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SCCC & CRLC Summer Classes

SCCC and CRLC Partner for Summer Language Programs!

Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) is offering an exciting language program for children this summer and Capital Region Language Center (CRLC) is proud to be their partner in this endeavor.

 

See the details of each SCCC/CRLC course below and a registration link at the bottom. Special summer program price – no registration fee!

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 5 DAYS

CFP 970-01                           July 10 – July 14                                                         10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Monday – Friday                                                                       Fee: $200

This course will be taught at the Capital Region Language Center, located at 24 Aviation Road, Albany, N.Y. 12205.

Join instructors from the Capital Region Language Center for a fun week of interactive language and culture on a “guided tour” of the world. Each day will include songs, crafts, movement, and vocabulary from at least one world culture. Students, ages 8-11, will be introduced to greetings, courtesies, colors, numbers, and other basic vocabulary in five different languages. This series serves as a great introduction to several languages, as well as a fun and interactive review for those children who have taken a language class before. This course is likely to include French, German, Chinese, Spanish, and Korean (but is subject to change). Our instructors’ teaching experience, contagious energy, and passion for their language and culture will keep your child engaged and wanting more. This course is taught by the Capital Region Language Center.

 

EXPLORE FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

CRN# 60519                         July 17 – July 21                                                            10 a.m.-12 p.m.
CFP 968-01                           Monday-Friday                                                                         Fee: $200

This course will be taught at the Capital Region Language Center, located at 24 Aviation Road, Albany, N.Y. 12205.

Come along on a journey of the French-speaking world. Along with some basic vocabulary themes – greetings, numbers, colors, animals, and body parts – children, ages 8-11, will learn about different countries and regions of the world where people speak French. Cultural lessons will include geography, food, and clothing of such places as France, Belgium, Quebec, and Africa. This interactive introduction to French and francophone culture will include songs, stories, games, movement, and crafts. Pack your valise and say “bon voyage” for a fun and educational week with Madame Vicki Tremper. This course is taught by the Capital Region Language Center.

 

EXPLORE GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

CFP 971-01                           July 24 – July 28                                                               2:30-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday                                                                         Fee: $200

This course will be taught at the Capital Region Language Center, located at 24 Aviation Road, Albany, N.Y. 12205.

This course will be a fun journey through Germany while learning some basic German. It aims to give children, ages 8-11, an introduction to the German language and culture with information on a different city every day, while the class explores foods and culture from that region. From Berlin to Munich, with a special side trip to Switzerland, students will be on trains, planes, and the Autobahn for this adventure. Classes will be interactive and very fun so get ready to join Frau Evelin Börner for this German adventure.  This course is taught by the Capital Region Language Center.

 

EXPLORE CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

CRN# 60520                         July 31 – August 4                                                        10 a.m.-12 p.m.
CFP 969-01                           Monday-Friday                                                                         Fee: $200

This course will be taught at the Capital Region Language Center, located at 24 Aviation Road, Albany, N.Y. 12205.

Join Wu Laoshi and “travel” to the diverse country of China. Students, ages 8-11, will learn about the culture and language of China through this interactive course which will include games, movement, song and so much more. Chinese greetings, numbers, foods and sports will be covered in class. In addition, this course will cover culture and activities that children love, such as calligraphy, drawing, Chinese chess, and ping pong. This course is taught by the Capital Region Language Center.

 

Click here to register directly with SCCC!

Winter Weather Cancellation Policy

Winter Weather Cancellation Policy

 

1.  We don’t cancel until we have either a blizzard or icy roads.  Snowy roads alone will not cause  us to cancel, however you should decide whether or not you attend class based on your own comfort level of traveling in the snow.

 

2.  Because we have schools in two different counties (Albany and Saratoga) we do not follow any one school district’s school closing schedule.   Sometimes we close for just half a day.  A decision will be made by 8 AM regarding morning classes up until 2 PM and a decision will be made by 2 PM for classes from 3 PM through the evening.

