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DIALOGUE IMMERSION COURSES
about our Intensive French Immersion Courses
When I came to DialoguE in November 2007, my French had been deteriorating for several years. I had given up being truly comfortable with the language and felt burdened by the fact that I had to speak it regularly in my daily life.
After one week at DialoguE, my worst faults in pronunciation and grammar have been corrected, my oral comprehension has dramatically improved; bust but most importantly, I'm motivated - I'm enjoying working with French - and speaking the language is a challenge and an opportunity.
I will come back.
I think your training method is one of the best I have known.
I took the course because I had been offered a job with a French company and as I was to be working with French speaking indigenes I had to undergo an interview in France, in French, two days after finishing the course. I passed the interview and was offered the job the next day. One of the many good things I found about the course was that I told Mr. Godard at the start that my initial aim was to pass the interview, with a secondary aim of continuing to learn the language, and he was able to tailor specific aspects of the course directly towards my interview. This definitely helped me get through a rather nerve racking experience as some key points, questions and responses had been turned into key phrases during the course and recorded on cassette allowing me to hear and rehearse them time and again. This 'Key Phrases' is a particular aspect of the course and I have found it particulary useful and still listen to the tapes on a regular basis now. Through this I am gaining more confidence and having been given a good grasp of the structure of the language have now found it much easier to learn on my own the grammar and verb conjugations. I have three French contractors working for me here in Nigeria and whereas I used to conduct all business in English with them, I now spend a lot of time speaking French on the job and even go out for a beer with them where we only speak French. The 'immersion' part of the course gave me the confidence to do this as only French is spoken throughout the course, although you are helped when you are in particular difficulty in trying to make yourself understood.
I have studied French for the past four summers in French-speaking countries and no other school is better than Dialogue thanks to the "private lessons."
I brought some cassettes on which I had recorded French programs, made a transcript before each lesson and had a teacher correct it. This practice greatly helped me improve my French.
This autumn just after the lessons I passed the DELF 1st grade at the score of 16.5~18 out of 20.
The fees are a little expensive but they are worth it. Dialogue is for those who really want to improve their French because no one speaks Japanese there.
About my DialoguE experience :
Most language training I've ever had taught me how to translate from English to French. At DialoguE I learned to call on what I knew to express myself directly in French. What a difference! Much like the difference between someone who can follow a recipe and someone who knows how ingredients combine to form cuisine, I learned more than just verbs & vocabulary; I absorbed the sounds, the nuances, and the rhytms of the language. I discovered that I could be understood by shopkeepers, taxi cab drivers, and, best of all –waiters!
Two weeks at DialoguE were worth two semesters of college level instruction. By the end of my stay I was able to converse with French friends in their own language! They were so impressed. Not only that, but I now have the kind of foundation that makes future learning truly productive, instead of an exercise in memorizing dull vocabulary lists. Maybe the only down side to DialoguE is that one's English gets a little rusty!...
C'est incroyable! Merci mille fois!
Flexible, sympathetic, personal - these are 3 of the most important adjectives to describe what Dialogue can offer you.
Whilst Jean-Luc, Claudine & their team are wholly professional & highly effective in delivering what you specifically need in terms of individually tailored language training, you will never feel anything other than part of an extended family. This is true from the initial doorstep greeting through your formal lessons, mealtimes and informal discussions up to the day of your final departure. When you are with them, the extended family will probably range from beginners to those who are nearly fluent - this is not an issue. Each gets his/her own needs met in a relaxed & comfortable environment - & students get to help each other in addition to everything that Dialogue offers.
I made much more progress here in just over 3 weeks than I made in 5 years of French lessons in school - & I left with an appetite to come back for more !! From one who was a reluctant language student, there can be no greater praise.
Ian D McKie
You have developed a program that really works, for all levels of ability.
My French improved a lot, and I am anticipating having it improve even more, during my next visit to Dialogue. I don't know yet when that might be, but I do know that I will return.
Thank you for the innovative approach to language learning, the wonderful teachers, and for making me feel so at home. Please feel free to give out my name and phone number to anyone interested in learning more about Dialogue, as I'll be happto to help spread the word.
