|The prime years for language
acquisition is during early childhood.
|Studies show that second languages
improves academic performance.
Second Languages Improve Overall Academics
Some Americans believe that kids who learn second languages will suffer in their core academics – a myth that assumes young children will suffer in English because their minds cannot handle more than one language at a time.
Study after study shows that learning additional languages does just the opposite.
“The power to learn a language is so great in the young child that it doesn’t seem to matter how many languages you seem to throw their way….They can learn as many spoken languages as you can allow them to hear systematically and regularly at the same time. Children just have this capacity. Their brain is ripe to do this…there doesn’t seem to be any detriment to….develop[ing] several languages at the same time” according to Dr. Susan Curtiss, UCLA Linguistics professor. (Curtain & Dahlberg 2004)
Research indicates that children who are exposed to a foreign language at a young age achieve higher levels of cognitive development at an earlier age. (Bialystok & Hakuta 1994; Fuchsen 1989)
People who are competent in more than one language consistently outscore monolinguals on tests of verbal and nonverbal intelligence. (Bruck, Lambert, Tucker 1974, Hakuta 1986, Weatherford 1986)
For older kids, students of foreign languages tend to score higher on standardized tests. Results from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) show that students who had studied a foreign language for 4 or more years outscored other students on the verbal and math portions of the test (College Board 2003). There are at least 10 other independent studies that collaborate these findings.
In 1973, Francois Thibaut founded The Language Workshop for Children (LWFC). The Workshop believes that children remembered words that make them happy, and as such classes do not implement a stereotypically dry curriculum. Instead, classes are filled with colorful, stimulating, and engaging action games, stories, songs, and visual aids.
LWFC is offering an opportunity for others to open a child-centered language business. The Workshop will train moms, teachers, bilingual speakers, and second career builders to open their own branch of the Language Workshop for Children. If a potential owner is not fluent in French, Spanish, Italian or Mandarin, he/she can hire instructors who are.
How to Get Started:
The LWFC offers 3 separate Licensee Operator levels to match any budget and business goals, so becoming qualified to offer LWFC classes will take significantly less of an investment than other businesses. Licensee fees start at only $800 per territory. Unlike other business opportunities or franchises, licensees set their own pricing, control their purchasing, and determine their class offerings. Licensees keep 100% of the revenue they earn, and there is no revenue share/royalty fee owed to LWFC. Licensees decide how and when to advertise. They can also create their own website or use the free LWFC template, and link it for free to LWFC’s National’s site.
For more information, please visit www.LanguageWorkshopforChildren.com or email Licensing@ThibautTechnique.com.