The Gift of a Second Language

The Language Workshop for Children’s Director/Founder François Thibaut invented the enriched play method to teach French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese to kids. Since 1973 his internationally-recognized LWFC (Language Workshop for Children) has offered stimulating language lessons for babies, toddlers and elementary grades. Original music, vocabulary-building songs, language immersion, festive visual aids, action games and native-fluent language teachers are why the LWFC is the country’s leader in children’s language educational play. As Thibaut says, “Children remember the words that make them happy”.

Create a bilingual child at The Language Workshop for Children.

Whether it’s language immersion preschool, after-school lessons, school-break programs, toddler classes, baby education or summer day camp, the subtle details of the LWFC’s celebrated Thibaut Technique® and the quality of their colorful and professional take-home materials is what makes the difference.

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French, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian for Kids Ages 6M-8Y

Expose your child to a foreign language’s unique sounds, native pronunciation, word meanings, and sentence forms while they are still absorbing their first language. LWFC classes, camps, and preschools blend Francois Thibaut’s enriching, time-tested method with immersion, top-notch materials, emotional reinforcement, native speaking teachers, and stimulating activities.

Languages for Tots®

6M-3Y | 45 Minutes | LWFC Songs & More Workbook/CD Set Included

In Languages for Tots® students attend with a parent or caregiver.  They naturally absorb their new language through gentle language immersion activities, teacher-child interaction, lots of tactile props and visual aids, original vocabulary-building songs, and much more.  Tots playgroups build more than language skills. As youngsters handle toys and visual aids, they develop motor skills and coordination. As they participate and interact they imagine, discover, and build social skills. And as they’re asked to recall and respond, they turn into students and reinforce what they’re learning in class.

Languages for Children

3-8Y | 45M, 1, 1½, or 2 Hours | LWFC Songs & More and LWFC Storybook Included

Languages for Children students are toilet trained, ready to separate. and attend class by themselves.  Because children aged 3+ are fully verbal, Children’s classes are vocal and animated. And because that age is fully aware of their peers, they love interacting with each other.

Older groups are ready for complex phrases and full sentences, introduced through LWFC stories and dialogues, as well as the LWFC songs. Because they’re constantly engaged in rapidly changing activities, class time goes by fast. All Children’s students get a new Songs & More Workbook/CD set every session, a brand new LWFC Storybook too.

Family Preschool

18M-3Y | 90 Minutes | LWFC Songs & More Workbook/CD Set Included

In the Family Preschool children 18 months to 3 years, accompanied with their parent/caregiver, participate in the 45 minute session for Tots but continue the fun for 45 more minutes, which include a snack, additional games and songs as well as an arts and crafts project (all in the target language, of course!)

New York City Summer Tots Programs (6M-3Y) 45 Minutes & Summer Camp-Like Enrichment (3-8Y) 3 Hours | LWFC Songs & More Workbook/CD Set Included | French, Spanish, Chinese, or Italian

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New York City Summer Languages for Tots® (6M-3Y) New York City Summer Camp-Like Enrichment (3-8Y)
 

LWFC Summer Camp – Like Enrichment Classes are Small so Your Child Gets More Attention!

Expose your child to a foreign language’s unique sounds, word meanings, and sentence forms while he’s still learning his first language. These are a child’s prime years to acquire native pronunciation and build understanding — the age that neurolinguist Eric Lenneberg dubbed the “opportunity years.”

LWFC summer camps blend Francois Thibaut’s enriching, time-tested method with immersion, top-notch materials, emotional reinforcement, native speaking teachers, and stimulating activities. Students magically learn French, Spanish, Italian, or Chinese in a happy, boisterous immersive environment filled with exciting, age-appropriate action games, humorous visual aids, original vocabulary-building songs, arts and crafts, hands-on projects, enriched play, Professor Toto Time, costume days, celebrations, baking, and the LWFC’s famous vocabulary-building songs. And if your child’s birthday falls during a week that he’s in camp, let us know. We’ll get all of the campers together to sing Happy Birthday! (Just send a cake or cupcakes, and we’ll do the rest.)

Since 1973 The Language Workshop for Children’s approach remains the first and most respected method in children’s language educational play. Thibaut Technique teachers blend laughter, emotional support, melodies, colorful props, and personal interaction into every lesson. The LWFC knows that when you capture a child’s heart, you capture his mind. When we have a child’s imagination, his mind’s bound to remember all of the words and sentence patterns that he’s hearing. So each week LWFC campers experience a mix of familiar routines and new songs, words, and phrases to help them build second language fluency. Best of all, because campers are immersed, they start to think in a new language, and spontaneously construct simple foreign sentences — like magic.

