▶ For 5-7 Year Olds
From experience we have found that children starting their language learning at 4 or 5 are more successful than children starting at 8 or 9. At this young age they are very receptive to new sounds, which become familiar very quickly. They are uninhibited and quickly become confident and at ease with the foreign language. For these reasons, this programme contains lots of stories, action chants, songs and games so that the children learn the language just like young French and Spanish children do and in the same way as they learnt their mother tongue. These are activities they enjoy & will repeat over & over again, absorbing language as the ‘play’.
✔ Established confident communication skills and a good pronunciation at an age when they are particularly receptive
✔ Developed listening, concentration skills and social skills
✔ Enjoyed a variety of language learning activities
▶ For 7-8 Year Olds
Continuing from the programme above, or a great starting point for 7 and 8 year olds and younger children who are able to read & write.
✔ Learnt the core vocabulary, recognised and copies its written form
✔ Expressed themselves in short sentences and responded to questions
✔ Been introduced to some grammar in a fun way
✔ Developed confidence and the social skills to work in groups, in short conversations
▶ For 8-11 Year Olds
This programme is designed for 8 – 11 year olds and can be used as an introductory language course for children in their final years at Primary School. Any child aged 8+ should start the course with this programme and progress to the final programme.
✔ Reinforced, consolidated and extended their core vocabulary
✔ Been introduced to role plays and learnt how to recycle words and phrases to produce their own original sketches
✔ Extended their writing to sentence level and been introduced to further grammar
▶ For 9-11 year olds
This is an extension of the programme above however can also be used as supplementary materials for 12 – 13 year olds that have language knowledge in Secondary School.
✔ Revised previously learnt vocabulary and introduced more in new context
✔ Continued to explore more grammar and structure in a fun way
✔ Been given opportunities to develop listening comprehension, reading and writing skills, encouraging a creative use of the language in all skill areas
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.