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!