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Témoignage de Yui TAKEUCHI | French in Normandy Review

Témoignage et conseils de Yui TAKEUCHI, qui vient d’obtenir brillamment son DALF C1 après seulement 9 mois d’apprentissage du français à French in Normandy !

FIN : Depuis combien de temps est-ce que vous étudiez le français et pour quelle raison  ?

J’ai étudié le français pendant 9 mois au total. C’était important pour moi, parce que la langue française est utilisée dans les organisations internationales où j’aimerais travailler dans le futur. J’ai trouvé ça passionnant. De plus, je voulais l’apprendre pour être plus compétente et faire la différence dans notre monde actuel où la plupart des gens savent déjà parler l’anglais en plus de leur langue maternelle.

FIN : Vous avez commencé dans notre école… à partir de zéro ! Qu’est-ce qui aura été le plus difficile dans votre apprentissage du français ?

Évidemment, étant japonaise, la prononciation a été une difficulté, et ma connaissances de l’anglais me gêne encore lorsque je veux prononcer les mots qui sont similaires au français. Mais, au début de mon apprentissage, le problème a été plutôt le manque de vocabulaire.

FIN :  Au terme de ces neuf mois, quelle sera le meilleur souvenir que vous remporterez avec vous de votre séjour à French in Normandy ?

J’étais ravie quand je pouvais communiquer sans problème avec les Français, et les amis du monde entier que je me suis faite à l’ecole sont aussi un de mes meilleurs souvenirs.

FIN : Si vous deviez donner un conseil à quelqu’un qui débute le français et qui vient apprendre ici à Rouen, qu’il soit japonais ou pas, qu’est-ce que vous lui diriez  ?

J’aimerais lui dire qu’il faut être extrêmement attentif et sensible aux mots et expressions qu’il ne connait pas dans les phrases qu’il découvre. Il est aussi important d’essayer d’exploiter dans ses productions tout ce qu’on apprend au jour, en classe et hors la classe pour, pour enrichir ses variations lexicales. Ensuite, il est important d’établir sa propre méthode de travail et de ne pas rester passif à attendre que les profs vous disent quelque chose. Pour ma part, j’ai systématiquement noté toutes les expressions que je ne connaissais pas et que les profs utilisaient, même les mots les expressions familières, pour pouvoir profiter au maximum de chaque instant de la classe. Parce que, finalement, ce ne sont ni les profs, ni les familles d’accueil, ni même les amis qui vous font apprendre le français, c’est toujours par soi-même qu’on progresse, en déterminant ses propres objectifs d’apprentissage étape par étape.

Enseigner les langues différemment ?

Cet été, French in Normandy a animé, en partenariat avec l’Université Laval au Québec, la première formation de formateurs en France en Approche Neurolinguistique. 

Cette méthodologie d’enseignement des langues étrangères, basée sur les avancées de ces vingt dernières années en neurosciences cognitives, se fonde sur la distinction des processus qui sont spécifiques à l’acquisition d’habiletés linguistiques, d’une part, et à l’apprentissage des savoirs langagiers, de l’autre.

Le stage certifiant qui vient d’avoir lieu a ainsi livré aux enseignants en formation l’ensemble des connaissances théoriques fondamentales nécessaires à l’expérimentation pratique, au sein de classes réelles, de la série des stratégies constitutives de l’ANL. Par la visée constante du développement del’aisance et de la précision lors de la formation à l’oral, à la lecture et à l’écriture, il s’agit d’optimiser le temps des classes en les inscrivant dans une perspective pédagogique de la littératie qui soit spécifique à l’apprentissage des langues étrangères.

Cette méthodologie, dont les résultats ont été évalués en Amérique du Nord et en Asie, vient de s’adjoindre l’enthousiasme d’enseignants de France, d’Allemagne, d’Italie, de Suisse et du Monténégro ayant suivi la première session de notre stage (écoutez leurs témoignages en ligne). Les prochaines sessions de formation auront lieu du 6 au 10 novembre 2017 à Rouen (France) et du 16 au 20 décembre 2017 à Québec (Canada).

Rejoignez-nous !

