JAPS offers an exciting 'Immersion French' programme: in the Pre-Prep, children are taught in small groups where the French teacher speaks only French to them. They also have weekly Music and PE lessons taught in French. Through this they pick up French naturally and easily.
They think of French as something normal rather than 'foreign' or difficult, and their accents are remarkably good. This excellent start is built on in the Prep School, where French is still used as the means of communication during lessons. Girls continue to be taught in small groups of twelve, with a great emphasis on oral work, such as Drama, playing games and singing in French. Enjoyment and confidence are the building blocks, but gradually more importance is given to meeting the written element, reading and writing and using dictionaries, so the girls are utterly ready to move on to secondary level at end of Year 6.