French & English as Foreign Languages

 

Language Classes for all – French and English teacher in Nice – One-to-one and small group lessons

Children
Adults
Individuals
Corporate
  • Learn a language from scratch
  • Improve your current level
  • Brush up your French or English

Communicative approach

Confidence building

Adapted to your needs

We can work together and adapt your course according to:

  • your initial level
  • your specific needs
  • your availabilities

 

You will practice the language across the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), but of course, we can put an emphasis on the one(s) you need most.

In any case, you will attend and take an active part in lively and dynamic lessons with entertaining and constructive activities mainly based on communication and interaction for confidence-building!

You can also join a small conversation group to practice your French or your English.

Listen

Speak

Read

Write

Private Lessons – 1 to 1
Group Classes – 2 to 6 max.
Feedback on Language Classes

“Hello Yolaine,

How are you ? Fine I hope,…

Just a few words to say good morning and to tell you that our lessons about spelling have been successful. Let me explain : this morning I’ve received a telephone call from Singapore, in English of course. To get a first contact, I had to spell my electronic address with all these g,e,a i….

I was not sure it was all right… but yes I’ve received the mail from this lady. Great ! and thank you !!

Have a nice day and nice students”

Beatrice G., EFL student, French mother tongue
Beatrice G., Beausoleil, France – Mother Tongue: French

“The French course I had with Ms Bodin has been a milestone for improving my communication skills in French.

Her way of teaching is completely innovative: it is really direct, it requires a full engagement from the student and her classes are never boring, instead they are very creative.
DON’T MISS THE CHANCE TO HAVE HER AS FRENCH TEACHER!”
Antonio P. attended Yolaine Bodin's French classes
Antonio P., Lecce, Italy – Mother Tongue: Italian

“It was a pleasure to have french language classes with Mrs Yolaine Bodin during my Erasmus exchange in Nice. Mrs Yolaine loves her job and as soon as you see her giving classes you can realize that it’s her passion. She always helps her students to find solutions for their language dilemas. The most important thing is that she can adapt the course content to the level and skills of the group. She also gives fully personalised remarks on her students work. In my opinion it’s very effective during foreign language classes – particularly in french language where you can find a lot of exceptions.

I’ll for sure keep good memories of french classes with Mrs Yolaine Bodin!”
Sonia G., Katowice, Poland – Mother Tongue: Polish

“I had great time attending Yolaine’s courses in Nice. She is an excellent teacher capable of making you enjoy during her classroom! Yolaine’s way of teaching is innovative, creative and most of all effective.

Thanks to her I have learn French language.”
Federico S. learnt French with Yolaine Bodin
Federico S., Turin, Italy – Mother Tongue: Italian

“Hello everybody! My name is Haowen. I studied French with my teacher. Her name is Yolaine Bodin. She can speak French, Spanish, English and German. She was also our guide in Nice. I studied French culture, too, on top of learning French. I learnt the language very well with her. She made things interesting so we could learn. She wasn’t just our teacher, she was a good friend for the students who were very happy to meet Mrs Bodin. I’m from Beijing. I came to Nice to learn French. Mrs Bodin taught French, but her style is very kind, and very responsible. Mrs Bodin is the best teacher I’ve ever had, she’s very friendly and looks after her students very well, too.”

Haowen K., Pékin, Chine – Étudiant FLE - français langue étrangère
Haowen K., Beijing, China – Mother Tongue: Mandarin Chinese

“I had the pleasure to meet Mme Bodin during my stay in Nice. I participated in her French course which was, I have to say, very informative but at the same time easy to follow and very precise when it came to any kind of questions. She really has the motivation and skills to teach the language in an easy to understand but at the same time efficient way.”

Melanie M., Hamburg, Germany – Mother Tongue: German

“It was very nice to improve my English with Yolaine: she is a very good teacher who uses a lot of games to help me to learn more vocabulary for instance…..

Very good experience!”
Patricia T., Nice, France - cours d'anglais
Patricia T., Nice, France – Mother Tongue: French

“I attended an English course for many weeks. That’s when I had the opportunity to meet Yolaine who was an excellent teacher! I keep an excellent memory of her lessons, marked with dynamism. Furthermore, her teaching skills allowed to learn and improve in a very positive atmosphere.”

