We are an Australian and American family that has lived in the South of France for the past 16 years and speak fluent French and Italian as well as being native speakers of English. We are experienced teachers of English, Cooking, and Art and love sharing our language, culture, cuisine, and expertise to assist students to quickly improve their confidence in speaking and other English language skills.
We live in Saint Laurent du Var, on the Cote d’Azur in an apartment with a large garden located a 10-minute walk to the beach and port. Students will have their own room overlooking the garden. Due to the personalized nature of the program stay we generally only accept a single student but siblings or close friends may share a room if they will be studying together.
I am from Sydney, Australia and Susan is from Los Angeles, CA. We met while working in Italy over 30 years ago and have one son, Alexander. Alexander lives in Sydney, Australia where he is a research Scientist in Nanotechnology.
I have spent over 30 years in education worldwide and have a strong background in all aspects and levels of international education, across a range of learning environments and possess firsthand practical experience assessing, mentoring, tutoring, and supporting students of varying ages in countries around the world. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Arts from the University of Sydney, a Doctor of Education from Boston University and am a credentialed teacher. A native English speaker, I also speak, read, and write fluently in French and Italian, and have lived and worked in Sydney, Australia; London, England; Rome and L’Aquila, Italy; Maastricht, the Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; Monaco; and France. I also enjoy the study of rare books, raising birds and fish, and collecting Underground maps from around the world.
My wife Susan co-founded a company providing educational advising to parents hoping to place their children in selective independent and private schools in the UK and Europe. As part of this service, Susan developed and delivered a three-day, 18-hour program for international students entering the British independent school system for the first time. Susan was previously Director of Education Worldwide at the International University of Monaco (IUM). In this role, Susan was responsible as program manager for Taiwan, Italy, and Shanghai external academic programs admissions and administration.
Susan holds bachelor’s degrees in Hospitality and Business Management, and Anthropology, and has lived and worked in Sydney, Australia; Rome and L’Aquila, Italy; Maastricht, the Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; Monaco; and France. Susan enjoys the study of international gastronomy, art photography, painting, and collecting rare cookbooks.
Together, we are experts in total English Language and cultural Immersion and our specialty is providing a customized program designed just for your child. We are native English speakers with over 20 years experience in teaching and guiding International students. We have both worked for the University of California, Berkeley, and the International University of Monaco in guiding and teaching students in English.
Our English language instruction program includes both practical and academic teaching methodology both in class and during your child’s daily activity. This intensive total immersion approach will help your child achieve a rapid improvement in their spoken and written English. We can also provide coaching for exams as well as the DELF.
We follow strict protocol for Covid-19 sanitary advice and have been fully vaccinated. We ask our guests to be fully vaccinated and provide a negative Covid test taken 1 to 2 days before arrival.
Due to the specialized nature of the course, we accept only one student at a time. However, if a sibling or friend will be studying they can attend as well.
As we are offering a customized English language immersion for one student, there will no other guests.
In the morning on a typical day, we have breakfast and conversation. After breakfast, we focus on instruction providing a customized intensive English language program with specially designed exercises to engage your child for 2 hours, 5 days a week. If needed we can provide additional instruction up to 3 hours per day for an additional fee.
Outside of private instruction learning is reinforced in a structured program of daily activities, such as cooking and reading recipes, creating dramatic presentations, playing games or learning a new skill.
In the afternoon we may work in the garden, or go to the beach, schedule a tour, boat ride, or museum visit that is conducted entirely in English, providing an opportunity to reinforce the day’s lesson.
In the evening we discuss the days events and cook together. We may spend the evening playing games, having a quiz night, or enjoying a movie in English. Your child's stay is carefully programmed to include activities designed to achieve your personal objectives. We are also experienced in building your child's confidence and interpersonal skills.
The French Riviera is one of Europe’s best destinations for cultural heritage, art and design with several world-class museums and historic sites with beautiful collections. From museums filled with artistic curiosities to important exhibits of maritime heritage, your child can choose to enjoy a tour of the several of the best and most inspiring museums on the Cote d’Azur during their free time and on weekends. We are located within walking distance to the beach with several types of water-based activities available during the summer.
