Alliance Française Jersey, a charity which promotes the learning of the language locally, has announced the start of its new term later this month, with classes moving online, rather than being held at the organisation’s premises in Library Place. The idea is that Islanders can take part and develop an invaluable skill while stuck at home during the lockdown.
Camille Perdereau, director of the Alliance, said that she had already been amazed at how both adults and students had been able to adapt so quickly to online teaching.
‘Our team of expert French teachers has performed superbly to move all our classes online using [video conference tool] Zoom, and an online platform with interactive resources. In response, we have had very good feedback from students who are really happy to be able to continue learning French from home in this way.
‘In addition to continuing to learn French, the social aspect of the course can also continue online. Students are able to keep interacting with the other members of the group, giving a feeling of normality in what is not a normal period in our lives,’ she said.
The new term’s courses begin in the week of Monday 20 April and those wanting to join can do so by registering at afjersey.com, or calling the Alliance Française on 875655.
Although teaching French is the main objective of the organisation, the Alliance is also sustaining its other goal of promoting French culture by offering links to websites giving a range of activities and virtual experiences, including tours of the Louvre in Paris, the Chateau of Versailles and the Lascaux Caves.
Meanwhile, those with an interest in French cinema and music can also access free films and concerts via the Alliance’s digital newsletters.
‘The need for understanding and communicating with our nearest neighbours in France may well become greater in the future, and the access to more online resources is an opportunity for all of us,’ Ms Perdereau said.