Learning takes place naturally, and knowledges is absorbed through hands-on activities, including games and songs.
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Tigrinhos & Golden Tigers Bilingual School was highlighted on the cover of the special bilingual education edition of Correio Popular’s Metrópole Magazine. The article talked about a recent study by the University of Grenada, in Spain, which argued bilingual education helps memory retention and that bilingual speakers activate knowledge of both languages even when the situation only calls for one. News like this only highlights the importance of knowing a second language, especially considering the increasingly competitive, global job market. The sooner learning takes place, the better.
Learning should take place as naturally as possible, as emphasized by the Tigrinhos & Golden Tigers founder, Perry Krassner. “Students are exposed to English from a very early age. As a result, they experiment and assimilate the language easily, which takes the pressure off,” he said. He concluded by noting that “it is really interesting to see how quickly the kids can play, sing, and communicate naturally in both Portuguese and English.”
Hands-on education is everything; knowledge is often transferred through interactive activities, like games and songs.
Results of bilingual education are noticed very early
Results of early immersion in a second language are, generally, noticeable to parents and friends very early. “We went to the United States recently, and Valentina interacted with kids who only spoke English. We thought she would adapt in around 3 days, but she was jumping and playing with the American kids in just 20 minutes. We were so proud of the experience we had with our daughter,” said Larissa Urso, 10-year-old Valentina’s mom.
She started attending Tigrinhos & Golden Tigers Primary School when she was three, and started the bilingual program in Elementary School. “We were surprised to see how easily she managed. In less than a year, Valentina was already writing, speaking, and comprehending English very well,” noted Larissa.
English is also a part of Gustavo, 7, and Vinicius, 9, two other Tigrinhos & Golden Tiger students. “Their second language is a part of their lives in school as much as outside school. Even when they were very little, they were already applying the English they learned during meals and chores,” said their mother Roberta Tarkany Basting Höfling. For her, having them study at a bilingual school has tremendously enriched their experiences.