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TEACHER INTRODUCTION
My name is Jean Wall and I am a CELTA certified English teacher from the United States. I have lived in Provence for the last year and a half with my husband and two daughters, ages 13 and 11. We live in Eygalieres, a quintessential Provencal town near St. Remy de Provence. We moved to France from Charleston, a beautiful city on the coast of South Carolina.
My father was a career Army officer, so I grew up as an “Army Brat” living in and visiting many parts of the world. I believe my love of languages began when I lived as a small child in Germany. During my childhood, we travelled throughout Europe, eventually settling in Hawaii where I attended all four years of high school. I attended undergraduate school in Texas, and as a senior, I lived with a French family in Paris. I went on to receive a master degree in International Business; then worked and lived in Italy for a few years. Once I had a family of my own, we lived in Stockholm when our girls were quite young for about two years. After that experience, my husband and I decided we wanted to make another European experience happen before the girls got too old to accept a move. So, we sold our house in Charleston and moved to France. It has been an extraordinary experience for us all.
TEACHER INTERESTS
I love to travel, but never have enough time or money to go every place I want to go! My family and I, however, do love to take the train to visit friends who are living in Europe or see things that we have never seen. I enjoy spending time with my family. We love to play board games and we are trying to convince our daughters to learn how to play mahjong since it is the latest game my husband and I have become addicted to! I like to read and knit when I have downtime. Friends are also very important to me, and I love to be social and visit. I am a real talker, but also a good listener!
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
We have a wonderful circle of friends in Eygalieres who will certainly welcome our visitors. Most of our close friends are French or Belgian, but we do know a number of English families who have homes in Eygalieres. There will certainly be numerous opportunities for our English students to converse in English. Our town is popular with tourists which means that there are always English-speakers around!
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
While living in South Carolina, I was a substitute teacher at the most wonderful elementary school for four years. I taught kindergartners and fifth graders and everyone in between. I loved being in the classroom and working with the children.

Prior to moving to France, I spent a month in New York City at Teaching House, working towards my CELTA certification. There, I taught all levels of ESL to multi-national students. It was a challenging month filled with learning and teaching, but I was rewarded with an A for the program and knew that I was a good teacher.

Since that time, I have taught private English lessons to adults and I currently teach a class twice a week for a group of five children who attend the local French elementary school. It is exciting to witness their enthusiasm for English!
THE SOCIAL PROGRAMME

Life here is simple and enjoyable, and gives one time to enjoy life. There are numerous day trips that we can take, from visiting Roman ruins to wine-tasting to walking through the largest bamboo forest in Europe.

There will be time to wander through our village and walk through the hills behind our home. Many people spend time sitting at the cafes in town, people-watching and talking.

We have lots of English books and our local library has even more available. We also have many English DVDs, but they are mostly geared toward kids and families, but English language movies can also be checked-out at our library. There are movie theaters in both Avignon and Aix-en-Provence that we frequent and they show only English language films!

We are dear friends with the owners of a wonderful restaurant that is up in the old part of the village. We often visit our friends there and I am sure that the chef would be more than happy to give anyone who is interested a pointer or two in French cuisine.
CREATIVE OPTIONS
GARDENING
MY HUSBAND HAS A WONDERFUL, ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDEN IN OUR BACKYARD AND WOULD LOVE SOME COMPANY WITH ITS UPKEEP!

PAINTING/ART
WE HAVE NUMEROUS ART SUPPLIES AVAILABLE SO THAT IF YOU WANT TO EXPRESS YOURSELF THROUGH ART, YOU CAN DO SO.
ACTIVE OPTIONS
HIKING
THERE ARE NUMEROUS HIKING TRAILS THROUGHOUT THE AREA AND GROUPS ARE CONSTANTLY MEETING OUTSIDE OF OUR GATE TO GET UNDERWAY.

BIKING
BIKING IS A POPULAR ACTIVITY IN THIS AREA. WE HAVE TWO BIKES AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BIKE THEIR WAY THROUGH PROVENCE.
INFORMATION ABOUT  THE LOCATION
Life here is simple and enjoyable, and gives one time to enjoy life. There are numerous day trips that we can take, from visiting Roman ruins to wine-tasting to walking through the largest bamboo forest in Europe.
There will be time to wander through our village and walk through the hills behind our home. Many people spend time sitting at the cafes in town, people-watching and talking.
The village of Eygalieres is situated in the Alpilles, a rocky mountain range that has some wonderful sunsets! It is off the main drag, but also a destination for many, including the rich and famous. There are a number of spectacular dining locales here in town that have brought attention to our little village.
The closest town is St. Remy de Provence, where Vincent Van Gogh was hospitalized right before his death. St. Remy offers lots of history (Glanum, Vincent Van Gogh, etc.), as well as, many places to dine and shop and enjoy Provence. There is a market in St. Remy every Wednesday.
The city of Avignon is about 30 minutes away and is the home to our TGV station. It has lots of site-seeing opportunities and easy to get to. The beach is about 45 minutes to an hour away (depending on where you go) and is easy to get to via the auto route. The closest airport is in Marseille which is also about 45 minutes to an hour away.
THE TEACHERS HOME AND THE  STUDENT ACCOMODATION
The village we live in is absolutely charming with an old cobblestone street leading up to the church at the top of the hill and a café at every corner. This is a small town- just one main street and no stoplights. We have integrated ourselves into this charming place and go to the boulangerie each morning for a baguette or croissants and chat with the townspeople as we make our way home. There is a market every Friday that is just outside of our door… vendors selling fresh vegetables, flowers, fish and olive oil; People standing in the streets visiting and comparing their wares. It is magical.

Our charming home is right across the street from the Town Hall. We have three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen and garage. Our visitors stay either in a room with two twin beds on the ground floor that is located across the hall from a WC or upstairs in a room with a double bed. We have a study area in the main part of the house with wifi and television. Our house is located on a huge piece of property, so during nice weather, we spend lots of time outdoors.

We have two cats, Pippi and Fanny, and one bird, Fred, who all live inside. Plus, we have four egg-laying hens that have their own fenced-in area in our backyard that is also home to about 30 olive trees!
GARDENING
BIKING
HIKING
ART
Art-and-Design
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MEALS
We are not big meat eaters here in Wall household, but I do cook chicken. My husband enjoys a steak every now and then and will happily share with others!
Since I spent a few years in Italy, I am big into Italian food and fix lots of pasta dishes for our family.
We eat a variety of foods, including Mexican and Asian, and enjoy vegetables and fruit.
Our older daughter has a sweet tooth, so we also always have treats on hand.