Kids just have a knack at learning various languages and they pick up expressions in a split second. There are many opportunities for them to learn another language, other than the ones offered in schools, at one of these language schools in Singapore. From Japanese to German to Mandarin, your little one will be a linguistics pro in no time! Here are the best foreign language learning schools in Singapore!
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With more than 70 years of experience in Singapore, Alliance Française offers French classes for children of all ages and proficiency. Children from one year old learn French in a fun yet structured way, and the immersive classes encourage interaction. Their other programmes include storytelling sessions at the library, screenings of child-friendly films at their in-house theatre and twice-yearly holiday camps. Plus, there’s a fabulous café at the centre where you can tuck into delicious French delicacies!
Alliance Française de Singapour, 1 Sarkies Road, Singapore 258130, +65 6737 8422, www.alliancefrancaise.org.sg
If your kid is a massive BTS or K-Drama fan, then perhaps they’re interested in speaking Korean as well. Sign them up for classes at ezSAM, conveniently located in town, where there are two types of lessons for 5-9 year olds and 10-12 year olds. Kids will get accustomed to writing the characters, speaking the language through conversations, and understand the culture better through music and dance!
ezSAM, #10-11, The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, Singapore 179803, +65 9278 3262, www.ezsamkorean.com
As the national language of Singapore, Malay is widely used in daily life. If you want your child to learn this new language, Agape School Of Education has playgroups and programs to build their foundation before they reach primary school. Playgroups are catered for 3 to 5 years old, where practising their speech and communication skills will increase their confidence, while programs for those aged 5 to 7 will train their writing and reading abilities.
Agape School Of Education, 153B Goldhill Centre, Level 3, Thomson Road, Singapore 307607, +65 6222 2331, malay.agape.school
To teach little ones Italian from an age as young as 18 months old to 3 years old, APICS has a playgroup with 8 sessions either on weekdays or Sundays. Sessions will introduce the language to kids through music and games, where parents can get involved too. There are group lessons for older kids and teens, or private online classes as well if your child prefers learning from home.
APICS, 43A Beach Road, Level 2 - Evershine & Century Complex, Singapore 189681, +65 8485 6694, www.apics.com.sg
Tamilcube is a MOE-approved private institution that specializes in making Tamil fun and engaging for young kids. Whether it’s getting ready for primary school or O’ levels, they will provide useful resources and materials every step of the way. For a less academic approach, they also have Tamil creative writing classes and speech and drama workshops. If your kiddo prefers lessons from home, virtual classes are available too!
Tamilcube, multiple locations, +65 6618 6567, tuition.tamilcube.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
Open to both locals and foreigners, Russian Language Centre is one of the only places to learn the language in Singapore. Their individual lessons let you customize the pace so that kids can grasp the language slowly and steadily. Classes are split into 5 levels: Start, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, and Advanced, so students will be able to grow up alongside the language.
Russian Language Centre, 46 South Bridge Road #04-01, Kingly Building, Singapore 058679, +65 9295 2541, www.russian.sg
The regular Japanese language course at Ikoma Language School is split into 5 levels, basic, intermediate, pre-advanced, advanced and further advanced. These courses are available as once or twice a week part-time classes and intensive Monday to Friday daytime classes. They can also help you with preparation for your Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Ikoma Language School, 350 Orchard Road, #12-07 Shaw House, Singapore 238868, +65 6238 0288, ikoma.com.sg/index
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
The French Studio has created a unique, educational environment, that ensures all students have an amazing linguistic and cultural experience while learning French in Singapore. They have group language for the kids if your little one wants to learn in a fun environment. They focus on conversational and listening skills before moving them into writing and reading.
French Studio, 362 Joo Chiat Rd #02-01, 427607 Singapore, +65 8361 5622, www.frenchstudio.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
Teachers cater to the children at their own individual levels of proficiency. Therefore classes are kept small with a maximum of 12 students each and they are taught by a German teacher and an assistant teacher. Their teachers do not follow a course book but use different sources and materials from Germany. Courses are for kids aged 6-13.
Goethe Institut Singapore, 136 Neil Road, Singapore 088865 +65 6735 4555, www.goethe.de/ins/sg/en/index
Their classes are conducted in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where they strive for joy, interactivity, and professionalism. Classes are conveniently located on the East coast within the good bus and MRT routes. You can choose from group or private classes depending on what you prefer and how you like to learn. Group classes are always fun, you can watch movies, sing songs, and read books.
Spanish Studio, 362 Joo Chiat Rd #02-01, 427607 Singapore www.spanishstudio.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
Children learn Chinese through social interaction, instilment of values and curriculum understanding. Their centers are equipped with attractive and child-safe facilities. They are designed to enable children to enjoy serious fun in a clean and conducive environment that promotes learning. Courses start for little ones aged 3 to 11 and all meet MOE guidelines.
Berries Language Centre, locations island wide, www.berriesworld.com/
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
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
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