For a child learning a language, having fun and confidence in oneself is of the utmost importance. Therefore, including a social dimension to the learning is essential. Children will learn in a context that provides meaning and through actions such as: sharing in an activity, having fun, getting informed, convincing/debating, carrying out a project with classmates etc.
At EFI, each primary school student has two teachers. 60% of study time is with their French-speaking teacher and 40% is with their English-speaking teacher. English and French are present every day in the students’ timetables. In each cycle at the beginning of the year teachers divide up the learning of the French curriculum, then, throughout the year, update each other each week on their progress and their activities. Throughout their schooling, each student will have to approach the learning of each subject in the two languages.
Outside of the classroom, thanks to the school being located in the English-speaking campus of the Canadian school CIS, the children are exposed to French and English in speaking to the adults of both schools and to their peers from CIS. At break time, in the cantine, extra-curricular activities, at the library, at cultural events..these are all moments where English and French will constantly intersect.
Thus, bilingualism is gradually established over time and continues throughout the student’s education.