dominique’s husband was always very helpful to deal with before arriving and a pleasure to spend time with on our once a week school outings. I stayed at a local homestay arranged through the school. The family were very friendly and this meant my lessons continued each evening as we shared deliciously cooked homemade meals.
Joe and Theresa, American
Private lessons in January 2019
My wife and I spent one week working on our French through Ludo Expressions with Dominique Bouriez. IT WAS AWESOME! I had last taken French nearly 45 years ago, my wife more recently, and Dominique weaved together classes that were educational about the French people and the community of Carcassonne, wonderful language training, and just fun. She spoke French the entire week, which was daunting to me at first, but turned out totally understandable because of the skills of Dominique in quickly seeing difficulties and mapping them out for us in concise mini-lessons; and, more importantly, Dominique’s skill in conveying with her hands and face and body whatever concept with which we were struggling was a lifesaver. I think she might be an undercover mime. We learned an amazing amount and we laughed in equal proportion. My wife and I give our experience with Dominique the highest recommendation. Joe
Private lessons over a 2 week period in October 2018
Connie – American from U.S. 3 Dec 2018
I took several hours of private French instruction from Dominique over a 2-week period in October of 2018. It was a great experience.
I am NOT a natural language student. How I ever learned to speak English is a mystery to me! Dominique was very patient, and she concentrated on conversational skills I wanted to learn. She stayed close to my skill level and was persistent and clear in her attempts to help me gain mastery. Dominique was also spirited and fun. If you ever need a charade’s partner, she is an expert.
I was taking lessons at Ludo when Carcassonne and the surrounding area experienced a devastating flood. Dominique and her husband, Luc, were very much effected because they were from the village hardest hit. We missed only one day of lessons, which we later made up. I was most impressed by Dominique’s determination to fulfill her contractual agreement with me and by her ability to focus on teaching despite the natural disaster impacting her.
I highly recommend Dominique and Ludo Expression.
Intensive course for 1 week in September 2018
On the first September I travelled from St Pancras Station, London to Carcassonne, where I was to spend 8 days, which included a five day French language course. The whole package of teaching and accommodation was arranged by Ludo Expression.
Carcassonne, an historic town an hour’s train journey south of Toulouse, is the perfect backdrop for a language course. Its wonderful castle (Old City) is a symbol of Carcassonne’s fascinating and rich history and the town itself is charming, with the wonderful Place Carnot the hub at its centre. Here, you find all types of restaurants and cafes which provide an excellent variety of food and beverages at a very reasonable price, The centre of the town is less than a five minute walk from the school and very pleasant for lunch, dinner or a late afternoon glass of wine or two and a great for that vital post-class practice.
Our class comprised six students and the mix of age, personalities and language levels worked very well indeed. Dominique is an excellent teacher: professional, supportive and I really benefitted from her interactive teaching method. Our classes were always enjoyable and the small number allowed plenty of speaking time for all. I learned a lot.
The home-stay component of my stay was a super complement to the formal classroom teaching. Alexia, my host, was more than generous with her time, and the opportunities for speaking in this relaxed atmosphere added a further boost to my confidence. My room, with its integral bathroom, was comfortable and quiet; the home-cooked dinner served up by Alexia each evening delicious.
If you like a learning experience which provides a high standard of tailor-made teaching, is professional and has a truly personal touch, I would be very happy to recommend Ludo Expression in Carcassonne.
Intensive course for 3 weeks in April 2018
My lifelong dream has been to study French in Carcassonne. At the age of 58, I decided that now was the time to realize my dream.
I located Ludo Expression online, and from the description I knew that it would be the perfect fit for me. It was!!!
I enjoyed 3 wonderful weeks in Carcassonne taking the intensive course at Ludo Expression. Dominique was a fantastic instructor: kind, encouraging, patient, fun, humorous, and highly skilled, and she didn’t let me get away with speaking English!
She spoke in slow French for me and listened with interest as I spoke in slow French. It was encouraging for me to be able to discuss interesting topics in this manner. From our conversations she easily picked out my grammar needs and taught me helpful lessons on the board.
