- A playful class with activities similar to what children would do in a French maternelle: they learn words and sentences, use them in songs, dances, games, and stories. Crafts, drawings and pre-school writing activities will develop their fine motor abilities. For older children, we introduce some writing activities to get started with the French alphabet, and sound/letter recognition in simple words.
-The class is in fuill immersion and therefore suited for French or English speaking children. At a young age, children are very intuitive and beginners will learn fast. French speaking children will talk and interact more, while English speakers will need more time to pronounce the words. However, English speaking children will begin to understand quickly.
Babies and toddlers will build new vocabulary though puppets, images, songs and situations on the same way they are doing in the language spoken at home.
- Typical program:
Greetings, songs and dance
Numbers and letters routine
Meeting our friends (Monsieur nez rouge, Grabouilla la sorcière, les souris, ...)
Interacting on our topic (talk, sing and dance)
Word recognition activity for older children
Story time and little craft; writing project for older children
- The plus:
+ We recreate an authentic language environment (no flash cards methodology!)
+ Teachers are native speakers (no accent!)
+ Child focused approach
First things we learn:
- Who's who
- Numbers up to 20 (or more!)
- Animal names
- Colors and forms
- Anatomy, clothing ...
- Daily life activities
- Seasonal themes
- A lot of songs!
Note: It's good to repeat some topics sometimes as long as the activities are different and develop different capacities in the children (cognitive, motorik etc..). Children need repetition to learn :) See the Schedule
Group Classes for English speaking children: "Les Grands", for kids betweeen 6 and 12
- Level 1: for beginners
- Level 2: for strong beginners- elementary speakers
- Level 3: for intermediate See the schedule
Group classes for French speaking children: Les P'tits Francais (6-13 years)
Level 0 (6-7 ans) = corresponding to CP
Level I (7-8 ans) = corresponding to CE1
Level II (9-11 ans) = corresponding to CE2 - CM1
Level III (11-13 ans) = corresponding to CM2 - 6ième
The class level depends not only on the children's age, but also on their proficiency. We offer personalized teaching, which allows us to give more attention and extra activities to children having difficulties or on the contrary, challenge those who learn faster. To learn more
Pedagogical workshops for all levels for kids between 3 and 13
Perfect for busy children, and kids who need some extra support.
We offer private lessons, test preparation, especially for AP or IB French. Price List private lessons
Special courses for schools and institutions
The French Academy provides a high quality French program to day cares, children centers, community centers, pre-schools, kindergarten, elementary and middle schools. Our curricula are tailor-made to your needs, offering you fun before or after school classes, or solid French programs following ACTFL standards. For more information
The course curriculum focuses primarily on oral communication, although reading and writing will be introduced according to the children’s age and abilities. In our French world, your children will meet new friends (hand puppets for our youngest students) and will have a lot of fun. We use authentic materials: children books, songs, TV programs, movies and magazines for teens, plus a lot of interactive games and activities that make learning grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation very fun! In our classes for French speakers, the focus will be on reading and writing. Text analyses and discussions are also an important part of the curriculum to make sure the children build strong communicative skills.
Group classes are held at at St Vincent de Paul Church, 120 North front Street, Baltimore MD 21202, in the heart of the city. We have between 4 and 8 participants. Those small sized classes allow us to work intensively. Your child will progress faster and in a more secure and comfortable environment.
For private classes, or if you have a group of more than 3 children, we are happy to come to your location!