What types of classes does Kidslingo run?
We cover the 0 – 11 age range and run the following types of French and Spanish classes:
- Classes in nurseries, primary school clubs (breakfast, lunchtime and after school)
- Primary curriculum teaching / PPA cover
- Enrichment days in primary schools
- Childminder groups
- Classes in community venues
- Classes in private homes (small groups or 1-2-1)
- Online group classes
- Online 1-2-1 private tuition
- Pre-recorded video classes
- Intergenerational classes in care homes
- Primary to secondary transition classes
What is Kidslingo’s methodology? What should my child expect?
Kidslingo uses a fun and interactive approach to learning French or Spanish. We use songs, movement, games, storytelling, let’s pretend and more to bring the language to life and inspire our budding linguists.
Kidslingo has language learning programmes for each stage, so the lessons fully support the relevant curriculum for the child’s age – baby / preschool / infant / junior.
We use topics as the backdrop for our lessons. As well as exploring and learning topic-specific vocabulary, we expand and practise our general vocabulary regularly – greetings, numbers, colours, feelings and key questions and answers.
Are the classes completely in French or Spanish?
No, the vast majority of classes use English as the instructional language. We have a small number of immersion classes where the classes are predominantly in French or Spanish.
Private lessons can be delivered with higher or full immersion in the target language, where appropriate.
Do you repeat the same topics every year?
Within the Kidslingo programme there are many different topics for each age range.
A degree of repetition is critical to embed the language learning but we aim, wherever possible, to engage the children with different topics each year. These topics are also combined with fun seasonal and festival themes that might be repeated every year – for example Christmas, Easter, Halloween.
The Kidslingo programme is constantly evolving with enhancements and new activities added to existing topics.
Is my child too young?
No – early childhood is the most rapid period of development in a human life and the key time to start language learning. Kidslingo’s approach is all about fun so your child will begin their language learning journey via songs, games, actions and let’s pretend.
When is the best age to start?
As young as possible – we always talk about little ones being ‘sponges’ but when it comes to language development – this is an incredibly accurate description.
Extensive research shows the more mental stimulation a child gets between the age of two to four, the more developed the parts of their brains dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead.
What is a baby class like?
Kidslingo baby classes introduce little ones to the sounds and intonations of the French or Spanish language via songs, stories, rhymes, repetition of key words and multi-sensory play. Scarves, parachute, flashcards and bubbles are used to create visual engagement and stimulation. We encourage the repetition of simple words as their speech develops.
What is a preschool class like?
Kidslingo classes introduce preschool age children to the sounds and intonations of the French or Spanish language via songs, stories, rhymes, repetition of key words and phrases. We use songs and games to truly bring the language to life, inspire our little learners and make sure everyone has enormous fun!
Children are encouraged to join in with key words and simple phrases – for example colours, numbers 1-10, feelings and name. Preschoolers grow in confidence and ability rapidly and start to develop their language skills independently and spontaneously.
What is an infant class like?
The focus is all about fun whilst developing their independent language skills via a wide range of engaging topics. Examples of infant topics are woodland animals, superheroes, magical creatures, people who help us, days out, summer holidays and food.
Each topic will last for around 6 weeks, during which time they will learn topic-related vocabulary but also keep practising and expanding their knowledge with lots of general language including numbers/counting, colours, greetings, describing our feelings.
What is a junior class like?
The Kidslingo junior programme has a wide range of fun and relevant topics such as ‘all about me’ and body, as well as school, food, our universe, sports, careers and many more. We aim to instil confidence, accuracy and independence in their language learning.
What is an online class like?
Kidslingo online classes are run via Zoom and contain all of the fun of the face-to-face classes – but just in a digital environment. There are lots of onscreen activities and fun games to join in with. Children can engage as much as they want or simply listen and absorb.
What is a private class like?
Private classes (online or face-to-face) offer the opportunity to develop your child’s language skills at a faster pace and tailor the class specifically to an individual’s ability and aspirations. We request that parents remain nearby to help if required.
How much do the classes cost?
Please refer to your local teacher and timetable for prices or email email@example.com with a specific pricing request.
LEVEL AND KNOWLEDGE
Will my child get confused learning a second language at a young age?
No – as a general rule babies and young children are at a distinct advantage as the brain’s plasticity is far greater, leading to an increased capability to learn languages.
