Language Stories

Today and tomorrow: Foreign language skills matter

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 10, 2017 8:53:53 PM

No matter how much you believe in the importance of foreign-language education, there will always be naysayers. Common arguments include the idea that technology will communicate for us, making multilingualism obsolete. Others point to English being the world's language, so why should we worry about learning anything else? Others think foreign language is simply too complex for kids to learn.

Realistically, language skills today matter more than ever before. Here are some intriguing reasons why becoming multilingual will benefit your child now and well into the future:

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Topics: childhood development, foreign language

5 amazing cultural facts about major league baseball [Infographic]

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 5, 2017 11:45:11 AM

The 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) Postseason is here and the entire Language Stars team is gearing up for the matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals. Before we dive into the craziness of the postseason, let’s explore the cultural diversity in MLB.

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Topics: infographic

Why learn a foreign language? Studies help educators make their case

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 28, 2017 6:00:13 PM

 

The majority of teachers understand the importance of learning a foreign language. However, in many schools foreign language instruction doesn't exist, barely exists or is threatened with cuts due to financial constraints.

This bleak outlook is heartbreaking to educators who want to grow diverse and well-rounded students. Advocating for foreign language instruction can be difficult, but knowing some facts about why it's so important to youth can help you win your argument.

Whether you're an educator facing a skeptical administration, budget cuts from the school board or just trying to convince critical parents, here are some studies that prove the benefits of learning a foreign language can't be ignored.

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Topics: foreign language, Educator

The importance of teaching a global mindset to young children

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 22, 2017 4:06:32 PM

Most parents want their children to grow up to be smart, successful, caring adults. Teaching the skills that contribute to these characteristics starts early on. You teach babies to share. You teach your toddler empathy. You teach your preschooler to respect others. You teach your kindergartner to read.

When skills like these are present and emphasized, a child grows up to flourish in these areas. You would never wait until your child is a teen to teach addition or listening skills, so why do so many schools wait so long to introduce foreign language classes and teach children about having a global mindset

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Topics: parenting, foreign language

How can parents reinforce their child's foreign language learning?

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 14, 2017 1:00:00 PM

If your kids are learning a foreign language at a young age, congratulations! You've taken the first step in giving them an edge in life. Not only will your child speak multiple languages, but studies show bilingual children may reach developmental milestones faster and excel higher in other academic subjects when compared to their peers.

As a monolingual parent you can support your child's language development in many ways. Of course, if you speak the language being taught, it's much easier to support their education. However, even if you don't, you can take positive steps to help them succeed.

Here are five parenting tips to support your children as they learn a world language.

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Topics: parenting, foreign language, language

Unexpected benefits of being bilingual: creativity soars

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 13, 2017 3:20:35 PM

There are countless benefits to learning multiple languages. In addition to speaking a new tongue, studies show that kids who are multilingual excel in other subject areas, too, such as mathematics. It also helps them learn about diversity, which can in turn increase cultural understanding and empathy toward others.

These benefits are noteworthy, but there's another advantage less often discussed: increased creativity. Experts argue that learning a foreign language helps expand the mind in new and profound ways that allow for an explosion of creativity. 

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Topics: parenting, language

First-day-of-school activities guaranteed to make students smile

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 3, 2017 5:27:00 PM

The first day of school inspires a spectrum of emotions for students. There's excitement, joy, anxiety, wonder and so much more. Considering kids feel big emotions, smart teachers know how to put students at ease and set the stage for fun.

The first day of school is all about getting settled and getting to know each other better. Kids need time to adjust to a new environment and bond with their new classmates. Teachers want to kick off the year with a positive experience, so many plan special first-day activities to get everyone ramped up and ready to learn.

Here are five awesome back-to-school activities guaranteed to make students smile: 

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Topics: Educator

Language Stars teachers make this a special place

Posted by Amanda Michetti on Aug 25, 2017 9:05:24 AM

There  are  several  benefits of working in a multicultural environment. At Language Stars, we have team members from all over the world, including teachers and directors. Language Stars teachers are some of the most talented people I know. Their dedication, energy and passion for teaching and sharing  their  culture  with  others is inspiring and I truly enjoy working with them.

Each of our teachers has a special story. “I love working in an outgoing and positive environment where I can speak with other teachers in the native language and share experiences together,” said Language Stars Spanish and English teacher, Lilly Marquina. 

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Topics: news, schools

10 parent myths about learning a foreign language

Posted by Language Stars on Aug 21, 2017 1:07:42 PM

Does my child really need to learn a foreign language if everyone speaks English? Won't it be difficult for a child to learn another language? Doesn't technology make being multilingual obsolete?

Questions like these are common among parents; however, they stem from popular misconceptions that are simply untrue. As you research kids' foreign language classes, it's smart to get the facts so you don't get distracted by common language learning myths. 

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Topics: parenting, foreign language, language

10 reasons Language Stars should top your enrichment activity list

Posted by Language Stars on Aug 16, 2017 1:22:45 PM

Flashcards. Online exercises. Listening and repeating audio tapes. A lot of typical foreign language instruction isn't just ineffective, it's plain old boring!

Learning a new language should be an enjoyable experience. For kids, it must be fun, engaging and memorable. If it's not, kids won't be able to retain the information required to become multilingual. What's more, they're likely to complain a whole lot to Mom and Dad.

Language Stars is different than what many people expect. When a young student starts a class, they are immersed in a world of fun cultural teachings. Each class is a new and exciting adventure. Every week brings big smiles and memorable experiences for both students and parents.

Why is the experience with Language Stars so unique? Here are 10 reasons why Language Stars is a top children's enrichment program. 

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Topics: parenting, foreign language