At Lango Asheville we teach three languages – French, Spanish, and Chinese to children between the ages of 18 months to 12 years old. Our classes are enriched with music, storybooks, games, cultural learning, and crafts. Our teachers are native speakers, or bilingual, and use a variety of proven methods to teach kids a foreign language. In order to achieve this objective Lango created an instructional approach – Adventure Learning© that draws on various language-instruction approaches, including the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Total Physical Response, and the Rassias Method. Each week our classes are structured around the “adventures” of Cosmo and the Lango Kids. These stories, illustrated in our Adventure Storybooks, extend into the classroom through our theme-based music,Adventure-Learning Challenges and problem-solving activities.
Lango Asheville public lessons consist of 45 minutes of instruction for 10 weeks,these classes are held in spring, fall and winter. Our summer session is only 5 weeks long. Our school classes are 30 minutes long for 10 weeks.
Our curriculum, meanwhile, is broken into three age groups which are based on children’s typical developmental levels: toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary children.
Toddler and Caregiver: Children in this class don't sit still for long! Accompanied by parents or caregivers, these young "students" (ages 1 1/2 to 3 years) start learning a new language through a variety of activities designed to engage their minds and bodies. Students become great friends with Cosmo the Bulldog, participating in his crazy adventures right alongside him and his friends, the Lango Kids. Music and movement form the foundation for the classes, as the children sing simple, rhythmic songs and dance, run, spin and jump around the room! Meanwhile, our teachers work with the accompanying adults, teaching them age-appropriate games and activities so that they can reinforce learning at home. These classes are great for parents and caregivers who want to learn a new language alongside their children!
Preschoolers: Fun and play form the foundation for our preschooler’s foreign language classes. Within two or three classes, kids ages 3-5 learn key phrases in their new language through simple, repeated songs and chants. Meanwhile, they become familiar with more complex aspects of the language by engaging in "adventures," tactile and movement-based games that require them to solve simple problems - in their new language, of course! These adventures, starring the Lango Kids, our multicultural cast of characters, take students to other lands and cultures to ensure that their language instruction is combined with cultural exposure. Preschooler foreign language classes are great for kids who are enrolled in preschool, but have not yet started kindergarten. Preschool classes are also available as an in-school option.
Elementary: Our elementary students learn their new languages through adventures, activities that require increasing levels of engagement and understanding over time, and that reward kids with a feeling of accomplishment. A simple literacy component ensures that these students not only listen, speak, sing and play in their new language, but read and write as well. Elementary classes will be sub-divided by age/grade based upon students enrolled.