Again many thanks to you and Claudine, and everyone at Dialogue who helped make my experience there so positive.
"The stay at Dialogue was most helpful in focusing my efforts on key areas for improvement. The teaching methods were well adapted to my requirements and the teachers were excellent. It was very pleasant to be in a family home rather than in a school environment. This enhanced the learning experience"
David P. McNeilly
"The quality of instruction was quite high, with a great deal of attention given to individual needs.
I was able to make significant progress in the areas of greatest importance to me in a short period of time.
I would (and do) recommend Dialogue highly to anyone who is serious about learning French as efficiently as possible."
Your school was better than I imagined.
James David Jacobs
"One must be very cautious, of course, about any dealings over the internet with an entity one does not know. But, Dialogue is all they claim to be in their web site and much more. I cannot think of any group or business that I have dealt with in recent years that lived up more fully and totally to the deal they make with each individual student, in terms of instruction, cost and promised facilities and amenities. One can have total confidence that here are folks who really care about what they do, are proud of it, and proud to teach and share the beautiful French language with those fortunate enough to come to their splendidly equipped and located school. In my view, they are at the very top of the apex in instruction methods and personal expertise in language training. My time there has given me a very fond memory to carry a lifetime."
Over the years enterprises
which "promise their customers less, yet deliver more" are the successful
ones. Exceeding clients' expectations as a routine matter happens only
through careful attention to every aspect...down to the smallest detail...
of the enterprise. While such business terminology is not often applied
to the educational and training process, in the case of Dialogue it most
certainly deserves to be.
Margot Dexter and Palmer Swanson
As I am in a hurry, I just write you to let you know that I got the job at the ICRC.
For the interview I had the chance to choose between English and French and I decided to speak FRENCH!!!! For the group discussion etc. we spoke as well in FRENCH.
Thank you very much for your help....
On my return home, I received with interest the most recent "Champs-Elysées" cassette to which I have subscribed for a long time.
A month ago I heard about 50 %. Now, after my stay at DialoguE, I hear almost all.
In only two weeks I made a noticeable improvement in my ability to speak and comprehend French, and significantly improved my self-confidence.
Within weeks of leaving Dialogue I was living in Paris, navigated an interview entirely in French, and had received a job offer.
The instructors were genuinely interested in helping me learn, easily accommodating my particular interests and learning style.
Rest assured that during your stay Jean-Luc and Claudine will be the perfect hosts, providing wonderful conversation and food for those rare times when you're not studying or having a lesson. Be sure to ask Jean-Luc to show you his slides from Burundi!
"I have taken a number of French language courses over the last ten years but always in a group format. My French had reached a particular level but I found it difficult to advance beyond this. I spent a very fruitful five days with the Godards and their excellent teachers at Spa and I reached a new level of confidence with the language. I made some marked improvements during the course and am now confident that I can reach a much higher level with practice."
Patrick Lynam, Brussels
I wholeheartedly recommend five days at Dialogue. Your efficient & personalised teaching has certainly remotivated me. Additionally, your cassettes make it easy to continue to make progress at home.
Regards to all,
Gillian Heath, Brussels.
Six months after my first visit to Dialogue and immediately prior to starting my new job in a Parisian law firm, I returned to Dialogue for two weeks. The result is that I felt extremely comfortable and natural speaking in French once I arrived in France. Immediately after my arrival, I received many compliments on my French. Parisians repeatedly expressed surprise that I had never lived for an extended period of time in France. Furthermore, the facility of expression that I gained at Dialogue helped me to adapt quickly to working in an entirely French office and to interact easily on a social level with French people outside of the office. I know that the time that I spent at Dialogue played an important role in my current comfort level in France and the extent to which I am enjoying my stay here.
Dialogue is, without a doubt, the best language school that I have found. The main drawback to studying at Dialogue is that afterward, you will be much less tolerant of the inefficiency of studying elsewhere.
