REFERENCES Health professionals
Anaesthetist – Anna Bariciakova
I met Maarten Stroes et Lonneke Grobben for the first time six months before starting working in France, when I came to them for the introductory course in medical French.
At that time I didn’t yet have a clear idea of where I wanted to work in France or how long it would take me to settle down. My French was then at level B1.
This first course took place in Saint-Honoré-les-Bains, in a training centre with such a homely and welcoming atmosphere that it felt more like a holiday than a very intensive course.
During this week I made very rapid progress, as Maarten was able to quickly and accurately assess the reliable points of each student and modify the course programme accordingly.
At the end of the course I was much more self-confident than before and after having analysed in detail all the possibilities of working in France we started the search for a job.
Maarten sent my CV to several hospitals corresponding to my preferences and we got positive responses from three of them which we visited together.
After choosing the hospital that suited me best, we moved on to the next step – the constitution of the French Boarder (CNOM) registration file. This was the most difficult step because there is a large amount of paperwork to be returned. Maarten showed his very deep knowledge of the registration process by giving very helpful advice. All questions were answered by e-mail in a very short time and once the file was complete he checked it to make sure that no details had been omitted.
Before my definitive installation in Périgueux while waiting for the CNOM’s answer I spent another week in Saint-Honoré-les-Bains, this time for an intensive course focused on anaesthesia, but also to prepare for the interview with the President of the CNOM and for lots of practical questions (opening a bank account, professional liability insurance and administrative file for my new employer). During this stage Maarten was again able to accompany me in an excellent way and I was therefore very well prepared for my move to France. And since then I am always in contact with them to get ‘feedback’ if necessary.
I therefore recommend to all health professionals who love France and want to change their professional or personal life to contact Maarten and Lonneke.
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.
Anaesthetist – Clare
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!
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.
REFERENCES IN FRENCH
Kenneth Kross, médecin-ORL à Moulins
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 !