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Halsbury Language Courses Featured in The Times

Halsbury Language Courses was featured in The Times newspaper this weekend in an article about a mother and son, Janice and Joe Turner, who attended one of our French language courses in Montpellier. Here is an account of their experiences:

During her weeks language course Janice discovered:
‘Learning a language in the country itself means that every day, in each encounter in a cheese shop or café, your world grows a fraction.’ and your confidence and ability to use your language skills improves.

She also found that during lessons you didn’t just spend hours looking through a text book or doing role play, you were sent out into real life situations where you were required to use the skills that you had learnt:
‘During lessons we were frequently sent out to find information. One day we went to the covered market to price ingredients for Salade Tunisienne, and returned to learn the terms for dicing and deseeding. On another afternoon we trooped off to the local record shop to quiz staff about trends in French music. It helps that the citizens of Montpellier are the most friendly French I’ve ever encountered.’

They were staying with a host family rather than in a hotel so in the evenings they had even more opportunities to practice their newly acquired skills:
‘Joe, had started speaking up at dinner, intent on telling Caroline about his pet chickens. Grammar that he had covered in school had finally clicked. And I hardly saw him since most evenings he was off on organised excursions to the beach, only 10km away at Carnon.’

Janice also tells of how she fell in love with Montpellier during her stay:
‘I was so entranced with the ancient town that I barely left. But Montpellier could not be better located for trips to the coast or the Camargue countryside.’

The outcome of the trip:
‘By the end of the week, while I still made ghastly errors, my comprehension had soared.’  ‘At midnight in Place de la Comédie when I collected Joe

after his last-night disco, he said: “Mum, can I stay another week?” Bit late now. Our flight was in a few hours. But before he tackles GCSE, I might send him back for a fortnight. And what he won’t like is that I’m coming too.’

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