Learning is much easier when you are enjoying yourself.
A nurturing, playful and structured learning environment allows the children to learn, through play and educational activities, experimenting, exploring, engaging and so mastering French without any undue pressure. At a more advanced level, which includes francophone children, they work on the written language as well.
We believe that the immersion method is the most successful way for children to learn a language. French is used consistently in every class without any translation, and there is a real and practical engagement with the language.
Immersion programmes use the target language to instruct and communicate; such lessons are dynamic, energetic, active and direct. This authentic communication allows children to learn a second language in the same way as they learnt their mother tongue.
The children make a direct connection between the language, their actions and environment, ultimately ensuring they will re-use it appropriately. Eventually what is learned is truly ingrained, understood and remembered. Children do not realise they are learning a second language, they just absorb it.
Didactic programmes & Communicative Approach
Our didactic lessons plan has very clear linguistic objectives so that learning, repetition, imitation and communication happen naturally during cross-curricular activities, which are fun and adapted to the cognitive and language abilities of each age group. Lessons include a wide range of activities giving the children the opportunity to absorb vocabulary, grammatical structures and syntax.
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
Dr Maria Montessori
The Benefits of Learning French
Babies and young children have an insatiable appetite to learn and communicate. Uninhibited, they do not mind in which language they do this, as long as the exchange they have is full of meaning, and fun!
- Students who are learning a foreign language out-score their non-foreign language-learning peers in the verbal and, surprisingly to some, the maths sections of standardized tests.
- Learning a second language early in life enhances overall cognitive skills and improves brain development.
- Studies have shown repeatedly that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, problem-solving skills and flexibility of mind in young children.
- Wonderful headstart – children will not struggle when starting a modern language at school; they will be confident and well ahead of their peers.
- A native and authentic accent.
- Flourish and develop socially in group activities.
- A chance to explore another culture, to develop an open mind, and to broaden their horizons. Each language carries a history, way of thinking and its own sense of humour too!
- Fun for the whole family when learning together (such as in our Parent & Toddler groups).
- Confidence and fluency in a foreign language broadens university and career options later in life.
“It’s almost as if the monolingual child’s brain is on a diet and the bilingual child’s brain stretches to the full extent and variability that Mother Nature gave it to use language and exploit human language”
Dr Laura-Ann Petitto, world-renowned cognitive neuroscientist