It seems essential to minimize interference between English and French. For this purpose, a middle class/large section has been opened (corresponding to the reception level), in which the learning of French is exclusively oral. This allows children to assimilate the notions written in English, before tackling those of French! In preschool, playful activities are offered in the form of games, songs, dances, theatre and stories. Children develop their oral communication skills, strengthen and develop their vocabulary, learn phonemes, syllables and the alphabet.
Preparatory course: pre-reading CP1 and reinforcement CP2
Pre-reading (CP1): children follow the Alphas program: a modern and fun educational program, entirely focused on learning the phonemes of the French language. Children follow the adventures of little characters in the shape of a letter. For example, the’f’ is in the shape of a rocket and its engine is made of’fffffff’. This method allows children to quickly make the connection between graphemes and phonemes, and then to understand the concepts of syllables, words and sentences. They are thus perfectly prepared for the following year.
CP2: Children consolidate the learning of syllabic reading and begin learning basic grammatical rules (male/female, singular/plural, etc.).
Teachers offer fun and relaxed lessons in this cycle to motivate children as much as possible.
Elementary course : CE1 and CE2
The study of French is approached in a more systematic way through the use of textbooks, which make it possible to consolidate the notions acquired in CP and to develop spelling, grammar and conjugation. Teachers continue to focus on recreational activities, this time targeting written knowledge of the language. Songs and poems are also used to reinforce what has been learned.
Intermediate course : CM1 et CM2
The learning of spelling, grammar and conjugation is deepened, always with the help of a textbook. Children begin to become familiar with different literary genres. They develop their writing skills. Discussions and debates can be organized by teachers to encourage the oral expression of more complex ideas. During the CM, the children are guided towards a more in-depth discovery of French culture.
The secondary class is partly a consolidation class (both oral and written) in order to fill the gaps that would have persisted in each of the four linguistic domains. This class also prepares students for examination techniques (DELF B1, GCSE) and covers the main vocabulary themes of the program and the required skills: written comprehension, oral comprehension, written expression and oral expression. In this class, small group work is preferred in order to optimize everyone’s progress.