Songs, games, crafts, and stories – there is no better way to introduce kids to the world of English.
Date and time: 23 to 26 April 2019
Age: 4 to 8 year olds
Location: Chemin Tornay 1, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex
Registration: Book right away below, or take the time to read the FAQs and more here.
English workshops for teens: A fun and educational activity during Easter Break to review key English basics through interactive content and conversation.
For 13 to 17 year olds. Workshops take place in Grand-Saconnex. Details and registration are below.
If you decide to study or do your homework in the airport lobby, in the doctor’s waiting room or during your train ride to work, our English exercises and reading materials are at your fingertips
In today’s world, learning English online proves to be one of the fastest, most efficient and cost-effective ways to study the language. Advanced speaking and writing skills will give you a head start in the business world, where English is considered to be a modern-day lingua franca.
In our online English courses, we combine the best of both worlds.
Thanks to the webcam, you will have your personal English tutor in your home or office at the time of your convenience. Thanks to our e-learning platforms www.languagesandmore.com/go and www.ohyes.ch, your lessons will be interesting, interactive and available to you – any time, any place.
If you decide to study or do your homework in the airport lobby, in the doctor’s waiting room or during your train ride to work, our English exercises and reading materials are at your fingertips.
We live in a busy world and often struggle to find enough time for our personal and professional development. This is why many people, who try to learn English or other languages independently, simply give up. No one is there to motivate them, gently push them through when both time and energy for learning seem to be lacking and help them through difficult times. Our trainers are highly skilled and experienced professionals and they will be there for you, every step of the way.
We offer you the following online courses:
– International Communication Course – for professionals, students, and globetrotters! Improve your English language skills and learn about different cultures around the world. Level B1-C1.
– Elementary English Course, level A1
– Beginner English Course, level A2
– English Basics Course, level A2-B1
– Young Learners English, for children and teenagers from 4 to 17 years old, from zero beginners to native speakers
– Exam preparation for adults and children (YLE Starters, Movers, Flyers, KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE)
– BookWaves Conversational Course and English Book Club, level B1-C2
– On-demand English training and tutoring for all levels
– Holiday workshops
In all of our courses, we combine interactive online content (videos, reading materials, exercises, games) with live, small-group lessons led by our teachers. This approach to online learning is proven to provide you with language and learning interaction and feedback and help you with discipline, motivation and focus. You will be practicing your new English skills while interacting with your teachers and peers. During the free trial-lesson, your teacher will discuss your needs and goals with you, will check your level of English and together you will find the best way to build your English language skills and confidence.
To book one or more of our online courses, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll show you that learning English has never been more convenient.
Speaking English at a workable level is very important, while speaking it at native or near-native level makes a true difference
In our globalized world, English has become a “bridge language” or “lingua franca” that has connected the people of the world through trade, culture, and diplomacy. Although Mandarin Chinese and Spanish are two of the most spoken languages in the world in terms of the number of native speakers – 960 and 570 million respectively, compared to an estimated 360 million native speakers of English, a total of 1,6 billion speak English as a first, second (ESL) or third language.
So, one could say that if you want the world to listen—you need to say it in English.
What is the future of English?
“Native speakers may feel the language ‘belongs’ to them, but it will be those who speak English as a second or foreign language who will determine its world future”, predicts David Graddol, a British linguist, who has worked in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and history of linguistics, in his research “The Future of English”.
But with one in four learners already speaking it at a “useful” level, is learning English still as good of a time-and-money investment? What if other languages provide a better chance to distinguish oneself in the competitive business field?
It all comes down to mastery. Although speaking English at a workable level is very important, speaking it at native or near-native level—perfecting pronunciation, idioms, and even a local slang—makes a true difference that can distinguish you as a professional in the ever-changing world of today.
Learn English for business and education
Furthermore, near-native level of English could give you access to a better education, whether it be at world-famous universities such as Oxford or MIT, or through one of many free online courses that can teach you anything from computer science to the science of the Solar System.
