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Media Praise

Totus Lingua teachers have been trained using the Thibaut Technique®, which is the same method that has been used by the teachers at the The Language Workshop for Children for over 40 years. Below you will find articles written about the school over the years.




“Since language plays such an important part in our day to day lives, Lourdes Hubard and Fernando Alessandrini opened the successful Totus Lingua program to teach foreign languages to even the littlest of learners.”

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CNN The Language Workshop for Children®

[François Thibaut] “is one of a very few experts in teaching languages to small children.”

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Parents The Language Workshop for Children®


Foreign Language: The Language Workshop For Children

Learning a second language enhances a child’s awareness of her primary one. And the similarities and differences between the languages help her understand the sounds, the words, and the rules for putting sentences together. ‘Plus, the more words a child hears by 2, the more her vocabulary will grow,’ says Cindy Kennedy Reedy, a child-development specialist at Arcadia University, in Glenside, Pennsylvania. “These classes engage babies with short, language-based activities that incorporate song and dance.”

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The Wall Street Journal The Language Workshop for Children®

“In Manhattan’s Upper East Side, well-to-do parents line up around the block to enroll their infants and toddlers in François Thibaut’s language classes.”

Read the October 09, 1999 Wall Street Journal article

“Once our daughter got past her initial confusion of a Spanish-only setting, she was engaged by the fast-paced, lively class.”

Read the May 06, 2010 Wall Street Journal article


Associated Press The Language Workshop for Children®

“… There’s a world of difference between teaching young children a language with methods designed specifically and exclusively for them, such as the Thibaut Technique … and teaching them with methods adapted from lessons for adults.”

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The New York Times The Language Workshop for Children®

“At French for Tots in Manhattan, François Thibaut teaches children how to speak French. His love of the children and enthusiasm for what he is teaching is legendary among New York parents.”

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BBC America

“Early learning is thriving in New York. It sounds like beginner’s French, the only difference is that the students have not yet learned how to speak. This is The Language Workshop for Children.”

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Better Homes and Gardens The Language Workshop for Children®

“Four year old Alexandra D. talks to her toy animals in Japanese. At snack time, she spontaneously shifts to French. Lindsay S. at age 8 shows an ability to carry on a basic conversation in French without the slightest English accent. Both have been students since the age of 2 at The Language Workshop for Children.”

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New York The Language Workshop for Children®

“And judging by a recent visit, they leave with a working vocabulary and an accent parents will envy. Thibaut uses action games so that youngsters learn to take direction in French, skits to sharpen communication skills, plus workbooks and tapes.”

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Suite101.com The Language Workshop for Children®

“At The Language Workshop for Children teachers speak only the target language in their immersion preschools and the teacher never translates …”

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babble The Language Workshop for Children®

“Thibaut has spent his life developing his own series of children’s classes (the Language Workshop for Children), teaching methods (the Thibaut Technique) and educational materials (the Professor Toto Language Education Series).”

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Totus Lingua teaches Spanish in schools (Prek-8th grade) and daycares around Chicago!