By the time they’re teenagers, most Americans have maxed out their brains’ capacity for language with yo’ mama jokes, corporate board-room jargon, and the Latin names of common plants. Help your child find cerebral space for a foreign tongue with today’s Groupon: for $95, you get four children's language classes, one-time registration fee, and a foreign language audio CD at Language Stars, which has 15 Chicago-area locations (a $234 value).
Language Stars uses its specialized FunImmersion method to help children 1 to 10 learn an array of foreign languages, building a new generation of multilingual Americans. The program maximizes student involvement via games, projects, music, and other activities, engaging children with a high-energy setting and helping them learn vocabulary and sentence structure through repetition, visual cues, and song. Classes are 60 or 85 minutes long and are offered in Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, German, and French, all taught by native speakers from around the globe. Sessions are capped at eight children per instructor, ensuring a level of personalized attention normally only available to the home-schooled and those in schools of hard knocks. With today’s Groupon, children can enroll in one class for four consecutive weeks and will also receive a CD of foreign-language songs, allowing for continued learning in the car, kitchen, or kid-friendly discotheque.
- The full immersion or what Language Stars has coined the phrase, “FunImmersion” method is used during the story time because “that is the best way for anyone to learn a new language,” said Wang. – Victoria Remback, Lake Zurich Patch
Since opening its doors in 1998, Language Stars has introduced more than 30,000 children to foreign languages with small-group classes and full-immersion activities. Through a selective process, Language Stars recruits ambitious teachers from more than 20 countries who share a common goal of revolutionizing how and when American children learn foreign languages. Parents and Tots Classes are available for children between 1–3 years old, and Kids Only classes are available for children 3-5, 5-8, and 8-12 years old. Absorbent little minds soak up Spanish, Mandarin, French, Italian, German, or Arabic with the help of their FunImmersion approach, learning naturally through games, songs, activities and art projects.