We are convinced students progress through the different learning stages by simultaneously reinforcing grammatical, speaking, writing and reading skills.
In order to establish durable foundations, our teachers apply a comprehensive didactic method, developed by our founder Rachel Hauser over several years of teaching, and proven to be highly effective. Rachel's special educational method combines the following key elements in the learning process:
STRENGTHENING OF GRAMMAR SKILLS
Grammar is fundamental to improve a long lasting fluency and overall handle of a foreign language, even though this process sometimes seems tedious and overwhelming. Grammar comprehension lays out essential foundations and durable tools on which students are able to rely on their own in the future.
Since there are not too many ways to go around them, we do teach language structures but in more interactive and useful ways to ensure our students do not only connect better to them but also fully master them. When people have a deep understanding of a subject matter, they always retain it better than when they simply learn it by heart without any command of it. Our teachers always apply grammatical concepts to real life practice and build conversation upon them.
DEVELOPMENT OF VOCABULARY
Acquiring new vocabulary plays an important part in learning a foreign language. Although English is a Germanic language, it has a lot of influences from both Latin and French. Americans who have never studied French know on average 15,000 words and expressions in the language. French provides the base for 35% to 40% of modern English vocabulary. This is due to the fact that the Duke of Normandy, William the Conqueror, defeated the Saxons and became king in 1066. The Anglo-Norman dynasty followed by the French House of Plantagenet reigned over England for centuries and approximately 10,000 French words were incorporated into English during those times.
Our teachers help you expand your vocabulary by selecting and working on high-frequency words and contexts. They emphasize useful words and phrases along with idiomatic expressions so that our students reach a point where they are able to perfectly internalize French vocabulary. At this level, students are able to accurately handle French phrases and expressions without translating from English any longer.
PROFICIENCY IN READING AND WRITING
Proficiency in reading and writing are also essential elements for an overall grasp of a foreign language.We help our students develop their reading skills through the reading of authentic cultural and literary texts as well as current articles.
We also regularly ask our students to complete writing assignments so that they can develop their writing skills and practice on recently acquired vocabulary and grammatical structures.
EMPHASIS ON ORAL SKILLS AND PRONUNCIATION
Proper accent and pronunciation are important in making conversations smoother and more pleasant. When people take time and make some effort to learn a foreign country’s natural way of speaking, they do not only look but also feel more secure and learned as well as become more easily accepted by others. Improvements in conversational skills come from extensive speaking and practicing.
Individual or small group classes represent perfect settings to enhance fluency. In this type of environment, people feel a lot more comfortable and mimic more rightfully their teacher. As we devote more attention to our students’ individual elocution, we can address accent reduction and correct pronunciation in better ways.
At J’Adore Le Français, we help our students build confidence in their ability to speak French so that they can venture out and speak the language on their own while in a French-speaking environment. Our goal is that our students do not feel shy or afraid but comfortable in different types of situations. As they dare to speak the language whenever possible, their fluency will greatly improve.
The idea of a full immersion suggests surrounding students with the foreign language as often as possible so that their brain can learn and subconsciously adjust to the patterns of the studied language. Our teachers thoroughly explain grammatical structures in English at first to make certain our students do master them. Other than that classes are entirely conducted in French so as to fully immerse our students in the French language and culture.
Please check out our “Immerse Yourselves
” page in the Resources section to find out more ways to immerse yourselves daily in the French language by listening to French web-based radio stations and watching French television or French movies.