Opened in 1983, La Jolie Ronde has been a unique centre for learning not just a second language but a platform for introducing children to the everyday realities of the country and the culture they are studying. Our award winning programme, which is available for 0-12 year olds, ensures each friendly weekly lesson combines fun with exciting games, story-telling, songs and activities. We have over 1,660 lunchtime and after school language clubs across the UK & Ireland operated by more than 560 tutors and a current membership base of around 20,500 children.
La Jolie Ronde was founded in 1983 by Colette Leclercq-Hallam - Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques. Colette is a French native and moved to England in 1974 where she married an Englishman and had two children. The language at home was English and Colette soon realised that her children were reluctant to speak French as to do so felt ‘different’ to their friends so she devised some French fun activities, stories & songs to do with them. Colette continued to develop her methodology & as word got around that learning French was fun, she was approached by many parents & local schools and so began La Jolie Ronde!
Speaking another language opens the door to new possibilities & opportunities. Travel and lifelong friendships are built with the people you meet along the way if you're able to communicate easily
Learning a second language is incredibly rewarding and can enrich personal life too. We encourage children to use language in real life situations which in turn will enable them to overcome fears and doubts leaving them feeling much more confident
Research has found that pupils who study foreign languages, tend to score better at standardised tests than their monolingual peers. This has been particularly noticeable in maths, reading, and vocabulary
Our globalised world means companies are constantly expanding overseas plus dealing with clients from all over the world. Speaking a second language enables you to communicate with a broader network
We offer language learning through weekly extra-curricular French & Spanish classes, the supply of EYFS, KS1 & KS2 language teaching resources and Educational visits to Northern France
**VOTED BEST NATIONAL ACTIVITY FOR 5-12 YEAR OLDS 2014-2018**
We are proud to have, over the years, been recognised for not only our outstanding resources but also our extra curricular classes and method of teaching.
La Jolie Ronde extra-curricular classes have been voted by parents as the 'Best National Activity for 5 to 12 year olds' in the 'What's on 4 Junior Awards' for the past 5 years in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014.
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With La Jolie Ronde you have the security and reassurance of a long and proven experience of teaching French & Spanish to young children. Our Programmes are used as part of the curriculum in hundreds of top prep schools in the UK and are taught across the world including the USA, Indonesia, Australia, South America, Africa, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Canada and Japan. Our Founder, Colette Hallam, has had her achievements in bringing the French language to a wider audience recognised by the French Government who awarded Colette the honour of "Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Palmes Académiques".
Over 60% (and growing on a daily basis) of UK primary schools have chosen our French and Spanish Programmes, schemes and resources to teach their pupils. Teaching and learning a language could'nt be easier with our award-winning French & Spanish resources. We reward and motivate pupils through our programmes, past and current pupils enjoy working with our resources, leaving Key Stage 2 as skilled, confident and enthusiastic language learners.
Years of development, dedication and experience in the sector of early language learning, La Jolie Ronde has become the market leader, committed to offering the best possible start to young learners. This could not have been achieved without our excellent and loyal network of over 560 tutors (some of whom have been with us for over 20 years) who teach in over 1,660 centres across the UK and Ireland to a current membership base of around 20,500 children.