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ARE YOU UP TO A GREAT ONLINE EXPERIENCE OR DID YOU THROW THE TOWEL IN TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE ONLINE?

How we enjoy and develop our language learning experience online Here at La Dante in Cambridge, we are riding the big wave, having moved all of our language courses online for Italian, Spanish, and English.  Many of us are at home during…

5 Reasons for Studying Languages Online (vs. Face-to-Face Classroom)

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Shall I study languages online or shall I wait for my face-to-face classes later on? Starting on Zoom or Skype online is easier than you think and at La Dante our team will be helping you to set it up if you are not tech-savvy. Take advantage of lockdown time and improve your skills and those of your family. Take this opportunity to learn online together for your next holiday or visit family abroad.

ICGSE PREPARATION AT LA DANTE IN CAMBRIDGE

"This is my first time in England with the school and my classmates. I think that it is something that everyone has to do because we can do so many new experiences, we can learn so many things about the language, culture, and tradition in England".

The benefits of learning a new language and playing tennis

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In Cambridge the special partnership between the sport organisation Cambridge Tennis Academy and the European language school La Dante in Cambridge Whatever your age, the health benefits of playing sports and learning a foreign language dramatically…

Advantages of learning English via Skype - Great for professionals

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English is the most common language spoken in business. It is the main language of the Internet, conference call meetings and Skype calls ... and many technical manuals are written in English too.

CLIL: consigli pratici per insegnanti

Esiste una ricetta per il CLIL? Molto è stato scritto su cosa sia la metodologia CLIL e perché utilizzarla ma esistono poche guide pratiche su come pianificare e impartire lezioni basate sul CLIL. Se sei un insegnante di materie…

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CLIL: consejos prácticos para profesores

¿Hay alguna receta para CLIL?

Mucho se ha escrito sobre qué es CLIL y por qué hacerlo, pero hay muy pocas guías prácticas sobre cómo planificar y enseñar CLIL. Si eres un profesor de materias al que se le ha pedido que enseñe en inglés o un profesor de idiomas al que se le ha pedido que ayude a enseñar contenido, probablemente estás buscando la mejor manera de hacerlo. En nuestra opinión, CLIL no solo trata de encontrar la receta perfecta, sino más bien un viaje de aventura en el que puede embarcarse, pero no sin algunas pautas esenciales.

CLIL: ¿por dónde empezar?

Hay algunas cosas que debes tener en cuenta cuando comiences a planear una clase CLIL. Antes que nada, piensa en quiénes son sus alumnos: su nivel de inglés (o lo que sea que sea el segundo idioma), su conocimiento previo del contenido que les va a enseñar y lo que esperan de la clase. Una vez que lo sepa, puede comenzar a delinear el programa que desea seguir, haciendo coincidir el nivel de idioma de sus estudiantes con el contenido y seleccionando los materiales para usar.

Aquí hay dos ejemplos para subrayar el impacto que el nivel de idioma de sus estudiantes podría tener en su curso. Durante un curso CLIL, nos postulábamos en Italia en una escuela secundaria, enseñamos a estudiantes que tenían un nivel bastante alto de inglés. Esto nos permitió enfocarnos más en el lado del contenido (en ese caso, Artes y Ciencia) y el idioma inglés fue solo el medio que utilizamos para impartir las clases. Con estos estudiantes, pudimos adaptar material diseñado para alumnos nativos de inglés. Luego tuvimos otra experiencia en una escuela donde el nivel de inglés de los estudiantes era bastante débil. Esto nos obligó a elegir un enfoque más orientado al lenguaje, centrándonos en el vocabulario particular relacionado con las áreas de contenido (en este caso PE y Música). Con estos alumnos, los libros de texto nativos de inglés eran demasiado difíciles desde el punto de vista lingüístico, así que adaptamos y creamos nuestros propios materiales a) para enseñar conceptos clave y vocabulario sobre PE y música y b) desarrollar sus habilidades lingüísticas, con el objetivo de permitirles utilizar libros de texto con contenido real en inglés en su último año de escuela.

¿Cómo seleccionar el material correcto?

Un factor importante a considerar al seleccionar materiales es evitar sobrecargar a los estudiantes con demasiada información que no podrán procesar. Esto se puede hacer eligiendo un área de contenido relativamente simple o usando un área que ya ha cubierto en L1 y haciendo el curso CLIL como revisión y extensión.

