A unique pedagogical approach

apprendre en s'amusantChildren learn French through fun activities such as cooking, singing, sports, board games, crafts… These activities enhance their motivation and their involvement. The children are more attentive and forget their inhibition and their fear of saying something wrong. The children are more active in the learning process and this helps greatly the memorization of words.

At Solenn’s School, the children are not in a “school” situation where the point system place them in either a “good” or “bad” student category. Each activity has different levels of language and each child can participate with its own level without feeling self-conscious. There is no comparison between the children. Each child is encouraged to show his gift (singing, dancing, playing sports, crafts, drawing…) in a non-competitive and beneficial way to the others.

This way of learning greatly helps children who have learning difficulties in the traditional school system based on reading and writing. They regain their confidence   and they have a more positive attitude about learning languages.

approchebilingueFrench and Irish children come at the same time to learn a language (French or English). They work during the day in two language groups with the help of native French and Irish assistants and they share the daily life. This method allows me to organise bilingual activities (such as games) or pair activities (one French child with one Irish child) where the children help each other to learn and pronounce words and correct each other. This creates a very impressive natural and authentic learning and exchange dynamic. This also allows children to meet each other, to share their own culture and to instigate friendship that might last and lead to a future exchange.

atmosphere-familialeThe students spend a week in a safe and homely environment, within a group of no more than 14 children who are resident (and 6 more local children during the day). They are surrounded with younger and older children, assistants and adults, which create a natural hierarchy and they must obey the rules of respect and politeness. Because of the small group size, the children feel safe and happy. They are not lost and my assistants and I can detect a problem if there is one and solve it straight away. Also with a ratio of approximately one assistant for 5 children, the students receive individual attention and can progress quickly in the learning of the language.