As a parent raising her children to be multilingual, I use multiple resources that include DVDs, music and books; however, I find that face-to-face instruction is by far the most effective teaching method.
Since I am not multilingual myself, we have met this face-to-face need by hiring a Spanish speaking nanny and attending languages classes as a family.
One of the reason we take classes from Lango is that they understand kids learn best when not just listening and speaking, but moving, singing, dancing, playing, feeling, creating and solving problems as well. Lango even takes this approach a step further by incorporating the adventures of the Lango Kids into their curriculum.
Ivey LOVES these characters! Let me tell you a little about them…
Meet Cosmo. Cosmo is a loyal, playful dog who is up for anything even if it means he often gets in to trouble. Cosmo is very talented; he speaks and understands all languages.
Meet Lucia. Lucia is 6 years old and is from Mexico. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and is currently working on learning Mandarin and French. Her hobbies include gymnastics, singing, and acting. She also loves music. Lucia is a natural leader and good at solving problems, adventurous, smart, confident and organized.
Meet Luc. Luc is 6 years old and is from France. He is bilingual (English/French) and is currently working on learning Mandarin and Spanish. His hobbies include soccer, art (painting), the computer and playing video games. Luc is silly, funny, friendly, agreeable and loves animals.
Meet Wen. Wen, being only 2 years old, is the youngest of the Lango Kids crew. He is from China and is bilingual (English/Mandarin). Wen is also learning Spanish and French but sometimes becomes frustrated and emotional because he is still a toddler. He is a natural explorer, eager to try new things and loves to dance and play.
Meet Ms. L. Ms. L is 40 years OLD which is probably why she is so wise. She is from the United States and speaks English, French, Mandarin, and Spanish. In her free time Ms. L enjoys traveling and snowboarding. She is extremely positive, adaptive, flexible, encouraging and it is easy to see that she loves teaching kids.
Lango was established on the belief that every child should learn a second language. Lango was started in the San Francisco Bay Area and now is in over 70 communities across the U.S. providing Spanish, French and Mandarin classes to children ages 18 months to 11 years of age. Follow them on Twitter (@CosmoLango) or like them on Facebook.