French For Children


Does my child need to speak French to attend la Jolie Ronde 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.  The La Jolie Ronde method presents basic grammar through the language activities so that it is taken on board naturally as part of the process of learning to communicate. Everything is introduced through interesting and enjoyable tasks.  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.  A pre-school class is open to children aged 3 years.  The class is informal: teacher, parents and children all sit on mats for the lesson.  This class lasts 20 minutes and is a gentle introduction to French.  Rhymes, Songs, Stories and games are part of the lesson.  The book and CD is to be used between lessons between parents and children to practice together.  Instructions are in English so it is easy for parents to participate with no knowledge of French.

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 tutor, to the use of the learning CDs and activity books at home. Parents are to encourage children to open their books, listen to their CD and practise the role-plays.

How can I check my child’s progress?
At the end of each term, parents will be given an end of term report detailing what has been covered during the lessons.  It should also include details about performance of each child (older children).  It is important to make sure homework given is done regularly and CD is listened to at home.  Homework is marked in children’s book when required.  Books are collected and corrected at least twice a year to double check completion and understanding of the exercises. 

If you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.