This 7 day trip takes students across Paris and Lyon, developing their French language skills by helping them understand the culture it is intertwined with.
Famous sights are included (the Eiffel Tower, the Latin Quarter and the markets of Lyon, among many others) but the interactive activities lie at the heart of this trip. These go much deeper into developing an understanding of the French language, whether this be its linguistic history or its usage in modern day institutions. Among other activities students take an improv French acting class, pay a visit to the Académie Francaise- the home of the first French dictionary – and visit the iconic Café de la Cloche where they can watch (or participate!) in heated debates.
Our school trips are completely customizable and can be tailored to meet your requirements. Speak to a specialist now to find out which additional destinations, itineraries and subject focuses are available for this trip.
Day 1: Paris
Day 2: Paris
The morning starts with a city tour to take in Paris’s ‘must-sees’, including Notre Dame, Ile de la Cité, the Latin Quarter, Place de la Concorde, La Concergerie, Avenue des Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Sainte Chapelle, Place Vendôme, Le pont de l’Alma (Lady Di memorial) and Port de La Bourdonnais. Visit Sorbonne University to have a tour and a talk by one of the lecturers on a related subject to your educational interest and learn about the Summer School they offer. End the day with a laugh by watching a stand-up routine performed by a French comedian!
Day 3: Paris
Visit the Académie Francaise- the home of the first French dictionary. During their visit students can discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the existence of such an institution as the French language modernises. In the afternoon, delve deeper into understanding modern France by listening to a talk from a Gilet Jaune (part of the yellow vest movement) or En Marche member to learn more about the current political situation in France. Have dinner in the Montparnasse area and go up the Montparnasse tower to watch the sunset over a panoramic view of the city.
Begin the day by taking part in a French slang lesson to learn about the origins of verlan, the slang which now has a huge influence on the language of today – much to the dismay of language purists at the Académie Française! After lunch travel to Lyon (2 hours). Once you have checked into your accommodation take a city tour to see the highlights of Lyon, learn about how it has developed a reputation as the capital city of gastronomy. For dinner, sample some of the city’s delicious traditional dishes.
Visit the printing room of the regional daily newspaper ‘Le Progrès’ and hear from a journalist about what it’s like to be a French news reporter. Afterwards, take part in a French language lesson- tailor made for a variety of levels. Get involved in (or just watch) a debate at Café de la Cloche- a centuries old café famous for inviting people from all over to speak and debate.
Begin the day with a visit to the markets of Lyon for some souvenir shopping and haggling. Allow students to test out their acting skills in a French improv acting class- a great opportunity to practice spontaneity and fluency before oral speaking exams! Later take part in a French cooking class to learn how to make a famous French dish and enjoy for dinner! Visit a traditional French cinema and enjoy a local film before heading back to the accommodation to prepare for departure.
Your trip has now come to an end! Prepare to depart home or head on to a new destination.