Playdates are fun popup gatherings designed to keep young bilinguals’ English language skills alive and kicking, while also providing aspiring bilinguals a safe and fun environment to “practice while doing”.

Playdates are not classes. The only “rule” is that we maintain an  English-only space during the sessions.

Bilingual kids and native speakers practice their English to keep it alive and sharpen their communication skills, they learn to listen, speak kindly and work together. The other children learn English by doing and interacting joyfully. They first learn to communicate only-to realise that the proper syntax, grammar, and pronunciation follow naturally as they listen and learn from their friends. With a high ratio of bilingual children, we maintain an English immersion environment and focus on the project and play at hand.

The children decide what they want to do or make, and how they want to play together.
They share favorite books, music, games, project ideas, you name it… All types of play are encouraged.

Activities such as cooking, painting, gardening, singing, dancing, board games, and craft making, are made readily available but are never imposed.

The tweens and teens interact freely and creatively, sharing their preferences in music, movies, art, pop culture, books, food, sports, and much more.They are encouraged to create, sing, write, dance, make, and learn together: we help bring to life whatever the group is into and wishes to make happen!

Language skills are sustained and developed naturally through spontaneous, playful interactions and conversations. The focus being on doing, making, and sharing rather than on any individual participant’s speech, hence providing a safe, liberating, and fun space to speak. 
The group facilitator provides support by offering alternatives in proper syntax and vocabulary as needed.

Story:
Both my kids were born and raised in San Francisco, California, and they absolutely love to speak English.
When we moved to Bordeaux in the summer of 2020, I knew my then-11year old and oldest would have the opportunity to speak English with his teachers and friends at Alain Fournier section bilingue.
But I was concerned about my youngest who was six at the time and enrolled in a regular French school: If she stopped using English, it would become awkward and no longer enjoyable, and she’d eventually stop speaking it.
I quickly came to realise that other bilingual parents shared my concerns, and decided to offer an opportunity for our young bilinguals to keep their English alive.

Evolution:
Friends of friends started joining in on the fun and I found myself welcoming a few non bilingual kids.  With a will to get by and communicate, not surprisingly, they did really well during the sessions.
So in July 2021 with the mini camps, I opened the Playdates to aspiring bilinguals, while still maintaining a higher ratio of bilingual kids to create an “immersion” situation thereby effectively mimicking an English-only environment.

The children joining Playdates come from and have lived all over the world:  Australia, California, New York, England, Singapore, South Africa…
From day one it was obvious that everyone’s accent was pretty different,
and this realisation gave way to very interesting conversations and fun comparaisons.
Playdates emphasises open-minded, kindhearted communication and the ability to cooperate in English. We put forth the idea that there are many different types of English, all of which are welcome.

For who :

  • Bilinguals
  • Budding bilinguals
  • Aspiring bilinguals 

How :

Creative projects and play sessions to practice English spontaneously

communication et pédagogie en anglais

What, when and where ?

Playdates Sessions

Fun immersion sessions filled with creative play and projects

School Holiday's Camps

These week-long, half-day, or full day camps offer the opportunity to carry out a project to completion over the course of one week with a same group. 
Projects vary and depend on the children’s interests. 

Special events celebrating seasonal rituals

3 hours of seasonal craft, baking, celebrating and more

Movie night

Every 3rd Friday of the month: Pop, Corn, Pizza, fruits and veggies and movie projection! 
The film is appropriate for all ages and always kept a surprise.

Location : 37 rue Jean Renaud Dandicolle. Tram A Station Hotel de Police. 

Looking forward to having some English fun with your kiddos!


Calendar

Playdate sessions

Monday
4:30-6pm
Primaires of Alphonse Dupeux
Tuesday
4:30-6pm
Maternelle of Alphonse Dupeux
Wednesday

Flexible

9:30-Noon

All levels & Bilinguals  5 to 9 year olds
4-5:30pm
All levels & Bilinguals 10 to 13 year olds 
Thursday
4:30-6pm
Primaires of Alphonse Dupeux
Friday
6-7:30pm
All levels and Bilinguals 13+

Seasonal events

Pumpkins & Masks

Saturday October 8th
2:30-5:30pm

Cookies & Ornaments

Saturday December 10th 
2:30-5:30pm

Cupcakes & Eggs

Saturday April 1st
2:30-5:30pm

Picnic & Games

Saturday June 11th 
11am-2pm

School Holiday's camps

Winter 2023
 February 6th to 10th

Mornings 9am-12Noon
Option to stay, BYO lunch
Afternoons 2-5pm

Spring 2023
April 10th to 14th

Mornings 9am-12Noon
Option to stay, BYO lunch
Afternoons 2-5pm

Summer 2023
  • July 3 – 7
  • July 10 – 14
  • July 31 – August 4
  • August 7- 11
 

Mornings 9am-12Noon
Option to stay, BYO lunch
Afternoons 2-5pm

Movie night

  No sessions during school breaks

 5 to 10 year olds:

September 23rd – December 16th – March 17th 

11 year olds and up:

November 18th – January 20th – June 16th

 

 

Interested ?

You are interested in a playdate, an event, or a mini camp? You have questions? Fill out this form, and I will get back to you shortly. Thank you !

Testimonials

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