Corine O., Nice, France – Mother Tongue: French

“I had the immense pleasure of attending professor Yolaine’s classes during my exchange year in the IPAG in Nice. We established, since the very beginning, a wonderful relationship and, as a matter of fact, we still keep in touch. Her astonishing cultural and linguistic knowledge make out of her classes a very interesting experience. I woke up every Monday with a great enthusiasm for being present. I indeed enjoyed and took advantaje of her pieces of advise concerning French; taking into consideration that French is a two-tailed languaje: at the written level and, eventually, at the spoken one. She absolutely knows the nitty-gritty of her mother tongue. Thanks to Yolaine I have improved a whole lot my French, not to mention the vast cultural aspects that I learned with her! 🙂 “

Fabio C., León, Spain – Learner of French
Fabio C., León, Spain – Mother Tongue: Spanish

Listening:

language skill number 1!

 

In a language lesson, listening activities help facilitate our listening comprehension.

 

Listening to conversations, listening to voicemails, listening to the radio, listening to music, listening to a teacher, listening when watching a video or a film… We spend the greatest part of our communication time listening!

 

If we want to learn and improve a language, it is essential to spend time –even out of class time– listening to songs, to the radio, watching television, watching videos and films in the language they want to learn. Why? Because it is important to train our ear to the sounds of the language we want to study.

 

Hearing people speak the language helps us gauge how important listening practice is. Little by little, our ear gets trained and our listening comprehension improves.

Both French and English are well-known and quite widely spread languages. The chances are that even a complete beginner has already heard some French or some English.

Now imagine you were about to learn a language that you have never had a chance to hear –let’s say for example another much less widespread language: Hungarian – can you imagine how uncomfortable we would feel with the idea of communicating in this language as opposed to either French or English as a foreign language?! We can easily tell how much more time and effort it would take us to get acquainted with the language and its unfamiliar sounds, and to understand what we listen to.

 

Listen: image for listening activities in the language classSo, what will we listen to during your French or English as a Foreign Language lessons?

 

Of course, we will listen to each other! But the point is, you don’t want to always listen to the same voice, the same accent, the same person because it is important to get used to a variation of voices and accents. Together, we will have the opportunity to listen to audio recordings from the radio, television programmes, songs, coursebooks… Some recordings will be short, others will be longer.

We will listen to speakers of various age ranges and nationalities. Indeed, we also want to be able to understand people from the different countries where the language is spoken, but also to understand people who are not native speakers.

 

In any case, the listening activities will always be adapted to your language level. They can vary depending on what we need to focus on.

 

Listening skills are based on two elements: sound and meaning.

It is sometimes very useful to forget meaning and focus on sound only. This can lead to pronunciation practice.

Of course, listening for meaning is of the essence; but it is even better and more effective is we find it interesting! So we will always try to work on material that can be of interest to you or that can trigger your curiosity.

 

What listening practice will help you do:

 

  • familiarize with French / English sounds, intonation, rhythm and speed
  • recognize known words and phrases better and quicker
  • absorb sentence structures that you would not otherwise spontaneously think of using
  • learn to anticipate the speaker’s next point
  • enhance your concentration skills
  • reinforce or lead to the other languages skills: speaking, reading or writing

 

And of course, listening activities will need to take place in a positive learning environment for confidence-building! 🙂

Speaking:

here comes what I call the contradictory skill!

 

We usually learn a foreign language primarily to speak the language, but it is often the very skill that worries us most in class. Why?

Many answer that they are anxious at the idea of speaking up, that they don’t dare, that they don’t want others to hear their accent and/or mistakes. It seems this concern is stronger with people who experienced a learning approach where making a mistake or mispronouncing words was blameworthy. This situation is all the more unfortunate when we know that speaking is absolutely fundamental to the learning process. As I often semi-jokingly say: “If you want to learn how to say something, say it!”

 

Speak : image for speaking activities in the language classSo, how can we maximise speaking time during your French or English as a Foreign Language lessons?

 

 

All lessons are mainly based on speaking. We need to make the best possible use of the lesson to create a dynamic where speaking prevails. We will engage in speaking activities and games, role-plays, talks, presentations, conversations, discussions and debates of all sorts.

The objectives of the speaking activities can be twofold: speaking for precision and speaking for fluency.

It is important in the learning process to sometimes focus on the correctness of what we are saying. To do this, we will practice repeating phrases and sentences according to a pattern that has already been worked on and we will adapt it to new contexts while trying to remain precise in what we say and how we are saying it.

However, there are other times where what matters is to just speak and keep the conversation going. During speaking activities where the focus is on fluency, we will not be concerned with being always correct but with getting the message across. This can be achieved through a great variety of fun activities and is usually a great basis for confidence building because it is precisely where you can see yourself actually speak the language and realise you can communicate in French or in English!

