Biarritz Teens Language & Surf Camp - Biarritz, Les Landes. France
Exciting French summer camps for teenagers offered by Biarritz Teens Language & Adventures Camp! If you are looking for a summer camp in France with a difference, consider the program offered by a language school. Our young learners’ courses offer the unique combination of French language courses in France for teenagers and exciting sporting and outdoor activities.
Courses are available to youngsters from 12 to 17 years old and typically run for two weeks. These summer camps in France are ideal for active teenagers who wish to improve their French language skills and have a lot of fun at the same time. The program comprise a varied program that balances learning with recreation.
So, in the morning, participants attend intensive French language lessons. Learners are divided into groups according to their linguistic ability, ensuring that each receives the tuition and attention appropriate to their learning needs. The afternoon is filled with various sports activities, excursions. These include traditional sports such as basketball, tennis and golf, as well as more adventurous activities such as tree climbing, kayaking and mountain biking.
A popular location with teenage language learners. Combine your French studies with an Activities or Surfing course. Students love the easy access to golden beaches. Spend two to three weeks during the Summer break learning French with a group of International students. This trip allows you to bring one or more friends, or go it alone.
What is certain is that you will not be alone in Biarritz, or during travel . When it comes to flights, we don’t book them for you, so you can arrive the day you choose. We set up a transfer from Biarritz airport, where you’ll be met by your host family (who have been chosen carefully) and our Staff.
You don’t need to worry about a thing with us, we will assist you in any way possible from the beginning through to the very end of your course, because what better than being on the spot, Biarritz. In summer you will enjoy everything in Biarritz: weather is beautiful, host Families, barely 10 minutes from the school on foot, we will provide a bus-pass if you were over 15 minutes, classes with few students (about 10 or 12) to learn, improve more…and plenty of other things …
Before your arrival you will take an online French assessment test that’ll allow us to place you in a class that’s perfect for your level. Develop your language skills in a positive and supportive environment, and after 20 lessons per week see your confidence in expressing and understanding the language improve. Classes will take place Monday to Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. (Teenagers prefer begin 9:30 am)
Host family Accommodation
Host families are chosen by us and offer students the chance to experience the culture of France. We are aware that accommodation is one of the most important factors of your stay and their selection process is rigorous.
One of the main criteria for selection is the host family’s enjoyment of hosting a foreign student and a willingness to improve a student’s spoken French. So take full advantage of your stay with them by practicing the language as much as possible. Who cares if you make mistakes!
To ensure that you do enjoy your stay and to avoid possible disappointments and misunderstandings, we have set out some guidelines which we think may be useful:
The host family will provide breakfast, lunch (generally in the form of a picnic meal) and an evening meal, each day. Breakfast: Remember French breakfast is a light meal, so don’t expect a fry up! Generally speaking it will be a coffee or chocolate drink and a roll or croissant. Lunch: The hosts will give you a lunch box meal each day to take into school with you (but you eat with the hosts at the weekend). Evening Meal: The main meal of the day, eaten with your hosts.
There will be a bed, sheets and covers, pillow, closet space and you will have access to a desk or a table (which may be in another room). Towels may be provided for use in the bathroom but it is generally advisable to take your own, as they can be rather small and useless by UK standards! You will be sharing a bedroom with another student (same gender, different nationality) unless you specifically request to be placed in accommodation with a friend who books with us at the same time as you.
Please be considerate, in many houses the supply of hot water is limited – therefore do NOT use an excessive amount of hot water.
Your hostess will provide bed linen. hostess may be prepared to a little light washing for you (especially if you are tidy) but they don’t have to and they certainly won’t do a stack of washing on demand!
INVETED: Visiting friends
Should you wish to invite a friend to the house, please ask your hostess’ permission first (and do not expect her to feed them). It is not customary for guests to invite a friend from the opposite sex into their bedrooms.
DISTANCE OF COLLEGE
All families are located in Biarritz residential districts, but if not within walking distance, they will be within an easy bus ride of the school.
French Language Lessons
Intensive French language lessons. Learners are divided into groups according to their linguistic ability, ensuring that each receives the tuition and attention appropriate to their learning needs.
Your First Day & Life at the College
ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL
Your hosts will show you how to get to the college from their house on the first morning. You will be expected to report on the first Monday of your course, at School.
You have already completed the language level test on line which enables the teachers to establish your level and the relevant class, prior to your arrival. Morning classes are followed by a break, during which the students generally go outside and have a chance to get to know the other students. After the break, the 3rd lessons is used to ensure the following information is understood properly by the students:
1) general information: family, tel numbers for the urgencies, Biarritz town, the college exits (in case of fire), course schedules, a timetable of the weekly activities giving the hour & the place to meet, plus details on where to go and what to do for those booked in for the Surfing programme.