English has been referred to as “the language of business”, and if you have ambitions to grow your business and become an international businessperson, it is essential that you not only speak English fluently but to read it and write it as well. We highly recommend you take a look at our course “Writing professional and private emails and leaving voice messages” at www.languagesandmore.com/go
Learn English for pleasure and entertainment
Also, you’ll be able to enjoy works by some of the world’s most famous writers in their language. “The original is unfaithful to the translation”, said a world-renowned Argentinian poet Jorge Luis Borges and although there are some amazing translators out there, translation rarely does a writer true justice. If you master the English language, you can look forward to enjoying anything from the classical works of William Shakespeare, Jane Austin, and George Orwell, to modern-day classics such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones”. If you like reading in English and meeting interesting people from all over the world, our online BookWaves Club—where a book club meets an advanced conversational course—might be the right choice for you. Learn more about the course here.
And there’s more: When you’re fluent in English, you get more from popular culture. We all know that the most popular movies, called blockbusters, are made in Hollywood and needless to say, they are made in English. If you speak English proficiently, you won’t have to rely on fast-paced subtitles or often annoying movie synchronization. We’d all like to listen to an original George Clooney speak, right? Plus, say goodbye to humming your favorite pop-rock songs—now you’ll be able to sing along because you’ll understand the words!
And don’t forget that you’ll be able to attend international conferences and enjoy networking with delegates from different countries! You never know when or where you can meet your new client or business partner! If you add the fact that English is also the language of the Internet, being the number one language in terms of connected users (according to InternetWorldStats) and the top language for content (according to W3Techs), one could definitely say that this language is an absolute must for each competent Internet user.
“A man who knows two languages is worth two men”
Learning English is a challenge and it takes dedication and perseverance to reach a good level of fluency. But, as it goes with each challenge in life, the fruits we reap are well worth the effort. English will help you experience new cultures, meet new friends, improve your business, develop life skills and, most importantly, grow your confidence. As an old French proverb goes: “A man who knows two languages is worth two men”.
Languages and More is a language school and language advisory center based in Geneva, Switzerland. We offer a wide variety of online courses, such as English for Young Learners, Email Writing Course, and BookWaves Club—conversational course for advanced learners of English.
You can reach us at email@example.com and learn more about our courses at www.languagesandmore.com and www.languagesandmore.com/go. Follow us on Facebook, at Languages and More in Geneva, on Twitter @languagesgva and on Instagram @languagesandmore.
Look at Picture A (top) and Picture B (bottom). Then, scroll below and slide the bar in the center of the second set of pictures to check your answers!
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What if there is a way to meet new people, take part in engaging conversations AND improve your foreign language skills?
Would you like to try out “an original concept: read books and practice English, while chatting about it with interesting people from various parts of the world.”? This is what Marija, one of the Book Waves Course participants, said about our new course.
Another participant, Jugana, wrote: I was very excited about our first English session in your virtual classroom. Now I can say it was very useful and motivating experience for me. It was great fun talking English and meeting other interesting participants. I also realized that there were some words I didn’t know, although I understood the meaning of the sentences. So I would say, more sessions would be beneficial for me. Next time I should note the words or just ask immediately what they mean.
What if, sometimes, you just need a friendly ear, somebody to talk to about the things that matter to you? What if, sometimes, you just feel like having an interesting, funny, conversation? What if, sometimes you would like to meet new friends, but you’re simply too busy or tired to go to social gatherings?
What if you could have it all? What if there is a way to meet new people, take part in engaging conversations AND improve your foreign language skills?
Our new offer, Book Waves: English as a second language Book Club, might be just the right course for you.
We meet every Saturday at 9 am or Wednesday at 9 pm, in our virtual classroom, to have a morning coffee or tea and talk about books and poetry that we’ve been reading (or writing ourselves!), to share interesting news articles, a recipe for Sunday roast or your granny’s famous apple pie, or just about any piece of text that we feel like sharing with others.
