Parents And Children Learn Side By Side In Chattanooga School Of Language Class

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Chattanooga School of Language will offer group and private classes in nine different languages in its new term of classes beginning April 1.

Also as a part of the upcoming term of classes, a Parent/Child Spanish class will take place on Sunday afternoons for children ages 2-4 and 5-7 and their parents. This six-week course begins on Feb. 17.

“Our Parent/Child language class is one of my favorites,” said Laurie Stevens, owner/operator of CSL. “When parents and their children learn side by side, they are then able to take what they learned in class back to their home, and it becomes a part of their daily lives. The experience created together with parent and child is significant for lifelong learning.”

Many studies show the benefits of second language learning not only on linguistic abilities, but also on cognitive and creative abilities, especially among young learners. According to ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), exposure to a language at an early age increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of mind in young children.

According to Ms. Stevens, the language school has seen a rise in the need for comprehensive language instruction in the community, especially among younger students. “Over the past several years, schools have had their budgets cut, and usually one of the first things to go is the language departments,” she said. “Many local families have contacted CSL to make sure their child(ren) still receive exposure to foreign languages. We have been able to meet this need by working with several elementary schools to create after-school language classes, as well as a Parent/Child class and customized tutoring.”

Through the Parent/Child language class, parents are a part of their child’s learning experience by actively participating in each lesson, during which a CSL teacher uses games, cultural activities, music and art to create a holistic approach to language learning and cultural understanding.

Classes will take place at the school in suite 307 of the Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Boulevard.

Registration for the Parent/Child class and classes for the April 1 term is still open. For more information on the times and dates of classes, visit the school’s website, www.chattanoogalanguage.com. Students can register online or by calling 423 802-2040.

 

Jim Daughdrill '05 Named McCallie Dean Of Admission

Jim Daughdrill will take over on July 1 as dean of Admission at McCallie School.  Mr. Daughdrill, a 2005 graduate of McCallie who currently serves as director of Boarding Admission, takes over for Troy Kemp, who has been appointed executive director for the National Center for the Development of Boys based at McCallie.  “Even when I was a student here, I always thought ... (click for more)

Lee To Offer Free ESL Camp For Kids

The Lee University English Language Center will offer a free ESL (English as a Second Language) camp for rising 1st – 6th grade students, July 11-15 from 9 a.m.–2:45 p.m., in the Walker Memorial Building on Lee’s campus.  The camp will focus on the development of writing, reading, speaking and listening skills through interactive crafts and activities.  All non-native ... (click for more)

County Commission Gives Up Fight On $900,000 In Discretionary Funds

County Commission members have given up the fight for the annual $900,000 in discretionary funds. Commission Chairman Chester Bankston said there was not enough money available after requests from a number of agencies and departments were cut to balance the budget without a tax increase. Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said the fact that commissioners can no longer allot the ... (click for more)

Athens, Tn., Man Killed And Several Others Injured In 2 Wrecks Near Ooltewah Exit Of I-75

One person was killed and several others injured in two wrecks early Wednesday morning on I-75 northbound at exit 11.   The victim was James Newman, 66, of Athens, Tn.   Northbound lanes were closed while emergency crews worked both accidents. Traffic was rerouted to Old Lee Highway to avoid the accident scene.   Traffic was backed up for an extended ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (2)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What You Leave Behind

Randy Travis, one of the best at singing country songs that has ever been, had a song about three people who got killed when an 18-wheeler missed a stop sign. There was a farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher on this bus and Randy tells us: “One's headed for vacation, one for higher education, An' two of them were searchin' for lost souls.” In that wonderful song, the ... (click for more)