FRENCH CLASSES IN SAN FRANCISCO

The two inseparable goals of our action are to ensure that children love their minority language and to allow them to master it in speaking and writing. This process is not instantaneous; it is a lifelong path into adulthood in which we help you guide your children.

Pedagogical program

LEARNING FRENCH AFTER SCHOOL

The idea that a group class can be better than private lessons is counterintuitive. Doesn’t a student one-on-one with a teacher receive the most attention and stimulation? It is true that in its cognitive dimension, becoming bilingual is a process in which a person achieves mastery of a language and its cultural references on a nearly native level. 

One would thus imagine a private lesson in which a teacher pushes the child to the maximum of his or her capabilities. Yet, one-on-one instruction is not enough to become bilingual, and not only because it can quickly become boring. In fact, becoming bilingual, accepting and defining oneself as such, is a transformation of self. This visceral, identity component is only possible through interaction with individuals one recognizes as peers; in the case of children, other children. Thus, the teacher-student relationship is essential to achieving the cognitive goal. The group class, in turn, contributes to achieving the second goal, bringing about a transformation of identity through fun and laughter, complicity and emulation. Naturally, in the case of a modern language, the group needs to be small enough for everyone to have a chance at self-expression but large enough to create a group dynamic. That is why our classes fluctuate between 4 and 15 students. In our summer camps, the ratio of staff to children is even smaller, with the aim of producing language without overwhelming the children.

Teaching methods

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Teaching staff

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