The more senses, the better the learning

What is the simplest way of enhancing the speed of learning a foreign language?

It is a simple but powerful observation, that the more senses a child engages while learning, the more embedded and meaningful that learning will become.  Which inevitably means that what is learned becomes more and more likely to be available for immediate recall.

Thus, if we hear a word, we can remember it.  But if we hear and see a word written down, the chances of remembering it are increased.  If we hear, see and speak a word, memory is further enhanced.

That is all well-established, of course, but what is sometimes forgotten is that if we also engage movement at the same time as seeing and hearing and touching (through writing), then the memory is further enhanced.  Words and phrases are not just learned more quickly, they are retained for much longer.

This is the approach of Physical French Phonics, the award-winning multi-sensory approach to the teaching and learning of French phonics.  The pupils see and hear the word as normal, they “touch” the word through writing it down, and then also get to understand the “feel” of the word more fully, through their movements for each recognisable grapheme.

Added to this, pupils also see a range of cartoon pictures which then further link the sounds to the senses that are now fully engaged.

Learning graphemes and the associated phonemes means pupils will have the confidence to tackle pronouncing and spelling vocabulary that is new to them.

The course comes with a full colour teachers’ guide, which provides a step-by-step introduction to French phonemes.

Additionally, there are copiable games and reference sheets that will once again help the pupils learn, and most importantly, retain their learning, of the language.

You can see more details of the course, along with examples on our website so you really can 'try before you buy'!