President: Nicol Levick
Hello, I'm Nicol. I've been living in Cognac, with my husband and our two children since 2011.
We first joined Accents in 2012 when our children were aged 4 and 7. Our goal is for our children is that they become fully bilingual (to be able to speak, read and write fluently in both English and French). It's easy to take our English language skills for granted, especially when we're speaking it! But as I know from experience, helping our children to develop their skills in reading & writing and to 'keep up' with their peers in the UK is not easy. This is why Accents has had such an important role to play in supporting our children's English language development. It's a time and place where our kids can come together in a structured way, with an enthusiastic, experienced and qualified teacher.
Accents is a well established organisation with a long history. My role is to work closely with the teachers and parents to ensure that quality English language learning and development is at the heart of the Association. I believe strongly that education is a partnership between parents, children and teachers. If you're interested in finding out more about Accents, we'd love to hear from you!
Secretary: Janet Coulson
I moved to France when my children were 11, 10 and 7 and although I knew they would receive a good education here, I didn't want them to miss out on valuable skills they would have gained if we'd stayed in England. Being bilingual is a wonderful gift and will open all sorts of doors for our children as they grow up, but for me the opportunity to continue developing their English language is just as important as learning French. At Accents they can do this in a welcoming, fun and challenging environment. My son James is 14 and will take his English Language iGCSE in June 2019 - being able to do this has boosted his confidence and has given him the chance to see that he is also talented in English as well as French! I think this is invaluable and I believe Accents is a wonderful resource.
Treasurer: Debbie Gray
Debbie moved to France in 2009 with her two sons. She wants to ensure that both her sons are literally bilingual to enable them to return to the UK to study if they wish to when older. She also believes that if they are literally bilingual this will present them with more opportunities later in life.
Date of Declaration: 31 May 2007
Identification WALDEC: W862000764
Declared at the sous-prefecture at Montmorillon