With the beginning of the school year, most parents are faced with the need to increase the child’s motivation to learn. More often, they resort to external motivation, offering all sorts of material rewards for academic success or by increasing interest in learning, using modern technologies and new methods.
But, if you dig deeper, it is more important to develop inner motivation, namely, to create a child’s sense of success and genuinely rejoice at his achievements, be it a good score or a sports victory.
The most important thing in learning a child’s language is to interest him, because children love to do what they do and what interests them.
To do this, you need to create conditions in which the child will see the need to learn a language, as he will understand by example how he can apply these skills. Children and teenagers love everything new, because new is always an experience. Being independent, traveling a lot, launching your photo blogs with pictures of unusual or iconic places and friends, trying new sports is now the mainstream of all schoolchildren. Studying abroad can give them all this and much more, because the basis is the acquisition of knowledge that remains with the child for life and helps him to be realized in the modern globalized world. Children are very well influenced by the creation of a situation of competition and leadership. These skills are perfectly trained when a child enters a new peer environment, where in a short period you need to build friendships, show leadership skills, or simply become a good team player. It is often difficult for children to assess the result of their efforts and it is extremely important that after completing all language programs abroad, they receive a certificate indicating the level obtained, as well as a brief description of the achievements and recommendations for further language learning.
Contrary to the belief that children can study abroad only during the summer holidays, we send students annually in the fall, because a sufficient number of centers accept students for their programs from mid-September to mid-December.
All programs of language courses for children and adolescents range in intensity from 15 to 30 lessons per week, but children continue to learn the language during sports activities, excursions, evening activities and just socializing with peers. Schools strictly monitor that students of different nationalities live in the same room, and it is forbidden to communicate in the native language on the territory.
Autumn holidays abroad have a number of indisputable advantages, such as availability of places in training centers and a relative reduction in cost by 10-15%, savings on air travel, due to less busy flights and, most importantly, the focus is on learning, not rest. Of course, there is a sufficient amount of sports, events and at least 2 excursions per week, but children in the fall, having already started training in UK, are better concentrated and set to study.
The autumn language program for a child is a good solution if it is necessary to improve the language skills and encourage further study of the school curriculum in a short time and without departing from basic education. And it can be a reward for good marks in the first or in advance for the second quarter!
Our favorite in terms of efficiency is learning in the teacher’s family. The program is sufficiently expensive, but an individual approach, complete immersion in the language environment, the level of supervision, care and living conditions justify its cost in full. To make the program cheaper, you can book a 2: 1 course with another foreign of the same sex and age. In our practice, this is a great option, both in terms of intensity of classes and in communication, our students studied with the French, Germans, Spaniards, Italians, Swiss and even Australians.
The program in OISE Follkestone will be no less intensive and academic because it is conducted in mini groups of 6-8 people maximum.
If we are talking about a classic program in the UK based on a private school and the child wants to experience Harry Potter style, then you should pay attention to the Alexanders College and Bell St. schools. Albans They, in addition to an exciting program, can boast of location in beautiful mansions and beautiful nature.
More budget options, without loss of efficiency will be Sprachcaffe Brighton, London Empire Academy, Melton College.
Studying German is no less popular, given the possibility of obtaining a prestigious education in German universities for free and immediately after school. We can vouch for the effectiveness of the programs in the Humboldt – Institut centers, where, in addition to group and very intensive German lessons, individual lessons can be booked, when in the morning, a child has 25 individual lessons with a teacher, and in the second half, he joins other children in sports, recreational activities and excursions. A distinctive feature of the centers Humboldt can be called “German” discipline in everything that is very appealing to our students and their parents. I-LESS will be a good option for children just beginning to learn German.
Do not forget about Malta and the EC schools, LAL Language Centers, Inlingua Just Juniors, where you can extend the summer to your child in the fall.