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Languages for Preschoolers
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Our weekly classes introduce children ages 3-6 to the target languages and cultures in a playful way. By speaking in the target language throughout the entire class, the children are immersed in the language and become familiarized with the sounds of the language while learning to say simple phrases. The focus of the class is on listening and speaking, supported by visual cues.

Classes are limited to 8 children per group.

Spring 2017 offerings:

  • Chinese: Fridays from 5:00-6:00 pm
  • French: Mondays from 5:00-6:00 pm
  • German: Wednesdays from 4:45-5:45 pm
  • Japanese: Fridays from 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Spanish: Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm or Thursdays from 5:00-6:00 pm (two separate sections)

All classes start the week of January 23, 2017 and run through the week of April 17, 2017. Classes meet for 10 weeks in Wells Hall on campus. There will be no class meetings during MSU's Spring Break (March 6-10) and area schools' Spring Breaks (March 27 - April 7).

Classes will be canceled if fewer than 5 students enroll.

Early registration discount (full payment due by December 19, 2016):

  • $135 for spring session

After December 19:

  • $150 for spring session

Multiple-child/program discounts are available for all programs (10%). 

Online enrollment opens on Monday, November 7. All programs are accessible for participants with special needs. CLS must be notified at least four weeks prior to a program start date in order to determine reasonable accommodations.

Please review our Program Policies and Procedures.

Over the past decade, there has been a rise in the number of children who have life-threatening food allergies. Our goal is to keep all children in a safe and inclusive environment, where accommodations are explored and implemented when safe. CLS adopted a No NUTS policy in 2016. Although we can not guarantee a nut free school, we make reasonable effort to purchase nut free products for our programs. CLS makes a reasonable effort to inform those who might bring food onto the school’s campus such as parents/guardians, teachers, and volunteers. CLS cannot guarantee a nut free campus.

Parent's comment: "My daughter really is enjoying herself and learning a lot. She looks forward to “school” all week and when we leave after class she gets in the car and repeats many of the words she hears."