Dominique and her husband, Luc, were so kind, welcoming, and helpful to me. Additionally, they fit in time for fun! We enjoyed a special hike together and a fun evening at a restaurant for a drink and tapas.
The B & B that they suggested on their website was also a perfect fit for me. It was very pleasant and a nice 15 minute walk to Ludo Expression. The entrance to the Mid-evil city is only a 15 minute walk from Ludo Expression.
Thank you again, Dominique and Luc for a fabulous dream come true!
Semi-intensive course for 2 weeks in March 2018
In March 2018 I have attended a French course (A2 level) at the Ludo Expression in Carcassone for a fortnight and I can highly recommend the course to all those who want to improve their knowledge of the French language.
Dominique is a very kind and experienced teacher who knows how to tackle the individual problems of each students very well. While her methods are focused on conversational skills, she is always attentive to the individual needs of the students and will support them with precise information on grammar and syntax. She is a thorough teacher, always helpful and caring, who communicates in a very clear and effective manner.
I am very happy to recommend Dominique to anybody who is serious about learning the French language.
John Palmer, 4th April 2018
Semi-intensive course for 2 weeks in November 2017
First of all I wanted to say a big thank you to Dominique for creating such a friendly place to learn and of course to Natacha who had so much patience with Larry, Brock and myself on our two week course.
My listening skills, understanding and vocabulary really improved even if I do still struggle to form spoken sentences!! Above all it has given me the encouragement and confidence to at least try.
I would definitely like to do more courses so if something of my level comes up please do let me know and also for Peter too of course as we would be very interested so long as we can work it around our business needs.
Semi-intensive course for 3 weeks in October 2017
Fantastic course. I did a 3 week course last October, I started with a basic level of French but I learned so much and it gave me so much confidence.
I’ll be returning to do another one soon. Highly recommend Ludo Expression.
Intensive course for 2 weeks in August 2017
I loved taking classes at Ludo. Believe it or not, I have always been madly curious about the subjunctive, and Dominique answered all of my questions about it. Now I recognize it and the subtlety that comes along with it. I am using what I learned in a paper I am writing for Graduate School.
Dominique and Luc are lovely, friendly people and I think I will see them again this summer for more courses.
Semi-intensive course for one week in June 2017.
This was my second time travelling from Ireland to attend Ludo expression. It is definitely going to be an annual visit for me. Excellent teaching in a beautiful location. Courses are highly organised while being flexible enough to allow for individual development. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming, and friendly. A real find! Thank you to Dominique and Luc! See you next year.
Dean, New Zealand
Intensive Course, elementary level, 2 weeks, May 2017
I spent two weeks with Ludo Expression in May. I chose to join a small group class in the morning and then a 2 hour, one on one in the afternoon. The environment was very friendly and the informal discussion we had followed a pattern which identified and addressed the needs of each student. My French improved, and importantly , I enjoyed the experience and would recommend it highly.
Claire, New Zealand
Intensive Course, intermediate level, 3 weeks, May 2017
I loved every moment of my course. The morning classes were small and Dominique’s style of teaching was warm, engaging, professional and inclusive. She ensured that each student participated equally and our discussions were lively, enjoyable and often hilarious. I remember with pleasure the other students and how often we laughed together. And in this stimulating and spontaneous atmosphere Dominique answered all our questions, corrected all our mistakes and taught us grammar. A brilliant learning experience.
In the afternoon I had one to one lessons with Lisa who focused on what I wanted to learn and how I could improve. We, too, laughed a lot and she, too, was very professional in her approach. She was assiduous in helping me with my oral expression, my pronunciation and the grammatical errors in my (often excitable) spoken French. Her specific focus on my personal learning needs was refreshing and helpful.
I stayed with a very nice French family nearby which completed my perfect language immersion experience at Ludo Expression.
Erik from United States
Semi-intensive course for 4 weeks in October 2016.
I spent a month in Ludo Expression’s beginner’s class. Anne-Lise taught me a lot of French and, in addition, gave me an in-depth view of French culture (I took 53 pages of notes). Other people in the class also had the same experience. Fantastic!
Betty from United States
Intensive course for 1 week in October 2016.
