Free offer to all Australasian Primary and Intermediate Schools!
An experience of a foreign country without the travelling!
Based on 25 years of language teaching experience, LCF Fun Languages is pleased to offer a complimentary culture session (either French, Spanish or Mandarin) for your school.
Our fun cultural experience will be 1-2 hours full of games, songs, food, local culture for your children to enjoy. Our sessions are aimed at introducing children to the culture and a little bit of language, our main aim is to engage children’s imagination so they want to know more. We want to teach children about other cultures in fun way, to encourage and inspire an interest in different cultures and languages.
To register for your session simply CLICK HERE
Hurry availability is limited! Subject to teacher availability in your area – language of choice may vary
It gets their children using the language quickly and naturally
“As parents, we know that engaging pre-schoolers in any activity, particularly new activities, is a big challenge but I have found the Spanish group teacher has all the right tricks through song, dance and group activities to bring even the shyest toddler along and engaged in learning. My three year old takes a while to open up but wow with only two lessons she has become mad keen to sing along in Spanish after each lesson, she sings in the car, at home and can’t wait for Friday to come along and use her new skills. Not only is she picking up words in Spanish at the speed of lightning but it also doing wonders for her confidence in a group setting.’ Thank you. (Susie, Adelaide)
“Since joining the French for Kids Club, Alexandra is exciting about anything to do about Paris, Eiffel Tower, French etc. She likes to learn more about French at home and me and my wife just can’t believe how she pronounce the words with the French accent.” (French for Kids club, Newcastle, NSW)
We conducted a “mini survey” at the recently held New Zealand Principal’s Federation Conference in Hamilton, NZ to get an idea of how principals felt about the importance of offering a second language at their school. The results confirmed what we already knew and the emerging trends with languages in New Zealand:
- 89% of principals surveyed consider is very or extrememly important to offer a language. We LOVE that!
- 44% of surveyed principals consider languages a very or somewhat important factor in attracting foreign students their schools.
- 77% of surveyed principals consider languages a very or somewhat important point of difference in attracting students to their school.
- In terms of language preference, Mandarin Chinese interest is growing, with Spanish and French still considered important by most schools.
What is great is the increase in the demand for languages by parents and their schools since Fun Languages has been operating in the market 14 years ago.
For anyone thinking of offering a language at their school, it is easy to start an after-school fun language club in most areas.
We are also offering a Free Language and Cultural Experience to schools in New Zealand and Australia – so why not find out how we can help you jump on this bandwagon!
LCF Fun Languages is delighted to be partnering with Kids Planet in Albany, Auckland, to provide a bilingual program to the lucky children in their new transition room. This brand new area at Kids Planet will provide a perfect linguistic environment for the children to explore our play-based language programs. We were very excited that Chinese TV station Channel 9 has already come to film on the very day that the furniture was being delivered.
Have a look at the news item and how excited everyone is about the partnership!
Time Magazine recently published an article that once again illustrates the plethora of benefits that kids gain by being bilingual and stresses the importance of giving children the opportunity to learn a second language. And starting the langage learning journey as early as possible!!
A move by state education officials to introduce an ambitious total immersion language educaton program in Utah in the US, arose out of ‘millenial parents’ (and the state) seeing the need for language education training. The move is less about globalisation – although that is a part of it – and more to do with realising the full potential of the nimble minds learning the languages and the benefits that learning a second language confers on them. Ignoring these benefits and advantages in a polyglot world, is done at one’s peril.
Research is increasingly showing that there is a difference in the brains of people who speak more than one language and that it’s for the better. From conflict resolution and multitasking to retention of the faculties for longer and improved cognitive function there is proof positive that bilingual or multilingual brains, although not necessarily smarter, are definitely more flexible and resourceful than those of their monlingual counterparts
For most of you reading this, you will already have first-hand experience of learning at least one other language. So, at what point can one consider oneself “fluent” in another language? Can you call yourself fluent in French if you can make it around a French market or order confidently in a restaurant without too many faux-pas and yet you may be stumped by a topical conversation on issues of the day?
However you measure your progress, they do say that as soon as you start to DREAM in another language, that your brain has started to acquire naturally the new language. What comes out of your mouth can be another matter (and the source of much hilarity, at times) but that is just a question of practice!
One of the better benchmarks for me is the understanding of idioms, puns and subtleties involved in jokes of your new language. And learning language should be FUN!
As a teacher of languages for many years, I have amused myself at passing on jokes as early as possible to my students, even the little ones.
Here are a couple of jokes that may liven up your lessons or classroom and will have the kids amusing themselves for weeks to come:
Teaching French numbers:
Two cats set out to swim across a river. Their names were “One Two Three” and “Un Deux Trois”.
However, as you know, cats cannot swim very well and only one of the cats made it across.
Which one succeeded and why?
Answer: “One Two Three” made it over because “Un Deux Trois” cat sank!