Spanish for Children

Tips to Achieve a Top Grade in the Spanish GCSE Writing Exam

This summer is the first set of the new style Spanish GCSE exam. The new “higher” tier exam involves three questions. You are given two options for the first two questions.

The first question is to write approximately 90 words responding to 4 bullet points. This may be in the style of a letter to a friend or an email.

The second question is a longer, more open written task of approximately 150 words in which you only have 2 compulsory bullet points to respond to. This could be a blog article, an email or an article for a magazine.

The third question is a translation from English into Spanish of a minimum of 50 words.

Tips to get top marks

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BilinguaSing – unique French & Spanish preschool music class

Babies, toddlers & parents love it!

Logo scaledBilinguasing is an Award winning singing, music and movement class for parents, babies, toddlers to preschool children in Stamford, Oakham, Deeping, Oundle and Peterborough. We know that music, movement and sensory experiences are fundamental to baby and child development, which is why at BilinguaSing we teach languages in a unique way – purely through music! Continue reading

Hiring a private tutor – a wise investment of time and money!

Passing exams with flying coloursAn increasing number of parents with children in both state and private schools are “topping-up” their child’s education with private tuition. There are two main reasons why people hire a private tutor for their child; it may be that their child is struggling with a particular subject in school or is underperforming. On the other hand the student may already excel in a subject but needs to fine-tune their revision or exam technique to ensure that they obtain their first choice of university. Here are our top 5 benefits from hiring a private tutor:

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How can I help my child learn a foreign language?

Maybe you are planning a holiday in a foreign country or perhaps you have family or friends living abroad and want to learn the language to communicate easily. You may think that because you aren’t fluent in a language you won’t be able to teach your child, however, it isn’t difficult to learn a few of the basics as you go along. Besides, learning about another language and culture together is an excellent way to spend quality time as a family.

Read on for tips on helping your and your child learn another language. Find links to the best language learning resources available today.

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Why should children start learning languages early?

Many adults wish they had started learning a language as a child when their brains were more able to absorb new information. Scientific research has proven that when we are young our brains are programmed to picking up new languages more easily. Babies and children are like sponges and absorb everything they see and hear around them. Read on to see why the earlier we introduce children to a foreign language, the better. Continue reading

All children from seven are to learn languages from 2014

Here at Viva Languages we are really excited about the announcement this year by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, that all children from the age of seven are to be taught a foreign language from 2014. This is welcome news since according to recent official figures one in ten state primary schools do not offer any language lessons and a further 20 per cent only offer it to some year groups. Continue reading

Tips on helping your child learn a foreign language

Why should my child learn another language?

Research shows that children who speak another language perform better across all academic subjects. They are more confident, creative, have better problem-solving skills and more cultural awareness – invaluable in today’s multicultural society. School leavers with knowledge of foreign languages stand much better chances of getting better jobs as today’s global marketplace means multilingual staff are in great demand. Continue reading

Feliz Día del Padre (Happy Father’s Day)

Hoy tengo que decirte Papá (Today I have to tell you Dad)

Listen to the Spanish Father’s Day song, “Hoy tengo que decirte Papá” on YouTube

Hoy tengo que decirte Papá / Today I have to tell you Dad,
El tiempo nada cambiará / Time won’t change anything
Estaremos siempre juntos / We will always be together
Todo el tiempo sin parar. / All the time, without stopping. Continue reading

Fun Spanish games – keep the kids entertained and help them learn Spanish!

Shopping role play in Spanish

The best age to learn a language is when you are young – ideally between birth and the age of 7. This is when children absorb new words most easily. Make learning fun so that it is not seen as a chore. Introduce fun activities into everyday life – foods, colours, numbers, and clothes. Here are two tried and tested ways that I use to help children from 4 years old to learn useful Spanish for everyday situations. All you need is to learn some basic Spanish first. Children have so much fun they don’t even realise they are learning a foreign language! Continue reading

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