Discover why we don’t do group lessons to learn English

We strive to meet our foreign language students’ needs with a variety of teaching options available, however when it comes to learning English we do not offer group lessons even though we are continually asked, preferring to only offer private lessons. Why? Well people who want to learn English will normally have a good reason […] Read more »

The VICI Language Academy will be closed within five year

Well, if you believed a debate raging on social media over recent weeks. A discussion within a language group on LinkedIn asserted that all language schools would be closed within five years. Yes, apparently the onward march of apps on mobile telephones and tablets and ever faster broadband will soon remove the need to visit […] Read more »

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 »

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 online after downloading apps or buying online language training. This isn’t sour grapes on our part. […] 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. But can we get it wrong when we are raising bilingual children? As well the enhancements […] 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 »

If plumbers are speaking 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 »

What should Domino’s have done?

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Without any sense of irony a branch of Domino’s pizza is insisting that all staff speak English, making it a disciplinary offence if they are caught speaking their native language. We know that the branch of the take away is doing this after Stuart Horton, a delivery driver for the Ashton branch of Domino’s Pizza […] Read more »

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