My French improved dramatically: I could see and hear improvement daily, not just over the course of weeks. I made more progress in my week at Dialogue than I did over the course of a year studying at school.
If you really want to learn French (or Spanish, or German, or Flemish), and you’re willing to put in the work to do it, I can’t imagine a more effective method. And I can’t wait to go back.
Richard H. Zahm
I'm home now, and very happy with my Dialogue experience, for many reasons. The biggest is that my instructors knew how to identify and address those issues that are particular to a more advanced learner. No wasted time -- my efforts were focused. Time and energy were well spent, and the result was marked progress each day. Another big reason was the food -- the meals were outstanding!
"Pure excellence in language education!
I would just like to convey my heart-felt gratitude to you and the whole "Dialogue" team for 2 thoroughly enjoyable and productive weeks in Spa. I feel I made significant progress with my French, thanks to a combination of your highly effective method and an extremely motivated teaching staff. The latter mixed just the right "cocktail" of exercises devoted to grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and practical application - rest assured, I will be putting your cassettes to good use in order to build on what I learned. Claudine's culinary skills rounded off the programme beautifully - all in all, a class act I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone.
My expectations were fully met by Dialogue. One to one teaching ensured I was learning exactly what I needed, at a pace tailored to my ability. The setting is inviting and the Godards and their staff made my full immersion week a positive experience. I now have the confidence to approach practical situations in French as well as a good foundation for continued learning.
During the five days that I spent at Dialogue, I felt that I largely recovered the level of French that I had had years before when I was a student. Even more importantly, I acquired a facility of expression that I had never had before, having only taken large group classes when I was in school. The teaching method developed by Claudine and Jean-Luc Godard is extremely effective, and I found that my lessons were tailored to my particular needs and requests. The professors were not only intelligent, highly skilled and motivated, they had such a pleasant teaching style that the classes were very enjoyable. Additionally, I found that much of the learning took place in the relaxed setting of meals and coffee breaks with the Godard family, the professors and the other students.
Before planning my stay at Dialogue, I was somewhat worried that spending a week in language immersion might not be the most relaxing way to take a break from work. Instead, I found that being at the school was very much like being a guest in the home of excellent hosts. I had a private room and shower in a lovely room with views of the countryside. Every day, there were three delicious sit-down meals, with wine flowing freely at dinner. During the afternoon, there was time to go hiking in the Ardennes or to the thermal baths in heart of Spa. At the end of my stay, not only was I extremely pleased with my progress in French, I felt refreshed and relaxed.
Thanks for one of the hardest but one of the most fruitful weeks of my life.. At 54 most people don't attempt to learn a second language, so I arrived with extreme apprehension and left with confidence and motivation. You have given me a solid base on which to build my use of French.
I wanted to write to thank you for the wonderful 2 weeks I spent at your school DialoguE. As a complete beginner to French I was amazed at the progress I made in 2 weeks. Even now - almost 5 months later - the words and phrases I learnt with you are imprinted on my brain. Sadly since finishing my course I haven't used my French very much - as I didn't end up moving to Lausanne. However I have been to Paris since then and managed to get around Paris, order food and ask directions all in French. It was wonderful to me - as the people appreciated my attempts - and it enhanced the experience greatly. I also wanted to say a few words about your hospitality, the lovely accommodation and food - and how comfortable I felt in your home. I really have to compliment Claudine particularly for her attention to detail and for being a terrific hostess. The food was always delicious, the rooms always clean and comfortable - and the garden delightful. Lastly I have to talk about the learning experience at your school. At first I have to admit that as a complete beginner it all seemed a bit overwhelming. I couldn't imagine being able to understand any of the meal-time conversations - but how wrong I was. After only a week - I could comprehend much of what was being said around the dinner table - and not long after was even able to join in. I was very impressed with the methods you used for teaching, and also very impressed with all of the teachers (yourself and Claudine especially). I would like to add one other special thanks to Ingrid - whose good humour and enthusiasm for teaching French was inspiring. She always made the lessons entertaining and fun - and helped bring French to life for me. Now I've started on the many things that impressed me at DialoguE I am finding it hard to finish. I also appreciated that the length of the lessons were never stinted on. I have worked at a Language School myself - and know that at other schools lessons times are strictly adhered to. At DialoguE the lesson ended when both teacher and student were finished a topic - and not simply because the time was up. So I always felt like I was getting more than my moneys worth. Thank you to you both and everyone and DialoguE for making the experience of learning French a great one. I would gladly recommend your school to anyone who wishes to learn French in a hurry.
