In kindergarten, children are exposed of 4 hours of language study per week.
Vocabulary learning is theme-based, using the child’s immediate environment, language, music, handicrafts, games and bodily expression as learning tools.
In the Primary School there are five levels in English : CP/CE1/ CE2/ CM1/CM2.
Each class has one full hour of English each day and the rest of their studies are in French.
From the first year of primary (CP) the pupils are separated into two separate groups for English. The first group who already speak English very well will go in to the Anglophone Group with Kim. The other group who are not yet fluent in English but are learning it as a foreign language will be in the Non-Anglophone Group with Deidrie and Helen.
The Anglophone Group (Kim)
The Anglophone Group in CP follow a multi sensory method called Jolly Phonics to learn the phonetical sounds in English. They also commence the initial level of the Nelson Thornes programme for spelling and comprehension skills which encourages them to write their first sentences. There are many opportunities to learn songs, poems and listen to stories to aid their progression. The CP all learn to read using the Oxford Reading Tree programme and select a book from the English Library club to take home each week.
From CE1 through to CM2 there are four basic areas of the Nelson Thornes programme : spelling skills, grammar skills, fiction and non fiction comprehension skills. All these skills give the pupils a very solid understanding of written English and how to apply correct grammar and spelling in their written work. Each year they advance to the next level developing and improving their writing skills through a structured method. The pupils choose an English book from the Library club every two weeks to read at home. Cultural workshops are held weekly whereby pupils will learn about traditions from English speaking countries, adding a touch of history and geography to their studies.
At the end of CM2 the Anglophone Group pupils will have achieved the level to take the test to enter the Anglophone Section of the International School of Fontainebleau (public school) or the Section English Plus at the College Jeanne d’Arc of Fontainebleau (private school).
The Nelson Thornes programme which is used in schools in the U.K. with great success, is both stimulating and easy for the pupils to follow. However, it demands both concentration and a serious attitude on the part of the pupil. In addition, encouragement and support from an English speaking parent at home is essential .
Last year the seven CM2 pupils from the C.A.B. all passed their entry exams : six were accepted into the
Anglophone Section and one into the Section English Plus at Jeanne d’Arc. I would like to add that none of them were from pure anglophone families and four of them all learnt English at the C.A.B.
The Non-Anglophone Group (Deidrie/Helen)
The First Grader (CP) pupils work with the Jolly Phonics method to learn the English alphabet and its phonetic sound system. It is a multi-sensory , active learning method. The students work mostly on learning to speak and to achieve a large, active vocabulary base. They learn vocabulary with famous Anglophone books and they play many games and use many flashcards.
The pupils from Second grade (CE1-CM2)onwards start working with the Nelson Spelling method to learn basic English spelling rules. The Nelson Spelling method is a method used in Great Britain for its students. The students also begin to use the I-SPY Oxford method to work on oral and aural skills. This is a method specific for non-native English speakers learning English as a Foreign Language.
The pupils from Third Grade (CE2) to Fifth Grade (CM2) also start working on the Nelson International Grammar method. This method is also used by international schools outside of the UK.
All pupils work in the library workshop where they learn to read native English children’s literature . They are required to do a Book Report for each book. The pupils also work with their anglophone friends in the culture workshop which focuses on the festivities and traditions of the Anglophone cultures. There is ample opportunity to learn songs, poems and many famous people from the Anglophone world.
Pupils who develope rapidly in their oral skills have the opportunity to pass over to the Anglophone group which focuses on reading and writing skills. These pupils can apply to either Jeanne d’Arc College in the English Plus section or the Anglophone Section of the International School of Fontainebleau if they have achieved the equivalent level to our Anglophone pupils.
NATURAL LANGUAGE LEARNING
The CAB offers children as young as two and half the chance to begin learning English or German, and of course French.
The language teachers are native speakers. Each is thus able to draw on the methods and programmes of study used in her country of origin to enrich the teaching of languages at the CAB.
Language teaching is based on the pleasure of learning, exchanging ideas and on discovering the cultures of other countries.
It is, above all, a pleasurable, active and sensorial experience for the child. The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli
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