Olivier Massé / Steve Mercier, formateurs ANL

25 Years of French in Normandy

Since French in Normandy began 25 years ago we have had the pleasure of welcoming students from countless countries around the world. Students from all walks of life, with all different motivations have shared our passion for French language learning and teaching. A student’s success is our success and this shows in our exceptional exam pass rates and our growing network of alumni and agent partners worldwide.

Since FIN started in 1992, with no students and a dog, we have gone from strength to strength; each year striving to provide better education and service to our students.


Some of our highlights include:

Malika joining us in 1997. Our well-known and much loved operations manager who knows all the ins and outs of the school, always ready to assist in all areas with a smile.

Receiving the Qualité FLE label in 2007 for the first time, a confirmation of our exceptional teachers, curriculum, facilities and services.

Joining the beloved IALC family in 2007.

Winning Study Travel Magazine’s Best French Language School in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012! Voted by our valued partners, these awards have motivated to continue building and maintaining our important agent relationships and ensuring the total satisfaction of their clients.

In 2013 Melanie Raymond joined FIN, bringing her enthusiasm and experience to French in Normandy and taking special care of our partner’s needs.

Hosting the 2015 IALC workshop and showing off our beautiful city, Rouen.

Receiving the Qualité FLE label for third time with another three stars accreditation in 2016.

2013 – 2016. Incredible acknowledgement from our students by the way of voting us the Best Language School in France with Educations Stars for 4 consecutive years!

Recognition and support from our valued agents in Turkey, voted Best French Language School by UED from 2013 – 2016.

Through all this, we would like to thank all our host families, our partners in Normandy and abroad, and all our students past present and future for being part of the French in Normandy story.


Take a look back on French in Normandy in the gallery below…

 

 

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Erasmus Programme for Teachers at French in Normandy

ecbfb37cdfb585568757e539023811c5The Erasmus programme for teachers aims to help school teachers across Europe, providing them with an opportunity to increase their language level, take a look at some examples of « Best teaching practices » and innovative approaches to classroom management so as to enhance their professional skills.

The programme is designed for teachers of all levels from pre-primary to secondary and as part of the project teachers are encouraged to link up with teachers in their target language country. This year French in Normandy has so far welcomed over 50 teachers mainly from the UK as part of their in-service teacher training course and many have been part of the Erasmus project. As part of their course, visiting teachers have enjoyed observation sessions both in-house at French in Normandy as well with some of our partner schools, colleges and lycées here in Rouen. They have also enjoyed working on assignments using realia and preparing school visits to museums and historic monuments here in the city of Rouen via the excellent online and accessible educational and learning resources provided by French in Normandy.

Introducing Olivier Massé: Director of Studies

Olivier au TBI mars 2015French in Normandy now has not one but two Directors of Studies: Landry Noël remains in charge of academic administration and examinations for students and staff while Olivier Massé, who joined us from June 1st is responsible for our teaching team, our teacher training programme for in-service teachers, internal training and product development.

Olivier spent many years teaching and leading the academic team at the French Institute of Japan and he speaks fluent Japanese. During his time in Japan he was still connected to FLE (French as a Foreign Language) in France as he was the principle coordinator for the practical teaching element of French teaching degree offered by the University of Maine in West France. He was also the driving force behind an on-line shared database for French language teachers in Japan as well as working as a consultant for the Institut Français & Alliance Française network in their quality department.

French is Normandy is delighted to welcome Olivier on board especially as he is also the co-author of a series of specialised French language text-books for beginners. « We are very pleased that Olivier has joined us and see his appointment as another landmark in our commitment to ever-higher levels of quality teaching and performance » said FIN Director Eleri Maitland.

What are your first impressions of Rouen?

Olivier: The longer I spend in Rouen, the more my first impression of this city is confirmed: Rouen is the art of living “à la française”. It’s been a centre of trade for centuries, the area is full of history and culture . Visitors can enjoy a truly authentic provincial capital and unparalleled gourmet experience.  Yet the city offers the best of modern cities -it is dynamic and functional city, with the city’s rental bicycles a firm favourite with our students.  For me, after spending many years in crazy Tokyo, I do enjoy the city’s green heart as well as the welcoming kindness of the people here.