"I found Dialogue to be very valuable experience. Through the total immersion I gained significant confidence in my speaking ability and the one-on-one courses allowed me to make tremendous progress in the areas I needed to improve. The teachers and teaching methods are outstanding and the hospitality cannot be matched. I hope to continue my studies with Dialogue in the near future."
"DialoguE are a very good company: very professional, and they take a lot of care all the time to tailor the course to your particular needs. A week there seems expensive if you compare the costs with the costs of individual private lessons which you might take elsewhere, but the huge advantage is that you are completely immersed in French. You aren't going out at lunch or back in the evenings to an English environment. I really found that this helped me become more fluent and more confident."
"Once again many thanks for the friendly and informative week at Dialogue. The intense and disciplined one-on-one method of instruction was very effective in improving our conversation and pronunciation. We learned much about the nuances and analytical power of the French language."
John and Yvonne Moossy,
"I would like to thank Jean-Luc and Claudine for making my two-week stay at Dialogue thoroughly fulfilling. The tailored individual sessions on auditory discrimination and phonetics enabled me to make great advances in my pronunciation of French. Equally important, my hosts' unstinting attention to my malapropisms outside class served to heighten my awareness and facilitate correction of longstanding bad habits.
"The combination of total immersion in the French language and intense academics is truly hard work. However, the immersion and the excellent instruction paid off. I am delighted with my progress. I can communicate in French with far greater agility than before Dialogue. Additionally, I am convinced that through Dialogue I have built a solid base which will enable my continued progress. Dialogue was the ideal preparation for my MBA studies in France."
Ben Small, Attorney,
"The week we spent was a fine, intensive way to learn French pronunciation and conversation. You are guests in the Godard's house, eating your meals with them and, at lunch, with the instructors. In between meals, you intensively drill pronunciation and conversational phrases in a way I haven't seen done in the U.S."
Mark Roe, Professor,
"A great way to learn French."
Helen Hsu, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
"My experience at Dialogue was very productive. I spent three weeks learning French. The program of total immersion is the only way to make rapid and enduring progress. In addition, they have developed a new and unique method of learning French which concentrates on difficult sounds, followed by intensive practice to imprint the results permanently. Three weeks of study at Dialogue is equivalent to 2 years of study elsewhere. Above all, living in a French-speaking home adds to the experience. Without exception, Jean-Luc and Claudine Godard are outstanding hosts. The atmosphere is very conducive to relaxed learning. The living quarters and kitchen are four stars."
Dean Limbert, MD, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
"Following my week at Dialogue and the opportunity to use my newly acquired French skills at two congresses in Paris, I am writing to express how pleased I am to have selected Dialogue over my other options. From the first contact your team demonstrated full flexibility with my scheduling constraints. Further, given that the demands of my job do not allow a relaxed multi-week program, you were able to construct an intensive 7-day course that I estimate would have required 2-3 weeks to complete elsewhere. Your competitors did not even understand my needs.
John E. Bissel, Telemedia GmbH, Germany
"It is a great pleasure for me to thank you warmly for the excellent lessons in French that I received from you at the end of last year. When I returned to Paris from Spa, I could immediately notice a marked improvement in my competence in speaking French. In particular, I was able to carry on several fairly complicated conversations over the telephone without any difficulty. You will be amused to learn that I happened to mention to my French publisher that I had been taking lessons in French and was hoping to take some more; he replied that I had no need of further lessons! Of course, he was flattering me, I know. His remark, however, was a credit to you. You may refer any prospective clients to me, and I will be happy to recommend your lessons in French-and your gracious hospitality as well."