2) Map of Biarritz. Each student will have to show where their family lives, where the school is located, the “rendez-vous” points for the activities. Each one will have to say the name of the host family and her address!
3) For those students who are + 15/20 minutes walk from the school, Bus passes will be given out. After which the students go back into class for the final lesson of the first day. Lunch can then be eaten at the school or on the beach before you go for your first Activities or Surfing session.
On the first day EVERY student must come out of Biarritz centre, and be BACK with their hosts, NO LATER than 18.00hrs. Each family is required to call our staff to confirm that the student has found his way back to the hosts and that all is well. A new intake day can always seem a little chaotic, the staff will do everything they can to explain where you should be and what is going on, so please be patient, order will prevail!
And remember If in doubt ASK!
The school will provide:-Pens, books, notebooks…
The students are drawn from European nationalities (mainly British, Spanish, Irish, Swiss, Italian and German) with others joining from all over the world in smaller numbers.
Please note that tuition in class and communication out of class (even for beginners and from the first day) will be in French. English will not be used as matter of course (but there is always someone at the college who can speak English, should there be an emergency).
The atmosphere in the classroom is generally informal, however students need to be prepared to work hard and participate fully.
The lessons are a good balance between conversation, grammar, reading, listening and writing. Although this is an academic programme, the emphasis is very much on the pleasure and benefits of learning another language. The aim is for students to return home positively motivated and eager to continue making linguistic improvements.
A selection of material other than grammar and exercise books are available for the teacher’s use and these can be supplemented with additional material (according to the group’s linguistic capability) as needed i.e. films, newspapers, advertisements, texts on current affairs and topical issues.
Students will not receive homework assignments to be completed in their free time.
At the end of a course, students receive a teacher’s evaluation concerning the students’ general participation in the class and the level of French attained during the course.
Minimum course duration: 2 weeks – 16, 20, 24, 26 lessons x 45 minutes duration per week. Lessons taught: Monday to Friday- 9h00 to 13h15. Although this is an academic programme, the emphasis is very much on the pleasure and benefits of learning a language.The goal is to ensure you return home positively motivated and eager to continue improving, once home.
-Additional classes can be booked as a mini group session on Morning or afternoon.
FRENCH COLLEGE PLUS POINTS
-20 years experience of teaching French has enabled the college staff to develop a detailed and effective methodology.
-The college grammar books have been specifically designed for each level offered and are provided free of charge to everyone for a practical and personalised experience. Learning and revising grammar is guaranteed on a daily basis through written and oral exercises. -Each day one lesson will involve carefully selected texts concerning; social issues, civilisation and history. Each topic covered is accompanied by teacher initiated questions as the basis of discussions and debate in class.
-Carefully designed educational supports enliven the oral classes, (tailored and adapted to meet different language level needs of each class) dependant on the students current experience, to facilitate expression and oral comprehension, whilst strengthening written language skills.
-A professionally designed range of audio-visual data, exploring everyday life situations: at the market, in a restaurant, in the family etc. to ensure authentic language skills needed for day to day life are covered.
-A relaxed and vibrant classroom atmosphere to encourage everyone to get involved in the teaching sessions through role-plays, discussions and real life simulations.
-Phonetic corrections are made by the French native speaking teachers throughout the language course addressing the needs of individual students, according to their level and progress, within the group context. -Each student will be tested prior to departure, by written and oral assessment and will be issued with a certificate of achievement.
Patrice DUVERT General Manager
Marie DUVERT Founder
Thierry BOUSQUET Educational Director
Michel PERRIN Activities Manager
All teachers in the school are French nationals with French as their mother tongue, many of them have lived and taught French abroad and speak several languages, therefore relating easily to different cultures. With their enthusiasm and spontaneity, they guarantee lively and effective lessons! Should you have any queries or need any advice whilst in Biarritz please talk to the school office.
Students will enjoy spacious classrooms and excellent facilities in a pretty residential part of Biarritz with easy access to the beaches and town centre. The college is a self-contained college just a 8/10 minute walk from the centre of town. The College offers 10 bright and spacious classrooms, a computer room, Students kitchen, a big lounge, a meeting room…you can really enjoy improving your French.
French and activities includes:
- French lessons
- One sporting activity
- One cultural activite
- One French workshop activity
- One excursion (Bayonne, Saint Jean de Luz, San Sebastian (Spain) per week.
Aside from a Surf lesson these may include:
- Beach ball
- Pelote Basque
- Basket ball
- Swimming in a sea water swimming pool etc.
- You will also get opportunities to spend time at the beach.
Cultural activities An organised visit to:
- a local rugby match
- the chocolate museum
- the cinema or going bowling together as a group.
