Young children can quickly learn a second language through natural consistent exposure as their minds are easily able to learn new words and form new sounds. These advantages support rapid language learning and enhance the benefits of bilingualism.
In the EBI pre-kinder program, our faculty only use Spanish in the classroom. Teachers support non-Spanish speaking students by using signs, gestures, facial expressions, drawings or anything necessary to support their understanding and language acquisition. Our pre-kinder teachers seldom speak another language unless it is an urgent physical or emotional matter. Children are always able to respond in their mother tongue and are encouraged to use Spanish more frequently as their ability progresses.
Native Spanish-speaking children benefit from our Spanish immersion program because it reinforces and develops their home language. It also encourages native Spanish-speaking children to continue to develop their fluency in Spanish and allows them to build a solid foundation in linguistic skills that will propel them to advanced levels in English and Spanish.