"The course is extremely well thought out, combining many hours of lessons and informal conversation, skilled teaching and a pleasant atmosphere, which makes it the ideal immersion experience. The teachers are well trained and good at structuring the work for each individual. The practical facilities; that is the personal study bedrooms are also well planned and very comfortable. Finally, the house and meals provided are beautiful. I found that the small number of students kept the family atmosphere intact, and it was a great pleasure to talk to everyone I met. My aural comprehension of French and my confidence in speaking it improved enormously, which was what I needed myself."
Sue England, Brussels
"I've been studying French for years in the United States, with private lessons, classes, books, audio tapes, video tapes and what have you. While I have to consider myself an advanced student, I can also honestly say that I learned more French during the seven days I spent at Dialogue (May 25-June 2, 1997) than I did with all my other efforts combined.
Monica Winefryde Furlong, Larchmont, NY
"I feel privileged to have attended your school, early in its existence, because we have benefitted uniquely from the immense effort that Jean-Luc and Claudine have made. You have provided comfort, a warm intimate ambience, personal tutoring at its finest, beautiful classical music, all reflecting your excellent taste."
David M. Erwin, Chicago
I have attended DialoguE twice and would do so again if the opportunity presents itself.
John Paul Lussow
Thank you for providing me the opportunity to learn Spanish in an environment perfect for me.
I have studied several languages, buy have not experienced progress like I did in Barcelona.
To learn a new language requires dedication, commitment and enthusiasm of both student and teacher. The DialoguE Team has all this in abundance.
Based on the former students' comments, I felt
confident that the course at DialoguE would be excellent. I had no idea,
however, that the experience would be as effective, enjoyable and fulfilling
as it ultimately proved to be.
I would estimate that in terms of grammar, usage and comprehension, my Spanish skills improved in two weeks more than they would have in one entire year of traditional university level language study.
If advancing your language skills in the quickest way possible is your primary goal, then DialoguE Idiomas is a superb choice.
"The most important consequence of learning a new language is that a new person begins to live. Thank you DialoguE for looking after me. And thanks also for the good food."
Marc Desmedt, Electrabel
"The most important element of learning a new language is thinking in that language, and that is what I now do. I had not just one, but two very special teachers for two months."
Sunshine Sun, Korea
"The ambience and the Dialogue working methods are optimal. I have been able to progress well, and am leaving with a solid base for the future."
Laurent Gauthier, Belgium
"Thank you to the DialoguE team for this first big step into the Spanish language. I feel that the journey of discovery of the Spanish language, people and culture that I have begun with you will enrich my life in the coming years."
Paul Culley, Council of the European Union
"Many thanks for the weeks I have spent with you. I very much enjoy total immersion with your family. I hope to come back very quickly."
Sven Hansen, UBS
"As far as the teaching is concerned, I am pleased. The classes have given me much confidence. Without doubt, I have improved during this week thanks to the excellent teachers. Above all, I have enjoyed the family and teachers I have met here. I want to come back. See you soon !"
Keiko Hirano, Japan
I would like to thank you for the wonderful and useful time
that I had at Dialogue, for your teaching and
for your hospitality.
I would sincerely like to thank you both very much. I have enjoyed my stay at your place and I have learnt a lot during this week.
Many thanks for your delicious meals, which I can recommend to anyone. Your company during the meals was very pleasant. You gave me a lot of things to think about. Not to forget: thanks a lot for the special tour of the town.
I have been making progress since the first day in my specific problem areas. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.
I can say that the whole experience has been truly worthwhile. And, as you said: ‘Every ending is the start of a new beginning!’
It was a pleasure to meet you both, and once again, many thanks.
I would like to express my appreciation again for your lessons and hospitality during my stay.
I believe that one to one
lessons are the best way to learn English quickly and properly. Thanks
to your system, I could learn exactly what I wanted.
If somebody reads these lines and is interested in some personal comments then I would like to point out the following: the teaching concept was brilliant, I made a lot of progress within just one week.
Especially my problem of managing the rules of grammar was perfectly solved by an easily understandable explanation. Minoo did a very good job and my expectations were more than fulfilled.
