Brain-Based Foreign Language Learning
Research on the brain in recent years has given us a glimpse into what it takes for information to “stick” in students’ brains. We have learned ways the brain seeks out patterns and how to incorporate humor, emotion and movement to create optimal learning conditions for students. Using this research along with our curriculum, Spanish for Kids makes learning Spanish engaging and easy to absorb. Here are the ways we use brain-based research in our program:
- Students are exposed to new material in at least 3 different ways within a 50 minute lesson. This allows the brain to process the information in various ways and across brain hemispheres.
- Movement is a key component. Students move about, sing, create and communicate with one another in Spanish in a fun and relaxed environment.
- We attach emotion and personal meaning to instruction. The brain retains best that which has personal meaning to the learner. We embed the interests of the students as well as humor in our lessons to fully engage the class.
Many of our classes meet on a weekly basis for 50 minutes. Class size is capped at 14 students per teacher. For our youngest learners, ages 3-6, class size is capped at 12 students.
Practice at Home
Students will have access to a website for practicing concepts learned in class. This practice helps the language stay fresh in students’ minds. The more practice there is at home the more information will be retained.
At Spanish for Kids students are taught through music, movement, games and above all, communicative activities. Our time together starts with a song or activity which has kids up and moving setting the stage for learning fun!