We’re very excited to be offering afterschool Spanish for children.
As you probably know, children have a tremendous affinity for learning languages. Drawing on our experience and expertise in language education, we’ve created a program that will challenge children of all levels, while also teaching them valuable soft-skills associated with language learning, including confidence, respect, as well as a stronger sense of community and identity. Not to mention they’ll also be learning another language, something that will benefit them for their entire life.
Another important component of the program is optional parent participation. Children learn through real-world interaction. The ability for parents to participate in the lessons helps children carry on their learning even after they leave the classroom.
- Classes are open to students between 5 and 10 years of age
- Classes begin September 4th, 2018
- Enrollment deadline is June 29th, but classes may fill up before then
- Students will study September through December and January through May, with a three-month break for summer vacation.
- Classes will take place from 4:00 to 5:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
- You can choose whether you would like your child to come in two, three, or four times a week
Space is extremely limited! Contact us for more information about availability and pricing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the kids learn in class?
In class, children will cover a broad range of topics. They will have a coursebook with exercises to help them learn to read and write in Spanish. Younger children will learn to outline the shapes of letters and begin to spell basic words, and older children will acquire more vocabulary and practice a lot of reading and writing.
In addition to the coursebook, children will do activities like singing, dancing, drawing, and games.
Another important component of the curriculum is culture. Children will learn all about the different countries and cultures associated with the Spanish language.
How will the groups be divided?
Class sizes are approximately 10 students and are grouped by individual affinities more than by ages. If a particular group of students likes stories more than dancing and singing, we will do our best to group them together so that they are naturally engaged in the materials.
What if my child already speaks some Spanish?
Students of all levels will be grouped together, but more advanced students will still be challenged by the instructor. The small group sizes will allow the instructor to monitor and challenge students in ways unique to their needs.
Having a mixed group will also allow more advanced students to understand and retain more of the language by becoming teachers themselves, helping their fellow students.
What if my child is almost five or older than 10?
The ages of 5-10 are guidelines. We understand that each child is different. If you child is 4 and a half or 11, they may still be allowed to join the program. Admissions will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
If you child is 12-14, a private or custom group class is the best option. For children 15 or over, evening group classes are usually best. For more information about these options, please contact us below.
A Letter From the Director
We’re so glad you’re considering signing your child up for Spanish classes! Learning another language has a huge number of benefits for both adults and children, and opens a new world of opportunities both in and out of the classroom.
Each class will contain a mixture of traditional and non-traditional learning activities. While the kids will practice reading, writing, and speaking every day, there will also be dancing, singing, and artwork. The reason for this is two-fold. First, we want to make sure the kids still get to be kids and can enjoy themselves while they learn. Second, language acquisition is more successful when it is integrated into activities that allow children to interact with other people and use different parts of their brains. A course book is required for class and will help to provide structure.
Classes will be multi-age and multi-level. This helps to foster a strong sense of community while also facilitating an environment where kids can engage in collaborative exchanges and active learning. Students who are complete beginners will have the opportunity to emulate their more advanced peers, and the immersion setting will encourage them to start speaking on day one. The instructor, who is a native speaker, will challenge intermediate and advanced students, too, enabling them to become as proficient in the language as possible. As students advance, they will get to act as role models and peer mentors for other students who are not as far along as they are, activities that will build both social responsibility and independence.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us by telephone or email if you have any questions – we recognize that enrolling for the class is a big commitment for your entire family and want to help make the process as easy for you as possible.
Founder & Academic Director
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