Los maestros podrían encontrar útil trabajar en libros de texto en inglés diseñados para escuelas primarias de inglés nativas. Esto tiene ventajas tanto para el docente como para los estudiantes: el nivel de contenido de estos libros no es demasiado difícil, pero proporciona un contexto auténtico para el vocabulario que los alumnos necesitarán más adelante. En cuanto a los profesores, pueden usar los ejercicios ya preparados para evaluar el conocimiento del contenido, mientras se enfocan en el desarrollo de actividades adicionales para consolidar las habilidades del segundo idioma de sus alumnos.

Recursos en línea para CLIL

Internet tiene muchos recursos para los docentes: por ejemplo, el British Council y editores como Pearson ofrecen contenido gratuito en línea. También puedes echar un vistazo a una muestra de una clase CLIL sobre el Induismo aquí. También encontrará más ideas en esta página.

Es muy importante que los profesores de idiomas y los profesores de contenido trabajen juntos como un equipo. Compartir ideas y observar las lecciones de los demás realmente mejorará sus habilidades CLIL.

Por ejemplo, los profesores de contenido tienen una gran cantidad de materiales en los que es posible que encuentres equivalentes en inglés, y los profesores de idiomas probablemente tengan ideas sobre cómo explotar esos materiales para fines lingüísticos.

Análisis de materiales y cómo usarlo en su mejor momento

El vocabulario es definitivamente uno de los primeros aspectos a considerar: ¿hay algún vocabulario técnico o especializado que tus estudiantes necesiten saber para el curso o para entender el texto? Si ese es el caso, asegúrese de explicarlo de antemano haciendo que los alumnos relacionen las palabras con las definiciones o imágenes, a través de ejercicios de relleno de espacio o ayudándoles a adivinar el significado del contexto.

Ideas prácticas: Su clase probablemente se enfocará en la comprensión general de un texto principal, haga que sea más interesante mediante el uso de actividades de comprensión como lagunas de información, tareas de lectura de rompecabezas y tareas confusas. Las actividades de seguimiento pueden ayudar a reforzar el vocabulario enseñado anteriormente y desarrollar tanto las habilidades del lenguaje como la comprensión del tema. Estas actividades pueden incluir discusiones en grupo, presentaciones individuales, hacer afiches y escribir sobre el tema.

Para obtener más información sobre nuestros cursos CLIL, consulte: english@ladante-in-cambridge.org

CLIL: Entrevista a los formadores de docentes de La Dante‎

Mary Spratt y Helen Baker han llevado a cabo nuestro curso CLIL de dos semanas para un grupo de profesores de secundaria de Zaragoza, enseñaron una gran variedad de disciplinas, desde educación física hasta música y arte. Los hemos entrevistado después del final del curso.

Mary Spratt, formadora de docentes y escritora de cursos

  • ¿Cómo fue tu experiencia con el curso CLIL en La Dante? Fué muy positivo. La Dante es una escuela pequeña y, gracias a ello, todos pueden reunirse, todos apoyan y dan ideas unos a otros. Creo que este tipo de configuración es bastante especial.
  • ¿Cuáles fueron los aspectos más destacados de estas dos semanas? Hemos trabajado durante dos semanas con tres profesores de español que enseñan Arte, Deporte y Música en una escuela en Zaragoza. Creo que lo más destacado de estas dos semanas fue escucharlos hablar sobre sus propias lecciones y sus propios estudiantes. Algunos de ellos tenían buenas ideas sobre cómo podían crear programas para sus clases y cómo convertir sus clases en clases CLIL. Estos profesores estaban muy motivados y ha sido un placer enseñarles.
  • ¿Cuál es el mensaje más importante que les darías a los profesores que deseen inscribirse en un curso CLIL en La Dante en Cambridge?Creo que muchos profesores de asignaturas están bastante asustados o preocupados por enseñar CLIL y de igual manera, muchos entrenadores de profesores de inglés están preocupados por enseñar CLIL. CLIL es un desafío, estoy de acuerdo, pero también creo que CLIL es una gran diversión y experimento: uno de los profesores de español esta mañana dijo: “enseñar CLIL es una aventura”. Algunas personas probablemente piensen “No quiero una aventura, quiero una receta”: es difícil encontrar una receta para CLIL, pero hay pautas y dentro de esas pautas, puedes hacer nuevas aventureras preciosas. Es cierto que cuando los estudiantes aprenden tanto el contenido como el lenguaje juntos, les ayuda a motivarse para ambos y a progresar mucho.

