Take 5 Class

What if you were told by your boss to take 5 minutes nearly every morning to play a language learning game on your iPad? Our students experience a mandatory 5 minutes every morning for language learning within an app called Duolingo. It has fostered a love for language learning in our classroom that is really neat. Little do the students know all the incredible benefits of language learning at a young age!

Zeke Nadeau digging into the French language using Duolingo 

Zeke Nadeau digging into the French language using Duolingo 

Second language study at young ages has been shown to:

benefit academic progress in other subjects, narrow achievement gaps, benefit basic skills development, benefit higher order, abstract and creative thinking, (early) enrich and enhance cognitive development, enhance a student’s sense of achievement, help students score higher on standardized tests, promote cultural awareness and competency, improve chances of college acceptance/achievement, and finally benefit understanding and security in community and society”
— http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/Curriculum/Curriculum_Root_Web_Folder/BenefitsofSecondLanguage.pdf

The benefit I value most is that second language acquisition develops empathy because it forces a student to deal with outside perspective and garner appreciation for others who are different than themselves. We need all the help we can get in learning to better embrace a diverse humanity. I would encourage all parents to give more consideration to continue language learning at home. The more exposure and time spent with language the greater the benefits.

Hobson Bohannon taking his 5 to learn the Spanish language

Hobson Bohannon taking his 5 to learn the Spanish language