For those less actively inclined the region offers superb sight-seeing opportunities and in order to provide students with the maximum benefit from their time, we organise a range of guided tours and trips.
Students will be informed of the activities on offer for each week and may sign up for them in advance. Depending on the programme you book
French and Surfing includes:
- French lessons
- four surf sessions (1 session is 1h30)
- If is possible, one excursion (Bayonne, Saint Jean de Luz, San Sebastian (Spain) per week.
Learn to surf for FOUR afternoons a week with the local Surf Club (exact timetable dictated by the tides) plus join if is possible college excursion. A very popular course choice – so early reservation is essential. Surf lessons take place at the Grande Plage. The beaches used offer a variety of high quality beach breakers and also waves more suitable to beginners. All Surf Instructors hold a diploma from the “Federation de Surf” to prove competence to teach Surfing.
The team of qualified French Surf Instructors take care of all there students, whatever their prior level of experience. They will teach you the basics and get you up on a wave, or help you acquire more experience, technique and confidence, in safety. The Surf staff speaks English & Spanish, as well as French.
Wetsuits and surfboards are included in the course. There are a variety of boards available from beginner boards to more advanced shapes, so that you can progress quickly and safely on the right equipment for you. The Activities programme cannot be offered in the same week as a Surf course, but students are welcome to book one of each option, on a two week+ course.
LOCATION & GETTING HERE
Biarritz Teens Language & Adventures Camp is in a popular location with teenage language learners. Students love the easy access to golden beaches.
With its long sandy beaches, Biarritz offers endless possibilities for the water-sports enthusiast. The Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne (BAB) is situated on the Atlantic Coast, in the south west of France in the Basque Country. The area is a very attractive holiday destination because of its diversity and its nightlife! Inland, Bayonne offers a beautiful riverside setting, medieval old town, famous gothic cathedral and great shopping.
Biarritz, just south of Anglet, is a surfers paradise and offers a wide range of daytime holiday activity possibilities and good nightlife, while Anglet is also a surfer´s paradise and for its famous beaches.
What to bring with you to Biarritz:
- Sufficient personal money for the duration of the course
- A couple of passport photos
- Return ticket
- Passport copy or identity card
- Insurance documents
- EHIC Card (if European)
- A good alarm clock
- Beach plus: bath/hand towels, Sun tan lotion (high SPF), Sun glasses, Swimming gear, Insect repellent cream, Waterproofs and hiking shoes
We wish you a very pleasant and successful stay in Biarritz and a safe journey. Have a fabulous time in Biarritz and try and speak as much French as possible, at all times!
Before your departure
Thinks you must consider:
Please organise your travel to France as early as possible (this is particularly necessary in the summer when flights are always busy). If you have any queries about arrival and departure times we are happy to discuss the best options with you. As a rule it is best to arrive in the early afternoon on the Sunday, this gives you plenty of time to settle in to your accommodation once you have arrived in Biarritz.
You are not covered either by the College for insurance in any form. It is essential that you have some form of cover. Should you wish to take out an alternative insurance for your programme we are happy for you to do so but PLEASE you MUST take out insurance cover prior to leaving the country. Please REMEMBER to take your policy document with you to France. We have a multi-risk policy that covers participants as part of its “group” contract which covers responsibilities related to activities, – the people who make up the group, without any nominative list being required : administrators, employees, volunteers, children and adults, participants in activities, – the assets belonging to or made available to the group, – it provides global cover through five guarantees adapted to the needs of the group and its members.
This will obviously vary according to your own needs, but we suggest that approximately €100.00 per week should be allowed to cover the cost of snacks, etc…The College will not change money for students, and recommends that you exchange your money for euros prior to departure from your Country
If you are a citizen of the European Union you will need a passport to travel. Please ensure that it is in date prior to departure, and, (if you are not a citizen of the EU), it will remain valid for a period of 3 months beyond your departure date If you are not a EU citizen you may also need a visa to enter France. Please check with your nearest French Consulate for advice. On the first day of your arrival your passport will be taken into the care of the course organiser to avoid loss or theft. As you are required by law in France to carry some form of identification please make & bring a copy of your passport.
We would like you to send a photograph of yourself because we need to ad it on your emergency file and so that when you are met on arrival, your family know who they are looking for. The easiest option though is to forward a jpeg file of yourself.
Ensure you are prepared mentally before you even get on the plane or train. Language learning is a gradual process, requiring a lot of practice. This includes making errors and being corrected. Don’t hold back and wait for that magic moment when you think you will be able to speak perfect French, without practice, that moment will never come!