We take turns in reading our excerpts and then talk about them. After the lesson, each participant gets a written summary of the lesson, by email.
We are becoming friends and learning to share our interests, views, hopes, and dreams with people from all over the world, in a secure and friendly environment. We are expanding our knowledge and worldviews, learning from our peers. We practice English or French reading, speaking, enunciation (the way of articulating words clearly) and pronunciation skills.
In our last session, we hosted learners from three different countries (Switzerland, Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina), with different backgrounds but a shared love for literature and English language.
We simply have a great time together.
And this is how it goes:
—Meetings: Every Saturday, from 9 to 10 am, or every Wednesday from 9 to 10 pm (you choose the preferred option. Different days and hours are available upon request). You join us online, from the comfort of your home (or your holiday home or a hotel room if you’re traveling).
—What is required: Level of English from B1 to C2. The group is open to participants 18 years old and above, due to the nature of the group, where different reading and discussion topics may arise.
—What you need: Stable internet connection, speakers, and a microphone enabled on your mobile or laptop/desktop device.
—What you prepare: Any text up to 250 words. It can be an excerpt from a novel, a poem, a news article, a culinary recipe, just about anything you like – or dislike – but feel strongly about it and would like to talk about it and share it with the group.
We work in small groups, with just three participants, two students, and a teacher/facilitator. The teacher also shares his/her reading contribution with the group.
—The aim of the course: To improve the participants’ vocabulary, diction and grammar. To practice active, real world listening and improve reading skills. To facilitate genuine, student-driven discussions, as opposed to text-driven discussions. To help students make connections between the books (articles, etc.), themselves, their cultures and the world. To promote reading for pleasure and authentic conversation. To build communities around their reading groups and make new friends.
By the end of the course:
The participants will have increased levels of reading for pleasure, expand their vocabularies, diction, and pronunciation in English/French, practice higher-order thinking skills, such as analyzing and evaluating stories (news articles, poems, etc.) and the ideas in them, in class discussions.
Why join the course?
In this book club, topics are learner-generated and the discussion is completely natural. Students realize how enjoyable and helpful reading in English/French can be. They begin to look within themselves for ideas, opinions, and ways to share them with others in a more natural way.
Also, as adult learners become competent readers in English or French, they can enjoy fiction, newspapers, magazines and other reading materials at home, acting as reading role models for their children.
Please, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn more about the course and register for the free trial session! The wonderful world of literature, laughter and proactive, student-driven language learning is waiting for you!
Your Languages and More Team
For a long time now, listening to popular songs and watching TV-shows in English has been a proven method to expand learners’ vocabulary
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a famous reindeer that first appeared in 1939 in the coloring book that was written by an American, Robert L.May, and published by the Chicago-based department store Montgomery Ward.
Rudolph is usually depicted as a young reindeer with a glowing red nose, the lead reindeer pulling Santa Clause’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. Although his friends laugh at Rudolph’s luminous red nose, its brightness lights the team’s path through harsh winter weather.
The history of Rudolph
The first cartoon “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was broadcast in 1948. The famous song under the same title was written by Johnny Marks, May’s brother-in-law, and first broadcast the following year. Some of the legendary American singers, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and Dean Martin, sang this well-loved holiday song in the years to come.
It helps you learn
For a long time now, listening to popular songs and watching TV-shows in English has been a proven method to expand learners’ vocabulary.
So, this holiday season, you might decide to watch cartoons with your children or listen to this all-time favorite American holiday classic, all available on YouTube.
As always, parental guidance is advised on the Internet.
A bit of holiday grammar
We wouldn’t be teachers if we didn’t bring up a tiny bit of grammar into the holiday cheer: The plural form of the noun reindeer is the same as the singular form (and the same applies for deer). Rudolph is, therefore a red-nosed reindeer with lots of reindeer friends.
