putting children into foreign language schools

Hi there.

I would like to hear from people who have gone through the language immersion process with children. We are coming to Brussels in June and my three children will be starting school in September. By that time they will be 4, 7 and 11. We are going to send them to local French speaking schools. The older 2 have just started French lessons and will be doing language/activities holidays programme for a few weeks over the summer holidays.

I'm not so worried about the 4 year old but I would like to hear from anyone who has put an older child into a foreign language school. So far most of the feedback I have had is along the lines that it won't work for the 11 year old and I am getting a bit anxious about what lies ahead. That said a couple of people have shared success stories, telling me that it will take him 6-12 months to start speaking and understanding French fluently. He is very academic and skipped a years school here in NZ so I am hopeful that will help.

Thanks

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