Sydney’s Best Language Schools For Kids
There are a host of reasons to encourage your children to learn another language—from cross-cultural understanding and better job prospects when they’re adults, to boosting abilities in other subjects—it’s clear that including a language class in your child’s list of extra-curricular activities is a great move for their learning.
So where should you go and who should you entrust to teach your child this precious new skill? We’ve rounded up the best language schools in Sydney.
Australia Mandarin Education Academy
Mandarin is currently spoken by almost 20% of the people on earth, making it the world’s most used language. If you’d like your kids to be able to join in this global conversation, Australia Mandarin Education Academy (AMEA) offers Sydney’s best small class learning environments.
With no more than 6 kids per class, all students are guaranteed maximum attention and the greatest opportunity to fully participate and learn.AMEA's professionally-run classes, taught by teachers from Mailand China, and encourage learning through immersive, play-based Mandarin-speaking activities and games.
AMEA has a brand new purpose-built facility on Botany Road in Alexandria for preschoolers and primary school-aged kids to learn Mandarin and other skills in a passionate, creative and fun environment.
Angsana Education delivers language and cultural enrichment programs that inspire children to connect and communicate. Their innovative Mandarin Enrichment programmes encourage children innate curiosity and desire to explore and learn.
Programmes are designed for children 6 months to 12 years of age and include PlayNest for babies, PlayClub for toddlers and Language Learners for preschoolers and school-starters. There is also a Chinese Cultural Arts programme providing children with an insight into Chinese culture while learning handcrafts, fairy tales, legends, idioms and poems. This helps them absorb Standard Mandarin in a fun, immersive artistic environment.
All Angsana programmes are delivered by qualified and experienced Mandarin Educators who are proud to share their cultural heritage and the joy connecting with the Mandarin Language.
Asian Language School
Does your kid want to learn Japanese, but also likes learning at their own pace outside of a classroom setting? Asian Language School is for them! Offering virtual classes via video conferencing software and taught by experienced Japanese teachers in Australia, the kids' Japanese classes are designed to suit children aged 6-11 who want to develop a strong foundation of knowledge on the Japanese language.
The online nature of the classes makes it a great pick for kids who want to study from home or after-school care, and takes another car trip out of the equation for busy parents!
The Language Company
With a focus on communication, The Language Company classes in French, German and Italian are designed so that your child will easily pick up the new language and culture in a fun and interactive way.
Classes begin with free play during which children are encouraged to interact with their teacher and classmates. The instructor then introduces the theme of the day through a story, songs, marionettes, and other fun and captivating ways. Through arts-and-craft projects, the teacher introduces new vocabulary each week that is reinforced through games, movement and dance. Such fun!
Offering an innovative range of classes to suit children’s unique learning styles, Spanish Blackboard offers kids classes that incorporate fun activities into each lesson—such as music, history lessons, games or crafts. In addition to this classic style of kids class, they also offer fun, non-competitive sporting activities for kids who like learning by doing.
This program is designed to develop essential motor skills in a fun environment incorporating basic counting and colour concepts, and encouraging teamwork to builds social and listening skills. Yoga in Spanish is another method of learning that will immerse your child indirectly in the language and get them used to hearing it spoken.
The French Spot
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Want to start your preschool child off on the right foot with their language learning? The French Spot offers a range of different classes designed for different ages and abilities. There’s lots of learning through songs, crafts and puppet-play for the beginners, and role-play for the intermediate levels, and with class sizes of no more than 8, there’s plenty of opportunities for each child to get involved.
With a focus on interaction and collaborative learning, the Bondi Junction-based classes promise plenty of fun and variety for its students.
The Language Hub
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Offering classes in Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese, The Language Hub is passionate about delivering an excellent language service to a range of different ages and abilities. With kids classes available in all four languages, your child is sure to find one they want to pursue.
Every tutor is a native speaker and fluent in English, making the lessons interactive, fun and memorable. The centre is located in Manly, however, at-home tutoring is also available if more convenient. A one-stop language shop, The Language Hub is the perfect place to develop and hone your child’s linguistic skills!
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