OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our integrated approach specifically engages the child in lively and creative activities to enhance developmentally appropriate skills in a foreign language.

Classes are activity-based, full language immersion classes that will engage students in a circle of interesting and age-appropriate activities and experiments. Instruction is experiential and hands on with a focus on children’s individual needs and interests. We help children to recognize and do their personal best to grow as happy learners.

At LLS children are encouraged to speak French or Italian through captivating workshops designed to both educate and entertain. All of our classes are designed to allow children’s hands, minds and emotions to be active in a safe and supportive environment. At LLS, it is our goal to help lay a foundation for the long term appreciation of learning a foreign language, revealing the rich cultural and linguistic wonders that French and Italian have to offer. 

OUR MISSION

We aim to to serve any family that values the importance of foreign languages and intercultural understanding, to foster enthusiasm for learning a second or third language, and to support parents who wish to raise their children with more than one native language, in order to maintain and strengthen a multicultural identity and heritage.

At LLS children enable to develop their potential and skills to the fullest extent, while allowing them to do so at an individual pace.

The Language and Laughter Studio is a place not only for our children to participate and enjoy language and culture, but a place for us to come together as a community and bring to life the heritage of our extended cultures. Learning language is not just about speaking, but about connecting to the cultures and traditions they come from.

OUR METHODS

Instruction is experiential and hands on with a focus on children’s individual needs and interests.

  • We use games, mimes, songs, arts and crafts, music, movement, theater and visual aids.
  • Repetition is an important part of the learning process.
  • The program is interactive to make learning a language a pleasant and rewarding experience.
  • We foster the collaboration between children by enabling them to participate in small group work and whole group discussions.
  • We provide a place where their enthusiasm for discovery is challenged and their natural curiosities are focused into a context of learning about cultures, languages, and the world.

OUR STAFF

All of our teachers at LLS are native speakers and specialized in their field. Students learn from caring and supportive early childhood educators who possess strong backgrounds in the arts. We collaborate with professional and brilliant early childhood educators, composers, musicians, and artists dedicated to create unique programs designed to stimulate inquiry-based learning, concept formation and creativity.

Pascale Setbon, founder of LLS, believes that children learn by making sense of their world and their experiences. She has seen that children learn best through first hand experiences with people and materials. With a deep belief in the remarkable capabilities of each child, the dedicated teachers encourage the children to hear, understand and speak a second or a third language with joy and pride.

Pascale Setbon – Founder

Pascale Setbon moved to the United States from France twenty years ago with one of her children and the hope that he would remain connected to her French culture. She quickly became aware of the demand for children to be raised bilingually in order to conserve relationships with their various cultures and after eight years of teaching, she finally opened her own school.

Pascale attended La Sorbonne where she earned a BA in Management and an MA in Marketing. Pascale relocated with her family to New York in 1997, where she experienced great difficulty in finding bilingual educational programs for her two young children. She soon found that there were many families in the same situation who were looking for a program to support their desire to maintain and strengthen a multicultural identity and heritage. Pascale decided to explore this dilemma by attending several language workshops and conferences given by Bank Street College, the Board of Education, and other accredited institutes. After four years of dedicated research and studies, Pascale was ready to share with others what she had learned. She helped to develop the French Playgroups curriculum at the International School of Brooklyn and for two years worked at the French Institute in Manhattan. In 2005 Pascale launched her own language-diverse learning program, L’isle Aux Enfants at the fledgling Language and Laughter Studio (LLS). LLS has become a full-fledged learning center for early bilingual education. Complementing tacit experiential language acquisition with focused directives, classes at LLS help to facilitate bilingualism where children learn to hear, understand, and speak foreign languages with confidence and pride.

Clara

Clara  has over nine years experience teaching children ages two through five in both private and public schools throughout New York City. She holds a BA in English Literature from Colorado College and a Masters of Education from Bank Street College. 

She has worked in schools with a range of educational philosophies and is most inspired by a constructivist approach to learning. She wants children to be hands on, making messes, learning by doing, and empowered by a supportive community of teachers and peers. She believes that children’s  first school should feel like a secondary home, where they can bring their whole-selves and build a strong sense of themselves as confident and unique learners. She is committed to helping young children develop emotional literacy and empathy, and to understand the power of their actions and words. 

In her 20s, she spent significant time living in Italy where she studied Italian language and literature. She loved the process of learning language through immersion and is thrilled to help give that experience to children at LLS.  She lives in South Slope with her husband and their two young children. She loves to watch her children play, practice yoga, and spend time with her family in Vermont.

 

Laure

Laure, arrived in New York City during the summer 2019 after living in France, Australia and Hong Kong. She is a trained psychologist who received her Master’s in Psychology with high honors from University of Paris X. Laure has worked with teens, adults and children, some of them with disabilities. After backpacking for a year in Australia and the surrounding area, she arrived in Hong Kong, where she had kids and founded her own counseling company focusing on perinatology and helping children overall. Very interested in neuroscience, child development, and deafness, Laure also started classes to become a trained FSL teacher (DAEFLE). She is particularly enthusiastic about teaching young children, and she is passionate about teaching children in a way that does not impose anything on them but, rather, that creates an environment that allows them to freely express and explore their own perspectives. 

