English for young learners ¦ Anglais pour enfants
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 email@example.com. We’ll show you that learning English has never been more convenient.
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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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“
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
(In English only)
Homographs are words with the same spelling but with different meanings AND pronunciation. This term has Greek roots: homo means the same, while graph means writing. Many of you probably learned read (present tense-bare infinitive) and read (past tense form) early on in your English way to success. Close vs Close is less widely known.
Say it with a “zzzzz” sound: /kləʊz/
When “close” means the opposite of “open”, as to open and close something, please pronounce the ending as a “z.” For example, a closed [z] door.
Examples of /kləʊz/:
- I closed my emails. /z/
- The case has been closed. /z/
- The meeting drew to a close. /z/
- Many stores have closed down and gone out of business in the recent years. /z/
Say it with an “ssssss” sound: /kləʊs/
When “close” refers to a distance, either in the concrete sense (as meters, kilometers…) or in a less easily defined notion of space and time (relationships, position), say the ending as an “s”. For example: a close [s] working relationship.
Examples of /kləʊs/:
- The shopkeeper stood close to the cash register. /s/
- Our chalet is close to the slopes. /s/
- We are close friends. /s/
- This experience will remain close to my heart. /s/
Are you ready to test your skills? Go!
Building blocks of life
Words are the building blocks of life. We become the very person we are today based on words: those that we have heard, read and believed about ourselves.
In an English Language Learning (ELL) context, book reading is often associated with advanced level students, mostly adults. Although it is extremley important for high-level English students to read and write extensively, children’s literature is also an important segment of English language learning. Using children’s books for ELL has numerous benefits for students, regardless of their age and level.
But students’ age and English level must be taken into consideration, when choosing appropriate books, writing lesson plans and preparing to teach.
The rule of thumb
In our teachers’ experience, a rule of thumb is: The younger the students are, the more illustrations they will need to keep them interested and help them learn new vocabulary in context. Also, the younger they are, the simpler and shorter and more repetitive the stories should be. It’s perfectly normal to read a book 5, 10, or more times!
Although every teacher has his or her favorite books, some of the most popular ones for very young beginners are: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. “The Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss is excellent for teaching opposites and irregular plurals.
For intermediate young learners, “The Eye Book” and “The Ear Book” by Dr. Seuss may be a good choice.
“Green Eggs and Ham” or “The Cat in the Hat” by the same author are suitable for advanced young learners, in many teachers’ opinions.
Reading is important, whether you are a teacher reading to your students or a parent reading to your children, in your first language or a foreign language they learn at school.
Reading books aloud to our children and students will help them expand their vocabulary, cultivate their imagination and prepare them for autonomous reading and writing.
Read to your children. Read with your children. But most importantly, set a good example by reading yourself.
Go throw your TV sets away
In the words of Roald Dahl, a British novelist, short story writer and poet (1916 – 1990), from his children’s book „Charlie and the Chocolate Factory “published in 1964:
„So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books.“
From all of us at Languages and More, enjoy your reading!
Bake, sing and play
We hope you are enjoying the holiday season! While you are baking cookies with your kids, you can sing some traditional English songs and rhymes. Rhythm and repetition in songs helps children learn new words faster.
“Pat-a-cake” is one of the oldest rhymes in the English language. In place of the letter “b” in the word “baby”, you can put the first letter of your child’s name.
“Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man, bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Pat it and roll it and mark it with a B, and put it in the oven for Baby and me.
Make it with chocolate, make it with cream, make it the prettiest you’ve ever seen.
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man, bake me a cake as fast as you can,
Have fun baking, singing and learning!
Your Languages and More Team