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Every Child: Two Languages

Overview of Language Immersion at All Souls

Every student at All Souls becomes fluent and literate in at least two languages, including English, by spending half of every school day in classes where only either Chinese or Spanish is used and the other half of every school day in classes where only English is used.

Immersion—What Is It?

A young girl twirls a purple hula hoop on the playground.

Language immersion students are just like other students, and language immersion schools are just like other schools — with one exception:

At least some classes are taught in a different language.

Specifically, at All Souls, half of every child's classes are taught in English, and the other half of every's child's classes are taught in either Spanish or Chinese, depending upon which language track the student is in.

This means that every student at All Souls learns to speak, read and write in two languages, even as every student at All Souls also learns all of his or her regular subjects, from math to art — some weeks in English and some weeks in her or his second language.

All Souls teachers and test specialists individually assess each student monthly to ensure that every student is keeping up, no matter the language in which a student's subjects have been taught.

And All Souls immediately provides special assistance whenever necessary or desired to ensure that no student falls behind.

Need for a Second Language

  • Language Tracks
    50% Chinese/
    50% English
    OR
    50% Spanish/
    50% English
  • Grades
    Preschool Age (age 4 to 5),
    Kindergarten,
    Elementary

Students entering the workforce today need to speak more than one language if they wish to compete effectively in the United States or abroad.

That is because the world is now home to 7.1 billion people, about twice as many as lived here 50 years ago, and many of those people speak one of just three languages:

  • 1.1 billion people speak Chinese
  • 760 million speak English
  • 417 million speak Spanish

People who speak more than one top language already enjoy clear advantages in the American and global workplaces.

Moreover, the advantage gained by knowing two or more top languages only is going to increase as the world continues to shrink, people migrate and jobs move overseas.

Benefits of Learning a Second Language

Studying a second language confers a wealth of academic, employment and cultural benefits in today's shrinking world:

For example, according to the National Education Association, second language study:

  • Improves chances of college acceptance, achievement and attainment
  • Enhances career opportunities
  • Benefits understanding and security in community and society
  • Promotes cultural awareness and competency

But did you know that learning and using multiple languages even can "make you smarter"?

According to scientists, second language study:

  • Increases higher order, abstract and creative thinking
  • Benefits academic progress in other subjects
  • Narrows achievement gaps
  • Helps students score higher on standardized tests
  • Enhances a student's sense of achievement