EducationBlog: Abrakadabra

ABRAKADABRA – the language school for children in Gland, has a lot of news to announce for the summer:

  1. abrakadabraFrench Summer language course: During the week commencing July 22nd as well as August 19th, they will be offering two French intensive courses every morning from 9:00–12.30.   The July class is specially designed for children aged 6 – 8 years, whilst the August class is more suitable for children aged 4-6 years.  The 4-6 year old class is set up to prepare children, in a playful but very effective way, for the “rentrée 2013/14”.The theme for both the July & August classes will be “The magic world of Circus”.  The Key focus of this intensive language classes be to enrich vocabulary and to stimulate communication in, and overall comprehension of, French.
  2. Abrakadabra is also recruiting English play instructors/teachers!   If you have a passion to work with children and want to help them learn English in a playful and caring environment, then this might be the post for you.  Starting at the end August, Abrakadabra needs new teachers to join their team. If your mother tongue is English, and if you are available after 15.30 on 1,2 or 3 afternoons then please get in contact with the school.  All training for the ABRAKADABRA teaching method will be provided.
  3. English for native speakers: As of September, Abrakadabra will be offering another session of English for Native Speakers.  Tailored to children aged from 4 to 9 years old (Senior infants/preschool, 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class).
  4. English play/ activity morning : Every Tuesday from 9.30-11.30 for children aged 2 – 4 years old.  This is a non-structured activity morning in English (for English and French speaking children) which incorporates a variety of activities, including songs, rhymes, free play, arts & crafts, and social interaction with snack time, story time and a quiet time session
  5. French Mini-Class (kids 18-30 months): We will be continuing our successful “Mini-Classes” as of September, this is essentially a structured and interactive language class for small kids 18 – 30 months together with an adult (parent, grandmother, nanny…) in English, French and German. The French Mini-Class will take place every Thursday from 10H05 – 11H05 with our qualified kindergarten teacher Carole. This is also an exciting opportunity to learn another language alongside your child, whilst enjoying quality time with them and benefiting from the expertise of an experienced practitioner.
  6. French classes (all age groups):  Beginner, Communication & Advanced Classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.  Various age groups and levels.
  7. French for Parents: Improve your vocabulary and communication skills and work also on some grammar. The classes will take place on Friday mornings, with potentially a second class on a Tuesday.

ABRAKADABRA – Atelier de Langues pour Enfants Sàrl
Katja Xander – 079 359 82 73
info@abrakadabra-lacote.ch www.abrakadabra-lacote.ch

LanguageBlog: Lots of news at Abrakadabra!

ABRAKADABRA – THE Language school for children in Gland opened its doors in January this year. Once per week, children come together and enter a mysterious place where only a new, foreign language is spoken. For the children, it’s an exciting adventure, which the team of ABRAKADABRA methodically develops with songs, rhymes, pictures, stories, activities, and games.

ABRAKADABRA also places emphasis on helping non-French-speaking families learn French.   Held on a weekly basis, several different classes are currently being proposed AND for kids of all ages.

  • On Thursday morning, the so-called “ABRAKADABRA-Minis“, for children between 1 and 3 years of age, meet from 10:10 – 11:10 accompanied by a parent or a carer (nanny, au pair, etc.).  Several different activities are proposed by the French teacher and each week she focusses on a new topic (for example: action verbs, farm animals, etc). The purpose of the MINIS class is that both the children and their parents or carers acquire a playful feeling for this new language.
  • On Wednesday, ABRAKADABRA offers two classes for kids from 4 to 6 years old.  One takes place in the morning from 8:50 onwards, the second one in the afternoon from 15:00.  Before signing up, children may participate in one free trial class.
  • On Friday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 it’s “Moms & Kids Time”: while the kids between 2 and 4 meet their French teacher, the mothers meet up next door for their “French adult conversation class”.  In a colour­ful, bright location each mother grabs a cup of coffee or tea, and as simply as that, speaks French, French, and MORE French.    Every week there is a new top­ic to discuss, and of course, Abrakadabra’s teachers are also open to suggestions!  The teach­er sup­port­s parents using their spe­cif­ic teach­ing tech­niques, cor­rect­s when need­ed, and giv­es learners a lot of new ideas on how bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate their thoughts.  As always, a free trial is available before committing.

With so many Moms-in-Vaud members sending their kids to public school, English classes are in more-and-more demand and from September 2012, ABRAKADABRA has started to propose English classes to native English speakers!  Currently, two classes are being proposed and they both take place on a Wednesday (pre-school and grade 1).   Abrakadabra is also considering opening new classes on Tuesday afternoons.  Details about these classes can be found on the Abrakadabra Website.

To support our students with learning English, Abrakadabra will also be hosting a daytime USBORNE BOOK party on Saturday, 06 October 2012 from 10:00 – 12:00.  During this event, Abrakadabra’s students, as well as their parents will have the opportunity to flip through samples of great English books. From baby books to biology, first reading to fabulous fiction – young readers, and those who will soon become one, will adore the USBORNE collection.

During the Usborne-Party, the ABRAKADABRA-team will be available should parents have any questions regarding their language classes.   Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for a free trial class.

So there are two good reasons to head out to Abrakadabra on Saturday, 6 October in Gland, rue du Borgeadu (close to the COOP)!

Cannot make it out to Abrakadabra on Saturday? Moms-in-Vaud is hosting a Ladies Night Usborne Book Party later that week.