Frequently Asked Questions
We answered some of the most common questions we get. If your question isn't answered here, please give us a call and we'll be happy to help.
What will my child learn during each session?
Most importantly, your child will learn to speak like a native speaker. When evaluating a child's progress, we encourage parents to focus on their child's accent, pronunciation, and comprehension.
Adults and children learn language differently. Studies using MRI technology show adults and children use different parts of the brain for language acquisition. Children have the ability to reproduce the sounds of a foreign language - sounds that do not exist in English. This ability is lost in adulthood. That's why adults who learn a foreign language for the first time never speak it like a native.
LinguaKids encourages children to listen, to repeat words and phrases in a foreign language. They may forget the vocabulary if they take a break from studying the language - but they will always have activated that part of their brains that can not be tapped into as an adult.
Will my child get homework?
From time to time, teachers will send the children home with a fun activity, such as a crossword puzzle. They are purely for fun and are only to be done if the child wants to do it. If you would like homework for your child, it can always be requested from the teacher.
How many children are in class?
In our studio in Larchmont and Darien, the minimum children/class is 3; the maximum is 8. For our before and after school program classes vary between a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 12.
How can i reinforce what my child learns in class?
As the session progresses, the children are given a book/ notebook filled with their weekly work. The pages contain the material that the children are currently studying and often some worksheets that they have done in class. LinguaKids also produces story books related to what they are studying. The books are read to the children in class and then sent home with them for them to keep.
It would be best for your child to reinforce what they learn with a native speaker. Because many parents do not have access to a native speaker to practice with their children, LinguaKids provides parents with a CD each session. The CD has some of the fun songs the children have learned in class as the vocabulary and story of the book. That way, the children can practice the song and listen to the stories with a native speaker over and over again.
What is a typical class like?
Once class starts, the teacher will speak only in their native language. Our typical class starts with a song. It's the same song each week and soon the children will enjoy singing along with the teacher. It also signals the children that it's time to settle down and get started.
Often classes proceed with the children reciting the day of the week and the current month and they talk about today's weather. In some classes the children talk about what they are wearing. Class continues with games, stories, art and crafts and a special time devoted to conversation. If the children in the class can read and write, we spend time working on worksheets.
LinguaKids has a vast list of words and phrases that we teach our children. Each session we choose categories of words to present to the children using a fun theme; themes such as a crazy story, a vacation or adventure story. Students who attend multiple sessions will benefit from the repetition of familiar subjects and the introduction of new ones.
Most of all, our teachers are enthusiastic and the children have fun learning
Are the teacher native speakers?
YES!!! All our teachers are native speakers. Our staff is evaluated and tested by native speakers.
How often do your classes meet and how long do they last?
In our Larchmont studio, LinguaKids runs two 17-week sessions every year in fall and in winter/spring and more or less 10 weeks in the summer:
Fall session runs from early September to end January.
Winter session runs from February to early June.
Summer classes run from mid June to end August. You can sign by class, week by week so you never have to miss classes because you’re on vacation.
Explorer classes meet for 2 hours
Voyager and adventure classes meet 1 hour
Musical classes (with Mommy or caretaker) meet for 45 minutes.
Before and after school program, run between 8 and 15 weeks, twice a year depending on the agreement with your school.
What languages and services does LinguaKids provide?
We offer French and Spanish classes in our Larchmont studio location (additional languages uppon request). Before and After school programs are offered in French and Spanish (additional languages uppon request). Private tutoring and transalation service are also offered in multiple language. Do not hesitate to contact us to ask for more information!