It is imperative that you complete the -Test de Niveau- The best way of allocating the students into the correctly graded classes is to ask you to complete the test without help from anyone, including a dictionary! It is not obligatory to answer all the questions. If you don’t know the answer, leave it and move on to the next question. It’s really not daunting so please don’t worry. We recommend that you do this three to four weeks before your course start date. Don’t forget (or we’ll be ringing you up and chasing you to do it)! If you did not send your test before your arrival, you will have no books to follow French courses
Cancellation information are indicated on “Terms and Conditions”
GOING OUTPERMISSION – LIABILITY – MEDICAL RELEASE
After the booking you will receive a confirmation by email with a personnal link to complete the online test, fill out the Under 18s form and send us your flight details.
Your Journey to Biarritz
Travel to Biarritz by air
The majority of students arrive by plane at Biarritz Airport. At present the only direct flight to Biarritz from the UK is operated by Ryanair, there is also a good connection from Dublin with Ryanair. You can also travel by air via Paris where there are daily direct flights to Biarritz operated by Air France from Orly or Roissy Charles de Gaulle airports.
- SWISS AIR Geneve/Biarritz
- RYANAIR Londres/Biarritz -Brussels/Biarritz -Dublin/Biarritz -Stockholm/Biarritz
- AIR FRANCE Paris/Biarritz – Marseille/Biarritz
- FLY BE Compagnie Birmingham/Biarritz – Bornemouth/Biarritz
- EASY-JET Londres/Biarritz – Paris/Biarritz – Lyon/Biarritz
- SAS SCANDINAVIAN Copenhague/Biarritz – Stockholm/Biarritz
- VOLOTEA Lille/Biarritz – Strasbourg/Biarritz
Travel to Biarritz by plane and train
Alternatively, you can take a flight to Bordeaux, Pau, San Sebastian (Spain) and then the train to Biarritz Station. The train journey to from Bordeaux to Biarritz takes one and one half hours and your host family will collect you at Biarritz station. We have a transfer service From Bordeaux Airport to Bordeaux the main station. Our corespondent in Bordeaux will by you a train ticket to Biarritz and stay with you till the train departure. The transfer will be around €80.00 for a one-way trip. On request, our transfer service can pick up students to Bordeaux airport, San Sebastian or Pau airport and drive you to your host family
For students staying with private households, the transfer service is offered for arrivals at either Biarritz Airport or the Railway Station and operates for arrivals on Sundays and departures on Saturdays between the hours of 12.00noon and 18.00hrs.
The two-way transfer is arranged by your hosts, free of charge and we recommend all our students take advantage of it, unless you are being dropped off by car by your parents. Either way remember to return the completed travel online form (Link in your confirmation email) as soon as possible. You will be collected from the airport or station by your host family and taken back at the end of your course.
Travel details received later than 2 weeks before travel may mean that a transfer cannot be arranged.
-Transfer instruction Arriving by plane Biarritz airport
Please collect your luggage and come through Customs. When being met at the airport, the host family will greet you at the passenger arrivals gate with a sign with your name on it. If you do not see someone immediately, please wait for at least 10 minutes (they may be meeting someone else from a delayed flight or be seeing to a puncture!). Only then go to the Information Desk and see if there is a message for you, if not please ask the person at the Desk to call emergency number 06 86 76 21 81 and Michel, in charge of transfers for the School will arrive asap.
– Transfer instruction Arriving by train at Biarritz Station
Disembark and wait in the main arrivals hall, your hosts will meet you here, holding a sign with your name on it. If you should get lost or no one arrives to meet you (please give them at least 15 minutes, they could be trying to park the car) it is imperative that you wait inside the station and don’t wander off anywhere! Only after 10 minutes or so should you ring the School emergency number:+33 686 762 181
Remember : Don’t worry! There are rarely problems with transfers so do not worry, we have only given you this information as insurance against the unexpected situation.
Travel to Biarritz by car
Arrival by car with parents Students arriving by car with parents are expected to make their own way to the host accommodation and should arrive between 6.00 am 8.00 pm.
Your first night in France
The shock of meeting strangers in a new setting after a long day’s travel rarely brings out the best in any of us. Expect to have thoughts such as “What am I doing here?” running through your brain. A good night’s sleep and getting to the end of the first day at college can do wonders for your sense of happiness and self-confidence. Please remember that 99% of the students who are arriving on the same day as you, are feeling just as disorientated and the feelings should evaporate within 48 hours of arrival.
In order to telephone to (your country) from France, dial “00 –” and then the required number, removing the “0” at the front of the (your country) area code. If you have people at home who might worry whether or not you reached your destination safely PLEASE make sure you contact them on the first night to say all is well. If staying with a host family please do not use the house phone for outgoing calls and only for incoming calls with your host’s permission and by prior arrangement. Mobile phone users are reminded to check with their service provider that they will be able to use their phone in France
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