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Schooling in Liege

Hello All,

We moved recently to Liege with our 10  and 8 year old kids. We dont speak French and I am finding it  difficult to start life afresh here. I will be very grateful if someone points me in the right direction.

I would like to know if there are any French-English schools.  Will my non-french speaking 10 year old child be able to get some language support in the school and eventually be at par with his peers? Which areas will be suitable in Liege in terms of good schools and chances of getting family accommodation?

Thanks for any pearls of wisdom,

Hi there

I cannot help with any suggestions of areas or schools without knowing the exact location of work.

No there are no French-English schools, there are a few French schools which do English immersion, but they are designed for French speakers learning English, not for English kids learning French, so the English lessons will be far too basic for your own kids.

The likelihood on help inside school will depend on the school choice and the ability of the school to provide help.

Thanks currylover for your reply.

So I assume kids will suffer in studies coz of our decision :( We are trying to learn french on our own and finding it a bit difficult.

My husband work is near City center.

Thanks again.

I didn't say your kids will suffer. Why do you assume your kids will suffer? What will they suffer from? Where is the work? The city centre is very large.


You can use this rather old index which is a crude way of finding deprivation and privilege amongst students. Liege central is 4000 post code, any school above 8 out of 20 shows children as an average are more wealthy backgrounds for Liege which is not a rich city.

http://www.gallilex.cfwb.be/document/pdf/36474_000.pdf

I can think of Sainte-Veronique for example relatively central, that is on 11/20 and I know children at the secondary there, it's a good academic school. You might want to look at Leonie de Waha too, they do English immersion there, as does Jardin Botanique 1, all 3 of these schools are relatively close to each other.

You'll find this map useful.

http://batchgeo.com/map/2c03ca628fc5944 … e9e3ff49e7

Thanks for the links. I think kids will suffer because of language problem. How will they cope in class?

My husband is in 4000 Liege Central. St. Veronique  and Waha schools have no places anymore.

I am also worried that in a mid session, it would be difficult to secure a place in schools.

Regards.

Hello Fabulous007,

Very good idea to come settle down in my city.

Makes contact with that person. It will provide you all information and also a brochure that will enable you to find all the addresses of Liege province in schools that provide bilingual education.

agnes.deriviere[at]provincedeliege.be

I'd be interested in knowing about bilingual schools in Liege province as I am not aware of any.

There are some French schools in the local system which offer English and Dutch immersion, but they aren't bilingual, they are French curriculum and in the playground and they have a maximum of 13 hours a week in English, few schools go up to those 13 hours a week. The French schools offering English immersion are not designed for English mother tongue speakers, they are designed for learners of English, therefore the target level will be low for a mother tongue English speaker. However, you will find all the schools in Liege offering this on the map I linked to above.

You can also find the full list for Belgium here, but it might not be completely up to date, remember not bilingual but French immersion. For non French speakers here long term, to get a high level of French quickly, it might be wiser to choose a monolingual French school which has a higher than normal number of non French speakers in it. However you're arriving mid year so this year you might just have to settle for less than ideal. Good Luck.
http://www.enseignement.be/index.php?page=23801

There, you're going to have fun playing on semantics.

Of course bilingual schools or immersion were never made for foreigners who do not speak one of the Belgian national languages.

But everything is done to the child to have a harmonious development. The entrance of a child in infancy in a school speaking a language other than that of his parents can be extremely beneficial if parents are able to evolve also...

The psychological shock is still higher among parents than among children. And the child is extremely sensitive to this, he/she must be placed with teachers used to treat this problem.

And for the rest, the parents only have to apply to the administrative services of their town to find out where receive French courses abroad.

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