 

What speaking practice will help you do:

 

  • familiarize with the French or English flow and pronunciation “mechanics”
  • become used to expressing (and hearing!) yourself in the language
  • practice sentence structures so they become more ‘natural’ and spontaneous
  • reduce the deceptive need to think and translate from your mother tongue
  • increase your language learning abilities
  • reinforce or lead to the other languages skills: listening, reading or writing

 

And of course, speaking activities will need to take place in a positive learning environment for confidence-building! 🙂

Reading:

a strategic skill!

 

Opinions on how easy or difficult it is to read in a foreign language differ quite a lot. This is mainly because we tend to consider reading as one linear activity. Yet, reading encompasses many different aspects. Our ability to understand a text that we read depends a great deal on the level of complexity of the text itself, but it is also contingent on our aim when reading the text.

 

Indeed, whether in our first language or in a foreign language, we can read for different purposes: to get the gist of the text, to find specific information within a text, to learn something or to synthesize information and form our own opinion on a given topic.

In any case, we need to understand what we are reading. Reading in a foreign language can require a lot of concentration but is a wonderful opportunity to review vocabulary and French or English usage in context.

 

Read: image for reading activities in the language classSo, how can we work on improving your reading comprehension during your French or English as a Foreign Language lessons?

 

To develop our reading comprehension, we need to… read! The nice thing about reading is that you can indulge in it both during and outside class time 🙂

During the lessons together, we will carry out various tasks based on different reading materials. They can be excerpts, articles, texts, instructions, questionnaires, quizzes taken from books, manuals, forms, newspapers, magazine, mails, brochures… Reading activities can vary, too, according to the language level and the aim we set.

Sometimes, we will not need to understand the full text and we will focus mainly on finding some information or getting the main idea. Other times, we will read the text to work on the structures and/or the vocabulary that is used. Sometimes again, we will read to develop our reading speed and fluency. Of course, some of the reading can be done silently, but we will also practice reading out loud.

 

What speaking practice will help you do:

 

  • get used to reading in French or English
  • review and reinforce your vocabulary and grammar
  • lay the groundwork for some elements of the language that have not as yet been studied
  • reduce the widespread tendency to “need” to translate to understand a text
  • acquire new strategies for language learning
  • reinforce and lead to the other languages skills: listening, speaking or writing

 

And of course, reading activities will need to take place in a positive learning environment for confidence-building! 🙂

Writing:

the productive skill!

 

Writing… writing is creative, writing is productive, writing can be fun, but writing, unlike speaking, leaves traces. This means many of us are not really enthusiastic at the idea of being assigned a writing exercise. We don’t want our mistakes to show up and to be spotted out! Also, many consider writing as a lonely activity. It needs not be so and, as with speaking, listening or reading, writing activities can vary greatly depending on our goal.

 

Writing is needed in everybody’s daily life. Think of all the time we spend writing texts, messages and tweets! Think of all the emails we need to write! Writing cannot be avoided and writing is an essential skill, too.

 

What do we write? Texts, messages, notes, lists, memos, letters, emails, reports, reviews, comments on forums and the social media, blog articles… both in our private and professional life, we do spend a lot of time writing, much more than most of us are actually aware of. And why do we write? Because we want someone to read what we are writing! It seems obvious, doesn’t it? Well, if we want someone to read what we wrote, we need to make sure what is written is clear and easy to read.

 

The writing process requires a certain commitment from the writer because writing is a skill that covers many other skills and reveals how well the writer masters these skills. Many elements are involved in writing, among which: perspective, exploration, experimentation, cohesion, and of course vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation.

 

Write: image for writing activities in the language classSo, how can we help you improve your writing in French or English during your language classes?

 

Writing tasks will vary and will be key to develop your writing skills in the learnt language. It could be form-filling, writing short sentences, a paragraph or a longer text. You will write to achieve specific or broader goals. Some writing activities will focus on grammar, spelling and punctuation, others will require using specific vocabulary (for example if we studied vocabulary on food, we may decide to write a recipe), others still will foster our ability to describe a situation (for example in business French or English, we may wish to practice writing emails to confirm an order or to respond to a client complaint).

 

The possibilities are endless and we will adapt to your or your group’s specific needs. Above all, since writing is a demanding task, we will not forget to make it fun, too!

 

What writing practice will help you do:

 

  • develop your writing skills in French or English
  • practice vocabulary and sentence structures in various contexts
  • foster your ability to express ideas directly in French or English without translating from your first language
  • enhance your abilities to express yourself clearly in a foreign language
  • reinforce and lead to the other languages skills: listening, speaking or reading

 

And of course, writing activities will need to take place in a positive learning environment for confidence-building! 🙂