About the lessons
Le Club Frère Jacques specialises in teaching French to children aged from 3 – 11. Our aim is to encourage a positive attitude towards learning languages which will equip pupils to succeed in their future schools. Above all we make French fun and easy to learn.
Why teach a second language to young children?
There is a period in the development of young children when they are particularly receptive to languages. Dr Montessori frequently compared the young mind to a sponge ‘they will learn a language without formal instruction and without the conscious tedious effort which an adult must make to master a foreign tongue’. The vocal chords of a child are supple enough to reproduce the sounds of a new language naturally, their ear is so acute at this stage and they lack the self-consciousness which will later inhibit them. Quite simply – the younger the better.
But can we ever speak French like the French?
Accuracy in pronunication is a skill most children acquire quickly. They are excellent imitators, so they can achieve near native pronunciation – if taught by a native speaker.
What are the lessons like?
The lessons are entertaining and organised, with the emphasis on oral work. In order to make the child participate there are various activities such as games, songs, rhymes and role playing which cater for a relatively short attention span. Children are always actively involved. During the school year we progress from simple greetings and basic nouns to participation in real life situations such as sketches and dialogues. Materials include books, objects, flash cards, cassettes and always our friendly hand puppets who, of course, can only speak French. The lessons develop confidence, social skills and make learning French a positive, enjoyable experience.
What are the teachers like?
All the teachers at Le Club Frère Jacques are French. Apart from teaching the language they will introduce children to French culture, traditions and way of life. They are experienced teachers who have, in addition, undergone thorough training with Le Club Frère Jacques in the special skills necessary to teach a foreign language to young children. The teachers are dedicated individuals who, above all, enjoy working with children.
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