Speaking a foreign language is helpful when a traveler needs to ask, "Where is the nearest hospital?" or "What language am I speaking?" Improve international communication with today's Groupon: for $89, you get four kids' foreign-language classes at Language Stars (a $227.57 value). This Groupon is valid at Language Stars’ Alexandria, Virginia; Bethesda, Maryland; and Reston, Virginia locations. New Language Stars locations will open in Arlington, Virginia, and Gaithersburg, Maryland, through January 2012. Groupon holders also receive a waiver of Language Stars' $50 registration fee.
Language Stars’ FunImmersion teaching method infuses the minds of kid ages 1–10 with multilinguistic adroitness in entertaining small-group classes. Native speakers of Spanish, Mandarin, German, and French conduct lessons entirely in their mother tongues, and games, projects, and songs help kids absorb new parlance without gnawing on foreign-language dictionaries. Tykes ages 1–3 focus on building foundational vocabulary in 60-minute parent-accompanied classes centered on a targeted learning topic, while older kids tackle conversational basics in 85-minute sessions with eight or fewer pupils. An included "Around the World with Language Stars" CD reinforces lessons learned during class with 77 songs in five different languages.
Developed with input from early childhood experts, the curriculum takes advantage of young brains’ pliancy to install foreign diction while simultaneously building cognitive skills through age-appropriate play. Kids can start classes at any time, though Language Stars recommends gaps of no more than a week between sessions to capitalize on progress and keep newly cosmopolitan imaginary friends from moving abroad.
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.