We offer learning through play-like activities to children from 12 months old. Language lessons can be informal yet effective. The younger the learner, the better they are at mimicking new sounds and adopting good pronunciation. The brain is open to new sounds and patterns in pre-adolescence. Before children become self- conscious they can try out their newly acquired languages without fear of embarrassment.
“There are incredible psychological benefits of learning another language. These benefits extend way beyond being able to order a cup of tea abroad.
Longitudinal studies by Harvard University confirm that learning additional languages increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind in young children.Pupils who learn a foreign language outscore their non-foreign language learning peers in verbal and maths standardised tests, indicating that learning an additional language is a cognitive activity not just a linguistic one.
The brain, like any muscle, functions better with exercise. Learning a language involves memorising rules and vocabulary, which helps strengthen that mental muscle.”
- Catherine Ford, head teacher of Moreton First Prep School, Telegraph, 10 Oct, 2014.
At the age of three and four, our youngest pupils engage in game-like activities and within a short time become familiar with the language that now dominates the international business world.