Ludo Expression is a perfect match for me. I had searched the internet for French courses in Southern/South West France and this course kept coming up as hitting all the right buttons: small morning sessions divided by similar abilities involving practical daily situations, conversation with units of grammar woven in; geared for adults; offering various levels of “immersion” from morning group sessions to afternoon two hour one-on-one hour sessions. I decided to take the one week immersion course -small group morning session with afternoon sessions one-on- one and live with a host family. As a reward for my hard work during the day my terrific host family treated me to delicious simple meals and discussions in French. A truly wonderful slice of life experience.
Anne-Lise started our morning sessions with what ever the buzz in the classroom was at the moment. One morning we had a tremendous thunderstorm so météo became an immediate topic. With good humor she would bring us to structure, practice and pronunciation. Encouragement from both the instructors and group gave us all new confidence to use our French.
My one-on-one sessions with Dominique in the afternoon lead to session of role playing over the telephone – making reservations, appointments, emergency calls. Dominique was quick to have me apply skills from my morning sessions.
Many thanks to Ludo Expression, Dominique and Anne-Lise.
I definitely plan on coming back!
Ingrid from England
Intensive course for 5 weeks in June-July 2016.
After years of procrastination I finally decided to bite the bullet, drive myself and go on my ‘Continental Adventure’ with very little French remaining in my memory bank!
I was not disappointed with my choice of school. Dominique and Luc were great hosts helping to organise 5 weeks of great accommodation for me and encouraging me into extra curricular activities after school such as badminton and tennis as well as some meals out with other students.
I was on my own for the duration, which was great; I had shared classes in the mornings and one to one every afternoon. In the evenings I loved doing my homework but still found time to discover how wonderful my surroundings were. Medieval everything… and to add to my good fortune, a lovely fellow student from California and an Ivy League, Princeton Student, who happened to be specialising in Medieval History for his Masters at UCL and was on the same course. We hung around together practicing our spoken French and visiting many interesting places. Too many to list!
Dominique is a very good teacher and for the First Time In All My Years of learning French (I never really got it) I understood how it all fitted together. It gave me so much confidence. My longing to get over the ‘Grammar’ was finally fulfilled.
Of course five weeks of French is nowhere near enough, but it has satisfied my need to understand the bigger picture. Now, I am attending a class in the UK with renewed enthusiasm lest I forget.
I would recommend Ludo Expression at any level as this school can adapt to anyone’s needs.
Thank You Dominique you have been an inspiration.
Pauline from Ireland
Semi-intensive course for one week in June 2016.
My 3 friends and I spent a week in the intermediate level class with Dominique as our teacher.We had a wonderful fun time with lots of lively discussions but also very structured development through the week.The social aspect was an added bonus with film outings,meals out together etc.We found it the perfect mix so much so ,we are returning again this June.
Yvonne from England
Intensive course for 1 week in March 2016.
I recently spent an extremely enjoyable and worthwhile week studying French with Ludo Expression. From the minute Luc picked me up from the airport, I was immersed in the language and culture of beautiful Carcassonne.
In the mornings I studied as part of a group of four students, all of a similar level, and in the afternoon I enjoyed a two-hour one-to-one lesson with Dominique. She is a fantastic teacher and explains everything clearly, concisely and with examples.
As I wanted to make the most of my week-long immersive experience, I chose to stay with a family, who lived a short walk from the school.They were lovely and it really helped to put the French that I had learned during the day, into practice over a tasty dinner in the evening.
I plan to return to Ludo Expression and Carcassonne, very soon.
Peter from England
Intensive course for 4 weeks in September 2015.
I have just returned home after spending a thoroughly enjoyable month at Ludo Expression in Carcassonne. We were a group of four students, carefully assembled so that we were all at about the same standard. The sessions were always structured with great sensitivity so that we were each encouraged to join in the discussions, or to describe what we had been doing on the previous afternoon, and learning blocks of grammar were carefully built in at regular intervals. Dominique is just an amazing teacher; I have never experienced anyone who was able to explain so clearly and precisely the intricacies of French syntax and grammar. And she put up with my making the same mistakes over and over, with both patience and good humour! From time to time we went as a group, together with Dominique and Luc, to the cinema or to a concert and had a meal together afterwards. These occasions gave us further opportunities to use our French.
