Say ‘au revoir’ to language barriers!

Learning languages as a child can be a powerful tool for success. In today’s interconnected world, proficiency in multiple languages can open opportunities. Young children are suited to learning foreign languages – their brains act as sponges picking up the sounds, structures, intonations and rules of a different language – it never again will be as easy! Languages are essential to our curriculum with specialist French teachers from Pre-Reception. We encourage children to practise with homework given in KS2 and supporting songs and books.

French at school

French is a beautiful and widely-spoken language, with over 220 million speakers worldwide. It is the official language in over 29 countries. French is known for its literature, art, music and cuisine, and learning languages can give you a deeper appreciation for these cultural treasures. In addition, learning a language has been shown to improve cognitive function, memory, and problem-solving skills. Learning French is also very rewarding.

Immerse yourself

It is best to immerse yourself in it and practise, read, listen and try to converse in the chosen language.

Complete the La Jolie Ronde homework set, each of which complements the learning at school.

  • Listen to songs in your chosen language.
  • Watch your favourite TV shows in the language with subtitles.
  • Read your favourite book in another language.
  • Converse only in your chosen language at mealtimes.
  • Try to visit the country and challenge yourself to speak the language.

Use technology to your advantage

The technology available makes learning a language easier as it is readily available (be it on a school run, on a long journey, or before bedtime).

Duolingo is an app and a free resource to learn a language by practising the words and grammar in flashcards and games.

Quizlet is another free website helping to learn vocab and phrases. There are several ready-made vocab lists with audio options to help with pronunciation.

BBC Teach and Bitesize is an excellent resource for children to access and learn from.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss language at school.

Bonne chance! (Good Luck)