 

3.  Anytime that we have a partial day closing or full day cancellation, it will be listed via the School Closings Network.  That information will be available through the following media outlets:

The Daily GazetteThe Post-StarThe SaratogianThe Times UnionWFLY — FLY 92WGNA — Country 107.7WGY — 810 WGYWNYT TV WRGB TVWRVE — The RiverWTEN TVWYJB — B-95.5WXXA TVYNN

 

4.  If Empire State English is closed it will be listed under Capital Region Language Center.

 

5.  The School Closings Network will specify closings per location, so for Colonie, Saratoga, or for both locations, since the weather can be very different in our different locations.

 

Please check one of the media outlets listed above around 2 PM for afternoon and evening classes, and again the next morning around 8 AM.

 

Making friends at the Festival of Nations

On Sunday, October 26, Kim and I had a table at the Festival of Nations. This annual multicultural event is hosted by the International Center of Albany at Empire State Plaza. The Convention Center was filled with tables of wares for sale from all over the world, all oriented toward the stage where local groups performed songs, dances, and martial arts demonstrations. From Scottish highland and traditional African dancing to tae kwon do and hulusi flute-playing. Food tables with too-many-to-list international delicacies were arrayed in the exhibit space outside the Convention Center.

 

Vicki and Mme Pauline

Vicki and Mme Pauline

During the event, Kim and I met a woman visiting from Togo. Pauline was in Albany visiting her daughter and only spoke French. I was only too happy to speak French with her! She was very happy to meet someone in our region who had heard of Togo and knew that it’s located in West Africa. She even gave me directions to find her in case I ever visit Lomé.

You never know what friends you’ll meet when you speak a world language!

Click here to learn more about the festival and participating countries.

-Vicki

 

Fall Vocabulary BINGO – Spanish

Games are great, in class and out, for practicing vocabulary. Here are 4 Spanish Fall Vocabulary BINGO game boards you can print to use in the classroom or at home with your child. Just print the number of boards you’ll need based on the number of players, and then print an extra to cut up to pull pictures one at a time out of a basket, bowl, or envelope.

Click here or on the picture below to print the boards: Bingo Otono Game Boards

Otono

 

And here’s the vocabulary list: Otono vocabulario

BINGO Game for Fall Vocab – French

Games are great, in class and out, for practicing vocabulary. Here are 4 French Fall Vocabulary BINGO game boards you can print to use in the classroom or at home with your child. Just print the number of boards you’ll need based on the number of players, and then print an extra to cut up to pull pictures one at a time out of a basket, bowl, or envelope.

(I use these same printed and cut-up pictures as flashcards and to play BOUM!)

Click here or on the picture below to print the boards: Bingo Automne Game Boards

Automne

And here’s the vocabulary list, au cas où (just in case): Automne vocabulaire

Amusez-vous bien!
Vicki

Children and Second Languages

Kids are sponges. Parents know this. Once children start talking, the words snowball. One day they say two or three words and a few days later their word list has grown exponentially. It’s the same with a foreign language.

So why should your child study a second language?

Studies show that kids who study another language have higher linguistic, cognitive, and creative abilities. Language-learning students score better on standardized tests related to math, vocabulary, and reading. Learning the rules of grammar and the structures of a new language improve a student’s understanding of their original language. Memorizing foreign words and grammar rules exercises the brain, just like a muscle. This makes language students better at remembering all kinds of lists and sequences.

In addition to making a person smarter, language students are more perceptive. Learning a language broadens cultural horizons and opens the mind, teaching students there is more to the world beyond their own communities. Students have a deeper understanding of that world and of the human experience.

The mental gymnastics required to switch between languages, makes language students better at making decisions. Studies have shown that bilingual children are better at solving social problems than monolingual children. Other studies have shown that the benefits of learning a second language apply to adults, too. It’s never too late to learn another language!

Additionally, knowing more than one language will give kids greater opportunities in the work force. Speaking another language gives a job-hunter access to more people and resources than a monolingual. Job-hunters in 2014 who speak another language can expect high salaries, too. More bilinguals in the work force benefits the country, in general.

Of course, some language students just want to connect to their heritage, regardless of the cognitive and work benefits. They want to be able to communicate with family in another country and better understand where they come from. Whatever the reason to learn a language, the benefits are clear.

What’s the most important benefit of second language-learning for your child?