At LFIM, our immersive bilingual curriculum is designed to gradually integrate students to the French curriculum. We provide them with support and encouragement to become creative, confident bilingual communicators. We work hard to ensure that every child is comfortable at school and among their friends, both in French, English and their native language.
Our FLE (French as a Foreign Language) program is tailored to help non-native French speakers adapt in their main classrooms. Following the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), the interactive lessons focus on learning new vocabulary and speaking first. The main goal is to build students’ confidence in French and to help them access the vocabulary of the main French class. Progressively, some grammar and reading are introduced to support and cater to their needs. Through games and engaging lessons, and in collaboration with the main class teacher, students are given the perfect platform to grow and feel confident speaking and reading in French.
The programme also helps groups of non-native students reinforce their writing and reading skills while learning new vocabulary. Every lesson is adapted to students’ levels and provides them with differentiated instructions. After two years of learning French as a Foreign Language, students have an opportunity to take the DELF Prim* exam (Diplôme d’études en langue française) which certifies their proficiency in the French language.
*DELF certificate is awarded by the French Ministry of Education for proficiency in French as a Foreign Language. The DELF Prim examination assesses four language skills: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking skills, and writing skills. It is addressed to primary school students.
EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers create an environment where students new to English feel confident and supported in learning a different language. Our aim is to develop students’ oral and aural skills to gain confidence and understanding — and integrate smoothly into the main English classes. Once this stage is passed, the EFL teachers work in close collaboration with class teachers to pre-teach vocabulary on topics used in the main classes, or to follow up on class work with extra activities so the content is fully understood. Our aim is to integrate students as quickly as possible so they can cope in the classroom full-time.
After two years of learning English as a Second Language, students have an opportunity to take the Cambridge exam*, which certifies their proficiency in spoken and written English.