Who we are
We, Angie Canavan and Hélène Giacometti are the perfect combination for making Mimi's magic happen.
I (Hélène) grew up with French speaking parents, in Ireland, and so I fully understand the reluctance that some bilingual children will feel in speaking French. Mimi's is exactly the safe and fun environment that I would have needed to gain a love and confidence for my family's language.
I (Angie) learnt French fluently from scratch. I know exactly how it feels to be embarking on a new language journey, the pitfalls and the obstacles to overcome. I have a real understanding of how a language should be taught from day one.
Before founding Mimi's French Classes, we were both working as teachers in schools. Between us we have many years' teaching experience and we are also both specialised in language teaching. We have a real drive to make French accessible and fun for our youngest learners and their families.
Together we have created a wonderful program, which varies the themes every term so that everyone, no matter their level, is learning. How do we ensure that learning happens for all learners? We have done away with teaching just colours or numbers or one theme in a class. We teach French relevant to children's everyday lives. We make learning easy through simple storybooks, simple french songs and activities.
Together we combine both our strengths to make a class that welcomes families completely new to French or to those who need French encouragement in the home.