What if my child is at a different level to others who are already in the class?
Don’t worry at all! Whilst we have a topic-based approach, we revise the basics in every lesson, so newcomers are more than welcome and get up to speed quickly.
Classes often have mixed ability and experience – but the aim is that all the children progress their individual learning at their own pace and most importantly that they enjoy the class. We aim to make the class activities accessible to all children.
Does my child need any prior knowledge of the language to start?
No not at all – anyone can join in. We have some advanced classes for more experienced learners – so beginners should avoid those ones.
Do I need to know the language to attend a class with my child?
No not at all – no prior knowledge is required.
My child already speaks 2 (or more) languages – would another one be too much?
In our experience, children who already speak two or more languages pick up the French or Spanish easily, as their bilingual brains are adept at recognising different sounds in different languages. In many of our groups there are several children who hear and/or speak another language at home.
Children progress at their own pace in the classes and we adopt a no pressure approach.
Do you provide progress reports to parents?
Our primary aim is that children enjoy their lessons and have fun participating in engaging activities designed for their specific age range – whilst learning a language in the process!
Group classes include children of varying abilities, confidence levels and experience and our programmes cater to everyone, respecting each child as an individual. So there are no set targets at this level, it’s about the children enjoying the experience of learning a new language and building their confidence as linguists. We want to inspire them to then progress their French or Spanish learning as they grow up.
The KS2 national curriculum, the Curriculum for Wales and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland does include compulsory languages and in schools, where we deliver curricular lessons, our programme has a 4-year progression plan.
We do not provide written feedback as a matter of course, only as required by schools for curricular language lessons, where this forms part of each pupil’s academic progress report.
FINDING A CLASS
How do I search for classes?
The quickest way to search for a class is to enter your postcode in the search box at the top of the page. You can enter your town or postcode. When you click the search icon you can then filter the classes further by:
– type of class
– age range
Alternatively you can visit our French classes or Spanish classes page and click the area names. On these pages you will also find the local teacher’s contact details if you have a private lesson enquiry or a specific question.
Kidslingo is available in my area – but I can’t see a class for my child to attend.
Many of our classes run in schools and nurseries – so we would be delighted if you could introduce us to your child’s educational setting. Alternatively, we can offer private classes face-to-face in your home or online or online group classes.
There is not a class near me – what can I do?
We offer online private classes or group classes. For private classes please email firstname.lastname@example.org and state the language you are interested in, age of the child and the days / times you would be available. For group online classes – please enter your postcode in the search bar on the website, click search and then filter by online and other criteria.
Can anyone join a school club?
Usually, only children attending that school and within the specified age bracket can join that club.
Are all Kidslingo teachers police checked?
Yes – we take child safety and safe-guarding very seriously and employ Safer Recruitment procedures across the network. All teachers are DBS checked (England and Wales) or PVG checked (Scotland).
All teachers complete a number of training courses including Safe-guarding Level 2, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Health and Safety and basic paediatric first aid. They also complete the Kidslingo training programme.
AT HOME LEARNING
How can I support my child’s language learning at home?
You will receive free access to the Kidslingo games website with your class subscription. This is suitable for preschoolers upwards (with some adult support).
There are many language resources on You Tube and language books you can purchase (we would recommend Little Linguist and we have a customer discount code available – https://www.little-linguist.co.uk/
You can access the Kidslingo YouTube channel for videos of mini lessons for different ages and some favourite Kidslingo songs: https://www.youtube.com/c/KidslingoUK/playlists
We will provide regular worksheets and there are some free downloadable activity sheets here: https://www.kidslingo.co.uk/live-video/
For younger learners – our Kidslingo ‘Singalong’ albums can be purchased in MP3 format, and the lyrics are available to download free of charge: https://www.kidslingo.co.uk/buy-music/
You could try watching favourite movies and TV shows in French or Spanish. For example, Netflix allows you to change the language so the dubbed audio will play instead, and many DVDs have French or Spanish as one of the languages you can select.
Do you provide homework?
The extra resources we provide are a great way for parents to see how their child is enjoying learning and to monitor their progress. We don’t set compulsory homework – but we do provide weekly fun, age-appropriate worksheets that can be completed at home.
Do you accept Childcare Vouchers?
No – we can’t currently accept Childcare Vouchers.