Almost one month to go until another school year comes to an end and summer is here. When we think of summer, we think of family vacations, fun field trips and enjoying the warm weather by a pool or lake.
Summer can also be a time for your children to learn a new language or strengthen their second language speaking and writing skills in a fun an enjoyable way. Below are some fun ways to strengthen your child’s language skills, focusing on French.
1) Attend a French Summer Camp: Attending camp is a wonderful way for children to build their confidence, while having fun. It also allows students to build on their verbal and conversational skills outside the classroom. Camp Tournesol offers day and overnight camp options to students in numerous programs throughout the summer. For a further list of camps throughout Canada, visit Our Kids .
2) Explore – French Language Bursary Program: Offered in the summer for any skill level in French, the program provides a $2,200 bursary for tuition fees, instructional materials, meals and accommodation to learn French and the local culture in another region of Canada. Explore is a five-week intensive program that offers learning through classroom instruction, workshops, socialcultural activities and field trips.
3) Watch Videos / Sing Songs: There a ton of excellent visual and audio resources online to make learning a second language fun. The 30 minute video below has exciting songs and games to learn basic words, phrases, colours and numbers.
4) Educational Technology – French Apps: There are number of wonderful online apps for your smartphone or tablet for learners of different ages and skill levels. Here are some of our favourites:
Learn French: Play French games to build essential vocabulary & conversation skills.
French Verbs: Learn about French verbs and their conjugation.
French Language Learning: Provides a set of engaging, interactive study tools that help you really learn French.