As we wrap up our first summer camp this week, let’s take a look back at what we’ve learned about animals! Of particular note, our dramatic play veterinarian’s office was a huge hit.
U.S. employers say yes! A study released just last month by the American Council Teaching Foreign Languages stated that:
“The demand for language skills in the U.S. workforce is greater than ever before. In boardrooms and in the field, with customers and partners and on social media, U.S. employers today are increasingly conducting business in a language other than English. Accordingly, the ability to effectively communicate in more than one language is a critical asset for U.S. students and employees—not only in boosting their marketability in the workplace, but in helping them thrive in a global economy.”
A couple of key takeaways important to us include that “9 out of 10 U.S. employers report a reliance on U.S.-based employees with language skills other than English” and that “Spanish, Chinese and Japanese see the highest demand among U.S. employers.”
Click here to read the full article: ACTFL Study
Babies are born with the potential to speak any language!
At just six months old, infants are capable of distinguishing sounds from any language. By 12 months old, children have already started to focus on the sounds of their primary language and by two and three years old, have begun to recognize speech patterns.
The earlier a language is introduced, the easier a child can identify its unique sounds. The ability to identify phonetic pronunciations is most acute before age three and begins to diminish the older we get. A child’s brain is developmentally prepared to learn language at this early age and prompt exposure can improve fluency and minimize or even eliminate speaking with an accent.
Our first day of session #3 was a blast! We introduced the new theme of La Ropa or Clothes today and it is opening fun new avenues for language learning. Our letter of the day was A and we learned that the word Abrigo or Coat starts with A.
We also got some much needed sunshine out in our play yard.
“According to Education Week, 91 percent of public schools nationwide offer foreign language instruction at the high school level, while only 58 percent of middle schools and 25 percent of elementary schools do the same. This statistic seems backwards though, as according to Newsweek, scientists have found that children must start to learn a new language by the age of 10 in order to achieve the fluency level of a native speaker. It’s frustrating knowing that despite all my studies, I likely will never truly become this level of fluent because no outlet was available for me at a young age.”
Click here to see the whole article: Students should be provided with foreign language instruction at a younger age