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Why Is Learning a Second Language Easier for Children?

We always hear adults learning languages complain about not learning the language as a child. This is because it is easier to learn a language when one is a kid rather than when he or she is a teen or adult. Why do kids become bilingual so easily? For young children, learning lan...
Marcela Summerville
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Songs in the Spanish Workshop for Children Classroom

Using Songs in Our Classrooms One of the big problems we all face, when teaching young learners, is maintaining learners’ interest throughout our lessons. Consequently, we often have to be very creative in the techniques we use. What makes music such a great teaching tool is ...
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Opening up a world of language to young children – Spanish Workshop for Children feature article

In this local spotlight, parents express sheds illumination on the importance of programs like Spanish Workshop for Children in a day and age when language learning is becoming scarcer. Emphasis is placed on the unique and special way the workshop accomplishes its teaching goals....
Ozzie Summerville
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Study: learning second language boosts thinking skills!

What impact does learning a second language have on mental alertness? The results of recent research conducted by Edinburgh University reveal some eye-opening attention-switching and information-filtering benefits of bilingualism. What’s more, these beneficial effects on cognit...
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Marcela Summerville of Spanish Workshop for Children meets with a Sarah Bond from Philadelphia Family Magazine

Philadelphia Family magazine gives an Instagram shout-out to Spanish Workshop for Children, singling out the program for its “amazing language programs.” Check out the praise and the accompanying photo. See More...
Ozzie Summerville
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Learning Beyond the Classroom – Spanish Workshop for Children featured in Princeton Packet ‬Magazine (p. 17)

Much of the knowledge kids take into adulthood with them doesn’t even happen on school campuses. Whether a child spends his or her day surrounded by traditional classroom walls or views the world as his or her classroom, sometimes a little extra outside boost in the curriculum ...
Ozzie Summerville
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How Foreign Languages Foster Greater Empathy in Children

Second language exposure helps kids better understand other people. And fluency level isn’t even the determining factor. That’s the takeaway of the study cited herein, which tested the perception skills of bilingual, monolingual, and second language exposed children between t...
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What does research show about the benefits of language learning?

Broken down into three categories—academic achievement, cognitive benefit, and attitudes and beliefs about language learning and other cultures—this website culls together, in one organized space, all the most relevant studies to support each claim. Simply click on the area(s...
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Studies Find Language Is Key to Learning Math

Language and mathematical capabilities might not be as disconnected as previously thought. A study of profoundly deaf adults lacking any formal sign language demonstrates just how strong the link between the two disciplines may be after all. It also offers insight into the develo...
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Infants raised in bilingual environments can distinguish unfamiliar languages

Could early exposure to two native languages extend beyond the mother tongues? Psychologist Janet Werker shows that babies as young as four months old who are growing up bilingual possess the ability to distinguish between languages they’ve never heard based solely on facial cu...
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