Radiologist – Amir Yazdi
I recently took part in the ‘one week intensive French language’ course with Mr Maarten Stroes. The course consisted of numerous exercises of standard grammar and vocabulary but also contained elements, which were customised to my medical field. The 8 hour-per-day program was rigorous but never overwhelming.
Furthermore Maarten engaged me in conversation and encouraged and stimulated me to express myself in French, whilst constantly correcting my mistakes in a strict yet gentle manner; hallmarks of a good teacher. rAt the end the week the progress that I had made was tangible and he kindly provided me with tips, documents and additional resources to work on my French on a self-study basis.
Besides language courses Mr Stroes and his wife offer various additional services in fields such as taxation, insurances, emigration planning and coaching. Their in depth knowledge of the French system and ‘no-nonsense’ approach makes them the ideal partner for professionals and entrepreneurs who wish work and live in France.
Maarten is a knowledgeable and experienced teacher but foremost an honest and friendly person. I look back on our encounter with warm sentiments and can recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone who wishes to know more about the French culture and improve his French.
Claire – Anaesthesist
I recently completed the 5 day intensive French course aimed at medical professionals looking to start working in France. If this is something you are considering, then I couldn’t recommend this course highly enough. The course is intensive without being overwhelming and the progression in spoken French as well as comprehension and grammar is definitely noticeable by the end of the week. Maarten is wonderfully friendly and professional, with the patience of a saint! The course content is personally tailored to your medical specialty, with particular focus on the vocabulary and grammar required to construct sentences and interact with patients and colleagues in the French language. At the end of the course, Maarten also gives you the necessary tools and resources to continue to progress in your language skills in a more self-directed fashion. To add to all of this, the school’s location allows you to experience rural France at its most tranquil, with beautiful countryside walks to help clear your head in the evenings. Highly recommended.
Occupational physician – Gonnie Meijer
When I think back to my course week, “tailored” and “pedagogical insight” are the first words I think of. Tailored in the sense that Maarten through his experience quickly discovered what my weaknesses were and thus reacted accordingly (therefore not simply providing a standard programme). Pedagogy: he was able to fill those gaps in a suitable by alternating conversation, role-playing, watching videos etc. He was also able to clearly explain linguistic difficulties in a way that stuck in my memory and which I can reproduce to this day. Chapeau!
Artiste – Paul Tieman
An artist who cannot talk about his work, who cannot give a spontaneous explanation at an exhibition and who is unable to build a network will not easily take root in the unruly French soil.
Maarten was able to organise in an intensive yet sympathetic way my extremely messy language within a week. He efficiently used film discussions, texts, conversations and hilarious, but effective exercises to tackle persistent language obstacles. His attention to the use of language in social situations was notable. Through his course, I realised for the first time that it’s fine to make mistakes, and that the inevitable accent will in fact be regarded affectionately, but that you must adapt language to the level of your professional environment. I was finally able to refine my French during that week there in the beautiful Parc Naturel du Morvan to a level that suits me.
General practitioner – Annet Sollié
Maarten is a quiet, flexible and good teacher. He adapted the level and content of the course to my ability during that week. I progressed by leaps and bounds and I have mainly become much more confident speaking French. Maarten motivates, and challenges you sufficiently. In short, nothing but praise.
My children aged 11 and 13 were given three afternoon classes by Lonneke during this week. My daughter, who essentially refused to speak French at home, participated enthusiastically and even wanted to do her homework as soon as she got home. Working on our emigration together in this way is ideal.
Owner Bed & Breakfast – Jim Fenell
When I moved to France, my knowledge of French was very basic. I booked a one week course with Maarten because I was to set up a business and I needed to be able to have regular conversations with artisans, ‘fonctionnaires’ and clients. He very quickly judged my existing level and adjusted the format of the week to concentrate on my greatest areas of need. I was very impressed that he varied his methods of teaching regularly and even though a week of 1:1 training is intense, it didn’t feel too much at any stage. After the course, I felt that I had a solid base of grammar and vocabulary which gave me the confidence to have conversations in French and I have continued to improve since then. I would highly recommend Maarten.
References in French
Kenneth Kross, médecin-ORL à Moulins (03)
Pour moi, la langue française constituait le plus grand obstacle à l’exercice de ma profession en France. Le stage de français médical m’avait beaucoup aidé à oser franchir le cap et à commencer à travailler bien outillé. C’est pour cette raison que je me suis inscrit (plus d’un an après mon installation et mon premier cours de français médical) au cours de perfectionnement de WyWtF destiné aux professionnels de santé qui exercent déjà depuis un certain temps en France. Cela a été encore très utile pour mieux comprendre mes confrères français, ainsi que les différents organismes auxquels j’ai affaire en France. Après ce stage, je me sens encore plus à ma place ici . Je peux le recommander à tout le monde !
Irene Bieszke & Henk Kersten – Chambre d’Hôtes
Au début de cette année, nous avons suivi un cours de français, niveau intermédiaire, au centre de formation Work your Way to France. Nous aurions dû le faire plus tôt ! On s’était rendu compte depuis un moment que nos connaissances scolaires du français n’étaient pas suffisantes pour être à l’aise dans les conversations avec nos voisins et nouveaux amis ici en France. Avec eux nous voulions pouvoir parler de façon informelle et amical. Comme nous gérons des chambres d’hôte, nous voulions également apprendre à mieux parler de façon plus formelle avec nos fournisseurs et les différents organismes auxquels nous avons affaire.
Les cours de Maarten nous ont beaucoup apporté au niveau de notre vocabulaire, de la syntaxe, de la culture générale concernant la France et nous ont surtout donné le courage de nous exprimer en français.
Les cours étaient très agréables à suivre, très variés et avec certains thèmes très pratiques qui revenaient régulièrement. Pour nous, c’était une très bonne chose de nous être consacrés pleinement et intensément à notre nouvelle langue. Ça a été tout de suite d’une grande utilité dans notre vie quotidienne. »