With so many languages in the world, why stop at learning that’s taught in schools? There are plenty of specialized language centers in Singapore that can cater to any particular interest your kid may have – from Japanese to Mandarin to Spanish. Read on to find out where you can sign up your kids for language classes and train their linguistic skills in more than one language!
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Year-round Study Camps at the British Council are intensive holiday programs aimed at Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary students (aged 4 to 17) who wish to develop their English within a safe, fun, and supportive environment. Students study a different topic each day, using a unique approach of hands-on experiential learning to ignite interest and improve not only their English skills but their knowledge and awareness of the world around them. Each week is a complete, stand-alone camp. Students can register for as many camps as they wish and they're suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced learners. Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Offered on a weekly basis throughout the year.
British Council, 30 Napier Road, Singapore 258509, www.britishcouncil.sg/lssc
Whether your little one is taking their very first English class at 2 and a half years old, or need extra help and preparation before taking on the big PSLE English exams, there are a variety of classes to explore at My English School. Different curriculum will be covered as well, including phonics, fluency in reading, expanding vocabulary and comprehension skills. With multiple centres all around Singapore, you can also pick which is most convenient for you.
My English School, multiple locations, www.myenglish.com.sg
Chinese is made fun at Little Mandarins! Kids from as young as 18 months old can join the Mums & Tots program which involves parents as well. If your kiddo is older between 4 to 12 years, register them for the different levels of foundation classes that incorporate Mandarin into activities like games and arts & crafts. By the end of the classes, your little one will more likely even enjoy the language!
Little Mandarins, Block 71 Loewen Road #01-03, Singapore 248847, +65 6473 8377, little-mandarins.com
Japanese isn’t taught in schools here in Singapore, but kids who are interested in learning the language can do so at Japanese Explorer. The centre teaches both adults and kids, and kids courses are offered both online and in-person. The Kids Basic Course are held weekly over two months, with the option of 2 free replacement classes for each term. If your kid learns better alone, there are also Online Private classes of 10 sessions at 90 minutes each!
Japanese Explorer, 137 Cecil Street #07-04, Hengda Building, Singapore 069537, +65 6528 7918, www.japaneseexplorer.com.sg
ezSAM is a learning centre that has Korean classes for 5 to 9 year olds and 10 to 12 year olds. Besides the usual syllabus of grammar and vocabulary, students can also delve further into the language through art, culture and traditional music over 6 lessons. If your kid can’t get enough, look out for their Summer Camp program where they’ll do more than learn the language – such as wearing a hanbok and doing fun experiments all in Korean!
ezSAM, 1 Coleman Street #09-09 The Adelphi, Singapore 179803, +65 9278 3262, www.ezsamkorean.com
Boasting cute mascots and super fun and engaging classes, Mini Monsters aims to make the Malay language more accessible for younger ones. Their Mini Uni is a condusive learning environment, with programs like an introductory class that teaches basic words and speech, and a foundation class where kids get more involved with role playing scenarios and playing word games. Kiddos that love song and dance can try the Drama Ria program that teaches the langage through a play!
Mini Monsters, 3 Pemimpin Drive #03-04 (Unit A),Lip Hing Industrial Building, Singapore 576147, +65 6258 0346, minimonsters.com.sg
French is one of the most popular languages to learn, and French Toast has age-appropriate programs for students either in the primary or secondary school level. In fact, those exempted from Mother Tongue in the school system can choose this instead! Held for two hours per lesson over 8 weeks, kids will get better acquainted through class tests, games and group work. For super young tots, there is also a Playgroup class as an introduction.
French Toast, Upper Thomson & Marine Parade, www.frenchtoast.sg
Taught by qualified native speakers, Spanish lessons from Spanish World Singapore offer kids of almost any age the chance to be more fluent. From online classes taught over Zoom, to playgroups of 10 lessons for children aged 2 to 5 years old where the language is absorbed via different means of content, there are plenty of options. If you’re not entirely sure which to pick, opt for their free 1-hour Spanish trail class first!
Spanish World Singapore, 180B Bencoolen Street #08-01/02/05, The Bencoolen, Singapore 189648, +65 6333 3484, spanishworldgroup.com/sg
The Association for the Promotion of the Italian Culture in Singapore (APICS) has classes on Saturdays where kids can master the basics of Italian. Suited for kids aged between 1 to 12 years old, lessons will train their vocabulary skills and also help them in conversational speech. Classes are broken down into different levels of difficulty, and there are even private lesson options too. There’s also a course for parents so you can learn along with your kid!
APICS, 42A Beach Road, Level 2, Singapore 189681, +65 8485 6694, www.apics.com.sg
Thai can be a challenging language to learn, but Inlingua School of Language helps make it easier with a variety of classes available. Part-time courses are better suited if your kid is too busy to commit to intense learning, while Individual classes are perfect for your child if they need specialized attention and to learn at their own pace. They’re conveniently located at Orchard Road too!
Inlingua School of Languages, 51 Cuppage Road, #10-12, Singapore 229469, +65 6737 6666, www.inlingua.edu.sg/languages/thai
Berlitz is a renowned language centre worldwide, and good news if you’re looking to have kids learn German – it’s available for kids aged from 4 to 17 years old! For private lessons, their expert trainers will ensure that your kid will learn at a suitable pace based on their skills and learning pace. They also have small group lessons where your child will be able to practise with other kids.
Berlitz, 391B, Orchard Road, #16-01/02, Ngee Ann City Tower B, Singapore 238874, +65 6733 7472, sg.berlitz.com
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