Arrivals day. Students will be met at Toulouse airport or a close-by SNCF station late morning and brought to Arjac in time for our introductory session and first conversation events after lunch. Dinner will be in the kitchen of the Long House, followed by the first film night.
After breakfast, teaching sessions begin in earnest and take place in the Atelier 9am - 1pm. Lunch in the Long House. First outing to the nearby village of Najac, with its spectacular views and crusader castle. Teaching sessions on return. Dinner and conversation with invited French guests. Second film night.
Teaching session 9am-12pm. Afternoon outing to Rodez, our county town, to visit the cathedral and the Musée Soulages. Short pre-dinner talk on French attitudes towards Brexit. Dinner and conversation with invited French guests. Third film night
Teaching session 9am-1pm. Lunch. Afternoon outing to Albi to visit the cathedral and the Toulouse Lautrec museum, plus, if we're lucky, a glimpse of David Attenborough's killer catfish from Planet Earth 2! Dinner and conversation with invited French guests. Fourth film night.
After breakfast and a short teaching session, a 10am departure for the outing to our local market in Villefranche de Rouergue (the best market by far in this part of the world). Teaching sessions will continue in the afternoon from 2-6pm. Dinner and conversation with invited French guests. Fifth film night.
Teaching session 9am - 12pm. Afternoon activity, depending on the river conditions, either canoe/kayak down the Gorges de l'Aveyron, or Accro-branching with French qualified instructors. Dinner and conversation with invited French guests. Sixth film night.
Time to say "au revoir", but teaching and conversation sessions will continue until it's time to leave for the airport/station.
Market, Villefranche de Rouergue
Much of the week's teaching and activities programme will remain flexible until we know the individual learning aims of the students involved and their set texts, but a typical course will look like this: