Montessori students learning German PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:17
Marko Nagel colors in the German flag during the Montessori after school German language program. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Montessori School of Bowling Green and the Language Services Group at BGSU have teamed up to offer a German language program to children ages 3 to 12.
"We are just very interested in preparing students to be well-versed in today's world and we definitely know that learning another language can help prepare them," said Jessica Hover, associate director at Montessori.
Montessori offers its students a full Spanish curriculum, but wanted to offer another language, especially as about 15 percent of its student population does not speak English as their first language.
"Teaching a foreign language to students at a young age has been confirmed, through research, to drastically improve concentration and performance," said Dr. Irina Stakhanova, executive director of the Language Services Group.
Cue the collaboration between BGSU and Montessori.
The after-school program is taught by a BGSU graduate student and is divided up by age group. The program lasts for three months.
"The students have been very interested in learning about German culture and current events in Germany," Hover said.
"Just in general, they are interested in learning about other cultures, other people and their customs," she added.
There are about 10 students participating in the course.
Part of the program, Hover said, allows parents to go online and see what their children are learning each session.
"They can follow along and talk about it as a family," Hover said. "That's been well-received by the families."
The Language Services Group hopes to expand the program to several different elementary schools and across a variety of languages including Italian, French, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
For more information, visit www.bgsu.edu/languageservices, or call (419) 372-2180.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 11:00

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