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French classes in Old Town Alexandria for children


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La Chandeleur: Crepe Day!

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on March 3, 2018 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

La Chandeleur Crêpe Day is on Feb. 2nd. It is the halfway point between winter and spring. Crepes represent the golden sun that the French can’t wait to see in the springtime. Crepes originated in the Bretagne (Brittany) region of France.


There are two types of crepes: sweet (crêpes sucrées) and savory (crêpes salées or also called la galette de sarassin) .

The savory crêpes are made of buckwheat flower (le blé de sarassin. ) My crepe recipe is a mix of the two: still a bit sweet but made with a mix of flour and buckwheat flour in order to make it a bit hardier (and healthier).

Today, you will still meet many Briton families who own creperies in Paris and all over France.


In class, we had la crêpe au sucre (sugar sprinkled on top), la crêpe au Nutella and la crêpe au citron.


Why immersion?

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on February 17, 2018 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Having just come back from an enriching conference of world language teachers, The Northeast Conference on Learning Foreign Languages, I would like to share some important topics we discussed:

Why immersion? Why stay in the French language in class?

It is the most enjoyable way to learn a language! Going back and forth too much in different languages may diminish a child's interest and momentum. In addition, using only French (avoiding translation) will force students to listen to what is said in French, to use reasoning and deduction to figure out what a word or phrase is. Using these higher-level thinking skills are the best tool in learning and retaining a language.

Immersion mimics how a person learned his/her first language.

How to do immersion (Part I)

By choosing activities and themes that are of interest to the child, the children will be motivated to pay attention to what is said in the language, to connect the word or phrase to the activity we are doing, to know the context of that word or phrase and eventually be able to use the word or phrase themselves.Children are naturally very curious so using activities that ignite that curiosity is key!  Qu’y a-t-il dans la maison ? What is in the house? Qu’y a-t-il dans la boîte ? What is in the box? Comment fabriquer la neige ? How do we make snow? Quel animal est-il? What animal is it?  

La Chandeleur at the Hillwood on Feb 3rd 10am-5pm

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 4, 2018 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

La Chandeleur, also known as Crêpe Day, marks the halfway point between winter and spring. In France, families celebrate by eating crêpes, which are round and golden like the springtime sun.


The Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC invites families to celebrate this holiday in festive French fashion amidst Hillwood's spectacular gardens, magnificent mansion, and exquisite French treasures.

Parent's Night Out Saturday, January 20th, 5-8pm

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Children ages 3-11 are welcome to join Old Town French, Arts on the Horizon and the Downtown Baptist Church for an enriching evening of activities and dinner while parents enjoy an evening out.

More information and registration at: https://downtownbaptist.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/93/responses/new

My French Film Festival starts Jan. 19th, 2018

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 1, 2018 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Watch short and long French films starting January 19th and vote for your favorite films!  You can watch online or using Amazon Instant Videos. More information at http://www.myfrenchfilmfestival.com/en/

French concert for families on January 13, 2018

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on December 4, 2017 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Children and their families are invited to attend a special concert with local musician, Achille, who will be singing popular children’s French songs.

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:30-11:30am

Where: The Lyceum


201 S. Washington St.

Alexandria, VA 22314


Price: $5 per person

(children under 12 mo. are free)

Must register in advance via



About the musician: Achille Ango grew up in Cameroon (Central West Africa). After graduating from High School, he went to France where he livedfor seven years studying and playing music. He has taught French to children, and played music with various bands in the Washington area for more than 20 years. He now teaches French in an immersion school using music as a vehicle.

Parent's Night Out this Saturday, Dec. 9th, 5-8pm

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on December 3, 2017 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The “Let It Snow” Parents’ Night Out on Saturday, December 9th from 5PM-8PM is hosted by DBC, Arts on the Horizon and Old Town French. Welcome the holiday and winter season with fun winter stories, crafts and games. Kids will also make a gift to share with someone this holiday season. Open to children 3 – 11 years old. Pack a dinner and drink for your child to enjoy in our Kid’s Lounge. Send an extra pair of clothes for younger ones, in case of an accident. You can register https://downtownbaptist.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/87/responses/new" target="_blank">here. To register an additional child, click https://downtownbaptist.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/88/responses/new" target="_blank">here.

French-Canadian Winter Solistice Show this December 2017

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on November 27, 2017 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Christmas Revels

A French-Canadian Celebration of the Winter Solstice is playing this season at George Washington University's  Lisner Auditorium December 9-17th.

There is a special price for children for the show on Friday, December 15th. 

Details: Take an enchanting journey to a charming Québec village and revel in the winter holidays. In the late December chill, the glow of hearth fires warms the spirits of the villagers as they prepare for the time of celebration—le temps des Fêtes! Amidst this holiday cheer, a group of young men prepares to set out after profit and adventure—to be voyageurs. They paddle a huge canoe across rivers and lakes, deep into the wild Canadian woods—but not even rugged terrain can stop them from rejoining their loved ones in time for New Year’s Eve!

**If you plan on going on Friday, December 15th at 7:30, let Mme. Rebecca know! We will be able to meet one of the French-speaking actors after the show!!


Alexandria-Caen Sister City events

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on November 4, 2017 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We are so lucky to have a strong French sister city program here in Alexandria!

Here are some events you may be interested in:

Sortie du Beaujolais Nouveau on Thursday, November 16th, 7:30pm, at the historic Lloyd House in Old Town

Teen exchange program meeting is on December 3rd, 5pm. The committee is looking for interested teens to go to Caen and families to host French teens from Caen.  RSVP to [email protected] and you will receive more information via email about the meeting.

Exploring the Art of the French Comic Book on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00pm. 

More information on their website at: https://alexandriacaen.wordpress.com/

Kid's Eurofest in Oct and Nov 2017

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on October 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Lots of interesting events for families! http://events.euintheus.org/landing_page/kids-euro-fest/