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Too many young students struggle and fail in their first or second year of learning a foreign language. Why and what to do? This article will answer your questions.
By: Joelle Petit Adkins, Savoir Faire Language Inst.
Do you have an 11 to 15 years old child? Then read on… Otherwise, pass this article to someone who has a Teen.
Next September or in a year or two, your child will be starting or continuing a second language. Most likely Spanish, French or Chinese…
Everything will be great the first 2 or 3 months. Your child, equipped with a amazing memory will succeed in taking quiz and tests, ease through his homework (often a simple worksheet) and life will be simple in the foreign language department.
Then comes the second quarter… this wonderful and amazing memory that helped your child through the first months will now be playing tricks on him and his tests will start to be less and less shinning… He is still doing his homework (the famous worksheet), he is still remembering what the teacher said in class… but what is happening now? Oh no! he doesn’t remember this word, or that one… and how do you correctly spell this verb? Can’t remember… anymore.
You see, because of his amazing memory, and because no one taught him how to study a foreign language, you child really never anchored the vocabulary, never really memorized (in a long term memory way) the rules that would help him now and later with his verbs… he did his worksheets nicely and on time, but never really “learned” the language. Like a house would crumble without foundations, your child is slowly failing his foreign language class.
This is when you and him look for a rescue plan…
Every year, dozens of your teen have to squeeze 2 or more hours of foreign language for several weeks of tutoring to avoid a low grade (in the best cases). We all work hard to bring back the missing links, it takes a lot of time, dedication and money.
This is definitely a way to do it…
However there are much better ways.
Based on our experience with the middle and high school students who come to us every year with the hope we will help them to regain some momentum we designed a one-week camp addressing most of the hidden challenges. Students who took the course in the previous years have enjoyed a trouble free, high grade and peace of mind the following year.
Don’t wait until your child is failing:
• It will affect his grades
• It will damage his self-esteem
• The task will be much more stressful
• It will be costly
• It will take a great deal of time and commitment from his part, but who is going to drive him to us? You will be also seriously impacted…
Get prepared now!
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Savoir Faire Language Institute offers group & private lessons to companies, individual adults & children in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese and Japanese. From your travel to the work place, you will be understood and you will understand!