Helen Baker, formadora de profesores y examinadora de Cambridge

  • ¿Cómo fue tu experiencia enseñando CLIL en La Dante?Realmente disfruté la experiencia de enseñar CLIL aquí en La Dante, tuve algunos estudiantes muy motivados que estaban realmente interesados ​​en aplicar sus conocimientos de enseñanza a la situación CLIL. Lo mejor para mí ha sido verlos desarrollar sus ideas y poner la teoría en práctica a lo largo del tiempo. También tuvimos un ambiente de trabajo relajado.
  • ¿Cuál es el mensaje más importante que les darías a los profesores que deseen inscribirse en un curso CLIL en La Dante en Cambridge?Recomiendo que tengan una mente abierta y estén preparados para aprender mucho, tal vez en poco tiempo, y adaptar sus conocimientos de enseñanza, que ya deberían ser extensos, a la situación CLIL. Espero que más estudiantes quieran unirse durante los próximos años y tener esta experiencia viendo cómo CLIL realmente puede enriquecer su enseñanza.

Para obtener más información sobre nuestros cursos CLIL, consulte: english@ladante-in-cambridge.org

CLIL: Intervista alle insegnanti formatrici de La Dante

Le nostre docenti formatrici Mary Spratt ed Helen Baker hanno tenuto un corso CLIL di due settimane per un gruppo di insegnanti di scuola secondaria provenienti da Zaragoza, docenti di diverse discipline, tra cui educazione fisica, musica ed arte. Le abbiamo raggiunte ed intervistate alla fine del corso.

Mary Spratt, docente formatrice e autrice di numerosi corsi

 

  • Com’è stata la tua esperienza in quanto insegnante formatrice per il nostro corso CLIL a La Dante?  Credo sia stata molto positiva. La Dante è una scuola di piccole dimensioni e proprio per questo tutti possono incontrarsi, supportarsi a vicenda, scambiarsi idee e opinioni e si percepisce bene questo bellissimo senso di collaborazione. Penso che questo tipo di situazione sia del tutto speciale.
  • Quali ritieni siano stati i punti salienti di queste due settimane? Abbiamo lavorato per due settimane con tre docenti spagnoli che insegnano arte, sport e musica in una scuola di Zaragoza. Credo che uno dei punti salienti di queste due settimane sia stato sentirli parlare delle loro lezioni e dei loro studenti. Alcuni di loro hanno dimostrato di avere idee interessanti su come creare i programmi per le loro classi e su come fare delle loro classi delle clasi basate sulla metodologia CLIL. Questi insegnanti erano molto motivati ed è stato un piacere insegnare loro.
  • Qual è il messaggio più importante che daresti ad insegnanti che desidererebbero iscriversi ad un corso CLIL a La Dante in Cambridge? Credo che molti docenti siano abbastanza spaventati o preoccupati di dover insegnare le loro materie seguendo la metodologia CLIL, e similmente che numerosi docenti formatori inglesi siano preoccupati al pensiero di dover insegnare la metodologia CLIL. La metodologia CLIL è una sfida, sono d’accordo, ma penso anche che il CLIL consista in una grande dose di divertimento e di esperimenti: uno degli insegnanti spagnoli questa mattina ha detto: “insegnare seguendo la metodologia CLIL è un’avventura”. Alcuni probabilmente penseranno: “Non voglio un’avventura, voglio una ricetta, delle istruzioni”: è difficile trovare la ricetta perfetta per il CLIL, ma esistono delle linee guida, e all’interno di quelle linee guida, si possono intraprendere incantevoli avventure. È vero che quando gli studenti imparano materia e lingua insieme ciò li aiuta ad essere maggiormente motivati su entrambi i lati e a fare progressi da entrambi i punti di vista.

