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


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

“Finding "Frenchly Speaking" has been a joy. I have been wanting to brush up my French for many years and Amanda provides a creative and supportive learning environment.

Students are well matched and our conversations are great fun. We are encouraged to speak about pretty much anything and our mistakes are very gently and humorously corrected.

The balance between formal grammar, reading and conversing is perfect. I so look forward to beginning again next year and haven't enjoyed learning so much for a long time.

Allys Andrews – Bentleigh”



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