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Lingua Natal programs have been changing the way children experience learning and acquiring fluency in second and third languages since 1993.
Lingua Natal offers full immersion programs in Spanish, French and Mandarin for children ages 1 to 12.
- Year Round (Beginner to Proficiency)
- Camps (Summer, Winter and Spring)
- Home Groups
- Tutoring for Middle and High school students
- Hummingbirds (Parent Participation) —children 14-18 months & 18-24 months
- Doves (Pre-Preschool) - children ages 2 to 3
- Swans - Children ages 3 & 4 (including complete Preschool program)
- Nightingales - Children ages 4 & 5 (including complete Pre-K program)
- Eagles - Children ages 5 to 7 (Beginners to Proficiency)
- Falcons - Children ages 8 to 12 (Beginners to Proficiency)
To see the schedules of programs available near you and to register please go to our Classes & Products page.
Students of all ages acquire second and third language skills through the mediums of art, hands on science, hands on geography, music, cultural games, theater and cultural songs.
Lingua Natal has systematically structured its language instruction curriculum since 1993 in eight levels of sequenced learning experiences.
Lingua Natal s curriculum provides a unique framework for achieving fluency.
Our programs are for both the bilingual students as well as the beginners.
Lingua Natal programs are expanding to more and more neighborhoods and cities.
Please contact us if you wish to bring Lingua Natal programs to your school, neighborhood or city.
Lingua Natal has developed its own proprietary and unique curriculum framework called Origin™ that is based on the latest language acquisition theories, principles of full immersion and its strategies, neuroscience and cognitive psychology. The result of our work in the past 21 years is “fluency” in the shortest period of time.
Origin™ is a “natural approach” to teaching foreign languages, and optimizes the process for intuitive and automatic acquisition by children. With Origin™, language acquisition follows the same natural process of learning one’s mother language and moves infants through adults onto the path to fluency in the target language effortlessly.
The steps in the natural process are:
Origin™ asserts that to acquire a foreign language:
- Comprehension precedes speech production.
- Speech emerges as a “natural consequence” of comprehension.
- Speech production contains errors but gradually improves as reading and writing skills improve.
- Speech production emerges at varying stages.
- Programs are designed to guide children from beginner to fluency by age 12.
- Students acquire foreign languages by living them.
- Carefully sequenced learning experiences.
- Multi-sensory, interdisciplinary, stress free and full immersion learning environments.
- Age- and skill-level appropriate programs.
- Children have the opportunity to develop simultaneously and naturally both native and second language skills.
- The natural “process” of acquisition is respected at all stages of language development.
For more information on our methodology, teacher training, and our foreign language consulting click here.
Lena and Lingua Natal,
Thank you so much for all the years of french instruction for my three children. They have thrived in all areas of their education secondary to this. They were confident and skilled once they started language classes in their Middle School. Their french teachers have been so impressed with their language skills learned from your program. The oldest have tested proficient in French for Harvard and Georgetown Universities. They are on to learning Arabic and Italian. They know how to learn languages and accept the challenges. Each has placed themselves in total immersion situations to keep learning.
-Maureen M. (parent)
We are overjoyed! My daughter loves Spanish Class. The teachers are amazing!!! She's so happy going there and we just love hearing her break out in to Spanish at home. She sings songs in Spanish and it is wonderful. We really feel we've made the best decision to give her this gift that will last her a lifetime.
-Tori Ann (parent)
I think it goes without saying that learning a second (or third, etc!) language at an early age has benefits that go far beyond simply being able to speak and interact with other peoples and cultures on a different level. So for us, it wasn't a matter of 'whether' we would have our son attend a school to learn another language(s), but more about picking the right one.
We did a lot of research, and really dove into the curriculum and teaching styles of the various schools in San Diego. I truly believe we found the very best in Lingua Natal. And after three years of our son attending Lingua Natal, we continue to be thrilled by his development and love of his classes. Lingua Natal has a very unique and natural way of helping the children become fluent in a language (vs. having them memorize bunch of flashcards or vocab words). A lot of schools are out to show "how much the child has learned" using these methods, but rote memorization shortchanges the actual learning and fluency of a language.
Lastly, we're glad to have taken advantage of the "golden window" of language acquisition (ages 1-8). Many schools don't start introducing another language, in a meaningful way, until the tail end of that period, and sometimes even later. This is a shame, because at an early age, kids can acquire multiple languages with such ease. Our son, at age 4, has far surpassed our knowledge/fluency of Spanish and has prompted us to look for adult classes. No doubt the learning will be much harder for us.
-Kerri H. (parent)
I can’t remember exactly when I started or for how long I worked with Lena at Kidschool (now Lingua Natal) all I know is that it was a HUGE part of my childhood and has helped me immensely to get where I am today. I started at Kidschool at a very young age and have fond memories of the people I met in my classes, the activities we would do and the songs that we sang to help us learn (I still have most of them memorized even today).
I didn't realize what a precious gift I was given until later when my knowledge of Spanish and French and my interest in foreign language and diversity really began to set me aside from my peers. It took me a while to realize how lucky I was to grasp languages so easily and I loved my language electives in school. I felt encouraged to explore other languages and confident when it came to using them in work and social situations.
Lena encouraged students to begin at a young age and to learn multiple languages at once. The benefit this gave me was the ability to jump from one language to another and to use correct pronunciation and accents.
-Dayna W. (former student)
I see how much my daughter has progressed. She speaks now after Spanish class in Spanish all afternoon with her sister. For her birthday she sang Happy Birthday in Chinese . Everybody was surprised, even her Chinese friend!
-Sarah R. (parent)
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