Helen Baker, docente formatrice ed esaminatrice esami Cambridge

  • Com’è stata la tua esperienza in quanto insegnante formatrice per il nostro corso CLIL a La Dante?  Mi è davvero piaciuto tenere il corso CLIL qui a La Dante, ho avuto degli student molto motivati e desiderosi di mettere in pratica le loro conoscenze didattiche al contesto CLIL. La cosa migliore per me è stata vederli sviluppare le loro idee e trasformare la teoria in pratica. Abbiamo anche potuto godere di un’atmosfera di lavoro rilassata con feste e celbrazioni durante il periodo.
  • Qual è il messaggio più importante che daresti ad insegnanti che desidererebbero iscriversi ad un corso CLIL a La Dante in Cambridge? Suggerirei loro di venire con una mente aperta ed essere preparati ad apprendere molto, probabilmente in un breve periodo di tempo, e ad adattare le loro conoscenze riguardo all’insegnamento – conoscenze che dovrebbero essere già ampie – al contesto del CLIL. Spero che un maggior numero di insegnanti decida di unirsi ai nostri corsi nel corso degli anni e di avere questa esperienza utile per diventare consapevoli di come la metodologia CLIL possa realmente arricchire la loro didattica.

Per maggiori informazioni riguardo ai nostri corsi CLIL invia la tua richiesta a: english@ladante-in-cambridge.org

CLIL: Interviewing La Dante’s teacher trainers

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Mary Spratt and Helen Baker have run our two weeks’ CLIL course for a group of secondary teachers from Zaragoza, who taught a variety of disciplines from PE to Music and Art. We’ve interviewed them after the end of the course.

Mary Spratt, teacher trainer and course writer 

  • How was your experience teaching CLIL at La Dante? I think it was very positive. La Dante is a small school and because of it everybody is able to meet, everybody supports and gives ideas to everybody else and you just get this great feeling of collaboration. I think this kind of setup is quite special.
  • What were the highlights of these two weeks? We’ve been working for two weeks with three Spanish teachers who teach Art, Sport and Music in a school in Zaragoza. I think that the highlights of these two weeks were hearing them talking about their own lessons and their own students. Some of them had great ideas about how they could create programmes for their classes and how to turn their classes into CLIL classes. These teachers were just so very motivated and it has been a pleasure teaching to them.
  • What is the most important message you would give to teachers who would like to apply for a CLIL Course at La Dante in Cambridge? I think that a lot of subject teachers are quite frightened or worried about teaching CLIL and similarly a lot of English teacher trainers are worried about teaching CLIL. CLIL is a challenge, I agree, but I also think that CLIL is a great deal of fun and experiments: one of the Spanish teachers this morning said: “teaching CLIL is an adventure”. Some people probably think “I do not want an adventure, I want a recipe”: it’s difficult to find a recipe for CLIL, but there are guidelines and within those guidelines, you can do lovely adventurous things. It’s true that when students learn both content and language together it helps them to get motivated for both and to make very good progress in both.

Helen Baker, teacher trainer and Cambridge examiner

  • How was your experience teaching CLIL at La Dante? I’ve really enjoyed the experience of teaching CLIL here at La Dante, I had some very motivated students who were really keen to apply their teaching knowledge to the CLIL situation. The best thing for me has been seeing them develop their ideas and putting the theory into practice over the time. We also had a relaxed working atmosphere with treats and celebrations along the way.
  • What is the most important message you would give to teachers who would like to apply for a CLIL Course at La Dante in Cambridge? I’d recommend that they come with an open mind and be prepared to learn a lot, perhaps in a short time, and to adapt their knowledge of teaching – which should already be extensive – to the CLIL situation. I hope that more students will want to join during the next years and have this experience seeing how CLIL can really enrich their teaching.

For more information on our CLIL courses, please enquire: english@ladante-in-cambridge.org

CLIL: practical tips for teachers

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Is there a recipe for CLIL?

Much has been written on what CLIL is and why to do it but there is very little practical guidance on how to plan and teach CLIL lessons. If you are a subject teacher who has been asked to teach in English or a language teacher who has been asked to help teach content, you are probably looking for the best way to do it. In our opinion, CLIL is not only about finding the perfect recipe but rather an adventurous journey that you can embark on – but not without some essential guidelines.

CLIL: where to start?

There are some things you should definitely keep in mind when you start planning a CLIL lesson. First of all, think about who your students are – their level of English (or whatever the second language is), their previous knowledge of the content you are going to teach them, and what they expect from the class. Once you know that, you can start to outline the programme you want to follow, matching your students’ language level to the content and selecting the materials to use.

