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April 2008 issue

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French and cooking

With so many regional gastronomic specialities to offer, France is an attractive destination for food lovers. And language travellers can combine their love of the French language with their love of the local cuisine by combining a language course with instruction in various cooking skills.

Many French language schools offer courses that combine language instruction with tuition in various skill levels of French cooking. Eleri Maitland from French in Normandy in Rouen says that their French and cuisine course has been available from the very beginning “as we thought that people would be more interested in learning some French with a cultural programme attached rather than just the language, as clearly this is a smaller market than for English”.

Other schools are newer to the concept of offering such courses, as Ivo Haefliger from Eurocentres explains. “As it’s a new course, we have enrolled only two students so far. The first is 22 from Brazil and the second is 70 from the Netherlands! We created this course because many people from South American requested it.”

Damien Boucard from Institut Européen de Français in Montpellier says that their French and cooking courses attract a wide variety of ages, nationalities and sexes. “There’s no special type,” he says. “Everybody’s interested, male and female, from 17 years to retired people. The more interested are North Americans, Japanese and Swiss people.” Virginia Courau from Accent Francais in Montpellier agrees. “We are always very surprised as participants can be of all ages and both genders,” she says, explaining that students from the UAE were the most recent clients enrolling on this course.

Meanwhile, Ursula Bird from Idiom Language Professionals in Nice relates that Europeans are most numerous on their French and cooking courses and she adds, “[These types of courses appeal] mainly to adults over 35 and especially seniors.”

As in other types of language plus courses, schools and students often find that participating in some kind of activity in the language they are learning can enhance language acquisition. Following instructions from a French cooking teacher, as well as interacting with other students, all help to improve fluency and confidence in a language learner. Anna Diaz from IS Aix-en-Provence says that students also choose to study on French and cooking courses for other reasons. “[They are] appreciated by students who book them,” she says, “since it gives an insight and practical hands-on cooking in evenings and the afternoon.” Courau says their clients “also appreciate very much to share dinner together with the chef and other students”.

Maitland says that they have developed their French and cooking courses so that students can get a real overview of the local food culture. “We started doing a short course for a week where students have French in the morning and then eat a local dish, see it being made and then make it themselves,” she explains. “From there, we branched out and started the same course but with visits to local producers and tasting sessions. Normandy is home to the best cheeses in France. Coupled with the cheese we have excellent local sausages, cider, poire or pear cider and Benedictine, plus the one and only calvados (apple brandy), all of which is made in the traditional way and many of the distilleries are in the most magnificent chateaux.”

The cookery courses attached to French language tuition vary widely from those accredited by top cuisine schools to a more basic offering where individual dishes are created and eaten in a group. French in Normandy has set up a partnership with the Institut National de Boulangerie et de la Patisserie to provide vocational diplomas in cakes, gateaux and bread making. At Eurocentres, Haefliger says that they hope to develop their French and cooking courses in the future by linking up with the Chambre de Metier et de L’Artisanat to offer professional courses in cooking, pastry and aesthetic. “The course will be longer,” he says. “Around six months.”

Most French language schools employ outside professional help when it comes to providing tuition in French cookery, even for courses that do not offer an additional qualification. Bird says that they have been running French and cooking courses for two years “with growing success”. She adds, “They do not take place on our premises but either in an established restaurant in the old town of Nice or in a loft-kitchen run by a professional cook.”

The success of French and cooking courses in appealing to such diverse markets is also fuelling the development of other similar courses that make the most of France’s reputation as a gastronomic hub. “We have recently started wine tasting courses which are becoming quite appreciated too,” says Bird.
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ACCOMMODATION
Britannia Student
      Services  

ASSOCIATIONS/GROUPS
Eaquals
      International  
Feltom Malta  
International House
      World Organisation  
MEI-Relsa Ireland  
Quality English  

EVENTS
Alphe Conferences  
LTM Star Awards  

EXAM BOARDS
IELTS  

GUARDIANSHIP
COMPANIES
Bright World
      Guardianships  

INSURANCE
InterGlobal Ltd.  
Student Guard
      Insurance  

SERVICES
Your World On
      Monday  

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Merlin
      Entertainments

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority  

BELGIUM
CERAN Lingua
      International  
      (Belgium, France,
      Spain, UK)

CANADA
Bodwell College  
Centre Linguista
      Canada  
College Platon  
English Bay
      College  
Hansa Language
      Centre of Toronto  
ILSC  
National School of
      Languages  
Quest Language
      Studies  
Richmond School
      District #38  
Stewart College
      of Languages  
University of
      Toronto  
Vancouver English
      Centre  
YMCA Greater
      Montreal
      International
      Lang School  

CHINA
iMandarin Chinese
      Training School  
Mandarin House  

ENGLAND
Bell International  
      (Malta, UK)
International House
      World Organisation  
Kaplan Aspect  
      (Australia, Canada,
      Ireland, Malta,
      New Zealand, South
      Africa, UK, USA)
LAL Language and
      Leisure  
      (England, Malta,
      South Africa, USA)
Malvern House  
Princes College
      School of English  
Queen Ethelburga's
      College  
South Thames
      College  
St Giles Colleges  
      (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group  
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa, Spain,
      USA)

FRANCE
Home Language
      International  
      (France, Ireland,
      Spain)
Langues Sans
      Frontieres  
Silc - Séjours
      Linguistiques  
      (France, Spain, UK)
Université de Paris
      Sorbonne  

GERMANY
International House
      Berlin - Prolog  

IRELAND
ISI - International
      Study Institute
      Ireland

Swan Training
      Institute  
University College
      Cork  

JAPAN
Kai Japanese
      Language School  

MALTA
Clubclass
      Residential
      Language School  
EC - English
      Language Centres  
      (China, England,
      Malta, South Africa,
      USA)
LAL Malta  
Malta Tourism
      Authority  
NSTS  

NEW ZEALAND
Languages
      International  
Wellington High
      School  

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
      Centres and
      Activity Camps  
      (England, Ireland,
      Scotland, Wales)
Edinburgh Academy

SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Studies  

SPAIN
ESADE- Executive
      Language Centre  
Idiomas ˇSí!  
Instituto
      Internacional de
      Idiomas Ibiza  
Pamplona Learning
      Spanish Institute

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
      Colleges Ltd  
      (Australia, Canada,
      China, Ecuador,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, Malta, New
      Zealand, Russia,
      Scotland, Spain,
      USA)

USA
ALCC - American
      Language &
      Communication
      Center  
Brown University  
ELS Educational
      Services  
Global Immersions
      Inc  
Kaplan Aspect  
      (Australia, Canada,   
      Ireland, Malta, New
      Zealand, South
      Africa, UK, USA)
Monterey Institute
      of International
     Studies  
Zoni Language
     Centers  

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ENGLAND
Bright World
      Guardianships  
Twin Group  
      (Ireland, UK)