South Pasadena Classes

South Pasadena classes are focused on teaching reading and writing French to French-speaking children.

Rentrée 2017/2018 :  mardi 5 septembre 2017 !

Next school year starts Tuesday, September, 5th, 2017 !

Classes usually take place twice a week at the cost of $15 per hour. As a not-for-profit organization, we keep our classes affordable by adjusting our rate to our true expenses and asking families to commit for the school year. A class will be confirmed once the minimum enrollment of 5 students per class is met for the school year.

We also rely on parents volunteers to keep the organization running. Contact us to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

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In all of our classes, the children are immersed in a complete French speaking environment, which gives them the opportunity to practice orally by communicating with their peers and their French-native-speaking teacher, and allow them to gain new vocabulary and proper pronunciation skills. Younger students start with the French phonetic alphabet and sounds while older students’ curriculum is focused on the AP French exam and Delf (B1 and B2).

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This curriculum is geared towards French speaking children aged 5 and 6. Through a play-based approach, the students are learning the French phonetic alphabet and sounds. They are offered a panorama of the French-speaking world through stories, songs, and rhymes. They are immersed in a complete French speaking environment, which gives them the ability to practice orally by communicating with their peers and their teacher, and gain new vocabulary and proper pronunciation skills.

This class is a pivotal step towards leading all students to read and write in French as they do in English.

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Les petits écoliers

This curriculum is geared towards French speaking children aged 7 to 8. The emphasis of this class is on oral expression and text comprehension, which means broadening the range of reading materials to enrich vocabulary and to improve reading skills. Focus is also on inventorying and memorizing the French graphemes, and mastering the spelling of the most common words. Students are also introduced to basic grammar and conjugation.

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Les grands écoliers

This curriculum is geared towards French speaking children aged 9 to 10. The children continue to learn to read with more fluency and comprehension of more complex texts, develop language mastery skills and learn to write various texts. Their study of the foundations of French grammar is more in-depth and the emphasis is on mastering more complex conjugations. In writing, students are encouraged to produce longer and more elaborate texts, using their creativity.

 

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Les collégiens (middle schoolers)

This curriculum is geared towards French speaking children aged 11 to 13. The students keep improving their speaking and written communication skills. They learn to write longer essays and start to learn how to give and justify their opinion. The focus is not on the French literature (as it is in middle school in France), but on topics related to the students’ age, preoccupations and interests, more in the DELF exam spirit. Grammar, conjugation and spelling are as always, a continuing part of the curriculum.

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Les lycéens (high schoolers)

This curriculum is designed for more advanced students aged 14 and more, in order to take the AP French exam or the Delf (B1 or B2). We address the great themes of contemporary life and learn more about the culture in French speaking countries. We work on the argumentative essay.

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