Point-Virgule is a little Saturday school which teaches French as mother tongue to francophone children attending English primary schools. Point-Virgule is based in Islington and belongs to the FLAM (Français Langue MAternelle) network supported by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs and has obtained the status of ” Registered Charity ” in February 2016
Point-Virgule currently offers lessons for the 4-5 years old, 5-6 years old, 6-7 years old and 8-9 years old.
- The 4-5 years old: Point-Virgule encourages children to express themselves in French using verbal exchanges, games and songs. The lesson lasts an hour.
- The 5-6 years old: Point-Virgule introduces the more simple sounds and spellings (phonemes and graphemes) specific to the French language. The lesson lasts an hour and a half.
- The 6-7 years old: The study of the phonemes and graphemes continues with the more difficult ones. The lesson lasts an hour and a half.
- The 8-9 years old: when the phonemes and graphemes are assimilated, Point-Virgule starts the study of basic grammar and conjugation. The lesson lasts two hours.
The lessons are taught by qualified teachers whose mother tongue is French. The teachers speak to the children exclusively in French. The number of pupils per class is limited to 10 to guarantee that each child gets the proper attention of the teacher.