Because childhood is probably the most favorable period for learning , Babylangues offers you services adapted to the age of your children, their schedule, their pace of life and YOUR pace of life!
From daily childcare to the weekly workshop , we have a formula adapted to your needs, whether you are a French-speaking, bi-cultural family, a monolingual or multilingual family, returning from expatriation or in preparation for expatriation .
Today present in 18 cities in France Babylangues offers all its know-how in 10 different languages and offers services adapted to the tastes and schedules of each: childcare in English for school outings or on Wednesdays , in shared custody or not, from once a week to 6 times a week, in English but also in Spanish, Chinese, German, Italian, etc., all including innovative educational content that fits into the daily lives of children. From the weekly fun workshop to daily childcare, including "Lunchbreak English" or "Morning English", Babylangues allows children to experience foreign languages in their daily lives, in a fun and interactive way, according to a communicative approach favoring human interaction.
The earlier, more frequent and repeated language exposure, the closer the acquisition mechanisms are to those of the child's mother tongue.
We know that learning a so-called foreign language is greatly facilitated before the age of 7 because it is at this period of life that the mechanisms for acquiring a foreign language cease to be similar to those mother tongue. The earlier and more repeated the language exposure, the better able the child will be to reproduce the sounds, stress and melody of a second language. In fact, babies are all born with an ability to discern all the sounds of foreign languages, in their smallest details and specificities. It is moreover this ability to hear and therefore to reproduce the sounds of so-called foreign languages that allows learning and mastery .
Over time, this ability diminishes - and eventually dies out - if exposure to these extraneous sounds is not sustained. The brain comes to “sort” the sounds which are not necessary for the child in its environment and this, in order to concentrate on the “useful” sounds of its mother tongue. This partly explains why it is so difficult to learn a foreign language once you are an adult. The older the child, the more he is affected by “phonological deafness”, that is to say the less he hears the sounds of languages that are not part of his daily life. We verify these observations day after day in our work with children: the younger the children, the better their pronunciation of English phonemes.
* in particular the studies conducted by professors Andrea Mechelli (University College London), April Benisach (Rutgers University), Elizabeth Peal and Wallace Lambert (Mc Gill University, Montreal), Ellen Bialystok (York University, Canada), Patricia Kuhl (University of Washington).