I was staying with a ‘host family’, arranged for me by the school, that was just a few minutes walk away from the school. From the very first moment I was made to feel completely at home, literally one of the family. It was a matter of ‘total immersion’ from day one! I was so lucky.
I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to both Dominique and Luc for making my time in Carcassonne so rewarding and enjoyable.
Margaret from Australia
Semi-intensive course in July 2015.
Dear Luc and Dominique,
Just a quick thankyou to say how much I enjoyed (and learnt) during my two weeks at Ludo Expression. Thank you so much to Dominique for your patience and personalized classes which absolutely were tailored to my level. I loved engaging in the lively conversations about such a wide range of interesting topics that went way beyond what I thought I could manage with my very basic French. The experience of learning French while ‘in country’ I highly recommend as it enables you to practice while being immersed in the culture and day to day practicalities of being in France. Dominique is an excellent professor, animated, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, she greets her students with respect and patience and shares so much about French culture to bring the learning experience to life. I am so looking forward to returning again to keep going with my French, thanks again for a brilliant experience,
Martha & Stuart from Australia
Semi-intensive course for 4 weeks in May 2015.
My partner and I decided to spend four weeks in France in order to explore the lifestyle & culture in more depth. We had studied French many years ago at school & were keen to improve our French & put it to good use.
We lucked onto Ludo Expression, the French Language School in Carcassonne.
I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Ludo provides small classes of likeminded adults who want to learn & improve their French. The initial language test allows the school to place you in the most appropriate class, suitable to your skills & level.
My partner entered the class which reintroduced him to the basics of French grammar & vocabulary, all in a friendly, relaxed, easy-going atmosphere. I was fortunate to be placed in the class devoted to French conversation with encouragement of grammar & vocabulary as needed. I was privileged to experience both a shared class & private classes with Dominique. It was such fun & a challenge as well. We both learned so much about life in France & our French is vastly improved!
Dominique & Luc are really warm, friendly & generous people, dedicated to their vision of providing the best experience of all things French to their visitors. Carcassonne is also a lovely town to live in & a base from which one can readily explore the South of France.
Gillian from England
Semi-intensive course in May 2015.
Hi, once again thank you for a great course. It was perfect and it has given me the confidence to continue with French, both with my studies and with speaking to others. Ludo expression is a perfect venue so I thought that I’d include a couple of photos of the setting!
Semi-intensive course, in June 2014
Thank you for 2 very good weeks of learning, the French language, As a mixed class, we learnt about French culture, immersed in the background of the history of Carcassonne. Improving on grammar, speaking and listening skills. The hospitality was excellent, helping with accommodation bookings and transport to and from the airport. It was good to speak French with other people and develop confidence in my ability.
Canadian, Private lessons for 1 week in October 2014.
Ludo Expressions was a super school in which to study French. I took a one-on-one program, 2 hours a day for 5 days with Dominique. She scored a 10 in my book! Dominique is knowledgeable, clear, specific, fun and engaged. We covered a couple grammatical rules that had been explained to me before in other schools but I was still confused. Dominique slowly and methodically clarified the rules. I now understand! She had me talk every day and was patient with my mistakes and gently redirected me to better French. I would recommend Ludo Expressions to everybody. I have attended other schools in France and this has been the best experience.
Lori and Glenn PATON
Canadians, Semi-intensive course for 3 weeks in June 2014.
We want to sincerely thank you for three wonderful weeks of French classes. Your enthusiasm, patience and guidance really helped our French skills and made us feel more comfortable traveling in France. We particularly enjoyed the daily reporting of what we all had done the previous day or weekend. That really brought the practice sessions into the real world. We enjoyed learning cultural lessons and phrases you just can’t find in a text book! We also want to thank you for sharing your insight into where we should visit in the afternoons. The Cathar Castles, the Niaux caves with their prehistoric paintings, the Abbeys and the vistas were nothing short of spectacular. The time we spent with you at your school was definitely a highlight of our time in the Carcassonne area. You have encouraged us to continue with our french lessons! Merci beaucoup!! Glenn and Lori Paton
Irish, Semi-intensive course for 2 weeks in May 2014.
