A passion for language and a love of teaching has prompted one local woman to share her fluency.
Julia Krusac, of Calhoun, speaks four different languages, including French. She is planning on teaching a week long KinderFrench summer boot camp course for young children, ages two to 10.
“I’m very passionate about linguistics and it’s a priority for me to teach my children French since it is my mother tongue,” she said.
Krusac is the wife of Ryan Krusac and the mother of two young daughters: five year old Zoë Krusac and two year old Sylvia Krusac.
She is a home-school mother eager to share her teaching capabilities in the French language.
Krusac is fluent in Italian, French, Spanish and English and has worked in many different businesses and companies translating for people.
She grew up in Quebec, Canada and lived there until she was 20 years old, and Krusac said since her dad was an American, she has always spoken English since she was a young child.
Krusac went to college at ages 17 through 20 and earned her degree in Language and Literature at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec.
She married her husband in Charleston, and together they moved to Calhoun and have been residents here for the past ten years.
Krusac said she wanted to teach the French language to the younger generation, and the KinderFrench boot camp is a perfect opportunity for her to immerse children in the native tongue.
“I’ve always looked for ways to use my language skills and languages are a passion for me, and I hope to inspire that passion into students and parents through these classes I teach,” she said.
According to the KinderFranch booklet, Krusac said, “Learning a new language has been proven to boost brain power, raising a child’s I.Q. dramatically.”
She has worked at a lot of places translating for companies and business of various sorts in the different languages she is fluent in.
Krusac’s KinderFrench boot camp week consists of a weeklong experience for young children to be immersed in the French language, she said.
There will be one activity a day and the students will have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, book readings, song singing. They will also learn about colors, basic greetings and vocabulary.
“Depending on weather, we will enjoy outdoor activities as well. The goal is to expose children to the feel of the French language, and to have some well-deserved summertime fun,” said Krusac.
“One or both parents (or grandparents) are encouraged to stay and learn alongside your children. Participants will produce artwork and receive materials pertinent to the day’s subject. This will prepare children for the fall session,” Krusac said.
Depending on enrollment size of the class, there will be one or two classes a day on June 7-11 starting at 9:30 a.m. and/or at 5:30 p.m.
The cost per child is $35 and registration is open until the end of May, and the location of the class will be at Krusac’s house, 842 Bray Road, Calhoun, 30701, in her school room.
For more information and/or to register please call or e-mail Julia Krusac at KinderFrench@comcast.net or 678-986-5124 and 706-625-7549. Dates and times are subject to change in accordance to popular demand.
There will also be a fall and spring semester KinderFrench Classes starting at level 1 and the fall lessons begin the first Tuesday of September.
These classes will be 12 week long courses which will meet once a weeknight. The courses are designed to give participants an introduction to French and parents and children come together for class.
Students and parents will learn greetings, numbers, family, animals, colors and the body.
“Using song, games, art and fun-style learning, participants will receive a basic understanding of the language. Participants receive a workbook and an in-car CD for repetition and continuous learning,” said Krusac.
Classes will be either on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for 45 minutes and the deadline for registration for the fall semester is before July 15.