Also, the verb broadcast is commonly used as “broadcast” in the past form and past participle as well, therefore: This cartoon is broadcast every year in December. It broadcast for the first time in the 1940s. However, less often, the past form broadcasted is used as well.
We hope you’ll enjoy the story of Rudolph, an essential part of the American holiday season.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, from all of us at Languages and More!
Languages and More School and Language Advisory Center offers you English and French courses for children and adults, from zero-beginners to native and native-like levels. Our team of seasoned teachers can help you learn English and French long-distance as well, using our custom-designed online learning platform and Skype.
Find our online platform at https://languagesandmore.com/go/ and sign up for English courses for children and adults. Our newest offer is the Email Writing Course, which will help you learn how to write perfect business and private emails. If you sign up by the end of the year, you will get a special price of only 50 CHF for a lifetime access! You can follow us on Twitter @languagesgva, on Facebook at Languages and More in Geneva and on Instagram at languagesandmore. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lyrics
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glows
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games
Then one foggy Christmas eve Santa came to say,
“Rudolph with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then how the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
You’ll go down in history“
Match the English and German cards. Then, the French translation will appear!
October is time for magic. Colourful leaves, roasted chestnuts, long, rainy nights and of course – Halloween! I must admit that I’ve felt a bit of that magic since I first started teaching English to children online through our e-learning platform and Virtual Classroom.
Skype lessons for young children
From the first day on, I’ve been privileged to “fly” into their homes, their living rooms and studies, not necessarily as a Halloween witch with a pointy hat (that’s not how you want your students to see you), but rather as a modern-times Mary Poppins. Minus the umbrella.
As Mary Poppins used to say: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.”
Convenient for everyone involved
That’s how I like to teach. One huge benefit of guided online learning is focus and flexibility. The student and the teacher access interactive content on GO, our e-learning platform. The teacher, parents and children regularly decide on when to meet. Your lessons can be in the morning or in the evening, during holidays and travels, come rain or shine or when one of you has a cold.
An element of fun
As a teacher, I’ll plan and prepare the day’s topic which includes specific sets of activities. Our learners are surprisingly focused – that’s part of the magic of distance learning. I think this may be because neither the teacher nor the student can afford to be distracted – we are not in the same room.
Sometimes, your student, in a flash, wants to know more about, let’s say, dinosaurs from “The Land Before Time” animated film. Fantastic! It’s easy to make them happy! Just quickly search the Internet and find all you need to know about Littlefoot (Apatosaurus), Ducky (Saurolophus) or Spike (Stegosaurus). Then share your screen, like magic.
I was surprised by their focus and concentration
From there on, you’ll end up teaching anything from (pre)historic animals facts (“Apatosaurus was a herbivore”) to family relations (“Littlefoot is traveling to meet his grandparents”), or jobs (“People who make animated movies are called animators. And what would you like to do when you grow up?”). Lessons keep a natural spontaneity. Best of all, students can review at any time during the week, on their own or with a parent or sibling. We’ve had one boy play memory games with his grandfather.
Of course, each lesson is adapted to the student’s age and level of English (or any other language course). Another plus is that there is no software download, our virtual classroom is accessible in one click. Finally, each child’s learning area is private and secured with a login.
Rich and varied learning
This is why in my experience, language acquisition online with a live teacher is productive, highly effective, convenient, and easily accessible and fun – both for the student and the teacher.
October is time for magic. Give your little trick-or-treater a very special gift for this Halloween – a gift of distance-learning English lessons, with our highly qualified, experienced and motivated teachers!
Meet the teachers first – it’s easy
Visit us in our Virtual Office at www.appear.in/languagesandmore and meet the teachers – although you may wish to email us first at email@example.com, or to call in Switzerland at +41 78 883 93 76 (also on Viber and WhatsApp).
Candy is great for a trick-or-treater, but learning English is even sweeter. 😀
Hope to see you soon!