My 10 and 12-year-old daughters have studied Italian at Aux Trois Pommes for the past 4 years. I have a Masters in TESOL, the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages, and I taught for 12 years. When it comes to language learning, there are many methodologies in use. Aux Trois Pommes uses a content-based approach supported by experts in second language acquisition. Learning occurs naturally while engaging in meaningful activities such as games and art projects.
I want to particularly applaud my girls’ Venetian instructor, Cristina Polesel. She involves the kids in a series of remarkably creative activities, and two hours simply fly by. Initially, the goal is to build lexicon; then, grammar, reading and writing are gradually introduced.
This summer my 12-year-old will be travelling to Italy on her own to visit some cousins. She was 3 the last time she visited. She knows communication will be a struggle, but she is up for the challenge. Cristina and Aux Trois Pommes have instilled in her the confidence she needs to succeed.