Biarritz, the surf paradise!
Surfing is a complete discipline that is practiced from an early age. The only constraint is to know how to swim!
The Côte des Basques beach in Biarritz is a perfect surf spot for all levels. A few minutes walk from the city center, the beach is framed by the cliffs, with a breathtaking view of Spain and the mountains.
At low tide, the waves are small and long, it is ideal for the initiation of beginners.
At high tide, the beach disappears to make way for the waves which are getting stronger and sometimes form rollers, allowing the more experienced skiers worthy of the greatest champions.
Ideal for thrill seekers who will discover a city that lives to the rhythm of the ocean, this program also offers you an meeting with local surfers, accompanied by a representative of our school.
You benefit from 5 lessons of 1h30 / week during the afternoon – the schedules vary according to the tides.
Surf lessons are held on the famous Côte des Basques beach, a 5-minute walk from the school and on the Anglet beach.
On the 1st day, an instructor will pick you up from school and take you to the beach. The following days, you go there alone. Depending on the weather conditions, the surf lessons can be moved to other beaches, in this case, transportation will be taken care of.
International House Biarritz is a partner of the “Hastea” Surf school (which means “to learn” in Basque) and of the “Uhaina” Surf school (which means “wave” in Basque).
Classes take place in the morning, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. A schedule will be given to you on Monday morning during the welcome meeting.
Before your arrival, you will take a written test. When you arrive at school, you will have an oral test with our teaching team to validate your level.
Our classes are international in small groups of 12 students in order to encourage exchanges and interactions.
As far as possible, we form the groups in a homogeneous way: according to your results obtained in the level test or according to your needs and expectations.
All of our teachers are university graduates and native French speakers.
International House Biarritz follows the directives of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and focuses its pedagogy around 5 language “tasks”.
In addition, we offer you:
You may be required to buy pedagogical material (books). Prices vary according to your level.
Our methodology is based on a communicative approach, the theory of which is that language is not acquired by imitation (and successive repetition), but by an active process of construction of meaning.
Our “communicative” courses revolve around language functions (informing, defending a point of view, ordering) and concepts (space, time, comparison, etc.).
At International House Biarritz, learning French is not limited to mastering grammatical rules, but is based on broader knowledge such as:
– socio-cultural rules (i.e how to answer the question asked depending on the context – tone, vouvoyer)
– the rules ensuring textual coherence and cohesion (i.e relevant answer to a question)
– strategies for compensating for communication failures (i.e knowing how to reformulate or asking for details).
Our pedagogy is centered on you. You participate in the development of the program that will be offered to you to achieve your linguistic objectives. The starting point of your learning being determined by your written and oral level test that you will take before your lessons.
Thanks to regular continuous monitoring, our teachers will ensure that your trajectory is the right one and that your progress is constant.
Cooperative Language Learning is based on the practice of the language in real-life situations, using many different classroom environments.(In the classroom, outside of the class, on the FL Online platform, on the Mooc offered by FL).
The use of all the teaching technologies and methodologies available creates a complete experience with a full support for the learner.
Dernière mise à jour de la page : 01/02/2023
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