“I first heard of the Language Workshop when a friend, whose son is in a French school in Manhattan, recommended it to me. It was good advice.
My son attended the French language summer camp and pre-school program 3 years ago at the Manhattan Location. He had very little French when he started the program. He enjoyed the classes, made friends and learnt a lot of French through the immersion in play, arts and crafts and musical activities. The teachers in the Workshop taught him to speak French like a native speaker. The Workshop’s immersion program was a significant factor in his successful admission to one of the French schools in Manhattan. My son is now back at the Language Workshop, attending the Mandarin program at the weekends. He is familiar with the format of the program and is relaxed and is learning Mandarin through immersion.
My younger son is now also enrolled in the same French program at the Language Workshop during the week and he is enrolled in the Spanish program at the weekends. He has fun with the games and music and arts activities and is learning a lot of vocabulary and is absorbing the languages. My kids both like to listen to the CD of songs from the class at night before bedtime. I found the Professor Toto dvds to be useful, as a French learning aid.
I think that the teachers are great and very good at communicating with the young kids. The programs develop the kids’ social skills and increase their independence, which is important for starting Pre-K. My kids enjoy going to class at the Workshop. I strongly recommend the Language Workshop.”
“I recently had the pleasure of sitting in on our grand daughters 20 month to 3 Y/O French class at the 66th & Lex. facility. Her instructor, Jennifer is every bit as charming, charismatic, energetic, and patient with all of the young children as Mary G. Expressed. A long time school board member of a K-8 district I can appreciate the administrative detail and effort this excellent curriculum must take. All the instructors appear to uniformly adhere to the program. Our grand daughter very much enjoys the 90 minute class and at the conclusion always wants “more, more”.
At home she proudly repeats and uses many of the new words she is learning. Jennifer has NO problem keeping the entire class under control and involved the entire time. We are very satisfied with the school, the program, administration and especially our instructor.
Proud Grandpa, K.C.
“As a licensed psychologist and a specialist in child development, I value language. I think it is important to stimulate the brain and expose children early to enhance their ability to learn. Both of my children have been enrolled in both Mandarin and French since they were 6 months old. The program is excellent. My children have participated in both the parent attended classes and the separation classes. The lessons are fun and child friendly. The supplemental materials are useful and interesting. As I speak neither language, to see my children interact with native speakers in a meaningful way in a setting outside of their class is valuable to me. I find the office staff to be helpful and flexible. Make-up classes are very easy to schedule. I also like the private tutoring option. Whenever I have made a suggestion, it has been considered and sometimes implemented. My only concerns/ hope for this organization, is that they can have more classes at different times, in the future. I am a working mother and mid day classes are difficult for me. I tend to take advantage of the Saturday classes.”
“My 15-month-old daughter and I attend the mommy & me French class on Lexington & 66th, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about the program. My daughter’s teacher, Jennifer, is a French native who is charming, charismatic, energetic, and patient with all of the young children. I find myself also having fun and expanding my French tongue. From the moment we walk in the door to the moment we leave, everyone is friendly and warm towards my daughter and myself. The best part is that in a very short time, she is picking up the language. They must be doing something right!!”
“Julie, my daughter’s instructor for the Spanish preschool class at the Manhattan location, seems to be a caring and nurturing teacher that has fostered my daughter’s interest in the Spanish language and has kept her motivated and looking forward to her lessons.”
Leigh Ann E.
“Both my tots are in the Saturday class with Marie Veronique in the Manhattan location and we love every minute of the class. My children are singing and speaking French more from this class then the one from the French Institute Alliance Francaise. We are glad we signed up for the whole school year.”
“We couldn’t be happier with French for Tots. The program gave our child something he could really sink his teeth into and challenged his intellectual curiosity. Language has become a playtoy for him now. I think French for Tots is the right choice for parents who care in a very deep way about their children. Mr. Thibaut is a unique and terrific teacher.”
“As you know this was Jackie’s first exposure to Spanish .. she loved the songs (she sang them every night while she was supposed to be sleeping).”
“I see how eager the children in the class are to learn. For them, learning Spanish is play. I am a physician, and I know that the brain develops fastest when children learn language early. They grasp concepts easier and their pronunciation is perfect. That is why I am sending my children to Spanish for Tots.”
“A professionally run, well-rounded program.”
“Having tried two other “french playgroups for children,” I can say with no hesitation that there is no program that can possibly compare with the LWFC. This is the only school that has exposed my child to another language in a way that she can retain.”
“For anyone who is serious about giving their young child the gift of a second language, the LWFC is really great! We live downtown and tried nearly every program available for children under 2 in French, and this is by far the most engaging, the most systematic, and the most effective…especially if you are willing to commit to attending the classes and using the simple materials they provide for home use (CD and book for each “semester”).The teachers are native speakers and trained in early childhood teaching methods (as opposed to some of the make-shift classes we attended which basically were little more than Americans singing French nursery rhymes). The Director went out of his way this past year to provide classes downtown as there was such a need for good French and Spanish instruction for babies/toddlers. This year, we will even be traveling uptown for some of the more advanced classes. Well worth the trip and the money.”
“It is the only program of its type that approaches language so naturally at such a young age. Mr. Thibaut really cares about the children. It shows, and they can feel it. Mr. Thibaut makes sure there are no competitive feelings in the class. Everyone gets a chance to excel.”
“There is simply no other program like this … I very much like the fact that the kids are not aware of how much they are learning. It all happens naturally, without their knowledge. Mr. Thibaut assumes that kids are capable of learning, and they immediately rise to his expectations. His methods take them directly to proper speech.”
“Great summer program and wonderful teacher. My son really enjoyed it! ”
“I’m a big fan of the Language Workshop. My kids have built an EXCELLENT base of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation (French for one, Chinese for the other) there because a) I actually read the book that they give to parents, and b) followed its advice. That means during the week I sit down with my kids and go through the story, play the song CD, and review and practice what they are learning in class. (They send home translations.) I was magna cum laude in math because I STUDIED. That’s how it works. Passive parents beget under performing children. Parents guide their kids and work with them on what they are learning in school get results. I totally get what The Language Workshop is doing, and I am a big supporter. ”