In today's world, learning a foreign language is more
important than ever. Multiple studies have shown the benefits of doing
Language Tree, the top five reasons for learning a foreign language are:
- Better overall academic performance and higher standardized test scores1
- Improved cognitive, critical thinking, and creative abilities2
- Standing out in college entrance applications
- Greater competitive advantage in the global workplace3
- Stronger appreciation and understanding of other cultures4
Language Tree believes that the younger children start, the better. Children's
brains are like sponges and young learners possess the capacity to develop
near native pronunciation in a new language.
However, getting kids to study another language is not always easy.
Traditional language learning can be boring to kids if the emphasis is on
memorization of vocabulary and teachers rely solely on traditional tools
such as books, flash cards, and audio CDs. To engage children, you must
engage all of their senses, as well as their sense of fun.
has gone to great lengths to develop new and
innovative ways to make language learning enjoyable and to
help young learners quickly and effortlessly gain spoken proficiency in a
The Language Tree Difference
has worked with researchers and instructors from
leading language schools and universities to develop their
highly-effective teaching tools:
Their unique 3-tier methodology helps kids learn more, at
a faster rate, and helps them to better retain what they've learned.
- Audio and Visual Stimulation:
Language Tree products use stimulating audio and video reinforcements to
help the brain process new information more quickly.
- Fun to Watch: Their online classes and
DVDs feature realistic storylines, colorful 3D animation and fun
sing-along songs to reinforce new words and phrases.
- Inspirational Characters:
Language Tree makes language learning "cool" by introducing positive role models
that inspire children to speak a new language.
- Cultural Awareness: Their lessons
highlight the diverse cultures of today.
- Continuous, Interactive Learning:
Language Tree has embedded fun games throughout, that test lesson
Online Language Courses
Beginner Spanish Online
is an in-depth curriculum for new Spanish learners, developed by Two-Way
Bilingual Immersion educators. This self-paced course is the
equivalent to a 12-week, once weekly class. Spanish is taught using a
combination of videos, audio clips, reviews, and classroom-style teaching to
ensure fast language acquisition and maximum retention of course content.
"The Language Tree online program provides a user-friendly approach to
language learning. The online lessons are engaging and clear; the
exercises are well thought out and provide reinforcement and review."
Associate Dean of Italian, Adelphi University
"Language Tree offers language learners a scaffolded and highly
interactive opportunity to learn their target language. Featuring children
as speakers in the video clips provides a natural approach to language
Author and Writer, McGraw Hill's Open Court English Learner Support Guide
Foreign Language Learning
For a fun and effective introduction to a new language,
Language Tree offers language learning DVDs with
innovative features to keep kids engaged from start to finish. Language Tree
offers a wide selection of the most popular languages including
American Sign Language.
"I've reviewed the Chinese for Kids video and really like the
Multi-Cognition Approach on which it is based. I also like the organization
of the story. I believe that both children and adults who deal with children
will find it entertaining while learning Chinese."
Dr. Lihua Zhangg
Dept. of East Asian Languages and Culture, UC Berkeley
"Learning French has never been so much fun. This wonderful program
introduces children to the language using a setting that they can easily
relate to and non-intimidating vocabulary. A comprehensive phrase review and
song booklet is included that contains all of the dialogue, translations,
and answers to the quizzes. A must-have for every collection."
School Library Journal
Tips for Making Language Learning Fun
- Use tools that engage the senses.
Have your kids see and hear conversations through videos, sing along
with songs, and play games that require interaction.
- Show your kids role models of other kids speaking the language.
- Practice simple phrases with your children.
For example, ask them simple questions in the
target language during dinnertime.
- Expose children to multilingual settings, such as cultural events or ethnic eateries, and give them plenty of opportunities to practice with others.
- Maintain home (heritage) language when a second language is being learned outside the home.
1) A 2007 study in Harwich, Massachusetts, showed that students who studied a foreign language in an articulated sequence outperformed their non-foreign language learning peers on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test after two-three years and significantly outperformed them after seven-eight years on all MCAS subtests
2) National Network for Early Language Learning (NNEL)
3) American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)