Many studies show that children who learn a second language early in life have advantages far beyond simply being able to converse in two languages. They show greater development in such areas as mental flexibility, creativity, and higher order thinking skills as well as showing positive results in many areas of standardized testing. This impact seems to happen regardless of the child’s economic status, gender, or race. The Global Corner’s Passport Program provides a taste of the language of each country visited, but doesn’t replace dedicated language lessons.
That is why we were very excited to bring Spanish lessons to students at Weis Elementary School last year. Our plans for this school year include expanding this program for more Weis students in 2016 - 17. Stay tuned for more information.