Here are two examples to underline the impact the language level of your students could have on your course. During a CLIL course, we ran in Italy in a secondary school, we were teaching students that had quite a high level of English. This allowed us to focus more on the content side (in that case Arts and Science) and the English language was just the means we used to deliver the classes. With these students, we were able to adapt material designed for native English pupils. Then we had another experience in a school where the students’ English level was quite weak. This forced us to choose a more language-oriented approach, focusing on the particular vocabulary related to the content areas (in this case PE and Music). With these pupils, native English textbooks were linguistically too hard, so we adapted and created our own materials a) to teach key concepts and vocabulary regarding PE and Music and b) to develop their language skills, with the goal of allowing them to be able to use real English content textbooks by their last year of school. lesson. First of all, think about who your students are – their level of English (or whatever the second language is), their previous knowledge of the content you are going to teach them, and what they expect from the class. Once you know that, you can start to outline the programme you want to follow, matching your students’ language level to the content and selecting the materials to use.

Here are two examples to underline the impact the language level of your students could have on your course. During a CLIL course, we ran in Italy in a secondary school, we were teaching students that had quite a high level of English. This allowed us to focus more on the content side (in that case Arts and Science) and the English language was just the means we used to deliver the classes. With these students, we were able to adapt material designed for native English pupils. Then we had another experience in a school where the students’ English level was quite weak. This forced us to choose a more language-oriented approach, focusing on the particular vocabulary related to the content areas (in this case PE and Music). With these pupils, native English textbooks were linguistically too hard, so we adapted and created our own materials a) to teach key concepts and vocabulary regarding PE and Music and b) to develop their language skills, with the goal of allowing them to be able to use real English content textbooks by their last year of school.

How to select the right material?

An important factor to consider when selecting materials is to avoid overloading students with too much information that they will not be able to process. This can be done by choosing a relatively simple content area or by using an area that you have already covered in L1 and doing the CLIL course as revision and extension.

Teachers could find useful to work on English textbooks designed for native English primary schools. This has advantages for both teacher and students: these books’ content level is not too hard but provides an authentic context for the vocabulary that the students will need later on. As for the teachers, they can use the ready-made exercises to test content knowledge, while focusing on the development of further activities to consolidate the second language skills of their students.

Online resources for CLIL

The internet has a lot of resources for teachers: for example, the British Council and publishers like Pearson offer free content online. You can also have a look at a sample of a CLIL lesson about Induism here. You will also find further ideas on this page.

It’s very important for language teachers and content teachers to be working together as a team. Sharing ideas and observing each other’s lessons would really boost your CLIL skills.

For example, content teachers have a huge amount of materials which you may be able to find equivalents of in English, and language teachers probably have ideas as to how to exploit those materials for language purposes.

Material analysis and how to use it at its best

Vocabulary is definitely one of the first aspects to consider – is there any technical or specialised vocabulary that your students need to know for the course, or to understand the text? If that is the case, make sure to explain it beforehand by getting students to match words to definitions or pictures, through gap-fill exercises or helping them to guess the meaning from context.

Practical ideas: your lesson will probably focus on the general comprehension of one main text – make it more interesting by using comprehension activities such as information gapsjigsaw reading tasks and jumble tasks. Follow-up activities can work on reinforcing the vocabulary taught earlier and developing both language skills and comprehension of the topic. These activities can include group discussions, individual presentations, making posters and writing about the topic.

For more information on our CLIL courses, please enquire: english@ladante-in-cambridge.org

Spanish for children: Learning through games and songs

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Interviewing our Spanish teachers Cristina and Manuel

It’s interesting to see how many children have been interested in learning Spanish since La Dante started introducing it in January 2017 as part of the European languages offered.

There has been a noticeable increase in schools offering Spanish in the past 10 years overtaking from French and German. It’s not surprising as Spanish is spoken in 20 countries and there are 400 million Spanish speakers in the world. There are different strands of Spanish and it’s interesting to know that at La Dante you are offering Spanish with teachers from Spain as well as South American. I understand that there are a number of students who wish to go and travel or work in South America who need to get accustomed to this particular accent. There are some differences in pronouncing Spanish words or addressing people with ‘vos’ or ustedes’ or even ‘s’ that is not pronounced in some parts of South America. We wish to offer all this at La Dante and in fact our children are exposed to different accents as our teachers come from Spain as well as South America.

Do you teach Spanish to children as well as adults?

Cristina Navarrete Soria, Spanish teacher at La Dante:

Of course we do. Here at La Dante, we teach Spanish using a communicative method, combining realia (objects from real life) and lots of songs and games to make learning much more fun. Our ten-week programme for children is designed to cover main topics such as animals, food, colours, numbers, members of family, clothes, etc. where children learn vocabulary and small sentences in context. I encourage and give confidence, they earn special points when they do well and the topics are always relevant to their lives and their world.

