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English everyday at school, elementary my dear Emile!




Three fingers raised from the side of the right hand, thumb and forefinger only from the left side. Faced with about fifteen captivated little schoolchildren, and without a word, Caroline Courtay questions her CE1 students. “Fiveeee”, proclaim in chorus the schoolchildren, now familiar with this routine. “Good, and now? “, Continues without waiting the teacher of the school Jean-Macé, in full city center of Brest. This time, Caroline Courtay presents seven fingers to her fumbling students: “Eight? A little girl tries, struggling to hide her enthusiasm. “But no, it’s seven,” retorts his neighbor at the table. Correct! This math exercise in English sauce, the CE1 students in Caroline Courtay’s class are starting to know it.

Each teacher chooses the subject: it can be math, science, sport, art …

Since the start of the September 2021 school year, the Jean-Macé school in Brest, like six other establishments in Finistère

In the middle and large sections of kindergarten, plastic art is conducive to learning English

In the medium and large sections of kindergarten, plastic art is conducive to learning English (Le Télégramme / Rémy Quéméner)

20 to 30 minutes of immersion per day

English everyday at school, elementary my dear Emile!
In CE1, math lessons in English through the Emile system

In CE1, math lessons in English through the Emile program (Le Télégramme / Rémy Quéméner)

It is an innovative, ambitious and extremely stimulating project. This gives the school a dynamic, a common project

English everyday at school, elementary my dear Emile!
In CE1, math lessons in English through the Emile system

In CE1, math lessons in English through the Emile program (Le Télégramme / Rémy Quéméner)

Halloween in English

This method of teaching is not a sword in the water. “It’s a long-lasting project,” says Elisabeth Verdier. It will probably take two or three years to see the full benefits of the method ”. At the same time, day after day, the establishment is draped in English colors. Before the All Saints holidays, the pupils will participate in a first event with an English accent: Halloween. For children, “pumpkins”, “witches” and other “ghosts” no longer hold any secrets. Elementary, my dear Emile!

In addition to the Jean-Macé school in Brest, the Emile system is being tested in six other schools in Finistère: Ferdinand-Buisson in Quimper, Jacques-Prévert in Quimper, Jean-Monnet in Ploudaniel, Jean-René Tressard in Pleuven, Le Vizac in Saint-Renan and Pierre Mac-Orlan in Lanrivoaré