I can ask for a beer in 10 different languages

Good for you if not for your liver! Seriously this witty retort is usually given by someone who doesn’t speak a second language when asked if they do… Little do they know how close to being bilingual they actually are! Assuming for a moment they are not diehard sports fans who have learned limited local […] Read more »

Inaugural French Ambassadors Club was a great success!

Over 30 of the adult students learning French at the VICI Language Academy attended the inaugural French Ambassadors Club at The Fox at Peasemore this week and indulged in Francophile fun and games and a veritable French feast. The venue is a favourite of VICI founder Nathalie Danon-Kerr and where she often takes visitors from […] Read more »

Can you learn a language online?

Hardly a day goes by at the VICI Language Academy in Newbury without an enquiry from someone who is passionate about learning a language but who has been deterred after trying – and failing – to learn a language after downloading apps or buying online language training. This isn’t sour grapes on our part. Absolutely […] Read more »

So you’re good at languages? What career should you choose?

Here at the VICI Language Academy we are often asked this question by students: “I’m great at languages… what would be the best career choice?” Parents and teachers also ask questions like this too for their children and students. Often our students will say they want to teach the language they are good at and […] Read more »

Your approach to language shouldn’t be a hobby when you mean business

Once again a business has hit the headlines amid accusations that it banned foreign workers from speaking their native tongue while at work. At the distribution centre for Hobbycraft in Burton there are myriad languages spoken by workers for whom English is clearly a second language. However, for once the business in question is not […] Read more »

Raising bilingual children: can we get it wrong?

  It’s pretty tough to disagree that teaching children to learn a second language is wonderful! The benefits are evident; not only is it genuinely fulfilling and fun to do, when our children are older, the opportunities will be fantastic. As well the enhancements to their social skills, awareness of other cultures and travel opportunities, […] Read more »

Discover how to get your children speaking French before they’re potty trained!

Here at the VICI Language Academy we are fair bursting with pride over our students most of the time, however sometimes you want to run through the streets of Newbury telling everyone! Readers of our newsletter will have already seen the case study about Tilly and Mirabelle – two of our youngest students on the […] Read more »

Why French IS important?

The popularity of French in New York schools would surely be a reason to pop the Champagne corks with so many children benefiting from learning a second language? Not according to the website New Republic, which has demanded “Let’s Stop Pretending That French Is an Important Language” The author dismissed French as a language past […] Read more »

If plumbers need to speak French isn’t it time you took the plunge?

It seems like only yesterday the tabloid papers were filled with fear mongering headlines about Polish plumbers coming over here ‘stealing’ jobs… How different headlines this week suggest that no matter what your nationality, you will not win certain plumbing jobs without speaking French! Just as the newspapers here have moved on from focusing on […] Read more »

Languages compulsory in all UK schools? Why we remain cautious.

From September 2014 it will be compulsory for children aged seven and above to be taught at least one foreign language in Primary Schools – however why are the celebrations at the VICI Language Academy cautious when surely founder Nathalie Danon-Kerr would applaud such a move? The caution comes in case this is all just […] Read more »

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