“While children and teens typically learn French in a group setting, I believe the best progress can be made one-on-one,”
“French can be difficult to speak and students are often intimidated to try in class for fear of making a mistake,” she said. “At NaperFrench, (http://www.naperfrench.com/
Cottez-Jones currently tutors about 42 students made up of children, teens and adults. Each group has a different expectation from French tutoring. “The children who come to me usually have parents who are bilingual and believe it is important to learn another language,” she said. “They have taken a group class elsewhere and now want more intense instruction.”
The teens at NaperFrench may be struggling through a foreign language requirement needed to get into the college of their choice. Cottez-
There is also a rising population of adults enrolling in her classes. “They aren’t doing it for travel or business,” Cottez-Jones said. “They are doing it for themselves. Sometimes all they wanted to do was learn French and now they have time to do it.”
In addition to being a fun thing to do, learning French is also good for the mind at any age, said Cottez-Jones. An article in the New York Times stated that bilingualism actually makes you smarter. Learning another language develops the part of the brain that helps us problem solve and monitor our environment when many things are competing for our attention. The article also cited a study about bilingualism and the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s which concluded that the higher the degree of bilingualism in the subject, the later the age of onset.
For more information about Anne Cottez-Jones and individual French tutoring in Naperville see naperfrench.com.