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Brief Overview

In Sept 2011, Mimosa launched the Bilingual section of the preschool in English. The project will continue on into the 2012-2013 academic year with the intention of preparing the first group of children to move on into the Bilingual Elementary school in 2013-2014.

The success was quick in coming. The task of managing this class of children aged two and a half years to four years old, was given to Louisa Watson, who knew how to set them on the path of growth, play and discovery totally in English. The majority of these children were Italian with some mother tongue English.

Their day is structured in the same way as all the Preschool classes, the only difference being that the teacher speaks only in English. This “Full immersion” method for preschool children allows them, after just a few months of attendance, to understand the teacher and become familiar with their first words through songs and nursery rhymes.

There are in fact massive advantages to learning a second language in infancy; in the preschool years, languages are learned through play in a very natural way similar to how a mother tongue is learned. Children at school are in contact with an Anglo-Saxon environment, hear English continuously and are encouraged to use it, without ever being forced in any circumstances to speak it before they feel sufficiently confident.

The innate curiosity of children, combined with their strong desire to communicate, facilitates further the process of language development.

NOT JUST TWO LANGUAGES: A bilingual education doesn’t just offer the advantages of giving your child English as another language, there are other cultural and cognitive benefits.

Cultural enrichment: becoming a citizen of the world in an increasingly competitive global environment. A bilingual education introduces two languages and with it, two cultures, creating unique academic and international cultural experiences, which can only enhance opportunities and open doors in the new millennium.

“Brain exercise”: Numerous studies demonstrate that bilingualism in early childhood produces cognitive benefits e.g. improved ability in critical analysis, decision making, foreign language skills and mathematics. For further information on bilingualism go to the FAQ page.

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