In just one year, Lana went from barely understanding English to communicating fluently in the language.
Lana, who is 13 years old and in Year 7, was born in Serbia and attended pre-school and early primary school in Belgium, before moving to Australia with her family. Lana was raised speaking Serbian at home and was schooled in French until Year 4.
When Lana moved to Australia with her family, Natasa, Lana’s mother, enrolled her daughter into Kumon English in 2015 to catch up with her classmates. She has studied with Kumon ever since.
“When I started I knew very little English but within a year’s work, I was speaking and writing in English with almost no mistakes”, Lana says.
Lana has since finished Kumon English and, as such, can read and write at the Year 12 level. She is also in the accelerated learning program at her high school and was elected school captain while she was in primary school.
“Kumon played an essential role in Lana’s English skills development, especially in essay writing”, Natasa says. “This contributed to Lana being enrolled in the accelerated learning program in secondary school and resulted in her receiving an academic scholarship.
“Furthermore, as she only started to speak English a year prior, Lana becoming school captain in primary made us extremely proud”, Natasa says.
“Kumon played an essential role in that achievement and we are very grateful”.
Lana hopes to become an air force pilot or neurosurgeon when she grows up. She also aims to complete Kumon Maths by March next year.
If she achieves this, it means she can solve maths equations that university students study.