Since one of the primary factors of motivating children is play, all of our educational programs at EFBA revolve around play-based instruction. Play holds a central role in learning because entertainment sparks a desire to communicate, creating pleasure and, thus, motivation.
In order to encourage a child to want to use the French language, we must give him or her an opportunity to engage in interaction and communication as a social being, not just as a student. In play, the student is active and mobilized. Thus, the language is not seen as a school subject but rather as a language of action, communication, pleasure and satisfaction, bringing an emotional dimension to learning.
We thus give preference to a program of activities and games that make sense to children. We are not “studying French” during the summer but “having fun in French!” This reinforces their curiosity and interest and makes them want to experiment and learn. Each of our summer camp locations has learning materials adapted to every age group: books, board games, construction games, cooperation games, puzzles and many other things that our counselors bring from their native countries each summer.
The play aspect helps children take pleasure in speaking the language, discovering new games, interacting with peers and staff in a natural and spontaneous way.