Language is learned when one moves and lives in the other language. Science has proven that with young children and adults in the process of learning activate different areas of the brain. Children learn new language with the same area of the brain as their native language. This makes learning much easier when a literal “Total Physical Response” principle is used.
From birth, children have the natural ability to learn language. They have the capability to take the sounds that they hear and imitate them, later understanding words, followed by building sentences and finally mastering a language.
These capabilities can also be used to learn a second or a third language, which like their native language are learned in a different area in the brain, and allows for a deepening that is not possible when learning a language in later years.
A good possibility for early language learning was discovered by Canada in the 80s. Through the classic Immersion Method, children are metaphorically thrown into a pool of language where they can splash around and eventually leisurely swim.
In our Learn Through Play Language School, we are able to eliminate artificial communication that may be found in normal language lessons. We do not work with a classic curriculum workbook. With us children play and therefore learn in the language. They obtain a playful entry into a a new world and without being overwhelmed, simply learn a foreign language.
The Abrakadabra Method
Through the Abrakadabra Method and our play lesson children gain entrance to a new language. With this children also build a positive relationship to new languages, free of stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. The playful relationship our teachers build with the children, with the help of our exciting materials supports this connection.
The needs of the child are at the front of language learning. Depending on age, developmental strengths and previous knowledge, children can be placed in different age groups.
- 3 − 6 years old
- 6 − 9 years old
- 9 − 12 years old
Playful Language Learning
Early English: The age group 3-6 years
The youngest learning group includes the pre-school children, that typically do not have the ability to read and write. These groups language learning takes place mostly though pictures, song and games.
English for children: The age group 6-9 years
In the ages 6-9 children begin to learn the written language. Step by step they learn to write single words and eventually how to build basic sentences.
English for children and adolescents: The age group 9-12 years
Through school and their normal development, the oldest group of children come in with the ability to read and write. Depending on ability levels, simple levels of grammar and more intense vocabulary is taught.
For all three age groups there are specific materials available. Through the many different methods, our play lessons are diverse. Concrete learning experiences, interactions, songs and learning with the many senses, supports children in familiarizing themselves with a new language.