 
Sandrine

Sandrine arrived to New York three years ago. She chose Brooklyn as her new home for her family, including two bilingual daughters who are boith enrolled in DLP programs. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology in Paris, after which she spent fifteen years working as a therapist with children and their families. As a therapist, she specialized in working with multicultural families and focused on bilingualism and expatriation. She has been working for the past three years as a lead teacher in a preschool program and after school program for French speaking children. She loves spending time with her family, cooking, and the arts. Her passion for teaching young children is huge asset to LLS!

Paloma

Born and raised in Paris Paloma grew up in a trilingual home with a French father and a Mexican American Mother. She moved to the United States to study philosophy & sociology at Smith College and then went straight to New York to pursue her passion! Teaching! She was a middle school science teacher for the last 3.5 years and always love exploring every age group. She had always dreamed about attending Teachers College at Columbia to learn more about how to be an excellent teacher and started there this past fall. It has been so amazing to apply everything she is studying right into the classroom at LLS!

 
Lauren Butler

Lauren received her B.A. in French and theatre from Muhlenberg College. She started learning French in middle school, when she had the opportunity to begin to study a language. Her love of language motivated her to continue to study the French language and culture throughout high school and college. In college, her passion for language also led her to study other aspects of linguistics and bilingualism. She has completed psycholinguistic research on the process of switching between speaking multiple languages and has presented this research at the Language, Linguistics, and Life Conference at Temple University. Lauren studied abroad in a French immersion program in Aix-en-Provence, France. While studying abroad, she received an award for her excellence in French. She was also recognized for her achievement in French by Phi Sigma Iota, the National Language Honors Society, at Muhlenberg. Previously, Lauren has worked for Middlebury Monterey Language Academy’s French immersion program.

In addition to her love of language and extensive study of french, Lauren brings her creativity and background in theatre and dance to LLS. She values opportunities to work collaboratively with children, as well as to include movement and improvisation in the classroom. Lauren has been delighted to have the chance to combine her creative interests and her excitement about french and bilingualism in her work at LLS!
Cédric Chaudré

Cédric Chaudré grew up in the North-East of France. He graduated in Education and taught in middle schools in France. 

He moved to Paris where he was employed as an Automatic Speech Recognition Software Analyst in a very international team. This experience unveiled his interest in language acquisition and Cédric decided to pursue a Master degree in applied linguistics where he researched how mobile technologies can improve language acquisition. 

After teaching a few more years in language institutes in Paris, Cedric moved to New York where he enjoys teaching French in the After-school program of dual language schools. 

Aurelie Harp

Specialized in Art performances, production and creativity, Aurélie Harp is a versatile artist, producer and acting teacher who just moved back to Brooklyn. She graduated from Sciences-Po Paris with a BA in History and a Master in Marketing, and she is now completing a degree in Teaching French as a foreign language (DAEFLE). She worked a few years in advertising before starting her acting career in Paris and London. She loves the stage and theater includes Winter under the table by R. Topor, Scorched by W. Mouawad, Eclipsed, the story of the Magdalena’s sisters, Mme Antoine, the story of Queen Marie-Antoinette, Carmen… She believes in ongoing training to improve her craft and has been participating for over 10 years in Jack Waltzer’s Masterclass, member of the Actors Studio. She is also a member of NY Lab, a creative collective and incubator for creative projects. She is also a playwright starting her third play and a voice-over talent, she recently played “Jargonaise”, the French bug, in a TV show on the BBC children program). Aurélie is a mother of two and loves interacting with children.

Audrey Debouverie

Audrey grew up in Normandie, France, from a French father and an American mother. She grew up in a French monolingual household, having the opportunity to spend some summers in the US with her mother’s side of the family. Even though Audrey did not understand most of what being said in English, she became acquainted with the melody and accent of American English at a fairly young age.

After high school, Audrey moved the California for “a year abroad” (which became way more than that) and finally had a chance to learn and perfect her English. During that year, she took a lot of classes at a community college in Aptos, California (Cabrillo College), which immersed her in the “American teaching culture” characterized by an understanding and acknowledgment of the diversity of learning styles. Audrey was a French tutor for college students at Cabrillo College before deciding to moving onto San Francisco State University and graduating with a B.A. in Communicative Disorders. By that time, Audrey was passionate about language and learning developments, so she went on to getting her M.S. in Communicative Disorders, and became a Speech and Language Pathologist in 2014 with a specialty in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Since graduating, Audrey has worked for public and charter schools with K-8th grades as well as some home-health cases for early intervention (0-3 years old). Audrey is still a child at heart, and loves working with children, teaching interactively through play/fun activities.