How can I learn Jèrriais?

Jèrriais classes for adults

Jèrriais - not' langue!....Because it's worth it!

Do you:

  • value and want to learn more about Jersey's language and culture?
  • find it difficult to pronounce local place names and wonder what they mean?
  • need any more reasons why you should start learning Jèrriais?!

Jèrriais - Beginner's level 1 - A Taster course to introduce you to everyday practical situations in Jèrriais. Traditional greetings, basic conversation, weather, colours, numbers, money, clothing, food and drink, places and lots more! Workbook provided. Maximum 12 students.

Colin Ireson. Wednesday 15 January, 2014 / 5.45pm-6.45pm / 11 weeks / Course fee £15.00. Highlands College, St. Saviour.

Jèrriais - level 3 - A course for those who already have some basic knowledge but would like to make further progress in acquiring Jersey's own language, through stories, ditons, games, conversation - and fun! Maximum 10 students.

Tony Scott Warren. Starting Wednesday 15 January, 2014 / 6.00pm-7.00pm / 11 weeks / Course fee: £30.00. Highlands College, St. Saviour.

Jèrriais Conversational Class - A very informal setting for those wanting the opportunity to concentrate on building and practising their reading and oral skills. Previous knowledge essential. Numbers limited, please apply early. Maximum 12 students.

Colin Ireson. Starting Friday 17 January, 2014 / 10.00am-12 noon / 11 weeks / Course fee: £25.00. Philip Mourant Centre, Trinity.

Jèrriais classes for children

All Year 4 students in States primary schools, as from September 2012, follow a 6-week course of Jersey Studies, in which aspects of Jersey life and culture are introduced through songs, activities and a focus on Jersey's own language. A workbook accompanies the lessons. The Jèrriais songs that accompany Jersey Studies (specially recorded for the Jèrriais teaching programme by Badlabecques) can also be downloaded via these links.

  1. Lé Chant d'Jèrri
  2. Tandi qué bouôn mathinnyi bait
  3. J'ai pèrdu ma femme
  4. Jean Gros Jean
  5. L'Île dé Jèrri
  6. Man Bieau P'tit Jèrri

From November 2012 Jèrriais classes at primary level are concentrated in four specialist centres called Pallions. Students who previously attended classes at their own primary school are, under the new system, transferred to the after-school classes at the Pallions.

  • Lé Pallion d'Grouville - Grouville School
  • Lé Pallion d'Saint Louothains - Saint Lawrence School
  • Lé Pallion d'Saint Pièrre - Saint Peter's School
  • Lé Pallion d'La Preunmié Tou - First Tower School

Lessons in Secondary schools:

Jèrriais lessons at secondary level take place at lunchtimes.

A recognised GCSE-equivalent qualification is available for those students committed to working through the course


Jèrriais in schools!

Bouônjour, ch'est

There was no Jèrriais education of any kind before the 1960s, although it had been proposed from time to time over the years. It began with adult classes, and among the teachers were Mrs Phyllis Green, who had been Deputy of St. Saviour, Mr Laurie Lucas Huelin, the editor of the quarterly magazine “Les Nouvelles Chroniques du Don Balleine”, Peter Germain, who ended up as Deputy Head of Victoria College before his retirement, Mrs. Joan Tapley, who has written many pieces for the Eisteddfod, and now Tony, Colin and Geraint from L'Office du Jèrriais. There have been lessons for children since 1999, starting with 13 schools, and now Jèrriais is available in all States schools and some private ones.