One language I would love to speak fluently is French. I have a lot of family living in French-speaking countries therefore it is close to my heart to be able to communicate with them better. I want to share with you a gift that I have found, to learn French with stories… Introducing The Staircase.
What is the Staircase?
The Staircase is frankly a great way to learn French (and very soon Spanish too!) because learning by story it really is a course with a difference, teaching you in a way that is fun and works. Children have been taught languages by way of story for thousands of years! What better way to learn for adults and children alike, stories are proven to work, you remember them and they keep you entertained.
Think about this for a second… Would you remember words on the TV screen in the form of an advert from your childhood? No, not a chance! But would you remember an advert in the form of a story, yes absolutely! All of us can name off certain adverts with mini stories or songs.
This is a good example of how The Staircase teachings differ from others and helps to inbed the language in your memory. Also making it a fun learning experience. It is a comprehensive learning method with lots of learning varieties including translation, dictation, private lessons and mini-classes. It draws you into its amazing story offering you a unique way to learn, improve and excel at French.
Why the staircase?
Think for a moment of the endless doors learning French can open. Reading books, understanding news articles, speaking with others, even going on holidays to living and working abroad. You could even be an interpreter. One little bonus is being able to understand when people think you can’t. And trust me, it’s nothing short of fantastic sometimes!
Why do most people who set out to learn a language fail? Quite simply because they get bored, therefore losing motivation.
Why learn French with The Staircase over other French learning courses? Because it will keep you wanting to learn, it will help you learn, you won’t want to stop learning and you’ll have support from your teachers and community whenever you need it.
How do you learn?
With the staircase…
Honestly there are two ways that work best to learn a language, firstly go to a country and immerse yourself fully in language and life (that’s not always a possibility, for a multitude of reasons) so…
Secondly, learn with the magic of story, whether it be truth or fiction, the fact is a good story grabs your attention and captivates you. You’re much less likely to lose interest and give up. If the interest stays then so does the learning, the minute the interest goes then that’s when you give up.
Who is behind the staircase?
Léa is the course creator and teacher, She has taught over 4,000 hours of online French lessons to students from 51 countries since her debut on the well-known Italki website in 2013 both one on one and in group sessions.
Léa is also well-grounded in the basics of teaching. She possesses a Master’s degree in Linguistics from the famed La Sorbonne University. She is a wonderful teacher who is eager to help and is always working on new material and resources to help with the course (at the moment she is working on a podcast). Léa also does private French lessons.
Léa hates the current trend among course creators to make automated courses for revenue without ever meeting the students. She says “Maybe because I am a teacher myself and I meet my students every week in private lessons, I want the staircase experience to be just as warm, personal and human as private tutoring. I won’t say that it’s easy, but Iza (our official Staircase cheerleader) and I do our best to be personally available through the comments and the online events.”
Iza is the dedicated community manager, keeping the community fresh and vibrant, she is always there on hand to help (She also translates Sci-Fi novels professionally which is pretty cool).
Another awesome aspect of the course is you can contact Léa and Iza as often as you like in the private comments area (below every course episode) and in the private Facebook group.
When can I start?
Any time is the right time with the Staircase, begin, progress and complete at your own pace. I love this as it somewhat takes the pressure off, especially when most of our daily lives are so hectic already. Sometimes we don’t have extra time to do and achieve things that we want to, so being able to climb the staircase at your own pace really helps to achieve.
Where to now?
What next? Begin, and aspire to succeed.
Are you a beginner? Or do you have some slight knowledge of French? Say for example you used to learn French at school and you’re curious how much you remember? Test yourself with this French evaluation test
Here is the same in the Spanish evaluation test
(The full Spanish course will be available in 2019.)
How did you go? Did you remember a lot or a little? Either way I’m sure you had fun with the evaluation test. Are you ready to learn French with the staircase? If you decide that you are ready to start climbing and kick your language goals click here to purchase the full course
Here are other reasons I like this course:
Léa also teaches private French lessons
You learn to speak authentic French correctly and with confidence by hearing native speakers speak and by having human help on hand.
The course is highly interactive and easy to use on Tablet and PC.
You learn all authentic speaking styles ranging from casual to pragmatic, business, elegant French and even slang!
You become immersed in French culture and even learn cultural tips & anecdotes.
The 30 episodes follow the adventures of winemaker Lana, and her brother, Nándor. With many other engaging characters throughout.
The story and spaced repetition techniques help you memorize the notions more intuitively.
Each lesson in the staircase starts with a video in which Léa introduces the episode’s storyline and advises you on the best way to proceed.
Léa records all the answers herself, which greatly helps in the fact she is a native speaker and is one of the many ways this course puts a human touch to the learning process.
You also get access to (the library) La Bibliothèque where you find translations of useful words from the course and information on complex grammar rules.
The course helps you reach level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
❄️ We teach our kids Finnish and English, being multilingual is a gift and opens up unimaginable opportunities. We look forward to teaching them French too in the near future. Are you or your children studying a second or third language? We’d love to hear your experiences and ways you may have found learning easier.