Why go on a language exchange so young?
Indeed, being away from your family for 6 months at the age of 9, 10, 11, 12 raises questions for anyone who has never heard of an experience of this kind. This is indeed an ideal age to learn a foreign language. The child learns very quickly, with the right accent and the right intonation, especially if he has no prerequisites in the language; He didn't have time to form bad habits. This is the principle of immersion.
The results are surprising, the children come back bilingual after 6 months. Moreover, culturally and humanly, they integrate into their new family without prejudice or resistance, unlike most teenagers or young adults. An emotional bond is created much more easily between the child and his new family. The failures do not depend on the age of the child but rather on adults and parents who fail to trust each other.
Language exchange for which child?
The child must absolutely be voluntary in the process. This experience is made for courageous, motivated children, who will be ready to make all the necessary efforts to integrate them into a new family, a new school, a new country with its own codes and different rules.
Language exchange for which family?
Parents who are ready to entrust their child for 6 months and to fully trust a foreign family. A family that does not only see the linguistic side of the adventure but is interested in the cultural and human aspect of the exchange. Indeed, welcoming a foreign child who will have received a different education for 6 months requires a lot of open-mindedness and availability from the parents. Parents must be prepared to accept a foreign child as their own child.
At what time of the year does the language exchange start?
The language exchange usually starts in August/September or February/March. Meetings with new families include two compulsory highlights: the individual interview with your child, carried out in the presence of his brothers and sisters and the parents. The whole family must be present. All the difficulties and pitfalls related to this year of exchange are approached without taboos. Families and children in the process of exchange are also present in order to bring their testimony and their experience.
Which language stay formulas to choose?
Language stays for teenagers in the accompanied formula are trips for groups of young teenagers, supervised by guides throughout their stay. The activities and lessons during the language stay are done in groups like in a summer camp for teenagers. As for the accommodation of language stays for teenagers, it can be with a host family or in a residence depending on the stay selected.
This accompanied stay formula is therefore suitable for teenagers and high school students who wish to go on a language immersion abroad with other young people of their age, including transport, accommodation and supervision.
Language stays for teens are suitable for teenagers, comfortable in a secure environment combining language lessons and cultural discovery (visits, excursions and other fun activities).
If your teenager is a sports enthusiast, suggest that they go on a language and sports language course that combines the practice of a sporting activity (football, rugby, tennis, basketball, horse riding or even golf) and English lessons. All immersed in a country abroad.
Intensive language stays allow you to improve your language level quickly for an exam, for example. A compromise between the private lesson and the group stay, this stay allows the teenager to progress effectively while benefiting from personalized support.
How to choose a language course in Ireland with HEBE Adventures?
Language stays in Ireland are the best solution for your child to discover the country's culture while speaking English on a daily basis. He will then be directly in contact with a way of life that he did not know or knew very little about before. Orally, significant progress can then be noted from the second week of the stay in general. A very enriching experience from all points of view that your child will remember forever!
At HEBE Adventures, our very complete range of language stays for children and teenagers allows you to make your choice throughout the year. You can be sure that your child will benefit from a program perfectly adapted to his requirements as well as to yours.
The selection we make to choose host families in Ireland is based above all on the network we have in Ireland which makes up our range of stays. Our local correspondents, present all year round on site, work intensively to select the families where your child will certainly feel comfortable during his language stay in Ireland. Our requirements and our seriousness allow us to offer you very high quality family language stays, where your child will enjoy himself while learning a new language.
That said, you can fully trust HEBE Adventures to find you the perfect English pen pal for your child's language exchange in Ireland, so that you both have a great holiday and acquire an English accent at the same time.
So what are you waiting for to find the ideal language stay for your son or daughter? Join us now.