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French Language Learning and Pre-school

Japan With Kids - Forums: Education in Japan: French Language Learning and Pre-school
By Dorothy McGuire on Thursday, November 18, 1999 - 7:16 pm:

I am probably the only mother trying to find a childrens french teacher in the middle of Tokyo!
My 5 year old (only english speaking) son has just commenced at the French school, and I am trying to find someone who can give me a few hours per week to help him. I have tried posting notices in National Azabu, Nissin etc... but no luck as yet!
Does any one out there have any good suggestions- or any materials i.e. young childrens videos in French which I could purchase off them? At the moment I feel like the wicked witch of the west taking my son to school each day.
Perhaps you can even give me some hints if you have put a child in a foreign language school. How did you support your child? Hope some-one can give me some advice or feedback.
Please contact me by e-mail: Dorothy b-kazoku[at], or phone (03) 3443-4440 before 10pm.
Dorothy McGuire

By Aileen K on Wednesday, May 17, 2000 - 5:53 am:


I speak French and am always on the lookout for good language products. Here's one given the thumbs-up by the Parent's Choice award. It's probably the best one and a gentle and fun approach for the really young ones

There's another program called Powerglide well-liked by homeschoolers. The French one is supposed to be good (but not other languages like Russian) See the review at
scroll down to the Foreign Languages section

Aileen Kawagoe

By Dumitru Camelia on Monday, April 22, 2002 - 8:58 pm:

French teacher in Tokyo, loving children, having experience with them, teaching private lessons. Patient and with many methodes for learning French. I speak english and spanish too. Email dccami[at]

By Admin on Saturday, April 12, 2003 - 6:25 pm:

There is a conversation regarding the Lycee Franco-Japonais in Tokyo at:

By Nathalie on Thursday, May 22, 2003 - 9:42 am:

TOKYO -- For those who are looking for an alternative to the Japanese hoikuen (very difficult to get in) and the international preschool (outrageous rates) and have French speaking kids or would like their kids to speak French, I recommand the French preschool Au Pays des Sakuras.

My 2 year old started to attend this spring and absolutely loves it. It's located very close to Kagurazaka station, or about 10-15 mn walk from Iidabashi station. They accept kids from 18 months to 3 years old, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (part time possible). They have lots of activities for the kids, and are located in a shrine school with a play ground and a bigger park nearby. Tuition is very reasonable as it is a non profit association. For more information, you can visit their website (in French) at :

By Mark A. Germain on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 5:23 pm:

Yokohama -- Bonjour,

Je voudrais introduire au francophones l'ecole Montessori Whitehorse pour les enfants de 2 ans et demi a 6 ans a Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama.

L'instruction et la langue utilisee est l'anglais mais les enfants francophones sont tout de meme bienvenue.

Pour plus d'information, s.v.p. contacter Mark at 045-944-1009 ou visitez notre site a

By cathy lawrie on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 12:48 am:

Hi, we've recently moved here from the States and I'm wondering if there are places that offer French lessons for children or after school activities like sports, arts, etc. in French. I have a 5 yr. old girl and an 8 yr. old boy who are both quite fluent in French. They were at the Washington International School in the States and both were in the French immersion program. They are now enrolled at ASIJ and so I'm looking for ways to supplement their exposure to French which they were used to hearing and speaking in school (almost) full time. I have spoken to a parent from the Lycee Francaise-Japonaise and I believe they have some after school programs but are only exclusive to families of that school.

Please kindly point me in the right direction as I would hate for my children's French to totally deteriorate due to lack of exposure. My husband and I, unfortunately, can only speak limited French and therefore can't provide the esposure to the language at home.

I would even love to hear from French families who would consider a playdate with my children.

I would appreciate any suggestion you may have. Kindly email me at

By eva on Thursday, April 1, 2004 - 12:25 am:

hi! I'm a 19 years old French student. I live in Paris, I'm studying English at university. I already give French lessons to children in France and I would like to go to Japan this summer (between June and September).
I'm looking for an accommodation during my stay, it's the only problem. I'm very serious and have children experience. if you're interested in my add, please answer me at:
I'm passionated by Japanese culture and it would be a pleasure to teach French in Japan.

By Cornelia on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 5:25 pm:

Here is an on-line experience which my 9 year old French friend highly recommends: where you raise a horse (in French)

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