My name is Tanja and I have no children of my own but I speak four languages fluently (Luxembourgish, German, French & English) and I have over 13 years’ experience working with and interacting with bilingual children.
I have worked for over 10 years’ as a nursery school teacher in Luxembourg and an additional three years in London.
I am originally from Luxembourg and Luxembourgish is my mother tongue, but I did my studies in German, at home I speak French with my boyfriend (who is Belgian) and I live in London at the moment (so using my languages every day).
My sister brings up her children bilingual (English and Luxembourgish) in the UK.
I am a 35 year old trained and experienced nursery school teacher, teach German at a Saturday school and have a Bachelor qualification in Social Work.
I only finished my Bachelor of Arts in social work a few months ago (in Germany; distance studies) and I thought about what I could do next after working for so many years with bilingual children and use all my other skills.
Therefore I decided to offer language sessions in London and online.
During a typical session, I would speak and interact with the child / children in one of my languages. The aim of the class is to be educational, yet fun and interactive, so the child learns naturally and comfortably within a structured environment. The lessons usually involve speaking about different topics that spark the child’s interest, reading stories and singing together which improves the child’s language skills and also their confidence.
When I was researching about activities, articles... I found Bilingual Monkeys on Facebook and could refer to most of the posts through my own personal or professional experience.
I think language is very important and I want to pass this on to others, children and adults.
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Angela: So sorry for your loss. She was a great woman. I hope you feel a bit better. Kisses from Spain.
Apr 22, 2018 23:34:43 GMT 9
Mayken: We visited a Loire Valley château yesterday. Our daughter got a kids' activity booklet and we parents got the regular tour booklet in French. She asked for one in German (our ml). When I later asked her why, she said "Because I'm a German-speaker!"
Apr 23, 2018 23:23:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Haha love it Mayken! The best thing is - she is right!
Apr 24, 2018 5:45:09 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9
Flir: Adam, uh oh. Time waits for no one. I'm very sorry to hear that. Stay strong man, your kids are looking up to you to give them as much as your parents gave you once. Best wishes.
May 24, 2018 20:11:03 GMT 9