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How Language & Culture bring people together

The people of France are well known for their hospitality so little wonder we gave regulars at the Fox in Peasemore a thoroughly warm welcome at our recent annual evening of all things French. The students at the VICI Language Academy pride themselves on being part of...

Staving off dementia?

One of the reasons there is such a great atmosphere at the VICI Language Academy is because everyone who enrols to learn a language is passionate about it for a host of reasons – but imagine being compelled to learn a language until you left university! We’ve written...

Jonny Wilkinson and the universal language of rugby

Amid the excitement of the 2015 World Cup it can be easy to dismiss the importance of learning another language in order to play another sport. Rugby, like many sports, is surely a universal language? The game speaks for itself and when ‘Les Bleus’ clash with a team...

Why foreign language software does not work.

The inadequacies of trying to learn a language simply by listening has long been recognised, no doubt why many turn to a new breed of linguistic attainment, that is software – both for computers and apps for smart phones – the answer in any language? In a word “no”,...

Top Tips for Learning a New Language in 2015

January’s now upon us which means most people are planning their resolutions as the Christmas festivities end and a clean sheet presents itself in the form of a new year.     As well as getting fit, losing weight and ditching the alcohol, learning a foreign...

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...

Going back to school to inspire the future generation

The brightest budding linguists at St. Bartholomew’s School in Newbury were given an insight into the importance of being bilingual in the modern world. The audience of some 50 students from years nine to 13 were taken from the school’s Gifted and Talented programme...

The Wimbledon Wobble

When Andy Murray set about defending his Wimbledon title, he got off to a flyer – three matches, 9 straight sets, absolutely clinical. But when his Wimbledon world fell apart after defeat to Grigor Dimitrov on the 2nd of July, Murray had some thinking to do. What...

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...

Learning a language will pay career dividends

Here at the VICI Language Academy we are always telling people about the difference learning a language can make, and for young adults they often want to know if a second or third language is going to make a difference to their career prospects. Naturally we say it...

Not just a pretty face!

Have you ever wondered about actors speaking a foreign language in a movie? I bet you think they have been coached to simply deliver those line with a hopefully convincing accent? Well it would seem plenty of the famous actors who grace the big screen are actually...

Celebrity Lifestyle for your children… And no paparazzi!

Did you know many children of celebrities are bilingual? Learning a second language is 'de rigueur' in Hollywood with Angelina Jolie’s twins, Knox and Vivienne, reportedly speaking French. While, Gwyneth Paltrow’s children speak Spanish. Of course celebrities often...

Why face to face is better in any languages?

It has never been easier to communicate without actually meeting up with someone – emails, texts, Whataspp, Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts or you might even send a letter! The point is we often resort to one of these methods rather than meet face to face. We know in...

Birds of a Feather learn together

You must have heard the idiom ‘Birds of a feather flock together’ and certainly when learning English such phrases can be both insightful and tricky! However, here at the VICI Language Academy we use the idiom to describe why our classes are so successful whatever the...

Did you hate learning a language at school?

“But I hated learning a language at school…” is sadly something we hear all too often here at The VICI Language Academy in Newbury; however just because you had a bad experience does not mean you cannot flourish and enjoy learning a language today. Let’s be clear why...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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