Simply put, it would be hard to find a better place to learn french. The classes there were animated, well structured and endlessly informative on both language and customs of France. They ranged from relaxed (very enjoyable) to challenging ( very rewarding). I can’t recommend it enough.
American, Semi-intensive course for 3 weeks in May 2014.
To anyone considering French -language courses, you could not do better than Ludo Expression. Dominique’s experience and professionalism shows through each day. And she makes learning fun! Do yourself a favor and be a student in beautiful Carcassonne. How I miss that hour of conversation each morning, and the lively interaction with other students. A peak experience! All the best to you and Luc and your family.
British, Semi-intensive course for 9 weeks from November 2013 to January 2014.
Ludo Expression is a great place to learn. Not only do you have an enthusiastic teacher – Dominique, who is committed to helping her pupils learn French but you also have someone who effortlessly introduces you to French culture, traditions and history. In addition Dominique goes out of her way to assist in making your time in Carcassonne as pleasurable as possible, whether that be by finding local contacts for you or with places to visit, shop at and go to for local delicacies.
The benefits of a small school mean you get virtually 1 – 1 tuition, however this does mean occasionally there are insufficient other students at either the same level or enough for a class to run. However don’t let that dissuade you from attending Ludo Expression because the experience of learning here is one I would definitely repeat and after 9 weeks tuition my knowledge of not only the language is 100% improved but I have also gained an invaluable insight into French life and culture that would not be achieved elsewhere. A great school, location and teacher and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone thinking of living or actually living in the area.
Art KILGOUR and Nichola MARTIN
Canadians, Semi-intensive course for 2 weeks in September 2013.
French lessons with Dominique
We chose our locale (Carcassonne, in southwestern France, towards Spain, the region of Languedoc-Roussillon) for a language school that Nic found online. The plan was to spend the first two weeks improving our French command, mornings only, with short trips in the afternoons. We lucked upon a fun and “sympa” teacher, Dominique, who combined conversation, vocabulary and grammar for three-plus hours every day, with a little “pause” for coffee in the middle. One memorable morning, our small class discussed the ins-and-outs of recent changes to France’s pension and “retraite” laws for more than an hour; after the break, a demonstration of 500 or more people passed by our third floor window, protesting the very changes we’d just learned about. We accused Dominique of staging the whole thing for our benefit!
Dutchman, Intensive course for 2 weeks in July 2013.
Bonjour! In July 2013 I followed an intensive course with LUDO Expression. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn, or improve his or her French. Luc and Dominique are fantastic people: kind, enthusiastic and helpful. The quality of the education is notable as well. I was especially taken in with the possibility to personalise the content and subjects of the course. Because of their approach I feel that I’ve made tremendous improvements in my French, both in speaking and writing.
For two weeks I’ve been the guest of a wonderful host family. They have welcomed me warmly in their circle of friends and family. Which was a great opportunity to practice at diner what I learned at the institute during the day. All in all, I’ve had a wonderful and instructive time in the beautiful city of Carcassonne!
Japanese, Intensive course for 2 weeks in December 2012.
The style of teaching at Ludo expression which is based on conversations in a small group of students really made me enjoy the intensive 2 weeks of French immersion. When I started the course, all I had was what I had learned in a year of pedagogical course at a university in Japan almost 10 years ago. Although the knowledge was reviewed in 14 weekly lectures for beginners in 2011, I hadn’t had any experience of practicing French. By the end of my time in Carcassonne, I was feeling quite comfortable about speaking in French at bakeries or stations.
I was in a class of two students in the morning and it was one-to-one in the afternoon, fortunately for my study. While the teachers can speak English, they make it a rule to stick to French unless absolutely necessary. They choose the words and structures that are easy to understand for beginners and pick up topics familiar to each student so that I was able to make sense of it despite the lack of vocabulary. The grammar already explained in the course is ruthlessly corrected during the conversations so that the students can consolidate it. They are also ﬂexible towards the requests made by students. Maybe the small class size made it possible, but they took us to an excursion to nearby villages by car. The progress I made was much more dramatic than I expected for this short period of time.
