Does my child need to speak French to attend the course?
No. This is course for children with no or little knowledge of French. For families for who have one French or French speaking parent, it is still a very useful course to maintain the French environment at home. It encourages French children to use their language more often at home.
How will my child learn?
The course is fairly structured with a given list of vocabulary and phrases with which a pupil is expected to be familiar by the end of each stage of learning. The structure of each lesson involves repetition and reinforcement so to build confidence, but new core vocabulary is also introduced during every lesson. Each session is very varied with songs, games, stories for the younger ones and role-plays and drama for the older children. Emphasis is very much on spoken French. Older pupils are introduced to the written form, but always through a fun activity. Basic grammar is introduced through the language activities so that it is taken on board naturally as part of the process of learning to communicate. Another important part of the course is discovering about France, its geography and traditions. This helps children discover another culture and open up to a different country.
How early can my child start?
The earlier a child starts to learn a language the better. Young children have the capacity to learn very easily at a very young age. If enough interest a pre-school class is open to children aged 3 years. The class is informal and relaxed: teacher, parents and children all sit on mats for the lesson. This class lasts 25 minutes and is a gentle introduction to French. Rhymes, songs, stories and games are part of the lesson.
Does my child need to practice at home?
Children learn that they need to practise to become fluent. Practice takes many forms from the exercises, games and activities completed with the teacher, to the use of the scrapbook at home to revise what has been covered. A homework link is sent by email to parents of younger children from time to time with ideas of how to practice a certain topic with videos etc…. Parents are to encourage children to open their French scrapbooks and practice what has been studied during class.
If you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.