03 Oct Acacia, Early Bilingualism and Innovation
Early Bilingualism and Innovation
3 octobre 2019
The main challenges of the new generations are the ability to communicate with the world and acquire new knowledge throughout life. It is therefore essential for children to develop from the earliest age both the abilities and the desire to learn, as well as an open mind. With this in mind, the early multilingualism advocated by Acacia is a key asset.
Founded in 2008 in the heart of Bangkok by a Franco-Singaporean couple passionate about languages and new technologies, the Acacia School immediately became a great success with expatriates.
And for good reason, its innovative pedagogical device puts at the heart of education a parallel teaching in French and English, and this from the early years of nursery.
This means that in Acacia, from the age of one, a child can develop his/her knowledge in these two languages and become, long before entering primary school, a natural bilingual speaker – even trilingual if one of the parents brings in an extra language. Qualities that greatly enhance learning and intellectual development, as evidenced by numerous studies and observations of multilingual children.
A tree of skills in the heart of the knowledge’s garden
When they founded the first Acacia School, Christophe and Eugenia Galian already argued that the best way to master several languages in an effective and sustainable way is to immerse people from the age of 1 or 2 into a multilingual and multicultural environment. They were the first in Bangkok to offer this pedagogical approach that allows children to develop in a natural way their innate ability to switch from one language to another.
After 11 years of existence and more than 600 young people trained, the Acacia pedagogy no longer needs to prove its worth. Nevertheless, while bilingualism is the keystone of the Acacia educational project, the content, quality and diversity of teaching are its pillars. Besides the teaching of languages, the pedagogical team has a solid experience in developing the intellectual, motor and artistic abilities of children.
Acacia has also been committed since the beginning to creating original educational programs based on the curriculum of the French and English Ministries of Education. This allows students to follow with great ease on the system of French or English schools.
Extend Knowledge, Cultivate Awareness
In a constant effort to enrich and diversify its teaching, Acacia also offers various extracurricular activities. Students can learn about ballooning, judo, yoga, music, dance and, from this school year, practice theater.
And then, one of the great challenges of the 21st century being the preservation of the planet, Acacia schools have implemented for two years educational activities and actions to raise awareness of nature, recycling, “junk food”, and the protection of species.
Among the actions carried out last year, students have for example been able to visit an eco-friendly shop or attend workshops on waste management and seabed cleaning. Middle Section students may also participate in a permaculture program that engages them to sow and grow plants.
In 2018, Acacia opened a school in Hanoi. Like the previous ones, this new establishment is a great success with expatriate families in the Vietnamese capital. With this new success, new Acacia schools should emerge in the coming years in other major cities in Asia.
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