The Language Nannies® Advantage

Essential in a Multicultural World
  • “The more children are engaged, the more likely they are to retain a language,” Thibaut says. “You engage children in different ways depending on the age. With these little ones, you can engage them with your voice, with the gestures, with the way you look at them.”
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  • The Story Behind Language Nannies®

    At the Language Workshop for Children®, we have dedicated ourselves to the study of how to best teach languages to young children. We have refined our teaching methods over the course of more than forty years, always improving upon and sharing The Thibaut Technique®, developed by François Thibaut, a pioneer in early language acquisition. This technique utilizes immersive play, as well as specially designed songs and visual aids to naturally engage children emotionally as well as intellectually.
    We noticed a remarkable pattern over the course of our many years of language instruction. The children who had a native speaking parent, or a native speaking caregiver, were the ones most likely to become fluent. This pattern proved to be true, time and again, with the children whose life at home included a second or third language. While it took many children nearly a decade to gain fluency, those who were immersed daily in the target language, or languages, often became fluent in as little as three years’ time.
  • Going Beyond Exposure: Only Frequent Exposure Will Lead to Fluency

    Weekly language classes have many benefits; they expose children to new cultures, help them build a varied vocabulary in the target language, and improve their social skills in a fun environment. But our experience has taught us that exposure and once-a-week classes are not enough if you want your child to become truly fluent and develop the flawless accent that will help him or her move around the world effortlessly.

    Parents of bilingual children agree that if you want your child to become fluent in the target language, he or she should spend about 30% of his or her daily activities immersed in the language.That’s why we strongly believe every family would benefit from a Language Nanny, who will support and nurture your child’s intellectual, emotional, and linguistic growth each and every day.

    Language playgroups for toddlers and after school programs for young children are a great weekly option for your child, but why not extend the fun to every day? A Language Nanny will be with your child in many different learning situations throughout the week, whether it be the playground, the library, or a museum.

    And so, we decided to harness our years of experience in language instruction to provide an invaluable consulting service for your family. We will help you find the perfect Language Nanny to teach French, Spanish, Italian, or Mandarin Chinese to your child.

  • A Language Nanny: Not Your Typical Nanny!

    As many families in New York will tell you, city life is a challenge without a caregiver. A dedicated nanny ensures your child is able to take advantage of all the fun activities and resources New York has to offer, while getting them to school and their activities on time. Whether you prefer a male or female nanny, or a French, Spanish, Italian, or Mandarin Chinese-speaking nanny, we will find the right fit for you!

    A Language Nanny is not only a native speaker and a nurturing figure, ready to share his or her culture with your children. We also handpick candidates whose experience in childcare has shown them the importance of immersive play and emotional engagement when it comes to early language acquisition. At the Language Workshop for Children®, we have fine-tuned our distinctive and effective teaching method over the course of many years. Since 1973, François Thibaut and the Language Workshop for Children® have taught tens of thousands of children to acquire new languages naturally with The Thibaut Technique®. During our Nanny Search, we will look for childcare professionals who will have that same success with your child(ren).

    Read on to find out how your nanny is selected.