At the carousel of language,In addition to summer camp and our regular classes that begin in September, parents are wondering if there are other activities that can enhance their children's language learning.
We also understand that when it comes to foreign language learning, especially Spanish and French, parents can be frustrated that there is no way to help their children practice outside of class. In addition to the input of language, language output for school-age children is also very important. Listening and speaking are the key to communicating with others.
For this reason, we launched The Language Corner, to help children continue their learning in addition to their classes.
The Language Corner uses the lively teaching methods of foreign teachers to do guided thinking according to the different proficiency levels of students. Using a theme, students will discuss multi-cultural and life issues in class, which will help improve their listening and speaking ability and provide opportunities to express themselves and exchange ideas.
Each Language Corner lasts about 40 minutes. Through the teachers’ specially designed activities, the students are guided to try their skills and explore the theme topic naturally and easily through various warm-up activities such as getting to know each other for the first time, listening games and pronunciation exercises.
There are also a variety of interesting games and picture book reading sessions to make it easier for students to interact with others.
When children talk together and role-play they cooperate, problem-solve, and learn to resolve conflict.
As they imagine and interact with peers and adults they practice language skills, new vocabulary, a variety of practical life skills, and even early math.
The imaginative, child-directed scenarios that students act out in these dramatic activities offer a wealth of opportunity for cognitive and creative development, and lay the foundation for future academic skills as well.
They are also essential to social-emotional development, fostering empathy, emotional intelligence, collaboration, and the growth of positive relationships. Children learn to express needs and feelings through language, and listen and respond to the needs of others.
Songs and Fingerplays
The music, rhyme, and repetition in poems and songs support pre-literacy. Songs and nursery rhymes help children learn new vocabulary, and develop memorization skills and an “ear” for differentiating the sounds of language.
Fingerplays make songs even more fun and captivating for young children, while engaging multiple senses, and developing fine motor skills, coordination, and physical awareness. Many of these rhymes and fingerplays also introduce early numeracy.
Songs carry the “melody” and inflection of the language they come from, and help teachproper pronunciation.
Teaching through music and songs can improve the perception of early literacy, such as Phonological Awareness. Singing enhances perception of rhythm and rhyme, tuning the ear to recognize sounds and patterns that are the building blocks of speech.
The repetition, rhyme and melody built into children’s songs make them memorable! Singing promotes auditory memory—the ability to listen, process, and recall information.
儿童歌曲中的重复，韵律和旋律使它们令人难忘！唱歌可以促进听觉记忆 - 听取，处理和回忆信息的能力。
Songs introduce new vocabulary in enjoyable and memorable contexts.
Many children’s songs incorporate additional skills that prepare a child for academic success, such as colors and early math.
Older children love to cut shapes and numbers out of Play Dough, interacting with them in a tactile way, putting them in order and learning to recognize and form each numeral.
They also love to play an old fashioned game of Chutes and Ladders.
他们喜欢玩一个经典游戏Chutes and Ladders。
“Spin the spinner! How many? 6! Can you move your piece 6 spaces?Now it’s my turn. 3! Who is ahead?”
In addition to numbers, board games like this one work on important life skills such as taking turns and good sportsmanship.
Read, Talk, and Tell Stories
“Reading is one of the best ways to foster imagination. The more we read, the better we can build up and expand our knowledge. We can be open to new ideas and have an understanding of new things. Reading helps us practice imagination by letting the words describe a certain image while the reader manipulates the picture in the mind. This practice strengthens the mind as it acts like a muscle.”
It’s also important tell your own invented stories to your child, to let them see that you can make it up as you go along—imagination can take you anywhere, and it’s full of twists and turns, surprises and fun!
Start a story and take turns telling the next bit let your child make up the ending or give you a story idea or opening line.
Talk with your child all the time as you go about daily life. In regular conversation, ask open-ended questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no, or even a single word.
There’s no right or wrong answer, but your child needs to think, describe, provide details, articulate opinions, and express feelings. This kind of question taps into the imagination, nurturing creativity, speech and language development, independent thinking, and memory.
Come to Language Corner
Language Corner is held by appointment. There is no limit to the number of attendances per month.
Children above 3 years old are welcomed to join us!