Teaching is a compelling practice.
We believe that education at large should provide children with the opportunity to improve pratical skills, develop the ability to think critically and beyond traditional boundaries, and discover new ideas that represent divergent cultural and intellectual perspectives. Education should therefore prepare children to become informed and active global citizens.
As teachers of French, we have the privilege to facilitate and develop the learning process. We try to enhance children technical mastery and creative use of the language as welle as strive to expand their perspectives, intellectual independence, tolerance and appreciation of cultural differences.
In our classrooms, we foster a nurturing environment in the hope that it would enable learners to feel more comfortable to communicate in, experiment with, and ultimately learn French.
From the beginning of each course, we strive to promote a positive and encouraging group atmosphere, to establish mutual respect, and to practice common courtesy to make children feel like valuable individuals and appreciated members of the learning community.
Children learn by doing and playing. We believe that access to a variety of activities is a necessary step in language acquisition and that interaction is a crucial aspect in foreign language education. Our teaching is consequently composed of a variety of oral and written activities containing comprehensible and meaningful input.
To increase exposure to authentic French discourse, we incorporate a variety of authentic materials such as books, magazines, videos, music, and Internet activities. Rich and varied input helps to provide a solid foundation for foreign language learning and also helps address children’s individual learning styles.
In the introductory paragraph, we posited that education should prepare students to becoming global citizens. In our program classes, even at the beginner’s level and with the youngest, we try to introduce students to concepts such as environmental and social issues and social responsibility. The French language becomes their mean of communication for the completion of a bigger project. This point articulates with our broader educational philosophy, namely that French language classroom activity should resonate with, and potentially transform, the intellectual, social, and professional lives of children.