So how would you structure a typical class?
Cristina: Say, for example, that we are learning about animals: first, we listen to a couple of Spanish songs about animals to help children learn and remember the main vocabulary of the lesson. For every song, we learn the lyrics and some moves so we can sing and dance all together, because linking words with movements makes learning much easier and way more exciting. They have to dance and follow the teacher’s instructions, like clapping, move their feet, or shout Spanish words. Then, once the children are acquainted with the new words, we start to use them and consolidate them by playing games with farm-related toys and farm bingo.

Our children are fully immersed in the Spanish language for the whole duration of the class, having a fun with other children of their age. The target language is spoken at all times.

What do the children love the most?

Cristina: We usually play the same song both at the beginning of the class and before saying goodbye, so that the children are able to remember the lyrics by the end of the lesson as well as the majority of the vocabulary learned that day.

Using realia means that we use real objects during the teaching sessions: children learn about clothes with actual clothes that the teacher shows in class.

So it’s a ludic approach?

Cristina: Yes indeed, for children who have beginners level of Spanish, the focus is on playing, especially with children as young as 5 who come to La Dante to learn Spanish. We play Spanish games like The Hopscotch to memorise colours and numbers: the teacher asks them to throw a ball into different squares drawn on the ground linked to different numbers and colours and the children have to jump onto the squares, saying colours and numbers out loud as they play.

One of the games we have noticed children enjoy the most is a role-play in which each of them plays a member of the family in a toy house.

Furthermore, among other activities we also do arts and crafts: for instance with like or dislike, I hand out a green paper (likes) and a red paper (dislikes). When I say Me gusta el tomate the children have to draw a tomato on the green paper.

Our children also enjoy our picnic time! We simulate a picnic where they have to list food they would like to eat, always in Spanish.

Do you also have a bilingual Spanish group?

Manuel Orta Simón (Spanish teacher): we certainly do and in fact, I am the main teacher. In the current bilingual class, the parents expect the children to improve their fluency level so when their cousins come and visit from Mexico, they can have a wider range of vocabulary, a better way of expressing themselves with grammatically correct sentences. In general, they wish their children to achieve confidence in speaking Spanish as here of course, going to an English school, they have fewer occasions to use their second language.

What kind of topics and activities do you do with bilinguals?

Manuel: we certainly focus more on grammar for the older ones, we watch sketches on Harry Potter the children love as well as their favourite sport. At the moment they love Nadal at Wimbledon and we introduced specific tennis vocabulary so they can talk about this with their cousins. We also go to Museums and talk about a variety of topics:  we went to the Polar Museum where they wore a special polar suit so it was great for them to develop a variety of new vocabulary. They are motivated and great to teach, they come along with pleasure.

What is the main message for parents who wish their children to be fluent in another language?

Giulia Portuese-Williams (Director and founder at La Dante): We encourage parents to speak their own language at home and inspire their sons and daughters from day one. It’s a gift for life and their children will be thankful forever. When they are young, before turning 5, if exposed to another language, children learn with no effort. Research shows that bilingual children offer a wider variety of solutions related to problem-solving, a lot more than the one solution given by a monolingual child of the same age (in set experiments).

Of course, there is no age limit to learn a language and any age is as good.  We encourage parents and children to join the Spanish community so the children are aware that it’s a language that is spoken within the family and among friends. The secret of success is to get the children involved in a school with the right language approach to teaching, join the community with other bilingual parents, read books in Spanish, watch a few videos in Spanish and of course travel to Spain to visit friends and families.

My boys certainly loved their visits to their nonna in the South of Italy by the sea and Lorenzo had a special experience in an Italian school for a week for two years as they are bilinguals in English and Italian. I certainly encourage parents to give their children an equal experience in a Spanish school for a short or long period as making friends is special and language, at last, means a lot to them.

News: In September we are introducing Singing in Spanish for children with an Argentinian teacher Lorena Garcia who has a Performing Music degree specialised in singing from the Univesity of Buenos Aires in Argentina. We certainly encourage parents to offer this special skills to their children should they show a talent for singing.

At La Dante, we thrive in creating a great experience where children get to love the Spanish language and learning becomes a real passion, a drive that comes naturally over the years.