Dual Language Education at Paz Montessori
Here's an interesting Ted Talk about babies ability to learn language. The video includes a graph that shows how children have an amazing ability to learn language in the first 6 or 7 years of life.
Why Learn Early?
Children should learn a second language as young as possible. The younger the child, the better the chance of becoming fully fluent. At our school, children will begin to become bilingual in preschool! By starting so young we take advantage of the fact that your child is still in the sensitive period for language acquisition. The young child is wired to absorb language! By teaching through immersion, your child learns a second language naturally
Children aren’t just taught a second language, they are taught academic subjects and literacy in both their first and second languages. Many schools in the United States and throughout the world implement this type of education with great success.
Would you like to prepare your child for the future by giving him or her the opportunity to be bilingual, to develop to his or her maximum potential, to be happy, and to love learning? Explore our website to learn about Dual Language, Montessori and our school.
Dual Language Immersion is complete Bilingual Education
The goal of Dual Language Immersion is that the child becomes completely bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. This means that your child will be able to understand, speak, write and read both Spanish and English with native proficiency. Your child will also develop an understanding of and appreciation for the cultures that speak these languages.
In a Dual Language class, lessons are carefully planned, sequenced and given in both languages using second language instructional techniques such as TPR, scaffolding, themes and comprehensible input. Children who are native English speakers and children who are native Spanish speakers work together as much as possible. Both languages are given equal status and are used as a medium of instruction. That means that the second language isn’t just taught in isolation, but academic content is also taught in the child’s second language.
Additionally, as much as possible, we strive to expose children to languages indigenous to Oaxaca as well as other foreign languages.
Want to read more?
Here are some articles in English:
Benefits of Being Bilingual
There are many benefits of being bilingual besides the most obvious benefits of being able to communicate effortlessly with a wider range of people for work or travel.
- Being bilingual actually improves cognitive skills and cognitive function. It makes you smarter! It makes your brain work better!
- Once a child has mastered two languages, he or she is more willing and likely to learn a third one.
- Children who speak a second language score higher than monolingual children on standardized tests of verbal ability in their first language.
- Children who are exposed to another culture are more sensitive and open toward other peoples and cultures.
- Being bilingual and biliterate opens up more job opportunities.
- Universities look favorably on candidates who are bilingual.
- Bilingualism even decreases the age of the onset of dementia!