A few of the activities and tours available (there may be a fee to participate in some):
* Feel the 'Hollywood atmosphere' in Cannes
* Discover artistic St Paul de Vence medieval hill town.
* Sightseeing Cruise to Villefranche Bay.
* Visit Monaco, Monte Carlo and the Musée Océanographique.
* Discover Old Town Nice and the world famous flower market.
* Visit the Fragonard perfume factory.
Picasso Museum, Antibes
The Musée Picasso is one of the French Riviera’s best-known small museums, nestled in the light-filled Château Grimaldi in Old Town Antibes. Pablo Picasso took up a studio there in 1946 and produced a body of work he later donated to the museum.
French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir purchased a park, Domaine des Collettes, in the town of Cagnes-sur- Mer and spent the last twelve years of his life there in his house amidst the orange groves, olive trees and umbrella pines.
Musée National Marc Chagall, Nice
Marc Chagall’s projects of color and light are enhanced in architect André Hermant’s building with understated walls and large picture windows illuminating the a vast array of his lithographs, sculptures and paintings.
A wonderful contemporary art museum set close to the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence, the Fondation Maeght houses an important collection of twentieth century sculptures and paintings.
Musée Jean Cocteau
Musée Jean Cocteau on the seafront in Menton will ensure a memorable experience. Cocteau was a French Riviera heavyweight on the creative scene, transferring his artistic visions onto walls at the Chapelle Saint-Pierre in Villefranche-sur-Mer and Villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap- Ferrat.
Musée Océanographique, Monaco
Set in a spectacular building perched on the cliffside of ‘Le Rocher’, the Musée Océanographique in Monaco is a museum dedicated to maritime heritage and marine research.
Mon petit-fils et mes deux filles ont eu la chance de bénéficier de l'attention bienveillante et professionnelle de Boris et Susan. Mon petit-fils a travaillé avec Boris et Susan pendant un an alors qu'il était étudiant en Grèce (quand il avait 14 ans), puis Boris a travaillé avec lui pendant deux ans lorsqu'il était étudiant au Malvern College au Royaume-Uni. Je n'ai aucun doute que mon petit-fils n'aurait pas été accepté pour entrer à Malvern sans leur aide. Boris et Susan consacrent actuellement beaucoup de temps à aider mes deux jeunes filles à atteindre un niveau élevé d'anglais. Boris fournit des histoires enchanteresses et Susan les prend en photo chaque fois que je le lui demande. Les enfants adorent ces activités ! Boris et Susan sont des personnes attentionnées et consciencieuses qui s'engagent à aider les jeunes à s'améliorer et à profiter de leur vie. Je les recommande sans équivoque.
Dans le cadre de leur entrée en 6ème en Section Internationale (6 heures d'Anglais par semaine, classes mixtes avec des native speakers), mes 2 filles, Lola et Coralie, ont respectivement pu profiter de toute l'expérience de Boris et Susan pour améliorer leur capacité à s'exprimer à l'oral en anglais, tant de manière générale, que spécifique via des exercices de préparation au concours d'entrée (présentation, description d'image,...) à cette section, ou encore avec des animations (rédaction d'un blog, confection de recettes de cuisine) . Boris et Susan sont d'un naturel très accueillant, et ont une capacité assez étonante à mettre les enfants en confiance. Ces sessions, visiblement bien preparées, et s'inscrivant dans une dynamique de progression régulière, ont très rapidement porté leurs fruits, les amenant à s'exprimer de manière riche et ordonnée. Les points forts ont été renforcés et certaines lacunes comblées. Cette expérience, en complement de leur enseignement bilingue en primaire, leur a été très profitable et leur a donné, dans la bonne humeur et sans jamais avoir l'impression de bachoter, des armes supplémentaires pour se présenter au concours, qu'elles ont toutes les deux passé avec succès. C'est avec grand plaisir que je recommande vivement à ceux qui le souhaitent, et quel que soit leur niveau, de saisir l'opportunité de passer un peu de temps avec Boris et Susan, ils ne le regretteront pas. Jeff
Desde 1150 € / sem