Studying in French when you’re not a native French speaker – Is it possible?
Check out the FLSco program of the Shanghai French School.
Each child is an individual, each story is unique. FLSco (French as the language of instruction) is our support program for students who need help with French language in order to integrate better into the French school system. The lessons are aimed at children since K3 (Grande Section de Maternelle). 350 students currently schooled at Shanghai French School have benefited from this program.
This program, which generally takes place over two years, allows them to access the fundamental learning skills required in school. In order to promote their integration, these students are enrolled in a reference class corresponding to their age. They are offered working sessions (depending on the students’ needs) with a specialist teacher responsible for helping them progress sufficiently in French to be able to follow their reference class in fine.
In small level groups, children discover, exercise or consolidate their knowledge of French thanks to specific methods and various material (language games, books, songs or any other activity adapted to the age of the child) which allow them to confidently enrich their lexicon and gradually better understand and better express themselves in French.
Well supported in their discovery of the French language, children quickly learn the vocabulary they need and become independent in their daily learning. This program adapts to the child’s specific needs and to their learner profile. Thus, the FLSco curriculum is intensive and daily at a beginner level, and is applied as needed at an intermediate level. It is intended to be reduced during the school year as the child progresses.
This support structure in French responds to a concern of our teaching teams to facilitate the integration of all students into our system. It is part of one of the main axes of our school project, which is to support each student in a personalized way to better take into account their needs and abilities.
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You can also help your child to learn the French language faster by involving him/her in sports, cultural or social activities in your area. A good level of French is absolutely essential for your child to succeed at school, to complete his/her training, build his/her future career and to succeed in society.