How do young learners acquire another language?
At Alhambra Spanish For Kids, we use engaging, stimulating activities with a mix of songs, chants, visual aids, puppets, and toys to teach Spanish to young learners. We aim to enable children to process the language and interact with Spanish in a meaningful way. We open children’s curiosity to language learning using familiar topics, stories, songs. We encourage young learners to explore the concept of communication in a different language with words and sounds but using their first language skills to understand the shift from one language to another.
Developing a positive open attitude to learning other languages and writing helps with the assimilation and memorising of the basic vocabulary.
Songs rhymes and stories enable children to experiment and play with words and phrases. Songs also familiarise early language learners’ ears to the sounds and pronunciation in a new language. Rhymes have a beneficial impact on a child’s language and literacy development in both languages.
Role-playing techniques develop the children’s experience of using language so that they are prepared to deal with new situations.
Sketches allow children to communicate in new contexts and provide them with opportunities to use the language as real communication. They can begin to recognise how the words and phrases can be used together to meet the needs of a conversation.
Developing a positive open attitude to learning other languages is a gift to your child, 427 million people speak Spanish and Spanish ranks as the second most spoken language in the world.
La Jolie Ronde Programmes for 3-11 years olds:
Ven a Jugar con Milo y Mapi (Spanish) is for 3/4 – 4/5-year-olds and introduces the vocabulary through rhymes, chants, songs, stories and puppets.
Las Aventuras de Mifú y Tina (Spanish) is for 5/6 – 6/7-year-olds and introduces the vocabulary through rhymes, songs, stories and activities suitable for this age group.
¡Hola Pedro y Carmen! (Spanish) is for 7/8-year-olds and introduces/recycles core vocabulary and the beginnings of grammar with flashcards, games, short role-plays, songs, reading, listening and copying activities.
¡Buenos días España! (Spanish) is for 8/11-year-olds and introduces/revises core vocabulary and offers optional extension vocabulary through songs, games and activities appropriate for older children. It has opportunities for reading and writing are extended and creativity in adapting longer role-plays encouraged.