Parents of children entering JK, SK, and Grade One French and French immersion programs can now access a helping hand in honing their own French language skills thanks to Le Jardin D’Adultes, or The Adultsgarten.
The free program is being offered by author and sessional French Studies lecturer Antoine Khoury, who has established the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/adultsgarden/ to allow parents to download one lesson each month. The lessons are made up of a short dialogue/text, a set of questions and answers and the audio for the three components.
Khoury says the page will give parents a place to exchange ideas and his feedback and insight will help them monitor their child’s progress.
“The decision to enroll a child in a French or French Immersion program is never taken lightly by any parent,” he says. “Some are well prepared for it due to their proficiency in French and some are not. I am offering this as a free opportunity for parents both as part of my own research and to satisfy my desire to continue doing volunteer work in my community.”
Khoury says he is also happy to meet with the subscribing parents’ group once a month for a one-hour session to review lessons if they want to arrange the meeting at a school or library.