Carcassonne is an ancient city in Languedoc-Roussillon with a great view of the 12th century fortress across the river Aude which passes by the school. As it is a small town, people are very kind and it is less than an hour of train ride to Toulouse and Montpellier. The area is full of vineyards and beautiful small villages. I would highly recommend Ludo expression for those who would like to focus on French in a tranquil environment, and who want to practice their classroom French.
American, Intensive course for 3 weeks in December 2012.
Just before Christmas in 2012 I went to Carcassonne in France for three weeks to attend a French language school.
Carcassonne is about an hour away from Toulouse a large growing city and one hour away from the Mediterranean coast. Carcassonne is steeped in history. It is very pretty and the jewel in its crown is the Old City. This is the largest, best kept castle of its type in Europe.
I attended a French Language school called Lido Expression. It was founded by Dominique and her husband Luke. It was within walking distance of the Hotel dot where I was staying, so each day I walked to and from school taking in the Christmas sights, smells and traditions of the local people.
I enjoyed being immersed in the French language, and all things French. It is certainly the best way to learn a foreign language and to learn about their culture.
Dominique runs classes for tourists like myself, and also for those who have moved to live in Carcassonne. They are based on speaking French so one needs to have learnt a bit before you get there to maximise the benefit you will get from your trip.
I don’t think I knew enough French to really enjoy the classes and get the most out of them and found them exhausting. I explored Carcassonne and the surrounding area talking to as many people as possible in my limited French and enjoyed my stay there. I am keen to return when time allows.
Javier SANZ FERNANDEZ
Spanish, One-to-one lessons in September 2012.
The best language experience I have ever had in my entire life, and I can guarantee that my experience with languages goes a very long way back.
For a starter, Ludo Expression, in particular Dominique, found me the best person in town to stay with. Literally at stone´s throw from the school building and the the most adorable person in town. Not only my French improved but also my knowledge of the culture and the traditional cuisine. I even had the chance to cook some of my typical dishes and learn how to get around in the kitchen in French.
Secondly and most importantly, I had the 121 classes for five wonderful days. Dominique cared for every detail for each and every class. My language objectives were met in full and I would assure anyone that they were also taken to the next level. I quite enjoyed our breaks during class where I had the chance to explain a handful of funny stories of my own. And all of that was carried in French. My errors always quickly spotted and correctly in a nanosecond.
As a final point, they have my trust and loyalty for any future language immersion weeks. I cannot now run the risk of going somewhere that may well let me down.
Just a secret, Carcassonne is THE best city in the south of France.
Australian, Semi-intensive course for 4 weeks in April 2012.
Bonjour Dominique. Ici, c’est ma lettre de recommandation pour ton ecole -
My French has improved enormously as a result of the time I spent at Ludo Expression. Dominique is an excellent teacher and her expressive gestures and explanations ensure the lessons are fun as well as memorable. I stayed in Caunes Minervois, a little village about 25 minutes drive from Carcassonne, and would strongly recommend any of the 1, 2 or 3 bedroom houses owned by Ingrid Hudson (www.mysweetgite.com). Staying in a quiet medieval village and going to school in Carcassonne was perfect to experience a wonderful French way of life. Thank you (again) Dominique for taking me to a much higher level of French and, more particularly, thank you for your treasured friendship.
Bisous et bonjour a tous
Liz FULGHUM and Jason VANDERMARK
Americans, Intensive course for 1 week in December 2011.
The problem with most adult french classes (at least in the states) is that they are generally taught in english, and much of the emphasis is put on reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. All very important, yes, but when you are trying to order from a restaurant or figure out a transaction at la poste, it is suddenly very much secondary to actually being able to understand and speak the language.
I had taken french for a few years in school (starting when I was very young) and picked it up some 20 years later with my husband with weekly classes at the Alliance Francais in the US. We were learning, but after 3 trips to france over the course of as many years, we realized that we still had a huge problem with confidence and a bigger problem with actually talking (without preplanning every sentence) and understanding french spoken at a normal pace.
We found Ludo Expression via the web, and decided to give it a try the next time we were in France. We we planning to spend a month and so we selected the immersion course (plus private classes in the afternoon) and attended the first full week we were in the country to maximize our practice time when the class ended. We had no clue what to expect, but agreed that even if all we got out of it was more confidence in speaking our really bad french, it would have been a success.
