The Frenchly Speaking Approach to Learning

Frenchly Speaking uses a conversation approach to learning French, as it is the most natural and effective way to learn a language.  After all, this is how children learn.  They don’t start with reading and writing; they start with speech.  They hear what the adults around them say, and then they repeat it. 

Frenchly Speaking combines traditional teaching techniques with learning methods developed by Amanda Burton herself.  It is conversation, with a few guiding principles to ensure success:

 • Where possible, students avoid translation.  The translation process overcomplicates things.  People trip up, trying to reconcile a new word with what they already know in English.  Instead, Frenchly Speaking promotes learning through association.  That is, associating a spoken word or phrase to an image, action or situation.

 • The learning process is personalised as much as possible.  Students are provided additional learning aids, such as individual course notes and voice recordings, to ensure they more effectively retain what they have learned.    

 • Students are afforded lots of variety, in terms of learning material and environments.  Lessons can be at home, in an office, a café or out on the streets of Melbourne.  What better way to learn a language than through practical examples! Distance is also not an issue as lessons via Skype are also available.

 • The learning experience is always fun!  Learning should never feel like a chore.  The Frenchly Speaking approach is about “la joie de vivre!” 

 “Speaking is the key to learning a language.  So it makes sense to learn French through the art of conversation.”  Amanda Burton


Liz -21/12/15 Elwood community centre - 2015 to present: 

“It has taken me a long time to have the courage to pick up French.  Your classes are interesting with a wonderful mix of activities and much as I would like to avoid it … grammar. I especially enjoy challenging myself with the little pieces of news that we present. It has helped with my vocabulary and pronunciation. 

The more recent exercise of chocolate recipes was fun, but also really practical helping with some of the day to day vocabulary that we might use. I enjoy working in a group as I find that it is full of surprises and your feedback during the classes and also the work you have written for the week on our discussions useful.

I very much look forward to catching up with new classes for 2016”.



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