Why Learn Spanish?

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How Have You Been Able To Use Your Spanish Outside Of LILA?
Video by LILA Students
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Spanish is spoken in 44 countries around the world, as indicated on Nationsonline.org, including the United States and its territory of Puerto Rico. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that about 37 million residents speak Spanish at home (Source: Census.gov, 2011).

As our children assume the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, knowing how to speak Spanish will help build their cultural understanding, increase business opportunities here and abroad, and enhance interpersonal relationships in day-to-day life.

Students at LILA pledge to speak only Spanish during class at a 1st-grade ceremony; by the end of 6th grade, they are proficient speakers and readers of the language. We invite parents and their children to tour the school to see how immersion education at LILA helps students learn Spanish. Contact us today to reserve a tour.

About Immersion Instruction

Foreign language immersion education is a method of teaching a second language (also called L2 or the target language). Unlike a standard language course, where the target language is simply the subject material, language immersion uses the target language as a teaching tool, surrounding or immersing students in the second language. In-class activities, such as science, math, social studies, technology, and history, are conducted in the target language.

Today's immersion programs are based on those founded in the 1960s in Canada when middle-income English-speaking parents convinced educators to establish an experimental French immersion program enabling their children to appreciate the traditions and culture of French-speaking Canadians as well as English-speaking Canadians.

Immersion programs are the fastest growing and most effective type of foreign language program currently available in U.S. schools. Immersion students can be expected to reach higher levels of second language proficiency than students in other school-based language programs. Becoming bilingual opens the door to communication with more people in more places, and many parents want to provide their children with skills to interact competently in an increasingly interdependent world community.

One of the key principles of immersion education is that linguistic and cultural knowledge is a resource—the more you know, the better off you are.

Learn More About Immersion

Visit our Research & Resources page for links to additional information about immersion instruction, including this video from the Center for Advanced Resarch on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota.