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Le Génie des Langues

School Language Holidays

Designed by teachers for teachers and kids!
Open to both secondary and primary schools, we offer a language holiday, as long or as short as you like, entirely organised by us! Transport, accommodation, tuition and activities are all taken care of – we understand how busy teachers are and try to take care of as much of the hassle as possible.

With 16 years of teaching experience between us, we want to design a holiday learning experience that keeps the needs of both staff and kids in mind. We know what it’s like – we’ve been there ourselves!

The holiday involves the following :

* Transport : from England to Normandy via coach and ferry. The coach stays with you and provides all transport whilst in France.
* Full board accommodation : at a local hostel set in a charming lakeside location with archery, canoeing, boating and mountain biking on site. ( or a sea side hostel at Granville with beach, shops and tuition in sailing and wind surfing all at hand (
* Language tuition : in small groups using proactive methods and activities. Teaching is adapted to each group’s level and according to what you, their teachers, feel they most need. The more you can tell us, the better we can adapt the week’s curriculum to your pupils.
* Drama workshops in French : a fun and innovative approach to both language and gesture. These have proven very popular with pupils and are especially good at getting pupils to actually speak the target language.
* A full itinerary of excursions and activities : exploring French culture and the local sight including Le Mont St. Michel, WWII Landing Beaches, Go-Carting and local markets and farms. We aim to keep the kids busy throughout the day until they go to bed – we are teachers ourselves and know how to keep them out of mischief!!
* Constant support : remember that we’re with you all the time, contactable 24 hours a day. If you have a crisis in the middle of the night, we will come out and deal with it. If we’re not actually with you, we’ll be on the end of a phone and only a short drive away. We will accompany you on major trips (Le Mont St. Michel, Bayeux, and the Landing Beaches of WWII), occupy the pupils for the whole day and organise evening activities which you, their teachers, will supervise.

The school linguistic stays are divided into four groups (KS = Key Stage) according to the age of the pupils.

* KS II: pupils from 7 to 11 years (click here to visualize a standard itinerary)
* KS III: pupils from 11 to 14 years
* KS IV: pupils from 14 to 16 years
* KS V: pupils from 16 to 19 years
We can also devise shorter or longer holidays to suit your own specific needs.

However, remember that our guiding principle is, YOU DECIDE. You know your kids and can tell what will work and what is too much for them. We try to organise an itinerary that mixes learning with fun, provides variety and minimises the time spent on the coach. We never organise long coach journeys two days running, for example.

So, if you want to design your own itinerary, click here to request our list of activities and visits open to you. Your itinerary has to work around the tuition and we cannot promise that all combinations will be possible because of practical constraints but once you’ve chosen what you want, contact us and we’ll do our best to make it happen!

Private lessons

For residents of Normandy only.

First lesson free!
At « Le Génie des Langues », we offer one hour private lessons in French and English to all ages. You will be taught on a one-to-one basis. Lessons will be tailored to your individual needs and ambitions. Tuition will take place in our classroom at our home in Ducey or at your own home.

You will be taught using a variety of methods that will focus on speaking and listening or reading and writing according to your preference. We prefer to make learning fun, varied and pro-active rather than a passive, “chalk and talk” approach.

We believe in one hundred percent immersion in the language you wish to learn, so you will be spoken to in that language by your tutor, as far as possible, throughout your lessons.


This is for adults and senior citizens only.

Here is a list of accommodation which we can recommend to you. If you would like more choices and see pictures of some of them please click on the link at the bottom of this page; it will take you to the accommodation page of Ducey’s tourist office.

Hotels :

Le Moulin de Ducey*** (
L’auberge de la Selune** (

Self-catering accommodation (Gites) :

In Les Chéris (4km from Ducey), Mr and Mrs Leon will welcome you in one of their two charming cottages. Their prices are very fair (from €179 to €338 depending on the season) and the place is enchanting. Sleeps 4/5. Tel : 02 33 48 45 36

In St Laurent de Terregatte (3km from Ducey), Mr and Mrs Nauroy renovated their farmhouse to open this charming cottage to all salmon and trout lovers as it is labelled “gîte de pêche”. Their prices are fair (from €210 to €350 per week depending on the season). Sleeps4/5. It is possible to rent this gîte for a month. Tel : 02 33 58 64 33

School name:Le Génie des Langues
Address:10, rue du Génie
Zip & city:50220  Ducey
Phone:02 33 60 17 72

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