Our bilingual approach
Researchers say the best way to become proficient in a second language is to start young and practice often. Young children learn a second or third language by being surrounded by that language as they engage with their world. The cognitive benefits of being bilingual, such as greater cognitive flexibility, have been well documented. While these benefits are valuable, we are most excited about the benefits of cultural exchange and expanded perspectives that come from speaking more than one language. All staff at French For Kids is bilingual and feel their lives have been greatly enriched by their ability to exchange and communicate in French with diverse people from throughout the francophone world.
Because English is the dominant language in the culture outside of school, French is the dominant language of instruction inside school. Teachers whose native language is French essentially speak only French to the children. Teachers also speak French amongst themselves as another means of modeling French to the students. Teachers whose native language is English speak English when leading group activities such as reading books, conducting circle time, or singing songs. When engaging individually with a student, they will either speak English or French depending on which language the parents want emphasized.
Children play and communicate with each other in whatever language is most
comfortable to them.