Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA)
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 2019 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
  • Spanish: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-6:00 pm (2 separate sessions)

All classes start the week of January 21, 2019 and run through the week of April 15, 2019. Classes meet for 10 weeks in Wells Hall on campus. There will be no classes the week of MSU's Spring Break (March 4-8) and area schools' spring break (March 25-April 5).

Classes will be canceled if fewer than 5 students enroll.

Early registration discount (full payment due by December 14, 2018):

  • $135 for full session

After December 14:

  • $150 for full session

Multiple-child/-program discounts are available (10%). To qualify, registrations must be on the same transaction. Need-based scholarships are available as well. Please refer to our Program Policies and Procedures or contact our office for more information. 

Online enrollment opens on Monday, October 15. 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."