We are a French language centre for UK schools based in Burgundy, France. We specialise in creating amazing French experiences for all the young people who visit us with the aim of inspiring the next generation of enthusiastic French language ambassadors. During the coronovirus crisis we decided to use the time to create some resources that we hope will provide students with a real flavour of life in rural France whilst everyone is unable to travel.

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Food plays a very important part in French life here in Burgundy a region particularly famous across all of France and indeed worldwide for its fine food and wines.

Avallon is a medieval market town situated in a very rural part of La France Profond . The Saturday morning market dating back centuries still provides locals with the majority of their weekly shopping needs. It still remains a core part of the rhythm of life in the town. In this video we talk to market sellers and one of the 5 independent bakers in the centre of town to find out what Burgundians feel about ‘la gastronomie bourguignonne’ and how important it is to them.

Accompanying the YouTube video this resource includes a full transcript of the audio, a sheet of key words and a set of multiple choice quiz questions. Within the description of the YouTube video there is also a link to an interactive version of the quiz.

Maison Claire Fontaine is a French language immersion and activity centre for UK school children based in the beautiful Burgundian countryside. We have been producing these videos during the pandemic to hopefully provide the opportunity for a bit of Burgundy to find its way to UK school children whilst they cannot travel to Burgundy themselves.

We offer all of these resources for free but of course hope that they might inspire you to find out more about us and perhaps even consider a trip to us at some point in the future. We all hope to be able to once again provide travel opportunities for children and create those lifelong memories that they have so sadly missed out on in recent times.

We would also ask that if you have found them useful you could share them with others as well as promote our online French lessons and conversation classes to your pupils, fellow teachers and parents. Our teachers would love to hear from anyone who would like to improve their own French speaking with fun, enthusiastic and experienced French native speakers based here in Burgundy.

We value your feedback and would also welcome any other ideas you might have for resources that we could look to create that you would find useful. We look forward to hearing from you but in the meantime enjoy a little glimpse into our life here.

A HUGE thank you for your help.

Alex, Mark and The Maison Claire Fontaine Team

To contact us simply use our email : maisoncfontaine@gmail.com.

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