January 18, 2022


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English lessons with the mother tongue for school children in Budelière (Creuse)

On the CE2 show this morning, a quiz game with the British royal family.
When a student chooses a character, his classmates ask, “Who am I?” Trying to guess that. “. The Family Tree of the Royal Family (in simplified version) is designed to help children ask questions:” Do you have children? “,” Do you have a sister? “.

An ambitious project

Their teacher for the session was Warwick Clifton, originally from Nottingham and a former professor of business administration at the university. The drastic change of public for these fifty-year-olds who immigrated to France 17 years ago. He was recruited by the school as part of the “Reinforced English – Towards Bilingual” organization, a utility program for cruise established with the government after a meeting in 2019.

The role of a good orientation

For three years, 200 students from the department have benefited from this system. Also, according to Budeliere’s editorial board, Cruise’s vice-president Alice Mallick, the experience should be repeated and extended to as many people as possible.

A win bet

“They progress very quickly, and some already have a sixth-place finish,” says their teacher, Warwick Clifton. “Working verbally from an early age gives them a lot of self-confidence. “One discovery shared by the school’s teaching advisor, Pierre Jolivet, was more than positive feedback from the college, which now welcomes their alumni.

In fact, in the room, all the students participate, assisted by the teacher who helps him and their teacher. CE2s already form sentences, ask questions and understand their author’s symptoms.

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Warwick Clifton asserts that the strongest feature of a native speaker is certainly the pronunciation, “much better than children who learn from French teachers”. For now, “h” and “th” make life difficult for them, but their teacher takes them back whenever they forget, leaving nothing.
There are two 45-minute lessons per week for children, and an additional workshop every three weeks. “We also play sports, art and English cuisine,” explains Warwick Clifton, who said students loved “fish and chips” and “crumble pie”.

Early learning

In kindergarten, children have three and a half hour sessions per week, which is more appropriate for their age. In the class with the average and large section, Warwick Clifton does not pronounce any word in French and the children understand it without any problems.

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As they are not yet readable, the vocabulary is associated with gestures to integrate the new word. The result is interesting: 4 and 5 year olds can already count the days of the week, colors, shapes, emotions and up to 20 and talk about the weather.
For them, the effects of this instruction of a native speaker are even more noticeable: after three years of lessons, they pronounce “h” and “th” without difficulty. “The benefit of starting at a very young age,” their teacher proudly states.

Budget issue

Since the device is a three-year test launched in 2019, the time for evaluation is approaching. Alice Mallick hopes the positive results will help her get the budget she needs for the project’s continuity. “It’s a difficult device to maintain in a rural area, including two speakers Fursac and Chambon-sur-Voueize, which requires a lot of travel,” he concludes.

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