We invite people from different cultures, backgrounds and life experiences into our classroom to widen the children’s life perspective.
As a newborn baby, we have the capacity to learn any language that is still spoken in our world – there is no such thing as a “difficult” language. We are, so to speak, global citizens or universal language speakers. Children speak the language of crying, smiling, laughing and have the ability to produce any sound made in any language spoken around the world before they begin to name their world in the way the people closest to them name it. From that moment on, from the moment one specific language is spoken to a child, he or she begins to lose the capacity for all other languages. However, this loss can be halted if children begin to learn other languages before the age of nine.
Beginning the study of a second language in First Grade is, therefore, ideal. The brain, the speech organs, in fact the whole body is still alive, flexible and able to hear and imitate any sound we humans make while speaking. Not only does speaking other languages help us remain open to all other languages, but it also facilitates the development of flexible and creative thinking.
We at the New Village School want to help our children to be able to express themselves in a sophisticated and differentiated way in their predominant language, while at the same time retaining the potential to speak other languages or at least to have an openness towards them. We begin as citizens of the world, become local citizens and, hopefully, through this education end as both.