Category: Language Learning

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Why Complete Immersion is Key to Language Learning

The complete immersion learning method is the only truly effective language learning method. Learning to think and experience the world automatically, without conscious thought, is the gift given by complete immersion and gives children the tools to ultimately become fluent. We look at why the complete immersion method is so central, and how you can […]

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The Benefits of Learning a Second Language in the Early Years & Primary

If you learned a second language at school, what can you remember? Chances are, if you embarked on learning a foreign language, like many at late primary or early secondary age, and haven’t gone on to use that language regularly, you’ve lost it. The benefits were limited to the language itself, for the time you […]

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The Importance of Vocabulary Building in the Early Years & Primary

We need to think of vocabulary as a building block. Its intrinsic value is only complete when part of a larger structure. Research shows that vocabulary is far more important than the individual words, and their meaning. Vocabulary knowledge, breadth and depth are directly correlated with a child’s overall development. The Power of Vocabulary What’s […]

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The Power of Learning through Stories

Pick up that toy cup of tea to be shared with teddy, make music with your voice as you become a character from a child’s favourite story, and you can be forgiven for thinking you’re doing nothing but having fun. Yet in these actions – story-telling and role-play games– you’re accessing immensely powerful learning tools. […]

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The Academic Advantages of Bilingual and Multilingual Children

The Academic Advantages of Bilingual and Multilingual Children

Once upon a time, in the not too distant past, parents and educators feared bilingualism in children. There was the myth that children would be confused, do less well academically, and even have mental health problems as a direct result of speaking multiple languages. This was despite an experiment in 1962 which actually showed that […]

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