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502, 2015

Should your toddler learn another language?

By |February 5th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Should your toddler learn another language?

This was an article I wrote for the Milestones magazine February 2015 issue on the many benefits of multilingualism.

Many people lament the fact that they never learnt a second or third language when they were younger. The benefits of being able to speak isiZulu, French or Chinese are often apparent only once we are older and wiser. However, beyond the ability to speak another person’s language, learning an additional language in the developmental years has undisputed cognitive and social benefits too, that might just be the best start you can give your child.

It is well researched and documented that young […]

1811, 2014

Changing Lives – Testimonies from our Caregivers

By |November 18th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Changing Lives – Testimonies from our Caregivers

We stumbled into this programme almost by accident. Roughly 15 months ago we identified the need to provide South African families with resources and tools to raise bilingual children (English and isiZulu) and felt that the unique relationship between a caregiver and the children in her care was the perfect channel to do this effectively. Just 13 months later, training an average of 18 ladies per month from around Johannesburg, we’ve been most touched by the difference that the LinguaMites -BrainBoosters programme is making in people’s lives. Not only are these parents happy to see their children speaking an African […]

511, 2014

Reservations about a Trilingual Pre-school?

By |November 5th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Reservations about a Trilingual Pre-school?

As the trilingual preschool model is still a unique one, we field many questions from parents and others in education around how and why we do what we do. However, over the course of the last 18 months since we first launched in Douglasdale, 3 important questions have emerged as main concerns, and so I have long wanted to address these questions on this platform in an attempt to make a case for our Chinese, English and isiZulu trilingual model. My hope is that by comprehensively addressing the fears and concerns highlighted by a number of potential parents, we can […]

1507, 2014

Breaking the Cycle

By |July 15th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Breaking the Cycle

People often ask me why we started our trilingual school, and while I could list a page full of the reasons, top of that list would undoubtedly be for our own children. It’s the education I wanted to give my own kids.

I really want my South African children to speak Zulu. I want my sons and daughter to grow up understanding what is being said around them. I have lived in South Africa most of my life and I still walk around in a bubble of oblivion when I am at the shops, the petrol station or in a queue. […]

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 […]

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! […]