A household name in much of Europe, Israel and Central America, Helen Doron has become synonymous with English as a Second Language (ESL) from very young children up through adolescents. A linguist by profession, Ms. Doron pioneered the internationally renowned Helen Doron methodology of teaching English to young children in the same way as they learn their mother tongue. Nearly three decades years later, her very successful methodology is franchised in 33 countries, and over 2 million children have learned to speak English, thanks to her pioneering methodology.
Her music partner, Niko Levy, is well-known for his spiritual music seminars and vast repertoire of compositions on a variety of instruments. Together, this very talented pair merged to write a remarkable number of songs from nearly every genre in existence.
Helen Doron described the importance of music in her approach, “Music is the most important element of my methodology. When you have music, you have the feeling, the meter and the rhyme of the language. When you recall songs from your childhood, it gives you a warm, tingly feeling and you remember what you liked. When you learn a language through music, the grammar and vocabulary are built right in. We do a lot of work to make sure that grammar is taught and reinforced, although we don’t actually teach grammar rules. The students love the songs and we also do a lot with movement, so they also have the kinesthetic side of learning. It doesn’t matter if the kid is 3 months old or 18 years old, they love the music and learn through it. “
Helen Doron’s more than 3,700 teachers claim they never get tired of teaching these songs, as they are fun, interesting and even challenging. Children can deal with strong, complex musical themes and Niko Levy’s pieces include harmonies and tempos that teach a child music appreciation, along with melodies and cadences. “His creations are sophisticated and even complicated, so the children don’t get tired of hearing them.” Ms. Doron explained, “He carefully works on every song and each composition’s music relates to the text. “
Niko reflected, “I remember when we had been working together for 5 years and I attended my first Helen Doron conference. One of the teachers approached me and said, ‘I never get tired of listening to your music, even though it was written for children. Even the parents marvel over how much they enjoy it.’”
About the Helen Doron Educational Group
The Helen Doron Educational Group stands at the forefront of innovative educational systems, providing exclusive learning programmes and quality educational materials for babies, children and adolescents the world over since 1985. The company’s flagship franchise, Helen Doron English, today encompasses over 760 learning centres in 33 countries in Europe, Asia and South America. More than two million children today speak English as a second language thanks to Helen Doron English.
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