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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

Workshop: Raising Multilingual Children

Know-it-all passport presents the popular and dynamic workshop Raising Multilingual Children: Foreign Language Acquisition and Children by world-renowned specialist in education and neuroscience, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Ph.D.

Tracey is half Japanese-American, half Irish-Native American and is married to an Ecuadorian. Her 3 children aged 19, 17 and 15 speak fluent English, Spanish and German and some French.

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, author of “Raising Multilingual Children” and 5 other books on the brain and learning, is visiting Switzerland to present her dynamic workshops.

There are Ten Key Factors which influence every student’s success with new languages:

  1. Timing
  2. Aptitude
  3. Motivation
  4. Strategy
  5. Consistency
  6. Opportunity
  7. Language Typology
  8. Siblings
  9. Gender
  10. Hand-use

Each person will combine these “ingredients” together in their own unique “recipe” for learning. This workshop will familiarize teachers and parents with the factors and suggest tools for enhancing those which are shaped in the school context.

Tracey will explain how children learn languages and answer your questions. For example:

  • Is it ok to have 2, 3, 4 languages at the same time or is it better for children to learn languages consecutively?
  • When should my child/children learn multiliteracy skills?
  • Who should speak what in order to maximize the best language skills?
  • Should I learn a foreign language alongside my child/children?
  • I have raised my child multilingually and it has worked so far, but now my child is growing up and I have questions about identity, literacy, strategy, etc.

Come with your own questions and be prepared to share your own concerns about the best way to raise multilingual children.

  • 18:00 Registration and welcome drink
  • 18:30-20:00 Ten key factors which influence every student’s success with new languages
  • 20:00-20:30 Break with drinks and food
  • 20:30-21:45 How children learn languages and Q&A
  • 22:00 end

The workshop will take place in four locations across Geneva, Vaud and in the Valais:


  • VERBIER, 13 November 2012
  • LAUSANNE, 14 November 2012
  • GENEVA, 15 November 2012
  • ZURICH, 16 November 2012

Reserve early as spaces are limited. Please check the Know-it-All Passport Webpage for more details or to register.

Don’t let this opportunity pass by!