- About us
Speaking-agency is France leading provider of childcare services in foreign languages and private language courses for children and teenagers. Every year we hire over 1000 native or bilingual English or German speakers. Speaking-agency operates in most major cities in France (Paris, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Bordeaux,Toulouse). Our company was named the 2009 most Innovative Enterprise in Europe by the Junior Chamber International thanks to our unique pedagogical approach.
The story of the creation of our company
Antoine Gentil, after two years living with his family in Dallas, Texas, comes back to France with an excellent level of English. As for his three younger sisters, they came back bilingual. The idea comes to him naturally : the best way to learn a language is to be immersed at a young age. So what about offering a language immersion at home ?
After obtaining a master in Entrepreneurship at ESCP-Europe, Julien Viaud – former expatriate in Canada – and Antoine Gentil founded Speaking-agency with the help of professionnals in recruitment, Maria Kihlstedt – senior lecturer at Paris X-CNRS in psycholinguistics – and John Herbstritt – expert in rhetoric of language at Berkeley University.
They developped together educational tools and the training sessions by refering to Maria's research and John's experience, who has taught English in France for several years.
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