What we offer you!
Supporting parents, teachers and caregivers with effective programmes, methods and resources to teach Zulu to young children
LEARN ZULU withZuluMites
Why LEARN isiZulu?
When it comes to choosing which African language for you/your child to learn, it would be wise to consider that isiZulu is spoken as a first language by over 20% of South Africa’s population and is the most widely spoken second language in the country. From a social perspective, the ability to speak an African language has several economic, cognitive and educational advantages – most especially when learnt in the formative years (birth to 6yrs). We believe that an investment into learning an additional African language is one of the very best decisions you can make in the life of your young child!
When it comes to language, ZuluMites is based on the philosophy that language is part of life and cannot be taught in isolation. Our methodology focuses on the speaking and listening component of a beginner’s Zulu journey – and we engage children by (1) giving them a context in which they can use the language, (2) making Zulu learning fun and interactive, and (3) focusing on practical themes that are useful almost immediately. We believe that learning Zulu starts right in the toddler years, and we utilise well trained Zulu-speaking teachers to execute a full immersion environment, suitable for both the home and school environment.
ZuluMites is a company passionate about revolutionizing teaching methods, programmes, training and resources when it came to learning isiZulu!
You don’t need to go far to know that the ability to speak an African language is useful. The benefits of speaking an African language on this continent will enable a child to go further, and be more successful in the workplace.
Research the world over supports that children should be exposed to additional languages as young as possible: the cognitive benefits like better memory, executive reasoning, creativity and problem solving to name a few, not to mention the social benefits of being able to speak a language of another race/culture and being confident and adaptable in different language settings!
We have developed resources and training for isiZulu speaking Teachers and Caregivers that make Zulu learning more effective, fun, and engaging to the children in their care. Specifically designed for children 0-6yrs, our training focuses on developing confident, competent teachers of isiZulu.
Behind the scenes
The Bailey Family are behind both the first trilingual preschool in SA (2013) and the birth of ZuluMites (Pty) Ltd in 2016.
As both educators and Linguists, they devoted many years to researching the best way children learn additional languages – and were frustrated with the lack of good teaching programmes available for young children to learn an African language.
Their extensive teaching experience in both SA and abroad, led them to develop a unique way of training their own teaching staff, and developing an activities-based programme specifically geared towards teaching young children Zulu.
The ZuluMites brand has grown to now include teaching, training and support for schools (Preschool to Grade 3), educators, and parents of young children.
Meryl & Kyle Bailey with children: Zipporah (10yrs), Titus (8yrs), Manasseh (6yrs) and Hosanna (2yrs)
They say language is caught, not taught and the manner in which the Zulumites team enable children to “catch” a language is phenomenal.
Being multilingual in South Africa is no longer an option and it’s a gift we are glad to have given our child. Thank you to the ZuluMites team in partnering with us to raise a multilingual, culturally adaptable next generation!
The Moloi Family (2020)
Each week, the lessons are presented with child-friendly themes together with a variety of fun teaching props, all of which are condusive to optimal learning. ZuluMites are continuously striving to improve and they have willingly looked at our suggestions and recommendations. I highly recommend ZuluMites to any school for fun, educational Zulu lessons” – Head of Academics Junior Primary, St Teresa’s School (2020)
It is with pleasure that we can say ZuluMites has been a wonderful addition to our school’s curriculum. Our children look forward to the lessons with enthusiasm and the teachers are professional.
Principal, Centurion Montessori (2019)