Episode 15: A language immersion journey in Bordeaux with Jennifer Poe-Faugere

Episode 15

 

On this episode of Bilingual Avenue, I interview Jennifer Poe-Faugere a mother of three bilingual girls, blogger, wife and regional tour guide in Bordeaux, France.  Jennifer walks us through her family’s language journey including their move from the US to France and how each of her three daughters has adapted to the transition.

Episode #15 Quick Guide

On this episode, Jennifer discusses with us:

  • Her family’s language journey while living in the United States;
  • Their decision to move to France and how the opportunity to immerse her daughters in French played a role;
  • How languages are managed in their home now that they live in France;
  • The obstacles they have faced with a very interesting discussion around having confidence when speaking another language;
  • How they chose French public schooling for their daughters in France;
  • How each of her daughters managed the transition to French;
  • A wonderful anecdote of how one teacher facilitated her middle daughter’s integration into the classroom;
  • How they may still get a stare from time to time when speaking English as a family;
  • How much she loves listening to her daughters’ comfortably speak French to their peers;
  • Why they have decided to stay longer in France to support her daughters’ French.

Once we hop on the Autobahn at Bilingual Avenue, Jennifer shares –

  • Best advice received: Immersion is the way to go;
  • What has held her family back: A strong community language (English) made it difficult to maintain French through the One Parent One Language (OPOL) strategy when her girls were young;
  • Great family habit: Continuing to speak English as the family language to keep a balance and maintain both languages;
  • Best Advice to others: If you have an opportunity to be immersed in the language, take it!

Summary of resources Jennifer shared on the show –

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