The Clockwork Methodology™ | One Third Stories

The Clockwork Methodology™

Languages are brilliant. They can improve our career prospects, help us make new friends all over the world and have a whole host of cognitive benefits. So it’s really no surprise that many parents want to give their children the gift of a second language

But making that a reality can be tricky. How do you help your child learn another language when you don’t speak one yourself? When do you find the time to do it? What do you do if your children don’t enjoy any of the resources you buy?

That’s why we created the Clockwork Methodology™, which we use in all of our Story Box subscriptions.

Here’s how  the Clockwork Methodology™ makes learning a language as simple as reading a story.

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We create engaging books that children love, complete with beautiful illustrations. They begin in English.

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Gradually, words in the target language are introduced in contexts that make their meaning immediately apparent.

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Words become phrases, phrases become sentences and sentences become whole pages in another language.

1

We create engaging books that children love, complete with beautiful illustrations. They begin in English.

2

Gradually, words in the target language are introduced in contexts that make their meaning immediately apparent.

3

Words become phrases, phrases become sentences and sentences become whole pages in another language.

Here’s an example of the Clockwork Methodology™ in action.

“The little boy looked into the sky at the bright, round, yellow soleil.”

The new word gets used lots of times through the story in different contexts and through this repeated exposure the reader has learnt the French word for ‘sun’. Introducing new vocabulary in this way allows us to create stories that start in English and end in a different language.

How does it work?

The Clockwork Methodology™ works because it helps children learn a new language in the same way that they expand their vocabulary in