You have been at FIN since June 1st are you planning to make major changes to the school’s academic programme ?

Olivier: The school has an incredibly well structured and developed  academic profile and, as a mirror of Rouen itself, it’s quiet amazing to have such a level of organisation in language school that has managed to maintain its family feel and size.  So I won’t have to make major changes in the overall programme. My goal for the years to come is to make the classes evolve as “connected classes”, taking advantage of the cloud technology that everybody is using more and more in everyday life. We want our classes to prepare our students not just to get top DELF and DALF scores but also to be able to truly use the French language in real life situations. This is not just a French in Normandy goal but one that is clearly identified in the European Framework for Languages.

What do you hope to bring to an award winning French language school such as French in Normandy?
 Olivier: We have many exciting projects :“Interaction” is the keyword; we want more interaction between the students in class, between the classes themselves, between the students and the host families and with the teachers altogether. You’ll soon be hearing about our plans, using French and learning the language as a result – just keep your ears open!
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FIN: Education Star 2014 (Student reviews of French in Normandy)

French in Normandy staff, host families and partners are all simply delighted that students have voted us ‘Best French Language School’ for the second year running with such wonderful reviews of French in Normandy. Reading the lovely things that our students have written about us encourages us all not just to keep up the good work but to keep on striving to improve French in Normandy and the service that we offer.  We are all proud to have been awarded this fantastic recognition of our school’s commitment to our students.

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Read reviews of French in Normandy online at EducationStars and discover what our students love about studying French with us in Rouen!

 

CIEP, Qualité FLE & French in Normandy

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Communiqué de Presse
CIEP Invites French in Normandy to Discuss the Qualité FLE Label
March 19, 2012
By: http://www.ciep.fr/

QUALITÉ FLE (French as a Foreign Language) and CIEP (Centre International des Etudes Pedagogiques) organised a 2 day seminar bringing together professionals from all sectors of this thriving sector in the world of international education. As part of the programme the CIEP invited Eleri Maitland who is responsible for Marketing, Pedagogical and Quality at French in Normandy, to share her experience of the audit and how the requirements of this prestigious accreditation have contributed to French in Normandy’s success and reputation.

Eleri told us that “French in Normandy is proud to be the CIEP’s partner and hope that this is the first of many such meetings”.

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Le 18 et 19 mars 2013, le CIEP (Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques) a invité des professionnels du monde du Français Langue Étrangère à participer à deux jours de réflexion, d’échanges et d’information sur le label Qualité FLE.

Dans le cadre de ce premier rendez-vous dédié à la promotion du label qualité FLE et à l’importance d’une démarche qualité au sein des établissements enseignant le français, le CIEP a demandé à Eleri Maitland, Directrice Marketing, Pédagogique et Qualité de French in Normandy, de partager son expérience et d’expliquer comment le label a contribué à la qualité et au succès de l’école.

French in Normandy est très fière d’avoir accompagné le CIEP dans cette démarche innovante et dynamique.

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http://www.ciep.fr/conferences/assurance-qualite-dans-enseignement-du-fle/index.php

http://www.ciep.fr/conferences/assurance-qualite-dans-enseignement-du-fle/docs/programme-seminaire-assurance-qualite-dans-enseignement-du-fle.pdf

 

 

STM Star French Language School 2012

And the winner is …

French in Normandy!

On September 1, 2012, at one of the most glamorous and hard-working events in the study travel industry, the London Alphe Workshop, French in Normandy took home it’s 5th STM Star French Language School award. This marks French in Normandy’s entry into the Study Travel Magazine Superstar Hall of Fame. This honour is bestowed upon select industry leaders by their colleagues and partners around the world and signifies the school’s commitment to student and agent service and quality education for international students.

Directors, Tom & Eleri Maitland, attribute the award to the hard work of the supporting staff and teachers at French in Normandy and the dedication of their agent partners around the globe. Check out the video and pictures below of the award-winning moment!

Congratulations, French in Normandy!

Click here for more great pictures from the weekend in London!