TFLI partners with public, private, and charter schools, as well as, home school groups to offer language instruction to children ages K-12. We provide both after-school extracurricular language programs and core-program language instruction. Available languages include, but are not limited to, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. Our instructors are trained in a range of teaching methods within the communicative approach.
Our approach to curriculum draws extensively from the paradigm of Comprehensible Input (UI) and Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS). Our courses for children are framed around well-known stories for young kids (“The very Hungry Caterpillar”, “Goldilocks and the three Bears”). Learners immediately relate to familiar stories, situations and characters which facilitates their comprehension of the new language. Classroom activities are designed around the principles of the communicative approach (emphasis on the functional and interpersonal aspects of the language) and Total Physical Response (comprehension and memorization of new language and skills happens through actions of the whole body and in different places, not only at the desk). Combining these methodologies results in interactive, dynamic and varied classroom tasks that lead students to not only thorough understanding, but also lasting abilities and sense of accomplishment.
For young teenagers, our program is expanded to include project-based learning, and students are also led to proficiency through teaching of structures (grammar), taking advantage of more mature learning abilities at this age (analysis of structures, contrasting and comparing of language points). The lessons remain interactive, focused on communication and create a positive relationship between students and the new language.
The basic cost of the class is $100 an hour for a group of up to 10 students (K-6), and up to 15 students (grade 7 and higher) and we offer generous discounts for bulk purchases of 50 or more hours. The minimum length of a single teacher assignment is 1.5 hours and most schools choose to schedule two 1-hour classes back-to-back in order to avoid being charged for 1.5 hours if the class is only 1 hour long.
We do not require our instructors to be licensed teachers in the State of Tennessee.
Contact Karolina@tfli.org , Director of Foreign Languages, for scheduling, questions, and teacher/language availability.