Who are we ?
My name is Maryam. I am the administrator of this website and run the Polyglotterz school.
Since I was a child, I have been attracted to foreign languages, without really having the opportunity to practise them before adulthood. I've tried everything from tutors to language schools and applications. All these solutions were somehow beneficial but I was still hungry. There was a lack of authenticity.
It is by offering French as foreign language courses myself that the idea of Polyglotterz made its way. What better measure to learn to speak French or English than going into real-life situations ?
Indeed, now a graduate in the Direction of Educational Organisations, I am convinced that peer learning and real-life situations make it possible to learn a new language very quickly. These are both effective and too often overlooked methods.
However, living abroad in order to learn a language or to get out of your daily obligations in a host country is not that easy.
Hannah, a student I had been accompanying for several months, gave me examples of situations in which she found herself in difficulty with the French language. For example, to indicate a direction in a taxi, to communicate his opinion on a current topic with colleagues during lunch break, etc.
I gave her the keys to remedy this and tried to artificially recreate the situations in order to train herself. The idea was born : what if we went somewhere to put these new language skills into practice ?
"Language is alive, let's live it!"
We can never repeat it enough, the best way to learn a language is to be immersed in the host country.
However, even after spending several years abroad, many people have only acquired a few common sentences. Why is that ? The vagaries of life and our daily occupations take precedence over learning. Especially when people around already understand you. Besides, taking language classes within four walls or on your smartphone is not always very exciting...
In a cosmopolitan and multicultural city like Geneva, where Hannah had lived for 7 years, you can do very well without working the language. And for good reason, all the merchants are fluent in English and most of the inhabitants master this universal vehicular language.
That's how Hannah spent years without speaking a word of French. It is therefore very convenient yet very unfortunate not to take advantage of this opportunity to learn and enrich yourself culturally. We also do not always have the necessary means and time for a linguistic stay that would allow us to learn the language of our dreams.
Also, it is very daunting for me to lock myself inside four walls or to be stuck on a computer to learn French, English, Russian or Spanish. The Polyglotterz workshops meet this need to learn in the concrete world, to live the language while being coached, to exchange, to practise and so on, to make sure that each moment of our lives benefits our aspirations as a polyglot.
We strongly believe in peer learning, interaction and especially learning in everyday life. This pedagogical aspect has enabled us to develop a program that offers the opportunity to practise languages in real situations, in a warm atmosphere, in small groups, walking around the cities with a certified teacher. It is advisable to practice the language with small objectives to achieve in each lesson.
Our pedagogy is based on three essential statements :
- It is easier to learn a language by practising it through peer-to-peer exchanges.
- By confronting real situations with lessons in real life, in a museum, a brewery, a park...
- When our senses and emotions are solicited : debating, walking, eating...
Your teacher is a facilitator who is responsible for stimulating discussions and making you feel comfortable talking. On this site, you will find course sheets that will be used during the courses as supports.
Our language course workshops are separated according to level and theme. You will also find a test that will allow you to determine your language level approximately.
Every evening, you will receive a personalized follow-up of your progress during the sessions in your mailbox.
There's no obligation, you are free to participate in the session of your choice, subject to availability. Registering for a course does not commit you to anything, we offer you a session follow-up but you can participate in a course just to take a look, come and see us every day, every week, every month. It's up to you.
We offer you the opportunity to meet people, exchange ideas, do funny and interesting things.
See you soon... In a café, post office, bus or park!