French for Young Children
Young children learn to speak languages quicker when they are introduced naturally through stories, songs and games. These resources provide a perfect introduction to speaking french and understanding about languages.
Teaching and Learning French
These resources are designed to be used by parents and teachers to introduce the French language to children from an early age. The beautifully illustrated stories are in English and the children learn along with the main character, Preston Bear, when he finds himself on a toyshop shelf in France. Preston has many adventures and meets new friends Nancy and Ontario who help Preston to learn the French language. Read more about these books...
Why Children Are Put Off Learning Languages
For a long time, languages have been introduced in schools as an 'add-on' subject and a novelty after-school activity. Pupils have been bombarded with words, phrases and unrelated content that they are expected to remember from week to week - if they are lucky enough to have regular timetabled language lessons. This approach is the main reason why many children are put off learning languages because they fear failure and 'extra' learning. Teachers are also fearful of their own abilities to deliver a language lesson and the pupils can be subjected to drab videos and worksheets.
Learn along with Preston Bear as he arrives in France and finds he quickly needs to learn the language. These stories told in English help to put the learning of a language in context. They have been developed by teachers and native French speakers so that the teaching and learning has been made as easy and as enjoyable as possible.
The Best Way To Learn Languages
Most European countries introduce their children to foreign languages from a very early age with teachers and parents using two or three languages with children from birth so that languages are naturally integrated. The learning is therefore in context and happens at a time when children are forming the ability to speak and pronounce phonic blends. If we think of how we learned to speak our own language then the same principle should be applied to learning or forming the ability to speak a foreign language - from birth at home and in school.
Some interesting facts about the French Language
Official or primary language in 44 COUNTRIES
Only language, other than English, that is spoken on 5 CONTINENTS
An OFFICIAL WORKING LANGUAGE of the UN, UNESCO, NATO, European Union, International Red Cross and many more international organisations including the Olympics