About us...

Lango was established on the belief that every child should learn a second language.  We set out to create a program that would teach kids new languages in a way that they would love. Since 2006, Lango has taught thousands of children ages 18mos-11yrs new languages in full immersion classes and camps through culturally based music, art, games, stories and movement.

Our play-based, themed curriculum uses many proven techniques for teaching a foreign language. Methods include Total Physical Response, Multiple Intelligences Theory and the Rassais Method. This means that in each class your child will have many ways to learn the language. They may absorb it through hearing a story, singing a song, playing a game, responding to prompts, or doing an art activity.  We work to speak as much of the target language as possible in class, without frustrating the children. Our classes are fun, upbeat, and positive.  

Lango Kids Omaha is member of the Lango Language Cooperative. The Lango Language Cooperative is made up of individual business owners across the country providing unique language learning opportunities for kids. Our members provide classes for kids in schools, after school programs, day cares, community centers, their own schools and studios.

 

At Lango your child will:

  • Learn a foreign language
  • Make developmental strides
  • Gain an appreciation for other cultures
  • Make new friends in the classroom

Does it work?

Definitely! In fact, studies have consistently shown that the best time to begin learning a second language is when a child is learning his/her first. From birth through about age 8, a “learning window” is open that allows kids to learn a language naturally and easily. The younger the learner, the more likely he/she is to acquire the language with an authentic accent and to retain vocabulary and grammatical patterns over time. Children who learn a language at an early age are more likely to:

  • Develop native pronunciation
  • Express themselves creatively in both their first and second language
  • Perform strongly in school and on standardized tests
  • Understand other cultures and abstract ways of thinking
  • Become bilingual or multilingual, offering global career opportunities down the line

How much will my child learn?

Of course, the rate at which a child learns a new language depends on the amount of exposure they have to native speakers. With native speaking teachers leading Lango classes, your child will begin to understand words, then phrases, then sentences. They will also begin to answer simple questions, speak in short phrases and then engage in simple conversation. We recommend attending at least two classes a week for optimal language retention.

Adventure Learning

At the core of our classes are “challenges” that students complete in order to experience new vocabulary and grammar through movement, play acting, art and basic conversation. Initially, these challenges are quite simple, but as students are able to grasp more complex exercises, they begin to gain confidence and become proud of their growing knowledge. Lango has developed a unique approach to teaching kids languages called Adventure Learning™ draws on three well-regarded methods and principles: Total Physical Response (TPR), The Rassias Method, and the theory of Multiple Intelligences.

  • Employing TPR, we expose children to the target language and offer them a variety of ways to respond before actually speaking it. This mimics the way that children learn language naturally.
  • The Rassias Method exposes learners to new languages through dramatic communication full of emotion and feeling – the surest way to ensure that students retain what they learn.
  • The Multiple Intelligences theory suggests that learners acquire new information in a variety of ways: musical, verbal, tactile, visual, and other means.

With this approach at the root of how we teach kids, we make sure that in every class, our students are given many different ways to acquire and understand new sounds and concepts.

Relevant Articles

CNN: CNN: "Two Languages Make Your Brain Buff"

CBS NEWS: "Sasha Obama Speaks Mandarin with President Hu Jintao" (President of China)STUDY: A joint Study conducted by Canadian Universities Concordia and York found that benefits of bilingualism emerge earlier than reported in previous research, stating that Toddlers who learn a second language from infancy have an edge over their unilingual peers. "Exposing toddlers to a second language early in their development provides a bilingual advantage that enhances attention control."

SCIENCE DAILY: This article details the connection between learning new vocabulary and visual stimulus.

EDUCATION WEEK: A report on "No Child Left Behind" and single language abilities in children (article).

FOREIGN POLICY: 9 Reasons Foreign Language Study is Great - Some side benefits of learning both a foreign language and a foreign culture.