Language Stories

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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5 questions educators should consider to create a dynamic school year

Posted by Language Stars on Aug 11, 2017 8:12:49 AM

Teachers across the country are setting up classrooms, planning lessons and imagining the possibilities for the new group of young minds they'll help mold over the next year.

As an educator, your hopes and dreams embody the hopes and dreams of your students. Each year is a new opportunity to reflect on past successes and misses in the classroom and to approach your educational adventure with renewed enthusiasm.

You can make this your best year yet by integrating creative strategies into your educational approach. The hope is to engage students on a deeper level, assist them to understand curriculum thoroughly and to help them develop a lifelong love of learning.

Here are five questions to ponder as you plan the upcoming year. These will help you discover creative ideas to innovate the classroom and propel students forward.

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Topics: schools

An easy way to add foreign language into your preschool curriculum

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 31, 2017 7:35:00 AM

Many daycare and preschool providers realize the importance of teaching a foreign language to students at young ages. This is why basic foreign language activities are often included in the daily or weekly curriculum. While it's a step in the right direction, it's not as effective as it could be to support early childhood development.

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5 teacher tips to inspire curiosity and innovation in your classroom

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 21, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Every teacher knows learning is a process. With younger students it can be difficult to keep them engaged and excited about new topics. This is why great teachers are always seeking new ways to inspire curiosity and innovation.

To enhance your classroom so it's a safe space for curiosity and a natural environment for learning, consider these smart ideas.

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Topics: foreign language, schools

Why it's important for parents & teachers to introduce diversity early

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 12, 2017 2:05:35 PM

Infants as young as 6 months can begin to distinguish differences in physical characteristics, such as skin colors, hair textures and facial features. As kids grow, they notice even more individual traits that make people unique, and they will become aware of how they are alike and unique from their family and peers.

In the melting pot of America, there are many different cultures represented. Parents and teachers might think that diversity education happens naturally through this exposure in schools and in communities. But parent leadership to discuss real issues, such as cultural diversity, is critical during childhood development. So why is it so essential to discuss diversity while children are still young? Consider these top reasons:

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Topics: childhood development, parenting, schools

Easy ideas to promote cultural understanding in Chicagoland schools

Posted by Language Stars on Jun 22, 2017 3:14:22 PM

The classroom is the perfect first environment for kids to learn that the world is a diverse and wonderful place. Fostering curiosity, understanding and acceptance of different cultures won't only enhance students' relationships with each other, but it will prepare them to be global citizens as they grow.

Consider these easy ideas for teachers who want to integrate a higher level of cultural understanding into the classroom.

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Topics: foreign language, schools, language

6 reasons your school needs better language programs [Infographic]

Posted by Language Stars on Mar 15, 2017 2:09:39 PM

Whether you're a school principal, PTO/PTA parent, or a key decision maker at an educational program, you've likely balanced trying to offer quality foreign language teachers with a shrinking budget. While some schools and educational programs are providing high-quality world language enrichment, many are struggling to deliver an experience that provides the foreign language instruction needed to raise language proficiency and transferable STEM skills. Explore this infographic to discover 6 of the top reasons why your school or educational program needs to find a better solution. 

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Topics: childhood development, foreign language, schools