DANCING MOOSE SPANISH AND MANDARIN DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
We are currently offering dual language opportunities for ful time M-F students preschool aged and older. Our Lake Park (West Valley) location offers programs in Spanish and our River Park (South Jordan) location offers programs in Spanish and Mandarin.
Two teachers will alternate teaching core curriculum in each language. This provides an opportunity for children to excel in both languages with native speakers teaching second languages.
Dual Language Academic Goals
We emphasize core goals in English and supplement with the second language as children are ready. Children will work in their second language each day through circle times and specific educational materials. Students will also learn conversation skills and be exposed to cultural study in conjunction with the language they are studying.
The Students Love It!
Learning another language in early childhood adds an element of fun to a child's learning process. Our teachers are so creative with their implementation of the language in their worktime -- from learning to read CVC words in Spanish to practicing their basic conversation skills at a mock-up chinese supermarket to performing special assemblies for different cultural holidays, the students are always exploring and learning new ways to apply their language skills.
Academic Research Supports the Dual Language Classroom
A child in a dual language classroom develops skills to:
- learn more rapidly and in unique ways.
- that enhance cognition and creativity in general.
- Researchers say that the best way to become proficient in a second language is to start young and practice often.
Dancing Moose is not introducing a new concept with its Dual Language classroom, but it is certainly taking advantage of the momentum of quality programs around the country that are capitalizing on children’s enhanced creativity and analytical thinking in a Dual Language program. Virginia P. Collier and Wayne P. Thomas, noted researchers in Dual Language programs, have documented that children exposed to a second language learn at a more rapid rate. Bilingual researcher Ellen Bialystok of York University in Toronto stated that “several studies have linked bilingualism to improved working memory, which is associated with reading and math skills.”
In research conducted at Nanjing University in China, bilingual seven-year-old children outperformed their monolingual peers on two working memory tests—one requiring them to recall and rearrange a series of numbers and the other to retrace a pattern of hops made my an animated frog on a computer screen. Researchers say that the best way to become proficient in a second language is to start young and practice often (Scientific American Mind, July/August, 2011).