The method

Why do children at Kids&Us start learning English during their first year of life?

We believe that each child possesses infinite potential. As far as language is concerned, ‘when a child is born, they are as well-equipped for language learning as a bird is to fly’. If first language acquisition begins from the moment a child first hears the language, what is the point of waiting to expose them to a second or third language?  We ought to take advantage of their natural abilities.

 

Kids&Us uses a methodology for learning English that is rooted firmly in the natural process of language acquisition, which never fails and follows a specific and natural order of development.

  • listen
  • understand
  • speak
  • read
  • write

Would it be possible for a child to learn their mother tongue without ever having heard it before?

Given that the first contact babies have with their mother tongue is auditory, how can we expect them to learn English without having significant auditory input? Clearly, the language acquisition process starts long before a child can speak. That is why Kid&Us offers children the opportunity to start assimilating a new language from their very first year of life through means of daily contact with the language and total immersion in the classroom.

How does a child come to understand their mother tongue?

After listening to the same combinations of words at different times and in different contexts, a child ends up associating the words with an object or a concept.  This is the initial step towards comprehending the language.

Parents speak to their children naturally, using a wide range of words, expressions and phrases, and various tenses in their communication. With this in mind, Kids&Us recreates this dynamic with our students by exposing them to authentic use of the language and treating the children as potential native speakers of this second language.

When does a child start speaking?

A child only learns to speak after having listened to a great deal of words and phrases and having started to understand their meanings. Speaking is a natural consequence of listening and comprehension. Therefore, after the children know what a word means, we create situations that provide them with the opportunity to verbalise everything they have learnt.

Would we ever give our children a book to read in our mother tongue before

they can speak the language?

Reading is a consequence that occurs after listening, understanding and speaking. Of all the language skills we possess, reading and writing are probably the two least instinctive abilities that we have. Starting with reading and writing as a means of learning a language is unnatural. It is like trying to get a bird to fly before it has spread its wings.

 

We don’t start writing our mother tongue without first having started listening, understanding and speaking.

Writing is putting our thoughts down on paper. In order to reach this stage of the linguistic development, it is essential to have mastered the previous three skills.

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