Coincidentally, this book is being published at a time when the government will be deciding whether or not primary schools should be legally required to teach foreign modern languages. Parents should closely follow these developments and check with their children’s primary schools what they offer in terms of languages.
There is nothing like learning in the comfort of one’s home so if you are considering buying this book, here are key points to inform your decision.
WHY SHOULD MY CHILD LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE?
In our global society, your child will be a European citizen and ultimately a citizen of the world. You can never start too early to prepare them for this challenge. Knowing foreign languages means wider access to job opportunities, increased intercultural awareness and positive attitudes towards diversity as well as enhanced communication skills.
WHY START AT THE PRIMARY STAGE?
Research in neuroscience suggests that it is a time in the children’s brain development when the window of opportunity for language learning is still wide open. Learning a foreign language at the primary stage is more effective than in secondary schools. Children learn about the structures and mechanisms of English that they can then transpose onto a second language. In turn, their competence in English will be reinforced.
In addition, young learners have precious inherent qualities which predispose them towards language learning. These should be nurtured. They have a natural sense of curiosity. Just like little sponges, they are more receptive and much happier to experiment, not suffering from inhibition to the extent that teenage pupils can.
Learning a second language also helps the children’s development. Their confidence and self-esteem are boosted by this new set of skills.
WHY SHOULD MY CHILD READ A BILINGUAL BOOK?
When reading this book, a primary school child will learn French without any awareness of learning. The young reader will acquire new vocabulary or learn about some aspects of French culture without feeling the effort involved.
Children have a natural enthusiasm for stories and enjoy a positive attitude towards books. So why not offer them a chance to use these wonderful qualities to acquire a second language?
I have been a primary language specialist for many years and as such I only use teaching materials of the highest quality.
I am extremely impressed by the new book, La Famille Jolineau en Vacances. The beautiful , colourful illustrations, the progressive complexity of the text and the humour throughout the story make for a very enjoyable experience. Children are prompted to answer questions on what they have read and the games at the back of the book are helpful tools to memorise new vocabulary.
Another useful feature of the book is the guide to silent consonants, all marked in red. This will encourage young French readers to develop correct pronunciation. I understand that an audio version of the book will be available in the future and I consider this to be be a very valuable tool to complement the text.
I would highly recommend this book both for the classroom and home reading.
Joy Jermy Regional Co-ordinator for La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children.
by Joy Jermy
This is a beautifully illustrated book containing key expressions and vocabulary for Primary school aged children. My two children really enjoyed listening to it and had fun trying to translate for themselves as I covered up the English. I love the detail in some of the pictures which gave my children lots to talk about. The book lends itself to being reread many times with its simple questions and activities at the end - I am very happy to have added it to our home library! Sarah Proddow, barnes
by Sarah Proddow
I love your book!
It tells you all about a French family in French with English so that you can understand what's happening.
I like Isabelle, the ladybird, because she gives easy helpful questions which I will borrow for my French lesson at school tomorrow. In fact I like your book so much I'm going to take it to school to show both my class teacher & my French teacher.
I'll enjoy reading this book again and again but I'd like the next story about La Famille Jolineau please!
Nerys Williams age 8
by Nerys Williams
La Famille Jolineau is a treat. The very interactive pictures are amusing, absorbing readers of all ages in the story and so turning the pages & then returning for another read - very cleaver! We found the text clear & informative without being daunting. Meanwhile Isabelle la coccinelle & the red silent letters both add another layer to the experience. My three children enjoyed meeting the different characters & activities of Elisabeth,Gerard, Celine, Julien, Mathieu & Mambo. Introducing ' Le gouter' provides a charming insight into French culture which in turn makes the book & story much more real & tangible. 'Le gouter' has been adopted already as a brilliant idea by my three!
Jane Roberts, London
Thank you Elisabeth. Can you write sequel story for La Famille Jolineau please.
by Jane Roberts
Born in Paris, Elisabeth has been living in England since 1991. After working as a lawyer, both in Paris and London, she realized that her true vocation was teaching French. She quit Law and has been teaching French for the last ten years to primary school pupils, GCSE and A-level students as well as adults. She is tutor for the award-winning company La Jolie Ronde which runs French teaching groups throughout the UK.
Between them, Luigi and Elisabeth are connected to five languages and cultures. They enjoy the ability to switch from one to the other, opening doors and opportunities both personally and professionally. As a lawyer, Elisabeth could use her linguistic skills to represent a wide range of clients, understanding not only their language but also their culture and their way of doing business.
Every day, Elisabeth sees how her pupils and her own children make tremendous progress in French by reading bilingual books and exploring stories without any awareness of the effort involved. She wanted to write her own bilingual book to share her enthusiasm and experience with young learners keen to discover French.