Why start early?

Research tells us that children are born being able to hear all the sounds of all the languages in the world and slowly their hearing closes in on the sounds that are used around them. Also children are born with a Language Acquisition Device which means that for their first few years of life they are able to work out grammatical rules without being taught them. That is why they will get irregular verbs wrong- because they have learnt to conjugate regular verbs right themselves!

Is it best to speak Spanish all the time?

We believe the best way to learn a language is to BE in it. This is the case especially for children. Small children are learning their first language anyway, they are used to not understanding everything and working out the meaning of things through images, body language and understanding a few key words. Also Chomky talked about children being
born with a LAD (language acquisition device) which works out grammar automatically, that is why for example children with conjugate irregular verbs wrong, because they are applying the general rule for regular verbs. Amazing!
Our classes have a clear structure that children get used to quite quickly, normally within three weeks. They then know what to expect and what is coming next and don’t even realize it is all being done in another language.

In classes with older children we will use English in specific cases such as when needed for classroom management or for complex instructions so we can get on with an activity or game for example but we will try to avoid this since feeling a bit confused and lost in another language is the best thing we can learn to do in order to learn any language.

Often it is monolingual parents who find the first few classes in another language very difficult to cope with. If this is you, give yourself sometime feeling a little uncomfortable and it will pay off! In no time you will be singing away in Spanish.

Why not use translated traditional songs the children are used to in English?

We do have a few of the usual English nursery rhymes and children’s songs translated but only do this rarely. For a start the intonation and rhythm of sentences often don’t work out well when we translate a song, it just sounds unnatural.
Also we want children to listen to and learn songs that children are learning in Spanish speaking countries. It is amazing to watch how good a child can feel when they travel to a Spanish speaking country and feel they can join in games and songs in the park. Well worth the effort!
They are learning part of the culture as well as the natural sounds, sentences, expressions and intonations of the language.

Is my child too young?

Whether a class is right for your child or not just depends on whether they are ready for it and what you are expecting of them.
Often the younger ones find it hard to sit in one place but a class is a great place to be able to practice that skill since they weren’t born with it!
Each child is different and sometimes parents come with very young babies so that they pick up the language too and are able to then use it more at home.
The best thing to do is to attend a trial and decide wether that class at that point in time is right for you. The age range of different groups is different and that is something we can’t control so it is worth visiting your local class to see what is going on.
Remember there are also private classes available if that would suit your child better.

What do they do in the private classes?

In private classes the material is the same as in group classes however, the teacher will have more time to go through all the basic language every week. They can also move away from the structure a little more to include your child’s likes, to allow them to bring in their toys and games but do it in Spanish.
Private classes can be more bespoke and all in the comfort of your own home.

How many children can attend a private class?

1 child or up to 6 children, you decide how the group is run.

How do we pay for private classes?

After the initial half price trial class we will ask you to commit to a block of at least 6 classes. Sometimes it is easier to pay for half a term or a term in advance that works for us too.
If the class is for a few children we can either invoice one of the parents and you work it out amongst you or we can invoice each parent their part so you don’t have to worry about that.

How do I set up a class in my nursery?

We can set up classes in nurseries in different ways. Some nurseries pay us directly, others allow us to use the space and we can charge parents a reduced rate and others charge us for the space but we organize payment with parents independently.
The first step would be to ask your nursery whether they would be interested and if so how they would like to organize it. We can then run a trial class and go from there.
In order to test demand you can download this poster and put it up on a board in the nursery.

How do I set up a class in my school?

In the same way as in nurseries we are flexible how we work with schools to make sure it is convenient for them to run an after school Spanish club. We do morning and lunch time clubs as well as after school clubs.
The school can pay us directly or we can charge parents for the classes. If we can use the space for free we can offer discounted prices or charge our usual rates if we need to pay rent to the school.
You can ask the school whether they would be interested, print this poster and put it up to test demand and we can run a trial class to see whether it will work and go from there.

What happens if I don’t like the teacher?

We carefully select our teachers so that we have the best teachers we can find. We also work closely with them creating material and being part of a supportive team bubbling with ideas.
However, we are all people after all (robots wouldn’t make great teachers!) and sometimes people clash. If you don’t like your teacher and there is nothing we can work on to make it work we can easily match you with somebody else until we find the right person to support your learning.

Do you teach adults too?

Yes! We can teach adults alongside their children, in parallel classes where we look at the same language but on an adult level or completely separately so you make the most of your own learning time.
You can look for the right class for you at www.oleadults.com. We have teachers specialised in legal Spanish, business Spanish, philosophy. Just let us know what you want and we can find the right teacher for you.
As well as teaching regular classes we have also put together a range of activities you can do in London in Spanish. Since we believe the best way to learn a language is to use it as a tool for communication we want you to be able to do other activities whilst using Spanish.
Finally we have put together some activities you can do abroad with language tuition on the side so that your holiday doubles up into a fun adventure, a learning exercise and time to keep up or learn a new hobby!