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2201, 2014

Don’t Deny Your Children Their Inheritance

By |January 22nd, 2014|Founders|Comments Off on Don’t Deny Your Children Their Inheritance

Your mother tongue is a blessing; it is your responsibility as a parent to ensure that it is passed down to the next generation.

My great, great, grandfather arrived in Africa to start a new life. English was the language of the new land that Cecil Rhodes had claimed for the Queen of England and so Harold Zimmerman forsook his native German in favour of the Queen’s English. He spoke to my great grandmother in heavily accented, broken English and so the cultural inheritance that was to be my grandmother’s, my mother’s and possible mine too, was lost. Had I […]

309, 2013

Pupils will have to learn African language

By |September 3rd, 2013|News|Comments Off on Pupils will have to learn African language

It seems language learning is a hot topic, most especially indigenous African languages; this since Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that it would be compulsory for all learners from Grade R onwards (through a phased roll-out strategy) would have to learn an indigenous African language in addition to English and Afrikaans. And undergraduates at the University of KZN not proficient in Zulu would need register for conversation Zulu classes in order to graduate.

We commend our government for seeing the infinite value of raising a generation able to communicate across the cultural divide, however, all research shows that after […]

209, 2013

Top Myths about raising Bilingual/multilingual children

By |September 2nd, 2013|Tips|Comments Off on Top Myths about raising Bilingual/multilingual children

We get many questions from parents during our information sessions, because the list of myths regarding second and third language acquisition is long. Hopefully this helps to dispel some of the bad press of additional language learning specifically in children.

Myth 1: Bilingual children start to speak later than monolinguals. There is no scientific evidence supporting this. Bilinguals and monolinguals share the same window for normal development

Myth 2: Bilinguals start school behind monolinguals and they never catch up. In fact, bilingual children tend to have faster growth curves than monolingual children

Myth 3: Young children soak up languages like sponges. Children seem to have an […]

209, 2013

What to take with you on your Multilingual journey?

By |September 2nd, 2013|Tips|Comments Off on What to take with you on your Multilingual journey?

Here at LinguaMites, we are partnering with several families in their journey towards raising multilingual children. Together, we all believe in the benefits, although none of us are in denial about the deliberate path we’ve set for ourselves and our families. We realise that there is a long road to walk to get where we want our children to be. On the website, a comparison is made between the journey we are on as parents of multilingual children, to that of going on a camping trip. I thought this was a brilliant analogy for understanding the terrain ahead and […]

109, 2013

The Perfect Language Tutor Is In Your Home Already

By |September 1st, 2013|Tips|Comments Off on The Perfect Language Tutor Is In Your Home Already

Have you ever wondered how different life in South Africa would be if you spoke one of the other nine official languages (i.e. one of the indigenous languages spoken by the majority of the population)? It might be too late for you, but it is not too late for your children, and the ideal language tutor for your children could already be working in your home. Your domestic worker could be the magical wardrobe that introduces your children to an entire new world; one that you can scarcely imagine. Young children are able to learn languages in a way that […]

202, 2013

Rosemary Wildsmith-Cromarty gives LinguaMites a “Thumbs Up!”

By |February 2nd, 2013|News|Comments Off on Rosemary Wildsmith-Cromarty gives LinguaMites a “Thumbs Up!”

On Friday 19th January 2013 we were fortunate to have Rosemary Wildsmith-Cromarty, professor of Applied Language Studies at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, international speaker and author, join us for a viewing of our school. She came to see our model and gave our founders some valuable tips on what the latest research is showing. She was very excited by our programme and offered her support as we grow this concept; confirming once again what a ground-breaking and much-needed concept this was for pre-school education in South Africa. She had this to say about LinguaMites:
“I LOVE this venture – Well done! […]