LWFC Summer Camp-Like Enrichment is for children aged 3+ who are toilet trained and ready make new friends. And because they’re fully verbal, camp groups are vocal, animated, and the kids have huge fun interacting with each other.

Summer Camp-Like Enrichment is currently only available in Manhattan, please view our class schedules or call 212.628.2700 for full details.

New York City Summer Languages for Tots® (6M-3Y) New York City Summer Camp-Like Enrichment (3-8Y)

The Difference is in the Method

To the untrained eye LWFC classes resemble simple playgroups. The difference is The Thibaut Technique®, a whole language approach employing both sides of the brain. This method combines carefully structured curriculum and a child’s innate love of play. LWFC structured playgroups let parents capture the window of opportunity years when children possess their greatest capacity to absorb and retain language. With The Thibaut Technique®, kids learn naturally, not by translating. First they hear, then they understand, and finally they speak.

At The Language Workshop® children are immersed in their new language through native speakers and learn to speak with a natural accent. Classes are limited in size, so each child can be nurtured and encouraged and feel less self-conscious.

The Language Workshop Team

LWFC teachers are native-fluent. They are selected for the skill with which they speak their language, their enthusiasm, ability to work with children, and to understand how they learn. Only teachers certified to use The Thibaut Technique® may teach in a Language Workshop for Children classes, camps, and preschools. Thibaut Technique Certification is earned after participating in intensive, hands-on training at the LWFC.

Our Director, François Thibaut, and his Language Workshop for Children continue to be recognized as the pioneer of early language education. Thibaut is the author of numerous articles on the subject of children’s language acquisition.

Mr. Thibaut is a member of the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Network for Early Language Learning (NELL), American Association of Teachers of French (ATTF), American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI), and the National Afterschool Association.

Professional Classroom Tools (Included With Tuition)

Our language-rich songs are especially written for the LWFC, recorded by native speakers, and reinforce grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation in a happy Thibaut Technique® way. Every session, students receive a professionally produced, durable and collectable Songs & More CD/Workbook Set (plus an LWFC Storybook for children aged 3+) to practice what they’re learning at home. Since the LWFC produces the multi-award winning Professor Toto Multimedia Language Education Series (winner of the I-Parenting, Parents Choice, Family Choice, NAPPA, Homeschool.com and Creative Child awards) you know you are getting top quality materials.

Songs & More – Workbook/CD Series

The Language Workshop for Children Songs & More Workbook/CD Series

Every Songs & More Set Includes:

A New CD:

» New class songs
» New melodies
» New vocabulary to absorb
» New phrases to learn
» New sentence basics to sing and
sing again at home

 

A New Workbook:

» That’s Glossy
» Colorfully Illustrated
» Professionally Printed
» Durable
» Includes all the lyrics to all the songs
» Helps kids remember the words that
make them happy in class

LWFC Storybooks

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Every LWFC Class Storybook …

» Goes with that session’s class CD
» Tells an age-appropriate story through child-friendly, illustrated sentences
» Helps children practice the sentences they are learning in class
» Makes grammar easy

Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday with Us!

The Language Workshop for Children’s bright, sunny classrooms are a perfect space to host your child’s next Birthday Party (or any other special event you have coming up).

By opening the partition between classrooms, our space opens up to an 850 square foot open area that provides children room to play and parents to relax within eyesight. We offer use of our tables, chairs, toys, games and instruments free of charge during your event. Our fridge can also be used to store your cake, food, or drinks.

The LWFC team will be happy to help you with anything you need, including receiving deliveries (such as catering or items for the party) and even helping with set up if you need it! No matter what theme your child’s party is, we want to make sure your child and their friends have a great time in our space.

Visit our Birthday Parties page to learn more!

Professor Toto Multimedia Language Education Series

The Language Workshop for Children also produces Professor Toto, an award-winning series of animated DVD’s, song-filled CDs, and colorful playbooks (available in both physical and downloadable formats) you can use to supplement your children’s classes at the LWFC.

Professor Toto is the only children’s language animation created by a practicing specialist and child-tested in real-life in classrooms, and that’s why it works. Funny and dynamic, Professor Toto and his animated friends are native speakers, so youngsters acquire the right French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, or German pronunciation.

Winner of 6 Awards

Professor Toto is the nationally recognized winner of the I-Parenting, Parents Choice, Family Choice, NAPPA, Homeschool.com and Creative Child awards.

Professor Toto Discounts

50% OFF • ALL Professor Toto Physical Products

Visit professortoto.com to receive 50% off any of our physical products (price is already discounted, no additional code is necessary!). This promotion is not valid on downloadable products and may not be combined.