Class Descriptions

The Lango Method

Lango uses a uniquely dynamic approach to ensure that kids learn a new language while having a great time in classes that are highly convenient for parents. We do this by combining the best of what we have learned from language-instruction and educational experts, as well as our own experience teaching new languages to kids – not to mention that of our parent company Intrax Cultural Exchange, which has been delivering high-quality cultural exchange experiences to thousands of individuals for thirty years.

Lango’s instructional method combines the practices of three key approaches to teaching new languages to kids: Total Physical Response (TPR), The Rassias Method and the theory of Multiple Intelligences. Employing TPR, we expose children to the target language and offer them a variety of ways to respond before actually speaking it. This mimics the way that children learn language naturally. The Rassias Method also exposes learners to the language in a variety of ways, and in an active, even dramatic environment. Finally, the Multiple Intelligences theory suggests, essentially, that different learners acquire new information in a variety of ways, whether through quantitative, verbal, auditory, visual or other means. With this approach at the root of how we teach kids, we make sure that in every class, our students are given many different ways to acquire and understand new sounds and concepts.
Drawing on these three approaches, Lango has developed its own unique approach to teaching kids languages, Adventure-Based Learning©. At the core of our classes are “challenges” that students complete in order to experience new vocabulary and grammar through art, movement, playacting and basic conversation. Initially, these challenges are quite simple, but as students become able to grasp more complex instructions given in Spanish, they become problem-solving exercises that our students feel very proud to overcome.

To ensure that kids love their Lango classes and keep coming back session after session, we introduce them to the Lango Kids©, our multi-cultural, multi-lingual cast of characters. With a puppet version of Lango’s mascot Cosmo serving as the central character, serving as an effective teaching tool when working with children who often need to overcome inhibitions to acquire and articulate their new language, the Lango Kids allow us to present unfamiliar material in a child-friendly, comfortable manner.
Lango classes are immersion-based, in that they are taught almost entirely in the target language. Our teachers do find that it is important to use English in rare situations, such as when describing a complex activity or when addressing a classroom management challenge, but typically work very hard, using intonation, gestures and a variety of props to communicate in the target language.

All of this happens in locations and at times that are convenient for families. By renting out space and establishing programs through schools, Lango keeps its costs down, thus allowing us to deliver more value to families. Lango offers fun, highly effective language instruction in a format and in locations that are perfect for busy parents who want what’s best for their children.

How children learn a second language: www.education.com

Show classes for:
Full Day Summer Camp

In addition to the great fun of Lango camp full day campers will receive cooking and art classes on alternating days.  Recipes from the cooking classes are taken from Handstand Kids' authentic cookbooks and all food is provided. Recipes are vegetarian and peanut free.  Art classes will explore the work of different artists from around the world and provide a tactile opportunity for children to learn more thematic vocabulary in a small group setting.  Full day camp runs from 9-2pm Monday through Thursday and 9-12:00 on Friday.  Extended childcare is available by request at $7 per hour.

Half Day Summer Camp

 

Camp Lango is a terrific way for kids ages 3-11 (preschool-6th grade) to learn new languages while enjoying summertime fun. Lango campers spend each week immersed in an exciting part of the French, Chinese or Latin American world. Lango's dynamic, experienced teachers serve as counselors, and are supported by a team of native-speaking and fluent assistant counselors. Campers spend each day moving from one activity to the next, including special "No English!" times, designed to provide an immersion experience while still allowing for a ton of fun. A week or more of Camp Lango is guaranteed to boost your child's new language ability!  Half day camp runs from 9-12 Monday - Friday.  Children are divided based on age and ability level.  Teacher - Student ratio of 1:7 strictly maintained.