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.

 

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