Our team has a clear focus on helping monolingual families make bilingualism a reality for their children.
And we are proud to say that, after exactly 20 years in Europe, we are now launching our programmes in Florida, USA!
Our Director, Nathalie, created the company 20 years ago
Here she explains what makes The VICI special and why our international French programmes are so effective.
When contemplating your child learning a second language…
Does it matter that I don't speak other languages?
Is my child is too young?
Is a second language is beneficial?
Is this going to be fun or feel like hard work?
Can anyone learn a foreign language?
Will we have the time?
How do you keep the children engaged week after week?
I’m concerned my child may get bored after a while
Is it easy to fit this program into a busy family life?
Nathalie has written extensively about the benefits bilingualism brings.
You can read more here.
At The VICI, we believe languages should be a lifestyle, not just a school subject.
What does your investment include?
A specialist online learning platform, i.VICI
With i.VICI, you don’t just hop onto a crackly Zoom or Skype call; our purpose-built online platform is secure, and designed specifically for language coaching.
The result is an intuitive and effective global platform, that allows fantastic interaction between coaches and pupils, as well as making it super easy to book classes, access homework and get hold of visual aids and resources. And all lessons are live with no automated or pre-recorded videos of the coach.
Each student has their own secure account which they’re given access to when they join up and can be used from anywhere in the world.
Simple, intuitive and effective, there’s a reason why we use i.VICI – it works.
A team of experts linguists
At The VICI we are exceptionally diligent about our in-house coaches, who are hand-selected and many of whom have worked with us for over 10 years.
We insist on the highest calibre of qualified linguist who have significant experience inthe language and culture (or are even native speakers themselves).
Our staff is rigorously trained, and because ongoing employee development and growth are important to us, we offer regular and ongoing learning and training opportunities for all our staff.
Most importantly, our coaches genuinely love what they do and have a passion for helping others achieve
their language goals. This is absolutely essential for VICI, and we only work with coaches who
hold the same values in this respect.
Our method get results
With experience educating over 600 children a week, we’ve broken down how children absorb, assimilate, analyse and reuse a foreign language in an age-appropriate way and created educational modules with different topics and learning objectives to form the basis of the student’s record of achievement.
Our approach to language learning is immersive, involving exposure to French little and often. To support this we advocate blended learning, a methodology that uses technology to combine in- and out-of-class learning to maximise educational impact . We research and test new resources across a range of media,
including tools like LanguageNut.
The result is a truly bespoke, holistic approach to
language learning with the student at the heart of it.
Maximum focus, care and attention for your child
Small but perfectly formed, we like to keep group sizes to a maximum of 6 children. This allows our coaches to give each child plenty of attention, while giving the children plenty of time to think, talk and interact with other children in the group.
We put the children in groups with similarly-aged and skilled peers, to ensure that they’re on an
equal footing in terms of maturity and interests, and where possible aim to
group children from the same state.
We really get to know our students
Our coaches go out of their way to get to know each child on a personal level. This is what allows them to go beyond the one-size-fits-all, standardized learning models that other institutions use.
By understanding who your child is, how they learns and what they respond to, their coach will able to deliver truly engaging and inspiring activities. Our coaches even aim to match the energy levels of the children in the group with the resources being used!
The lesson planning takes into account the learning styles of the children –
whether they respond better to visual, auditory or kinaesthetic stimuli,we’ll get
deep into your child’s communication skills to help them achieve the best results.
We also get to know you
You’re part of the bilingual learning journey too! We know how essential it is that you are also involved in your child’s learning journey, and to that end you’ll receive a weekly communication from your child’s coach recapping the the week’s learning objectives.
Each student has their own record of achievement which your coach will use to keep you abreast of their development and accomplishments. And we also hold regular parent clinics so you can check in on your child’s progress – and if you ever have any questions our support team are always on hand.
We also have a thriving Facebook community and encourage all our parents
to join in and enjoy the sense of belonging getting involved imparts!
It’s not just a club!
Many parents looking to introduce their children to the French language find themselves frustrated that there’s nowhere in between a full-on international school and unstructured kiddies’ clubs. That’s where we come in.
While we may offer all of the fun and high-energy interaction as an after-school club, we are so much more. VICI is elite in its philosophy, programme structure, concept and resources. Our bilingual programmes, based on the latest language coaching techniques are rigorously researched and taught by highly skilled and experienced in-house coaches, many of whom are native-speakers of the language they teach.
With VICI you’re not spending money on an after school club,
you’re investing in a proven, structured language programme.
We’ll take care of it all
We want you to feel like you can hand over this part of your children’s education to us and relax in the knowledge that we’re drawing on 20 years of experience using the latest language coaching method to get amazing results.
That’s why we take on every aspect of your child’s linguistic journey; there’s no need for you to buy materials,oversee your kids homework, sit with them while they’re in a lesson, help with the
planning or speak French yourself – that’s all for us to handle.
Regularity and predictability, year round
One of the frustrations we hear from parents is that the language lessons they put their child in are cancelled at the last minute, or the French club they enrolled their child in stops after a few months because the group leader has moved away. As an established, full-time, professional academy, we’re as regular as a school and we run like clockwork.
Your child will have access to up to 3 classes a week, which they can attend according to their availability
and timetable requirements. What’s more, these classes take place 45 weeks of the year –
we only take a short break at Christmas and in the summer.
The icing on the cake? The chance to travel to France
Knowing a language goes so far beyond learning words and grammar; it’s also about learning to be open minded, mixing with other communities, understanding and adopting tolerance.
The cultural element of bilingualism is essential – and there’s no question that cultural exposure in turn makes language learning easier.
Immersion is one of the most effective ways of consolidating language learning, so we offer our families the opportunity the most immersive experience of all: a residential stay in France.
Designed to be a perfect balance of fun while reinforcing language progress, these
unforgettable experiences can combine elements like school visits, sports days, visits to
historical sites and local markets… living a real French experience!
Conversations with our students
We’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of children over the years, each with their own unique language journey. We spoke with three of our ex-students who began learning with us as children to find out how our bilingual programme had an impact on their lives.
Your child’s language journey starts here
“This programme is amazing! My daughter has been learning for only eight weeks, from across the world! Laura, her French Coach is so energetic and engaging, she absolutely loves it! She learns so much as well. I am so grateful!”
“A brilliant educational investment! Nathalie is very passionate and comes up with new initiatives on a regular basis. Not sure how the team does it but my two 7-year-old boys would never miss their French lesson!”