June 25, 2022

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British couple stay home to learn English (Puy-de-Dôme)

At first glance, the village of Saint Maurice-près-Pionsat, about an hour and a quarter from Clermont-Ferrand in the countryside of Puydômoise, looks like many. A small mini market, a church and relatively quiet streets. Yet it is in this town that, every week, many people come to improve their English. Who would have relied on it?

Like in the family

Steve and Claudia Morris, who fell in love with France, settled in the village in 2008. A bit clich, of course. Two hours north of London from Northampton, the couple offers a partnership Metaform, A language center in Clermont-Ferrand, will stay at home for a week to progress in English.

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On the first floor of their heated house, around a coffee, Franுவாois, Sebastien and Timothy chat in English with their guests after lunch, “Of course” (of course).

Coming from Annecy, Timothy was delighted. ” We have no pressure and it is less theoretical than a classic exercise Indicates the young salesperson in English. Sebastien, the logistics manager at Michelin, compliments Claudia on the food. ” I never thought we would eat so well He smiles. Francois, an employee of a tire company, was seated to her right.

Franுவாois, Timothy and Sebastien listen to Steve during the “One Truth and Two Lies” session.

If the atmosphere is like eating with friends or family, don’t get me wrong. Exercises and workshops stop three students a week. All of this happens naturally, again “without pressure”.

As Steve Morris explains, the main goal is for people to be able to speak English, but also to disconnect themselves from their sometimes stressful work environment. “We share good times very simply”.

During the program this afternoon, in the room next to the house “one truth two lies”. Steve begins. Franுவாois, Sebastien and Timothy will prepare their presentation tomorrow.

The walk is organized.

Text and photos: Bastian Durand