French Summer Courses in France for Adults
Teaching French to adults often looks very different from teaching children. Our Adult teachers make assumptions of their adult students that they would not make of children because adults have had vastly different life experiences and come with their own unique sets of background knowledge or the practice of teaching adults, studies the best methods and approaches for effective adult learning.
Interactive methods where the Adult student is encouraged to speak as much as possible, even for beginners who can learn easy sentences by heart. Since you are attending our French courses only a few weeks. Our general idea is to give priority to your verbal skills, Even for beginners or false beginners.
Self-Directed French Learning to our Adult students
One of the most important differences between teaching children and teaching French to our adult students is the self-concept of adult learners. While young students tend to be dependent on their teachers to guide their French learning process and provide opportunities for application, adult learners are the opposite.
Adult students are usually mature and self-confident enough to know how they learn best, what their areas of strength and weakness are, and how to go about learning. They don't require much help acquiring resources or developing goals for learning French because, in most cases, they have done this before and already have reasons for being in school again. Our French language teachers to Adults grant their students plenty of space and be there to support rather than a guide.
Another benefit of self-directed learning is that adult students can design their studies around their preferred visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Visual learners rely on pictures. They benefit from the use of graphs, diagrams, and illustrations. They learn best when they are shown what to do or what something looks like. Auditory learners listen carefully when they are learning and draw the majority of new knowledge through their ears and value much conversation and dialogues. Things make the most sense to them when they are told how something should be. Adult learners need to physically do something to understand it. By performing something for themselves through a degree of trial and error, these adult learners will experience the most success.
The adult students know, better than anyone else the areas of interest in the French language that motivated their participation in the language courses. The teacher will help.
Using Adult Experiences as a Resource in Learning
Our French teachers for Adults, utilise each set of background knowledge in their classroom as a resource. No matter how old our adult students are or what type of life they have led thus far, every one of our students will have acquired an extensive cache of experiences that you can draw on to make the most of what everyone brings around the table.
Rather than behaving as if in the classroom, the adult student group, should be a level playing field and ignoring irregular stores of background knowledge, use them to enrich instruction. Our adult students could be coming from vastly different walks of life. Some Adults will be experts in an area that the whole class could benefit from learning about or will have experienced something very unfamiliar to the rest of our adult students.
The moments of authenticity and spontaneity that come from sharing with each other adults will prove to be some of the most powerful. Our French teachers will tap into the wealth of wisdom of our class as much as possible and that benefit to each adult student.
The fields of experience of other students benefit the good dynamics of the whole class and the encouragement of the teacher.
Relevance of Material Interest to our Adult Students
Our French teachers, teaching in our school, know that most adult students are likely to want to learn about subjects that will have immediate payoffs in their life, especially as it will have an influence on their social roles. As adults start to navigate and consider marriage, parenthood, career positions, French learning and other complex roles, they begin to orient and focus themselves exclusively to them.
Adults have little use for material that is not relevant to the roles they already occupy, and this is another reason for allowing adult students to play a part in designing their own curriculum. For example, some of our learners will want to learn about career advancement, but some, perhaps retired participants or stay-at-home parents, will not need this information.
The process of adult learning is to get to know students well enough to be able to teach to their roles. We always keep in mind that our adult students, at our French school want to accomplish something and probably have busy lives. The goal of adult teaching is to fit the needs of our students, who are attending our classes, obviously to learn and identified an area of need for themselves - but also a way to combine useful French studies and nice vacation on summer holidays on the beautiful French Riviera.
Your teacher at our school will always keep the flow of words and sentences, focused on practical issues in daily life and helping you to overcome the language barrier.
Problem-Cantered Instruction for our Adult Students
Our Adult learners hardly desire to learn about material that doesn't fit into their lives and they do not usually want their learning to be abstract either. Adults are practised, knowledgeable, and flexible learners that have a lot of problems to solve. Unlike young students, they do not usually need long to think about unfamiliar subjects before trying a skill out for themselves because they exercise their problem-solving skills every day and learn more each time.
Our French teachers know how to tailor their instruction to specific problems that their adult students face rather than approaching their teaching one subject at a time. The act of learning or attaining knowledge is about spending more time on doing actively. The learning and quality of instruction are much more important than topic coverage. That is why each of our French teachers encourages, provokes, listens and corrects during the lessons.
Motivation to Learn is the key issue to success
Forget about your inhibitions, your long-time forgotten French skills you had once upon the time. You start from the very first day, first hour with the intention and motivation to keep a low profile to listen to the words of the French teacher, to observe the reactions of other students around the table and to finally dare to open your mouth too and respond to a question from the teacher, if you can, If not, you just answer and say "Je ne comprends pas".
For most adult students, returning to school after several years can be intimidating and a certain degree of apprehension should be expected the first hours, especially when you are a pure beginner. Getting past the initial uneasiness for an adult can be a challenge. For intermediate and advanced students in French, the adaptation will be easier and the confidence to act positively.
However, when our French teachers, find that their adult students are eager to grow their knowledge, the more confident the atmosphere will be. Adults that have chosen to go back to school are probably already motivated to learn or would not have made the choice to continue to improve their French skills. The teacher's role in these cases is simply to encourage this motivation and help our students maintain positivity toward learning so they can move past any discomfort they may feel at the beginning.
Our French teachers listen carefully to all the students. When one says or does something that opens a new topic, the teachers are flexible and discuss it to show our student that their interest is important. What motivates the student and will increase his or her self-confidence in French Welcome to a rewarding and enjoyable French language holiday stay in Saint-Raphael on the French Riviera.
- 2, 3 or 4 weeks, 6 hrs/day - 30 lessons/week, Monday-Friday - Three experienced teachers share the group - Max. 8 students in the morning - Max. 3 students in the afternoon
The afternoon session takes place downtown in a garden or on the terrace of our restaurant
Here, you will discuss subjects from the early morning course and discuss topics of personal interest with the teacher. A syllabus will be drawn up "à la carte" on any subject matter you need. The aim is to achieve a greater spontaneity in speech, idiom and oral expression. The entire session is devoted to spoken French.
Intensive afternoon session in the garden with three ambitious students and Pascal