Our School offers a precise language project with French and English as main working languages. We believe that full immersion is the basis to get proper language fluency. Most families stay in Luxembourg for just a short while of their life, often for a few years at most. Multilingual schooling is important for their kids, providing continuity in their children’s education. Children can continue their schooling in their native language while familiarizing themselves with the culture and traditions of another language.
Our establishment offers a multilingual education to let families choose the two languages that their children will use every day supported by a specialized teacher whose mother tongue is the specifically chosen language. Foreign language learning during childhood stimulates memorization, logic and makes language learning later in life much easier.
We believe that knowing several languages is a precious skill. Multilingual education at an early age in a bilingual environment provides children with more flexibility at the intellectual level thanks to better perception. Most of the children who go to our school are bilingual. We feel that it’s important to offer them the opportunity to develop their second language (often spoken at home with one single parent).
For our mono-linguistic children, the introduction of a new language is enriching and beneficial especially in a multilingual context as is the case in Luxembourg. The secret of using the great mental potential of a child is related to offering them a different and specific didactic programme. This stimulates their learning abilities, allowing for a second language to be naturally integrated into their culture and way of thinking.
From the age of three, children enhance their vocabulary; express abstract concepts and “copy-paste” sentence structures that they hear around them. They shape their hearing accordingly to the sounds of each language which they later repeat without error.
Over the last thirty-five years, more than one hundred and fifty studies have been conducted on the subject, which confirmed the advantages of a bilingual education. Research shows that the best age to learn a foreign language is from birth to eight years, period in which the nervous system is highly developed and perfected. At this age, the brain is “elastic”, children learn foreign languages very easily. After this age, learning process becomes slower and more difficult since the brain has acquired precise schemes of writing and reading. At the start of language learning, children learn to recognize speech and use it without questioning the grammatical structure of a sentence. Later, they learn to recognize sentences and use them without translating them word from word.
The primary aim of our School is thus to create fully bilingual children by offering them the choice of two working languages and one third language.