The English-Training took
place in a very pleasant environment, perfect accommodation with always
terrific meals and with very warm and open hosts. If somebody is going
to combine the language training with some sports, cycling and running
are recommended – it is a beautiful region.
"It was an exceptional experience. I had the opportunity to experience an excellent new method of learning a language.
Yes, I had tried other courses that ended when they finished. The Dialogue one is completely different because the teachers show you a method to improve your listening and speaking English and not only during the course. They tried to give me the self-confidence to lose my shyness with the English language."
Emilio Acevedo, Business
nice place, Rye; two very
René F. Funck, Entity Information
Il corso presso DIALOGUE e' stato pienamente soddisfacente. il paese e la casa sono posizionati ottimamente.
La casa e' molto confortevole, pulita ed accogliente. Le lezioni si svolgono seguendo un continuo confronto ed interazione tra insegnanti e studente, assicurando la massima focalizzazione sulle aree di miglioramento e un continuo interscambio per un naturale e continuo arricchimento del lessico e del frasario comune.
L'ambiente familiare e il diffuso senso di serenita' sono pari solo alla professionalita' dimostrate.
Penso di aver conseguiti ottimi risultati e poi non si puo' mancare la cucina di Mike!
"Jeg har i foråret 2001 gennemført et intensivt engelskkursus af en uges varighed på sprogskolen DialoguE.
Dialogue er en lille effektiv og velfungerende sprogskole drevet af ægteparret Mike og Minoo, som begge er dygtige og erfarne sproglærere.
Formålet med mit sprogkursus var, at få genopfrisket mit almene engelsk samt at få mit tekniske engelsk genopfrisket og uddybet. Jeg synes begge dele lykkedes fint, blandt andet som følge af, at der forud for kurset tilrettelægges et personligt program for kursusugen, der tager udgangspunkt i den enkeltes sprogniveau.
Jeg kan give DialoguE min bedste anbefaling."
Jens Husted, Afdelingsingeniør
M.IDA Carl Bro as,
"Kielitaitoni kohentui merkittävästi kahden viikkon intensiivikurssilla DialoguEssä. Mike ja Minoo ovat molemmat erinomaisia opettajia, joilla on myös paljon elämänkokemusta. Kielikurssin lisäksi tunnen saaneeni kahden viikon kurssit positiivisesta kannustamisesta ja tekemällä oppimisesta sekä brittiläisestä elämän tavasta. Kaikesta tästä on ollut minulle hyötyä kansainvälisissä tehtävissä ja opettajan työssäni."
Mitt namn är Bo Broman och är
anställd på Stora Enso Hylte Mill. Har arbetat som tekniker
på Hyltes vedhantering i 26 år och är sedan ca: 4 år
som processkoordinator. Mitt omdöme om DialoguE som utbildningscenter
är mycket positivt.
Bosse Broman, Process Co-ordinator,
"Under den vecka jag var på DialoguE lärde jag mig saker som jag aldrig har lärt mig tidigare. Själv tyckte jag att det var för lite med en vecka, för att man skulle lära sig så mycket på så kort tid. Jag rekommenderar två eller tre veckor. Mike och Minoo är mycket pedagogiska och bra på att lära ut, de märker direkt vad man har för brister i sin engelska och rättar givetvis till dem. Så ska ni gå en intensiv kurs i engelska så rekommenderar jag varmt DialoguE till 110 %."
Petra Nilsson, Management
Roger Bengtsson, Ekonomitjänster
When asked about my experience at Dialogue, the first thing I shall cite is the spectacular progress enabled by the Dialogue method. I arrived ten days ago with no ability to speak and only a passing knowledge of a few words and grammatical structures. To my delight, Dialogue delivered fully on what they promised: now I can read, listen to and comprehend Dutch conversation, and -- most importantly -- express my own thoughts all at an intermediate level or above. As a result of the immersion method, last night I even dreamed in Dutch. (...)
"My partner is from the Netherlands,
hence I had a strong desire to learn the language, especially for the
sake of the future children.
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