The summer is a good opportunity to continue practising languages.
Although holidays are for resting, summer is also a good opportunity to continue practising languages. There are endless and fun ways to do this. At Agora Sant Cugat International School we tell you all about them.
The benefits of studying more than one language during childhood are well known. But what we need to keep working on is the method of learning them so that they don’t get tired of doing it. So that they find it attractive. And many experts agree: play is once again the protagonist. It has been proven that play is the best vehicle for learning in childhood, so, in order to study any subject, there is nothing better than to do it through it. Especially if we are talking about early ages.
At Agora Sant Cugat International School we are very aware of languages: we offer a multilingual educational project, with linguistic immersion beyond English, which allows pupils to master the official languages of their place of residence along with English, French, German and Chinese. And the way we teach them: in addition to language immersion, we offer exchange programmes and cultural stays in England, Wales, Ireland, France, Austria, Portugal, Norway and the United States so that they can perfect their chosen language.
But now the summer holidays have arrived and, with them, the days of rest and the absence of routines. Although it is very necessary to disconnect from everything that the school year entails, it is important that the kids don’t lose the habit so that they don’t find it so hard to return to it in September and, also, so that they don’t forget all the knowledge they have acquired.
That’s why we believe that summer is a good opportunity to continue practising languages. And it’s great to practise it in a different way, away from theory classes, exams and exercises.
Fun ways to practise English in summer
The first way to continue practising languages in summer is a very traditional one: language camps. These usually take place during July and August and you can find monthly, fortnightly or weekly camps. It is possible for the child to stay with full board or only attend classes and programmed activities.
There is an ever-increasing range of options and you can even choose to take your child out of the house to attend one. In this way, they will work on their autonomy and socialisation.
In addition to them, there is the possibility of taking an exchange course outside their country of origin. An option adapted to adolescents and pre-adolescents that will nurture their way of seeing the world and their tolerance. However, the health pandemic and the security measures in place must be taken into account when deciding whether or not to opt for this option (at least for the time being).
There is also the possibility of enrolling children in summer private lessons with a specialised language teacher. They will be able to attend somewhere close to home and it is perfect to ensure that they are not completely disengaged from their routines. This will make it easier for them to go back to school.
Summer language games
Apart from the three options mentioned above, the best option is to use the game as a learning vehicle to continue practising languages in the summer.
You can play with your cousins, your friends or even with your family and strengthen your bond.
Here are some activities that will help your children practise languages during the summer:
- Readings and stories in the language they are practising will be your salvation: invite them to answer some activities afterwards about the reading.
- Family film session: A film session is always a good plan! As it is summer, you can play at creating a summer cinema if you have a terrace or garden. Of course, the film you choose will be in the original version, so you won’t forget everything you’ve learnt during the course.
- Let’s dance non-stop! Why don’t you propose to the group of friends to put songs on YouTube in the language they have to practice while they dance to the rhythm and sing the original lyrics?
- If you are holidaying somewhere where there are foreigners, invite your children to engage in simple conversations with them (always ensuring that they comply with sanitary measures). A good way of immersing your children in the language without neglecting their holidays.
- Also in the water. We propose a very simple game: throw different objects into the water and ask the children to get in and bring back the object you name. Of course, you will have to name it in the language you want to practise.