As many of you know, The Woods Academy has a partner school in Belfort, France. In order to deepen the connection between our two schools, 8th grade Woods students completed a project in Social Studies class that was a collaboration with 8th grade Vauban students.
The study of World Languages at The Woods Academy
Our world language learning starts early, with our full-day Montessori students learning French or Spanish at age five. Our students take a world language class daily, developing a love for languages and communicating that stays with them for the long term.
There are many benefits to learning a second language, in addition to the ability to interact more effectively in our multinational world. For children, the gains range from improved reading and grades to stronger standardized test scores and increased levels of creativity, empathy, and problem-solving skills.
Here are a few of the reasons, backed with research, for children to learn a second language:
- Students who study a world language for just one year score an average of 38 points higher on the SATs. Four years of a world language can improve scores by more than 100 hundred points.
- People who speak more than one language are much better multitaskers.
- Individuals who know two languages are better able to tolerate differences and find solutions to conflict.
Fourth grade French students recently had the experience of preparing their own menu in French.
Then they enjoyed some real world practice of how to order lunch at Mon Ami Gabi restaurant.