Research has highlighted the benefits of learning languages from an early age and that learning a foreign language is much easier before the age of six or seven. Learning a foreign language in nursery is fun, revolving around games, songs and rhymes, without any pressure. The more fun it is, the more children will acquire without realising and take it in their stride. Early foreign language learning can reinforce literacy skills and nurture enthusiasm. Language development is at its most rapid at this age group. Language learning comes easily to the very young stimulating their imagination.
Young children learn a second language in the same way they learn English, they listen and then they copy. With La Jolie Ronde's Pre-School and Nursery Programme the emphasis is on familiarity, repetition and having fun!. Children learn through everyday topics that they are familiar with such as "All about me, growing up, the zoo, the farm, the supermarket, my birthday etc...
✔ An opportunity to develop an enthusiasm for languages
✔ Small classes and short sessions for your child to learn with children of his/her own age
✔ Fun activity books covering a wide range of useful vocabulary with emphasis on oral communication
✔ Interactive learning CDs of games, stories & songs which complement the course & for use at home
✔ Conversation, basic grammar, games, role-plays, rhymes & stories, making learning more fun
✔ An awareness of the country, its geography and culture
✔ Guidance for parents to encourage and help your child at home
✔ Carefully selected & trained tutors so your child can start learning from day one by imitating a good accent
✔ Certificates awarded on completion of each programme
✔ A record for parents on your child’s progress throughout the years with continuous check-lists and reports
✔ A good grounding for future language learning
Most schools around the world teach at least one foreign language. By 1998 nearly all pupils in Europe studied at least one foreign language as part of their compulsory education. On average in Europe, at the start of foreign language teaching, learners have lessons for three to four hours a week.
In 2004, a report by the Michel Thomas Language Centre in the UK suggested that speaking a second language could increase an average worker's salary by £3000 a year. Further results showed that nine out of 10 British companies thought their businesses could benefit from better language skills.
In recent years, computer-assisted language learning has been integrated into foreign language education and computer programs with varying levels of interactional relationship between computer and the language learner have been developed. Language learning aids such as foreign language writing aid and foreign language reading aid, targeted at the specific language skills of foreign language learners, are also alternative instruments available for foreign language learners.