French Classes
for Kids in NJ

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The best French Classes for kids in NJ can be found at the L’Alliance Montclair Campus language center. We offer youth classes, summer camps, and a fully immersive preschool focused on teaching French through games, activities, and interactive lessons.

Our native French-speaking instructors, child-centric curriculum, and comfortable atmosphere provide the ideal space for young students to learn as effectively as possible – and keep them interested in the material. Children deserve instruction that captures their imagination, creates lasting ties to the French language and culture, and provides quality 1-on-1 instructor support – this is what we offer at L’Alliance.

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French Classes for Kids

We offer French classes in NJ for children ages 2-18 and a Montclair preschool location. Our preschool immersion program allows children to play, sing, and have fun with the French language and francophone cultural activities.

Course Levels

Our courses are available to children of any experience level. We provide a scaffolded structure that guides children from the introductory level all the way to full, conversational use of the language.

Course Breakdown

We offer French classes for kids that cover every level of experience, with programs that take non-French speakers all the way from introductory level to full, conversational use of the language. Depending on the age group, the class structure will look a bit different, with classes divided into the following age groups:

  • Toddlers (Ages 1-5)
  • Benjamins (Grades K-1)
  • Minimes (Grades 2-5)
  • Cadets (Grades 6-8)
  • Juniors (Grades 9-12)
Purpose
à petits pas for
Toddlers (Ages 1-5) 
Toddlers laugh, learn, and play en français in our à petits pas program. This gentle, small-group experience has an emphasison daily life, and lets kids explore language via games, songs, and arts & crafts. Children explore topics such as introducing yourself, family, animals, and seasons. 
Benjamins
(Grades K-1)
Our Benjamins class for kindergarteners and first graders has a joyful, multi-sensory curriculum based on colorful and imaginative storybooks, structured to help children improve their French quickly and effectively.
Minimes 
(Grades 2-5)
The Minimes program for second through fifth graders is a dynamic learning approach that promotes attention and reflection through group and individual activities. Singing, educational games, and readings help reinforce vocabulary and language structures.
Cadets 
(Grades 6-8)
The Cadets program for sixth through eighth graders will help your child start a new language or boost their scholastic performance in French. Our multidisciplinary approach encourages independence, with a  focus on developing oral communication skills, like speaking and listening comprehension. The Cadets course also integrates preparation for the DELF JUNIOR exam.
Juniors
(Grades 9-12)
Start your child in a new language or boost their scholastic performance in French with Juniors, for ninth through twelfth graders. The multidisciplinary approach promotes everyday interactions via role-playing to capture teens’ interest and imagination. The Juniors course also integrates preparation for the DELF JUNIOR exam.

We also offer classes for native French speakers, from age 2 through 8th grade. These spaces are meant to give francophone children a place to sharpen their speech skills in their native language among their peers.

To find class structures and available times, check out our Course Catalog. Kids who have received some level of French instruction should take our placement test so we can match them with the right class to meet their individual needs.

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Class Policies

Classes for kids ages 2-3 require that a guardian accompany the child, while our classes for 3- and 4-year-olds are drop-off classes. For all children, we offer in-person and Zoom instruction to ensure flexibility that fits with your child’s individual schedule. All youth classes will include engaging, age-appropriate activities to keep them excited about attending French class.

Check out our policies page for more class details and information on specific policies.

Summer Camps in NJ

Students ages 3-14 can join our day camps and summer classes to prevent the “summer slump” and participate in educational activities all year. To help students maintain a habit of learning, even during their summer break, we crank up the energy and set these courses and camps apart from our usual instruction modes.

Kids spend nine months in school and need more fun and flexibility in their summer schedule. Our camp activities focus on moving, learning, and connecting with the community – and our Summer Games theme reflects the excitement of the 2024 Summer Olympics, hosted in Paris. As a bonus, they’ll come home tired!

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French Classes for Kids at L’Alliance

For 125 years, L’Alliance has been the epicenter of all things French and francophone in the tri-state area. Whether you’re looking for French classes or want to discover new art in all formats, L’Alliance curates the best francophone experience for all our students.

Discover how L’Alliance French classes can benefit your child with the perfect complement to extracurricular and enrichment activities. Because everything sounds better in French!

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