Description of classes/Levels

The class descriptions below give a general overview of our process and teaching goals. We offer small groups so that the curriculum can be customized based on the children’s level and interest.

 

Parent/Child: Ages 3 - 4 (slightly younger or older children may be considered)

The small group immersion classroom experience involves movement, singing, storytelling, and crafts. Parents stay in the classroom with their children.

Class length: 45 minutes.

By the end of this class: Children will be familiar with the words for feelings, colors, animals, common verbs, and numbers.

Work at home: Ideally, children will listen to a story or a song in the target language daily. The teachers may suggest other fun coloring and play activities. These will be recommended, rather than mandatory activities.


Group 1: Ages 5 - 7

 Designed for children with pre-reading/writing and beginning reading/writing ability.

The small group immersion class includes movement, storytelling, singing, and getting familiar with the alphabet. The program includes optional access to weekly story hour meetings led by a native speaker.

Class length: 60 minutes. The length of the session is 19 weeks, and we will observe the same vacation schedule as Westford public schools.

By the end of this class: Children will be familiar with the alphabet and any differences between it and the English language alphabet. They will develop basic vocabulary and be able to introduce themselves, ask questions about feelings, and discuss interests and activities.

Work at home: Teachers will assign 10 to 15 minutes of easy and fun daily language practice at the end of each class.

Fun World Language Academy

Group 2: Ages 8 - 10

Designed for children who can read and write in their native language and can utilize those skills in their new language, both in the classroom and at home. The program includes optional access to weekly story hour meetings led by a native speaker.

Class length: 60 minutes. The length of the session is 19 weeks, and we will observe the same vacation schedule as Westford public schools.

By the end of this class: Children will become more comfortable participating in conversations about daily life and school-related topics. They will also practice writing and reading in the target language.

Teachers will prepare students of this level who are studying German to take the Goethe-Institut level 1 proficiency exam. Sitting for this exam is separate from our course and is optional. The Goethe-Institut may charge fees for the exam. Our German teacher can provide more information to students who are qualified and interested.

Work at home: Daily language practice will be expected; the lengths will vary but will not exceed 15 minutes on most days. Teachers will give additional homework assignments to those interested in passing the proficiency exam. At this time, this only applies to German.

we are working on expanding our age groups and on offering adult language classes.

Please check back often as we keep adding programs and languages. You can always email Silvia for customized class options.