ESL language schools offer language courses with a difference. The innovative French + courses at their school in Lyon now enable students to combine their desire to learn French with their wish to learn more about French culture.
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The ESL language school in Lyon lies at the heart of the cultural and festive life of the city in an area which has received UNESCO World Heritage status. Lyon is justly famed for its food: for many it is seen as the gastronomic capital of France and amongst its Michelin-starred chefs are Paul Bocuse, Nicolas Le Bec and Philippe Geauvrau. Lyon borders the important wine growing regions of the Côtes du Rhône and Beaujolais. In cultural terms this month Lyon has just hosted an important international film festival (Lumière) which is named in honour of the brothers who showed the world’s first ever film in the town itself.
Language students who choose to study French in France often do so because they have an interest in French culture as well as the French language. ESL’s innovative French + courses allow students of all levels to study French whilst also offering them the ability to further their knowledge and appreciation of French culture. Where better to do this than in the cultural environs of the city of Lyon?
For cineastes studying French with ESL the French + Culture course has modules which trace the history of French cinema from its birth to the present day. Lyon houses the Institut Lumière which helps students to understand the aesthetic, scientific and historical background to the invention of the motion picture camera.
For wine lovers studying French with ESL the French + Wine course allows them to learn more about the regions wines and includes guided trips to vineyards, wine tastings, visits to wine merchants and the chance to discuss wine with the regions experts – all in French, naturally. Students studying at ESL next month will be in the Beaujolais region at the time of the Sortie de Beaujolais Nouveau which falls this year on the 17th November.
For gourmands studying French with ESL the French + cuisine offers delights all year round but is almost fully booked already for January 2012 when there are world famous cookery competitions (Bocuse d’Or, Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie) and the International Catering, Hotel and Food Trade Fair in Lyon. The course includes talks by local food experts, cookery classes at one of the city’s finest workshop, tasting sessions at the Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, where 58 traders showcase the best of the region’s produce, guided visits to local markets and the chance to discuss your gastronomic findings with fellow students over an evening meal in a Bocuse brasserie.
An ESL spokesperson commented that “if you are looking to study French in France and have a passion for wine, French cooking or French culture our French + courses are perfect for you. With so much always happening Lyon is definitely the place to be. ESL can help you discover similar cultural delights in Germany – for instance if you study German at our German school Freiburg or Berlin then Germany's cultural charms will also be unveiled for you”.
ESL has language schools in France (Lyon and Nice), Switzerland (Montreux) and Germany (Freiburg and Berlin). ESL provides high-quality language courses to international students of all ages and all abilities. ESL complements all students’ learning with rich optional cultural and sports programmes.