At Greene, our goal is to graduate students who are prepared to excel in a global community and are truly at ease beyond their borders. We understand that language acquisition is integral to achieving that goal. Guided by the most current research on language acquisition and evidence showing the significant social and cognitive benefits of learning a second language, we have created a program designed to educate students who can converse comfortably on everyday topics with confidence and fluency.
In addition to the social and personal benefits of being multi-lingual, current research shows that second language acquisition is highly beneficial to the development of brain functions and cognitive skills.
Exposing your young child to a second language optimizes his or her learning potential, and capitalizes on the brain’s capacity for language acquisition in the early years. Young children exposed to a second language quickly develop near-native fluency. In the Early Childhood and Lower School programs, students listen to their teacher speaking Spanish and are systematically encouraged to repeat and imitate what they have heard and seen. All students will go through a normal and necessary “listening period” before speaking spontaneously in the target language. During this period of transition, students get used to their new linguistic environment, gather information and clues, get familiar with new sounds and engage in the target language, much like your child did when learning English. Extended use of songs, short poems and rhymes enables students to use the language in complete sentences in a fun and stress-free manner.
While actively engaged in meaningful, concrete and highly contextualized activities, students acquire the target language by using it – one word at a time – from the very first day. With time, they will move from single words and phrases to sentences, working toward fluency. Early Childhood objectives include development of phonemic awareness, acquisition of basic vocabulary, and enhancement of oral comprehension and communication skills.
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