What is language immersion?
Language Immersion is an approach to foreign language instruction in which the usual curricular activities are conducted in a foreign language, in this case, Spanish. This means that at Spanish Legacy Preschool, all teaching and interaction is conducted entirely in Spanish. Spanish is spoken by our teachers throughout the whole day during all our activities. Children acquire language very quickly in this environment. This approach is a highly effective way to learn a second language.
Why language immersion?
Unlike learning a language later in life, young children typically do not feel inhibited or scared to speak a new language. Research shows that students who study a second language gain additional academic benefits and score higher on average than their monolingual peers. Bilingual workers earn, on average between 5% and 20% more than their monolingual counterparts. Most importantly, Spanish Immersion creates multicultural, critical thinking students and future leaders.
How long will it take my child to speak Spanish?
Young children learning a second language will learn Spanish the same way they learned their first language, but this will occur at a different rate for each student. A child who attends twice a week will acquire Spanish at a different rate from a student who attends five times a week. It is also important to note that students who are not speaking right away are mentally processing and will eventually shift to speaking.
Our teachers help students understand by using hand and body cues, stories, inflection, facial signals, songs, games, and fun to make clear what is being communicated.
Will Spanish Language Immersion affect my child’s English Language skills?
The addition of a second language will not negatively affect a child’s ability to fully develop and use their native English language skills. Languages are stored in separate areas of the brain so there is no chance that a child will replace one for the other. Instead each child can fully acquire a new language such as Spanish and to continue using both Spanish and English effectively. Research suggests that monolingual and bilingual children meet major language development milestones at similar times. ay.