The only way to speak a new language is by Living the Language
Welcome to the most effective and enriching language-learning experience you can give to your child. Living the Language is a language immersion program for children, using the European method of learning in the context of real life experience. This is the way we all learned our mother tongue from our parents, and it is the method by which European children commonly become fluent in multiple languages. Our own founder and director, Sandra Dodds, was raised and educated in Europe with this method of learning, and today is fluent in six languages.
Our primary objective is fluency, which is achieved when a child engages their foreign language in real life social and educational environments, such as outings at museums and parks, cooking meals at home, music and dance, sports, and so much more. We never use the classroom setting or speak to the children in English. This creates an engaging context that compells the children to communicate in their target language.
Many foreign language programs rely on learning by rote memorization, through repetitive games and exercises that do not relate to real life experience. They promote benefits to cognitive development and creativity, but few can promise, or deliver, fluency! Ask yourself, Did you study a foreign language in high school or college, and can you converse in that language today? Without Living the Language, your child will experience the same results.
Our class sizes are very small and personal, so that each child receives plenty of interaction and individual attention. We take the effort to meet each child where they are, to enter into their world and understand their individual strengths and weaknesses. This empowers us to tailor our training to their particular learning style, whether verbal, visual or otherwise. Our teaching methods are multi-cognitive, personal and engaging. Our classes are fun! Also, we warmly welcome children who have learning, speech or other disabilities.
Whether they come to us as beginners or advanced in a foreign language, our children demonstrate significant improvements in conversational fluency, writing and reading. This leads to a stronger self-confidence and higher overall academic performance. Many of our students reach the top of their class or even advanced levels. We believe there is no "untalented" child, and that each one is capable of excellence!
> After a two months of classes, Trey told his mom, "I am speaking so much Spanish I cannot find my words in English." Should Trey stop taking Spanish classes? No! This happens when a child begins to think in another language. In other words, he is becoming fluent! His brain is now capable of thinking in Spanish without translating from English.
> Kim took her daughter to a Mexican Restaurant after a few months of classes. Without being told, Ella asked the waitress if she spoke Spanish, and proceeded to order the meal and converse with her in Spanish. The waitress was so impressed with Ella's confidence and perfect Spanish that she took her for a VIP tour of the Kitchen and introduced her to the entire staff!
Foreign language beginners who are absorbing the basic concepts and vocabulary.
With basic understanding in place, taking the first steps in verbal communication, reading and writing.
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Expanding conversational ability through personal interaction, progression in reading and writing.
Fully conversational in a foreign langauge, advanced reading and writing.
Fully conversational in multiple foreign languages.
Nana Aba has been a part of our program since its inception, and has been instrumental in its development and success. Her personal interests are in education, social change, and community development. She attended Howard University and holds a Bachelor's degree in French, a Master's degree in French/Francophone literature, and a Doctorate degree in Women, African Development and Public Policy. She has experience teaching young children, teenagers and college students. At Living the Language, Nana is responsible for program development and implementation as well as coordinating and overseeing day-to-day operations.