Stay Human! Teach Preschool and Elementary Spanish in a Human-to-Human Mode

“STAY HUMAN!”

This is what we are saying when we get asked about the different ways that children can learn Spanish. Children don’t learn language from videos, computer programs, or audio recordings. Children learn language from humans. At Sonrisas, we create fun, effective, standards-based curricula that teachers use to teach Spanish to children.

One of the motivating factors that has caused us to take this stance is that we have been hearing more and more about language teachers losing their jobs and being replaced by video, computer, or audio programs. This is so wrong! Technology can certainly be a useful supplement in the language classroom (although this is questionable for the preschool and elementary levels—that’s a topic for another day), but it should not replace teachers! Language learning is an inherently social, human-to-human interaction, and it needs to be taught as such.

So let’s rally for teachers and say, “STAY HUMAN” to anyone even thinking about replacing them with media-based programs. If you need research to back up this belief, take a look at this video: Patricia Kuhl: The Linguistic Genius of Babies

Sonrisas Spanish School creates, publishes, and sells preschool and elementary Spanish curriculum and Spanish music for children. The Sonrisas Spanish School Curriculum can be used to teach Spanish to children at the preschool and elementary level, as well as home school Spanish. The Sonrisas Curriculum consists of fun, effective, standards-based lessons for the most effective language-learning experience for kids—one based on human-to-human interaction.

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