Multilingual Education

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Multilingualism refers to the use of two or more languages by an individual speaker. It is quickly becoming a social phenomenon headed by the needs of cultural openness and globalization in our modern world.
A multilingual person is someone who can communicate in more than one language, either actively (through speaking, writing, or signing) or passively (through listening, reading, or perceiving).

Here in Todo Niños we want to provide our children with as much exposure to different languages as possible so they are prepared for a society that is ever changing and diversifying.

Whilst our two primary working languages in Todo Niños are English and Spanish, we also introduce all of our students Mandarin and aspire that they reach a level of basic comprehension in this language during their education with us.

In Todo Niños we see the development of multilingual skills as having numerous benefits for our children as regards their intellectual, social and emotional development. Learning several languages increases cognitive ability, improving the mind’s capacity to solve both academic and social problems, and fine tuning its aural receptors.

Language training in young children is particularly important as once we reach the age of 7/8 years, our capability to register new and unfamiliar sounds or tones decreases and thus in Todo Niños we provide our young students with every possible opportunity to enrich their language education.

Multilingualism has been proven most effective when methods focus primarily on aural training. A language is best introduced through listening so as to avoid translation by the child. In Todo Niños we aim that our students acquire language skills naturally and without truly realising they are doing so.

Our methods are interactive and fun: from experience we know that languages are best acquired through games, songs, visual resources, theatre techniques and stimulation of a child’s imagination.

We guarantee that Todo Niños students love learning and have a positive approach to language and diversity from the moment they begin our multilingual programme.

We follow the Foundation Stages of the British National Curriculum with its Six Early Learning Goals.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Mathematical Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

We provide a balanced curriculum to meet the needs of all children. This curriculum ensures that the children learn through a variety of fun and meaningful play experiences. Classroom areas (known as “corners”) are supplied with materials that are carefully selected to encourage personal discovery and creativity in the areas of art, language, maths, life science, and pre-reading. We treat each child as an individual, taking into account their needs, their age, and their previous experience.

Monthly topics are chosen to address both the Foundation Stage’s Six Early Learning Goals and second language acquisition. Instruction includes ample use of songs, games, stories and discovery play.

The children have fun learning under the direction of teachers who hold Qualified Teacher Status, the highest recognition awarded by the British education system to ensure the best quality of educators.

How do we ensure that children are prepared academically in spanish and also have their intelligence stimulated?

At Todo Niños Nursery School, we move many of the objectives corresponding to the following school year a year forward. We do this at all ages, so their level of knowledge and academic preparedness is always excellent when they move on to primary school. To ensure that they can read, write, add, subtract, etc. when they complete their education at Todo Niños, we begin working with our children from the age of 18 months, stimulating their abilities in the different areas of knowledge.

These are some of the stimulation techniques we use each day:

-Early Stimulation Techniques:

  • Intelligence bits (images, words, quantities, etc.)
  • Experimental and creative activities
  • Language activities and development

-Sensory stimulation:

  • Listening to music: Classical music.
  • Cooking workshops.
  • Motor skills games.

-Fine and gross psychomotor skill development.
-Graphomotor skills.
-Reading and writing.
-Introduction to maths.
-Attention and memory development.
-Computer user skills (with the best educational software)

We would be delighted to explain each of these techniques in detail during an interview with you at our centres.

Chinese Mandarin is a tonal language in which the same combinations of vowels and consonants can be pronounced in totally different ways, and this is much easier to learn when children are young.

The tonal character of Chinese means students use their right hemisphere of the brain, which is associated with emotions, senses and creativity. For our early learners at Todo Niños we see this very creative and emotional development tool as fundamental.

Every week our students are taught by a native Mandarin teacher who introduces them to the basic concepts of the language through interactive games, videos, art activities, songs and storytelling. Students learn about Chinese culture and heritage in a fun and educationally stimulating manner.

Our aim is that Todo Niños students are introduced to the Chinese language and become familiar and comfortable with it during their time with us. We do not expect them to achieve levels of fluency in verbal communication, but rather to develop an ‘ear for the language’ and an appreciation of its importance in the world.