1. Most Staten Islanders claim some Italian ancestry. When your child learns this beautiful language, they can reconnect with family in Italy or even have a conversation with their nonna or nonno!
2. Italy is one of the top economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including Chrysler, IBM, General Electric, Motorola, Citibank. Many Italian firms have offices in the U.S. Also anyone who is interested in a career in tourism or art history, would benefit from learning Italian. According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations) 60% of the world’s cultural heritage sites are in Italy.
3. The Italian language is the closest living language to Latin, the common ancestor of all romance languages.
Italian developed from Latin and an estimated 60 percent of the English vocabulary also comes from Latin. Knowing Italian may help improve your child’s scores on the SAT and improve their grades in English classes.
4 . Learning Italian following the Language Workshop for Children ® method is fun! This is not your high school Italian class, where children will be taught how to conjugate verbs! The children will learn while playing in Italian. They will listen to music that has been created to maximize their comprehension and facilitate their speaking abilities. The lyrics and the melodies are age-appropriate and the children will enjoy singing the songs without realizing that they are speaking a foreign language. The program is essentially a playgroup with a purpose, the children aren’t aware that the goal is to learn Italian, they will think they are just playing and listening to music that is fun.
So now that you know why your child should learn Italian,
Why now? Does he have to learn it before he speaks English?
Numerous studies have proved that being bilingual has many advantages. In order for a child to achieve bilingualism they must be exposed to the language as young as possible. So even if the child isn’t speaking yet, listening to native speakers of the foreign language is preparing the child’s brain to develop the oral skills later on.
Experts in the field all agree that learning a language at a young age gives the child the opportunity to speak the language without an American accent. They call it the “window of opportunity.” Early exposure also gives youngsters an advantage because it emotionally conditions a child to feel comfortable listening to the sounds of an unfamiliar language, a foreign language seems less “foreign” if a child has heard the sounds of the language at a young age. Children enrolled in the Italian for Tots ® class or Italian for Children class will hear and absorb the basic phonetic sounds and grammar of the Italian language in a natural way. They will essentially be playing, dancing and singing in Italian.