What to Expect

- Many Europeans learn to speak and read in two to three languages.    - It is common for a child in Switzerland to learn French at home, then Italian at school, and German during college.    - Our brains are built to learn language.    - Children are turbo-charged by Nature to learn language at a young age. Mixing of words may happen but it is short-lived and serves to exercise the brain.    - Children are extremely sensitive to language. Their brains are agile enough to develop two language systems simultaneously.    - Bilingual children often out-perform monolingual children on tests that require them to ignore distracting information. They can focus more intently on the task at hand.    - Most children outside of the United States grow up surrounded by more than one language. For example, in Taiwan, children speak Taiwanese at home and then Chinese and English in school.    - Bilingualism is required if we want to prepare our children for their future place in a global economy.   

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A NEW LANGUAGE ...

When you and your child embark on the path to learning a new language, you’ll be opening up a whole new world of enriching cultural experiences. You’ll also give your child a competitive edge in our increasingly global society. What’s more, you’ll be preparing your child for better success in school. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), learning a new language :

• Improves cognitive skills

• Improves attention span

• Improves memory

• Improves problem-solving ability

• Improves visual-spatial ability


Numerous studies have shown that children who learn a new language:

• Strengthen their reading abilities in their native language

• Borrow skills from one language to help learn another, reinforcing basic grammar and syntax skills in one or both languages

• Are better able to form hypotheses in science

• Tend to make higher scores on academic achievement tests, including college entrance exams

• Enjoy higher achievement levels in college

 

 

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Fall 2017 - 2018

Fall 2017 - 2018 
Fall semester--September 18, 2017 - January 31, 2018
No classes the week of Thanksgiving or winter holiday break
Spring semester--Feb 1 - May 12, 2017
No classes Spring break March 20-24

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