Do you want your children to learn a language in a fun way?
Look no further. Give them the precious gift of language and cooking skills they will use throughout their lives.
You probably heard children are better language learners than adults; do you have any doubts about it? Are you wondering what is the age limit to acquire a language as a native speaker-like? I have the answer for you.
Empirical studies demonstrate children are able to achieve a native- speaker like fluency within the age of 7.
However, after this age there is only a slight decline in the ability of learning until the age of 17. After this stage, the age factor becomes irrelevant and most adults will never reach a native-speaker like fluency, let alone a native like accent as the ability to reproduce the new language phonology steeply declines from the age of 8 in most cases.
Positive impact of cooking on children
Cooking provides the opportunity to advance language development by exploring other subjects such as sciences, literacy, mathematics, social studies and more. This is achieved by encouraging children to talk about what they are doing, counting, measuring the ingredients and feel different food textures.
Cooking creates the opportunity for children to improve their problem-solving skills, enhance their creativity and concentration.
Social Emotional Development
Hands on cooking approach contributes to instil confidence in children; following recipes encourage them to be self-directed and independent. Their self-esteem will increase dramatically as they will take pride on their final creation.
Being able to make meals from scratch will give children the awareness of eating healthily choosing home food over popular junk food, therefore avoiding the risk of obesity and all the illnesses related to it.
Fine motor and eye-hand co-ordination skills are developed by chopping, stirring, spreading, squeezing, mixing and more.
Our language cooking sessions
At Languages Alive we combine our love for modern languages with our passion for healthy homemade food. We teach languages by making traditional Italian, Spanish/Latin American, French dishes from scratch. The Language cooking sessions are completely safe; we do not use sharp cutlery and the tutors will deal with the actual cooking themselves.
In schools there is no need use the oven or a hob as the children will bring their creation home and will cook it with their parents. A recipe will be provided at the end of each class together with the language related handout which was covered during the workshop.
We have a great deal of expertise in working with children. Our previous clients include: Heathcoat Primary School, Servite RC Primary School, The Latimer Education Centre, St. Barnabas and St. Philip Primary School and The Reay Primary School.
All Tutors teaching children are DBS checked.
In brief here are the amazing benefits of this unique learning experience:
- Acquiring a new language & cooking skills at the same time
- Advancing cognitive development
- Improving social & emotional development
- Positive impact on mood, behaviour and concentration.
- Developing future interests and skills
- Creating or improving health awareness
- Increasing motor coordination
- Strengthening the bond with parents.
Watch our cooking session here. We teach children from as young as 3 years old:
Have a look at Axel and Cole having fun making pasta and learning Italian at the same time!
Excellent value for money!
Cooking and language tuition for children is also available for schools and nurseries, private one-to-one or small groups and for birthday parties! For birthday parties and schools please call us for a quote. Prices vary depending on the number of participants.
Professor Jean Marc Dewaele from Birkbeck University is a specialist in dual language development in children, watch the interview to learn more from an expert!
Cooking and language classes for children
Up to 2 children 1 hr
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