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Children’s French Classes

Is your child aged 3 to 11?

Would you like them to be taught French by well-qualified native speakers?

If so, the French Institute offers hour-long, fully-immersive classes every Saturday during term-time. Each child attends the class best suited to their age and level and a 1:8 teacher-child ratio ensures high-quality, interactive teaching. This is a wonderful opportunity for a young child to hear and reproduce authentic French whilst making new friends.

The broad aim of these Saturday classes is for children to feel at ease when interacting in French. In order to build up confidence and familiarity with the language, all sessions follow a clear, repetitive structure. This way new vocabulary can be introduced and reinforced each week. Initially, children learn how to greet each other, sing the alphabet, say the date and talk about the weather. The week’s theme — which is typically link to world events and complements school learning — is explored through songs, games and engaging, practical activities, such as kite making.

Your child will experience French cultural traditions such as ‘Poisson d’Avril’ (on April Fools Day) and Galette des Rois (a cake traditionally eaten at Epiphany). And they will be introduced to popular French books, films and children’s programmes. The French Institute co-occupies an impressive classical building on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. There you will find a well-stocked library (with a good selection of French children’s titles and audio-visual media), a cinema and a lively, atmospheric bistrot. Here parents and carers will have the opportunity to meet fellow francophiles and polish up their French!

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