At Las Lengüitas, our mission is to help children acquire Spanish language while instilling an appreciation for language, culture and learning. Our methods are research based and provide children with meaningful language experiences presented in an understandable way.
Why Immersion? Why don't you just tell me what it means in English?!
Language is not a skill that can be learned....... wait, what?! Yep, you read that right! Humans do NOT learn languages. We acquire them. Language is an instinct, an innate ability that we pick up on naturally because we are human. Language is not something to be learned like math or reading. It is not facts or letter sounds to be memorized.
When we memorize vocabulary and complete grammar drills, we are learning about the language, not gaining the ability to use it for actual communication. If you want to communicate in a language, you need to practice communicating! Have you ever heard someone say they are bad at learning language? or that they took Spanish for 4 years in high school and still couldn't speak it? Maybe you have said these things about yourself. It's because all of that class time, or most of it at least, was likely spent learning about the language, not actually acquiring it!
So, since we can’t learn languages, we can’t teach them! Instead, as 'teachers' we facilitate understanding by creating an environment that allows the student to acquire the language naturally. This is done best through complete immersion with a skilled facilitator who understands how to make language meaningful, engaging and interactive.
“Language fluency is acquired
through the repetition of
meaningful interactive experiences.”
So just how do we acquire language if we can’t learn it or be taught? According to Stephen Krashen (probably the most influential linguist of the past century!), we acquire language when:
We are passionate about what we do and we have the research to back it up (more than 3 decades of research!)