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Oh mon dieu! French lessons for toddlers

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

By JAMES BRINDLE

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A VILLAGE pre-school near Uttoxeter has said bonjour to its first French teacher to give children as young as two an introduction to a foreign language.

Norbury and Roston Pre-School, based at Abbotsholme School near Rocester, will be offering weekly ‘Fun with French’ sessions for its children.

The pre-school has been running for over 20 years and told the Advertiser it was excited at this new venture.

Head of the pre-school, Jayne Hooley, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our new Fun with French session from Summer 2013.

“Our children range in age from two to five years and in most cases this will be their first introduction to a foreign language.

“We believe that an early start to a foreign language supports the early years aspects of communication and language, personal, social and emotional and understanding the world.

“Natalie Quigley will be teaching the sessions. Natalie is a native French speaker and a qualified modern language teacher.

“However, I must emphasise this will be a completely fun-based session and all teaching/learning aspects will be done through puppets/singing and other exciting props to teach specific themes which will be of interest to pre-school children.

“Both children and staff are looking forward to and excited about this new venture”

Ms Quigley explained her background and how she will go about introducing a foreign language to such young minds.

She said: “I have been teaching French for a few years now. I am a French native speaker and a well-qualified Modern Languages teacher with many years of experience teaching from pre-school to A Level.

“I also run a French club in a local Infants school. I am a strong supporter of early language learning as children are so quick to absorb new language and concepts.

“I have myself two children who I am bringing up bilingually.

“An early start to a foreign language helps with literacy and confidence.

“In my sessions I use a lot of visual support through puppets, flashcards and props to teach specific themes which interest pre-school children, in line with the nursery themes (for example, mini-beasts in the spring).

“We also do a lot of singing – indeed all my topics are supported by songs to help memorise the French language introduced.

“I will also keep parents up-to-date about their child’s progress.“

Daily sessions are available at the pre-school from 8.15am to 5.15pm.

More information about the pre-school is available by calling 01889 594282.

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