Early immersion in a foreign language lays the foundation for bilingualism and opens a child's mind to a broader understanding of the world. At the FIAF Preschool, our goal is for your child to be bilingual in French after two years with us. Our teaching methods integrate both English-speaking children and those with a connection to French at home. We use a variety of individual and group activities to meet the pace of each child.
During the first year, children begin to absorb and understand the language through daily routines, the use of visuals, and gestures. If a child speaks in English, teachers answer by rephrasing the question in French. At this early stage, while they might not say much in class, children sing the songs they've learned and use some new vocabulary at home.
Quickly, children master broader vocabulary, start responding in French, and begin to form simple sentences. Whether your child continues on to an American or French school, these years in preschool are a pivotal foundation for mastery of the language and lifelong love of French.
Read more about the benefits of language immersion:
The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals
The New York Times, Katherine Kinzler, March 11, 2016
Dual-Language Programs Are on the Rise, Even for Native English Speakers
The New York Times, Elizabeth A. Harris, October 8, 2015
How the Brain Benefits From Being Bilingual
Time Magazine, Jeffrey Kluger, July 18, 2013
Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
The New York Times, Yudhui Bhattacharjee, March 17, 2012
Surprising Advantages of Bilingual Education
PBS.ORG, Bridget Bentz Sizer, April 14, 2011