So what to expect?
The class is all in French. But it’s slow french, french that you can understand even if you are beginner. There may be lots of words and concepts that you can’t understand, but what Dominique excels at is explaining those things (yes, sometimes their are hand gestures and pictures) in such a way that you will understand. The emphasis on conversation is apparent regardless of the package you choose, and it’s one of the most exceptional things about this course.
Just taking one week of the class will not magically make you fluent (I suspect that if you took them for a month or so, you probably would get close), but for us, it was a huge step in the right direction. We learned a ton about the differences between spoken and written french, we’re a little less shy when we attempt to conduct our daily business, and we can understand people a little bit better every day. In terms of truly being able to enjoy the country, it was one of our best investments yet.
Bulgarian, One-to-one lessons for 2 weeks in September 2011.
At Ludo Expression, I felt welcome and at ease and found myself quickly gaining confidence in my ability to communicate in French. My teacher, Dominique, inspired me with her enthusiasm and lovely sense of humour, and offered me exrecises well suited to my needs. I enjoyed most her idea to help me learn French language, life and culture through discussing modern French films. In just a couple of weeks, I was able to overcome my initial frustration when speaking French and felt much more confident. I am indeed thinking of taking some more refreshement one-to-one courses at LUDO EXPRESSION again.
Dutchwoman, Intensive course for 2 weeks in August 2011.
Dear Luc and Dominique,
There I went. On the airplane to Carcassonne. Luc and Dominique picked me up at the airport. The card with my name on it was easy to find. The French talking started immediately. How was your flight? It is warm here isn’t it? Uhm yes what do I say now, with my French I couldn’t come that far. Lucky for me, they where very patient and made sentences with words I did understood.
When we arrived at there house she showed me my room. I had a beautiful bedroom and bathroom just for me. After that she told me that we would start at 09:00 on Monday, she showed me the road to school and the rest of the evening I could take it easy.
I had 5 days lessons, 5 hours a day. 3 hours with a group, and 2 hours private. At the end of the day I was exhausted. They told me it was normal, on Thursday it would be better. And they were right. The first days were the most difficult. I was tired and had a headache. At the diner table I hardly told anything. But on Thursday I talked. I talked about how I thought about things and what I did in my spare-time. At the end of the week, I had improved a lot. In the second week it even went better. I had a lot to talk about, and I had learned so much.
Now I’m at school again, and finally I can understand my teacher. I don’t have to ask her if she can speak a bit more slowly, I just understand her.
British Teenager, One-to-One lessons for 1 week in August 2011, followed by weekly Skype Lessons.
During our summer holiday to France I had 5 two hour one-to-one lessons with Dominque, which I found extremely beneficial and tailored to my ability. The lessons covered various topics such as grammar, vocabulary and reading, with the main benefit being a newfound confidence in conversing. The classes inspired me to continue learning the language and have certainly helped with my French GCSE, which is why I then asked my parents to arrange Skype lessons. After a successful trial run, I asked to book the block of six lessons and now have a video skype call scheduled once a week after school. The lessons are 30 minutes long, but this gives plenty of time to improve my conversation skills, ask questions about grammar and receive support for work I have carried out in class. The lessons are always varied and cover different topics, for example at the moment I am reading extracts from ‘L’Étranger’ by Albert Camus. This allows me to improve my accent and pronunciation, at the same time interacting with Dominique through questions she asks me about the plot. Skype to be a fantastic way of developing and maintaining the progress I made in the original lessons and there have been no issues on the technological side of things. I definitely intend to continue the skype classes, as they are a unique opportunity to learn, communicate and recieve support from a teacher who is friendly, encouraging and efficient.
German from Munich. One-to-one lessons for 2 weeks in May 2011.
I had a wonderful time in Villegailhenc and really enjoyed the lessons which I had every afternoon with Dominique. She is a great teacher, she explains very well and communcation is a main part of the lessons. I learned a lot in these two weeks. The school has a very good atmoshpere and the village is nice and quiet. My family host Jeannette was very nice too. The area is great for walking, the vineyards are all around the village and a lot of other activities are possible in this beautiful region. I would love to come back!